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4:51pm

SAINTS 1 MAN CITY 1

4:47pm

This game is so finely balanced as we head into four minutes of stoppage time

Reed on for Davis in these final minutes

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4:45pm

Ramirez on for Lallana with five minutes left

4:36pm

Lambert is introduced for Saints with 13 minutes remaining in place of Osvlado.

Dzeko on for Toure for City

4:33pm

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4:30pm

Saints really look like they believe they can win this game while City look anxious

4:27pm

Aguero makes a yard to get a shot away but it's across goal and wide

4:24pm

Rodriguez's header from a Ward-Prowse corner goes just wide

4:22pm

Double change for City on 62 minutes as Jesus Navas and Javi Garcia replace Negredo and Milner.

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4:17pm

Another good chance for Osvaldo goes begging as Kompany inadvertantly diverts the ball into the striker's path in the area but his shot across goal is well wide

4:12pm

Osvaldo has a much simpler chance than the one he scored as Rodriguez brilliantly tricks his way through the City defence. His run is halted as Pantilimon gets down to block at his feet.

The ball came out to Osvaldo but he blazed well over the bar

4:11pm

City get off to a flying start to the second half and Gazzaniga has to get down to his left to save from Aguero before Toure's fierce shot fails to quite curl back on target in time to trouble the Saints stopper

4:04pm

Saints celebrate after Dani Osvaldo scored the equaliser.

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4:03pm

The equaliser from Dani Osvaldo.

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4:02pm

The second half is underway

3:56pm

Southampton's Dani Osvaldo (left) scores past Manchester City's defenders Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis.

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3:47pm

SAINTS 1 MAN CITY 1

3:47pm

Nasri has a sniff of a chance before the break but fires across goal and wide.

3:45pm

SAINTS 1 MAN CITY 1 (Osvaldo 42)

Osvaldo picks up a ball down the left and scores a wonderful solo goal.

He turns Kompany inside out, cuts inside Zabaleta just inside the area and curls a brilliant right footed shot into the opposite top corner.

3:42pm

Manchester City celebrating their goal.

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3:41pm

Chambers has a great chance to level for Saints on 37 minutes.

Lallana holds the ball up and feeds it to Luke Shaw who takes one touch to control and another to whip in a great cross from the left across the six yard box.

The City defenders dare not touch it and Pantilimon refuses to come for it and the ball bounces up for Chambers at the far post but he heads wide.

Moments later Ward-Prowse fires in a low shot from distance but Pantilimon makes the save.

3:34pm

Saints are very relieved as Ageuro blazes over the bar when you might have expected him to score after being found by Zabaleta's cut back

3:33pm

Calum Chambers (right) breaks away from Manchester City's Samir Nasri.

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3:32pm

Jack Cork forces Costel Pantilimon into action with a low shot from 20 yards that the City keeper saves down to his right

3:27pm

Adam Lallana (left) in action against Manchester City's Samir Nasri.

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3:23pm

City still look very dangerous but in fairness Saints have recovered their composure after falling behind

3:15pm

Kolorov's flicked header from a corner drifted just wide of the far post.

3:13pm

SAINTS 0 MAN CITY 1 (Aguero 10)

Nasri feeds in Kolorov on the overlap down the left.

He cuts back a low cross that evades all the Saints players in the area but not Aguero who hits a low shot on the turn from ten yards out that gives Gazzaniga no chance.

3:09pm

A couple of interesting early moments.

Firstly only a heavy touch from Negredo stopped him having a one-on-one finishing opportunity against Paulo Gazzaniga.

At the other end Steven Davis dragged a half volley from the edge of the area wide of the target.

3:03pm

Saints are enjoying plenty of early possession

3:00pm

The game is underway

2:56pm

The teams are out, those strange jackets they wear for all of ten seconds have come off and we are nearly set for game time

2:54pm

More fans outside St Mary's stadium before the match.

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2:53pm

The teams will be out shortly to get this game going

2:48pm

Pictures of fans getting in the mood for the match ahead.

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2:27pm

Man City are being led out for their wamr up by captain Vincent Kompany.

And here come Saints led by Adam Lallana...

2:27pm

For Mauricio Pochettino today's match that not only gives Saints the chance to get back on track, but for former Espanyol manager Pochettino to get one over on old foe Manuel Pellegrini, a man he knows well from his time in Spain.

"I have many memories of having faced Manuel Pellegrini in La Liga, when he was Villarreal, Malaga and Real Madrid," he said.

"I even knew him when I was with Under-18s in Argentina. He was managing the Chile Under-20s some 25 years ago.

"I have great respect for him. I wouldn't say that we were friends, but we have a great working relationship and he is someone I admire. We have a very good professional relationship."

2:14pm

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has reiterated how highly he rates Sergio Aguero, emphasising that he regards the Argentina international as a better all-round player than Luis Suarez.

Both Aguero and his fellow striker Suarez have been in glittering form this season, although the spotlight has been on the latter in particular since Wednesday night, when he fired in four goals - including a superb 20-minute first-half hat-trick - for Liverpool in their 5-1 win over Norwich.

Those efforts mean the Uruguay frontman now tops the Barclays Premier League scoring charts for 2013-14 with 13 goals - two more than second-placed Aguero has netted.

And at his Friday press conference to preview Saturday's top-flight trip to Southampton, when asked about Suarez, Pellegrini made it clear his view of Aguero as the Premier League's number one footballer has not changed.

"Suarez is a very important striker, but I think Sergio participates more in the game," he said.

He added: "Sergio is just 25 years old, so I think of course he can improve.

