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  • Sun, 23 Sep 2018 19:14:42 +0000: The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos - Southampton | The Guardian

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  • Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:27:05 +0000: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton, Man Utd 1-1 Wolves and more: clockwatch – as it happened - Southampton | The Guardian

    There were comfortable wins for Manchester City, Liverpool and Burnley, but Manchester United were held at home by Wolves in front of Sir Alex Ferguson

    And with that, I’m off. It’s been a blast. Bye!

    Maybe Mike Ashley should show up a bit more often? On the day that Kevin Keegan revealed he is no longer welcome at St James’s Park after falling out with Newcastle United’s detested owner, it was just like the Sports Direct chief executive to attend his first match for almost 18 months on a damp and dreary day in southeast London. He was treated to a backs-to-the-wall performance that earned Rafa Benítez’s side only their second point of the season but also laid bare the challenge facing their beleaguered manager this season.

    More from Selhurst Park:

    Related: Palace frustrated after Mamadou Sakho fluffs chance to sink Newcastle

    Jürgen Klopp admits that his decision to take off the outstanding Xherdan Shaqiri at half-time was tactical –

    The result is really cool. The performance could have been better but it’s clear. We made some changes and it cost us. We changed the system, and without training it’s always difficult. The changes were obviously good because Shaq was influential and Matip as well, but organisation-wise we had a lot of problems. This is why we changed back to a system we are used to, so we controlled the game in the second half. I’ve never got a player off who was not injured after a performance like he had in the first half, but it’s all good. He had a real impact, so good to see. The performance was good – what I didn’t like was my fault.

    Efficiency is always commendable but, in a football context at least, it pays the greatest dividends when combined with cold-blooded ruthlessness. If there can be no doubt that Middlesbrough have the first part of that equation sorted their final ball has a nasty habit of letting them down.

    More on Middlesbrough’s goalless draw with Swansea at the Riverside:

    Related: Middlesbrough lack cold-blooded ruthlessness in stalemate with Swansea

    Sir Alex Ferguson was back where he belongs – at Old Trafford – for a first time since recovering from a brain haemorrhage to witness a disappointing draw from a Manchester United who failed to turn dominance into three points.

    More from Old Trafford:

    Related: Wolves frustrate Manchester United on Sir Alex Ferguson’s return

    Leicester recovered from a dire start to run out emphatic winners here. Huddersfield glimpsed a first league win of the season when Mathias Jørgensen swept them into the lead in the fifth minute, but the home side soon drew level thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho, before sealing victory in the second half through goals by the former England striker Jamie Vardy and the excellent James Maddison, a 21-year-old who will become a prized part of England’s future if he continues to perform as he has done for Leicester this season.

    More from the King Power Stadium:

    Related: James Maddison leads Leicester to victory over struggling Huddersfield

    Manchester City laid on an attacking masterclass as they extinguished any concerns of a European hangover to blow away Cardiff City in style with five magnificent goals, as Pep Guardiola’s side strolled to victory in south Wales. A breathtaking away performance left the hosts exasperated, with Sergio Agüero opening the scoring on his 300th appearance for City, before goals from Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gündogan and a double by Riyad Mahrez, his first goals for the club since his £60m move from Leicester City, completed the rout.

    More from Cardiff City Stadium:

    Related: Riyad Mahrez brace caps five-star Manchester City’s rout of Cardiff

    A funny thing happened when Burnley took the lead in a league game for the first time this season. Within another couple of minutes they had a second, a much-needed first victory was on the way and suddenly high-flying Bournemouth were the ones looking quizzically at each other after being caught in possession or passing to opponents.

    More from Turf Moor:

    Related: Ashley Barnes double seals thumping Burnley win over Bournemouth

    As Jürgen Klopp is fond of telling it takes greed, aggression, talent and a phenomenal work-rate to execute his gameplan, yet Liverpool are making victories look routine. His team returned to the top of the Premier Leaguewith a sixth straight win, their eighth in all competitions this season, as Southampton were dispatched with ease at Anfield.

    More from Anfield:

    Related: Mohamed Salah strikes as Liverpool cruise to victory over Southampton

    It would be remiss to let this blog pass without mention of Chas Hodges, who died earlier today aged 74. Many years ago I was at this match to see a fine musician and a great football fan rock White Hart Lane at half-time. Happy memories …

    Related: Chas Hodges, an appreciation: 'one of the most significant English folk musicians'

    I’ll have some match reports for you very shortly, but in the meantime Rob Smyth is all over the build-up to Brighton v Spurs:

    Related: Brighton v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League — live!

