Saints remain on course for record equalling finish

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Saints moved a point closer to equalling their best ever Premier League finish as they played out a goalless draw at Aston Villa.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men had the better of the game at Villa Park but were unable to take one of the few chances on offer during the match to steal all three points.

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However, a draw was enough to keep them in eighth place with just three games to go as they look to match the 2003 best set by Gordon Strachan’s team.

For Aston Villa it was the end to a difficult week.

A run of four Premier League defeats in a row had sucked Paul Lambert's team backed towards the relegation zone but the 0-0 draw at Villa Park gave them a little bit more breathing space.

It provided some relief for Lambert, who was without his long-time assistants Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa following their suspension by the club.

The Villa boss, who was helped out by Gordon Cowans and Shay Given, refused to give any details on the situation at his press conference this week, citing the ongoing investigation.

A roar of support from the Villa fans greeted Lee Mason's whistle but for the first five minutes they barely touched the ball.

The only good news for the hosts was that Southampton striker Rickie Lambert could not take advantage of two decent openings.

The first came in the third minute when Luke Shaw broke down the left and crossed for Lambert in space but he did not make proper contact with his header and it was easily gathered by Brad Guzan.

Two minutes later Steven Davis beat Villa's offside trap and pulled the ball back for Lambert but Nathan Baker got back just in time to get a touch on the England man's shot.

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It was a sobering start for Villa, and their first real moment of promise came to nothing when, after breaking through the Southampton defence, Gabriel Agbonlahor's poor touch allowed Jose Fonte to nick the ball away.

The visitors continued to dominate possession but were doing very little with it and it took until the 32nd minute for them to test Guzan.

Baker should have cleared the danger but inexplicably missed his header from James Ward-Prowse's cross and Lambert set up Davis, whose volley was pushed away by a diving Guzan.

Ryan Bertrand was a rare bright spot on the left for Villa, with the full-back's crosses providing genuine moments of concern for Saints.

Daily Echo:

It was the on-loan Chelsea man who brought Artur Boruc into the game for the first time just before half-time.

The Saints keeper, who returned to the side after a back injury, was a little bit fortunate to see the ball trickle behind after pushing Bertrand's cross against Dejan Lovren.

Villa made a better start to the second half and, after a poor clearance from Southampton, Karim El Ahmadi did well to create space for a shot on the edge of the box.

But the midfielder did not make good contact with it and Boruc saved easily.

Adam Lallana was named as one of six nominees for the PFA Player of the Year on Friday and the playmaker might have celebrated with a goal.

But Shaw's cross from the left was just behind Lallana, who could not adjust his feet in time and got a clattering from Guzan instead.

Villa were certainly opening up Southampton a lot more, and Lovren became the first player booked for a crude challenge on Agbonlahor, who had been well found by Marc Albrighton.

From the latter's free-kick, El Ahmadi shot at Boruc, while Albrighton then tried his luck with a fierce drive that was caught by the keeper at the second attempt.

Moments later Ashley Westwood lashed an effort over the bar, but the clear-cut opening Villa were searching for would not come.

Southampton appealed for a penalty with 10 minutes to go when Nathaniel Clyne's cross hit Bertrand's arm but referee Mason decided it was accidental.

There was a first Premier League appearance as a late substitute for 19-year-old Villa striker Callum Robinson but neither side could fashion a late winner.

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5:21pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Rank Xerox says...

Good job Newcastle lost (again) keeps s in 8th I guess
Good job Newcastle lost (again) keeps s in 8th I guess Rank Xerox
  • Score: 0

5:30pm Sat 19 Apr 14

DisplacedFan says...

Good to get a point. We were in control. Easy to see we are down two strikers. The only way is up. Looking forward to next year.
Good to get a point. We were in control. Easy to see we are down two strikers. The only way is up. Looking forward to next year. DisplacedFan
  • Score: 12

5:44pm Sat 19 Apr 14

right back in the bar says...