"I think this year he has improved a lot in the way he works during matches.

"He has always been a top player and he has always scored goals, but I think at this moment, he has added working for the team without the ball, which is also important for him.

"I never said he was the best striker in the Premier League - I said he was the best player. Maybe there are players who are better strikers than him, but not as complete as him.

"Maybe it (his improvement) is because he is older. For me, a player has the best performances between 24 and 30 years old.

"Sergio started very young in his career and I think that every year, he is improving.

"This year, the best thing he is doing is scoring goals, but he has added to his performance the work for the team without the ball."

2:09pm

A run of three successive defeats and an ever-mounting injury list is hardly the best preparation for taking on Manchester City, yet Mauricio Pochettino is confident Southampton can enjoy an upturn in fortunes against the title hopefuls.

Saints began the season as the toast of English football, with their blend of home-grown talent and big-money signings impressing in an attractive, high-tempo style.

Not only that, they were also getting results and could have gone top of the Barclays Premier League with victory at Arsenal two weeks ago.

However, Saints have slumped to eighth after a run of three successive defeats and now face the unenviable task of attempting to thwart in-form City.

That challenge has been made all the more difficult by injuries picked up by Victor Wanyama and Nathaniel Clyne in the midweek defeat to Aston Villa, swelling the possible first-team absentees for the game to eight.

"I believe that every game is a test, not just against Manchester City," the Argentinian said ahead of Saturday's match. "Every single game is a very large test for us.

"It is clear that we picked up some injuries against Aston Villa that we did not have in the past, but nothing has changed within this team.

"This team still believes, it still believes in how we play, and what a great chance for us to go and invert this negative run we are on in front of our fans in a great stadium. This is a very good chance for us to change our fortunes right now."

2:05pm

The big news for Saints is that Jose Fonte is fit to partner Dejan Lovren in the centre of defence while Rickie Lambert drops to the bench.

The four changes see Calum Chambers in for the injured Nathaniel Clyne and Fonte in for Yoshida.

Also into the side is Jack Cork and Dani Osvaldo with Victor Wanyama out injured and Lambert dropping to the bench.

Gaston Ramirez has recovered from his cold and is back amongst the subs.

2:03pm

TEAMS

SAINTS: Gazzaniga, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, S Davis, Cork, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Rodriguez, Osvaldo.

Subs: Cropper, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Reed, Ramirez, Gallagher, Lambert.

MAN CITY: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Milner, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri, Aguero, Negredo.

Subs: Hart, Richards, Lescott, Clichy, Garcia, Navas, Dzeko.

2:01pm

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is optimistic Blues captain Vincent Kompany will be fine to keep his place in the team for Saturday's Barclays Premier League away clash with Southampton.

The Belgium defender, who has been sidelined by a thigh problem, made his first appearance since October 5 on Wednesday when he played for the whole of the 3-2 league win at West Brom, and there have been no ill-effects reported after that outing.

Striker Stevan Jovetic, defender Matija Nastasic and playmaker David Silva will all miss the Southampton game due to their calf injuries, but Pellegrini has indicated the latter of the trio could be involved in Tuesday's Champions League match at Bayern Munich.

1:59pm

The headlines for Saints in the build up have been dominated by the club's injury problems.

We should get the team news very soon but Artur Boruc, Kelvin Davis, Danny Fox, Guly do Prado, Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin are expected to miss out.

Jose Fonte was facing a late fitness test.

1:58pm

Hello and welcome to the Daily Echo's live coverage of Saints against Manchester City at St Mary's in the Premier League.

Saints are aiming to end their three game losing streak against City who have been superb at home but have struggled on the road this season.

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1:58pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Well, here we go. We need 100% positivity from EVERYONE today. So, let me kick it off with this thought.

Last year, we opened our campaign away AT Man City, we did okay.

We didn't have Lovren, we didn't have Dani. Of those out who would normally have started today, only Morgan was really established, yet we did okay.

Are MC much better than on that day? No!

So, at home, we can still compete - AND WIN!!!!

COYR!!!!
Well, here we go. We need 100% positivity from EVERYONE today. So, let me kick it off with this thought. Last year, we opened our campaign away AT Man City, we did okay. We didn't have Lovren, we didn't have Dani. Of those out who would normally have started today, only Morgan was really established, yet we did okay. Are MC much better than on that day? No! So, at home, we can still compete - AND WIN!!!! COYR!!!! Strasbourg Saint

1:58pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

It's going to be tough... very tough but we can do it!
Come on you Saints!!!!
It's going to be tough... very tough but we can do it! Come on you Saints!!!! Norwegian Saint

2:18pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mush On The Beach says...

G’day all, so a tough gig today and with a depleted team due to injuries. No excuses, this is the reality of football and we just have to get on with it. Time for the new boys coming in to step up to the mark. The season is played over 38 games and win or lose today, I think we are looking in a healthy position to achieve a decent top 10 possie.

I wish Gareth Bale and Joe Hart were playing, happy memories from last season.
G’day all, so a tough gig today and with a depleted team due to injuries. No excuses, this is the reality of football and we just have to get on with it. Time for the new boys coming in to step up to the mark. The season is played over 38 games and win or lose today, I think we are looking in a healthy position to achieve a decent top 10 possie. I wish Gareth Bale and Joe Hart were playing, happy memories from last season. Mush On The Beach

2:19pm Sat 7 Dec 13

InCortesewetrust says...

