There seems little point in dwelling on Tuesday’s defeat too much. The best side won, and other than still wondering how on Earth Anita missed from Ben Arfa’s wonderful play, we’re best off just putting that one to the back our minds.
Next up, is the traditional United bogey fixture, Southampton away. It pits Alan Pardew against one of his former clubs although in all honesty much has changed on the south coast since Pardew left the Saints as a 3rd Division side.
The manager’s stadium ban is now completed, so he moves on to his touchline ban, meaning he’ll watch from the directors box, but at least be in the dressing room.
Southampton, in their much underrated battle for 8th have rustled up 6 wins on home turf vs. Crystal Palace (2-0),Swansea (2-0), Fulham (2-0), Southampton (4-1) WBA (1-0) and Nowrich (4-1) but it’s only 2 home league wins since November. They’ve earned 5 draws vs Sunderland (1-1), West Ham (0-0), Man City (1-1), Arsenal (2-2) and Stoke (2-2). 4 sides have left St mary’s with maximum points, Aston Villa (3-2), Spurs (3-2), Chelsea (3-0) and Liverpool (3-0).
Jay Rodriguez has 15 goals so far whilst Ricky Lambert has 10.
They await injury updates on Steven Davis, Kelvin Davis, Jay Rodriguez, Nathaniel Clyne, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Do Prado and Yoshida, but no suspensions to worry about.
Tim Krul has joined the injury list, after Mike Williamson put a thunderous challenge through our goalkeeper. There’s still no Debuchy or Remy
So Rob Elliot will be in between the sticks behind a back four, for which Santon is ready to return!!!
I’m not convinced our midfield 2 of Tiote and Anita can cope with what the opposition are putting up against them. I think they need a 3rd player in there, perhaps someone of Sissoko’s presence. Gouffran was awful on Tuesday but he’s been steady this season so far.
Up front, well, who knows, maybe it’ll be more of the same or maybe a solo striker?
Ryan Taylor – Knee – Next Season
Obertan – Knee – No return date
Krul – Knee
Debuchy – Groin
Remy – Ankle
Possible Team (4-2-3-1)
1. Elliot: 2. Yanga-Mbiwa, 5. Williamson, 6. Coloccini, 3. Dummett: 8. Anita, 4. Tiote: 7.Ben Arfa, 10. Sissoko, 11. Gouffran: 9. Cisse
Alnwick, De Jong, Steven Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Gosling, Santon, Marveaux
Referee: Andre Marriner – Who is a bit of a duck egg!!
League History at Saints
1984/85: Lost 1-0 United were going through an erratic spell of form back in the top flight and had a busy Christmas spell on the horizon, but a David Armstrong goal sunk our heroes. Attendance, 18,895
1985/86: Drew 1-1 A season opened at The Dell, and a better result this time, with a Peter Beardsley penalty earning us a share of the points. Dave Puckett on target for the hosts. Attendance, 16,401
1986/87: Lost 1-4 United had opened with just 1 win in 8 league games and we were well beaten on the south coast on this occasion. Northern Ireland striker, Colin Clarke tore us apart and grabbed a hat trick. Thug, Mark Dennis hit a 4th, whilst Andy Thomas struck for us. Attendance, 14,622
1987/88: Drew 1-1 With United and Saints heading to mid table safety, we earned a draw, Colin Clarke struck again for the home side, but also missed a pen. Whilst, new cult hero, Michael O’Neill sparked a fantastic scoring spree with our goal, which may well be the coolest goal you’ll ever see!!!!. Attendance, 13,380.
1988/89: Lost 0-1 Relegation wasn’t far from being confirmed and a Neil Ruddock penalty did nothing to help our cause. Southampton’s contingent of Wallace brothers grew to 2, whilst Alan Shearer starred for Southampton. Attendance, 16,175
1993/94: Lost 1-2 Our top flight return had seen Andy Cole get off to a flying start, and we visited the Saints with 16 points on the board already, but we were about to experience a glum week. Firstly, 2 Matt Le Tissier wonder strikes (past Mike Hooper like) rendered a fine, Cole header, a consolation before Lee Clark hoyed a wobbler after being subbed and was omitted from our league cup defeat at Wimbledon, also missing was our star striker who had stormed off the training ground after an argument with KK. Attendance, 13,804.
