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Southampton v Leeds United Your Report added at 20:35:47
Getting a point being 2-0 down after 50 minutes , a draw felt ok.
We still look bad when defending crosses, very obviously, but overall I thought we fought back pretty well.
Young Sekou Mara had a great assist for KWP's equalizer but we desperately need to add a proven striker to the group.
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Southampton v Everton Your Report added at 18:17:36
I gave the ref 8 points, but yes...., he should have punished the infamous blond haired, diving black guy with the huge nose and the attitude of a dissatisfied teenager - Richildlison - who always acts like he's been shot in even the slightest dual where he doesn't win the ball. He makes me absolutely sick every time I watch him play.
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Southampton v Everton Your Report added at 22:33:34
A good, well-deserved win, which should have been bigger than 2-0. Everyone played well. Again.
I agree with Dean Hammond that it was probably Bednareks best game in a Saints shirt, because he read the game so well, placed himself so brilliantly and won so many duels / intercepted so many balls. Stuey shows again how important he is and I'm delighted for Shane Long getting a(nother) personal record , scoring with his first touch and joining a quite small group of players who have done so in the PL. And what a header.
Congrat's with another fine result to everyone involved with/supporting Saints.


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Manchester United v Southampton Your Report added at 20:46:23
Pretty good performance, I think. Again, we looked focused, weel-organized and with a solid game plan, good tempo, fine distribution all over the pitch - and we look hard to beat.
It has really helped having Stu A. back and Elyounouissi has begun shining + Livramento is back from injury Furthermore Fraser Forster is in good form as are our two front men, Broja and Adams AND ..... Romain Perraud, our big hearted, french left back.
A good point vs Manure.
Now we need to go on and beat Everton before we take on West Ham in a mouth watering last 16 FA cup game.
We are tenth and look good! Good job Ralph.
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Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton Your Report added at 12:15:37
Sorry. I'm so thrilled I can't think straight. It was Kane who scored nothing, of course *
btw, I loved Kanes stupid look when he found out his embarrassing attempt for getting a penalty, was in vain. The off side flag had gone up. :-D
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Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton Your Report added at 11:48:37
Sorry. Son caused an own goal. He scored nothing *
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Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton Your Report added at 11:11:53
Congratulations to everyone associated with S.F.C.
Probably the best away performance I've seen since I became a Saints supporter 42 years ago.
Full marks to all the players and Ralph and his staff. The ref. was sh*t but we managed to win anyway.
Perrauds best game in a Saints shirt so far.
Behind twice, against the run of play, we just kept on going. We played very very well and could have won by a larger margin.
I'll never forget this match, this victory.
FInally we got something away at Spurs.
Bad night for Diver Harry , Diver Son (and Antonio "anger management" Conte). Though they both managed to score, but deservedly, we scored more!
COYS! <3
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Southampton v Coventry City Your Report added at 00:59:18
Disappointing starting line-up in front of a full crowd - fighting for a place in round 5. Ralph gradually and rightfully "topped up" the team with 5 substitutions and - after having been deservedly behind - we equalized and ultimately got our noses in front in the last fase of half 2 of extra time and - with a superb double save from Caballero in the dying moments of extra time - held on to a 2-1 victory.
Great goals from KWP and Stu Armstrong.

Ralph: please learn from this. I know we have 2 difficult away games in the league coming up in a short space of time, but there are limits of risk taking when you choose your starting line up..
We got away with it - Ralphs team selection - Ralph reacted sufficiently - and I'm very happy with that.
Absolute bullet of an equalizer from Stu and some brilliant technical skills from KWP for 2-1. His second goal in 2 games - this time from the left back position. Last time out it was from the RB position. I love him.

JWP led the team, fought his a** off, and covered a lot of ground as usual - and let nobody down when rotated to right back in the last fase of the match. My MOTM.

We're in the hat for tomorrows draw :-)
Onwards and upwards.
COYS! <3
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Southampton v Manchester City Your Report added at 11:19:15
In Kyle Walker-Peters first league start in his preferred position - right back - he scored a brilliantly built up, well executed goal after about 7 minutes - when he got a cut back pass from Redmond inside the right side of the box, took a quick touch before smashing it into the back of the net - leaving Ederson with no chance at all.
City, dominant in possession, equalized with Laportes headed goal from a brilliant freekick from none other than K De Bruyne, in the middle of the second half, but before that we could actually have made it 2-0 (Broja).
We fought heroically and held on for a well deserved point.
Great performances from especially:
KWP
Forster
JPW
Salisu
Stu Armstrong
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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton Your Report added at 00:26:56
A frustrating defeat as we could definitely have gotten a result.
A 'home team referee' didn't help much.
I liked our 'new' shape, but where the hell were KWP and Che Adams in our starting line up? Ralph?
Fantastic free kick - again - by JWP. Now no. 2 in the 'all time PL number of free kick goals list' behind Beckham with a total of 12 free kick goals. I feel very proud of that and of the fact that - this time - it wasn't his normal 'left wards' / 'inwards' curling type of shut but an astonishing thunderbolt 'outwards' one - from 40 yards out. Amazing.