I'm spending the whole game behind the sofa with my fingers in my ears!
I'm spending the whole game behind the sofa with my fingers in my ears! InCortesewetrust

2:26pm Sat 7 Dec 13

up saints says...

looks a better team than the villa mess up maybe i would swap lambo and dani over.
looks a better team than the villa mess up maybe i would swap lambo and dani over. up saints

2:28pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mush On The Beach says...

I hear you have been having some rude weather around the UK. I can report that there will be no sign of rain in Adelaide for the next couple of days, apart from a stormy Mitchell Johnson steaming in.
I hear you have been having some rude weather around the UK. I can report that there will be no sign of rain in Adelaide for the next couple of days, apart from a stormy Mitchell Johnson steaming in. Mush On The Beach

2:36pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
I hear you have been having some rude weather around the UK. I can report that there will be no sign of rain in Adelaide for the next couple of days, apart from a stormy Mitchell Johnson steaming in.
Carbs to the rescue methinks, Mush :-)
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: I hear you have been having some rude weather around the UK. I can report that there will be no sign of rain in Adelaide for the next couple of days, apart from a stormy Mitchell Johnson steaming in.[/p][/quote]Carbs to the rescue methinks, Mush :-) Strasbourg Saint

2:43pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mush On The Beach says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Mush On The Beach wrote:
I hear you have been having some rude weather around the UK. I can report that there will be no sign of rain in Adelaide for the next couple of days, apart from a stormy Mitchell Johnson steaming in.
Carbs to the rescue methinks, Mush :-)
I’ve just watched the early game and there is a crisis at Old Trafford, Surrey will be furious tonight.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: I hear you have been having some rude weather around the UK. I can report that there will be no sign of rain in Adelaide for the next couple of days, apart from a stormy Mitchell Johnson steaming in.[/p][/quote]Carbs to the rescue methinks, Mush :-)[/p][/quote]I’ve just watched the early game and there is a crisis at Old Trafford, Surrey will be furious tonight. Mush On The Beach

2:55pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Rising_Son says...

Time to shut our doomers and gloomers up. COYR.
Time to shut our doomers and gloomers up. COYR. Rising_Son

3:01pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mush On The Beach says...

There’s only one Nelson Mandella!
There’s only one Nelson Mandella! Mush On The Beach

3:03pm Sat 7 Dec 13

bigfella777 says...

This is going to be an embarrassing heavy defeat
This is going to be an embarrassing heavy defeat bigfella777

3:04pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
There’s only one Nelson Mandella!
Nice one, Mush. Where's thee LIKE button when you need it?
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: There’s only one Nelson Mandella![/p][/quote]Nice one, Mush. Where's thee LIKE button when you need it? Strasbourg Saint

3:07pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

Gazzaniga needs to be a bit braver coming to claim the ball, but a more confident start from the players than from me! Decent chance there too. Come on lads!
Gazzaniga needs to be a bit braver coming to claim the ball, but a more confident start from the players than from me! Decent chance there too. Come on lads! andoru

3:07pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mush On The Beach says...

bigfella777 wrote:
This is going to be an embarrassing heavy defeat
Who are Brighton playing? not really interested come to think of it.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: This is going to be an embarrassing heavy defeat[/p][/quote]Who are Brighton playing? not really interested come to think of it. Mush On The Beach

3:10pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

Oh dear ...

Still no saves for Gazzaniga.
Oh dear ... Still no saves for Gazzaniga. andoru

3:13pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

bigfella777 wrote:
This is going to be an embarrassing heavy defeat
Nah! Leicester aren't that good. Now be off with you to the AMEX, you're not needed here.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: This is going to be an embarrassing heavy defeat[/p][/quote]Nah! Leicester aren't that good. Now be off with you to the AMEX, you're not needed here. Strasbourg Saint

3:14pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Saintsteve7 says...

This could be a very long afternoon! Bit of luck required at the moment.
This could be a very long afternoon! Bit of luck required at the moment. Saintsteve7

3:17pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mush On The Beach says...

Aguero and Suarez are scoring for fun this season. Look at how many red shirts to blues in the box there were, soft goal but well taken.
Aguero and Suarez are scoring for fun this season. Look at how many red shirts to blues in the box there were, soft goal but well taken. Mush On The Beach

3:18pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

All I'm hoping for today is that we maintain the goal difference keeping us above Man Utd. That will count as a successful afternoon.
All I'm hoping for today is that we maintain the goal difference keeping us above Man Utd. That will count as a successful afternoon. andoru

3:27pm Sat 7 Dec 13

twoguncrowley says...

apart from some sloppy defending for the goal (and no before everyone starts jumping on his back it wasn't Gazza's fault) we've looked alright
apart from some sloppy defending for the goal (and no before everyone starts jumping on his back it wasn't Gazza's fault) we've looked alright twoguncrowley

3:28pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

We don't seem to be pressing as much as usual. I wonder if Pochettino has set them up a little deeper.
We don't seem to be pressing as much as usual. I wonder if Pochettino has set them up a little deeper. andoru

3:30pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Again, it's very impressive but no end result.
Come on you Saaaaaints!
Again, it's very impressive but no end result. Come on you Saaaaaints! Norwegian Saint

3:34pm Sat 7 Dec 13

twoguncrowley says...

