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Some days just don’t go your way and this was one of them for the Saints falling 1-0 to Manchester City.

Coming out of the gate, Southampton had the better of the chances beginning with a header from Wesley Hoedt that clanged off of the crossbar. But that wasn’t even their best chance as Dusan Tadic caught Ederson out but Fernandinho cleared his shot off of the line. The second half saw City grow into the game to break the Saints’ hearts. Sterling hit the woodwork and in 90+4, Gabriel Jesus wiped out the clean sheet and gave Manchester City the 1-0 victory. Overall, Southampton is happy to stay up but it would have been the cherry on top to tie the champions on the final day.
May 13 - 12:57 PM

Maya Yoshida is expected to return to the starting XI on Sunday after completing a one match ban.

The Saints centre-back was sent-off for two cautionable offences at Goodison Park seven days ago and his suspension kept him out of the hard-fought 1-0 win over Swansea on Tuesday night; a victory which all but guarantees their top-flight status for another year. Jack Stephens came in to partner Jan Bednarek at The Liberty, but the Polish defender took a whack from goalkeeper Alex McCarthy just past the hour mark and he left the field looking a little groggy: "He'll need checking nearer the time," revealed manager Mark Hughes during Fridays press conference. However, with nothing to play for, the Saints boss is unlikely to take any unnecessary risks meaning Yoshida should be handed a recall. Elsewhere, Hughes is "hopeful" of getting Mario Lemina back to face the Champions. "It's touch and go. It was a hamstring issue so you're never quite sure how quickly those resolve themselves. We'll have to wait on that one."
May 12 - 3:06 PM

Manolo Gabbiadini emerged from the bench to score a vital goal in Southampton's struggle for Premier League survival, simultaneously relegating West Brom.

In a cagey encounter in Wales, the pressure on both teams was obvious from the off. The first half was goalless and the chances which presented themselves were half-chances at best. After the interval, Southampton created more openings though Charlie Austin's efforts couldn't beat Fabianski. McCarthy did well to deny Andre Ayew at the other end. Gabbiadini's introduction was forced by an head injury to defender Jan Bednarek, and the Italian's impact was pretty swift. A Tadic corner made it to Austin, whose shots was parried stopped by the Swans 'keeper but Gabbiadini swept the ball into the net. Swansea piled on the pressure but ultimately Southampton learnt the lessons from blowing a late lead at Everton over the weekend.
Source: BBC Sport
May 8 - 4:49 PM

Mario Lemina is rated as a major doubt for the "huge game" against Swansea City on Tuesday.

The Saints central midfielder was forced off at Goodison Park and it's unlikely that he will recover in time following such a quick turnaround between fixtures. Lemina limped to the sidelines due to a problem with his left hamstring just before half-time, only to return after treatment, however, he failed to emerge for the second forty-five. Nathan Redmond looks poised to come into the side following his goal from the bench which should have taken all three-points. Southampton were denied by Tom Davies deep into time added-on when his tame effort was deflected past goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. In defence, Jack Stephens is expected to deputise for the suspended Maya Yoshida following his dismissal for two bookable offences. Steven Davis is the only other Southampton player due to miss out as he struggles to overcome an ongoing Achilles problem. A win at the Liberty would almost guarantee the Saints’ top-flight status given their superior goal difference.
Source: BBC Sport
May 7 - 6:02 AM

Southampton squandered a chance to separate themselves in the relegation race in a 1-1 draw with Everton.

Southampton fans will be fuming at the loss of two points as Tom Davies scored the equalizer for Everton in the 96th minute, two minutes after the allotted stoppage time to negate a hard-fought victory through 90 minutes. The win would have seen Saints jump two points clear of Swansea City and out of the relegation zone completely, although they are currently out, tied with the Swans on 33 points with the goal differential advantage. Nathan Redmond was first to score when he headed in a cross from Dusan Tadic in the 56th, but things only got worse late in the match after Maya Yoshida was sent off for his second yellow card offense in the 86th minute. Next up, the showdown with Swansea on Tuesday.
Source: NBC Sports
May 5 - 3:04 PM

Southampton rallied to finally produce a good winning performance to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at St. Mary's.

Southampton pressed hard in the opening minutes, and it took a collection of blocks from Cherries defenders to prevent an effort on Begovic's goal on 14'. The Saints took the lead soon after through playmaker Dusan Tadic, who was played in by Mario Lemina in a blistering 2v1 counter-attack. Charlie Austin and Lemina himself went close to doubling the lead soon after, and the former had a penalty appeal rejected too. Instead, Bournemouth drew level through Josh King just before the break. Tadic capitalised on a botched clearance by Steve Cook to return Mark Hughes' side to the fore again on 54'. Though chances fell to both sides, especially to Long and Ryan Fraser, the scores remained 2-1. A massive victory for the home side in 18th whereas Bournemouth remain midtable.
Source: NBC Sport
Apr 28 - 12:17 PM

Sofiane Boufal is training with Southampton's Under-23s after a bust-up in the dressing room after the FA Cup Semi-Final defeat to Chelsea last Sunday.

