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    Tye-Dye wrote:
    gosportsaint wrote:
    Spent most of yesterday with tears in my eyes. Can't believe how far the Saints have come in just 12 months. I honestly thought we were going to the wall 12 months ago. Then this, a fantastic day, a great result, and to cap it all, we're plastered all over the front and back pages of The Sun. We may go onto win FA Cups and challenge for the Premier league in the future, but nothing will be as important as yesterdays Paint Pot win. It was possibly the most defining day in Saints history. COYR
    Totally agree gossie, I was emotional coming out of Wembley park station and looking down Wembley way to see a tide of red and white, then inside when the first "oh when the saints" went up just before ko, then when Lallana scored I knew we had it, then the picking up of the trophy, then the half lap of honour, all in all I was a wreck and I dont mind admitting it lol! Your last paragraph sums up how I have felt all day today, really looking forward to the undoubted good times and sucess to come, but yesterday was a huge righting of so many wrongs, and others can take the micheal at the jpt's relevance but to us it was truly the dawning of a new and very exciting era. Fantastic day, memorys, fans, team, owners, and so many tired but happy faces driving down the M3, simply unforgetable!
    I'd just like to add to this. From a business point-of-view I believe (for better or for worse) SFC hit rock bottom at the right time. There will be many other clubs (mentioning no names) that will go to the wall as mis-management meets recession fall-out. And SFC will surge through the ranks. Ceteris parabus - please keep the faith in the belief of the potential of ML/NC/AP. COYRAWA."
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Saints 4 Carlisle 1

OH HAPPY DAY:  Michail Antonio celebrates with his team mates after scoring their fourth goal

OH HAPPY DAY: Michail Antonio celebrates with his team mates after scoring their fourth goal

First published in Sport

See today‘s Daily Echo for a special 24-page pullout celebrating Saints’ Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley - featuring the best reports, reaction, colour and photographs of the big day.

SAINTS made a triumphant return to the big stage with a thumping Wembley victory over Carlisle in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this afternoon.

Top scorer Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Papa Waigo and Michail Antonio grabbed the goals as Alan Pardew lifted the club's first silverware in 34 years.

Saints' first participation in this competition may illustrate just how far they have fallen since their top-flight days, but 44,000 supporters made the trip from the south coast to see the 2003 FA Cup finalists take on their League One rivals.

The 10-point penalty for going into administration has left Saints off the play-off pace and they are just one spot above Carlisle - but the teams are leagues apart in every other sense.

Peter Murphy handed them the lead, literally, in the 15th minute when he stuck out an arm to whip the ball from the head of Lambert.

The defender was fortunate to escape with a booking but Lambert exacted revenge from the penalty spot with his 32nd goal of a prolific season.

Carlisle had their moments in the first half, not least when Matty Robson's cross was headed onto the top of the crossbar by Ian Harte.

However, it was Southampton who grabbed a second goal two minutes before half-time. Lambert flicked on Antonio's long throw and Lallana was left with the simple task of nodding the ball past Adam Collin for his 16th goal of the season.

Any hopes of a Cumbrian comeback were crushed four minutes into the second half when Evan Horwood made a hash of Lambert's cross. Collin managed to keep out Antonio's shot but Senegalese striker Waigo was on hand to nod the rebound into an empty net.

On-loan Reading winger Antonio crashed in the fourth from the edge of the area on the hour, before Carlisle substitute Gary Madine gave the blue half of Wembley something to cheer with a late header.

For the best reports, reaction, colour and photos from Wembley, don't miss tomorrow's 24-page Daily Echo pullout.

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