Lallana should have hit that first time. we need to make this period where we're on top count
Lallana should have hit that first time. we need to make this period where we're on top count twoguncrowley

3:34pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mush On The Beach says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Again, it's very impressive but no end result.
Come on you Saaaaaints!
Two phrases that Mauricio needs to get right on the training pitch ..... Cutting edge and ruthless.
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Again, it's very impressive but no end result. Come on you Saaaaaints![/p][/quote]Two phrases that Mauricio needs to get right on the training pitch ..... Cutting edge and ruthless. Mush On The Beach

3:34pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

We should be scoring! We're knocking on the door.
We should be scoring! We're knocking on the door. andoru

3:35pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Lovren! What a player he is!
All these chances, no justice if we don't score! Wish Rickie was on.
Lovren! What a player he is! All these chances, no justice if we don't score! Wish Rickie was on. Norwegian Saint

3:36pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Are they Villa in disguise?
Are they Villa in disguise? Strasbourg Saint

3:38pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

Chambers! How did that not go in?
Chambers! How did that not go in? andoru

3:39pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Nononononoooo!!! Chambers!!!
Nononononoooo!!! Chambers!!! Norwegian Saint

3:39pm Sat 7 Dec 13

el caballo santos101 says...

come on saints we are well in this game lets finish them off!
come on saints we are well in this game lets finish them off! el caballo santos101

3:39pm Sat 7 Dec 13

twoguncrowley says...

far too many wasted chances and long shots today, should have had atleast 2 so far
far too many wasted chances and long shots today, should have had atleast 2 so far twoguncrowley

3:42pm Sat 7 Dec 13

twoguncrowley says...

DANI YOU BEAUTY. THAT'S WHAT HE CAN DO!
DANI YOU BEAUTY. THAT'S WHAT HE CAN DO! twoguncrowley

3:42pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

Beautiful!
Beautiful! andoru

3:43pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Osvaldoooooooooo!!!!
Osvaldoooooooooo!!!! Norwegian Saint

3:43pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mush On The Beach says...

Oh Dani Boy, out of this world! well deserved for all our efforts COYR!
Oh Dani Boy, out of this world! well deserved for all our efforts COYR! Mush On The Beach

3:43pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

Dani, you just earned your transfer fee. Amazing stuff.
Dani, you just earned your transfer fee. Amazing stuff. andoru

3:43pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Deserved.
Deserved. Norwegian Saint

3:44pm Sat 7 Dec 13

DisplacedFan says...

What a goal. Worth every penny!!!
What a goal. Worth every penny!!! DisplacedFan

3:44pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Justice! What a great goal and well played Jose.
Justice! What a great goal and well played Jose. Strasbourg Saint

3:45pm Sat 7 Dec 13

DisplacedFan says...

andoru wrote:
We should be scoring! We're knocking on the door.
We just bashed it in!!!!
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: We should be scoring! We're knocking on the door.[/p][/quote]We just bashed it in!!!! DisplacedFan

3:48pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mush On The Beach says...

Footballing trick number 103, how to lob a 6’3’’ lanky goalkeeping beanpole ... magical.
Footballing trick number 103, how to lob a 6’3’’ lanky goalkeeping beanpole ... magical. Mush On The Beach

3:50pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Saintsteve7 says...

Outpassing the side with the best possession stats in the prem, if only we could score more goals!!
Outpassing the side with the best possession stats in the prem, if only we could score more goals!! Saintsteve7

3:51pm Sat 7 Dec 13

twoguncrowley says...

Lambert on for Davis and we'll smash 'em
Lambert on for Davis and we'll smash 'em twoguncrowley

3:51pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Rising_Son says...

DisplacedFan wrote:
andoru wrote:
We should be scoring! We're knocking on the door.
We just bashed it in!!!!
That shot what was quite a bit classier than 'bashed in'.
[quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: We should be scoring! We're knocking on the door.[/p][/quote]We just bashed it in!!!![/p][/quote]That shot what was quite a bit classier than 'bashed in'. Rising_Son

3:52pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mush On The Beach says...

Who are Poopey playing in the FA cup today?
Who are Poopey playing in the FA cup today? Mush On The Beach

3:52pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

Well worth the equalizer and to be honest could easily be in front. Is Osvaldo up and running now do we think? Two in two games. Granted, the one against Villa didn't require great skill, but that one did. Hopefully he can go a little scoring streak. Ideally in this match.
Well worth the equalizer and to be honest could easily be in front. Is Osvaldo up and running now do we think? Two in two games. Granted, the one against Villa didn't require great skill, but that one did. Hopefully he can go a little scoring streak. Ideally in this match. andoru

3:54pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

That was fabulous viewing. I just hope we can keep it up.

Great goal to shut up those suggesting we get rid of Dani, Jack has really risen to the challenge and bossed the midfield and Adam has been sublime.

To put this into perspective, this is meg-arich Man City (and they had an early advantage) against an injury-hit Saints who have 6 academy players in the 18. Since the City goal, we have looked every bit as good as them.

A small moan - I don't moan often so I'm entitled to one. Luke! Please can the coaches teach him how to use his right foot.
That was fabulous viewing. I just hope we can keep it up. Great goal to shut up those suggesting we get rid of Dani, Jack has really risen to the challenge and bossed the midfield and Adam has been sublime. To put this into perspective, this is meg-arich Man City (and they had an early advantage) against an injury-hit Saints who have 6 academy players in the 18. Since the City goal, we have looked every bit as good as them. A small moan - I don't moan often so I'm entitled to one. Luke! Please can the coaches teach him how to use his right foot. Strasbourg Saint

3:55pm Sat 7 Dec 13

BracknellSaint says...