Struggling to understand why VW is preferred to JC in a game we should be set up to win and even less impressed with the 84th minute substitution. Notwithstanding the few minutes he had, JC gave us more energy and purpose. We are beginning to look like a team out of ideas and need a few to come in next season and someone to give us an edge otherwise we'll be back in the bottom half.
Struggling to understand why VW is preferred to JC in a game we should be set up to win and even less impressed with the 84th minute substitution. Notwithstanding the few minutes he had, JC gave us more energy and purpose. We are beginning to look like a team out of ideas and need a few to come in next season and someone to give us an edge otherwise we'll be back in the bottom half. right back in the bar
  • Score: -2

5:48pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Rising_Son says...

right back in the bar wrote:
Struggling to understand why VW is preferred to JC in a game we should be set up to win and even less impressed with the 84th minute substitution. Notwithstanding the few minutes he had, JC gave us more energy and purpose. We are beginning to look like a team out of ideas and need a few to come in next season and someone to give us an edge otherwise we'll be back in the bottom half.
I thought Wanyama did okay, especially defensively. Villa didn't score, did they?
[quote][p][bold]right back in the bar[/bold] wrote: Struggling to understand why VW is preferred to JC in a game we should be set up to win and even less impressed with the 84th minute substitution. Notwithstanding the few minutes he had, JC gave us more energy and purpose. We are beginning to look like a team out of ideas and need a few to come in next season and someone to give us an edge otherwise we'll be back in the bottom half.[/p][/quote]I thought Wanyama did okay, especially defensively. Villa didn't score, did they? Rising_Son
  • Score: 19

7:20pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Media Saint says...

Sad that we miss Jay so much.
Sad that we miss Jay so much. Media Saint
  • Score: 9

9:07pm Sat 19 Apr 14

mike saint says...

We wont get that record if we keep playing Sam Gallagher.
We wont get that record if we keep playing Sam Gallagher. mike saint
  • Score: -9

9:13pm Sat 19 Apr 14

el caballo santos101 says...

Rising_Son wrote:
right back in the bar wrote:
Struggling to understand why VW is preferred to JC in a game we should be set up to win and even less impressed with the 84th minute substitution. Notwithstanding the few minutes he had, JC gave us more energy and purpose. We are beginning to look like a team out of ideas and need a few to come in next season and someone to give us an edge otherwise we'll be back in the bottom half.
I thought Wanyama did okay, especially defensively. Villa didn't score, did they?
I thought Big Vic looked back to his best today.
playing Big Vic today meant we effectively played 3 at the back with luke and clyne able to push further up the pitch. that's what Big Vic gives us and why we were doing so well at the start of the season. with the full backs pushing further up it firstly prevents the oppos wide men from getting to far forward, and secondly it gives us the wide attacking option that everyone wants, and why MP doesn't want/need a winger.
the only thing we were missing today was J-rods pace and finishing and then gastons flair.
that said I thought we played well again today and but for another outrageous handball penalty decision not going our way we could have picked up all three points. has a defender actually got to catch the ball and play basketball for 5mins for us to be given a penalty? I would love to hear the FA try to explain away the 4(if not more) handballs that haven't been given to us this season! it was beyond a joke last week, its now getting more and more suspicious with every non-decision!
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]right back in the bar[/bold] wrote: Struggling to understand why VW is preferred to JC in a game we should be set up to win and even less impressed with the 84th minute substitution. Notwithstanding the few minutes he had, JC gave us more energy and purpose. We are beginning to look like a team out of ideas and need a few to come in next season and someone to give us an edge otherwise we'll be back in the bottom half.[/p][/quote]I thought Wanyama did okay, especially defensively. Villa didn't score, did they?[/p][/quote]I thought Big Vic looked back to his best today. playing Big Vic today meant we effectively played 3 at the back with luke and clyne able to push further up the pitch. that's what Big Vic gives us and why we were doing so well at the start of the season. with the full backs pushing further up it firstly prevents the oppos wide men from getting to far forward, and secondly it gives us the wide attacking option that everyone wants, and why MP doesn't want/need a winger. the only thing we were missing today was J-rods pace and finishing and then gastons flair. that said I thought we played well again today and but for another outrageous handball penalty decision not going our way we could have picked up all three points. has a defender actually got to catch the ball and play basketball for 5mins for us to be given a penalty? I would love to hear the FA try to explain away the 4(if not more) handballs that haven't been given to us this season! it was beyond a joke last week, its now getting more and more suspicious with every non-decision! el caballo santos101
  • Score: 6