    Oh my goodness, I’ve just seen Sakho’s miss for Crystal Palace today. Un. Be. Lievable.

    Peeeep peeeep! it’s Manchester United 1-1 Wolves, Liverpool 3-0 Southampton and Leicester 3-1 Huddersfield!

    Peeeeep! Burnley have smashed Bournemouth 4-0, and Manchester City have thumped Cardiff 5-0. Meanwhile Crystal Palace and Newcastle have drawn 0-0.

    Stoke City, who were 3-0 down a minute after half-time at home to Blackburn, get a penalty to equalise in the last minute – and Berahino hits the bar!

    Sterling is dispossessed inside Cardiff’s penalty area and Ecuele Manga takes the ball, turns, collects himself and then passes straight to Mahrez on the edge of the area, who stylishly accepts the gift.

    Burnley break, passing Lennon into space down the right. He runs downfield and pulls back to Barnes, whose first-time shot flies low and hard inside the far post!

    Aha. I felt sure there must be a reasonable explanation.

    @Simon_Burnton re: the McGinn picture, it seems to be making fun of his slightly less than flattering FIFA picture.

    Crewe have conceded the first goal in the A500 derby, and given that in every one of their league games this season a team has scored nil, that might be enough to win it for Port Vale. Crewe are an odd team – they’ve failed to score in five of their seven league games before today, and in the other two they’ve scored nine.

    Lennon scampers down the left and crosses to Gudmundsson, whose shot hits a defender, bobbles onto the post and rebounds to leave Barnes with an open goal!

    “Yep, Klopp needs to sort out the Fabinho situation immediately,” concurs Ronan Fitzgerald, “Liverpool’s season is in total freefall.” Fair point.

    Forest Green seem set to extend their unbeaten record, and with a rare win as well.

    GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@FGRFC_Official 1 (Reid 70') @crawleytown 0 pic.twitter.com/MujjFGg9IW

    The teams are in for the late Premier League kick-off, and here they are:

    Brighton: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Stephens, Knockaert, Propper, Bissouma, March, Murray. Subs: Kayal, Locadia, Andone, Balogun, Jahanbakhsh, Button, Bernardo.
    Tottenham Hotspur: Gazzaniga, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Lucas Moura, Eriksen, Son, Kane. Subs: Sanchez, Winks, Lamela, Wanyama, Alli, Aurier, Whiteman.
    Referee: Chris Kavanagh.

    Huddersfield give the ball away just inside Leicester’s half and Vardy is immediately on his way. Gray sees the run and plays the pass and Vardy is just too quick, racing into the box and chipping over the keeper!

    “Seriously, what is wrong between Klopp and Fabinho?” harumphs Rick McGahey. Klopp has brought on two of the three midfielders he had on the bench today – the other two, Milner and Keita.

    A chance for United, as Shaw hangs a cross from the left towards the back post, and Fellaini heads hard and low but straight at the keeper – he should probably have sent it back across goal.

    A low cross from the left and a tap-in in the middle for Mahrez, who came on for Aguero a few minutes ago!

    Leicester win a free kick 25 yards out, and Maddison whips it over the wall and dips it down again. It’s nowhere near the corner, and Lossl gets a hand on it, but he can’t keep it out!

    Van Dijk doesn’t appear to be seriously injured: after going into the dressing room for assessment he has just taken a seat on the bench.

    Apparently it was an excellent goal. But what exactly is this?

    GOOOAAALLLLL!!!!

    WHAT. A. STRIKE!!@jmcginn7 with a volleyed screamer that bounces in off the crossbar. We're level!#PartOfThePride #AVFC pic.twitter.com/KS1hcs5gCZ

    Manchester United, in search of a winner against Wolves, take off Fred and Sanchez and bring on Martial and Mata.

    Portsmouth have equalised against Wycombe, so the unbeaten record might be safe after all.

    And another Sané miss! This time he wins a free kick on the right, picks himself up, trots into the area and from Gundogan’s cross he misses a straightforward header!

    Manchester City should have had a fourth! The ball comes in from the right, pings around in the middle and then drops to Sané, to the right of goal but in oceans of space and six yards out, but he hurries his shot, which goes nowhere near goal.

    Van Dijk is at least able to walk off, rubbing his ribs a little gingerly.

