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 By Chris Rann

Harrison Reed stars as Saints end their slide with an emphatic win vs. Everton

Southampton rebounded from a series of poor matches with a comfortable 3-nil win over Everton.

That as they say, is more like it. I'll be honest: I was fearing the worst before Saturday's game with Everton. With the Saints suffering through a horrific run without several key players -- Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama were both suspended while Dusan Tadic, Jack Cork and Jay Rodriguez are all currently injured -- it felt like the Toffees would potentially have an easy afternoon. How wrong I was.

Good managers make the best of what they have available, and Ronald Koeman did just that...

 By Chris Rann

Southampton need to stop the rot with their visit of Everton

Roberto Martinez says that Southampton have been very impressive so far this season ahead of the English Premier League trip to St Mary's.

Five defeats on the bounce, out of the League Cup at the hands of a League One side, key performers out either suspended or injured ... and a partridge in a pear tree!

It is very much a case of "Bah, humbug" as the festive season fast approaches for Southampton fans, as all they want for Christmas is for the rot to stop. After two truly woeful performances in Burnley and Sheffield, while picking up numerous injuries and suspensions on the way, a home game against Everton looks like a mountain...

 By Chris Rann

Ronald Koeman must rediscover Southampton spark after Burnley loss

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman expressed his frustration with the match's result against Burnley despite his team's performance.

It's difficult to know where to start with Southampton's 1-0 defeat at Burnley on Saturday. After being rightly disappointed to not pick up a single point from performances against Arsenal and Manchester United, which both ended in losses, frustration levels reached a new high as manager Ronald Koeman's team got exactly what they deserved at Turf Moor. To say it was a poor performance wouldn't do it justice. Burnley weren't particularly good, but the Saints were awful, while referee Mark Clattenburg...

 By Chris Rann

Burnley hardly a breeze for victory-hungry Southampton

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says his side "deserved more" in their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at St Mary's.

On the face of it, this would appear to be an ideal fixture for Saints to use to put the last three defeats against the 'top' clubs behind them, but they must be wary of falling into the trap of complacency.

Despite their defeat to QPR last time out, the Clarets have been on better form, and were previously unbeaten in four. At Turf Moor they are unlikely to be a pushover, and with Southampton fan Danny Ings finding his feet in the Premier League, they look a far bigger threat going forward than...

 By Chris Rann

Plenty of positives despite Saints' frustrating loss

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Steve Nicol give their take on Southampton's top four potential following their 2-1 loss at home to Manchester United.

Expectations perhaps ran away with themselves at St Mary's, but the end of a tough run of three games has proved to be a frustrating experience.

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Outclassed by Manchester City but deserving of a point at Arsenal until robbed at the death, Saints' level of frustration escalated with each 90 minutes, and that showed absolutely no sign of letting up on Monday night as Saints will have walked off the pitch wondering just how they lost the game to Manchester United.

It is no exaggeration to say that...

 By Michael Cox

Van Persie and De Gea star as Man United scrape victory at Southampton

Robin van Persie bagged a brace for Manchester United on their way to a 2-1 victory over Southampton.

SOUTHAMPTON, England -- A trio of thoughts on Man United's 2-1 win vs. Southampton in the Premier League.

1. Van Persie wins a tactical battle

The first-ever Premier League meeting between these two Dutch managers was inevitably an interesting tactical battle, with Louis van Gaal desperate to outwit Ronald Koeman, who had served beneath him at both Barcelona and Ajax. It was another Dutchman, Robin van Persie, however, who had the last laugh.

Van Gaal reverted to a three-man defence, with Marcos...