9:54pm Sat 19 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

el caballo santos101 wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
right back in the bar wrote:
Struggling to understand why VW is preferred to JC in a game we should be set up to win and even less impressed with the 84th minute substitution. Notwithstanding the few minutes he had, JC gave us more energy and purpose. We are beginning to look like a team out of ideas and need a few to come in next season and someone to give us an edge otherwise we'll be back in the bottom half.
I thought Wanyama did okay, especially defensively. Villa didn't score, did they?
I thought Big Vic looked back to his best today.
playing Big Vic today meant we effectively played 3 at the back with luke and clyne able to push further up the pitch. that's what Big Vic gives us and why we were doing so well at the start of the season. with the full backs pushing further up it firstly prevents the oppos wide men from getting to far forward, and secondly it gives us the wide attacking option that everyone wants, and why MP doesn't want/need a winger.
the only thing we were missing today was J-rods pace and finishing and then gastons flair.
that said I thought we played well again today and but for another outrageous handball penalty decision not going our way we could have picked up all three points. has a defender actually got to catch the ball and play basketball for 5mins for us to be given a penalty? I would love to hear the FA try to explain away the 4(if not more) handballs that haven't been given to us this season! it was beyond a joke last week, its now getting more and more suspicious with every non-decision!
Not the first time I have said it,but it would appear there is an unwritten Rule in the FA Referees handbook, "Under no circumstances should a Penalty be awarded to Southampton if it can be avoided, they have a Rickie Lambert which gives them an unfair advantage.
[quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]right back in the bar[/bold] wrote: Struggling to understand why VW is preferred to JC in a game we should be set up to win and even less impressed with the 84th minute substitution. Notwithstanding the few minutes he had, JC gave us more energy and purpose. We are beginning to look like a team out of ideas and need a few to come in next season and someone to give us an edge otherwise we'll be back in the bottom half.[/p][/quote]I thought Wanyama did okay, especially defensively. Villa didn't score, did they?[/p][/quote]I thought Big Vic looked back to his best today. playing Big Vic today meant we effectively played 3 at the back with luke and clyne able to push further up the pitch. that's what Big Vic gives us and why we were doing so well at the start of the season. with the full backs pushing further up it firstly prevents the oppos wide men from getting to far forward, and secondly it gives us the wide attacking option that everyone wants, and why MP doesn't want/need a winger. the only thing we were missing today was J-rods pace and finishing and then gastons flair. that said I thought we played well again today and but for another outrageous handball penalty decision not going our way we could have picked up all three points. has a defender actually got to catch the ball and play basketball for 5mins for us to be given a penalty? I would love to hear the FA try to explain away the 4(if not more) handballs that haven't been given to us this season! it was beyond a joke last week, its now getting more and more suspicious with every non-decision![/p][/quote]Not the first time I have said it,but it would appear there is an unwritten Rule in the FA Referees handbook, "Under no circumstances should a Penalty be awarded to Southampton if it can be avoided, they have a Rickie Lambert which gives them an unfair advantage. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 9

9:56pm Sat 19 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

mike saint wrote:
We wont get that record if we keep playing Sam Gallagher.
Is this a crystal ball prediction or just your opinion?
[quote][p][bold]mike saint[/bold] wrote: We wont get that record if we keep playing Sam Gallagher.[/p][/quote]Is this a crystal ball prediction or just your opinion? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

10:57pm Sat 19 Apr 14

bluewhiteandred says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
mike saint wrote:
We wont get that record if we keep playing Sam Gallagher.
Is this a crystal ball prediction or just your opinion?
You will not better Pompeys highest premier position ! .
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mike saint[/bold] wrote: We wont get that record if we keep playing Sam Gallagher.[/p][/quote]Is this a crystal ball prediction or just your opinion?[/p][/quote]You will not better Pompeys highest premier position ! . bluewhiteandred
  • Score: -14