What a beautiful goal that was. Showed what he's got. Awesome.
Been a good performance, still think we need to be more clinical. City haven't done anything, but might have 2 or 3 despite us bossing it.
Hope we keep this performance up for the rest of the game, Would take a point, but there are three there if we believe.
What a beautiful goal that was. Showed what he's got. Awesome. Been a good performance, still think we need to be more clinical. City haven't done anything, but might have 2 or 3 despite us bossing it. Hope we keep this performance up for the rest of the game, Would take a point, but there are three there if we believe. BracknellSaint

3:56pm Sat 7 Dec 13

twoguncrowley says...

andoru wrote:
Well worth the equalizer and to be honest could easily be in front. Is Osvaldo up and running now do we think? Two in two games. Granted, the one against Villa didn't require great skill, but that one did. Hopefully he can go a little scoring streak. Ideally in this match.
looks like he's got a bit of confidence about him now, hopefully he starts putting some more away
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: Well worth the equalizer and to be honest could easily be in front. Is Osvaldo up and running now do we think? Two in two games. Granted, the one against Villa didn't require great skill, but that one did. Hopefully he can go a little scoring streak. Ideally in this match.[/p][/quote]looks like he's got a bit of confidence about him now, hopefully he starts putting some more away twoguncrowley

3:57pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Rising_Son says...

andoru wrote:
Well worth the equalizer and to be honest could easily be in front. Is Osvaldo up and running now do we think? Two in two games. Granted, the one against Villa didn't require great skill, but that one did. Hopefully he can go a little scoring streak. Ideally in this match.
The signs are looking good for him now.
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: Well worth the equalizer and to be honest could easily be in front. Is Osvaldo up and running now do we think? Two in two games. Granted, the one against Villa didn't require great skill, but that one did. Hopefully he can go a little scoring streak. Ideally in this match.[/p][/quote]The signs are looking good for him now. Rising_Son

3:58pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

..... and a little mention for the commentators. Not sure if everyone has the same duo as me, but they've certainly done their research. So often you wonder if the commentators have just been dragged off the street but these two know a lot about both clubs, the players and the fans and are making intelligent comments.
..... and a little mention for the commentators. Not sure if everyone has the same duo as me, but they've certainly done their research. So often you wonder if the commentators have just been dragged off the street but these two know a lot about both clubs, the players and the fans and are making intelligent comments. Strasbourg Saint

4:01pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Tony in Liberia says...

I absolutely love it when a player goes from "we must sell him in January" to "he's just repaid his transfer fee & is going on a run" ...

I really, really hate it when Saints lose away to the best two teams in the league, and at home to the league's "hit em on the break" experts, and suddenly we're worried about the wheels falling off.

That is a subtle sarcastic cry for balance; we are a very good team, on the verge of becoming a great one, and Saints are getting better results than last year, and not as good as we'll get next year. In between, some blips and some great moments.

Enjoy the ride, don't get too despondent when things go a bit wrong, believe in the project, and support the Saints - and a win today will be fantastic!
I absolutely love it when a player goes from "we must sell him in January" to "he's just repaid his transfer fee & is going on a run" ... I really, really hate it when Saints lose away to the best two teams in the league, and at home to the league's "hit em on the break" experts, and suddenly we're worried about the wheels falling off. That is a subtle sarcastic cry for balance; we are a very good team, on the verge of becoming a great one, and Saints are getting better results than last year, and not as good as we'll get next year. In between, some blips and some great moments. Enjoy the ride, don't get too despondent when things go a bit wrong, believe in the project, and support the Saints - and a win today will be fantastic! Tony in Liberia

4:09pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

Back on the defensive a little here. Decent save from Gazza though. We need the ball back at our feet so we can control the tempo again.
Back on the defensive a little here. Decent save from Gazza though. We need the ball back at our feet so we can control the tempo again. andoru

4:11pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Think Man citeh have had a rocket at half time.
Come on you Saaaaaaints!
Another chance for us! Brilliant from J-Rod... Close!
Close!
Think Man citeh have had a rocket at half time. Come on you Saaaaaaints! Another chance for us! Brilliant from J-Rod... Close! Close! Norwegian Saint

4:11pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

I hope that missed chance doesn't come back to haunt us.

And Stoke are beating Chelsea.
I hope that missed chance doesn't come back to haunt us. And Stoke are beating Chelsea. Strasbourg Saint

4:12pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Win, draw or lose... So proud of Saints!!! What a brilliant team!
Win, draw or lose... So proud of Saints!!! What a brilliant team! Norwegian Saint

4:15pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Tony in Liberia wrote:
I absolutely love it when a player goes from "we must sell him in January" to "he's just repaid his transfer fee & is going on a run" ...

I really, really hate it when Saints lose away to the best two teams in the league, and at home to the league's "hit em on the break" experts, and suddenly we're worried about the wheels falling off.

That is a subtle sarcastic cry for balance; we are a very good team, on the verge of becoming a great one, and Saints are getting better results than last year, and not as good as we'll get next year. In between, some blips and some great moments.

Enjoy the ride, don't get too despondent when things go a bit wrong, believe in the project, and support the Saints - and a win today will be fantastic!
Well put Tony, with a touch of Nigel about it.
[quote][p][bold]Tony in Liberia[/bold] wrote: I absolutely love it when a player goes from "we must sell him in January" to "he's just repaid his transfer fee & is going on a run" ... I really, really hate it when Saints lose away to the best two teams in the league, and at home to the league's "hit em on the break" experts, and suddenly we're worried about the wheels falling off. That is a subtle sarcastic cry for balance; we are a very good team, on the verge of becoming a great one, and Saints are getting better results than last year, and not as good as we'll get next year. In between, some blips and some great moments. Enjoy the ride, don't get too despondent when things go a bit wrong, believe in the project, and support the Saints - and a win today will be fantastic![/p][/quote]Well put Tony, with a touch of Nigel about it. Strasbourg Saint

4:15pm Sat 7 Dec 13

twoguncrowley says...

city are making a fair few mistakes at the back that we need to capitalize on
city are making a fair few mistakes at the back that we need to capitalize on twoguncrowley

4:17pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mush On The Beach says...

