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CHARLTON 2 - SAINTS 1

Daily Echo: CLOSE CALL: Saints stand-in keeper Alan Blayney tips a shot over as his impressive start to first-team life continues. Echo picture by Gordon Agg-Jones

2:52pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

AS the Saints players head off on their summer holidays, it's time to reflect on a season that never really delivered what it promised.

SAINTS 3 - NEWCASTLE 3

Daily Echo: SO SWEET: James Beattie turns away after scoring Saints' first equaliser. Echo picture: Stuart Martin.

2:51pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

END OF SEASON matches - they're soooooooo boring! Perhaps somebody should have mentioned that to Saints and Newcastle last night - I'd like a few more start-of-season and middle-of-season games like that one.

SAINTS 1 - ASTON VILLA 1

Daily Echo: GETTING AHEAD: James Beattie is first to the ball as Saints draw 1-1 with Aston Villa at St Mary's. Echo picture by Chris Moorhouse

2:50pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

IT'S FUNNY how quickly things can change in the world of football.

CHELSEA 4 - SAINTS 0

Daily Echo: HEAD TO HEAD: Friendship counts for little as James Beattie and Wayne Bridge clash

2:49pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

FOR MOST PEOPLE chemistry experiments were the best part of school because when they went wrong things dramatically exploded.

SAINTS 1 - BOLTON 2

Daily Echo: CLOSE SHAVE: Kevin Nolan, scorer of Bolton's equaliser, about to be tackled by Danny Higginbotham.

2:48pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

IT'S AMAZING how so much hard work can be undone in such a short space of time.

MAN CITY 1 - SAINTS 3

Daily Echo: MAN OF THE MOMENT: Kevin Phillips beats City's Richard Dunne

2:47pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

THE 'Kevin Phillips for England' bandwagon is picking up pace - maybe Sven will be the next to jump on board.

MIDDLESBROUGH 3 - SAINTS 1

Daily Echo: Head and shoulders above: Joann Folly leaves Boro players flailing in his wake at The Riverside

2:45pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

NO SOONER had the excited chatter of European qualification re-started then it stalled again.

WOLVES 1 - SAINTS 4

Daily Echo: POWER SHOW: Kevin Phillips beats Jody Craddock to lash in his second goal. Echo picture by Paul Collins

2:44pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

IF THIS game was a glimpse into the future of life under Paul Sturrock, then it's going to be a good time to be a Saints fan once again.

SAINTS 1 - SPURS 0

Daily Echo: TIME TO CELEBRATE: Rory Delap is joined by delighted teammates after scoring a spectacular goal

2:43pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

PAUL STURROCK could write a football manager's cookbook.

POMPEY 1 - SAINTS 0

Daily Echo: TAKING A TUMBLE: James Beattie is floored by Dejan Stefanovic as the England man struggles with his game. Echo picture by Paul Collins

2:42pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

PAUL Sturrock probably learned more about his players in 90 minutes yesterday than he has in three weeks on the training ground - and it's not all good.

SAINTS 2 - LIVERPOOL 0

Daily Echo: ADMIRING HIS HANDYWORK: James Beattie watches his goal go in. Echo picture by Stuart Martin

2:41pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

IT'S OFTEN said that the best football managers are the lucky ones. After this game you have to think Paul Sturrock could do very well at Saints.

BLACKBURN 1 - SAINTS 1

Daily Echo: FEEL THE FORCE: Saints star Rory Delap throws himself into a tackle. Echo picture by Chris Moorhouse

2:40pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

WHETHER Steve Wigley is the Saints manager until the summer or a new man comes in soon, they need to get a few wins to stop a promising season slipping into obscurity.

SAINTS 3 - EVERTON 3

Daily Echo: UP IN ARMS: Saints stars Kevin Phillips (left), Michael Svensson (middle) and James Beattie watch in amazement as a 25-yard curler from Fabrice Fernandes levels the scores in the last minute. Echo pictures by: Chris Moorhouse

2:38pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

STEVE WIGLEY'S first taste of Premiership management showed just what a fine line there is between success and failure.

