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Southampton 2

• Fonte 60
• Lambert 66

Sheffield Wed 0

I think David (Ember) has summed the game up well. We did all that was needed, defended well, and produced two pieces of quality finishing. Not a great game for the purists, but a job well done

I am sure that all, or most, from the List would either have been at the game or saw it on television so no great detail from me. The starting eleven showed no changes from the good away win last Saturday. Some changes on the bench, which looked a bit stronger than of late. Guly and Bialowski were back from injury, the others on the bench were Richardson, Forte, Martin, Seaborne and N'Guessan. Good defensive and attacking options there.

I was disappointed to see Sheffield Wednesday were not playing in their traditional blue and white striped shirts, there would have been no clash with our all white and a sash shirts. The played in yellow and blue, I am a traditionalist. Great club Sheffield Wednesday.

Saints won the toss on a sunny spring evening and chose to attack the Northam End. Bit of a lie there I suppose, as in this first half we did not attack all that much! Wednesday closed us down very quickly when we were in possession and would not allow any crisp passing movements to develop. But we still had the better of the play and were more threatening than the visitors, who relied on getting men behind the ball, defending from the front by chasing back, and looking for breakaways.

We certainly did not look comfortable with our passes but KD did not have too much to trouble him. The home crowd got a bit restless, but if they think we are going to steamroller teams from now until the end of the season then they are expecting too much. Their manager has been around the block and he was not going to play into our hands, neither will any other visiting teams. Half time came with no score but I think we shaded things.

No changes half time and saints started brighter and at higher tempo and I felt sure we would break Sheff Wed down before long. Lallana was a live wire, Chamberlain, although not at his best still troubled them with his pace and at the back, our back four were doing their job.
I thought the ref was poor and he seemed to consistently give fouls against saints defenders whilst ignoring the battering our forwards were getting. They had a succession of free kicks all around our penalty area. From my seat i could not see if they were fouls or not, if they were then we were living dangerously. We must cut out the pushing and shoving and stay on our feet.

Eventually two touches off class won the game for us. A superb corner from the left, put over by Chamberlain, saw Fonte get across his marker to head home powerfully. This freed up the game, Wednesday had to leave some spaces if they were to get back in to the game and consequently we began to find more fluency and another master class from Lambert on how to strike a ball with power when the ball arrived at his feet very quickly, saw us sew up the game with 15 minutes to go.

From then on in it was all about being professional. With Tuesdays game in mind young Chamberlain was brought off to be replaced by Gully. Saints retained their attacking edge but no more goals came all though Lallana hit the base of the post after a sparkling move down the left.

Hammond also had a superb strike well saved and Barnard was unlucky not to get on the score sheet. He was eventually replaced with 5 minutes to go and the crowd rose to applaud him off, he had worked the front line well, bravely going in for every ball and getting knocked about, allowing his strike partner Lambert to do the link up play. Lallana was the last player to be subbed just to wind the clock down on 90 minutes .

Clean sheet, two goals, no bookings, no injuries, three points. Job done, move on to Charlton. No saints player had a poor game, all contributed when needed. Lallana and Fonte were outstanding but Butterfield was not far behind them, he is an under rated player, very intelligent reader of the game, and Barnard never stopped running and battled for everything so full marks to him as well.

Now those of you who watched on TV may have see things differently. Let us know what it looked like on the box.


Sheffield Wednesday

Saturday, 19 March 2011
Ref: Deadman

01 Davis
03 Harding
06 Fonte
12 Butterfield
15 Jaidi
14 Hammond
20 Lallana (Seaborne 90)
26 Oxlade-Chamberlain (Guly 77)
30 Chaplow
07 Lambert
09 Barnard (Forte 86)

24 Bialkowski
02 Richardson
17 Martin
19 Seaborne
11 Guly
08 Forte
32 N'Guessan

Sheffield Wednesday
13 O'Donnell
06 M Morrison
07 Reynolds - yellow card
12 Batth - yellow card
27 Jones
04 Osbourne (Johnson 62)
08 Miller (Potter 73)
10 Coke
21 Teale (O'Connor 81)
09 Heffernan
32 Madine

34 Cuff
02 Spurr
03 Buxton
14 Potter
17 O'Connor
23 Johnson
33 Mellor