    Another injury, this time at Anfield: Van Dijk is on the turf and looking uncomfortable, and Gomez is going to come on.

    Another lovely goal! A low cross from the right finds Jimenez, but with his back to goal he passes back to Moutinho on the edge of the area, and his first-time shot finds the top corner!

    Jazz Richards, seriously injured in the FA Cup game against Manchester City last season, comes on for Cardiff.

    Peltier is being strapped to a stretcher. It’s taken four minutes to treat him and he’s still on the pitch, so expect significant stoppage time.

    There’s a long delay at Cardiff while Lee Peltier receives treatment for an injury. It’s serious enough to end his game prematurely, with a substitute being readied.

    That free-kick was Shaqiri’s last contribution to Liverpool’s game today – after two assists he’s off at half-time, and Milner is on.

    Second halves are under way!

    The 12 League Two matches currently in progress have seen a total of four first-half goals, with no more than one in any single game.

    Glancing down the divisions, Portsmouth’s unbeaten record is under extreme threat: they’re 1-0 down at home to Wycombe at the break.

    This seems an admirably grown-up way of dealing with a clumsy tackle, and a fine use of social media by both players:

    These things happen bro no hard feelings good battle best of luck for the rest of the season https://t.co/41PexxmIeM

    … and relax! It’s half time.

    Obviously it’s Southampton, not Sunderland, who are playing Liverpool today. Sunderland lodged their name in my brain by repeatedly scoring, you see – they’re 3-0 up against Rochdale.

    As Shaqiri prepares to take a free kick, 35 yards out, Salah comes over and has an extended word in his ear. Presumably he was telling him to hit a spectacular curling, dipping shot against the underside of the crossbar which would bounce down on the line and allow him to tap in, because that’s what happened!

    Ouch! That is a horrible challenge from Ralls on Gundogan, ludicrously high and terribly late, but he somehow gets away with a booking.

    That is a beauty! Gundogan, well outside the area, plays the ball to Sterling on its edge, gets it back again and then curls a delicious shot into the top corner!

    Ooooh! Southampton have a chance and fluff it, allowing Liverpool to break. It ends with Salah taking the ball into the area, spinning and attempting a backheel cross-goal flicked finish which ends up rolling just wide!

    Garry Monk is doing a job on his former side – Birmingham are 2-0 up at Leeds, who have been forced into a first-half tactical substitution as Marcelo Bielsa attempts to stem the tide.

    And another! A cross from the right misses its intended target in the middle, but Lennon is ghosting into the area behind Vokes, entirely untracked, and he slides the ball back across goal and in!

    Matej Vydra, making his first league start for Burnley, has tapped the ball in from a couple of yards to put his team ahead!

    The match at Barnsley has now been called off. Best wishes to everyone involved.

    Due to the circumstances the match has been postponed.

    Barnsley Football Club will look to provide further update when appropriate to do so.

    It has been announced here at Oakwell that, due to a medical emergency, today's game between Barnsley and Burton Albion has been postponed.

    It goes without saying, but all our thoughts are with those affected.

    And that’s two! Sané takes a corner from the right, plays a one-two and crosses to Bernardo Silva who, facing away from goal, crouches to flick it on towards the far post. Judging by his laughter in the celebrations, and for that matter by common sense, he wasn’t trying to score, but that’s certainly what happened as the ball looped into the net!

    Now the champions do take the lead! They break and the ball is passed to Bernardo Silva on the right of the area, who slides it across to Aguero, who curls it first-time inside the post!

    No news on when or indeed if the game at Oakwell is going to get under way. There’s a helicopter on the pitch at present:

    Never seen this before - air ambulance at #Oakwell. Someone collapsed shortly before what should have been kick off. Medical staff doing a fantastic job. #Barnsley v #Burton pic.twitter.com/QDI8VvuXfI

    What a miss! A defensive header bounces to Gundogan on the edge of the area, and he takes a fine first touch, brings the ball past the penalty spot, and then with the goal at his mercy sidefoots high!

    Not bad, Gervinho. Not at all bad. He’s made it 2-0 for Parma against Cagliari – and how!

    #Gervinho
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    But then from the corner Matip, at the far post but some way from goal, guides a lovely header into the net!