Tony in Liberia wrote:
I absolutely love it when a player goes from "we must sell him in January" to "he's just repaid his transfer fee & is going on a run" ...

I really, really hate it when Saints lose away to the best two teams in the league, and at home to the league's "hit em on the break" experts, and suddenly we're worried about the wheels falling off.

That is a subtle sarcastic cry for balance; we are a very good team, on the verge of becoming a great one, and Saints are getting better results than last year, and not as good as we'll get next year. In between, some blips and some great moments.

Enjoy the ride, don't get too despondent when things go a bit wrong, believe in the project, and support the Saints - and a win today will be fantastic!
Quite right Tony.
Get on the bus and enjoy the ride. Tickets please.
Bring back Stan, Reg, Blakey, and Olive .... I hate you Butler, you skunt.
[quote][p][bold]Tony in Liberia[/bold] wrote: I absolutely love it when a player goes from "we must sell him in January" to "he's just repaid his transfer fee & is going on a run" ... I really, really hate it when Saints lose away to the best two teams in the league, and at home to the league's "hit em on the break" experts, and suddenly we're worried about the wheels falling off. That is a subtle sarcastic cry for balance; we are a very good team, on the verge of becoming a great one, and Saints are getting better results than last year, and not as good as we'll get next year. In between, some blips and some great moments. Enjoy the ride, don't get too despondent when things go a bit wrong, believe in the project, and support the Saints - and a win today will be fantastic![/p][/quote]Quite right Tony. Get on the bus and enjoy the ride. Tickets please. Bring back Stan, Reg, Blakey, and Olive .... I hate you Butler, you skunt. Mush On The Beach

4:17pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

Bring on Lambert and batter City some more. One of these chances will go in.
Bring on Lambert and batter City some more. One of these chances will go in. andoru

4:21pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

Or come to think of it, bring on Barry and have him score for us.
Or come to think of it, bring on Barry and have him score for us. andoru

4:25pm Sat 7 Dec 13

twoguncrowley says...

oh f*ck.
oh f*ck. twoguncrowley

4:26pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Please God... Not Lovren!
Please God... Not Lovren! Norwegian Saint

4:27pm Sat 7 Dec 13

twoguncrowley says...

g'wan Dejan!
g'wan Dejan! twoguncrowley

4:28pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mush On The Beach says...

Lovren struggling on 70 mins with a ligament strain, hang in there fella.
Lovren struggling on 70 mins with a ligament strain, hang in there fella. Mush On The Beach

4:28pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

A half fit Lovren is better than a fit Maya.
A half fit Lovren is better than a fit Maya. Norwegian Saint

4:41pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mush On The Beach says...

Too many offsides against our boys.
Too many offsides against our boys. Mush On The Beach

4:42pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

If we only get a point, we'll have been robbed.
If we only get a point, we'll have been robbed. andoru

4:42pm Sat 7 Dec 13

el caballo santos101 says...

the ref and linesmen are an absolute disgrace!

come on gaston get the winner for us
the ref and linesmen are an absolute disgrace! come on gaston get the winner for us el caballo santos101

4:45pm Sat 7 Dec 13

twoguncrowley says...

Gaston looks well up for it today, can both our expensive signings come good today?
Gaston looks well up for it today, can both our expensive signings come good today? twoguncrowley

4:46pm Sat 7 Dec 13

twoguncrowley says...

This ref doesn't want to give anything today. the baldy pr1ck
This ref doesn't want to give anything today. the baldy pr1ck twoguncrowley

4:51pm Sat 7 Dec 13

twoguncrowley says...

I'll take that! Great result all things considered
I'll take that! Great result all things considered twoguncrowley

4:51pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

Immense performances all round today. Just one two many offsides and a couple of dodgy shots.

A very good point for Man City.
Immense performances all round today. Just one two many offsides and a couple of dodgy shots. A very good point for Man City. andoru

4:52pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

And Chelsea just conceded in injury time! 3-2 down.
And Chelsea just conceded in injury time! 3-2 down. andoru

4:53pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mush On The Beach says...

Good point, but on reflection we deserved all 3.
The commentator said earlier that Jose Mourinho has recommended Mauricio to Real Madrid as a future prospect manager for them .... Hands off!
Good point, but on reflection we deserved all 3. The commentator said earlier that Jose Mourinho has recommended Mauricio to Real Madrid as a future prospect manager for them .... Hands off! Mush On The Beach

4:53pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Saintsteve7 says...

Fear not gents, the future is bright! Who needs strength in depth anyway?!!
Fear not gents, the future is bright! Who needs strength in depth anyway?!! Saintsteve7

4:53pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Great game. How on earth can Hartson on BBC say he's disappointed?!!! Saints were brilliant and should've won!
Great game. How on earth can Hartson on BBC say he's disappointed?!!! Saints were brilliant and should've won! Norwegian Saint

4:58pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mush On The Beach says...

Which is the toughest Group of Death?
Spain, Holland, Chile, Australia.
Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy.
Poopey, Brizzle Rovers, Northampton, Torquay.
Which is the toughest Group of Death? Spain, Holland, Chile, Australia. Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy. Poopey, Brizzle Rovers, Northampton, Torquay. Mush On The Beach

4:58pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Tirau Dan says...

luvved that I did.. bloody wonderful footy.
luvved that I did.. bloody wonderful footy. Tirau Dan

5:00pm Sat 7 Dec 13

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH says...

