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SOU vs SHU
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SOU vs SHU As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints rise to third in the Premier League table
  • Nathan Redmond seals the points from the bench, scoring for the first time this season
  • Armstrong doubles Saints' lead midway through the second period
  • Ché Adams breaks the deadlock, scoring his fourth of the season

REDDERS ❤️

The perfect way to end an afternoon in front of the Southampton supporters! 

FULL-TIME: Southampton 3-0 Sheffield Utd

Sunshine on a rainy day on the south coast as Saints rise up to third in the league, courtesy of goals from Che Adams, Stu Armstrong and Nathan Redmond!

85’

Southampton substitution: Dan Nlundulu replaces Ché Adams

The Academy graduate replaces Adams.

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GOALSCORER 11 Nathan Redmond

WRAPPED UP

A beautifully precise finish from the substitute, who combined well with Romeu and then steered his shot beyond Ramsdale. That's the game and the points wrapped up.

83’

GOOOAL!!!

Nathan Redmond (83’) | 3 0

T E A M ❤️

Final 10, lads!

80’

Southampton substitution: Nathan Redmond replaces Theo Walcott

A rapturous applause for Theo, as Redmond is introduced. 

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78’

Berge smashes wide

The midfielder went for power from a tight angle, but gets it all wrong as the ball nestles in the stands.

75’

Ings denied by Ramsdale

The Sheffield defensive pairing made a mess off the clearance, allowing Adams to find his strike partner. Ings tried to force the ball beneath the onrushing goalkeeper, but he did well to save.

74’

Deflected behind

Yet another Saints set-piece on the way. A third would surely finish the job! Vestergaard is the intended target again, but he's well marshalled by Jagielka. Slightly misses the target with the header.

72’

Sheffield United substitution: Lys Mousset replaces Chris Basham

Final swap for the away side.

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70’

Rippled the roof of the net

Well hit, plenty of whip. It just doesn't come down quickly enough but had Ramsdale scrambling. 

69’

Dangerous position...

Guess who is over the free-kick?

68’

🎶 OH WHEN THE SAINTS 🎶

Rendition ringing out around the stands of St Mary's.

YES, STU 🔥

A commanding lead now!

GOALSCORER 17 Stuart Armstrong

DEFLECTED SHOT DOUBLES LEAD

There was a VAR check, but the goal will stand. Armstrong's shot deflected past the wrong-footed Ramsdale.

62’

GOOOAL!!!

Stuart Armstrong (62’) | 2 0

62’

Ings searches for Walcott

Lovely play from Walker-Peters, who picks out Ings with an incisive pass. The forward had spotted the run of Walcott, but he's beaten by Ramsdale to the ball.

60’

Sheffield United substitution: Rhian Brewster replaces Billy Sharp

Sharp clapped off by the Saints fans.

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60’

Defence to attack

Saints taking risks in defence and it's paying off, building attack from back to front. It presents a chance for Walcott to cross, before Adams shoots over. Very attractive football.

Springing back into life

Saints creating again, winning another corner. Ramsdale gets a hand on the delivery, but the hosts continue to threaten. 

54’

Chance for Sharp

Smashed away by Ward-Prowse, but there was a brief chance for the former Saints man there as it dropped to him in the box. Saints being asked a question or two now.

52’

Vestergaard solid defending

Basham is venturing forward with vigour, winning a corner. Egan was up at the near post, attempting to meet a Fleck corner but can't get over the ball. Header flies over the bar.

48’

Sheffield United substitution: David McGoldrick replaces Oliver McBurnie

McBurnie is forced off with a shoulder injury.

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HT

We're back...

Ready for a big 45 minutes? Should Saints hold on to this lead, they'll go third in the league, one point behind leaders Tottenham. Let's do this 👊

Lift off 🚀

Ché Adams has scored 4 goals in 12 Premier League appearances this season, already matching his total in the whole of last season (4 in 30 PL apps).

HALF-TIME: Saints 1-0 Sheffield Utd

Saints in charge at the break! No less than they deserve following a dominant first 45 minutes of football.

+2’

Fans enjoying positive Saints

Plenty of positive play from the hosts, who continue to dominate proceedings. Keeping the ball well and linking midfield and attack. Another goal would top off an extremely productive first period...

