I’m not 100% sure that I’ve completely sobered up yet after last week’s fantastic result at LambertOld Trafford. It was a fantastic feeling at full time to see Black & White (blue, yellow and white) celebrations at a ground we are more often than not, spanked upon. It was also bloody brilliant to see their lot heading for the exits before the finish. We’ve suffered horrendously, at their mercy, so dishing out a convincing victory felt great. The players and management deserved plaudits, most press/media focussed on ‘United’ losing again. “Fuck them.” We know how it went down. “United” were fucking fantastic.

I like to watch how the players celebrate our goals, I often think its a sign of a closeness within the team when they all want to share in the celebration and also you can get the impression that someone is in a bit of a strop if they tend to not join in, but the collective pile-on following Cabaye’s winner left me in no doubt that that team are playing for each other, the manager and the supporters. Fuck knows what happened at Swansea, but that group look pretty happy to me. With the exception of Remy, this is the same group that played last season when we were told (in the papers) that there were problems within the camp (Ed: accurately as it happens). I know I’m very sceptical about what I believe in the papers  but, whilst there are discussions amongst Mags about the depth of the quality of the squad, I feel we can probably rest assured that the players care.

Therefore, It was interesting to see United unveil a plan to charge the written press/media for coverage of the club this week. My initial thoughts are, well, after seeing the club criticised for it’s commercial revenue, it’s to be applauded that there’s an attempt to find a new income stream. It might work, it might not, but I applaud the effort to try something new (Ed: shakes head at the prospect of every piece of NUFC coverage looking like it belongs in the official programme). As things stand, all of the other segments of media have to pay for their coverage (i.e. Sky, BBC TV & Radio, BT etc) which they then pass the charge onto the supporters, whilst the written media, have been charging supporters to read their coverage which has been gained for nothing. So why not have them pay too? Like I say, might not work, but it may well, do the papers need the fans more than the fans need the papers? Of course our income would increase if SD paid for advertising space…….

So, Southampton are next on Barrack Road. I have been very impressed by their manager, Mauricio Pochettino, his side’s style and attitude and also the ability of some of their players. The Argentine took over after Nigel Atkins had found life in the top division tough.

Having survived with something to spare, they spent heavily in the summer to improve the squad. They brought in Dejan Lovren from Lyon for £8.5m and he looks a cracking centre half. Celtic’s Victor Wanyama joined too for £12.5m and Pablo “Danny” Osvaldo arrived for £15m from AS Roma.

They’ll be happy with their form so far. They sit in 8th place on 23 points. Like most sides, 40 points is probably their 1st target but, they’ve caught the eye with their high pressing tempo. Occupying the opposition’s defensive space and hurrying them into mistakes has been a stand out feature and they are on to this from the first whistle. On the road, they’ve clocked up 2 wins at WBA (1-0) and Liverpool (1-0) drawn 2, at, Man Utd (1-1) and Stoke (1-1) and lost 3 times, at Chelsea (3-1), Arsenal (2-0) and Norwich (1-0). Jay Rodriguez has 6 goals and is their leading scorer, but Lambert is not too far behind with 4.

They’re without Goal keepers, Artur Boruc and Kelvin Davis, defenders Nathan Clyne and Danny Fox and also midfielders Wanyama and Schneiderlin. They have no suspensions. They do arrive at SJP with a good point and performance vs. Man City last week behind them.

Team News

Alan Pardew again reinforced that he has no new injuries, which assumes Debuchy has no problems after limping off last Saturday.

Yohan Cabaye is suspended after collecting his 5th yellow card of the season last week. Mind, he had 2 goes at getting it!! This will enforce 1 change to the team. His options appear to be, either keep Ben Arfa in the team and have his midfield 5 of Gouffran, Sissoko, Tiote, Anita and Ben Arfa or bring back a second striker and pair Remy with either Shola Ameobi or Cisse. With Southampton pressing high with 5 in the middle of the park, we could probably do with an extra man in there ourselves to offer an option to the man on the ball. I don’t see any changes elsewhere.


