Southampton needed to make a statement of intent in the Premier League this weekend, and so did some of their personnel. In the demolition of West Ham United, they did just that.
While 3-1 may not seem like a particularly one-sided scoreline, the visitor outclassed the host as it came from behind to secure a convincing victory. If the score had been five or even six goals in favour of Southampton, even the most hardened Hammer would have found it difficult to feel hard done by as Ronald Koeman o...
As you're no doubt aware, as far as his live broadcasting career goes, Chris Kamara has a reputation for being a little bit, shall we say ... unpredictable.
Need we remind you of the infamous "Fratton Park Incident" in 2010, wherein an utterly bewildered Kamara, stationed at Portsmouth's ground as Sky Sports' roving reporter, somehow managed to completely miss Pompey defender Anthony Vanden Borre being red-carded against Blackburn: the sole moment of note in an otherwise featureless 0-0 draw.
You could be forgiven for thinking that after one point from their first two games Saints had a good chance to get their first win this weekend at Upton Park, but seeing as their recent record against the Hammers is poor, especially at the Boleyn Ground, current manager Ronald Koeman succeeding where both Nigel Adkins and Mauricio Pochettino failed would be somewhat of a surprise.
To say Southampton's opening home game of the season, a 0-0 draw against West Brom on Saturday, wasn't a classic would be an understatement. In fact, the surprising lack of empty seats in both the home and away stands eerily suggested that the fans of both clubs might have seen it coming.
After all the promise and good feeling surrounding Saints after a decent performance in defeat at Anfield on the opening weekend, there was a serious low at the final whistle at St. Mary's, despite the club's f...
This might sound overly dramatic, but Saturday's visit of West Bromwich Albion could prove to be Saints' biggest game of the season.
After a turbulent summer and an opening-day defeat (albeit an incredibly unlucky one), Ronald Koeman will be looking to his first home game to get off the mark and send a message to the rest of the Premier League that his team are not relegation candidates as many experts have predicted.
On paper, this is a game that that the home side should win but as any gamble...