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 By Michael Cox
2 days ago

How are Southampton still riding so high in the Premier League?

Southampton continued their winning ways with a solid 1-0 victory over Stoke.

On a weekend when Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham all dropped points, the Saints won again and have gone marching into second place. Ronald Koeman's Southampton aren't expected to remain in the Champions League places for much longer, but the league table doesn't lie: at this point, only Chelsea have played more effective football.

Southampton's narrow 1-0 victory over Stoke on Saturday afternoon wasn't spectacular as their 8-0 thrashing of Sunderland the previous...

 By Kevin Palmer
2 days ago

Forster & Bertrand talk Saints' stunning start & England hopes

Southampton were tipped to struggle after losing so many stars in the summer, but new recruits Fraser Forster and Ryan Bertrand have helped the club move on.

Fraser Forster and Ryan Bertrand appeared to be taking a big gamble when they agreed to join a Southampton squad coming to terms with a sudden exodus of star names last summer, yet the pair is now reaping the rewards of that decision.

- Palmer: Saints go marching on

A sparkling start to the season has seen goalkeeper Forster and Chelsea full-back Bertrand, who is on a season-long loan at Southampton, confirm their class as Premier League performers, with more England international honours likely...

 By Kevin Palmer
3 days ago

Southampton's summer of upheaval only made them stronger

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman reacts to his side's second consecutive shutout in their 1-0 victory over Stoke City.

As the Southampton players pulled into the car park of their Staplewood training base on the morning of Friday, July 25, the exodus engulfing their club was reaching terminal levels.

"Another one is leaving," were the whispers that were gathering momentum by the minute, just a few weeks after the core of the team that marched the Saints toward an eighth place finish last May -- their best yet in the Premier League -- made a very public decision to leave the club that had helped turn them into stars.

As...

 By Chris Rann
3 days ago

Southampton's ugly win vs. Stoke City a very good sign

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman reacts to his side's second consecutive shutout in their 1-0 victory over Stoke City.

I said in my preview that this was Ronald Koeman and his team's big chance to prove that they are capable of mixing it with different styles and still get a positive result. They passed that test with flying colours.

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Some Stoke City fans felt I was too harsh on them in my build up blogs, but their performance on Saturday did nothing to make me change my mind. They had a clear game plan to frustrate and use their physicality to bully and intimidate a more articulate Saints team. It didn't work,...

 By Chris Wright
6 days ago

Sunderland's 8-0 thrashing at Southampton recreated in Lego

We've seen iconic footballing moments such as the 1966 World Cup final, Dennis Bergkamp's magnificent goal for Netherlands against Argentina in 1998 and Luis Suarez's bite faithfully recreated using the medium of Lego over the years, so it's only fitting that Santiago Vergini's inimitable own goal at St Mary's on Saturday should join the brick-by-brick pantheon.

Strangely, the Lego version is far, far less blocky and awkward than the real thing.

 By Chris Rann
6 days ago

Koeman must ensure Southampton avoid complacency vs. Stoke

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman contends that Stoke will be a difficult team to fend off.

Ronald Koeman has a big problem ahead of Saturday's clash with Stoke City at St Mary's: the weight of expectation.

How do you follow up an 8-0 victory? With great difficulty. Unfortunately, the nature of the modern football fan is all about the now, and there won't be many heading to the south coast for this game who won't be demanding another convincing win. Managing that level of expectancy and also drumming into the players that they shouldn't get complacent will possibly a far more difficult...