1994/95: Lost 1-3 We thought our long hoodoo would end at The Dell as we approached the last 4 minutes of this game, 1-0 up thanks to Paul Kitson’s goal……… 3 goals in 4 minutes put paid to that as Neil Heaney, Gordon Watson and Neil Shipperley sent us home in the huff. Attendance, 14,666
1995/96: Lost 0-1 The world was a wonderful place, Ginola and Ferdinand were flying and we’d opened with 4 wins on the spin, conceding only 1 goal. Jim Magilton fired past Shaka Hislop for the only goal of the game. The ridiculous thing was, that we’d win the next 8 games straight. Attendance, 15,237
1996/97: Drew 2-2 Now under Kenny Dalglish and his first league game was away at Southampton. Les Ferdinand had put us 1-0 up after 14 mins , and when Lee Clark made it 2-0 with 8 minutes to go, this was going to be the day we won at The Dell……. But it fucking wasn’t, because Neil Maddison and Le Tissier again scored twice in a minute to make it 2-2. The word “Bastard” greeted his latest thunderbolt hitting the back of our net. Attendance, 15,221
1997/98: Lost 1-2 A semi final, at Old Trafford vs. Sheffield United loomed imminently, surely that was just the sort of positive inspiration to see us pick up 3 points at Saints? Well, not quite, Rob Lee put us 1-0 up just after half time, so less than 45 mins to hold out!! A Stuart Pearce OG wiped our lead out, and a 1-1 draw was snatched away by another late Le Tissier winner, this time form the penalty spot! I swear, you couldn’t make this up. Attendance, 15,251
1998/99: Lost 1-2 With Dalglish binned, it was time for Gullitt and his sexy football, unfortunately, this was complete bollocks and we’d surrender again on the south coast. Dietmar Hamann’s consolation did little to lift the mood. Attendance, 15,244
1999/00: Lost 2-4 With Ruudy working on his Newcastle United managerial suicide note, we’d travel to The Dell sitting 2nd bottom. That would become rank bottom and 3 straight defeats. Alan Shearer put us in front, but 4 goals in 20 minutes rubber stamped another defeat. Gary Speed made it 4-2 but it didn’t matter. Attendance, 15,030
2000/01: Lost 0-2 Not even Bobby Robson could change our fortunes here and 2 Marian Pahars goals extended our miserable run. The Saints checked out of the Dell after this campaign. Attendance, 15,221
2001/02: Lost 1-3 Final game of the season and Alan Shearer was chasing the golden boot. He’d notch again, but it was only a consolation in a 3-1 defeat. Tahar El Khalej#s disgusting foul on Kieron Dyer soured the atmosphere. Defeat number 1 at St Mary’s. Attendance, 31,973
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Fresh from our defeat at The Nou Camp, we visited Southampton. Craig Bellamy put us in front, but it was short lived as the home side went up the other end and Chris Marsden levelled. Attendance, 32,061
2003/04: Drew 3-3 The draw vs Wolves had rendered our qualification for the Champions League unlikely, and this crazy game finished it off. We were in front twice, through, Shola Ameobi and Lee Bowyer but the Saints kept hitting back, through Beattie and an OG and we conceded a 3rdwith 2 mins left through Griffit. Darren Ambrose equalised but it wasn’t enough. Attendance, 31,815
2004/05: Won 2-1 At last!! A Prutton OG and a Stephen Carr free kick earned us 3 points at Southampton, our first in 19 attempts. Attendance, 30,709
2012/13: Lost 0-2 Back to normal with an horrendous showing. Lallana and Ramirez may have hit the goals, but this was an embarrassing display. Attendance, 31,410
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Hmmmm, well, Lovren from set pieces, Lallana, Ramirez, Lambert and Rodriguez if fit.
A defeat, probably a convincing one. 3-0 to the hosts