UK time is: 02:01:47
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Saints pay the penalty

Saints solid start to 2006 came to an end yesterday with a 1-0 loss at QPR.

After back to back wins there was hope George Burley's team could push on against a QPR side in poor form.

The game started pretty evenly with both sides having chances, but Rangers took the lead in the 21st minute when Gareth Ainsworth was needlessly fouled in the area by Danny Higginbotham. Richard Langley converted the resulting penalty, sending Paul Smith the wrong way.

Saints pushed forward for an equaliser but the pivotal moment came in the 75th minute when Nigel Quashie was fouled in the box by Steve Lomas.

Quashie stepped up to take the penalty, and although he sent Simon Rogers the wrong way, his shot hit the post and QPR scambled away the rebound.

Frustratingly speculation in the press has been rife this week, with claims this was Theo Walcott's last game for the club, the young striker is apparently close to joining Arsenal.

Maybe Saints stuttering league form won't help persuade Walcott to stay at St Mary's. His future will be decided this week.

The proposed deal of Walcott signing for Arsenal and then being loaned back to Saints seems a ridiculous situation. Why bother ? Theo doesn't need the move, if he's going to be playing at St Mary's anyway he wont be getting any different experience.

The top clubs aren't going to stop coming in for him, so it's not a situation where he needs to hurry to sign for one now - he's only 16. Even if Saints can hold onto him until the summer his value will have risen greatly and he'll still be just 17.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Stef C Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 15 2006

Time: 12:02PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Southampton Articles

Reed On First Start Against Everton (Sunday December 21 2014)

Pelle - Praise To The Whole Team (Saturday December 20 2014)

Unbelievable Spirit Delights Koeman (Saturday December 20 2014)

Stats: Southampton v Everton (Saturday December 20 2014)

Southampton v Everton: Team Line Ups (Saturday December 20 2014)

Reed Set For Starting Debut? (Friday December 19 2014)

Targett Signs Contract Extension (Friday December 19 2014)

Archived Southampton Articles

List All Vital Saints Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Vital Saint 38
2. Rex Vulgaris 21
3. WillT 9

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Man City 17 12 3 2 22 39
3. Man Utd 17 9 5 3 12 32
4. West Ham 17 9 4 4 10 31
5. Southampton 17 9 2 6 15 29
6. Arsenal 17 7 6 4 9 27
7. Spurs 17 8 3 6 -1 27
8. Swansea 17 7 4 6 3 25

Breaking League News

Totally Deserved, says Gus Poyet
Sunderland : 22/12/2014 01:34:00
Pardew Will Have To Live With 4 In A Row Tab.
Sunderland : 22/12/2014 01:12:00
4 In A Row @NUFC
Newcastle : 22/12/2014 00:52:00
Sunderland Beat Newcastle Yet Again
Sunderland : 21/12/2014 22:31:00
Anfield Points Lost, Saved, Won And Dropped
Arsenal : 21/12/2014 21:25:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Everton MotM
Suggested By:  Vital Saint
Forster 0%
Clyne 20%
Fonte 0%
Yoshida 20%
Bertrand 0%
Alderweireld 0%
Reed 40%
S Davis 0%
Ward-Prowse 20%
Long 0%
Pelle 0%
Sub - Targett 0%
Sub - Gape 0%