    Salah is played through by Firmino against Southampton, but he’s denied by a fantastic last-ditch challenge by Cedric …

    This is bonkers. Huddersfield have a corner, and when it’s cleared to the edge of the area a couple of defenders rush forward from halfway in an attempt to win the bouncing ball. They don’t, and when Vardy escapes with it there is absolutely nobody but the goalkeeper between him and goal. He pokes through to Iheanacho, who looked just about level, and he races through and pokes into the far corner!

    After nearly 20 minutes on the back foot Manchester United take the lead, Fred shooting low and with admirable precision from the edge of the area, nicely teed up by Pogba!

    Another chance for Wolves at Old Trafford, meanwhile, as a corner is headed over the bar from a good position.

    Emergency medical treatment is being given to someone at the side of the Oakwell pitch, hence the delay. This doesn’t look good.

    Something seems to have gone extremely wrong at Oakwell... There is someone with screens in front of them at the moment. Kick off has been delayed #barnsleyfc pic.twitter.com/ZheRAe8cB1

    A late kick-off postponement at Barnsley:

    | We're out and on the pitch, Oakwell is ready! #COYR pic.twitter.com/vlxOaaQ885

    Kick-off has been delayed at Oakwell.

    Wesley Hoedt has stuck the ball in his own onion bag! It’s a corner from the left, which comes out of the penalty area, is worked back to Shaqiri on the left and his right-footed cross hits one defender, bounces into another defender, and bobbles over the line!

    Wolves have started brilliantly at Old Trafford, and have just forced David de Gea into a smart low stop, as Jimenez spins and shoots from the corner of the six-yard box.

    In the fifth minute, huddersfield take the lead! It’s a long throw from the right, flicked on at the near post and stabbed in by Zanka six yards out!

    3pm: And they’re off!

    The players are out, and busily shaking hands.

    Ten minutes until kick-off, and I’m wagering this dressing-room isn’t looking quite so neat any more.

    Some spelling issues here:

    S Q A U D pic.twitter.com/BYCz3AcbpM

    It’s finished Fulham 1-1 Watford at Craven Cottage, a fine advert for Premier League football etc and so forth. Now, on with the show.

    Headlines include a first Premier League start for Liverpool for Xherdan Shaqiri, who replaces James Milner. Jürgen Klopp also brings in Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip in place of Daniel Sturridge and Joe Gomez.

    Here’s all the team news ahead of the 3pm Premier League kick-offs:

    Burnley v Bournemouth
    Burnley: Hart, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Lennon, Westwood, Cork, Gudmundsson, Vydra, Vokes. Subs: Heaton, Barnes, Wood, Hendrick, Bardsley, Long, McNeil.
    Bournemouth: Begovic, Smith, Steve Cook, Ake, Rico, Brooks, Surman, Lerma, Fraser, King, Wilson. Subs: Boruc, Francis, Ibe, Lewis Cook, Defoe, Stanislas, Mings.
    Referee: Anthony Taylor.

    With any luck all the teams due to kick off at 3pm will have arrived at their destination by now, some with more kit than others.

    One face in a Premier League crowd will be particularly welcome today: Sir Alex Ferguson is back at Old Trafford for the first time since he underwent emergency brain surgery in May. He’s given an interview to MUTV:

    I’m really good. Obviously it’s been a long journey and I’m gradually making steps forward, doing what my son tells me and what the doctors tell me so, yeah, I’m really good. I’m a bit nervous, to be honest with you, maybe a bit tense really because I think my last game was Arsenal back in April. It was a long time but it’s great to be back and I just hope we get a win today.

    It’s great to go back to the stadium and it’s going to be quite emotional for me when the game starts, things like that. It had to happen some time and I’ve been looking forward to it. The important thing was getting the right time and the right rest before coming to a game. It’s bound to be emotional. Particularly when I take my seat in the box. That will be something, you know. I’ll be glad when it gets over and the game starts and I can enjoy it.

    The ongoing Fulham v Watford match is super, action-packed, lung-busting entertainment. Rob Smyth has the latest:

    Related: Fulham v Watford: Premier League – live!

    Hello world!

    So, without unnecessary faff and filibuster, may I present to you this afternoon’s fixtures in the top four English divisions:

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  • Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:01:13 +0000: Mohamed Salah strikes as Liverpool cruise to victory over Southampton - Southampton | The Guardian

    As Jürgen Klopp is fond of telling, it takes greed, aggression, talent and a phenomenal work-rate to succeed on his terms yet Liverpool are making the hard art of victory look routine. The Premier League summit was reclaimed with ease against Southampton, a seventh straight win stretching a flawless start as well as the idea that healthy competition exists between the best and the rest.

