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Southampton 1 v 2 Leicester City
Barclays Premier League
Saturday, 25th August 2018 Kick-off 15:00

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Alex McCarthy5.2
Cedric Soares4.0
Jannik Vestergaard5.6
Wesley Hoedt4.7
Ryan Bertrand6.7
Mohamed Elyounoussi5.1
Mario Lemina6.6
Pierre Hojbjerg4.3
Nathan Redmond6.4
Shane Long5.3
Danny Ings5.4
Charlie Austin3.8
Oriol Romeu4.4
Stuart Armstrong4.1
6.8Kasper Schmeichel
5.3Daniel Amartey
5.4Wes Morgan
7.3Harry Maguire
6.4Ben Chilwell
5.8Nampalys Mendy
5.9Onyinye Ndidi
5.5Ricardo Pereira
5.8James Maddison
6.8Demarai Gray
5.0Kelechi Iheanacho
4.8Marc Albrighton
4.2Shinji Okazaki
4.0Rachid Ghezzal

Match Rating5.3 

Your Southampton v Leicester City Match Reports

helpineedsomebody added 18:18 - Aug 25

frank de boar sacked after 4 games at CP can we beat that record please
no excuses this time mark your team, your tactics, 5mths looking at the players, 3 forward players on loan 3rounds in the boxing ring, & every club you have manage ask to leave WHY !!!!!

codge added 18:33 - Aug 25

Shocking goals to concede again complete breakdown when we should of shut up shop.Hope this is not a sign of things to come.
Don't know we're we go from here, trying to stay positive but the one good thing we did start on the front foot this time.PH was having a good game until a stupid dive got him sent of. How did we end up with Moss as a ref again.

halftimeorange added 18:56 - Aug 25

Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again - we have no height in attack and all our crosses (bar one which Danny Ings hit on the turn) - and there were loads of them - were easily swatted away by Leicester. It doesn't matter if it's Ings or Austin, they are both essentially poachers, not target men and if Mark Hughes expects goals from either of them in any quantity, he has to play Sam Gallagher. Even if Gallagher stands in the same spot all game he'll still be likely to provide a few knock-downs, certainly more than were managed today. Worryingly, McCarthy seemed to be afflicted by a touch of the malaise that ruined Forster, especially for the second Leicester goal. Hojbjerg spoiled a good return to the starting line-up by foolishly getting himself sent off. Wesley Hoedt showed his ability in the first half and reverted to type in the second by making several errors, one leading to the Leicester opener. He is really a liability and should be replaced by the slower but infinitely more reliable Bednarek. A few other points, several players ran out of steam just after we scored - Ings, Redmond (after a very good first half), Long (who worked his socks off) and Elyounnoussi in particular and Bertrand, despite his well-taken goal, did not appear to shake the team up once Leicester equalised. That was left to Hojbjerg and, in particular, Vestergaard. To me, this looked like Saints best starting line-up and, if so, we are in for a very hard season.

SanMarco added 19:01 - Aug 25

Well Hughesey pl 11 W 2 D 3 L 6 9 pts. Not exactly Champions League form is it?

It is going to be a difficult season - too early to panic but I will be doing just that fairly soon. None of our upcoming games look easy now. If we don't win fairly soon 'Hughes Out' will gain momentum very quickly - the goodwill gained by keeping us up will not last long if his record remains worse than that of last season's hapless loser...


mattthelegend added 19:45 - Aug 25

It’s going to be a long season.........


aceofthebase added 20:11 - Aug 25

I am fed up with repeating myself. CEDRIC IS A LIABILITY. Another cross not dealt with, another goal conceded and more important another two and possibly three points lost. Time after time this happens and at the end of the season, we will need every point. If he cannot defend crosses then he is useless and tho' he is a moderate player he hasn't the stature for the job required.


