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- Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:54:44 +0000: FA Cup semi-final draw: United face Tottenham, Chelsea versus Southampton - Southampton | The Guardian
- Manchester United meet Tottenham at Wembley again
- Southampton manager Mark Hughes faces former club Chelsea
- Leicester 1-2 Chelsea: Pedro header wins it in extra-time
- Wigan 0-2 Southampton: Hughes starts Saints job in style
Manchester United have been drawn to face Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-final of this season’s FA Cup. In the other tie set to be played over the weekend of April 21 and 22, Chelsea, last season’s losing finalists, will face Southampton.
After overcoming Brighton 2-0 in Saturday evening’s quarter-final, Jose Mourinho’s team will meet Mauricio Pochettino’s side at their temporary Wembley home. Spurs earlier overcame Swansea in a 3–0 victory on Saturday lunchtime. The clubs’ previous meeting came on January 31 at Wembley when Tottenham breezed to a 2-0 victory.
Thanks for joining us for that brief encounter....full story to follow soon.
Two great ties there, though Chelsea will fancy they have the easiest draw there. The widespread demands for Pochettino to win a trophy have Mourinho in the way, though United have bitter memories of facing Tottenham at Wembley, having lost 2-0 there in January, a night when the Pogba/Mourinho dynamic took a distinct turn for the worst.
Mark Hughes will face his old club.
That’s Jose Mourinho versus the young pretender, Mauricio Pochettino.
The balls are in....
Petr Cech and Gianfranco Zola, a little and large combination from Chelsea’s glorious past, will be doing the honours. They have seven FA Cups between them.
So, that’s Chelsea, Southampton, Manchester United and Spurs in the hat. With a nation kept waiting for Countryfile, we must assume the draw will be made swiftly.
Antonio Conte, then, fights on at Chelsea. He’s never won a cup competition in his managerial career, and wants to right the wrong of last season’s bewilderingly slack performance in losing to Arsenal in last season’s final.
After Pedro’s winner for Chelsea a rather unlucky Leicester have been denied a first semi-final since 1982, when a tight-shorted Gary Lineker was their pacy young striker. Southampton, in beating Wigan earlier, reached the last four for the first time since 2003, when Wee Gordon Strachan was manager and they reached the final, only to lose to Arsenal in Cardiff. New manager Mark Hughes was an FA Cup warrior in the competition’s glory days, scoring in semi-final matches in 1985 and 1994 against Liverpool and Oldham for Manchester United, and in 1997 for Chelsea, when scoring twice against Wimbledon.
Chelsea are old hands, and Tottenham will probably want to avoid them, having lost in their last two visits to this stage to their old friends from west London, last season’s 4-2 defeat and an even more painful 5-1 thrashing in 2012. They also lost to Chelsea at Wembley in a Premier League game in August.
And the happy house of Manchester United, going for their twelfth FA Cup, reached this stage two years ago, when they went on to beat hip groover Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace and sack Louis van Gaal all in one day.
Leicester and Chelsea kept us waiting but the draw for the last four will be swiftly upon us.Continue reading...
- Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:47:15 +0000: Mark Hughes starts Southampton reign in style with FA Cup win at Wigan - Southampton | The Guardian
The FA Cup semi-finals will be an all‑Premier League affair after all. Wigan Athletic did their best to keep the League One flag flying but after eliminating three top-flight opponents in previous rounds they met their match in Southampton, who were anonymous at first but managed two goals and a missed penalty in the second half.
“I couldn’t ask any more of my players, we have represented League One in a very good way,” Paul Cook, the Wigan manager, said. “In the first half especially we were excellent, but though we felt we were playing well we probably didn’t work their goalkeeper enough. I was a bit fearful at half-time because we hadn’t got anything after being on top. Sure enough Southampton grew into the game and we found it hard to keep up our intensity.”Continue reading...
- Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:26:02 +0000: Wigan Athletic 0-2 Southampton: FA Cup quarter-final – as it happened - Southampton | The Guardian
- Goals from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Cédric Soares, their first for Southampton in Mark Hughes’s first game as manager, settled a brilliant FA Cup tie
- Match report: Wigan Athletic 0-2 Southampton
- Match report: Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea (AET)
- FA Cup semi-final draw
That, then, is us - thanks for your company, and bye!
So there we are. Wigan can return to a promotion battle - they’re three points off an automatic place, but have two games in hand - while Southampton have work to do in securing their status as a Premier League side. They’ll take confidence from how they dug in today, and are now fighting for Wembley places on top of that.
Southampton win their first game under Mark Hughes, to join Spurs and Man United in the semi-finals. Wigan, though, have lit up the competition and played very well again today, helping to deliver a belter of a cuptie.
90+3 min Neither Hojbjerg nor Cedric had scored for Southampton before today. Amazing what fear of a boot up the undercarriage can achieve.
This is beautifully taken. Southampton break off the corner and Redmond, out on the left, looks to switch play. But the ball hits a defender and Cedric, a right-back on the left-wing, heads into stride, accelerates, steadies, and smacks a low finish into the corner. Southampton are going to Wembley!
90 min There shall be four added minutes...
90 min What a pass from Colclough, who comes in off the left and flips a ball towards the far post, where Hunt leaps! But he can’t get the power he needs, pushing with his laces but allowing Hoedt to head away!
89 min Martin Keown’s man of the match is Christian Walton, the Wigan keeper. That’s fair enough, I suppose, but Lemina has come closer to deciding the match with his second-half performance.
88 min Final change for Southampton, Romeu replacing Gabbiadini.
86 min Southampton are seeing this away pretty competently, but Wigan need to believe they’ll get one chance - I don’t know if teams usually do, but it seems like they do. “Sparky Mark Hughes”, sing the away fans, who’ve seen enough at the end of straightened times to be very happy indeed.
85 min Oh man. I don’t suppose I’m allowed to post this, but when Hojbjerg leapt to celebrate his goal, he accidentally booted someone, Hoedt I think, square in the dress circle. I think you’ll be seeing plenty of it, so please excuse me.
83 min Wigan are looking to feed Colclough down the left whenever they can, but so far Cedric is nursing him well. So Wigan go to the right, and from a Beckham kind of area, Powell curls in a Beckham kind of cross, but Stephens is well positioned to turn it away.
81 min Hughes makes another alteration, removing Carillo and introducing Long. I wonder if he and Gabbiadini won’t be a harder pair to control - no defenders will be arsed with their pace or movement.
81 min Talking of Byrne - and Burn - when else have homophones played in the same team?
80 min Final shy for Wigan: Byrne, who’s been excellent, is replaced by 35-year-old Noel Hunt.
79 min Colclough - is that short for Colinclough - goes down the left and crosses low, dangerously - but again Southampton clear. They’re fighting their arses off here.
77 min Back come Wigan, Grigg winning corner off Hoedt, and Power swings it to the back post. Powell is there, turning it goalwards, but Grigg can’t quite get to the loose ball. This is a brilliant game, every bit as good as the City game; I absolutely love the FA Cup.
76 min But Southampton are maintaining the pressure. The corner-count, once 11-0, is now 11-7; the corner-taking standard is still 0.
Gabbiadini smacks a low left-footer towards the bottom-right, and Walton guesses correctly, flinging out an arm to prang the ball away. That is wonderful behaviour! It is so rare you see a penalty hit like that be saved!
I don’t surppose that’s very surprising. Bertrand gets the ball, looks up, and sees Gabbiadini again testing the line. The pass arrives, it’s perfect, and he stays on his feet long enough to force Burn into a challenge when, on the wrong side, he’s got no chance. Gabbiadini falls, and the ref points to the spot.
70 min Mario Lemina has been good this half - his passing, in particular, has been excellent, though I’d not be surprised if he was doing more running about as well.
68 min Southampton kill a few minutes as Wigan ready themselves for a final push.
