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SAINTS 1 - MAN UTD 2

Daily Echo: FLYING START: Saints go into the lead as Quashie piles on the pressure and United's John O'Shea puts into his own net.

1:47pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

AS one door closes, another one opens.

CRYSTAL PALACE 2 - SAINTS 2

Daily Echo: ONE-ONE: Peter Crouch, left, celebrates with Henri Camara after the penalty equaliser. Daily Echo picture by: Stuart Martin.

1:45pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

JUST when it seemed all hope was lost, along came the goal that keeps the dream alive - for another week at least.

SAINTS 4 - NORWICH 3

Daily Echo: WORTH THE WAIT: Graeme Le Saux hammers in his first ever Premiership goal for Saints. Echo picture by Paul Collins

1:43pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

WHAT next? Just when it seems like Saints are down and out, they produce out of nowhere a win and a display of such spirit and commitment that underlined a burning desire to avoid the drop.

PORTSMOUTH 4 - SAINTS 1

Daily Echo: FLAT OUT: Saints' Jamie Redknapp feels a Stone weight - Steve Stone. Echo picture by Stuart Martin.

1:42pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

BELIEF IS such a precious thing in football - whether you are chasing titles or trying to avoid the drop. Saints don't seem to have any right now.

BOLTON 1 - SAINTS 1

Daily Echo: GOAL-DEN MOMENT: Kevin Phillips wheels away after netting Saints' leveller, to the delight of Peter Crouch.

1:41pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

IF THE fight, belief and grit to stay in the Premiership was missing for 45 minutes on Saturday then it was back with interest last night.

SAINTS 2 - ASTON VILLA 3

Daily Echo: AERIAL BATTLE: Saints striker Peter Crouch collides with Aston Villa goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

1:39pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

BETWEEN 4.15pm and 5pm on Saturday we either witnessed the beginning of the end or the end of a very long beginning.

BLACKBURN 3 - SAINTS 0

Daily Echo: CAN'T CUT THIS ONE OUT: Olivier Bernard sends over a cross during Saints' defeat. Echo picture by Chris Moorhouse.

1:38pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

AS far as bad days at the office go, this was a shocker for Saints. They can't afford any more.

SAINTS 1 - CHELSEA 3

Daily Echo: AWAITING DIRECTIONS: Claus Lundekvam rises head and shoulders above Chelsea skipper John Terry but his header from just four yards out drifts wide of Petr Cech's goal with the game evenly poised in the first half. Daily Echo picture by Paul Collins

1:36pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

SUCH has been the transformation at Saints in recent months that the St Mary's faithful were actually able to enjoy this defeat.

MIDDLESBROUGH 1 - SAINTS 3

Daily Echo: VOLLEY GOOD: Crouch seals a vital victory for Saints as he puts his side into a 3-1 lead against Middlesbrough. Echo picture by Chris Moorhouse.

1:35pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

AT LAST Saints win away from home in the Premiership. At last Saints are out of the bottom three. At last there is expectation rather than just hope the club will stay up.

FA CUP: SAINTS 0 - MAN UTD 4

Daily Echo: EARLY SHOCK: Roy Keane's second-minute blast hits the back of the Saints net. Echo picture by Paul Collins.

1:33pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

DESPITE having to field a makeshift side against the might of Manchester United and sitting third from bottom in the Premiership, optimism is running high at St Mary's these days.

SAINTS 1 - SPURS 0

Daily Echo: HOT SHOT: Saints striker Henri Camara is too quick for Tottenham's Ledley King.

1:32pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

GLIMMERS OF hope have quickly been extinguished for Saints all too many times this season - but at last a flame is clearly flickering.

BRENTFORD 1 - SAINTS 3

Daily Echo: CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE: Paul Telfer (number 33, centre) finds himself grounded as Brentford players scrap for every ball, while Matt Oakley is quickly on hand to clear the danger for Saints. Daily Echo picture by Paul Collins

1:31pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

IN THE FA Cup, pretty football plays second fiddle to getting through to the next round.

SAINTS 1 - ARSENAL 1

Daily Echo: YOU OWE ME ONE: Jamie Redknapp reminds Peter Crouch that it was his corner from which the towering hitman scored. Echo picture by Paul Collins.

1:29pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

LIKE so many footballers, David Prutton is a different person when he crosses that white line.

WBA 0 - SAINTS 0

Daily Echo: GOOD TO BE BACK: Andreas Jakobsson sneaks in at the far post and manages to poke the ball goalwards, only to be denied.

1:28pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

TIGER WOODS, with a full complement of clubs, could barely have produced a better range of effects than midfield pass-masters Nigel Quashie and Jamie Redknapp last night.