3:41am Sun 20 Apr 14

el caballo santos101 says...

bluewhiteandred wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
mike saint wrote:
We wont get that record if we keep playing Sam Gallagher.
Is this a crystal ball prediction or just your opinion?
You will not better Pompeys highest premier position ! .
Not this season, but we also wont finish lower in the leagues than you have either!
We wont beat your record of being the only prem club to go into administration, nor will we get anywhere near your record of being the laughing stock of English football!
[quote][p][bold]bluewhiteandred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mike saint[/bold] wrote: We wont get that record if we keep playing Sam Gallagher.[/p][/quote]Is this a crystal ball prediction or just your opinion?[/p][/quote]You will not better Pompeys highest premier position ! .[/p][/quote]Not this season, but we also wont finish lower in the leagues than you have either! We wont beat your record of being the only prem club to go into administration, nor will we get anywhere near your record of being the laughing stock of English football! el caballo santos101
  • Score: 13

9:26am Sun 20 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

el caballo santos101 wrote:
bluewhiteandred wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
mike saint wrote:
We wont get that record if we keep playing Sam Gallagher.
Is this a crystal ball prediction or just your opinion?
You will not better Pompeys highest premier position ! .
Not this season, but we also wont finish lower in the leagues than you have either!
We wont beat your record of being the only prem club to go into administration, nor will we get anywhere near your record of being the laughing stock of English football!
We also will never get close to their unrivalled record of having the least intelligent fans in the world. Doesn't a goldfish have a memory of 8 seconds? And they are much more intelligent than bottom feeding skates.
[quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluewhiteandred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mike saint[/bold] wrote: We wont get that record if we keep playing Sam Gallagher.[/p][/quote]Is this a crystal ball prediction or just your opinion?[/p][/quote]You will not better Pompeys highest premier position ! .[/p][/quote]Not this season, but we also wont finish lower in the leagues than you have either! We wont beat your record of being the only prem club to go into administration, nor will we get anywhere near your record of being the laughing stock of English football![/p][/quote]We also will never get close to their unrivalled record of having the least intelligent fans in the world. Doesn't a goldfish have a memory of 8 seconds? And they are much more intelligent than bottom feeding skates. Clever Dick
  • Score: 3

12:39pm Sun 20 Apr 14

alanstreet46 says...

Seems to me that RL's chances of a seat on the Brazil-bound plane are becoming less by the week. Golden chances squandered by him again at Villa. If he really wants to go to the WC, then he'd better start converting a few of these chances over the last three games
Seems to me that RL's chances of a seat on the Brazil-bound plane are becoming less by the week. Golden chances squandered by him again at Villa. If he really wants to go to the WC, then he'd better start converting a few of these chances over the last three games alanstreet46
  • Score: -2

1:44pm Sun 20 Apr 14

03alpe01 says...

No we aren't. We need to score goals in order to get our highest ever points total.
No we aren't. We need to score goals in order to get our highest ever points total. 03alpe01
  • Score: -2

7:03pm Sun 20 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

03alpe01 wrote:
No we aren't. We need to score goals in order to get our highest ever points total.
Only need one more than the opposition, that should do the trick.
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: No we aren't. We need to score goals in order to get our highest ever points total.[/p][/quote]Only need one more than the opposition, that should do the trick. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

8:32pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Malcombe says...

Saints need to win there next 3 because even Crystal Palace have a chance to go above them and to think a few weeks ago they were in the bottom 3 and the sooner all Saints Supporters know what the future is the better, I been on several sites today and there will only half the present first Team members for next season if all these rumours are right and I don't believe in Fairies so I'm not taking all I've read as true facts but here is a list of the Players who will be leaving before next season including Mauricio Potchettino, Rickie, Adam, Luke, Dejan, Callum, Jack, that's 6 oh 1 more from Saints youth Callum Slattery and guess who's sniffing him out, one clue Theo, Alex, folks doesn't it make you sick?
Saints need to win there next 3 because even Crystal Palace have a chance to go above them and to think a few weeks ago they were in the bottom 3 and the sooner all Saints Supporters know what the future is the better, I been on several sites today and there will only half the present first Team members for next season if all these rumours are right and I don't believe in Fairies so I'm not taking all I've read as true facts but here is a list of the Players who will be leaving before next season including Mauricio Potchettino, Rickie, Adam, Luke, Dejan, Callum, Jack, that's 6 oh 1 more from Saints youth Callum Slattery and guess who's sniffing him out, one clue Theo, Alex, folks doesn't it make you sick? Malcombe
  • Score: -1

