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Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur Your Report added at 17:36:16
A win at home and a clean sheet as well. We bossed them. This was the Saints of 4 years ago and the transformation has been incredible, Kudos to Ralph. We dominated midfield, Hojberg, JWP and Armstrong nicked the ball again and again. Hojberb was immense, a proper midfield general. Ings defended from the front harrying the spurs defence into mistakes again and again, and took the goal superbly. Watching Cedric win a header against Kane, summed up the day. We were up for it, they weren't. There were only a couple of 5mins spells when they came into the game, but the latent threat was always there and as the clock ticked down the nerves, tiredness kicked in.

Mention for Redmond, he is maturing in a good player, whilst he did not attack when presented with the opportunity a couple of times, he cut them apart with a couple of mazy runs, defended superbly and linked well with Ings. I only wish he could shoot at the sides of the goal rather than at the keeper every time!
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Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 17:16:50
Armstrong, Bednarek, Stephens, all 10/10. Hojberg, Redmond, Soares, JWP and Bertand really good, best game ever for Obarfemi and even Che worked really hard. What a brilliant result and our best defensive display since VVD threw the toys out. We stifled them and then hit on the break with speed and power, could have been 3 or even 4, Che just missed a tap in and redmond should have buried it when through.
Great Christmas present, and I just love away games!
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 10:03:33
Sitting in Chapel end side of Kingsland with my family coming to their first Saints game to , so it was predictable that all the action was down the other end! A draw was a fair result, but it would have been nice to be be 1-1 for the sake of the family. It was not a boring 0-0. We dodged a bullet when Jack Corks goal was ruled offside when Burnley were completely dominating the game and we seemed to have no out ball. Got better as game progressed and 2nd half was great...the goal was coming, but never came.

I was really impressed with the new signings, loved the way Vestergaard exerted his presence. Looks a really good player capable of making opponents forwards think twice. Ely looked tidy, Ings potentially providing the attacking pivot we haven't had since Pelle, Lemina was our fulcrum, distributing really well and showing some superlative touches. Armstrong was our best player until he went down. I hope it is not too serious.

Burnely looked like a side that had played 3 competative games but by the last 20 mins we were all over them and Redmond had found his mojo..actually running at defenders and beating them.

All in a very encouraging 0-0. Only real negative was with the execption of a brilliant long range 1-2 with Armstrong in the first half that was inches from coming off and a superb last second tackle from Mee as he was chesting down to volley, CA looked pretty toothless and far to keen to fall over and win a free kick.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 16:04:49
Get in!! Was worried in the first half, we showed touches of class but gave the ball away too easily and Wigan were all over us. They should have scored. Second half, so much better, moved the ball quickly and forward and deserved the win.

Carillo had a shocker. and looks a serious waste of money..and how unlucky was Manolo! I fancy him to get a hat-trick against West Ham, it is due! Long played well when he came on. PEH and Lemina looked so classy at times and then gave the ball away stupidly at others. Also I thought Boufal had a good game going forward.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 10:10:38
Went expecting the worst but great atmosphere, well done all fans and really encouraging game...Pellegrino playing PEH as a centre-forward was inspired and gave us a fulcrum in attack we haven't had since Pelle. PEH worked his socks off, but is not a number 9, and I can only think it was Pellegrino proving to Les what we need. If so, job done.

CB's were solid, with Stephens looking classy at times, Cedric gave everything, Betrand was solid and combined really well with Tadic, and had a brilliant late intervention to avoid turning in Kanes shot. Midfield was solid and committed and bossed the first half and held its own in the 2nd until we sat back.... but why can't we finish?! Gilt edge chances for Manolo, PEH in first 10 mins, then Obafemi and Boufal in last 10mins. We should have scored from at least 2 of them, and until we start too, we are going to be reliant on team performances like that until CA comes back/we sign a number 9.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 19:01:32
Why the F does Tadic have to fall over whenever he is touched.. even when we are on an oh so rare break!

I dont blame cedric for Murray's goal. He is a good wing back with 1 limitation..what cant the team sort it out to have Hoedt or VVD track to the back post when the oppos big striker head thats way.