FA CUP: SAINTS 2 - BRENTFORD 2

Daily Echo: BRIGHT START: It all looks so good for Saints as Henri Camara scores from close range. Echo picture by Chris Moorhouse.

1:25pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

FORGET that 'Mad Dog' nickname, Martin Allen proved why he is the Bees' Knees at Brentford.

SAINTS 2 - EVERTON 2

Daily Echo: HEAD OF THE CLASS: Saints striker Peter Crouch outjumps all to send a looping header past Nigel Martyn to level it at 1-1. Echo picture by Paul Collins.

1:23pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

JUST WHEN it seemed a saviour had come to answer the prayers of Saints fans, disaster struck once again.

BIRMINGHAM 2 - SAINTS 1

Daily Echo: BREAKING FREE: Henri Camara on his way to scoring for Saints. Echo picture by Paul Collins

1:22pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

SIR ISAAC Newton has a lot to answer for.

SAINTS 2 - LIVERPOOL 0

Daily Echo: UP WITH THE PACE: Calum Davenport, right, joins in with the Saints attack. Echo picture by: Paul Collins.

1:18pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

SAINTS flooded the midfield and Liverpool duly drowned.

NEWCASTLE 2 - SAINTS 1

Daily Echo: ON FORM: Peter Crouch swoops to bring Saints back into it at 2-1 just before the break. Daily Echo pictures by: Paul Collins.

1:17pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

AND SO it seems another decent result has provided another false dawn in Saints' season.

NORTHAMPTON 1 - SAINTS 3

Daily Echo: POSING A THREAT: Peter Crouch, right, takes on Ashley Westwood and keeper Lee Harper. Echo picture: Paul Collins.

1:16pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

A successful side needs a strong spine - and it seems boss Harry Redknapp may have hit upon just that.

SAINTS 3 - FULHAM 3

Daily Echo: GET IN THERE: Kevin Phillips prepares to fire home his second goal against Fulham.

1:14pm Saturday 3rd June 2006

ONE THING is for sure - if Saints are to stay up, they're going to have to do it the hard way.

MAN CITY 2 - SAINTS 1

Daily Echo: TRYING HIS LUCK: Rory Delap fires in a shot. Echo picture by Chris Moorhouse

4:22pm Thursday 1st June 2006

THEY SAY you can't buy success, but Saints' best hope of survival is for Rupert Lowe to spend - now.

LIVERPOOL 1 - SAINTS 0

4:21pm Thursday 1st June 2006

SAINTS brought the curtain down on a miserable year with a game that seemed to sum up the past 12 months.

SAINTS 0 - CHARLTON 0

4:20pm Thursday 1st June 2006

FESTIVE cheer is in short supply at St Mary's at the moment. In fact, it's hard to find any cheer at all.

SPURS 5 - SAINTS 1

Daily Echo: FULL STRETCH: Goalkeeper Antti Niemi can do nothing to stop Jermain Defoe's opening goal at White Hart Lane.

4:19pm Thursday 1st June 2006

IN the two seasons which proceeded this rather sorry campaign, Saints could boast one of the meanest defences in the country.

SAINTS 2 - MIDDLESBROUGH 2

Daily Echo: NOT BAD FOR STARTERS: Peter Crouch celebrates scoring on his first Premiership start for Saints

4:18pm Thursday 1st June 2006

WHAT a difference a week - and a new manager - makes.

MAN UTD 3 - SAINTS 0

Daily Echo: END OF GAME: Paul Scholes is the furthest man forward to tuck away his header and finally break Saints' resistance. Echo picture by Chris Moorhouse.

4:16pm Thursday 1st June 2006

WHAT Steve Wigley needs now is to prove he is more than just a coach. He needs to prove he's a manager.

SAINTS 2 - CRYSTAL PALACE 2

Daily Echo: CRUNCH TIME: Dexter Blackstock feels the force of goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly's challenge.

4:15pm Thursday 1st June 2006

STEVE Wigley faces a battle to hold on to his job, but he should be given more time.

NORWICH 2 - SAINTS 1

Daily Echo: COMING THROUGH! Graeme Le Saux shows his battling qualities as he is sent flying by the challenge of Norwich City's on-loan midfielder David Bentley - while still managing to hold on to the ball. Daily Echo picture by: Chris Moorhouse.

4:13pm Thursday 1st June 2006

STEVE WIGLEY won't want to hear it.

SAINTS 2 - POMPEY 1

Daily Echo: LEVEL TERMS: Dexter Blackstock makes it a level playing field once more with an equalising goal. Echo picture by Stuart Martin.

4:08pm Thursday 1st June 2006

LEGITIMATE questions have been asked of just how much Saints' players want Steve Wigley to stay as boss. Now we know the answer.

