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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added at 05:29:43
Arsenal had learned from the weekend, changes their style of play and played their A team. A bit of gamesmanship disrupted the game and Saints took their eye of the ball for the third goal. Clever stuff.

Our defence made a lot of unforced errors. Hopefully the 2 young fullbacks will have learned something.

Our midfield was generally good. Armstrong and Diallo were our best players.

Adams plays some great passes but ultimately both he and Ings couldn't finish anything.

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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added at 14:46:46
Solid performance against a lacklustre Arsenal.

Diallo (he is really quick!), Bednarek and JWP joint MOM for me.

Good to see 'Big Fraze' (as per Jack Stephens) back in the frame again.

Adams and Ings just need a bit of sharpening up and we should be back to full steam.

COYR!
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Leicester City v Southampton Your Report added at 07:08:16
We played really well in the first half. It was a really good game to watch. A few errors led to the first goal. Lacked a cutting edge up front.

Second half we laboured. We came back into it but left ourselves wide open to a counter attack at the end.

I think Leicester edged it really although a draw would not have been an unreasonable result.

Smallbone was excellent, I just hope his injury is not as bad as it looked.

Ralph has worked miracles but we need a bit more depth. Bench told a story, average age of 22, with two 32 year olds sat on it!
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Southampton v Liverpool Your Report added at 22:21:32
So proud. Nuff said.
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added at 09:24:05
Defence was solid but except for a short period after half time we looked slow and uninspired in attack. Djenepo looks like even he doesn't know what he's going to do when he gets the ball.

Stephens made a mistake at the end but was otherwise solid. Romeu was class, Theo and KWP were at times fallible but still provided the greatest threat of a breakthrough. JWP tireless. Ings looked better but still not quite there. Our third offside 'goal' on the bounce.

I'm surprised that more wasn't made of Adams being kicked full in the head. Dangerous play surely? I'm also surprised that Adams was allowed to stay on without any real head injury assessment. The age of letting players 'get up and run it off' is surely long gone?
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Fulham v Southampton Your Report added at 17:25:15
With 4 changes to through injury and suspension this was going to be a test of our squad. I think we held our own. Although never really seemed likely to win it by more than a single goal.

Fulham matched us for intensity. Both teams seemed to cancel each other out. No one had much time on the ball. Both teams lacked a bit of quality up front.

Diallo looked good. Got caught out taking too much time and got bumped off the ball several times but did some neat passing and played lots of simple balls. The airshot was unfortunate.

Shane Long seemed anonymous in the first half but almost nicked it in the second half. JWP almost got a wonder goal, Che almost turned it in.

This game was brought to us by the word 'almost'.

Oh well, on to West Ham COYR!

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Southampton v Manchester City Your Report added at 19:30:18
KWP, TW and JV played absolute Blinders today. Those cross field passes that JV was hitting through for KWP were amazing.

Enjoyed this game more than the Arsenal game. I thought we matched them just couldn't quite put it together in that final third.

Tella looked good when he came on. Just needs more game time.

A few players looked tired. I think Bertrand might need a rest soon.

Overall the team played well and on another day would have got something out of this game. Roll on the next few games if we can keep playing at this standard.

COYR!
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Southampton v Everton Your Report added at 17:57:10
Great team performance.

I'm just slightly puzzled by Redmond bring MOTM though. He had a good work rate and was their for passes but his final ball was frequenly shocking and very wasteful. I think 3 on the bounce went for goal kicks.

MOTM, for me, was JWP who scored and along with OR bossed midfield. However it really was a team effort today.
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Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 18:16:43
Really enjoyable match to watch. Walcott looked really good but seemed to want to play in the middle so Chilwell got left free for the first half hour which was a bit scary and costly.

I'm sure we'll get treated to another CB's obituary again in the verdict but that second Werner goal was something special.

Will Adams ever calm down for his final touch always wants to blast it when placing it may be better. Ings as good as ever.

