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Southampton FC: Patriotism

Started on 28 November 2014 by Maximus
Latest Reply on 25 June 2015 by Feliks

March 2015 Review

Premier League
Southampton 3-1 West Brom
Ince (26), Berahino (31), Lampard (pen 52), Ideye (82)

FA Cup 6th Round
Southampton 3-1 Watford
Munari (21), Lambert (32), Lambert (45), Lambert (87)

Premier League
Manchester United 2-0 Southampton
Di María (88), Falcao (90)

Premier League
Chelsea 4-0 Southampton
Cuadrado (9), Hazard (18), Diego Costa (66), Diego Costa (83)

Premier League
Southampton 4-2 Crystal Palace
Zaha (11), Lambert (18), Lambert (25), Chamakh (33), Hughes (72), Chamakh (83)

Woah, that relegation fight and LOL Arsenal! Hopefully LFC pips that 4th spot to Spurs, because admit it, no one wants to see Spurs in the CL ;)

Rodriguez Demands Out

A forgotten figure at the Saints'

Metro Journalist: Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez has today publicly stated that he wants to leave the club this Summer. Rodriguez, who has failed to make an impression following his return from lengthy injury has now completely fallen out of favour at St Mary’s, finding himself not even included on the bench in recent weeks as Gareth Southgate continues to start the breakthrough star of the season, Wilfried Zaha. It is believed Southgate has given Rodriguez and his representatives the green light to speak with clubs to finalise a deal that benefits both the player and Southampton. The announcement comes just twelve months after Rodriguez was setting the Premier League alight with goals and assists, with strong rumours he would be on the plane to Brazil until injury cruelly ruined his dream. Now facing an impeding move, Rodriguez will hope to recapture last seasons form elsewhere.
Ooo, this is interesting! I wonder how much money you can get from him :P

April 2015 Review

Premier League
Arsenal 1-1 Southampton
Welbeck (24), Spearing (39)

Premier League
Southampton 3-0 Everton
Zaha (5), Zaha (24), Lambert (51)

FA Cup Semi Final
Chelsea 0-1 Southampton
Zaha (50)
Diego Costa (79)

Premier League
Leicester 1-4 Southampton
Ward-Prowse (32), Schlupp (33), Ince (50), Lampard (68), Zaha (70)
Drinkwater (67)

Costa Makes Enemy in Mourinho
Chelsea's leading man, and Chelsea's leader lock horns

ESPN Journalist: Diego Costa’s Chelsea future is up in the air after a row between him and José Mourinho broke out in the dressing room following Chelsea’s shock 1-0 loss to Southampton at Wembley. Costa, who leads the Premier League’s goal scoring tally with 24 goals in 32 appearances, came on as a halftime substitute to win the game, or so Mourinho hoped. Instead, Costa was penalised and booked for diving in the penalty area not once, but twice. It is not clear whether the volatile striker wants to stay at the club, or if Mourinho wants to keep his leading man, but what is certain is that the list of potential suitors interested in the availability of the player would be a long one.

Southgate Signs New Contract
The architect: Southgate's Southampton have impressed his season

BT Sport Journalist: Southampton manager Gareth Southgate has extended his contract at St Mary’s until 2018 following his team’s strong form this season. The deal is believed worth between 50-60K per week, with bonuses should his team qualify for the Champions League, or win the FA Cup. Southgate spoke of the contract extension exclusively to BT Sport:

“I’m delighted the board trusted me with this position in the first place, and this extension is just the icing on the cake. So far, looking back at what we’ve accomplished this season and where we sit in the table, I’m extremely proud. We’re on track for European football in our first season together, and have a FA Cup to look forward to in a month. I really believe in what we’re doing here as a club, and in time, the national team, as well as Southampton will reap the rewards.” – Gareth Southgate
Wow, stepping up your game to finish in one of those EL spots!
@Pauker: Hopefully we can finish in a EL spot, but ultimately it won't matter. We're in the FA Cup Final against Man City who have already qualified for CL football, so regardless of the result, we're got European football next season!

May 2015 Review

Premier League
Southampton 2-1 Sunderland
Ince (17), Lambert (21), Fletcher (pen 44)

Premier League
Hull City 3-1 Southampton
Brady (2), Sterling (32), Livermore (36), Ben Arfa (44)

Premier League
Southampton 3-0 Swansea
Zaha (28), Ince (55), Berahino (90)

Premier League
Southampton 0-1 Manchester City
Yaya Toure (pen 37)

Great news to hear that you've secured EL football, but try and get as much points possible! Now that you know that you got EL football, are you going to give the youngsters a chance?