THE FIGHTBACK HAS STARTED.

GOOD POINT TODAY - SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE.

WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON.

RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRMY
THE FIGHTBACK HAS STARTED. GOOD POINT TODAY - SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE. WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON. RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRMY REDARMYRULETHESOUTH

5:02pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Rising_Son says...

Great performance. Deserved to win, but it should shut up the negs.
Great performance. Deserved to win, but it should shut up the negs. Rising_Son

5:04pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

First of all, well done Stoke. Nuff about that......

So proud. What a performance. Who wouldn't have taken a point before the start, let alone after we had gone behind? Moreover, who wouldn't have taken a performance like that? Brilliant team effort from all 14 who played, and credit to MP and his team.

I thought that the ref had been doing well, but he clearly got the Zabaleta foul wrong and then, having booked nasty sh!tface Nasri, and then, later, given a foul for his second awful challenge, when he could have played an advantage, why didn't he give a second yellow?

MotM? Hard to go against Lovren for being prepared to almost die for the cause and Fonte was superb as well, but then there was Davis who never lets us down and Lallana who was sublime. The kids all did well, too. However, for me, if Jack Cork felt that he had let the side down on Wednesday (which he hadn't), he was great today. It doesn't really work but something like: 'he tackles with the left, he tackles with the right, Jack Cork makes Yaya Touré look sh!te'.
First of all, well done Stoke. Nuff about that...... So proud. What a performance. Who wouldn't have taken a point before the start, let alone after we had gone behind? Moreover, who wouldn't have taken a performance like that? Brilliant team effort from all 14 who played, and credit to MP and his team. I thought that the ref had been doing well, but he clearly got the Zabaleta foul wrong and then, having booked nasty sh!tface Nasri, and then, later, given a foul for his second awful challenge, when he could have played an advantage, why didn't he give a second yellow? MotM? Hard to go against Lovren for being prepared to almost die for the cause and Fonte was superb as well, but then there was Davis who never lets us down and Lallana who was sublime. The kids all did well, too. However, for me, if Jack Cork felt that he had let the side down on Wednesday (which he hadn't), he was great today. It doesn't really work but something like: 'he tackles with the left, he tackles with the right, Jack Cork makes Yaya Touré look sh!te'. Strasbourg Saint

5:05pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

I am looking to see how Poopey got on (as my second team is whoever plays them) but I just can't seem to see them in the fourth tier... oh, must be an FA Cup game... no, not there either? Surely they didn't get knocked out in the first round??

Life is good... But we did deserve all three points!
I am looking to see how Poopey got on (as my second team is whoever plays them) but I just can't seem to see them in the fourth tier... oh, must be an FA Cup game... no, not there either? Surely they didn't get knocked out in the first round?? Life is good... But we did deserve all three points! Norwegian Saint

5:05pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mush On The Beach says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
This is going to be an embarrassing heavy defeat
Who are Brighton playing? not really interested come to think of it.
Stupid Rent Boy, Pike!
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: This is going to be an embarrassing heavy defeat[/p][/quote]Who are Brighton playing? not really interested come to think of it.[/p][/quote]Stupid Rent Boy, Pike! Mush On The Beach

5:06pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

BBC saying Saints "held to draw by Man City'

Nice to see. Usually it's us holding the so-called big teams.
BBC saying Saints "held to draw by Man City' Nice to see. Usually it's us holding the so-called big teams. andoru

5:08pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andoru says...

No, wait. I got that completely wrong. It's still the same old rubbish about Man City being held by Southampton, even though we were the stronger side by a distance.
No, wait. I got that completely wrong. It's still the same old rubbish about Man City being held by Southampton, even though we were the stronger side by a distance. andoru

5:09pm Sat 7 Dec 13

DisplacedFan says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
First of all, well done Stoke. Nuff about that......

So proud. What a performance. Who wouldn't have taken a point before the start, let alone after we had gone behind? Moreover, who wouldn't have taken a performance like that? Brilliant team effort from all 14 who played, and credit to MP and his team.

I thought that the ref had been doing well, but he clearly got the Zabaleta foul wrong and then, having booked nasty sh!tface Nasri, and then, later, given a foul for his second awful challenge, when he could have played an advantage, why didn't he give a second yellow?

MotM? Hard to go against Lovren for being prepared to almost die for the cause and Fonte was superb as well, but then there was Davis who never lets us down and Lallana who was sublime. The kids all did well, too. However, for me, if Jack Cork felt that he had let the side down on Wednesday (which he hadn't), he was great today. It doesn't really work but something like: 'he tackles with the left, he tackles with the right, Jack Cork makes Yaya Touré look sh!te'.
Have to agree Stras. We outplayed them. As the commentator said Saints are also the team of the future.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: First of all, well done Stoke. Nuff about that...... So proud. What a performance. Who wouldn't have taken a point before the start, let alone after we had gone behind? Moreover, who wouldn't have taken a performance like that? Brilliant team effort from all 14 who played, and credit to MP and his team. I thought that the ref had been doing well, but he clearly got the Zabaleta foul wrong and then, having booked nasty sh!tface Nasri, and then, later, given a foul for his second awful challenge, when he could have played an advantage, why didn't he give a second yellow? MotM? Hard to go against Lovren for being prepared to almost die for the cause and Fonte was superb as well, but then there was Davis who never lets us down and Lallana who was sublime. The kids all did well, too. However, for me, if Jack Cork felt that he had let the side down on Wednesday (which he hadn't), he was great today. It doesn't really work but something like: 'he tackles with the left, he tackles with the right, Jack Cork makes Yaya Touré look sh!te'.[/p][/quote]Have to agree Stras. We outplayed them. As the commentator said Saints are also the team of the future. DisplacedFan

5:09pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Great game. How on earth can Hartson on BBC say he's disappointed?!!! Saints were brilliant and should've won!
I guess we were just lucky to catch Man City on a bad day.
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Great game. How on earth can Hartson on BBC say he's disappointed?!!! Saints were brilliant and should've won![/p][/quote]I guess we were just lucky to catch Man City on a bad day. Strasbourg Saint

5:41pm Sat 7 Dec 13

swesaint says...

