Why Southampton are better prepared for festive fixture list this season
Nov18

Why Southampton are better prepared for festive fixture list this season

After the tragic events in Paris and the subsequent security scares in Belgium and Germany, it felt weird that England’s friendly with France was to go ahead. Yet the solidarity and unity shown just proves that life should go on as normal, and Southampton’s Premier League campaign starts again on Saturday with the visit of Mark Hughes’ Stoke. The fact that the next international break comes in March means that Saints are heading into...

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Cédric Soares is finally coming into his own at Southampton
Nov04

Cédric Soares is finally coming into his own at Southampton

Cliché it may be, but Southampton’s 2-0 win over their South Coast neighbours Bournemouth really was a game of two halves. The first half may have all been Southampton, where their two goal lead at half-time was almost lucky on the visitors, but the second half was much more of a backs-to-the-wall performance, especially when Victor Wanyama was sent off for two yellow cards. The fact that the Cherries could not overcome the two-goal...

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Southampton fans’ forum a missed opportunity
Oct21

Southampton fans’ forum a missed opportunity

In Southampton Football Club terms, six years is practically a lifetime. For the first time since 2009, the Saints hierarchy put themselves in the firing line. It was a night that showed how the club has improved as much off the pitch as they have on it. The last forum was one of bickering and in-fighting as Leon Crouch and Rupert Lowe venomously argued for all to see; compare that to Ronald Koeman, Les Reed and Ralph Krueger walking...

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100 appearances… Now Ward-Prowse must become a regular starter
Oct07

100 appearances… Now Ward-Prowse must become a regular starter

Perhaps it is a sign of Southampton’s rising stock recently, and how big the current ‘crisis’ at Stamford Bridge actually is, that the Saints’ surprise 3-1 win over Chelsea wasn’t that surprising. The Blues may be in the middle of what seems an increasingly public civil war between Jose Mourinho and his players and staff, but that would be downplaying Southampton’s achievements there. The cold hard facts for Saints’s triumph in West...

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Saints need defence to settle, and quickly
Sep23

Saints need defence to settle, and quickly

Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester United was one of real contrasts for many reasons for Southampton, with a few positives to be taken despite the nature of the defeat. For many, that was Saints’ best attacking display for some time. Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle in particular caused the United backline all sorts of problems with their pace and power, with the latter grabbing an impressive brace. But their good work mirrored that...

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Saints need to sharpen up on the road
Sep10

Saints need to sharpen up on the road

It is rather bizarre to think that just four games into the new season, Southampton have already played more than 10% of the whole campaign! Yet the Saints will have been glad to have got to this point in the top half of the table, as the season so far has been one of real problems for Ronald Koeman and his staff, some slightly more complicated than others. The transfer window has been one of those; seeing the names of Sadio Mane and...

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