Bring on Tottenham and Manure and let's come with a proper reaction and beat those 2 annoying teams.
COYS! <3
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Southampton v Brentford Your Report added at 16:23:18
Finally we kicked a teams *ss :)

3 CBs, 2 wingbacks and 3 midfielders who all worked hard and supported each other well in a well organized shape - including 2 hard working strikers - worked fine on an evening where we scored from most of our chances (for a change).
JWP my MOTM from his RB position - and fine performances throughout the team besides perhaps Redmond who wasn't very succesful as link up player and striker , but at least he tried..

Ralph must be thrilled and relieved and proud as must be our new main owner, Dragan Solak , allegedly Serbias richest man , and his partners in business Rasmus Ankersen and Henrik Kraft , both Danes.
Great to see Diallo score our second goal, a difficult volley; unfortunately categorized as an own goal by Brentfords keeper; and great to watch Romeu assisting Broja for his 5.th PL goal - Broja running through from the middle of the pitch and into the box before finishing in the bottom corner to the keepers left. I had the feeling "I'm sure he'll score", when he accelerated towards goal and left Brentfords captain and CB Pontus Jansson for dead , and so he did; scored; again. Such a talented, young player. I hope we get to buy him from Chelsea. Jan B scored again with another delicate header from another delicate JWP corner kick, and Che scored a fine, controlled goal - putting the ball calmly over the keeper on the edge of the box - being one-on-one with him receiving the ball from Diallos long clearance from deep inside our own half.
Saints 4
Brentford 1
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Swansea City v Southampton Your Report added at 11:38:23
Shocking news if Tino is seriously injured. When did that happen? , and why would it take up to A YEAR to get him fit, if it's allegedly a meniscus problem in one of his knees? For decades meniscus surgery has been 'smaller' surgery (done via a scope), and the recovery time is usually weeks or a couple of months.
In 1994 Franco Baresi injured his meniscus in the Word Cup in match 1 or 2; -> he had scope surgery and returned for the final!
Has Tino ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament, or what?
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Swansea City v Southampton Your Report added at 03:16:48
Wonderful win under difficult circumstances after - again - having a player sent off in half 1!
Some intelligent, 'protective' substitutions made by Ralph, I thought, and substitute Shane Long my MOTM 1 with the assist for the 2-2 equalizer and the 3-2 winner; his first in 22 months as I understand it..
JWP my MOTM 2 for his versatility (def. midfield for 30 min., RB for 70 minutes) and stamina and his assist for Shane Longs winner. Forster my MOTM 3 for his good allround performance and right leg save just before the end of normal time. Substitute Moi my MOTM 4 for his instant 2-2 equalizer.

A good way to start a new year under new ownership.
Onwards and upwards and hopefully a good home draw for round 4 in the cup and another victory on tuesday.
COYS! <3
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Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur Your Report added at 10:39:10
Nice to see Ralph so relieved and calm going into 2022.
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Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur Your Report added at 23:32:45
@claus5
Ok, 3-5-2 and then 3-5-1. Let's not argue on how we saw the formation :-D
Happy new year to you and every Saints supporter.
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Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur Your Report added at 18:49:15
A great point gained - 1-1 with us playing 10 against 11 for about an hour!

Playing 5-3-2 we got ahead with a nice first timer from JWP after Salisus throw in bounced off Alli into JWPs path just inside the Spurs box , and he hesitated not, firing the ball hard with outwards spin into the net to the left of Hugo Lloris.
Salisu got a very soft first yellow (for nothing) early on :( , and then he brought down the top diver of the PL, Son, in the box, about 10 minutes before half time -> Salisu off with his second yellow :( and Kane converted the penalty :( . 1-1.

