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James Ward-Prowse scored the pick of the bunch as Southampton beat Everton 2-1 at St. Mary's.

The Saints had the best chances of the first half as Danny Ings twice tested Jordan Pickford between the sticks for the visitors and Nathan Redmond also saw a driving effort deflect off the post. They made amends for their profligacy in style early in the second half as JWP drove a fine finish into the top corner. The lead was doubled courtesy of an own-goal by Lucas Digne soon after, as the French full-back's attempted tackle on Redmond found its way into the net. Gylfi Sigurdsson did pull one goal back for Everton in injury time but it was too little too late from the Toffees who end the evening in 11th place. Southampton notch up two consecutive wins for the second time in 2019 and move up to 15th.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 12:19 PM

Southampton striker Danny Ings is available for selection for Ralph Hasenhuttl when the Saints host Everton on Saturday.

Ings has been out of action since Southampton's first game of 2019 on January 2 with a hamstring issue. Hasenhuttl said: "He trained two times on Tuesday and Wednesday, two tough sessions, and it looks good. He doesn’t have any problems. It looks good he is an option for Saturday." Ings' return is timely as Southampton have endured a tough week with a tough 90 minutes last weekend in the win over Everton and 120 minutes which ended in FA Cup Third Round Replay defeat to Derby County during the week.
Source: Daily Echo
Jan 18 - 12:40 PM

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl suggests that striker Michael Obafemi will miss at least another three weeks with a hamstring injury.

The once-capped Republic of Ireland international striker has been absent since he sustained a hamstring injury in December. The German boss has suggested that Obafemi's recovery has been hampered because he is "missing a bit of professionalism" like many young players. He suggests that Obafemi "has a very, very stiff body" which needs a lot of work if he is to play as Hasenhuttl expects. The new boss requires pressing by all his players, which means a forward like Obafemi must sprint "20 or 30 times" in a game and work hard on his training and recovery. He suggests that the youngster may not do enough of this work off the pitch.
Source: Daily Echo
Jan 18 - 12:32 PM

Derby County came from two second half goals down to defeat Southampton on penalties after extra time in their FA Cup Third Round replay.

In a game packed with talking points, Derby thought they had taken the lead in the first half through Craig Bryson but his goal was ruled out for offside in the build-up after a lengthy VAR consultation. In the second half the Saints found fresh impetus after the introduction of Nathan Redmond off the bench and they scored twice in two minutes. Stuart Armstrong headed home the first before Redmond chipped Kelle Roos to double the PL side's lead. Harry Wilson added to his growing reputation by firing home a free-kick to pull the Rams back into the game and Waghorn completed the comeback for the visitors to force extra-time. Neither side could break the deadlock in the extra 30 minutes and the Saints could not match Derby's perfect record in five attempts from 12 yards. Nathan Redmond was the only Saint to miss a spot-kick for the hosts.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 16 - 8:49 PM

Scoring only his second goal in 33 appearances, Shane Long was the unlikely hero for Southampton in a 2-1 victory over Leicester City.

Southampton got off to a bright start in this one even though Charlie Austin, Danny Ings, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg were all unavailable for selection. Nampalys Mendy gifted the Saints a chance when he went for a studs-up tackle on Shane Long in the box. James Ward-Prowse drove the penalty home and it looked like it would be smooth sailing for the Saints. Rashness from teenager Yan Valery would change that as he was sent off for a bad challenge but Southampton would persevere. Mendy was on the wrong end of a decision yet again as a bad pass landed at the feet of Shane Long who would beat Kasper Schmeichel to score. Claude Puel would throw on recently recalled Harvey Barnes and Demarai Gray in the second half but while Wilfred Ndidi was able to pull a goal back, it wasn’t enough as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team was able to keep composure to hold on for an important victory.
Jan 12 - 12:01 PM

Southampton centre-back Wesley Hoedt does not feature in new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl's plans and may depart the club during the January transfer window.

Since Mark Hughes' sacking, Hoedt has not played a minute in the Premier League. His one and a half years at St. Mary's have been blighted by errors and he has failed to live up to his good reputation as a ball-playing centre-back with good defensive attributes which earned him a move from Lazio. Under Hashuttl, Hoedt has fallen behind Jack Stephens, Maya Yoshida and Jan Bednarek in the pecking order and Jannick Vestergaard may also be ahead of the Dutch international in the queue.
Jan 10 - 3:27 PM

Contrary to some media reports, Fraser Forster is not part of new Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl's plans at the club.

The door is open for the six times-capped England international to leave the club if a suitor is found during the ongoing January transfer window. Forster did not feature for the Saints first team whatsoever in 2018, as he actually fell further down the club goalkeeper hierarchy behind both Alex McCarthy and summer signing Angus Gunn. Hasenhuttl was very forthright in comments to the media, where he explained that he has had "good experiences" with two "good" 'keepers in Gunn and McCarthy, meaning that he has little need to make a change. Instead, he said Forster will has some opportunities to play for the club's U23s to show himself off to potential buyers.
Source: Daily Echo
Jan 10 - 3:12 PM

Manolo Gabbiadini's tenure at Southampton has come to a close as he has rejoined Serie A club Sampdoria in a deal worth $13.8m.

