Vital Football

Latest Southampton FC News

Southampton 0 Plymouth Argyle 1

Southampton 0 Plymouth Argyle 1

At the onset of hostilities it was Southampton who were making the running. Plymouth were totally outgunned and could have fallen a couple of goals down but for some desperate but timely tackling.

Two early Harding corners caused argyle a bit of concern and to start with Jason Puncheon showed a lot of attacking nous.

Lee Barnard missed with a header from a good Ryan Dickson cross as it went wide. Though pressing almost non-stop clear cut chances were not being made with any regularity.

There was no real hint of a threat though as we continued to press forward and when Plymouth did manage a foray into our half the defence stood up well.

In the 26th minute after some more good work a Morgan Schneiderlin shot from outside of the box flew wide and still we pressed.

Ten minutes from the break after another bit of good work a Danny Butterfield hit a cross shot which dipped just over the bar.

Next came a free kick which set up Jason Puncheon whose shot was parried by Button before he was able to collect it and draw it safely into his arms.

The final chance of the half came from a well struck cross deep into the box where Radhi Jaidi was unable to direct it goalwards due to the presence of two Argyle defenders.

HT 0-0

The second half started with us expecting more of a show from Plymouth but we were stunned almost as soon as the half started.

Maclean harried on the left and then sent in a cross which was flicked on for Luke summerfield to prod home . Harding may have been at fault as he badly misjudged the flight and got caught flat footed.

The stadium went deathly quiet apart from the few Argyle fans who went wild with joyful celebration. It could even have got worse as we looked completely demoralised and for a few minutes we were badly drained.

Saints struggled to recover from the shock and Plymouth seemed a much better team than we had faced in the first half. The goal having such a dramatic effect on the match.

On the hour mark, with the crowd calling for him, Adam Lallana was introduced. Harding was removed with Dickson taking his place to make room for our young hero.

With Lallana now onboard the Saints were given a new impetus. They began to reclaim the ascendancy but were not able to regain the supremacyof the first half.

Puncheon took a free-kick given for a foul by Timur on Barnard and sent it goalwards but button was able to collect it safely.

Then Lallana and Puncheon combined well to come close to setting up Barnard but Lee was flagged offside. Puncheon then sent a shot over the bar as we began to exert more pressure.

Lallana then combined well with Connolly before his goalbound shot was deflected behind for a corner. Saints were now regaining some of the form from the first half and the crowd began to wake to the task at hand of cheering on the team.

Argyle brought om Rory Patterson for Maclean and he brought a little sharpness back into their play. Then Clarke was brought on for their goalscorer Summerfield.

Saints kept upping the pressure as we went entered the last tem minutes but still no goal would come. Barnard having a shot blocked as he appeared to be about to score was the closest we came. Lee Holmes was brought on as we entered 3 minutes of extra time for Puncheon but to no avail.

The time ran out and the final whistle was blown and we had failed yet again to kick our season off with a win. The team walked off looking dejected and now we have to raise their spirits for Bournemouth.

Most in the crowd were wondering how we had succeeded in throwing away yet another game which for long parts we had dominated.

Plymouth had defended well but we again lacked the cutting edge required. Alan Pardew says Lambert is near to a return and on today's showing we need him desperately.

That said, if we had scored from one of our earliest chances, the way we played in the first half we could have had a realatively comfortable game.

What a big word if is. We showed a lot of good things today and there was much to applaud. We still look weak in midfield though which gives me cause for concern but a goal or two can do wonders for morale.

My verdict is that we were unlucky today. Though we have to admit you need to score to win and that we failed to do today. Roll on Bournemouth.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:SFC Forever
Date:Saturday August 7 2010
Time: 10:29PM


I really thought we were going to win at half time. A small tactical change and we would have been fine or so I thought. I am really down as we just don't seem to have learnt from last season.
08/08/2010 09:54:00
typical Saints. Build up our hopes in the first half then bring us crashing down to earth in the second half. Good think is that we could have walked it if one of our early chances had gone in.
08/08/2010 11:29:00
It is a shame we could not score when we were so much on top. the stats show possession as quite close but it doesn't show where the possesion was.
09/08/2010 20:58:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Southampton Articles

Trio On Cup Disappointment

Dusan Tadic, Steven Davis and Nathan Redmond have been giving their thoughts on Sunday's League Cup disappointment against Manchester United.

Vital View - League Cup Final, 26th February 2017

The League Cup season concluded with the final between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley on Sunday.

Difficult To Take For Romeu

Midfielder Oriol Romeu has admitted that Sunday's loss to Manchester United in the League Cup final was tough to take given our performance on the day.

Southampton Trio In Team Of The Tournament (27/2/17)

Southampton are represented in the latest League Cup Team of the Tournament that was selected ahead of Sunday's show piece Final.

Archived Vital Saints Articles

Vital Saints articles from

Site Journalists

SFC Forever
no email
Vital Saint
Editor email
Matt Gardner
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

League Cup - Manchester United MotM
Suggested By:
Sub - Boufal0%
Sub - Long0%
Sub - Rodriguez0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 26 20 3 3 63 36
2 Spurs 26 15 8 3 53 32
3 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 49 24
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 26 12 8 6 44 15
8 WBA 26 11 7 8 40 4
9 West Ham 26 9 6 11 33 -9
10 Stoke 26 8 8 10 32 -10
11 Burnley 26 9 4 13 31 -9
12 Watford 26 8 7 11 31 -13
13 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
14 AFC Bournemouth 26 7 5 14 26 -15
15 Swansea 26 7 3 16 24 -25
16 Middlesbrough 26 4 10 12 22 -9
17 Crystal Palace 26 6 4 16 22 -13
18 Leicester City 25 5 6 14 21 -19
19 Hull City 26 5 6 15 21 -27
20 Sunderland 26 5 4 17 19 -24
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Southampton Results (view all)

Southampton Fixtures (view all)

Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Watford (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2017 1:30PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 19 2017 2:15PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : AFC Bournemouth (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 5 2017 7:45PM : Crystal Palace (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (a)
Barclays Premier League
Vital Football Comment