Premier League Awards

Football Writes Footballer of the Year
Juan Mata
14 goals, 19 assists, in 36 appearances

Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year
Eden Hazard
11 goals, 11 assists, in 29(2) appearances

Golden Boot
Diego Costa
25 goals in 28(7) appearances

Professional Footballers' Association Players' Young Player of the Year
Wilfried Zaha
9 goals, 15 assists in 28(3) appearances

Golden Gloves
Tim Howard
38 conceded, 15 clean sheets, in 37 appearances

Manager of the Year
José Mourinho
88 goals scored, 28 goals conceded, 76% win ratio

FA Cup Final Preview

A clash of the heavyweight and the up and comer

BBC Sport Journalist: Today, thousands of Southampton fans will make the trip north to London, while thousands of United fans will head south to see their teams face off against one another in the FA Cup final tomorrow evening. Southampton, who have surprized many with their impressive league position and tactical versatility will be hoping to bring home their second FA Cup, after their first in 1976, against United. While United will play for their 12th FA Cup, the last of which came over 10 years ago in 2004. The two have faced each other 4 times this season, with United coming out on top in 3, scoring 8 and conceding only 2. Louis Van Gaal’s squad should be predictable, with superstars Rooney, van Persie, and Mata all available. Though, the likes of Falcao, Carrick, and Di María have all been ruled out through injury. On the other hand, Gareth Southgate could likely be experiencing selection headaches, beginning with their goalkeeper. Following Fraser Forster’s mid-season injury, his deputy Jack Butland has been in stellar form, keeping him out of the side. Many goalkeepering experts agree that the two are evenly matched overall, but Forster is the better shot-stopper, whereas, Butland is better in the air. Given, United have played very narrow football this season, it is possible Forster is the better choice. Though, if their wing-backs are able to get crosses into Rooney and van Persie, perhaps Butland is the better option. Another headache is that of who to play on the left wing. Raheem Sterling is Southampton’s most talented player without a shadow of a doubt, but similar to the situation between Butland and Forster, Tom Ince has deputised and impressed in the absence of the first choice Sterling. Before succumbing to injury, Sterling was untouchable cutting in from the left touchline, now, Ince has a decent chance to start in the Final.
Zaha will have to watch the Final from the stands

Unfortunately for Southampton, their top performer this season will be unavailable to them, as Wilfried Zaha is unable to play against his parent club whilst he remains on loan. It is likely that either Adam Lallana or Jay Rodiquez, both of whom have been secondary figures this season, will start on the right. Or, although it is not is best position, Sterling could play as a winger to supply Berahino up front, in the absence of inform Rickie Lambert through injury. Hopefully, the loss of Zaha will not impact upon the game as much as some fans anticipate, and the clash will be as close as last season’s nail biter between Arsenal and Hull.

FA Cup Final Live Score

Manchester United Starting Line Up:
GK: De Gea RB: Rafael CB: Jones CB: Rojo LB: Blind CM: Fellaini CM: Fletcher CM: Herrera AMC: Mata ST: van Persie ST: Rooney

Southampton Starting Line Up:
GK: Forster RB: Clyne CB: Stones CB: Caulker LB: Shaw CDM: Cork CM: Lampard CM: Ward-Prowse RW: Sterling LW: Ince ST: Berahino

Manchester United 1-0 Southampton
Rooney gets in behind the Saint's defence from a point-point 25 yard pass from Juan Mata, Forster saves the one on one! But can only parry it, the ball falls to Mata in space on the 18 yard line,facing an empty net. United go a goal up! Mata slots the ball in on the edge of the area seconds before half-time!

Manchester United 1-1 Southampton
Caulker rises highest off of a Rooney cross to the far post, Ward-Prowse picks it up in his own third with space to run into. He finds Lampard on the halfway line, who hits a first time ball to Berahino who drops short. Berahino plays it to Sterling in space on the right flank, Lampard has continued his run! Sterling whips it in low, Lampard fires it first time! Goal! Southampton pull level as Lampard sprints over to Sterling to celebrate! A trademark Lampard run into the area to finish it neatly into the far top corner. Against the run of play, Southampton have pulled off a perfect counter attack to draw level in the 62nd minute.

Manchester United 2-1 Southampton
Mata finds himself space 30 yards out from goal, surveys his opinions, chips the ball to the left corner flag with no-one in sight. Clyne who tucked in charges out to it, as Blind flys up the flank to meet Mata's ball. It's a foot race between the full backs, but Blind has the head-start! Blind fires in ball across first time, van Persie is free at the front post! van Perise rises in the 6 yard box! Save! Incredible point blank save from Forster! The ball drops...Ashely Young gets to it first. Goal! Young fires the ball in from 3 yards. Southampton now have 20 minutes to save the contest as Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana are called from their warm-ups by Southgate.

Full Time

Manchester United 2-1 Southampton
Mata (45), Lampard (62), Young (71)

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