66 min Of course, Powell is already famed as one of the most famous subs of the modern era, brought on by Louis van Gall to replace Juan Mata when Man United were busy cementing their “heritage” against Wolfsburg. The problem here is that he’s carrying a hamstring injury, but you never know.
Only 90's kids remember Louis Van Gaal subbing on Nick Powell for Juan Mata in the Champions League against Wolfsburg pic.twitter.com/9FPoEZ5Bcv
66 min And here’s what Wigan are doing about it: off go Roberts and Massey, on come Colcough and Powell.
65 min Change for Southampton, perhaps with those breaks in mind: Redmond is on for Boufal.
64 min So what can Wigan do about it? Southampton have been much better second half, and have the quality to punish them on the break.
Over comes another corner and Carillo makes a good run to the front post, missing the ball. But Hojbjerg chases there too and takes advantage of the confusion to scuff-flick a shot that somehow sneaks past the 59 men between it and goal.
62 min This is much better from Southampton, and they force another corner, Hojbjerg connecting well with a header that Walton punches behind. This is really enjoyable tussle, this, this is, is this.
60 min Southampton will do well to get a better chance than that. Byrne, meanwhile, is at the side of the pitch vomiting up the gizzard, gullet and testicles that he just swallowed.
58 min What a miss! What a save! Byrne brings the ball away and decides he’s running into trouble so pokes back to the keeper, failing to notice Gabbiadini, stood right in the middle of the box. The ball goes right to him and he can do anything - blast, lift, dink, round - but Walton does superbly to extend a leg and block a tentative finish.
57 min Southampton win a corner down the left, close to the corner of the box, and Boufal decides he’s having a shot, looking for the far top corner but curling well over. Oh dear.
56 min Lemina finds Boufal down the left, and he shimmies inside then nips outside Byrne - that was so easy for him - and his low cross is a good one, bravely spanked away first-time by Dunkley.
55 min Massey carries the ball through midfield, and with Bertrand backpeddling and Byrne making a decoy run outside him, he decides to have a dig, dragging a low one just wide of the far post.
54 min Some midfield mess.
52 min This is much better from Southampton, who are knocking the ball around with more conviction. But then Wigan go down the left and Grigg attacks Cedric, who has to time his tackle very well to concede only a corner. This time, Power picks out Hoedt, who half-clears, and then Jacobs curls over the top from distance.
50 min Southampton are finding it hard to find space, but the Lemina picks a pass to Boufal, who’s come central, and he spreads wide to Bertrand, who crosses right into Byrne. From the thrown, Bertrand finds Boufal, and he curves a low cross between keeper and back line, but no one has gambled and the ball scoots out of play.
48 min Southampton are pushing a bit harder and a bit higher so far this half, urging one another up the pitch.
46 min Off we go again. The pitch has bare litter blowing across it.
The players are back with us... no changes.
Half-time discussion: “Not being ironical at all!” retorts Ron Stack. “End to end action with a League One side that has a legitimate chance - it was a great first half. Much, much more fun to watch than the Man U game.”
Apologies - though one’s own funeral was more fun to watch than that.
So, see you in 10.
Wigan have been excellent, dominating the game, winning 10 corners and creating two pretty handy chances. Southampton have hinted their class, but need to do a lot better in the second half.
44 min Here come Wigan again! Jacobs is well-fed by Elder down the left and he crosses low and hard, but Grigg is on his heels in the middle.
42 min Wigan force corners nine and 10, but their delivery has been poor. They overhit the second one, but Byrne retrieves the ball and crosses for Dunkley to head down ... Grigg can’t quite reach with a poke.
40 min Wigan are first to everything at the moment, playing with drive, intensity and enterprise. Southampton are going to get absolutely tuttled when they return to the dressing room.
38 min Jacobs picks up the ball on the left of midfield and sets off towards the centre, avoiding two men and opening up the pitch. He has Grigg through the middle and Massey close by, but instead opts to shoot, the effort clipping a heel and rolling back to McCarthy. Wigan look by the far the likelier scorers.