    Liverpool ended the contest before half-time as a Wesley Hoedt own goal, Joël Matip header and Mohamed Salah tap-in brought an emphatic interval lead over Mark Hughes’ visitors. If Charity Shield results are included, this is now the finest start to a campaign in Liverpool’s illustrious history. They are raking up wins while in second gear, have kept eight consecutive clean sheets at home in the Premier League and have two points more than Manchester City did at the corresponding stage of last season. Not that anyone at Anfield is looking too far ahead, of course.

    Related: Riyad Mahrez brace caps five-star Manchester City’s rout of Cardiff

    Related: Ashley Barnes double seals thumping Burnley win over Bournemouth

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  • Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:38:26 +0000: Liverpool v Southampton: match preview - Southampton | The Guardian

    The momentum of the stoppage-time win over Paris Saint-Germain should outweigh any Champions League fatigue for Liverpool, who are seeking a seventh consecutive victory from the start of the season and have not conceded a goal in their last seven home league games. Jürgen Klopp has played down concerns over Mohamed Salah’s form but changes are likely with a demanding run underway. Mark Hughes’ side won at Crystal Palace on their last away trip but will need something special to record only the sixth league win at Anfield in the club’s history. Andy Hunter

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  • Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:17:02 +0000: Southampton 2-2 Brighton: Premier League – as it happened - Southampton | The Guardian

    Brighton came back from 2-0 down to nab an away point after Shane Duffy’s header and an injury-time penalty from Glenn Murray

    That’s all from me. Thanks for reading and emailing. Nght!

    Here’s Dominic Fifield’s match report from St Mary’s.

    Related: Brighton peg back Southampton thanks to Glenn Murray’s last-gasp penalty

    Chris Hughton speaks! “Exciting stuff for you and dramatic stuff if you’re standing in the dugout. It’s the second successive game where we’ve come from 2-0 down. You’ve got to look at the character in the team.”

    Glenn Murray speaks! “I think after the way we performed first half, we got away with one. We were poor. Second half it was different, we put them under pressure and got our reward. We’ll work on it and hopefully put it right for Saturday afternoon. We were disappointed with the way we played and the gaffer let us know. We were down against Fulham as well and that gave us a bit of heart. At 2-1 it’s always a cautious score. It’s about putting our away form right and hopefully climbing the table a bit more.”

    Southampton led 2-0! At home! Against Brighton! In the second half! And they still couldn’t win! Fair play to Brighton, though. They looked out of it after Danny Ings had added to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s first-half striker. Yet they pulled themselves back into it through Shane Duffy’s header and the defender was in the thick of it when he won a last-minute penalty, which Glenn Murray converted. It means Southampton stay 13th and Brighton stay 14th, with both sides on five points after five games.

    That’s your lot!

    90 min+3: Bertrand whips the free-kick over the wall, but Ryan dives to his right and pushes it away!

    90 min+2: Locadia gives the ball away just inside Brighton’s half and then he picks up a booking for fouling Ward-Prowse on the edge of the area. Knockaert’s also been booked for his celebration after Murray’s penalty.

    Murray steps up and sends McCarthy the wrong way from the spot! McCarthy goes left, the ball goes right and Brighton have come back from two goals down! Southampton have thrown it away!

    90 min: Another Brighton corner comes in and Anthony Taylor points to the spot after spying Ward-Prowse’s shove on Duffy!

    89 min: Murray flicks a long ball on to Locadia. Knockaert runs on to the ball and his shot from 18 yards is deflected over for a Brighton corner! The corner comes in and McCarthy somehow claws Locadia’s close-range header over the bar. Another corner! And...

    87 min: Out on the left, Ryan knocks a dreadful clearance straight to Gabbiadini. With the goal unguarded, the Southampton has a chance to embarrass the Brighton goalkeeper - but his rushed effort from 40 yards drifts wide.

    86 min: McCarthy picks up a booking for taking too long over a goal-kick.

    84 min: Steven Davis replaces Danny Ings, whose penalty separates the sides.

    81 min: Locadia runs at a backtracking Southampton defence, only to step on the ball and fall over. Whoops. He hasn’t covered himself in glory since coming on.

    80 min: Some pressure from Brighton. Bong slips a pass through to Knockaert, who twists and turns on the left before fizzing a low ball towards the near post. With his back to goal, Jahanbakhsh turns a clever effort into the side netting.

