|Southampton 0 v 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers|
Barclays Premier League
Sunday, 26th September 2021 Kick-off 14:00
Time For A Saints Win
Sunday, 26th Sep 2021 09:11
Southampton FC have made a solid start to the season with 4 draws out of the first 5 games, however they need to get a win under their belts and pull clear of the relegation dog fight and victory against Wolves could move them up to 11th.
Watford start today in 11th place on 7 points and they are the target Saints look to as they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at St Mary's this afternoon.
A win over Wolves would guarantee 12th place at the end of the day, but it would be 11th if Arsenal failed to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the 4pm game, although after that Crystal Palace still have to host Brighton on Monday night, a game that could see the Eagles themselves in 11th on 8 points, amazingly if Brighton beat Palace, a result that would suit Saints fans then the Seagulls would be top of the Premier League.
The important thing for Saints though is not to lose the game against Wolves from a position in the table point of view, we start the day only a point above Leeds who are third from bottom, with Newcastle & Wolves the cushion between us.
So a draw will give us a little buffer zone, but a win would give us a 4 point gap and that is a decent distance at this early stage of the season.
But it is not just about the points, we need the win for the confidence, we have turned a corner from the second half of last season, but we do need to start winning games.
In virtually all of those 4 tied games we had the chance to turn it into a win, we should have buried Newcastle, we had one on ones against Manchester United and Manchester City that should have turned into goals, this is a day where we need to start taking chances and winning games of football.
This game will not define the season, but it is the first crossroads in it, it was always going to be a tough start in the first 8 games, in the corresponding fixtures last year we gained just 2 points, after 5 of the 8 so far we have already taken 4 points and now we need to make it 7 from 6 games.
If we do that we have a very satisfying start to the season and a real base to build on, lose the game though and we are in the mix at the bottom, yes we have plenty of time to get out of it, but the earlier we get things done the better.
It won't be an easy game, in both of the last two seasons we have led at half time and then been caught on the break in the second half to lose, we have to make sure that doesn't happen this time.
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When Saturday Comes #16 by wessex_exile
When Saturday Comes, and this time instead of an international break we played yesterday evening, and now have the luxury of sitting back and seeing what’s going to happen around us in the league table. A gritty display last night saw the U’s fight back from a being a goal down, with Freddy netting his 8th of the season, helped in no small measure by an inch-perfect through ball from Alan Judge. Whisper it, but with (at least) 30 competitive matches to go to the end of the season, Freddy’s average of 0.4 goals per game would actually see him reach that mythical ’20 goals per season’ figure – not bad for an Ipswich reject 😊.
When Saturday Comes #15 by wessex_exile
When Saturday Comes, and finally the U’s return to the league programme after what seems an age as a result of our international break. The Forest Green match has been rearranged for 21st December, the last Tuesday before Xmas, and it will no doubt be a chilly night on top of the hill overlooking Nailsworth. Originally billed as a 7pm kick-off, it seems to have been pushed back to 7.45pm now – better make sure before I set off on the short drive for that one. Talking of short drives, bravo to our U18s winning 2-0 at Swindon in the FA Youth Cup midweek, to set up a mouth-watering home tie against Arsenal in the 3rd Round.
When Saturday Comes #14 by wessex_exile
This week, When Saturday Comes the U’s find themselves on an international break and a weekend off for the WAGs to get in some Christmas shopping. Just as well too, given the U’s have inconsiderately eased past AFC Sudbury to deny them the customary FA Cup Second Round break in December to do likewise. We wait to hear who our opponent will be at the JobServe – it’ll be either top of League One Wigan Athletic or Cameron Coxe’s National League parent club Solihull Moors, who replay at Damson Park on Tuesday evening. Incidentally, Solihull Moors may be part of history being made today, with their match at Meadow Lane already expected to easily top 10,000, and may break the record attendance for that league, which currently stands at 11,083 when Bristol Rovers faced Alfreton Town in 2015.
When Saturday Comes #13 by wessex_exile
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When Saturday Comes #12 by wessex_exile
A relegation six-pointer already, seriously! Grim news so early in a season which had such promise, but that may well turn out to be the reality when the dust settles in May. On the eve of All-Hallows Eve, I’m wondering whether the U’s will have served up Trick or Treat by 5pm this afternoon. Plenty has been written over the last week by supporters, the press, even the Chairman about the protests during and after the Sutton United rocky horror football show, and whilst everyone has the right to voice their opinion on the club’s fortunes on and off the pitch, that doesn’t give anyone (even the Chairman) the right to be abusive – it’s not big, it’s not clever, and if anything it undermines the validity of that opinion.
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