2015/16 Season Review: October

By SFC Media time Wed 01 Jun Club

We take a look back at another record-breaking campaign for Southampton by looking at how Ronald Koeman's men fared in the month of October.

Following on from the win over Swansea City at the end of September, Saints headed into October with a tricky looking trip to Stamford Bridge, but would record their first league victory away from home in some style.

It was the perfect start to a month of football in which Saints would stay unbeaten.

Saturday 3rd October: Chelsea 1-3 Southampton

Southampton came from behind to record a memorable victory at the home of reigning Premier League champions Chelsea.

Willian had given the hosts an early advantage with a free kick that curled in off the far post, but the visitors hit back to level a minute before the break as Steven Davis scored his first goal in more than 60 games.

Ronald Koeman’s men were rampant in the second half, taking the lead on the hour when Sadio Mané scored his second in as many games before turning provider to set up Graziano Pellè to wrap up the scoring.

Chelsea applied late pressure, but Saints showed their defensive qualities to seal their first win at Stamford Bridge since 2002.

Saturday 17th October: Southampton 2-2 Leicester City

England striker Jamie Vardy netted two second-half goals as Leicester came from behind to earn a point at St Mary’s.

Saints led 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from defensive duo José Fonte and Virgil van Dijk, with Fonte netting his first strike since February 2014 with a close range header, before van Dijk scored his second goal in as many home games for 2-0.

After the break Saints appeared to have a hold on a fired up Leicester side who introduced pacy pair Nathan Dyer and Riyad Mahrez to their side, but the Foxes got a goal back on 66 minutes through Vardy, who headed Dyer’s cross in from close range.

Vardy left it late to strike again late on, as the in-form forward put paid to Saints’ hopes of earning a fourth consecutive win in all competitions.

Sunday 25th October: Liverpool 1-1 Southampton

Sadio Mané's late goal earned Saints a deserved point from their trip to Liverpool to preserve the team’s unbeaten away record. 

Ronald Koeman’s men had looked set for late heartbreak when substitute Christian Benteke headed home with 77 minutes gone.

Koeman responded by bringing on Gastón Ramírez for his first league appearance for Saints in 14 months, and he had a big hand in the side’s equaliser. Ward-Prowse’s free-kick was nodded on first by Fonte and then looped towards goal off the head of the Uruguayan, with Mané stealing in at the back post to force the ball home.

As Saints defended doggedly late on, Mané was shown two yellow cards in quick succession to mean Koeman's side ended the game with ten men, but Saints held on to pick up a point for their efforts.

Wednesday 28th October: Southampton 2-1 Aston Villa

Second half goals from Maya Yoshida and Graziano Pellè secured Saints’ progress into the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup at the expense of Aston Villa.

After a drab and goalless first half, the hosts were much improved in the second 45 minutes and struck goals that managerless Villa seemingly had no answer to.

Maya Yoshida’s first goal since last December put Saints ahead on 51 minutes when he produced a striker’s finish to find the bottom corner of Brad Guzan’s net.

The club’s top scorer, Pellè appeared to wrap up the win 13 minutes from time when he emphatically finished off a cross from substitute Dušan Tadić.

In the four minutes of stoppage-time, Virgil van Dijk felled Jordan Ayew in the area to give the visitors a late penalty which Scott Sinclair converted, but it was too little, too late for the Villans as Saints progressed at their expense.

EFL Trophy: Stevenage 2-1 Saints
Stevenage vs Saints

EFL Trophy: Stevenage 2-1 Saints

A cruel late defeat for Saints B Team.

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