JimmyMeliaPhD added 23:45 - Aug 25

Hmm, not looking good is it? Stupid defensive errors lead directly to the 2 goals. As he often is, Cedric got caught having to deal with an arial ball that the CBs or goalie should have dealt with. Then Vestgergaard seemed just swing at the winning shot, but Maguire should have been closed down long before he shot. You give up those kind of goals, you're going to lose. But the defence looked shaky all afternoon in any case--even McCarthy was problematical. Vestergaard was not great by any means but he had the excuse of having had to cover up for Hoedt's many shortcomings. (Am I alone in wondering why neither the immensely experienced Yoshida nor the immature but immensely talented Bednarek is preferred to Hoedt, the weakest link?) For the rest of the team, I suppose it wasn't too bad given our current level. But goals are obviously going to be just as scarce this yea as last (and therefore points will be scarce too). Only Ings is ever going to score, Redmond had a pretty good game (I never say that!), Elyounoussi was mostly invisible, Lemina would have been my MOM except for Berty's fabulous goal, Hojberg will rue this day, and Long should be put out of his footballing misery as soon as poss.

dirk_doone added 23:53 - Aug 25

Ace, most of our squad are an expensive liability. Vestergaard's ability with his feet is even worse than Cedric's ability with his head, and he was responsible for failing to block the 2nd Leicester goal, but as Vestergaard is the latest big buy, he gets cut the slack. Bertrand is probably the only player we've got left who'd be good enough for a top 10 Premier League team. Most of the others wouldn't even shine in the Championship. We are this year's Bolton/Sunderland/Stoke, a club which has been expensively mismanaged, with all of our best players sold and all the money fittered away on medicocre replacements.

SaintPaulVW added 06:52 - Aug 26

Strikes me as the same results as last season just slightly more pleasant to watch. Redmond looks better but agree he petered out, Ings is trying too hard. Stephens and Yoshida still making mistakes that cost us. Oh no they didn't play.

redwight added 12:11 - Aug 26

Fully agree with points made regarding the defence, and especially Cedric who has never won me over. But for an hour, going forward, that was as good as I've seen since I don't know when. MH cannot be held responsible for the fact that we didn't go in at half time one or two up and played the team that I suspect most of us would want - excepting Hoedt ( there is no realistic replacement for Cadric at present).

SaintPaulVW added 13:35 - Aug 26

Strikes me as the same results as last season just slightly more pleasant to watch. Redmond looks better but agree he petered out, Ings is trying too hard. Stephens and Yoshida still making mistakes that cost us. Oh no they didn't play.

forallthesaints added 14:38 - Aug 26

A really bright first half with lots of intensity, hussling Leicester into mistakes and creating some good moves which just lacked a finish. Bertrand and Redmond finally seem to be starting to link well down the left. Deserved to lead at half time but the big Leicester centre backs were pretty solid and although there were loads of corners, we never looked like getting on the end of them. Leicester stepped it up in the second half but we still played well and then we scored... a cracking strike from the skipper but then it was a sudden change from attack to nervous jittery defending... AGAIN. The equaliser within five minutes was inevitable. Hojberg was unlucky with the first booking and, I believe with the second. He seemed to genuinely lose balance on his way through but then threw himself down. If it was a dive, the club should ban him for being a prat knowing that Moss is always looking for an excuse. God knows what happened with Maguire's goal. A catalogue of mistakes and bad luck. But did Moss add extra time to the added time after they spent more than a minute celebrating? Did he buggery. He managed to add it at Everton last season but by my watch there should have been another 40 seconds after the free-kick at the end. Two weeks running we've been denied the opportunity to take a corner at the death. Disappointing result but an entertaining game and Saints played some lovely stuff in the first half so not all doom and gloom. But, by Christ, we have to learn how to hold onto a lead.

PezzaSaint added 16:46 - Aug 26

Not linked to yesterday's day, but just noticed that Fulham are turning over Burnley. Burnley one point so far this season, against.........,away from home......... and yet after our game against them the consensus was that they had more competitive games than us thus they were sharper.......?! We're in big trouble already!!!!

saintjf added 20:28 - Aug 26

Good point PezzaSaint. Burnley are not the side they were last season. The draw with them was not as good as was thought. Like you I am worried. No more so than when finding our attack is made up of Long (who could not hit a cows backside with a banjo) and the immobile and ponderous Austin. It is going to be a long season and my enthusiasm for the new manager is fading fast. I really thought we would beat a Leicester side that has lost its best players. As we know Puel teams are not easy to score against or watch.

TimSaint added 22:02 - Aug 26

PEH cost us a point and the chance of potentially 3.
He did get slapped round the face by Pereira earlier in the 2nd half but of course nobody saw that, or a few other Leicester dives, but we get punished.
Great first half just missing a goal. Wish we could play like that for 90 mins

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