ARSENAL 2 - SAINTS 0

Daily Echo: GOALMOUTH SCRAMBLE: James Beattie jumps with Sol Campbell in the penalty area as Saints throw everything at Arsenal, with Brett Ormerod and Kevin Phillips waiting to pick up any loose ball. Echo picture by Chris Moorhouse

2:37pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

WHOEVER takes over, whenever that may be, following in the footsteps of Gordon Strachan will surely be a double-edged sword.

SAINTS 0 - FULHAM 0

Daily Echo: NO WAY THROUGH: Carlos Bocanegra clears, left, as Kevin Phillips moves in to threaten for Saints. Echo picture by Gordon Agg-Jones

2:36pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

KEVIN PHILLIPS is starting to produce the kind of displays Saints bought him for - and proving it's all about partnerships.

MAN UTD 3 - SAINTS 2

Daily Echo: BATTLER: Brett Ormerod puts the heat on Mikael Silvestre, left of picture, and Roy Keane.

2:34pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

WHAT A GAME! At 1-0 United it was all over for Saints, at 2-0 United it was definitely all over, at 2-1 there was a slim chance, at 2-2 what was going on? At 3-2 United it was in the balance and, by full time, the score could have been anything.

SAINTS 1 - BAYERN MUNICH 1

Daily Echo: HONOURS EVEN: Team captains Jason Dodd and Michael Ballack (in the Saints shirt) are all smiles as they share the Ted Bates Trophy. Echo picture by Stuart Martin

2:28pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

AS FAR as Saints legends go, they don't come any bigger than Ted Bates and Francis Benali.

SAINTS 2 - LEEDS 1

Daily Echo: WELL DONE MATE: Scorers Brett Ormerod fires home Saint's opener

2:27pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

IF EVER proof was needed that there's not a lot to choose to between the bottom and the top of the Premiership this season, then this game was it.

BIRMINGHAM CITY 2 - SAINTS 1

Daily Echo: PENALTY APPEAL: James Beattie has his shirt tugged in the area - but the foul went the other way.

2:26pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

IN SOME ways, Gordon Strachan's announcement this week could lift a weight off his shoulders. If results continue like this, it could yet hasten his departure.

SAINTS 0 - LEICESTER 0

Daily Echo: BUNDLED OVER: James Beattie clashes with Nikos Dabizas.

2:25pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

AFTER last night's match, Losing My Religion by REM pumped out on the St Mary's PA. Perhaps it should have been Keep the Faith.

FA CUP: SAINTS 0 - NEWCASTLE 3

Daily Echo: FORWARD THINKING: Marian Pahars puts Newcastle on the back foot.

2:23pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

IT MAY BE time for the January sales but Saints are desperately short of one thing money can't buy - confidence.

SAINTS 0 - ARSENAL 1

Daily Echo: LATE ENTRANCE: Saints centre-backs Fitz Hall (centre) and Michael Svensson (right) try to use their aerial power at a corner.

2:22pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

SOMETIMES it's not whether you lose but the manner in which you do it that can be most disappointing.

FULHAM 2 - SAINTS 0

Daily Echo: HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE REST: James Beattie climbs to connect with a cross but his efforts are not enough to prevent Saints losing out.

2:21pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

CHRISTMAS cheer was rather short on the ground for Saints fans at Fulham yesterday. In fact they had nothing to cheer about.

SAINTS 3 - POMPEY 0

Daily Echo: THAT'LL DO FOR STARTERS: Marsden and Beattie rush to congratulate Jason Dodd.

2:20pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

CHRISTMAS is traditionally a time for turkey and stuffing. Yesterday at St Mary's Pompey played the part of the turkey and Saints duly gave them a stuffing.

CARLING CUP: BOLTON 1 - SAINTS 0 (AET)

Daily Echo: FLYING FINN: Antti Niemi shows just why he is rated as the top goalkeeper in the Premiership by pulling off one of a number of stunning saves at the Reebok Stadium last night

2:19pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

SAINTS almost pulled off a smash and grab raid at Bolton, but in the end their Cardiff return dream died.

