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Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion Your Report added by codge at 08:53:00
What a let down from the last few games,it looked like we were back to our worst in the first half. Thankful that we played a second half the first was awful.Have to give the boys credit to turn it around in the second half,Hojbjerg will not be missed by me and we definitely still need help in defense as there goal we were all sixes and sevens.Stoll we have had a great run but this was one that got away.Coyr.
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Southampton v Sheffield United Your Report added by TimSaint at 13:26:17
Frustrating 1st half with Saints seemingly already on the beach - particularly our Great Dane. (great as in size, not ability !!) Some woeful defending (mostly unforced errors), combined with poor finishing from the visitors and good goalkeeping meant we only went into the break 1-0 down.

Cue the hairdryer at half time and we looked a decent side in the 2nd half. We wanted it more and the cream came to the top, despite Sheff U's attempts to waste time, frustrate and of course kick lumps out of us.

Pleased that Che got his goals, but deep down, would have preferred Ings to have scored them, to knock Vardy off his perch. Still 2nd place in the scoring charts is great for Ings and for Saints.

Che will no doubt wish the season wasn't stopping, but with him, Ings and indeed Oba all finding the net regularly, we have a decent attack - especially with the likes of Boufal and Djenepo to return. Just needs Long to figure out where the goal is !! :-)

A great end to the season and another double achieved (along with Villa, Norwich, Watford).

A few summer signings and a good clear out of the deadwood and we will be a decent team next season.
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Southampton v Sheffield United Your Report added by KriSaint at 12:23:59
Great new kit. Thanks to Alex McCarthy for some really important saves before we got to dominate the match completely. Alex has improved and actually punches crosses away on a regular basis now.
Danny "Silverboot" Ings scored his twenty-second goal and Adams got a brace. Romeu is back at his best and we won´t miss Højbjerg. Great to see - for at least the second time - Obafemi brought on as a THIRD striker and Smallbone fill in well as a no. 6, when Romeu is sacrificed to give room for the third centerforward. Kyle WP has convinced me. He has made us stronger. He is quick, brave and clever. BUY, please.
JWP is our new captain - get over it, "I_Would" <3 - and Armstrong is my "most improved player of the season", whereas Danny "SIlverboot" MachineIngs is my player of the year - beating his personal goal tally for a season - and being our iconic top scorer.
8 academy players in the match squad for the last match, makes me proud, and I like Ralps very much.
2 or 3 signings and we can do really well next season, where the top 6 teams will have too many games in too short a time and get heavy legs - which , hopefully, gives us a chance to power upwards in the table.
I look forward to next season with, hopefully, good cup runs and a top 7 end position in the table.

Thanks to my fellow Saints fans and friends for connecting on this platform and thanks to Nick for good articles.
Thanks to John Bailey and Tom for their legendary Saints FC Podcasts and to the lad behind league1minus10blogspot.com for fantastic match reports.

Best wishes
Kristian (KriSaint), 52-year old GP & sports medicine doctor
and (Danish) Saints supporter since 1979/1980.
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Southampton v Sheffield United Your Report added by Flamingbankers at 09:14:25
Poor first-half , Vesters turning and footwork like the Titanic (played OK 2nd). Defence gave the ball away too much with flanks looking vulnerable. Much the better team in second-half. Che Adams with quick feet and merciless finishing gets his just desserts. MOM, the rock, Romeu.
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Southampton v Sheffield United Your Report added by FaroSaint at 23:19:17
Great win for the final game though a very nervous error strewn first half especially from JV . Thought JWP had a great game controlling the midfield with superb crosses into the box . Super Captain bodes well for the new season . OR NR and KWP all had a good game
So pleased for Che, more of the same please next season !!! COYS
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Southampton v Sheffield United Your Report added by I_would at 22:03:49
What position does JWP play, any ideas? He was either No9, CB, No 10 or RB, I'm not sure. What a load of well drilled mechanical boorfest SU are. I think we're a bit better overall than them and we'd better buy Peters (MOM for me).
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Southampton v Sheffield United Your Report added by SanMarco at 21:51:09
Yes - poor old JV. I know Billy Sharp is a sprightly youngster but...