37 min Byrne and Massey combine beautifully down the right and in comes the cross, finding Jacobs who finds Power. He then finds Grigg, who can’t quite find the angle to shoot, the ball skipping off a rut in the turf, and though Roberts turns up down the left to help him, the chance goes.
35 min Perhaps if Southamton had another midfielder - Ward-Prowse, I guess - they’d be able to control the game. Because at the moment, having two strikers is doing nothing for them.
33 min “What enjoyable game this is!” tweets Ron Stack – my guess is he’s being ironical. But I’m actually not minding it - both teams are putting it in, and there’s a decent chance of an upset.
32 min But out of nowhere, Bertrand slings over a brilliant low cross, looking for Gabbiadini, alert in the middle. He goes early again, though, and the flag goes up again.
31 min If he didn’t know it before, I’m sure Mark Hughes knows it now: he has a lot of work to do.
29 min Wigan are especially strong down the right, and win another corner down that flank. Power goes over to take this one and doesn’t go short, but does swing it out - why? Anyway, the ball went out and came back in again, so McCarthy is able to hump downfield.
27 min Morsy is allowed to carry the ball through midfield without molestation before finding Byrne down the right. His cross is a good one, but Hoedt is up well enough to flick away.
24 min Byrne wins Wigan’s sixth corner of the half. So far the delivery has not been great, and again they go short, Roberts taking the return pass to clip a cross against the nearest man. So he has another go and passes straight to the nearest Southampton player. Boufal breaks, but when the ball is switched from left to right Burn, who has tanked back, barges through Tadic and brings it clear.
22 min Wigan are back being better, not allowing Southampton to play out and looking more dangerous when they get the ball into the box.
20 min Wigan work their counters really nicely, and Massey and Grigg combine well, the latter crossing for the former. Stephens beats him to it though, heading down, but right at Roberts, who takes a lovely first touch only to poke with his second, sending the shot over the top from eight yards. That was a good chance, and one he should probably have steadied for, then applied laces to.
19 min Nice from Tadic, teasing Elder down the side of the box and buying the space to feed Lemina on the edge, whose first touch is nice, making room for the shot, and whose second touch is less nice, wafting the ball miles over.
18 min I note that Wigan have a sub called Jamie Jones. Presumably his parents are big Clash fans.
16 min The corner goes short and straight, then back to Byrne on the edge, whose shot is tame but takes a deflection ... and in the middle, Dunkley is free! He stretches and looks sure to score, but goes with his right not his left - the latter was better placed and would’ve given him a split second extra - and misses the ball, which trickles wide!
15 min Lemina dithers and Morsey does not, burglarising the ball and shooting from distance to buy a corner off Hoedt.
14 min Southampton are now the better side, but then Wigan break and Power slides a pass down the side of Stephens for Griggs. He turns on it really well, using the outside of his boot to spin his man, but his shot is deflected behind. From the corner, McCarthy does really well, deciding to come and dealing competently,
13 min I would not be at all surprised to see extra-time here.
11 min Dunkley fouls Carillo unnecessarily and Southampton have the chance to swing one in from out on the left - Boufal does, and Walton comes, dropping the ball in front of Carillo. But the bounce is such that he can only wave a leg at it, allowing the keeper to pounce at the second attempt.
8 min Southampton are playing their way into this now. Lemina is finding time on the ball in midfield, and looking for Boufal and Tadic, the men who, if they play well, are good enough to decide this tie. Gabbiadini and Carillo are basically playing like split strikers, Carillo further forward but Gabbiadini looking to nip in behind when the chance presents itself.
6 min A lump from Hoedt sees Gabbiadini haring onto it, but he’s gone too early and the flag goes up. He won’t mind that but - he has excellent movement, and if he gets the service won’t be caught every time.
5 min Byrne chases down the right and crosses, winning a corner. But the wind catches Power’s outswinger, carrying it past the phalanx of men in the middle of the box to Morsey outside it. He wellies high.
4 min Martin Keown confirms that Paul Cook is “simply loving it”, having spoken to him pre-match, as Wigan push forward down the left. Roberts puts in two big challenges, but Cedric does enough to win the throw.