9:21pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

Malcombe wrote:
Saints need to win there next 3 because even Crystal Palace have a chance to go above them and to think a few weeks ago they were in the bottom 3 and the sooner all Saints Supporters know what the future is the better, I been on several sites today and there will only half the present first Team members for next season if all these rumours are right and I don't believe in Fairies so I'm not taking all I've read as true facts but here is a list of the Players who will be leaving before next season including Mauricio Potchettino, Rickie, Adam, Luke, Dejan, Callum, Jack, that's 6 oh 1 more from Saints youth Callum Slattery and guess who's sniffing him out, one clue Theo, Alex, folks doesn't it make you sick?
It's a shame that uncle Tom Cobley doesn't play for us as well isn't it. I don't know what site you are looking at but if you look hard enough you will also find that Spider is a certainty to go to Manure and JRod to Arsenal. Or then again of course you could try believing what the club is saying. No players we want to keep will be leaving. The players you have mentioned plus Spider, Jay,probably JWP, plus Osvaldo and Gaston would be valued around £120 Million plus, so even if some did move on we could get some pretty tasty replacements. Try cheering up ffs.
[quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: Saints need to win there next 3 because even Crystal Palace have a chance to go above them and to think a few weeks ago they were in the bottom 3 and the sooner all Saints Supporters know what the future is the better, I been on several sites today and there will only half the present first Team members for next season if all these rumours are right and I don't believe in Fairies so I'm not taking all I've read as true facts but here is a list of the Players who will be leaving before next season including Mauricio Potchettino, Rickie, Adam, Luke, Dejan, Callum, Jack, that's 6 oh 1 more from Saints youth Callum Slattery and guess who's sniffing him out, one clue Theo, Alex, folks doesn't it make you sick?[/p][/quote]It's a shame that uncle Tom Cobley doesn't play for us as well isn't it. I don't know what site you are looking at but if you look hard enough you will also find that Spider is a certainty to go to Manure and JRod to Arsenal. Or then again of course you could try believing what the club is saying. No players we want to keep will be leaving. The players you have mentioned plus Spider, Jay,probably JWP, plus Osvaldo and Gaston would be valued around £120 Million plus, so even if some did move on we could get some pretty tasty replacements. Try cheering up ffs. Clever Dick
  • Score: 0

8:12am Mon 21 Apr 14

Freddie Flowerpot says...

We've done well, we are the 'best of the rest' and 8th is as good as we can achieve.

Still think we missed a massive opportunity in playing in Europe next season with the team selection at Sunderland in the FA Cup, getting to the final would have pretty much guaranteed Europa Cup football as Arsenal will be in the CL.

Next year we have to concentrate more on Cup success.
We've done well, we are the 'best of the rest' and 8th is as good as we can achieve. Still think we missed a massive opportunity in playing in Europe next season with the team selection at Sunderland in the FA Cup, getting to the final would have pretty much guaranteed Europa Cup football as Arsenal will be in the CL. Next year we have to concentrate more on Cup success. Freddie Flowerpot
  • Score: 0

11:27am Mon 21 Apr 14

Beer Monster says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
mike saint wrote:
We wont get that record if we keep playing Sam Gallagher.
Is this a crystal ball prediction or just your opinion?
Same as all the doomsayers who bemoan Gazza being in goal - those of little faith in the power of experience. B0ll0cks to 'em.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mike saint[/bold] wrote: We wont get that record if we keep playing Sam Gallagher.[/p][/quote]Is this a crystal ball prediction or just your opinion?[/p][/quote]Same as all the doomsayers who bemoan Gazza being in goal - those of little faith in the power of experience. B0ll0cks to 'em. Beer Monster
  • Score: 0

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