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Southampton v Aston Villa Your Report added at 11:01:41
AAAAAAAAAAAAARGGGGGGGGGGG!
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added at 22:49:26
sadly we are a team not a squad (midfield excepted) . Saka had Vokins on toast, Cedric his best game for arsenal and although we had our moments there was an inevitability about it. Even Che looked off colour. They learnt from saturday and pressed us hard. I will not call out the players that lost the ball for their goals as that is excatly what we have done to so many teams this season.

Due to the high press we seem to lose steam after 70 mins and from then there was no way back. We will come back. Before the end of the season the big dane will once again be spraying quality balls from defence for KWP and Bertand to feed Ings.. COYRs
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Southampton v Shrewsbury Town Your Report added at 08:35:12
No banana skin, good run out for kids, they mostly played well but each extra touch made me increasinly scared for saints of a future without Ings!
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Fulham v Southampton Your Report added at 21:31:42
We were soild but missed Ings and JV badly and Ralph knew it. We set up for a 1-0 and ended with a 0-0. 7/10 it woudl have been 1-0. Both the goals ruled out where impressively clinical finishes and how was that not a handball. He clearly leant into it and that is listed in the rules.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55461681

Watching bednarek and stephens try to pass forward only made you miss the big Dane more! They tried, but he really has become one our our most potent weapons.

Finally why is Anguissa scoring so low. He was the best player on the pitch and bossed our midfield, tackling and cutting out pass after pass. Kudos to JWP for being everywhere, and Diallo was good second half. Armstrong was solid and had brief glimpses. Much as I can see the potentail in KWP, it is hand in the mouth time whenever he is pressed and other teams are starting to work that out.
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Southampton v Sheffield United Your Report added at 11:14:21
Dominant and if the King of the scummers was a bvit sharper it could have been a cricket score. I haven't seen Saints boss a side like that at home since the famous destruction of Villa by Mane et al.

Whatever Ralph has given Vestergaard, I want some. He was immense, last ditch defending, dominant in the air, incisive through balls, it was a VVDesque perfomance. The tactics were good, the passing excellent and Redmond actually got one on target.

Come on Saints, this could be an incredible year. I thought the 2nd Koeman season was unbeatable for excitment , but this one could be better. I love the fact that when my son says he supports saints in school, the others (Manure, Cardiff, Liverhampton) dont look down on it! We have pride, thank you Ralph.
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Brighton and Hove Albion v Southampton Your Report added at 09:45:53
Not the best game, but good tense watching and we came back from a losing position for the 2nd time this season after dropping points whjen ahead in the last 2. The defences/midfield blockers beat the attacks and the big Dane was immense. He could not have done anything else. Romeu and JWP had good games, but so did Bissouma and Gross. Hence the cancel out.

Djenpo tried things but so often ran into dead ends, or got to by-line when there was no one to pull back for. Walker Peters was good going forward, but he always seem to be the one who gets caught when the other team press. Something Ralph needs to sort out.

Theo (and Redmond) need to take a leaf from Ings and aim inside the post. Every shot seems to be a foot wide! If Redmond had been able to control his finish that would have been one of the goals of the season. Sheffield United next.....
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Brighton and Hove Albion v Southampton Your Report added at 09:45:52
Not the best game, but good tense watching and we came back from a losing position for the 2nd time this season after dropping points whjen ahead in the last 2. The defences/midfield blockers beat the attacks and the big Dane was immense. He could not have done anything else. Romeu and JWP had good games, but so did Bissouma and Gross. Hence the cancel out.

Djenpo tried things but so often ran into dead ends, or got to by-line when there was no one to pull back for. Walker Peters was good going forward, but he always seem to be the one who gets caught when the other team press. Something Ralph needs to sort out.

Theo (and Redmond) need to take a leaf from Ings and aim inside the post. Every shot seems to be a foot wide! If Redmond had been able to control his finish that would have been one of the goals of the season. Sheffield United next.....
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Southampton v Manchester United Your Report added at 19:09:40
It was a great game for the neutral but I am gutted, but having watched this fixture for long enough and seeing how brilliant McCarthy was in the first half (what a double save!) which was keeping us in it, I laid off my bet on us at half time.

What followed was painfull in its inevitablity. The subs didnt keep the energy levels and the press up. Long gives the energy but not the press. We commit so much in the first 60 we often seem to flag at the end and we did it again here. Their bench beat ours, but that is the way.

Walker-Peters had a really good game and the wolves will be circling for JWP in the summer. He is a proper player now and that free kick was just class. If his name was Beckham and he played for a big club he would be worth 50m+. I thought Djenepo had one of his best games for saints.
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Southampton v Newcastle United Your Report added at 12:49:43
We were brilliant. They are supposed to be a hlaf decent side but were terrified of us and losing the ball, when we pressed it was like a horde, JWP, KWP, Walcott and Armstrong had their right side on toast. I had to ask Alexa for Gegen style this morning!

Then we confused and played with them, some superb sequence of one touch passing going forward(!), superb flicks and step overs. The through the legs pass from Djenpo for Walcotts chance was astonishing and worthy of Le Tiss. Armstrong kept trying to thread one through in the knowledge that JWP and Romeo would mop up any counter if the pass went astry. When we won the ball, we surged forward,, JWP was brilliant.

Several times we had Vestergaard and Bednarek on the corners of the 6 yard box, then when they tried to press we just passed through them, McCarthy was playing as a sweeper, providing the out ball all the time making it 11 against 10.

It was tactically brilliant and the players all played their roles. The last time we played that well was probably the 0-2 over chelsea when Pelle scored that screamer.... If Darlow hadn't flicked the romeo thunderbolt it would have been perfect.....What a performance!!!!
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Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur Your Report added at 09:56:40
we had already been caght twice but luckily it was given offside. Once they sprung they high line suceesfully at the end of the first, it really should have prompted a rethink, then it happened again, and again, and again, and again. Brainless.

We actually played really well in the first half, Che and Djnepo were bossing it, Bertrand was over lapping beautifully and Ings was pure class. Why we could not set the defensive line 10m closer to the keeper and still play that way is beyond me. IMHO the press needs to be sporadic to be effective, press all the time and teams work out how to play through you. GRRRRRRRR
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Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers 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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Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers 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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Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers 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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Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers 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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Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers 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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Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers 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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Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers 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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Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers 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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Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers 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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Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers 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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