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Southampton Can Smile Again

28 October 2009 by

It’s back to another football league blog for me, this time I will be concentrating on Southampton, as they try to escape from the League 1 relegation zone, after a points deduction.

Southampton like many other former Premier League teams, were relegated to League 1 last season, as Norwich and Charlton also followed them. For Southampton they had to deal, with a ten point deduction, which Leeds United were able to succumb a couple of seasons ago. It proved to be a tough start for Southampton, however under Alan Pardew they seem to be making good ground in League 1 now, and hopefully by Saturday they will be out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.

st marys

Even with a huge points deduction, hanging over their heads, Southampton have now reached eleven points, and maybe if their good form continues, they can creep into a play-off place come the end of the season. The Saints however didn’t have the best start to the League 1 season. The first month of the 09/10 campaign, Southampton failed to win a single game in the League. They suffered a heavy loss, to a very good Huddersfield side; also they were also beaten by Swindon Town. At the end of August, the Saints should have picked up their first win in the league, but a last gasp penalty, from Stockport’s Carl Baker, saw the Saints drop what should of been three points.

swindon v soton

The start of September was nothing to cheer about aswell, with draws against Colchester and Charlton. However the first win of the league season, came against Yeovil, thanks to a double from Rickie Lambert. That win only proved to be a lucky one, as Southampton were toiled by yet another last gasp goal, this time at home against Bristol Rovers.

However this October, has been the turning point for Southampton and manager Alan Pardew.  The club are unbeaten so far this month, as the two new signings, of Papa Waigo and David Connolly have both been hitting the net consistently this month. Also the wins were nowhere near a boring 1-0, but 3-1 and 4-1 in favour of the Saints. A great start to October was imminent and they got their reward as they thrashed Gillingham 4-1, thanks to goals from Rickie Lambert, Papa Waigo and two from youngster Adam Lallana.

From there things have gone even more perfect, as all of the last three results for Southampton have all finished 3-1 in favour of Pardew’s boys. Firstly Adam Lallana’s double silenced Southend, then Oldham were spanked 3-1 by the Saints, as David Connolly was among the scorers, the goal of which was his first for the club. Most recently however it was another impressive 3-1 win, this time it came against a brilliant Mk Dons team. The scorers in that match were all the same players who scored, the three which saw Southampton beat Oldham the week before. Dean Hammond, Rickie Lambert and David Connolly were the scorers.


Southampton seems to be moving, in the right direction, after a very good October month. Also apart from manager Alan Pardew, Southampton has also got many aspects which I for one are impressed with. The Saints have a very big squad full of decent players, who can cut it at league 1 level. Unlike last season, they have many options in all positions of the pitch. Also the blend of youngsters, and experienced players, will definitely help Southampton for the remainder of the season.

However it’s the players, who are the key assets to any football club. Looking at the Southampton squad, it has many class players involved in it. As I have mentioned, Adam Lallana is one of the best talents in the English game, aswell as new signing Rickie Lambert, who is joint top scorer with Lallana on eight goals. From my point of view Southampton have also got the best captain in the league, Kelvin Davis has been so loyal to The Saints this season, as he could of well moved to the Premier League, in the summer transfer window. He is a fantastic goalkeeper and a fantastic captain for Southampton.

Unlike last season the defence also looks strong, new signings Radhi Jaidi, Graeme Murty and Dan Harding add a very good mixture of talent to the back four. The Saints also have a very good blend of young talent in the side, as it has handful of upcoming stars such as Adam Lallana, Morgan Schneiderlin and Lloyd James. Lastly the strikers are scoring goals, League 1 hitman Rickie Lambert, David Connolly and Papa Waigo are all hitting the net for Southampton. Also the Saints have, Marek Saganowski and Matt Paterson to choose from this season.



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  • Ted Williams

    Not a bad article although you could have used more up to date photo’s in regards to the ground. Not sure of the meaning of this statement though ” will defiantly help Southampton for the remainder of the season.”…. Surprised you didn’t think to add the contribution of Hammond and Trotman. As they have been probably the most outstanding players Saints have managed to bring in.

  • gavh (author)

    Changed that spelling mistake Ted. Also I am not a Southampton fan, but like many other teams, I thought I would write a blog on them.

    I don’t know much about the centre half Neal Trotman. However yes maybe I should of included Dean Hammond, who has been a decent signing for the Saints.

  • luckyliam10

    Good to see Southampton getting some coverage as they were once a force in the EPL and have only really slumped to League 1 due to financial problems.

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