3 min Wigan are going for this, playing a high line and high up the pitch. Southampton have barely had a kick so far.
1 min The Southampton fans sound pleased with their new manager, singing “Mark Hughes’ red and white army.” In the meantime, Burn, all 6”7 of him, sticks one on Carrido. It’s hard but fair, and so say all of us.
1 min Wigan set us away!
Mark Hughes is wearing an overcoat - I’m surprised he’s not in shorts - and he applauds the away support, hands above head, then pumps his fist aggressively. It’s sooooo football.
Out come the players!
Paul Cook delivers a swift monologue about how hard it’ll be to win the Cup, before noting how much he wants to be promoted. He’s in great spirits, which I’m sure will transmit to his players.
Dion Dublin met Will Grigg earlier this week, and obviously he asks him about his song. Has any other tune, for one player, from one country, ever caught on in quite the same way?
Mark Hughes has been impressed with the application and quality of his players in the few days he’s had with them. The Cup is a competition that’s been good to him during his playing career, “so we’re hoping to progress”. A fine non-sequitur there ... or is it.
He thinks his work at Stoke stands comparison to anybody’s. No further questions, yer honour.
Mark Chapman: “Does that win against City boost Wigan, or does it put more pressure on?”
Zinedine Skillbane: “I think it’s in the middle of both.”
Apparently it’s cold in Wigan. More news as I get it.
As far as today goes, can Wigan muster the same level of defence lunacy? In theory, that should be easily done, because it should be commonplace, but but is not. Raising yourself regularly is beyond almost everyone - for example, consider, er, yourself – and perhaps that performance will stand alone. If it does not, they have a very decent chance of getting a result today, because glad though Southampton might be to have a new manager, it probably won’t take much to knock them right out of stride.
Seeing as it’s Wigan and the Cup, this is one of the most beautiful football photos of which I’m aware.
Mr and Mrs Martinez, and their little boy Roberto. Plus the FA Cup. pic.twitter.com/yO8NJGgHjh
Last time out...
Nothing whatsoever to do with football, not even tangentially: you know how every now and again you rediscover something brilliant that hadn’t been elevating your life on the reg? That happened to me this morning, via the album below – send me in your experiences of the same.
I suppose I’m a little surprised that Hughes has left out Ward-Prowse, especially given he’s picked two strikers who need servicing. But despite appearances and demeanours, he does like a maverick, so I’m not that surprised he’s gone for Boufal.
So Wigan make one change from Wednesday’s win at Bradford: Gary Roberts celebrates his birthday by replacing Nick Powell.
Southampton, meanwhile, pursue the quaint notion of playing strikers in a bid to score goals, Hughes bringing in Boufal and Gabbiadini for Ward-Prowse and Redmond.
Wigan Athletic (a flammable 4-2-3-1): Walton; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, Elder; Morsy, Roberts; Massey, Power, Jacobs; Grigg. Subs: Jones, Perkins, Bruce, Hunt, Powell, Colclough, Fulton.
Southampton (a good, honest, old-fashioned, nan-haired 4-4-2): McCarthy; Cédric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand; Tadić, Højbjerg, Lemina, Boufal; Carrillo, Gabbiadini. Subs: Forster, Yoshida, Ward-Prowse, Sims, Romeu, Redmond, Long.
Football is a simple game and football is a beautiful game – sentiments that announced themselves with clarion call when Wigan met Manchester City in the last round of this competition. City, the best side in the country, wove lovely patterns in dominating the ball and dictating the play, but Wigan, the 46th best side in the country, defended aggressively, attacked bravely, and took their chance brilliantly. Add to that a late tackle, exhibition rag-losing, unbridled ecstasy, silliness, schadenfreude and general chaos, and you have a decent answer to the question: “why are you so pitifully obsessed with something so painfully ridiculous?”
