Friendlies Part 1
I delighted to be just coming to the end of my first month in changed which has been a delightful experience.It has been great to watch the lads as they have made progress through out pre season, I now know all the players names. Which is always great and have spoken with the captain to let him know what I will require of him this season, Whilst also asking if he has any Idea's himself about what we should be doing to make sure we keep heading in the right direction.
I was so excited when it came to our first match even if it was behind closed doors, I saw this as my opportunity to show the club what I can do for them
and that if we worked together how far we could go.
Our first match was against our Under 21's
Southampton 3 - Southampton 1 U21s
I am very pleased to say that it provided me with a good insight into what we needed to do and how the team would perform in the style I wish to employ;
Seeing Pablo Osvaldo score 2 for the club was particularly pleasing, Whilst I was equally impressed with how they took to playing in a new style.
I also managed to eye up some of our young talents and push them into the first team on the back of this performance in the end the game finished 3-1 with 2 goals from Osvaldo & 1 from Ramirez
Whilst for the under 21's Jordan turnbull came on to score a tap in from a poorly defended corner. As expected we dominated much of the game with 61% Possession. hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
Exeter City 0 - Southampton 1
We managed to win 1 - 0 courtesy of Rodriguez's stunning strike.
However I must express my concerns over Adam's performance he constantly gave the ball away with many wayward passes.
I also gave one of our younger players ( Callum Chambers ) a run out even if it was only for a few minutes.
M.Umm El Fahm 1 - Southampton 2
This game was our first out side of the country.
I am please to announce that we came away with a 2-1 win especially since we played so poorly in the first half.
In this match I handed 2 more under 21's there first starts. In the likes of ; Stephens & Targett whilst Chambers came in again to play at right back.
Though was later subbed off.
After going 1 - 0 down in the first half to a Assaf Hemo Volley from close range. I am proud to say the team came out in the second half and demonstrated why they will be in the premier league next season.
with a goal from Steven Davis although it is the inter play that many of the fans will go away talking about due to a lovely 1-2 that set up the move.
Fox however was determined not to be out done with something of a wonder strike from the edge of the area firing the ball straight passed the opposition goalkeeper.
Jerusalem 0 - Southampton 3
Billy Sharp managed to put us in front early on with a goal in the opening 5 minutes of the game.
however it wasn't until the 53rd Minute that the game was put to bed with another good effort from Stephen Davis.Even if it was slightly fortunate to have gone in off the keeper.
Ramirez sealed with win in the 69th minute after mopping up the ball parried by the oppositions goalkeeper.
I am delights that in our first 3 games we have come away with 3 wins. Even if these are only friendlies.
I have already Imposed my self upon the club with my Idea's about youth players making sure that the players that had played well in the u21s
got a chance to impress & believe me when I say they have shown a good account of themselves. Even if things looked a bit rocky at first.