á Southampton - Saints win thrilling tie
UK time is: 06:17:11
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Saints 4 - MK Dons 3

St Mary's


Attendance: 15908

Saints win thrilling tie

Saints and the Dons played out a thrilling game on FA Cup third round day.

It was a match packed with entertainment for MK Dons largest ever following for an away match, they brought over 1800 fans.

Their record coincided with Saints setting a record for our lowest ever home attendance in the new stadium. Many fans had stayed away as a protest against Rupert Lowe.

The empty seats didn't discourage the players though as Saints won their second successive game, with 4 players getting on the score sheet.

The defence was again clearly an area for concern, and is suffering the most from our injury crisis.

Antti Niemi was absent from the starting line up, as he's in transfer talks with Fulham, so Paul Smith started with new signing Bartosz Bialkowski on the bench.

Both teams had chances at the start of the match, and Lundekvam, returning from injury, was struggling to keep with the pace of the Dons forwards, especially danger man Izale McLeod.

Saints were also creating good chances and David Prutton opened the scoring after 40 minutes to give us a half time lead.

In the second half Saints allowed the Dons back into the match and they subsequently equalised when Claus Lundekvam turned into his own net on 57 minutes.

Within three minutes of the equaliser Quashie had put Saints back in front and six minutes later the game looked over when Theo Walcott scored Saints third, only six minutes after coming on.

After that Saints relaxed and the home fans were reminded of other recent debacles, as MK Dons scored twice in quick succession to level the tie.

This time there wasn't to be a heartbreaking end as Darren Kenton scored his first goal for Saints via a deflection with only three minutes remaining.

So amazingly it ended 4-3 and means back to back wins for George Burley's team in 2006.

So Saints are in the fourth round draw and confidence is definately growing in the team now.

Hopefully things can only get better when the defensive injury worries ease too. The big plus for the new year could be that some of the young players who've come in to the team have definately bedded in to first team football now and looked the part.

Star Player

Theo Walcott - Was involved in three goals, scoring one, after he came on with only half an hour remaining.

His pace and skill make him a nightmare for tired defenders to handle when he's got fresh legs.

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:Saturday January 7 2006

Time: 6:44PM


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Vital Saint 13

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
6. West Ham 8 4 2 2 6 14
7. Everton 8 3 4 1 4 13
8. Spurs 8 3 4 1 4 13
9. Southampton 8 3 3 2 3 12
10. Liverpool 8 3 3 2 -2 12
11. Swansea 8 2 4 2 0 10
12. Watford 8 2 4 2 -1 10

Southampton Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Match Analysis - Swansea City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
╗ Swansea : 09/10/2015 22:06:01
Big Sam Takes Charge At Sunderland
╗ Sunderland : 09/10/2015 21:02:01
Liverpool: Owners Felt A 'Connection' With Klopp
╗ Liverpool : 09/10/2015 18:00:00
Bennett Joins Bristol City
╗ Norwich : 09/10/2015 17:31:01
Blow for JosÚ, joy for Chelsea faithful
╗ Chelsea : 09/10/2015 17:00:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Chelsea MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Stekelenburg 1%
Soares 0%
Fonte 0%
van Dijk 0%
Bertrand 11%
Romeu 0%
Wanyama 0%
Mane 11%
S Davis 0%
Tadic 11%
Pelle 44%
Sub - Ward-Prowse 11%
Sub - Rodriguez 0%
Sub - Yoshida 11%