Fans cheer the goalscorer 🙌

It's been a long time since we've been able to say that!

39’

Armstrong on the charge

He motored forward from his own half, lovely acceleration, but there's covering defenders. Baldock made the clearance in the end. Great endeavour from the Saints man. Ward-Prowse attempts to shoot in the next phase but it's easily collected by Ramsdale.

Punisher 👊

It was sloppy defending from the visitors, but Adams won't care as he fires Saints ahead!

GOALSCORER 10 Ché Adams

DEADLOCK BROKEN

The fans roar! Saints are on the march once more. A beautiful free-kick is lofted into the box from Ward-Prowse and isn't cleared by Jagielka. Adams is the beneficiary, who beats any defender to the ball and poked past Ramsdale.

34’

GOOOAL!!!

Ché Adams (34’) | 1 0

33’

Dangerous from Stevens

Sheffield's brightest moment of the half, Stevens fired it across the face of goal and Berge connected with it on the stretch. It's well wide of the target but was a presentable chance.

29’

Yellow Card for Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)

For a deliberate hand ball.

29’

All Southampton

The hosts are dominating in all areas, but Sheffield have won a corner which is easily cleared. Walcott tries to counter, but Stevens handles the ball deliberately and stops the chance.

25’

Wonderful football

Saints look right in the mood today. Ings with yet another chance, tries to cut inside and bend one but miscued the shot. It results in another corner from Ward-Prowse, but Ramsdale clears the near post.

Looking sharp 👌

Ings has been closest to a breakthrough so far. There's a stop in play as McBurnie is receiving treatment. 

At it again... 🔥

This guy's season is going from strength to strength. He steps further up the pitch, deceives Ampadu and feeds Ings. The striker takes the ball in his stride and wins a corner. Vestergaard met the corner with his head but can't direct the header.

17’

Front two combine

It's a lovely turn from Adams, who uses his strength to hold off the defender. Ings makes the run in behind and tries to slot it under Ramsdale. The Sheffield keeper saves, and the flag goes up latterly, but positive signs!

This spells danger 👀

This is a sight that no opposition teams wants to see 😆

13’

Hunting in packs 😇

The work-rate being applauded by the fans inside St Mary's. Saints hunting in groups of two and three, retrieving the ball quickly after losing it. Sustained period of pressure for the home side.

10’

Saints on the approach

Adams tries his luck twice, it's twice blocked. The ball falls to Romeu, who tees himself up for the shot but it flies wide. The touch wasn't perfect, allowing the ball to run away from him slightly.

9’

Vestergaard's range of pass 👏

Walcott drifted inside from the wing, he's caught marginally offside as he latched onto a wonderful Vestergaard pass. The fans serenade Walcott all the same, singing 'Theo, Theo, Theo'. 🎵

7’

Good movement from Theo

Walcott makes the forward run, attempting to latch onto a Ward-Prowse lofted pass. Ramsdale was quick off his line to clear the danger. Saints looking for the balls over the top early in this game.

4’

Corner routine well worked

Straight from the training ground, Ward-Prowse tries a different set-piece to what we've seen in recent weeks. He fires it low across the box to Armstrong, who fluffed the shot. Something new!

12.05

We're off 👊

Fans cheering and chanting as football gets under way at St Mary's. #COYR 😇

12.02

🎶 COME ON YOU SAINTS 🎶

Ringing around St Mary's once more! It's great to have you, Saints fans. We're just about ready to get under way...

12.01

Can this guy make an impact today?

Danny Ings is back in the starting XI this afternoon! We're 5 minutes away from kick-off...

11.56

Getting warm 🔥

It's a chilly one at St Mary's today! Getting fired up for kick-off...

11.33

Today's scene (plus fans 😇)

What a picture 😍

11.30

SAINTS FANS 🥰

We've missed you ❤️

11.20

SHEFFIELD UNITED XI

Starting XI: Ramsdale (GK), Baldock, Stevens, Basham, Jagielka, Ampadu, Fleck, Berge, Egan, Sharp (c), McBurnie. 


Subs: Verrips, Lundstram, Mousset, McGoldrick, Robinson, Osborn, Brewster.

