Southampton's home form among the best ahead of Brentford match

Daily Echo: Nigel Adkins Nigel Adkins

Saints this weekend have the chance to extend their awesome home form and confirm their place amongst the most in-form sides in the country on their own turf.

Nigel Adkins has seen his team go seven league matches unbeaten at St Mary’s – nine in all competitions - with five of those wins and two, including the last match against Brighton, ending in draws.

That record is the envy of many in the League One and has been a massive help to Saints’ position in the table due to a quirk of fate that has seen them play only one away game in the last month and a half.

If Saints’ run is just taken over the traditional six game form table period then no club in the English professional leagues can boast a better record.

Going into this weekend Saints have taken 16 points from their last six home matches, the draw with Brighton breaking a run of five straight victories.

Only Premier League leaders Manchester United and League Two table toppers Port Vale can match that 16 point record.

The most in form home side in the Championship is Derby who have 15 points from their last six.

To put it into context Saints have taken three more points from their last six home games than Chelsea and have a five point advantage over Manchester City.

Astonishingly, Saints have netted seven more points than Premier League leaders Arsenal have managed at the Emirates Stadium in the form table period.

Victory over Brentford at St Mary’s this afternoon would keep that form table constant for Saints.

With Saints having played so many games at home recently – today’s game will be their sixth in seven – they also ride high in the general form table, despite that away match yielding a defeat at Carlisle.

In the reckoning of the 92 league clubs, Charlton sit top, going into this weekend with 16 points from their last six league matches.

Manchester United are second with 14 with Saints level with Manchester City and Bristol City in third place having collected 13 points.

Brentford though will pose a tough test because of their away record.

Their four back-to-back victories on the road means in the away form table only Bury, Swansea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Cardiff and Wycombe can boast better records in the last six.

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8:16am Sat 11 Dec 10

lilly the pink says...

Talk about tempting fate!! Yes there is a chance to extend the good home run.....but equally a chance to fail!

Brentford are a fairly strong side, and with the enforced changes in the saints team saints have to be focused. However, they should be rested enough by now!
Talk about tempting fate!! Yes there is a chance to extend the good home run.....but equally a chance to fail! Brentford are a fairly strong side, and with the enforced changes in the saints team saints have to be focused. However, they should be rested enough by now! lilly the pink
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8:43am Sat 11 Dec 10

Ragworm. says...

So we should be ... we are the mighty SOUTHAMPTON...
So we should be ... we are the mighty SOUTHAMPTON... Ragworm.
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8:52am Sat 11 Dec 10

franiow says...

Let's rattle on about the Bees away record and tempt their fate! Love stats when they favour Saints, but it only matters on the pitch. I'm going for my favourite 3.1 for Saints...I have to be right sometime. Keeping everything crossed for Ricky, he does enough to deserve a break (oops, not a leg).
Let's rattle on about the Bees away record and tempt their fate! Love stats when they favour Saints, but it only matters on the pitch. I'm going for my favourite 3.1 for Saints...I have to be right sometime. Keeping everything crossed for Ricky, he does enough to deserve a break (oops, not a leg). franiow
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9:28am Sat 11 Dec 10

St Retford says...

To quote Oscar Wilde, surely fate can resist temptation.
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Anyway, I'm setting off now so will see you there. I have five Christmas albums lined up for the journey which is a cruel and unusual form of torture, but that's December for you. I would very much like Father Christmas to bring me a Ricky Lambert hat-trick.
To quote Oscar Wilde, surely fate can resist temptation. . Anyway, I'm setting off now so will see you there. I have five Christmas albums lined up for the journey which is a cruel and unusual form of torture, but that's December for you. I would very much like Father Christmas to bring me a Ricky Lambert hat-trick. St Retford
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9:46am Sat 11 Dec 10

Southampton Heart says...

Has anyone else noticed this?

Last week it was the Echo's voice of gloom and doom with a false story (when no reporter leaves their name) and now it a nicey nicey fluffy story?.

Proof that the Echo have Jeckell & Hyde mood swings. I was right. Was it because they've been found out.

Yes the Echo were wrong.why don't they admit it.

WHAT A JOKE!.