Overall the game was more of the same that we have seen all season and a tough watch. JWP was downright poor asie for 1 v good fee kick, whilst Romeu showed his limitations, a brilliant defensive midfeilder with a strange almost complete lack of ability to find a forward pass.

Boufal was decent, and made to look a hell of a lot better when the sadly underperforming Redmond came on.


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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 09:37:10
I had read and heard this am that this was a boring tedious 0-0. Not so, first half was quiet but the second half was edge of the seat as we played some superb football and created chance after chance. Romero pulled off 2 world class saves and Jay rod missed a golden opportunity. The game got stretched in teh 2nd half as both sides tried to win it and Stephens was superb in mopping up, snuffing out all but 1 counter attack.
This stat summed it up from the BBC site
"Southampton had six shots on target - only Tottenham (seven on Sunday) have had more in a match against Manchester United this season in all competitions"

I just hope and pray that our luck in front of goal turns and we batter stoke to finish off what has been a stop start, but very memorable season in style.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 17:44:43
all saint..re Boufal. You didn't see him against swansea. He looked worth every penny of what we paid. Give him a run in the team instead of Tadic and I am sure he will shine.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 10:50:58
Saint Brock, where we watching the same game! We were playing a team fighting for the title who were quality in the first half helped by OR and SD given their midfield too much space, and even then we threatened and could easily have finished the half 2-1. I despair of Tadic's theatrics when he didn't get the pen he should have had, he was still down on the ground when the ball came back to him!

2nd half we were tigers for first 20 mins, Redmond/JWP and co were superb and if linesman had given benefit of doubt to Long (when he was onside 3 or 4 times but given off) it would have been a different result.

Comedy moment was OR's attempt at a forward pass after some brilliant work winning the ball. It is not his strength!

Only disappointment (other than the result and Manolo's injury) were the cameo's of Jay rod and especially Boufal who did not look anything like the player who stole the show at swansea. He is better than that.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 22:43:47
ARRRRRGH!

In the cold light of a week or so's time I will probably look back on a brilliant game that made me proud to be a Saints fan...but for now I feel as gutted and angry as Le Tiss was. It was there for us and we played more than well enough. Seeing Koeman's gloating tweet made me fume.

Yoshi covered Stephen's really well and did not make a mistake, JWP was v good, but in Manolo we have an absolute gem. Well done Les Reed. He will follow in Pelle's footsteps and be Italy's CF before the end of this season.

Sadly after being so confident in FF last season, I found myself chewing my nails every time the ball went near him, surely it is time to bench the big man and give Hassan a go.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 07:45:03
TimSaint is pretty spot on. Dull with saints in control for first 15mins then Swansea had the game for 30 mins in the first half and won it with a breakaway from a corner finished well by sigurdsson in the 2nd. Even the corner they scored from was heading straight at forster until OR thundered it in!

Our full backs played well, but tadic was awful, totally static and when he had the ball very slow to make a decision. Redmond barely better...summed up by when some boufal magic laid it on a plate for him and he sliced it for a throw in..I didn't see him blame boufal as I had turned around with my head in my hands!

Boufal was brilliant, created so much, should have had a pen and swansea couldn't get the ball off him, even when they double teamed him. One thunderous tackle from OR was like a firework going off!

Why did Puel have to wait until 60 to take Tadic off?...that was obvious at half time. Simms for redmond earlier would have been good and clasie was anonymous whilst McQueen threw himself about.

All in all, first half was poor, but 2nd was a good game with Saints pressing and we found our voice. I don't begrudge Swansea the 3 points if it means they stay up.

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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 11:23:08
Tough to watch, but at both ends we showed some promise, however Reed and Clasie completely lost the midfield and the Ox destroyed our C team. We have almost a complete first team injured and played our strongest side on Wed and I hope they will come out again on tuesday...I have sympathy with Puel that was too much to ask them to play 3 matches in 6 days after the schedule we have been on since xmas. Wenger also rested most of his team knowing that there is an EPL game on Tuesday, but he had some quality players coming back from injury.

Rubbish scheduling, not making room for the FA cup and then moaning that sides play their reserves.

Isgove, Reed, Clasie, Macqueen had shockers,
Simms, PEH, Gardos were good and everyone else had average games.