LIVERPOOL 1 - SAINTS 2

Daily Echo: GINGER GENIUS: Michael Svensson enjoys the moment after putting Saints 2-0 ahead at Anfield with a bullet header.

2:17pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

THE RACE for the Barclaycard fourth place championship is hotting up - and Saints could win it.

SAINTS 3 - CHARLTON 2

Daily Echo: THE WINNER: Brett Ormerod hooks home his second and Saints' third

2:15pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

FROM POSSIBLY the least inspiring team in the league to the most entertaining, it's been a funny old week for Saints.

SAINTS 2 - PORTSMOUTH 0

Daily Echo: RACE IS ON: James Beattie sprints past Arjan De Zeeuw

2:13pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

After seven long years without a derby, the south coast was keyed up for a real cracker - but in the end it was no contest.

ASTON VILLA 1 - SAINTS 0

Daily Echo: NEAR MISS: James Beattie fails to connect as the ball flashes across the Villa goal. Echo picture by Paul Collins

2:12pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

GORDON Strachan may have committed his immediate future to Saints but he has some very serious problems to solve - most critically in midfield.

SAINTS 0 - CHELSEA 1

Daily Echo: BUM DEAL: Brett Ormerod challenges Carlo Cudicini for the ball, but loses out to the Chelsea keeper.

2:10pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

Changes in personnel, three attacking substitutions at once - a new way of playing or a final hurrah?

Tuesday 07 February 2006

Daily Echo: TOO LATE: Kevin Phillips is denied by Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen with Bruno N'Gotty floored. Echo picture by Chris Moorhouse

2:09pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

IF only Saints could add a Jay-Jay Okocha to their squad.

SAINTS 0 - MANCHESTER CITY 2

Daily Echo: EVASIVE ACTION: Graeme Le Saux hurdles former England colleague Steve McManaman. Echo picture by Stuart Martin.

2:07pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

THERE ARE several key things you need to do in order to hope to win a football match.

CARLING CUP: BRISTOL CITY 0 - SAINTS 3

Daily Echo: CRUCIAL OPENER: James Beattie celebrates his eighth of the season. Echo picture by Chris Moorhouse

2:06pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

THERE WAS a distinct whiff of nostalgia in the air at Saints' Carling Cup win at Ashton Gate last night.

SAINTS 2 - BLACKBURN 0

Daily Echo: FLASHPOINT: Andy Cole, left, clenches his fist as trouble erupts at St Mary's. Echo photo by Stuart Martin.

2:05pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

THAT OLD footballing adage 'a game of two halves' might well have been coined with this match in mind.

EVERTON 0 - SAINTS 0

Daily Echo: GETTING A SHOT IN: The recalled Brett Ormerod lines up an effort on goal. Echo photo by Stuart Martin.

2:03pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

IT WAS a case of close but no cigar once again as Saints always looked the more likely against Everton but again failed to find that killer touch.

STEAUA 1 - SAINTS 0

Daily Echo: TAKE THAT: Anders Svensson fires in a shot

2:02pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

Southampton's first European adventure for 19 years came to an abrupt end last night.

NEWCASTLE 1 - SAINTS 0

Daily Echo: TAKE THAT: James Beattie hammers in a shot. Echo photo by Chris Moorhouse.

11:37am Tuesday 30th May 2006

IT was billed as the sorcerer versus the apprentice. And, with his 250th league goal and his sixth already this season, Alan Shearer proved he can still cast a spell over even the meanest of Premiership defences.

SAINTS 0 - MIDDLESBROUGH 1

Daily Echo: FRUSTRATION: Chris Marsden is calmed down after a confrontation with Danny Mills. Echo photo by Chris Moorhouse.

11:32am Tuesday 30th May 2006

KEVIN PHILLIPS' dismissal will naturally attract the spotlight, but it should not deflect from what really ended Saints' unbeaten start to the season.

