Southampton Due A League Win At Wolves
Thursday, 13th Jan 2022 10:42
It's been 15 years since Saints last won a League game at Molyneux, so surely it's time that we beat Wolverhampton Wanderers on their own ground again, although we did beat them in the FA Cup there last season.
You have to go back to 2006/07 season for the last time Saints went to Wolverhampton Wanderers and won a league game, but what a day that was with Saints rattling in 6 without reply on 31st March 2007 to kick start their promotion push that would eventually see us reach the play offs, but lose on penalties to Derby County in the semi finals.
In that memorable game Saints seemed to score against the run of play and then keep scoring, Marek Saganowski opened the scoring on 24 minutes and 3 minutes later a Gary Breen own goal doubled the lead before Saganowski made it 3-0 on 36 minutes.
At half time the Saints fans were buzzing after racing into that lead. but there was still plenty of apprehension that Wolves could mount a fightback, after all we had lost 4 out of the last six matches and taken only 4 points, confidence was not high.
But any worries were dispelled in the 55th minute when after Wolves had blustered in the opening spell of the second half Leon Best made it 4, Andrew Surman made it 5 with 10 minutes to go and to rub it in Saganowski completed his hat trick with a minute to go to send Wolves fans home extremely unhappy after witnessing their heaviest home defeat in almost 40 years.
But since then we have not won again in the League in 5 attempts, although as mentioned we did beat them 2-0 in last seasons FA Cup.
Last season's league encounter saw us dominate the for the first hour and go ahead with a goal from Theo Walcott on 58 minutes , but we lost momentum and Neto equalised with 15 minutes to go.
In October 2019 Saints fan watched their side battle doggedly and although the home side dominated possession they failed to turn it into clear chances, Danny Ings gave us the lead on 53 minutes, but a controversial penalty decision allowed Raul Jimenez to equalise on the hour mark, Saints were good for a point.
Our first visit to Molyneux in 9 seasons saw us visit newly promoted Wolves in Sept 2018, we were looking good and as we approached the last 10 minutes looked the side most likely to win it, we didn't though Cavaleiro scored and Jonny sealed the game just before the 90 minute mark to give Wolves a win that they probably didn't deserve, but we had handed to them through sloppy play.
Back to 2008/09 season and with the club in administration and docked 10 points relegation from the Championship was almost a certainty, Wolves blew us away 3-0, Saints fan Sam Vokes scoring in the first minute, Jody Craddock making it two 5 minutes later and David Jones hitting the 3rd after only 19 minutes, god knows how we didn't concede 10.
The first visit to Molyneux after the historic 6-0 victory came in March 2008, Saints were no longer chasing promotion but slipping towards the relegation zone, we had lost 5 of the last 8 games and drawn the other 3 and had gone from a secure mid table position perhaps dreaming of a late promotion push to a team in freefall.
Two draws in the previous games gave us hope at Molyneux , but the home side scored on the hour mark and things looked bad, a Gregory Vignal penalty on 75 minutes restored hope, but the same player was sent off with 9 minutes left, we almost got to full time without conceding then Sylvan Ebanks-Blake popped up with his second on 88 minutes and the game was lost.
Or was it, Jason Euell popped up with a last gasp equaliser to make it 2-2, perhaps we could stay up and we did with a 3-2 win against Sheffield United on the final day that saw us safe, down to 10 men it was close, a late goal would have sent us down.
So it is about time we took 3 points again at Wolves, in truth the recod since hasn't been bad, in 5 appearances we have drawn 3 of them and lost 2, but we need to take the 3 points on Saturday, to even things up a bit and also to send us needing only another 2 wins in the final 17 games to virtually secure Premier League safety assuming we can draw a few along the way.
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