The Moroccan international refused to warm up during the game, which led to an altercation in the dressing room afterwards. Manager Mark Hughes said that the player has admitted that he made a mistake but still he has been marginalised for the time being. "Unfortunately Sofi made a mistake which he acknowledged and has acknowledged to me since. At the moment he is training with the under-23s and he’s missed a few days of training because he was ill." Hughes ruled him out of the Bournemouth game on Saturday but has not rejected the possibility that he will figure in the club's final three games of the season.
Apr 27 - 11:34 AM

Mark Hughes has delivered some team news ahead of Southampton's must-win clash against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Jack Stephens, who has been suspended for three games after being sent off in the 3-2 kiss to Arsenal earlier this month, is available for selection again. Club captain Steven Davis is not available though, as a repetitive ankle injury continues to sideline him.
Apr 27 - 11:29 AM

Mark Hughes welcomes Steven Davis back into the fold after more than two months, but the Saints travel to Leicester City without Mario Lemina and Sofiane Boufal.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mark Hughes confirmed Davis "is back in the group" although admittedly he hasn’t trained a great deal and lacks match-fitness. The Northern Ireland international sustained a hamstring strain back in February and was poised for a return in game week thirty-three at Arsenal, when he suffered a setback, injuring his Achilles. Following a couple of decent performances, but not results, Southampton need at least 3 wins from their last five games and can ill afford to lose at the King Power on Thursday with Manchester City still to play. However, they face Leicester without the services of Lemina who has "an issue with his back" affecting his hamstring, and Boufal, who is ill. Following the return of Sam McQueen to the matchday squad on Saturday, Southampton have no other injury concerns.
Apr 19 - 4:13 AM

Jan Bednarek made his Premier League debut and it was a memorable one as the defender scored a goal, but Southampton let a two-goal advantage with 20 minutes to play slip away and lost to Chelsea, 2-3.

The suspension of Jack Stephens opened the door for Bednarek's debut and the script was going perfectly for Southampton, who are desperate to climb their way out of the relegation zone. They took the lead just after the 20 minute mark, when Ryan Bertrand used his pace to storm down the left, cut back into the box and pick out Dusan Tadic who was poised for the quick strike. James Ward-Prowse looked to double the lead before the break but his shot was parried away. He got into the act in the second half though, sending a deep free kick on the hour mark over everyone's head and to the foot of Bednarek who slotted home. It looked as though the Saints were cruising from there on, but Chelsea eventually picked the defense apart for three goals between the 70th and 80th minute. Only five games remain for the club to avoid relegation.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 14 - 9:43 AM

Southampton's young centre-back Jack Stephens will be suspended for the relegation-threatened side's next three games after receiving a red card in the 3-2 loss to Arsenal on Sunday.

Stephens received a red card from Andre Marriner after clashing with Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere. Wilshere ripped the defenders jersey in a tussle off the ball, but Stephens' retaliation by grabbing Wilshere's neck and pushing him to the floor earned him an early shower. Wilshere received just a yellow card for his part in the incident, much to the chagrin of Southampton boss Mark Hughes. He'll miss the next three matches with Chelsea, Leicester City and Chelsea (FA Cup). He will be available for selection for the home clash against Bournemouth on April 28.
Apr 9 - 10:36 AM

Cedric assisted both of Southampton's goals but it was not enough as they would ship three to hosts Arsenal in a 3-2 final.

A very exciting contest for Arsenal supporters and neutral fans but a gut punch for Southampton, who had a lead and a draw slip away in this one as they continue to wallow in the relegation zone. The day started off perfect, with Cedric sending a cross into Shane Long who was able to poke home for just his second goal in 48 matches. The momentum swung quickly though as Arsenal reversed fortunes with two goals before the break. The Saints made it a game again though in the 73rd minute, when Cedric set up substitute Charlie Austin for an easy finish in front of goal. Again, the mood was quickly soured with Arsenal finding a winner eight minutes later. Jack Stephens wrapped up the frustrating day with a sending off after a bust up that left his shirt in tatters.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 8 - 11:29 AM

Mark Hughes is expected to drop a number of players following his side's "catastrophic" loss to West Ham on Saturday.

A number of Southampton's former stalwarts such as Romeu, Yoshida, and Steven Davis sat on the bench as Hughes' selection surrendered to David Moyes' struggling Hammers. Hughes stated that he saw the defeat as a steep learning curve and widespread changes are expected in the starting side after the Welshman stated the loss "will shape [his] thinking leading into the next game". Amongst those likely to face the chop, according to the Daily Echo, are Mario Lemina, Gabbiadini, Wesley Hoedt, and Cedric. Southampton look listless and leaderless right now, and Hughes may turn to experience in a bid to secure survival.
Apr 3 - 7:46 AM

Southampton missed a chance to move out of the relegation with a poor outing in a 3-0 defeat at West Ham.

Mark Hughes' first league match in charge got off to bad start as his side trailed by two after just 20 minutes, while Marko Arnautovic scored his second off the match to make it three just before the half. "The opening 10 minutes of any game is key, you have to manage it correctly and we damaged ourselves," Hughes said after the match. "If you can't get a foothold in the game by working hard and winning the right to play you are not going to create chances." The three-nil defeat was one of the club's poorest performances of the season as they failed to register a single shot on target. The result leaves Southampton, who have finished in the top half of the table in each of the last four seasons, two points from safety with seven matches remaining.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 31 - 2:32 PM

Southampton forward Charlie Austin said he is ready to return from injury to help the club in its relegation battle.

The former Queens Park Rangers star has struggled with injury in his career at Southampton, recently missing the last three months due to a torn hamstring. But Austin, who has five goals to his name this season, said he is ready to return to the side after the international break with a new manager at the helm in Mark Hughes. "It's been a frustrating time. It wasn't like being out for two weeks, it's been 14 weeks now. I was in such good form and that was the hard thing, because I'd had to bide my time for ages to get in. Whilst that was going on, as a team we were underperforming and that's why we're in the situation we are. Now I'm back, we've got a big eight weeks and I'll put all my energy into helping the team drive forward to stay in the Premier League."
Source: Sky Sports
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