UEFA CUP: SAINTS 1 - STEAUA 1

Daily Echo: GOING FOR GOAL: Kevin Phillips puts pressure on the Steaua defence. Echo photo by Stuart Martin. Order no: hlqprfl4

11:29am Tuesday 30th May 2006

AT HALF-TIME last night the Happy Mondays were blaring out of the St Mary's PA system singing "You're twisting my melon, man." It seemed quite apt.

TOTTENHAM 1 - SAINTS 3

Daily Echo: CHEERS MATE: Chris Marsden congratulates Beattie on his second goal. Echo picture by Gordon Agg-Jones. Order no: hlk07sl4

11:27am Tuesday 30th May 2006

THIS WAS the day when Saints fans could finally bury their animosity for Glenn Hoddle, because this was the day Saints proved to him they are better off without him.

SAINTS 2 - WOLVES 0

Daily Echo: SPOT ON: James Beattie opens the scoring against Wolves by converting this penalty. Pictures by Stuart Martin

12:14pm Monday 22nd May 2006

AFTER beating Manchester United even another win can still feel like a comedown - but make no mistake, these three points against Wolves were probably more important.

SAINTS 1 - MANCHESTER UTD 0

Daily Echo: LET THE CELEBRATIONS BEGIN: For James Beattie and Saints. Echo photo by Stuart Martin

12:12pm Monday 22nd May 2006

It may not have had the excitement of the 6-3, it may not have had the shirt changing of the 3-1, it may not have had more than one goal but yesterday's 1-0 win was as special as any of Saints' famous home victories against Manchester United over the years.

LEEDS UNITED 0 SAINTS 0

Daily Echo: CRUNCH TIME: Leeds United's Jody Morris tries to win the ball from Matt Oakley.

12:11pm Monday 22nd May 2006

Football teams can't always play brilliantly but the sign of a good one is that when they don't, they're still hard to beat. That's why Saints are a good team.

SAINTS 0 - BIRMINGHAM 0

Daily Echo: THE LAD DUNN GOOD: Neil McCann's on the floor as David Dunn takes a free-kick. Echo photo by Chris Moorhouse.

12:09pm Monday 22nd May 2006

THE slogan on the matchday programme promised 'Red Hot Saints', yet there was something rather sub-zero about much of Saturday's performance.

LEICESTER 2 - SAINTS 2

12:08pm Monday 22nd May 2006

Premiership openers can sometimes be a bit dull.

SAINTS 1 - PARMA 0

Daily Echo: HE SAVES: Paul Jones dives to make a great stop. Echo photo by Chris Moorhouse.

12:07pm Monday 22nd May 2006

The heat took its toll as Saints finished off their pre-season friendly programme with an energy-sapping 1-0 win over Parma.

REDS 2 - YELLOWS 3

Daily Echo: DON'T I KNOW YOU? Matt Oakley and Anders Svensson during last night's game.

12:05pm Monday 22nd May 2006

THERE was no doubting the highlight for the 6,000-plus Saints fans who turned up at St Mary's for last night's inter-squad friendly.

MILLWALL 2 - SAINTS 2

Daily Echo: HAVING A GO: Brett Ormerod whacks in a shot. Echo picture by Stuart Martin.

12:04pm Monday 22nd May 2006

Fitz Hall scored his first goal for Saints yesterday as they battled out a 2-2 draw with Millwall in the August heat.

Reading 2 Saints 3

Daily Echo: BACK-UP: James Beattie was on target last night - and had support from midfield! Echo Pic: Malcolm Nethersole

11:51am Monday 22nd May 2006

Midfield goals offer reason to be cheerful Saints' 3-2 friendly win over Reading last night proved what goals from midfield can do.

HALMSTADS BK 2 - SAINTS 1

Daily Echo: BEATTS BACK: James in action last night. Echo photo by Paul Collins

11:50am Monday 22nd May 2006

Saints boss Gordon Strachan wasn't at Halmstads last night to watch his side lose their final pre-season tour match 2-1, but the reports that have no doubt filtered back to him will contain mixed reviews.



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