So after an International break which has seen Cheick Tiote sneak in a couple of appearances for Ivory Coast, it’s back to Newcastle United matters this weekend, with a trip to one of least productive opponents in the Premier League.
Rumours of Pardew being 2 defeats away from walking the plank are now starting to be denied so the frosty relationship between the manager and large sections of the crowd continues.
We come in from the back of the Crystal Palace game, which I’ve got to be honest, we didn’t deserve to win, and the question marks we had over our squad were highlighted again in the 3-3 draw. The transfer deadline window ended with much disappointment for yours truly as Hatem Ben Arfa exited the club. I cant help but feel we’ve rather wasted what looked like a cracking start to the transfer window.
Big responsibility rests on untested shoulders. Personally, I fear the sudden spate of injuries to key players may see this season turn into a scrap at the shitty end of the table.
The Saints are a much changed outfit this season after the manager and a host of players headed for the exit. To be honest, I haven’t much of a clue about any of their incoming players but I do remember almost keeling over when I heard how much they paid for Shane Long They’ve started the season with 1 win, 1 draw and 1 defeat.
Their 1 game at St Mary’s ended 0-0 with West Brom. With Jay Rodriguez injured and Ricky Lambert on Liverpool’s bench the Saints have turned to Long and someone called Graziano Pelle for goals…….. W
ant-away midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin leads the way with 2.
The injury list now consists of Cisse, De Jong, Santon and Aarons whilst Tiote is unlikely to play having not kicked a ball yet for us this season and being subject to 2 games in a few days for Ivory Coast. Krul, who ought to have done better with a couple of the Palace goals but is still a better bet than Elliot. Janmaat, Haidara, Williamson and Coloccini are likely to make up the back 4 again, with only S Taylor and Dummett, realistic defensive cover unless the likes of Good, Streete and Satka are about to be given a chance.
With Tiote and De Jong out, Colback, Anita and Sissoko look likely to be asked to cover in the engine room. Cabella and Gouffran will likely play wide. Riviere will likely continue to play a solo forward role again. Ferrerya appears to still have some catching up to do although Perez has had a few sub appearances.
Injured Papiss Cisse – Knee – October Davide Santon – Knee – No return date Siem De Jong – Groin/Thigh – Xmas Roloando Aarons – Hamstring – – No return date
Ryan Taylor Cheick Tiote
A Reward is available if anyone has seen
Jonas Gutierrez Curtis Good Shane Ferguson
Possible Team (4-2-3-1) 1. Tim Krul: 2.Daryl Janmaat, 5. Mike Williamson, 6. Fabriccio Coloccini, 3. Masaido Haidara: 8. Vurnon Anita, 4. Jack Colback: 7.Remy Cabella, 10. Moussa Sissoko, 11. Yoan Gouffran: 9. Emanuelle Riviere
Subs Rob Elliot, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett, Gabriel Obertan, Ayoze Perez, Mehdi Abeid, Adam Armstrong
Referee: Chris Foy
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 3rd with 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 0-2Back to normal with an horrendous showing. Lallana and Ramirez may have hit the goals, but this was an embarrassing display. Attendance, 31,410
2013/14: Lost 0-4Got absolutely wiped the floor with. Utterly pathetic showing from everyone apart from Rob Elliot. Attendance, 31,360
Southampton Fanzines The ugly inside http://www.fansnetwork.co.uk/football/southampton/ Its beautiful outside http://itsbeautifuloutside.proboards.com/thread/1215
Dangermen I’m sure we’ll manage to make them all look like 1970’s Brazil P
rediction Southampton 3-0 Newcastle……… Newcastle to register a tame shot on target in the 74th minute, Cabella to limp off injured
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