    77 min: Stephens goes into the book for clattering into Gabbiadini. Welcome to the game, Manolo.

    76 min: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Shane Long and James Ward-Prowse replaces Mohamed Elyounoussi. Brighton respond by introducing Jurgen Locadia for Yves Bissouma, an attacking change.

    73 min: Long runs down the left and falls over. Brighton can’t clear their lines, though, and give the ball back to Ings, who curls one over from the left.

    71 min: Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaces Solly March.

    70 min: Redmond scoots inside from the left and sees his low side-footer blocked. You suspect Southampton will need a third.

    A free-kick to Brighton on the right touchline. Knockaert swings it in and Southampton immediately look in trouble. McCarthy stays on his line, even though it’s a deep delivery, and Duffy nods home from close range! This isn’t over yet!

    Brighton are back in it!

    Having won the penalty, Ings stutters up to the ball and confidently strokes the ball low to Ryan’s right for his third goal of the season. Southampton have some breathing space and Brighton’s miserable away form shows no sign of abating.

    63 min: Southampton have upped the intensity in the last few minutes and Danny Ings catches out Brighton with a surge into the area from the right. Bong comes across and clumsily brings him down. There’s no doubt about that one.

    58 min: Southampton have dropped back since half-time. This feels like a big half for them. It would do wonders for their mentality if they can defend this lead.

    57 min: Bissouma’s free-kick is a spectacular waste of time.

    56 min: March wins a free-kick off Soares on the left. The Southampton right-back’s booked.

    54 min: Out of nothing, Southampton break and Long finds himself racing on to a long ball. He beats the onrushing Ryan to it and knocks it behind for a goal-kick. Good defending. Oh.

    53 min: The resulting corner from March is poor. “Regarding your minute 17 entry I don’t think you needed the descriptor ‘peeved’ when mentioning Mark Hughes’ face,” says JR in Illinois. “As far as I can tell he has two emotions, peeved and aggrieved, and there isn’t a difference in his expression between the two. Therefore you could have just said “Mark Hughes stands on the touchline with his face.”

    52 min: Southampton are edgy. Now Murray wins a corner. The away fans sound encouraged.

    51 min: This is better from Brighton, March dashing down the left and sending in a cross that just evades Murray. Montoya picks up possession on the right and sends in a cross that the unmarked Propper heads wide. Moments later Knockaert scoots in from the right, ignores March to his left and lets fly from 18 yards. McCarthy beats his fierce drive away and March can’t control his follow-up.

    47 min: A stat flashes up on the screen: Southampton have dropped 11 points from winning positions since Mark Hughes’s appointment in March. So there’s hope yet for Brighton.

    46 min: Southampton get the second half underway.

    Are you sitting down?

    Related: Jack Wilshere will miss around six weeks for West Ham after ankle surgery

    Southampton are good value for the lead, though it took a special goal from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to break down Brighton. The visitors need a massive improvement. See you in 15 minutes.

    45 min+1: Bissouma belts one miles wide.

    45 min: Will Brighton ever win another away game?

    42 min: “As a Dane, I must dutifully inform you that you are presently misspelling the name of Southampton’s Danish central defender,” Christian Kolding says. “It’s Vestergaard, not Vestegaard. Alas, you’ve carelessly overlooked one of the R’s! The name means “western estate” or “western manor” but by omitting the R, you’ve reduced it to a humble vest, like a gilet... Nobody wants to be remembered for a gilet... not even Tactics Tim. As for the other Dane, Højbjerg means “High Mountain...” “A mountain up high” - he’s definitely on a roll.”

    39 min: Out of nowhere Bissouma finally injects some urgency into a Brighton attack. He has options left and right, but he overruns the ball and Hoedt makes the challenge on the edge of Southampton’s area. The two men require treatment after colliding.

    37 min: Hojbjerg is a funny player. The first time I saw him play was for Bayern Munich in 2014. He was breathtakingly good against Manchester City. Yet here he is playing for a middling Premier League side. He hasn’t really been consistent for Southampton. But he’s making amends for his stupid red card in last month’s home defeat to Leicester.

    El Younoussi darts down the right and sends in another cross. It’s cleared as far as Hojbjerg, who takes a touch before sending a stunning right-footed drive swerving to Ryan’s right and into the corner of Brighton’s goal from 30 yards! What a strike! That’s the Dane’s second goal in two games and Southampton have a deserved lead.