Good to finish with a win and we came 3rd in the table since the restart. Just need to sort the home form out and could be a good season next year.
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Southampton v Sheffield United Your Report added by allsaint54 at 21:13:39
Ralph starts with with Vestergaard to see if he's worth keeping for next season. After 45 min he proved he can't defend & can be outpaced by Billy Sharp who's not exactly quick. Great to see Che score 2 great goals, hopefully this will boost his confidence for next season. Redders put in in one of his best performances but JWP still flatters to deceive.
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Southampton v Sheffield United Your Report added by saintpete01 at 21:02:49
Yes Jv looked like he was Towing the Titanic to catch billy sharp
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Southampton v Sheffield United Your Report added by halftimeorange at 20:25:00
Thankfully, Sheff Utd ran out of steam and we coasted home but, there were worrying moments with Walker-Peters, McCarthy and, comically Vestergaard being eased off the ball by Billy sharp. Talk about david and Goliath!. Sorry but Jannik is simply too much of a carthorse for the EPL. Danny Ings seemed off the pace at times but, what I really didn't get was that when we were all over them at the end everyone seemed content to pass around in the middle of the park instead of setting Danny up for a golden boot goal. Even Danny spurned a couple of half chances to shoot. What was that all about? A good end to a chaotic season.
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Southampton v Sheffield United Your Report added by saintpete01 at 20:18:55
We have our own Gurd muller in che Adams Das Bomber
He has all the qualities of that great striker
We were lucky the game wasn’t dead and burried by half time
But a great second half team performance there was only one team in it
Great to finish with a win and in our new kit happy days
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AFC Bournemouth v Southampton Your Report added by I_would at 20:46:56
Vest shouldn't be there. JWP does nowt.
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Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion Your Report added by janecook at 10:16:36
Michael Obafemi done well in the players ratings I think he was lucky to get more than 2.
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Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion Your Report added by KilkennySaint at 15:29:06
Much better second half, had so many chances to win it. Good to see some of the youngsters getting a start, was really impressed with Vokins, he was a threat up the left and had a great strike on goal. I thought Smallbone had a quite game but i noticed he put in a couple of great crosses into the box. Think Hojbjerg has played his last game for us.
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Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion Your Report added by TimSaint at 13:39:13
I said in the preview that we should start with our strongest side and then rest players as needed in the 2nd half.

The worst 1st half display I have seen in ages. Why make so many changes in what is already our achilles heel, our defence. Vest and Bed switched off or were asleep for the goal and the whole team's 1st half performance was pedestrian at best. City had put 5 past them in their previous match, but we were content to pass it around and rarely threaten.

2nd half was much better and we created enough to win it and probably should have done if it wasn't for some good blocks and saves and some bad misses. But still somehow managed to give Brighton chances to win it through errors and ball watching.

Vest was unlucky with that 35 yard effort - great save.
On another night, Adams could have had a hat trick.
Danny Ings really is our King.
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Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion Your Report added by mattthelegend at 07:18:50
Well at least Jack gets a break this game, first half all over the place to be expected with the changes but got into it for the last 10 minutes, second half was brilliant to watch, chance after chance now I know how Man City must have felt after last week. KWP was great going forward admittedly against lesser opposition, Vokins had a decent game, Ings isn’t human runs and runs and I thought Adams did well his work rate was excellent maybe needs to gamble in the box more.
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Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion Your Report added by codge at 00:22:00
What a let down from the last few games,it looked like we were back to our worst in the first half. Thankful that we played a second half the first was awful.Have to give the boys credit to turn it around in the second half,Hojbjerg will not be missed by me and we definitely still need help in defense as there goal we were all sixes and sevens.Stoll we have had a great run but this was one that got away.Coyr.
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Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion Your Report added by I_would at 23:24:36
Lucky to get a point with the starting 11. Ward Prowse let us down again with missed chances. Dead ball specialist? Hojbjerg is a joke.
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Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion Your Report added by SanMarco at 23:21:44
Our epic battle with Everton for 12th place is going to go to the wire...
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Manchester United v Southampton Your Report added by KriSaint at 15:09:14
B.t.w. thanks for another good article, Nick; my Man of the Match goes to Danny Ings for his incredible work rate all over the pitch, control of the ball, team spirit enhancement, danger in both build-up and finishing and his confidence and cleverness. The man remarkably rarely loses the ball, and he is on the ball quite a lot every game!
Also I´d like to emphasize: great substitution by Ralph, bringing on Obafemi and asking Smallbone to play in Romeus no. 6 position - as defensive midfielder, where Will did very well in his running, positioning and ball control in our so important and so well-rehearsed/trained/executed short passing up the field. Very enjoyable to watch how cool, brave and exciting a team we have actually become. I credit Ralph for that , of course. So happy that he extended his contract with us for four years. Way to go, Ralph. He is an exciting manager, and I believe the players respect and like him a lot.
As far as Smallbone is concerned, he has been added to the A squad to stay there, it looks. Very useful squad player with a lot af potential, and for his age he certainly always looks calm, cool and collected.
If Adams improves after having tasted PL football for one season...., because he needs to, to help Ings and the team scoring goals, I don´t really think we need to be desperate to bring in more than one or two, maximum three new players in the transfer window (depending on any departing Saints players, of course and depending on whether Ralph wellcomes back a player like Harrison Reed, who has done very well at Fulham). As always a lot of other "ifs", of course, but I am delighted with the way we have improved, and I´m sure I share this feeling and positivism with a lot of you guys, fellow Saints fans.
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