Come on Echo make your mind up regarding Saints....are you with us or against us? If I was you I'd drop you're attitude of sulking when you don't get you own way and get back to the Echo I know....please make a fresh start with this story.
Has anyone else noticed this? Last week it was the Echo's voice of gloom and doom with a false story (when no reporter leaves their name) and now it a nicey nicey fluffy story?. Proof that the Echo have Jeckell & Hyde mood swings. I was right. Was it because they've been found out. Yes the Echo were wrong.why don't they admit it. WHAT A JOKE!. Come on Echo make your mind up regarding Saints....are you with us or against us? If I was you I'd drop you're attitude of sulking when you don't get you own way and get back to the Echo I know....please make a fresh start with this story. Southampton Heart
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10:02am Sat 11 Dec 10

franiow says...

To be fair, a sensational headline to sell papers is common to all newspapers. The actual article said it had been reported by another paper and they finished by saying that it was strange considering the expansion at Staplewood. They couldn't have ignored the matter and they did ask Saints for comment. Perhaps they could have reversed their order of reporting to make it more pro-Saints but that doesn't sell newspapers which is the business they are in. Let's concentrate on our business, which is supporting the best team on the South Coast.
To be fair, a sensational headline to sell papers is common to all newspapers. The actual article said it had been reported by another paper and they finished by saying that it was strange considering the expansion at Staplewood. They couldn't have ignored the matter and they did ask Saints for comment. Perhaps they could have reversed their order of reporting to make it more pro-Saints but that doesn't sell newspapers which is the business they are in. Let's concentrate on our business, which is supporting the best team on the South Coast. franiow
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10:27am Sat 11 Dec 10

Baddesley Bill says...

franiow wrote:
Let's rattle on about the Bees away record and tempt their fate! Love stats when they favour Saints, but it only matters on the pitch. I'm going for my favourite 3.1 for Saints...I have to be right sometime. Keeping everything crossed for Ricky, he does enough to deserve a break (oops, not a leg).
I'm with you Fran....3 - 1 Saints. In fact I'm gonna bet all I have on it (which in reality is about a tenner after this weeks Xmas shop!) :O)
[quote][p][bold]franiow[/bold] wrote: Let's rattle on about the Bees away record and tempt their fate! Love stats when they favour Saints, but it only matters on the pitch. I'm going for my favourite 3.1 for Saints...I have to be right sometime. Keeping everything crossed for Ricky, he does enough to deserve a break (oops, not a leg).[/p][/quote]I'm with you Fran....3 - 1 Saints. In fact I'm gonna bet all I have on it (which in reality is about a tenner after this weeks Xmas shop!) :O) Baddesley Bill
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11:00am Sat 11 Dec 10

jhp767903 says...

I try not to take The Echo (and some of the posters on this site) too seriously, but have agree with Southampton at heart.
I am not sure where The Echo stands regarding Saints, and don't believe that they can claim "press impartiality"!
Last week for example they appeared to be absolutely jubilant to announce that Saints were "for sale", with big headlines etc. NC's (excellent) BBC interview was then reported in side panel of the back page, and they made headlines re A Pardew and the potential sale of Adam Lallana!
This story is as stated above "fluffy" but smacks of "I told you so", in the event of Saints not winning?
Looking forward to the game, a good performance and hopefully another win. COYS
I try not to take The Echo (and some of the posters on this site) too seriously, but have agree with Southampton at heart. I am not sure where The Echo stands regarding Saints, and don't believe that they can claim "press impartiality"! Last week for example they appeared to be absolutely jubilant to announce that Saints were "for sale", with big headlines etc. NC's (excellent) BBC interview was then reported in side panel of the back page, and they made headlines re A Pardew and the potential sale of Adam Lallana! This story is as stated above "fluffy" but smacks of "I told you so", in the event of Saints not winning? Looking forward to the game, a good performance and hopefully another win. COYS jhp767903
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12:11pm Sat 11 Dec 10

franiow says...

See Barney has been rebailed with other accused until 22/12. Some of you must be more familiar with the police than me (lol). Is this good, bad or normal.
See Barney has been rebailed with other accused until 22/12. Some of you must be more familiar with the police than me (lol). Is this good, bad or normal. franiow
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12:14pm Sat 11 Dec 10

franiow says...

