Monday Briefing: August 27

By SFC Media time Mon 27 Aug Club
Photo by Chris Moorhouse | St Mary's

Everything you need to know about what's been happening at Southampton Football Club over the past few days, and what's on the horizon...

Milestones for Bertrand and Cédric

The two Southampton full-backs made landmark appearances in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester.

For Cédric, it was his 100th outing in a Saints shirt, while it was Ryan Bertrand’s 150th.

Bertrand, who scored against the Foxes, said: “I’m very proud. When I joined the club, I came here and felt a fantastic spirit. I’ve begun to know myself as a player. It’s been a fantastic place to come and work – if I can call it that, because I enjoy it so much.”

Hughes takes the positives

It might have been defeat for Southampton at the weekend, but manager Mark Hughes remained upbeat after the 2-1 loss to Leicester.

“I think anybody who was here and saw the game in its entirety will view the game with as many positives as you can take out of a defeat, which isn’t easy to take,” he said, after Harry Maguire’s added-time winner condemned ten-man Saints, who lost Pierre-Emile Højbjerg to a red card late on, to defeat.

“For me, as the manager of that group, I was encouraged by what we produced and it shows the potential in the group.”

Under-23s continue fine start

Radhi Jaïdi’s young side kept their unbeaten start to the campaign going, with a well-deserved point in Friday night’s Premier League 2 home game against Manchester United.

Despite falling behind to a second-half penalty, Saints earned a 1-1 draw through a Marcus Barnes header.

Jaïdi said: “I think it was an acceptable result but a great performance from our boys. That’s what we are better at this season, is showing resilience and strong character.”

Under-18s off the mark

Southampton’s youngsters bagged their first point of the Under-18 Premier League after an entertaining visit to Fulham on Saturday morning.

Paul Hardyman’s side twice came from behind, first through Christian Norton and then Will Ferry.

Up next for the Under-18s is a home game against Spurs next Saturday.

Women’s side begin season

It was a big day for Southampton’s women’s and girls’ programme on Sunday, with Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s side starting their season with a 2-0 win at Winchester City Flyers in the preliminary round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

The result came in the same week as the club confirmed a tie-up with AFC Totton, meaning the women’s team, which will feature in the South Region Women’s Football League Premier Division, will play their home games at Testwood Stadium.

Carabao Cup action begins

Saints this week face their first cup game of the season, as they visit Brighton and Hove Albion in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night (7.45pm BST).

Mark Hughes has indicated he will be playing a strong team in the competition, which the club reached the final of two seasons ago.

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