Gabbiadini signed for the Saints in the January transfer window of 2017 and made a fantastic start to his career on the south coast, scoring six goals in his first four games. However, his Midas Touch quickly evaporated and he struggled to find the net for thereon out scoring just six more times in his next 51 appearances for the club. He has been discarded since Ralph Hasenhuttl arrived at the club, featuring in just his first squad and missing out on every matchday squad since. The new coach's energetic pressing style is incompatible with the Italian's style of play so it appears that a move away from the club is the best result for all parties involved.
Source: The Guardian
Jan 10 - 2:56 PM

Southampton will be without striker Danny Ings for their visit to Leicester on Saturday in GW22 but they should have their top-scorer back a week later when they host Everton.

There were fears that Ings would miss the whole of January after he picked up a hamstring injury on January 2 whilst playing against Chelsea. However, Ings' recovery has been good and he "can be an option for the Everton game, I hope" according to his manager Ralph Hassenhuttl.
Source: Daily Echo
Jan 10 - 2:49 PM

Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand has been ruled out of the Saints' trip to Leicester on Saturday.

Bertrand underwent back surgery in late 2019 and has as yet not reached match fitness to line out for Ralph Hasenhuttl's side. "He is training fit but not match fit and it will take time until he gets in that shape as normal because he didn’t train for a long time," explained Hasenhuttl in his pre-match press conference.
Source: Daily Echo
Jan 10 - 2:39 PM

Steven Davis has signed for Scottish Premier League club Rangers on loan for the rest of the season.

Davis left Rangers in 2012 to join Southampton, going on to make over 200 appearances for the club and leading the side as captain in recent seasons. However he has been on the wayside this term as Mario Lemina and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg have strengthened their grip on the central midfield roles at St. Mary's with Oriol Romeu also ahead of the Northern Ireland international. Now 34, it is unlikely that we will see Davis in a Saints shirt in the Premier League again.
Source: The42.ie
Jan 10 - 2:34 PM

Charlie Austin has until January 7th to respond to a Football Association charge of an ‘abusive and/or insulting’ gesture which occurred during Saints’ 3-1 home defeat by Manchester City (GW20).

The 29-year-old appeared to make a two-fingered sign towards fans as he was substituted. In 2013, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere served a two-game suspension for a similar offence while Liverpool striker Luis Suarez missed one match and was fined £20,000 after he raised his middle finger as he walked off the pitch following a defeat at Fulham back in 2011. The news of a potential ban will come as a blow for manager Ralph Hasenhüttl after Danny Ings was replaced at the break on Wednesday due to a tight hamstring. The striker will be fully assessed but the Southampton boss has already suggested that he could miss the rest of January. Manolo Gabbiadini is attracting a lot of interest and could leave during the transfer window. And with youngster Michael Obafemi sidelined, Shane Long may be the only experienced attacker available when the Premier League fixtures resume.
Jan 3 - 10:28 AM

Ralph Hasenhuttl's Southampton won for the second consecutive week after securing a 3-1 win over Huddersfield away from home.

One of the most encouraging aspects of today's performance by Southampton was Nathan Redmond's impact on the game. He fired the Saints ahead in the first half and contributed to their third too. Danny Ings delivered from the penalty spot to give the Saints a 2-0 lead going into the break before Huddersfield struck back with a great goal from Philip Billing from range. Republic of Ireland striker Michael Obafemi emerged from the bench to net his first senior goal and to become the youngest PL goalscorer who represents the Republic of Ireland, with that third goal sealing the three points for the visitors. Southampton are now three points clear of the relegation zone.
Source: BBC Sport
Sat, Dec 22, 2018 12:19:00 PM

Charlie Austin made it five in five for Southampton against Arsenal as his 85th minute goal won it for the Saints.

It was coming all afternoon as the Gunners' lack of center backs left the middle open. First Danny Ings scored a brace of headers from good-but-not-great crossed and then it was Austin who beat Bernd Leno to Shane Long's cross for the winner. The win will give the Saints confidence under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Source: Espn.com
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 11:31:00 AM

Charlie Austin scored from off the bench in the final moments of the match, but it had no bearing on the result as Southampton were outmatched by Tottenham in a 3-1 loss.

The Saints were clear underdogs but they barely had time to work up a sweat before giving up a goal in the fourth minute. They had one chance to threaten for an equalizer in the first half, and that came on 25 minutes, but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's blast was tipped off the post by Hugo Lloris. Spurs would then add two more in the early stages of the second half to put the game firmly out of reach but Lloris frustrated the Saints again with a fine stop of a James Ward-Prowse effort. Austin finally gave supporters something to cheer about with his goal, but it came so late, most of the visiting fans were likely clear of, or headed for, the exits.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Dec 5, 2018 05:22:00 PM



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