    There’s the cutting edge!

    34 min: The only problem for Southampton is a lack of cutting edge. El Younoussi shoots wide from 20 yards.

    32 min: Stephens takes a while to make up his mind near the halfway line and then he decides to give the ball back to Southampton. This is not good from Brighton, who are asking for it.

    31 min: Brighton are offering nothing as an attacking force. They can’t keep the ball.

    28 min: Bertrand dashes down the left and forces Duffy to turn his low cross away.

    27 min: Redmond dashes down the left, cuts inside and drifts a cross to the far post. El Younoussi rises above Bong and heads a wonderful chance wide of the left post.

    26 min: Southampton are making most of the running now. Brighton are pinned back.

    23 min: Brighton have conceded 24 goals from set-pieces since the start of last season. You can see why.

    21 min: El Younoussi drifts the corner high to the far post. Brighton’s defending is useless. Hojbjerg’s allowed to nod the ball down and it eventually comes to Ings, six yards out. The striker tries to stab it past Ryan, only for Knockaert to deny him with a desperate block. The rebound falls to Hoedt, who fires over the angle of post and bar! Southampton should be ahead.

    20 min: Redmond wriggles into the area from the left and finds Ings, who sees an instinctive stabbed shot deflected wide for a corner on the right.

    19 min: “Southampton’s left flank - the Bertrand/Redmond axis - is the only source of inspiration in this Southampton team so far,” Lee Madden says. “They utterly lack any sort of creativity on the middle of pitch and long balls to Shane Long surely are not going good enough for a team with top 10 aspirations.”

    17 min: El Younoussi swings a dismal free-kick behind for a goal-kick. The Brighton fans jeer and Mark Hughes stands on the touchline with his hands on his hips and a peeved expression on his face.

    14 min: March escapes down the left, reaching the byline, and shows good composure not to rush his cross. Instead he waits a moment, looks up and picks out Knockaert. The French winger takes a touch and sees a weak effort charged down.

    11 min: Vibe: low-key.

    8 min: “I am puzzled why Houghton doesn’t play Jahanbakhsh in the starting lineup?” Chris McVandi says. “The top scorer of the 2017-18 Eredivisie and Brighton’s record breaking signing has been a “benchy” in PL matches since joining. Does that make sense to you?”

    It does. He still needs time to adjust to the pace of English football. He could prove a canny addition, though.

    7 min: Redmond scoots down the left. He beats Montoya on the outside and lifts a cross to the far post, but Soares heads straight at Ryan.

    7 min: Knockaert stays down after challenging Bertrand. He winces a bit. But he’;l live.

    5 min: Southampton put a few passes together for the first time. Vestegaard moves forward and rakes a pass from right to left, looking for Bertrand. Montoya sticks out his leg and diverts the ball back towards his own goal. It loops high into the air and, luckily for the right-back, drops into Ryan’s arms. That could have been a calamitous own goal.

    3 min: Brighton win a free-kick on the halfway line. They take it short and work the ball to Bong. His cross is charged down.

    Peep! With smoke still billowing around St Mary’s, Brighton get us underway. In their green away strip, they pump it long immediately. Southampton are in red and white stripes.

    Here come the teams! There’s even a lights show at St Mary’s! Let’s hope it isn’t better than what’s to come.

    Southampton: McCarthy; Soares, Vestegaard, Hoedt, Bertand; El Younoussi, Hojbjerg, Lemina, Redmond; Long, Ings. Subs: Gunn, Yoshida, Targett, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Gabbiadini, Austin.

    Brighton: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March; Bissouma; Murray. Subs: Button, Balogun, Bernardo, Kayal, Jahanbakhsh, Locadia.

    Hello. Given that it is traditional to give all Premier League games the big sell, let’s begin by saying that this could be a pivotal night for both of these sides. It’s only September, but it feels like this fixture could leave a lasting impact. Honest! I’ve come up with an argument and everything.

    Southampton, for example, are trying to work out what kind of season they’ll have. Is it to be a comfortable mid-table finish or another relegation scrap? Mark Hughes’s side are on a hot one-game winning streak, but they’ve also yet to taste victory at St Mary’s. Danny Ings is scoring, but Southampton have picked up one point from home games against Burnley and Leicester. If they can’t beat travellers as bad as Brighton & Hove Albion, their unease will deepen. If they win, however, they jump above Crystal Palace, Everton and Leicester and into 10th place.

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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.