Monday Briefing: November 5th

By SFC Media time Mon 05 Nov Club
Photo by Chris Moorhouse | St Mary's

Catch up on the latest from all levels at Southampton Football Club with our Monday briefing...

Pierre speaks from the heart

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg issued a heartfelt response following Sunday’s 6-1 defeat at Manchester City.

“We feel terrible,” said the midfielder. “I can only say, again, thank you and sorry to the supporters and sorry to Southampton Football Club.

“You need to turn it around and use it as fire and use it as fuel to go forward and give everything next Saturday for a win.”

Obafemi could continue to be an option

One positive to come out of the trip to City was the introduction of Michael Obafemi.

The 18-year-old striker came off the bench in the second half to make his second senior appearance for the club, following his debut at home to Tottenham last season.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Michael Obafemi of Southampton during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton FC at Etihad Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Michael Obafemi in action at Manchester City

Mark Hughes said: “He’s got unbelievable pace. It was important that I had a look at him in the Premier League environment, because he could very well be someone we can use.”

Under-23s one point off top spot

Radhi Jaïdi’s side showed no signs of slowing down, as they notched up another win in Premier League 2 on Friday night.

Hosting West Brom, at St Mary’s, Saints triumphed 1-0 thanks to a header from the prolific Marcus Barnes.

The result moved Saints up to third in the Premier League 2 Division 2 standings, one point behind leaders Reading.

Women set for FA Cup clash

Southampton FC Women warmed up for their FA Cup first-round clash next weekend by beating Winchester City Flyers 2-0, at AFC Totton.

Ella Pusey struck in either half to continue Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s team’s perfect start to the season.

Saints visit Poole Town next Sunday (1pm GMT) as they look to continue their journey in the competition.

Under-18s win again

Paul Hardyman’s side celebrated a 3-1 victory away to Reading in the Under-18 Premier League on Saturday as they continued their strong form.

Goals from Taymar Fleary, Sean Brennan and Enzo Robise gave them the three points at Hogwood Park.

The youngsters have now won four of their past five matches and next host Stoke, in the Under-18 Premier League Cup, on Saturday.

Last day for All Saints Day dedications

Today is the final day to submit your dedications for the club’s annual All Saints Day.

Each year we remember those we have lost in the previous 12 months with a designated tribute game.

This year, that is Saturday’s Premier League match at home to Watford. Send names, pictures and messages of no more than 30 words to [email protected] by midday for inclusion in this weekend’s programme.

Remembrance game

Saturday’s home match against Watford will also be our annual Remembrance game.

There is a special poignance this year, as it is the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Both sides are set to wear poppies on their shirts, while a commemorative plaque in memory of the former Saints lost in both World Wars will be unveiled at the stadium.


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