CARLING CUP: WATFORD 5 - SAINTS 2

Daily Echo: THWARTED: Watford keeper Richard Lee comes out smartly to save at the feet of Kevin Phillips with Neil Cox covering back well for the Hornets in the fourth round of the Carling League Cup at Vicarage Road last night.

10:44pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

SAINTS have lacked a great many things so far this season but never heart and pride. Last night they did.

SAINTS 2 - WEST BROM 2

Daily Echo: AT FULL STRETCH: Third-choice Saints keeper Alan Blayney tips an effort over the bar to atone for his error that enabled West Brom to make an immediate reply to Anders Svensson's opener.

10:42pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

IT was a day when the burden of victory was to ultimately triumph over hope.

ARSENAL 2 - SAINTS 2

Daily Echo: YOU BEAUTY: Rory Delap starts his celebration after heading his second goal. Echo picture by Stuart Martin.

10:38pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

STEVE WIGLEY has always believed there would be light at the end of the tunnel.

SAINTS 3 - COLCHESTER 2

Daily Echo: ON THE WAY: Dexter Blackstock celebrates his first goal. Echo picture by Stuart Martin Order

10:35pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

AT TIMES of need, heroes often come from the most unlikeliest of places.

SAINTS 0 - BIRMINGHAM 0

Daily Echo: NEAR MISS: Mikael Nilsson has Maik Taylor beaten but slides his shot wide.

10:34pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

WHILE THE statistics surrounding Saints aren't getting much better, the performances certainly are.

EVERTON 1 - SAINTS 0

Daily Echo: IN THE THICK OF IT: Leon Best beats Alan Stubbs watched by fellow debutant Dexter Blackstock.

10:32pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

STEVE WIGLEY must have done something very wrong in a previous life.

SAINTS 0 - MAN CITY 0

Daily Echo: IN THE HEAT OF BATTLE: Peter Crouch takes on the Manchester City defence.Echo picture by Stuart Martin

10:30pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

IT WAS billed as a must-win game. Saints didn't win. Promising anyway or a failure? It depends who you listen to.

FULHAM 1 - SAINTS 0

Daily Echo: CROWDED OUT: Fulham's Brian McBride outnumbered by Saints' Anders Svensson and Rory Delap. Echo picture by Chris Moorhouse.

10:27pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

IT WOULD be easy to get carried away by Saints' poor start to the season - but right now what good would that do?

CARLING CUP 2: NORTHAMPTON 0 - SAINTS 3

Daily Echo: HITCHING A LIFT: Claus Lundekvam gets in a tangle with a Northampton opponent. Echo picture by Stuart Martin

10:26pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

'YOU CAN only work out if it was a turning point at the end of the season.' Those were the words of Gordon Strachan when Saints defeated Tranmere 6-1 in the second round of the League Cup two seasons ago.

SAINTS 1 - NEWCASTLE 2

Daily Echo: BATTLE: James Beattie and Andy O'Brien contest a high ball. Echo picture by: Paul Collins.

10:24pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

"ROUTE ONE . . . in your face . . . it wasn't proper football . . . it was very Wimbledon." That was how Graeme Souness described Saints' style of play.

Tuesday 07 February 2006

Daily Echo: ON THE RUN: Kevin Phillips uses his strength to hold off Jonathan Fortune with James Beattie looking on. Echo picture by: Gordon Agg-Jones.

10:23pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

SOMETIMES you need to take a step back before you can move forward and it seems Steve Wigley has managed it.

CHELSEA 2 - SAINTS 1

Daily Echo: ANOTHER AGONISING DAY Steve Wigley watches on as Saints lose out 2-1. Echo picture by Chris Moorhouse.

10:20pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

SOUTHAMPTON Football Club stand at a cross-roads in their future.

SAINTS 1 - BOLTON 2

Daily Echo: HIGH POINT: Peter Crouch turns away to celebrate after scoring on his debut with Kevin Phillips looking on.

10:18pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

STEVE WIGLEY'S time in charge of Saints could hardly have got off to a worse start.

SAINTS 3 - BLACKBURN 2

Daily Echo: KING OF COOL: James Beattie fires home Saints' last-gasp penalty. Echo picture by Stuart Martin

10:16pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

WHAT Paul Sturrock needed going into this game was a win - a nice, steady 2-0 where Saints were solid at the back and scored a couple of neat goals would have done very nicely.

ASTON VILLA 2 - SAINTS 0

Daily Echo: SECOND BEST: Thomas Hitzlsperger slides in to dispossess David Prutton.

10:11pm Tuesday 30th May 2006

THE BUILD-UP, the excitement, the hype... it lasted 12 minutes.



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