Ryan Taylor – Knee – not expected back this year


Yohan Cabaye – 1 game

Possible Team (4-2-3-1)

1.Krul: 2. Debuchy, 5. Williamson, 6. Coloccini, 3. Santon: 4. Tiote, 8. Anita: 7. Gouffran. 10. Sissoko, 11. Ben Arfa: 9. Remy:


Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Gutierrez, Obertan, Cisse, Shola Ameobi,

Referee: Mike Jones

History vs The Saints at SJP

1984/85: Won 2-1. With our first season back in the top flight, under Jack Charlton coming to a successful conclusion United Won their penultimate home game, with goals from George Reilly and Neil McDonald. Jimmy Case had scored for them. 20,845 inside SJP.

1985/86: Won 2-1 With United struggling for consistency, Saints arrived ahead of a busy Christmas period, and goals from Peter Beardsley and Glenn Roeder seen us collect all 3 points with Steve Moran on target for them. Paul Stephenson made his debut and almost marked it with a goal but a loose goal kick hadn’t cleared the area before he intercepted and tucked the ball into the net. Pretty sure Danny Wallace was red carded too. Attendance, 19,340.

1986/87: Won 2-0 We were struggling badly, but Paul ‘Sarge’ Goddard had been brought in to help secure us. He was hitting a hot streak when Saints arrived. He and Paul Gascoigne were on the mark for us. Attendance, 22,717


1987/88: Won 2-1. United’s season had got off to a horrendous start. Saints were our 3 rd home game and our first home win. Mirandinha and Paul Goddard on target for us, Northern Ireland striker, Colin Clarke for the visitors, who were now fielding multiple Wallace’s in their team. Attendance, 18,093


1988/89: Drew 3-3. The relegation season. Super sub, Michael O’Neill (2) salvaging a point after Brock’s opener had been wiped out by Matt Le-Tissier’s first SJP strikes and double Wallace trouble. Attendance, 20,103


1993/94 Lost 2-1. Le-Tissier was still at it. His free kick leaving Mike Hooper flat footed and Andy Cole’s equaliser was in vain. Attendance32,067

1994/95: Won 5-1 We were making a flying start to the season. Steve Watson 2, Andy Cole 2 and Rob Lee scoring for us in front of 34,182

1995/96 Won 1-0. Rob Lee’s early goal didn’t quite bring on the avalanche of goals, but it did inch us along, however, Ian Woan was just around the corner. Attendance, 36,554

1996/97 Lost 1-0, Dalglish was now in charge, but Le-Tissier struck again. Attendance, 36,446

1997/98: Won 2-1 Things were not going well under Kenny Dalglish. Shearer was crocked and John Barnes was playing centre forward. He got 2 (1 an overhead kick) to earn us the win.  Attendance was 36,759

1998/99: Won 4-0 Our first win of the season with 2 for Shearer 2, 1 for Ketsbaia and a Scott Marshall OG. Attendance, 36,454

Shearer’s goals are here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqkfzH7A8Ow

1999/00: Won 5-0 Goals were flying in for Duncan Ferguson. He got 2, Nobby Solano and Nicos Dabizas notched, Jason Dryden OG. Shearer even missed a pen. Attendance, 35,623

2000/01: Drew 1-1 After Kevin Gallacher had given us the lead, we were unable to find a killer second and Pahars equalised with time running out. Attendance, 50,439

2001/02. Won 3-1. 2 more for Shearer and 1 for Laurent Robert. We were in good form and blew the visitors away. Attendance,  51,857

Shearer’s goals here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqkfzH7A8Ow

Robert’s here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfyty0_9Iyo

2002/03: Won 2-1 After James Beattie had given Saints and early lead, Shola.Ameobi and Aaron Hughes turned the game around. Attendance, 51,812

2003/04: Won 1-0 Again we had managed to struggle at the start of the season and hadn’t won in 6 attempts. Alan Shearer seen to that. Attendance, 52,127

See above Shearer links 19 minutes in.

2004/05: Won 2-1 Shearer and Bramble kept us bubbling along, but Crouch made us sweat. Attendance, 51,266

2012/13: Won 4-2 If I’m being honest, Southampton were the better side, but we took the chance that came our way. Sissoko equalising the early setback, Cisse’s rocket, Cabaye (pen) and another OG. Attendance, 52,259


Saints Fanzines

The ugly inside http://www.fansnetwork.co.uk/football/southampton/

Its beautiful outside http://itsbeautifuloutside.proboards.com/thread/1215


Would be just like us to fuck it up, but hopefully we’ll win, 2-0. The lads deserve a solid effort from the stands after last week’s result.

Danger Men

Lambert, Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez, Lallana and Osvaldo.