Big JV what can you say, all it took was a haircut and now he looks solid at the back and places headers.

Tella looked good in his brief appearance

COYS!
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Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 07:03:35
Great game. A draw that felt like a win.

On top to start off with then MU came roaring back. We then played ourselves back into it and took the game to them. They didn't like it up 'em!

COYS!

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Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 13:12:08
Another great performance from KWP. He seems to be growing in confidence.

JWP had a good game but overshadowed by missing the penalty. Romeu is back to his brick wall days

Armstrong and Ings are really working well together.
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Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 08:01:54
After an initial flurry, Norwich were there for the taking and to our credit, we took them.

Redmond looks sharp, Stephens made a great run out of defence. Ings and Armstrong after a a bit of game time could be really scary. Ward Prowse earned his armband.

Unsurprisingly we looked fairly disjointed in attack. Around the box though enough individual quality showed to convert a good percentage of our chances.

Coyr. Great start now the top half beckons!
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Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 07:10:19
Still a bit drained. I haven't seen the replay yet but MD's tackle looked a lot like RB's in the Leicester game -100 times worse in slow motion. The penalty was really not clear cut. Both these incidents yet again highlights the failure of VAR's only purpose for existing.

Still created a great atmosphere and hats off to the players for a great performance. Valery made a mistake but it's a bit harsh to lay into himas he has only just come back. PEH and JWP played out of their skins. CA and MA really need to learn how to play together. Why does obafemi always Look to lay the ball off when he is brought on for his speed.

Alex McCarthy redeems himself.

Irritating game, hopefully this fires us back up.
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Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 19:14:36
The definition of insanity - do the same thing and expect different results.
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Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 02:24:47
Great performance. Deserved to be 3-0 up at half time. Great assists from MD and CA. Smallbone had a great debut.

6 from the next 9 points and we can then really push on without looking over our shoulders. COYR!
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Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 08:00:52
Aside from that really odd first goal, same old same old. Looked great for most of the first half. Then let a goal in and it all went to pot.

Agree completely with the fact that we are too slow going forwards against sides that drop back deep. End up doing that useless 'hit and hope' passing low crossing into the box. Sometimes our attacking players look like they have only just started playing together and haven't got the slightest idea what their team mates might do next.

JS had some cracking runs forward. He has really improved this year. KWP had a good but not great debut.

RH's subs were a bit odd. All the attackers seemed to crowd each other out.

Tbh JV terrifies me, he is so slow and really not suited to this build from the back style. Djenapo seems to have gone backwards. Perhaps they just both need a run of games.

Playing an organised side like Burnley in the rain was always going to be a challenge. Unfortunately we didn't meet it. Not the end of the world. COYS
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Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 09:38:31
^ This
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Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 18:39:45
Great first half. They got away with a couple of hand balls but the penalty decisions evened out.

Could have been 2 nil up, unfortunately Shane did a great block.

Defence did the usual and just watched people when we needed a bit of positional play or a block.

Hey ho. A bit frustrating if I'm honest. The score doesn't really do us justice.
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Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 09:52:18
Agree we had 5 really good chances in the second half. Couldn't finish.

Unfortunately having now seen it again it was definitely a penalty. The other 2 goals were poorly defended. Players being left unmarked or no challenge put in.

So fault lies at both ends after a really good first half.

The Wolves fans put us to shame with the amount of noise they were making. 2 nil and we cocked it up indeed.

Why Jiminez was allowed to lie on the floor for 3 minutes escapes me.

Bad day at the office after recent weeks. Hopefully the jitters won't set in.
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Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 17:54:09
Played really well right from the start. Ings should have had a hat trick ...but don't want to be greedy.

What a change in defence. Really functioning well as a unit now.

Everyone is working hard, not sure I can really fault anyone. Full credit to Ralph.

Shane ran his socks off and Adams makes another great assist.

Things are looking up.

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