And Wigan will fancy themselves this afternoon, for Southampton are a mess. It’s possible that, after being mercilessly plundered, they’ve finally run out of players, except looking down their squad, they still have plenty of them. They might be struggling for a scorer, but they’ve no business being where they are on as bad a run as they are, so it’s far more likely that they simply compounded the error of sacking Claude Puel with the mistake of appointing Mauricio Pellegrino.Continue reading...
- Goals from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Cédric Soares, their first for Southampton in Mark Hughes’s first game as manager, settled a brilliant FA Cup tie
- Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:30:00 +0000: Wigan’s FA Cup run fuelled by Paul Cook’s love in the age of negativity - Southampton | The Guardian
League One club’s run is forged on a team spirit they hope will knock out a fourth Premier League side in Southampton
Wigan are on an old-fashioned Cup run and Paul Cook will cheerfully admit to being an old-fashioned manager. He believes in the FA Cup for a start, as might be surmised from the fact his League One side will on Sunday be attempting to knock a fourth Premier League side out of the competition.
Possibly distracted by the scale of their achievement against Manchester City in the last round, Wigan’s promotion push has suffered a wobble over the last couple of months, though a first win in three games at Bradford in midweek calmed a few nerves. Cook, confronted before Sunday’s game against Southampton with the old chestnut about whether he would choose promotion over a Wembley semi-final, unhesitatingly opted for promotion. Then he thought about it a little more. “I might not say that if you were talking about the FA Cup final. Offer me that choice and I don’t think I’d be able to turn it down.”
Related: Wigan v Southampton: match preview
We like to see our fans clap us off the pitch. I encourage the players to look for thatContinue reading...
- Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:00:30 +0000: Wigan v Southampton: match preview - Southampton | The Guardian
Wigan, after shocking Manchester City in the previous round of the FA Cup, should be confident they can beat Southampton and reach the semi-finals. Mark Hughes’s appointment, though, will surely give struggling Saints a lift after the end of Mauricio Pellegrino’s stagnant stint. Sparks could, and hopefully will, fly as Paul Cook goes toe-to-toe with another fiery big-name manager. Graham Searles
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- Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:56:31 +0000: Pellegrino appointed Southampton manager - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Southampton | BBC
Southampton appoint Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager, with the 45-year-old former Alaves boss replacing Claude Puel.
- Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:42:32 +0000: Southampton sack manager Puel - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Southampton | BBC
Southampton sack boss Claude Puel after one season in charge, when they finished eighth in the Premier League and reached the League Cup final.
- Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:00:05 +0000: Premier League fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Southampton | BBC
Find out your club's full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.
- Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:24:39 +0000: Barnsley sign Saints defender McCarthy - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Southampton | BBC
Barnsley sign Southampton defender Jason McCarthy for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.
- Wed, 07 Jun 2017 18:20:44 +0000: Liverpool end interest in Van Dijk - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Southampton | BBC
Liverpool apologise to Southampton over "any misunderstanding" and end their interest in defender Virgil van Dijk.
Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has been a busy man in the transfer market this summer as he looks to reinforce his squad for the start of next season after a great run which saw them promoted to the English top flight via the play offs. Adkins is now desperate to bring in new names to the club so that he can secure their position in the top flight for another season at least.
The first signing of the summer sees promising young full back Nathaniel Clyne arrive at St Mary`s from Crystal Palace after the promise of the clubs plans to attempt to quality for Europe this season were very enticing for the player. Southampton though will need to pay a large compensation fee to his current club if the deal goes through as due to the players age his former club feel they are due some type of payment from the saints after he signed a new four year deal last week.
Another player who has just be signed by the club is talented striker Jay Rodriguez after he recently arrived from Burnley for a fee which is believed to be around the six and a half million pounds mark. Adkins has long been an admirer of the player and is extremely happy with the signing which he sees as just perfect to bolster his attacking line for next season.
A shocking bit of news right now for Southampton is the fact that their attempts to bring defender Alexander Buttner to St Mary`s may be in tatters after his current club Vitesse Arnham have halted the move after another club have come into the frame for the players signature. Southampton may now find themselves in a bidding war for the player who they see as a perfect addition to their squad so as of now all dealings over the player have hit a premature halt.