In the second halt we played on in our new 5-3-1 formation with Valery, Bednarek and Perraud as centerbacks, KWP as RB and Adam Armstrong as left back (!!!) - and our team put in a very good fight to gain a point.
We were lucky when Doherty was penalized for having pushed Forster in the 6 yard box when Forster lost hold of the ball which dropped to the ground where either Forsters or Dohertys heel somehow put the ball over our goal line. Bizarre situation. In slow motion it looked like we got lucky there. Apart from that, Spurs never looked really dangerous in the second half, and Forster took the few attempts that were inside his goal frame (apart from Kanes second goal, which was correctly overruled for offside).

Well done to Ralph and the team.
Yan Valery gets my MOTM for getting so well through such a difficult match - as center back :-D

Shane Long battled hard up front and won some important air duels and Broja who replaced him with 20 minutes left had our only big chance of the second half when he broke into the Spurs penalty area from the right and saw his shot blocked to a corner.
JWP and Stu Armstrong also had shots blocked, and many of us Saints supporters thought Dier hand balled Stu Armstrongs shot. Slo mo showed it was not a penalty.

Well done to the home crowd who sang and made noise throughout the match.
> 31.000 were at St. Mary's. :-)
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West Ham United v Southampton Your Report added at 11:53:34
What a cracking game of football! Moi scored a typical Stu Armstrong goal from 25 yards with his weaker foot. 1-0.
Broja was awesome with his pace - making both Masuaku and Dawson look very slow - and he deservedly got a stone wall penalty from Dawsons desperate, clumsy attempt to prevent him from running away and scoring. Initially Kevin Friend - of course - pointed towards the corner flag!!!! (he should be suspended for that!), but VAR helped us. JWP converted beautifully. 2-1. With 20 min left plus >6 min added Bednarek scored a great header - jumping highest between Soucek and Dawson, directing a great freekick from JWP into the far, low corner with no chance for Fabianski. 3-2. Deserved victory and GREAT to see Stu Armstrong getting some minutes.

Stephens, Lyanco and Tella all out with Covid :( - which made SaintsĀ“ efforts to win the game even more great.
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Crystal Palace v Southampton Your Report added at 23:31:53
We put up a good fight with an injury hit team, I thought , without playing particularly well, so I'm happy with the point.
Great to see JWP score PL freekick goal no. 11. And what a beautiful freekick goal it was.
Apart from that - with JWPs set piece kicking ability service - we are pretty poor at making corners and dead ball crosses into goals.
Brojas goal was also class. For me, he has to start whenever he's fit! Pace, dribbling skills, shot accuracy: top drawer for a 20-year old.
Djenepo was shocking. He is beginning to p*ss me off a LOT.

Why doesn't Ralph tell our defense NOT to play the ball out from the back with risk in the first 20 minutes of a difficult away game? I mean, behind after 2 minutes because of risk taking from the back?? (angry emoji).
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Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion Your Report added at 22:05:27
Don't know what to say, but I'll try, after seeing my team loose 2 points in a stupid way in minut 98. - against 10 men.

Good first half. Excellent Broja goal.

With no further substitution possibilities (Claude Puels favourite plural noun, I know) Brighton had to play the 10 minutes of added time with 10 men. With about 3 minutes left to play JWP throws the ball away which leads to Romeu fouling a BHA player just outside the penalty box receiving a (one match suspension) yellow card. McC sets up a good wall, but out of nowhere JWP runs back almost to our goal line to protect the left post area, milliseconds before the freekick is taken, ultimately meaning that the rebound ball into our box - after an effective wall block - finds a totally onside Maupay (due to JWPs position) in the box, and Maupay - the little irritating French man - blasts it in from close range at the right post.

2 big mistakes from JWP it seems, but after the game we learn that JWP was allegedly called back by McC because McC had a huge hamstring problem (which he allegedly kept quiet about) making him less mobile and extra fearful of conceding from the free kick, and, post-match, Ralph angrily blames McC for the goal.

I'm not sure whether blaming McC totally is fair, because I'm sure there were more than me who wondered why Lyanco took a goal kick for McC a few minutes before the equalizer. Could it be for other reasons than an injury? No.
Didn't Ralph and his staff see that?
Didn't Ralph get to suspect that McC had a problem? , and if Ralph did, why didn't he get someone to ask McC what the problem was or - even better - tell an outfield player to order McC to immediately raise his arm and go to ground, asking for treatment, so Ralph could get a chance to analyze and decide whether to bring Harry Lewis on?

Can't believe we didn't win.

McC had a pretty good game apart from being strangely involved in the equalizer btw.
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Norwich City v Southampton Your Report added at 17:54:55
Where was Stuart Armstrong???
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