Pellegrini a bit more humble than that idiot Lambert in meidweek. "A good point against a very good team"
Pellegrini a bit more humble than that idiot Lambert in meidweek. "A good point against a very good team" swesaint

7:05pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Clever Dick says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
Which is the toughest Group of Death?
Spain, Holland, Chile, Australia.
Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy.
Poopey, Brizzle Rovers, Northampton, Torquay.
First group Spain and Chile
Second perm 2 from 3 excluding Costa Rica.
Third perm 2 from 3 obviously excluding the embarrassment of the south.
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: Which is the toughest Group of Death? Spain, Holland, Chile, Australia. Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy. Poopey, Brizzle Rovers, Northampton, Torquay.[/p][/quote]First group Spain and Chile Second perm 2 from 3 excluding Costa Rica. Third perm 2 from 3 obviously excluding the embarrassment of the south. Clever Dick

7:11pm Sat 7 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

I like the way Poch subs players to milk the applause of a grateful crwod, knowing that who ever he brings on it will be seamless, if we had strength in depth we would have won that! Yeh right....
I like the way Poch subs players to milk the applause of a grateful crwod, knowing that who ever he brings on it will be seamless, if we had strength in depth we would have won that! Yeh right.... OSPREYSAINT

7:13pm Sat 7 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I like the way Poch subs players to milk the applause of a grateful crwod, knowing that who ever he brings on it will be seamless, if we had strength in depth we would have won that! Yeh right....
crwod? crowd of course.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: I like the way Poch subs players to milk the applause of a grateful crwod, knowing that who ever he brings on it will be seamless, if we had strength in depth we would have won that! Yeh right....[/p][/quote]crwod? crowd of course. OSPREYSAINT

7:55pm Sat 7 Dec 13

miltonnroad76 says...

fantastic performance and result this will boost confidence in players and fans for the tough month to come....great to see corky showing what he can do..seems we do have some strength in depth ..tho i still think fox and hoover need to be replaced..
fantastic performance and result this will boost confidence in players and fans for the tough month to come....great to see corky showing what he can do..seems we do have some strength in depth ..tho i still think fox and hoover need to be replaced.. miltonnroad76

8:29pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Baddesley Bill says...

I actually welled up a bit during the Nelson Mandela tribute before kick off (which is very unlike me).

Our performance (team and crowd)....was pretty good too.

Very proud COYR
I actually welled up a bit during the Nelson Mandela tribute before kick off (which is very unlike me). Our performance (team and crowd)....was pretty good too. Very proud COYR Baddesley Bill

8:44pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Velleity says...

bigfella777 wrote:
This is going to be an embarrassing heavy defeat
Nice one, Mystic Smeg.

Why don't you crawl off to your own team, Brighton?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: This is going to be an embarrassing heavy defeat[/p][/quote]Nice one, Mystic Smeg. Why don't you crawl off to your own team, Brighton? Velleity

12:38am Sun 8 Dec 13

batesieboy says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
This is going to be an embarrassing heavy defeat
Nah! Leicester aren't that good. Now be off with you to the AMEX, you're not needed here.
Good old Big Fat Dick Head Small everything Fella idiot
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: This is going to be an embarrassing heavy defeat[/p][/quote]Nah! Leicester aren't that good. Now be off with you to the AMEX, you're not needed here.[/p][/quote]Good old Big Fat Dick Head Small everything Fella idiot batesieboy

8:48am Sun 8 Dec 13

loosehead says...

watched MOD how did Ossie miss? we should have won it! 10 points more than last season at this time but it could have been more so common Saints let's ave em!
watched MOD how did Ossie miss? we should have won it! 10 points more than last season at this time but it could have been more so common Saints let's ave em! loosehead

12:31pm Sun 8 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

loosehead wrote:
watched MOD how did Ossie miss? we should have won it! 10 points more than last season at this time but it could have been more so common Saints let's ave em!
How did Aguero miss two sitters, may be it was a duff bounce or two, these new balls are very light and it easy to miss-hit them high wide and handsome, or just horribly wide, it is only when the timing is right, the Citeh goal is a good example, and the shot is virtually unstoppable, players like Suarez, Van Persie e.t.c have that gift of fast thinking and perfect timing , that is why they succeed where others fail.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: watched MOD how did Ossie miss? we should have won it! 10 points more than last season at this time but it could have been more so common Saints let's ave em![/p][/quote]How did Aguero miss two sitters, may be it was a duff bounce or two, these new balls are very light and it easy to miss-hit them high wide and handsome, or just horribly wide, it is only when the timing is right, the Citeh goal is a good example, and the shot is virtually unstoppable, players like Suarez, Van Persie e.t.c have that gift of fast thinking and perfect timing , that is why they succeed where others fail. OSPREYSAINT

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