Ooooh! Matty just had dig at Cortese on Sky. Said that Pardew wouldn't be worried about Mike Ashley at Newcastle, because he couldn't be worse than his last chairman. Don't dis the Don.
Ooooh! Matty just had dig at Cortese on Sky. Said that Pardew wouldn't be worried about Mike Ashley at Newcastle, because he couldn't be worse than his last chairman. Don't dis the Don. franiow
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12:24pm Sat 11 Dec 10

insane saint says...

franiow wrote:
Ooooh! Matty just had dig at Cortese on Sky. Said that Pardew wouldn't be worried about Mike Ashley at Newcastle, because he couldn't be worse than his last chairman. Don't dis the Don.
i heard it too seems a bit of negativity from matty ..
[quote][p][bold]franiow[/bold] wrote: Ooooh! Matty just had dig at Cortese on Sky. Said that Pardew wouldn't be worried about Mike Ashley at Newcastle, because he couldn't be worse than his last chairman. Don't dis the Don.[/p][/quote]i heard it too seems a bit of negativity from matty .. insane saint
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12:32pm Sat 11 Dec 10

franiow says...

Have to say Matty redeemed himself when someone suggested that Newcastle were bigger than Saints and fans wouldn't tolerate relegation. Seemed to have forgotten Newcastle have been relegated. Matty said we were in top flight longer than Newcastle.
Have to say Matty redeemed himself when someone suggested that Newcastle were bigger than Saints and fans wouldn't tolerate relegation. Seemed to have forgotten Newcastle have been relegated. Matty said we were in top flight longer than Newcastle. franiow
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12:36pm Sat 11 Dec 10

RedArmy1 says...

Don't reckon Brentford will score today and Saints will WIN by 2 or 3 goals.

Need the best side out playing today including Barney starting and Rickie.

Looking forward to the Away Games with Walsall and Charlton.

Brentford won't have that many fans there today - but enough to keep it interesting.

Red Army. COYR
Don't reckon Brentford will score today and Saints will WIN by 2 or 3 goals. Need the best side out playing today including Barney starting and Rickie. Looking forward to the Away Games with Walsall and Charlton. Brentford won't have that many fans there today - but enough to keep it interesting. Red Army. COYR RedArmy1
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12:43pm Sat 11 Dec 10

franiow says...

i'd be suprised if Brentford haven't brought a decent crowd. Anyone any idea of tickets sold. I know it can be difficult with only 1 more weekend to Xmas. Couldn't go myself because of a party but managed to get tickets for Exeter and Blackpool.
i'd be suprised if Brentford haven't brought a decent crowd. Anyone any idea of tickets sold. I know it can be difficult with only 1 more weekend to Xmas. Couldn't go myself because of a party but managed to get tickets for Exeter and Blackpool. franiow
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5:07pm Sat 11 Dec 10

4th horseman says...

RedArmy1 wrote:
Don't reckon Brentford will score today and Saints will WIN by 2 or 3 goals. Need the best side out playing today including Barney starting and Rickie. Looking forward to the Away Games with Walsall and Charlton. Brentford won't have that many fans there today - but enough to keep it interesting. Red Army. COYR
Numpty
[quote][p][bold]RedArmy1[/bold] wrote: Don't reckon Brentford will score today and Saints will WIN by 2 or 3 goals. Need the best side out playing today including Barney starting and Rickie. Looking forward to the Away Games with Walsall and Charlton. Brentford won't have that many fans there today - but enough to keep it interesting. Red Army. COYR[/p][/quote]Numpty 4th horseman
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5:59pm Sat 11 Dec 10

RedArmy1 says...

4th horseman wrote:
RedArmy1 wrote:
Don't reckon Brentford will score today and Saints will WIN by 2 or 3 goals. Need the best side out playing today including Barney starting and Rickie. Looking forward to the Away Games with Walsall and Charlton. Brentford won't have that many fans there today - but enough to keep it interesting. Red Army. COYR
Numpty
Who are you calling a Numpty - you fuc*ing idiot.

What do you know apart from your stupid comment.

Jog on 4th Horseman - hiding behind your computer. What sort of stupid name is that.?

COYR
[quote][p][bold]4th horseman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RedArmy1[/bold] wrote: Don't reckon Brentford will score today and Saints will WIN by 2 or 3 goals. Need the best side out playing today including Barney starting and Rickie. Looking forward to the Away Games with Walsall and Charlton. Brentford won't have that many fans there today - but enough to keep it interesting. Red Army. COYR[/p][/quote]Numpty[/p][/quote]Who are you calling a Numpty - you fuc*ing idiot. What do you know apart from your stupid comment. Jog on 4th Horseman - hiding behind your computer. What sort of stupid name is that.? COYR RedArmy1
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