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Southampton 2 v 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Barclays Premier League
Saturday, 9th March 2019 Kick-off 15:00
I_would added 17:43 - Mar 9
What a difference with some pace up front, brilliant win.

codge added 18:49 - Mar 9
Pulled that one out of the hat,must admit at halftime l thought there's no way back into this game the way we were playing in the first half. But credit to Ralph and the boys a fantastic result as other scores were going against us. We'll done Saints with this spirit we will survive.

aceofthebase added 18:52 - Mar 9
Who first said 'a game of two halves'? This game reminded me of games played under RK where we would get the runaround in the first half and then a decisive player/ system change with a victory and the manager's reputation goes sky high.
Spurs must have come out to start the second half thinking the game was already won and they would increase their score. How wrong were they!
I'm no expert so cannot explain our dire first half performance nor the classy play by Spurs but for a Saints fan it was an utter joy to turn this game around.
Symes came on with a point to prove and was electric, he played with no inhibition and his example spread throughout the side. It was a shame that Long was injured but again Armstrong came on and played well creating the goal for Valery. ( Cedric fans time to change allegiance!)
The transformation that is James Ward Prowse continues. He is a tougher player and now plays with a smile. Well done the manager for bringing out the best in him and several other players.
Now let's just salivate over that free kick, what a strike. It's a long time since we had a player that we now expect to score in those situations.
I'm a happy chappy tonight!

SaintBrock added 19:42 - Mar 9
Horrible game to watch but three great goals. Perhaps at last Hasenh├╝ttl has realised how useless Austin & Long are and will never pick them again. First half we played with ten men. Sims may be raw but if it's worth persevering with Valery (who had a stinker today but popped up with a cheeky goal to redeem himself a bit) then surely it's worth giving Sims a run, how is he not 100 times better than Austin?

Poor old Oriol seems to have a reputation with referees, not fair that he got booked for his first foul. Good move to take him off at HT as he needs to be fully committed in every situation and on a yellow he can't be.

KriSaint added 20:53 - Mar 9
Thank You Ralph for finally giving Simms a deserved chance and put Elyounouissi out of the squad, deservedly. What an impact Simms had when he came on in the second half. We need his speed.
I have been waiting for a victory like this, coming from behind and winning against a top 4 team.
Referee Kevin Friend tried his best for Tottenham, but, unlucky for him, they lost without him being able to avoid it..
Fantastic to see the same goal scorers from the Man. U. game score again. JWP has finally had his breakthrough in the PL with his free kick ability. Every keeper, every team, every manager will fear him from dead balls outside the box for the next 10 years. I love it.
Well done, Ralph. Well done, Saints.
Bring on Brighton.
COYS. <3

vanmans added 21:07 - Mar 9
Good win today. But that's two referees in a row that have favoured the top six team which is criminal.

SaintPaulVW added 21:25 - Mar 9
Can only Marvel at how different the two halves were. Was praying we wouldn't let another goal in in the first half our 3 centre backs looked lost at sea at times.

But then.....great work by Ralph in changing formation and great to see Simms grab his chance. COYR!

saintjf added 23:09 - Mar 9
Appalling referee. Despite that and with the help of Kane's many misses in the first half we won. Such a difference in the second half when we could attack freely. A very special win. Have not felt this good at St Marys in a long time. Manager doing an amazing job with our very limited squad. Cardiff who, unlike Swansea last season, do not seem to be throwing in the towel would have found this difficult to take after their win against West Ham. Just one relegation position to worry about. We are very much in touch with Burnley, Brighton and Palace. If we continue like this we will survive.

JimmyMeliaPhD added 23:33 - Mar 9
The PL needs to be careful...the habit of assigning biased refs to top 6 teams is getting more and more blatant and transparent! Beyond that, we Saints fans need to temper our happiness for a second and ask, why this team played like clueless schoolkids in the first half, but like demons in the second? The manager's selections and tactics have made me queazy a number of times this season, and the back 3 tactic is always asking for trouble. When Spurs pressed the middle three in the first half it looked like total chaos! None of the three knew what they were doing. Bednarek transcends the chaos a bit because he's a supremely gifted player, but the other two were shaky to sat the least. This team needs to attack and press forward all the time, because the back 3 cannot cope for 90 minutes. So, play like one big car crash waiting to happen in the first half, but then come out and attack in the second and lo and behold you get a result. In the second half we had no centre forward, but that worked better than having Austin there in the first half. (Austin and Long would surely not be anywhere near this squad if a) we'd bought forward, and b) Obafemi and Ings were fit.) Moral of the story really (and we've seen it in other games), set up defensively, you suck; press and try to play real football and you pit on a better show and maybe get some points.

KriSaint added 00:12 - Mar 10
We should not forget to praise Stuart Armstrong for his efforts today; he was involved in both our goals. He is an intellligent player who offers much in combination play all over the pitch. Makes great runs. Has a sweet right foot. A great signing, really. ┬┤Only` cost around 7 million. Worth every penny, I think.

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