The FA Cup was a bridge too far for saints...38 games so far this season and 7 first teamers injured and another sold. I just hope we win on tuesday (I will be there), and then overall it will be a very good week. A final at wembley and back to 9th in the EPL.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 15:21:25
best thing of all..if we do win this then Everton have to finish 6th to get into Europe...
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 22:48:00
OMG..scrape me off the ceiling! epic performance, superb defence brilliant decisive counter attacking play. First half we were in control, second we held on and then Simms/long finished it off, I was on my knees praying as Simms picked up the ball, thought he was going to do an Owen and then found long, perfect first touch and then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Bring on Manure.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 09:12:14
Well played Saints. Our strongest team were on the pitch, and the result was 2-0 at half time for first time this season! Leicester looked lost in their diamond and we made them pay. JWP and Cedric where stand out, but everyone had a decent game, even Hojbjerg. Despite PH snatching at two golden chances, it was great to see JWP and PH running into those positions. Whilst PH made some mistakes, but even when he made those mistakes, he covered back and made it right . Only Gray carried a threat for leicester and Vardy's appaling hack at VVD was indefensible and the only blight on the game.

We held possession really well, constantly probing around their 18 yard line, Tadic flicking clever little balls through that were the bread and butter for Mane at the end of last season. Whilst I know that is Puels style to hold possession and dominate midfields this way, it would be nice if we could try and switch defence into attach at bit better. We did it in the Everton game at St Mary's so it is within the team.

Bring on Wednesday.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 21:13:56
A re-affirming game. Jay rod is back! Great performance by saints. After the first 10min when it was even, we bossed the game. Jay rod was mobile and held the ball up well, and improvement on CA. Bertrand was on fire, totally motivated and perfect performance, Yoshida was faultless and more composed than VVD!, Boufal reassuringly gutted to be subbed. He had looked really incisive and the backheel to release Davis was exactly what we have been missing. Davis's introduction was key as Harry Reed was having a poor game.

The rotation for the Europa has served us well. There are at least 19 of the squad that can be picked from to give a team. This gives us the fundamental advantage of freshness, Bournemouth faded noticeably.

Overall all I can day is Phew! This was the performance that I have been waiting for., best of all was the return of jay rod...what a brace, the poachers strike of the type he has missed the last 2 games and the beautiful volley.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 09:16:51
243 shots, 80 on target for only 14 goals this season. Says it all really.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 09:10:35
A tough watch. It is tough to play with only 6 outfield players as Austin, Redmond, Hojberg and JWP had shockers and Fonte and VVD their poorest games for a while, but on the balance we did not deserve to lose 3-0. Foster ensured we did. We had more possession and twice the number of attempts of Palace.

Grabbing at straws Boufal is getting better and starting to show why we paid 16m for him. If the rest of the team functions then he will shine. Also surely it is time to start Sms in place of Redmond. Redmond either needs to start going past players or be replaced. He passes back every time!

Team for Thursday.

Forster
Cedric, Fonte, VVD, Bertrand
Simms Romeu Davis Hojberg Boufal
Austin

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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 19:47:04
I think we have just seen the champions...no european football, costa and Hazard up front and a seriously good defence.

Saints played well but much like the last 4 teams chelsea have played we couldn't get through, Davies was superb, Austin worked so hard and almost had his goal, but overall we came a justifiable 2nd and that wasn't helped by OR and VVD having poor games by their high standards. No fault to Forster on either goal. 1st he was braced to save and it was rifled through his legs, 2nd was unsaveable (unless your name is Heaton!)

I thought the ref was really good.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 20:03:37
Great performance, we ground them down until their fragile confidence completely collapsed, just what you need against a team out of form. A striker like CA who slots in his first chance after not getting a sniff for 40mins is golddust. Long may his form continue.

There were many good perfomances but in particular, VVD was stand out MOM, Betrand looked really good going forward, Cedric also have a good game, Davies was very effective, Hojlberg and Romeu snuffed out the Hammers midfield and Redmond was brilliant, winning the ball back with his pace and playing some really good passes.

Happy days indeed to see Saints playing like this, bring on Happol.
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