11.01

Ings from the start 🌟

Starting XI: McCarthy (GK), Bertrand, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Walker-Peters, Romeu, Ward-Prowse (c), Armstrong, Walcott, Adams, Ings.

Subs: Forster (GK), Salisu, Stephens, Diallo, Redmond, Djenepo, Nlundulu

11.01

MATCH PACK: All you need to know ahead of kick-off

With a limited number of supporters returning to St Mary's for the first time in nine months, get set for the Premier League meeting with our Match Pack, in association with eToro...

10.27

You cannot imagine having such a long time without fans in the stadium; celebrating with them, winning with them, losing with them. i'm looking forward to seeing them back.

ralph hasenhüttl
on fans returning
10.21

D E F E N C E 👊

Southampton currently lead all Premier League teams for defensive actions outside of their own defensive third this season (347). 

10.19

Young Saints blow away Leicester 🔥

Nathan Tella scored four as Saints B ran out 5-2 winners over Leicester in Premier League 2 on Saturday, check out all the action here! 

10.16

Hear from the boss 🗣

Ralph Hasenhüttl previews today's Sheffield United clash...

10.14

FLASHBACK: Sheffield 0-1 Saints (Sept 2019)

Another fabulous day on the road during the 2019/20 season, as Moussa Djenepo scored a stunner to seal victory.

15.59

Fancy a peak inside Staplewood? 👀

Here's a look at a selection of this week's training images, as Saints shape up for Sheffield. 

15.42

All hail king Ings 👑

Danny Ings has been directly involved in eight goals in eight Premier League games this season (six goals and two assists); the most of any Southampton player. 

15.40

FLASHBACK: Saints 3-1 Sheffield United (July 2020)

Journey back to our last meeting with Sheffield United at St Mary's - it makes for very pleasant watching! 😁

15.39

STAT ATTACK 🤓

Southampton have won six of their opening 11 games in the Premier League this season – only in 2014-15 (8) have they picked up more victories in their opening 11 games of a top-flight campaign.

15.37

ST MARY'S MATCHDAY ❤️

Today, St Mary's opens its doors to Southampton supporters once more and we couldn't be happier! For those of you not lucky enough to be at the ground, we'll have you covered with all the live action from afar! Saints enter the tie off the back of a 2-1 victory away at Brighton, while Sheffield United are still searching for their first win of the season. Looking forward to an exciting afternoon!

15.30

SOU vs SHU Line Ups

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
3
Ryan Bertrand
35
Jan Bednarek
4
Jannik Vestergaard
2
Kyle Walker-Peters
6
Oriol Romeu
replace Ibrahima Diallo (86′)
32
Theo Walcott
replace Nathan Redmond (80′) goal
17
Stuart Armstrong goal
8
James Ward-Prowse (C)
9
Danny Ings
10
Che Adams goal
replace Daniel N'Lundulu (84′)
5
Jack Stephens
12
Moussa Djenepo
40
Daniel N'Lundulu
22
Mohammed Salisu
27
Ibrahima Diallo
11
Nathan Redmond
44
Fraser Forster

Sheffield United

1
Aaron Ramsdale (GK)
12
John Egan
6
Chris Basham
replace Lys Mousset (70′)
2
George Baldock
15
Phil Jagielka
3
Enda Stevens yellow card
4
John Fleck
22
Ethan Ampadu
8
Sander Berge
10
Billy Sharp (C)
replace Rhian Brewster (60′)
9
Oliver McBurnie
replace David McGoldrick (48′)
17
David McGoldrick
23
Ben Osborn
11
Lys Mousset
19
Jack Robinson
24
Rhian Brewster
21
Michael Verrips
7
John Lundstram

SOU vs SHU Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Sheffield United
  • Possession (%)
    68
    comparison angle
    32
  • Shots
    16
    comparison angle
    3
  • Shots on target
    6
    comparison angle
    0
  • Corners
    8
    comparison angle
    4
  • Passes Complete
    491
    comparison angle
    179

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Goals
1
Stuart  Armstrong
Stuart Armstrong
shots on target
Shots On Target
2
Danny Ings
Danny Ings
chances created
Chances Created
4
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
passes completed
Passes Completed
75
Jannik Vestergaard
Jannik Vestergaard
tackles
Tackles
5
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
clearances
Clearances
8
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek