Monday Briefing: December 17th

By SFC Media time Mon 17 Dec Club

Start your week off by catching up on all the latest from Southampton Football Club...

Saints climb out of relegation zone

It was a big weekend for Southampton in many ways, as the team recorded its first home win of the season, Ralph Hasenhüttl celebrated his opening victory as manager, and the club lifted itself out of the Premier League’s bottom three.

The thrilling 3-2 triumph over Arsenal saw Saints climb up to 17th in the table, with one of the two sides they overtook – Huddersfield – their opponents next Saturday.

Check out our quick-fire highlights from the game, with Danny Ings’s double and Charlie Austin’s late header winning all three points for the hosts…

Hasenhüttl’s pride

New Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl was overjoyed after tasting victory in his first home game.

“Absolutely proud,” he said. “It was a fantastic game we played and the crowd was amazing.

“The moment when we scored to make it 3-2 was unbelievable and I thought the roof was going to go away from the stadium.

“You could feel that the kind of football we want to play, they appreciated it and felt that the team were doing everything to make a win happen. I think they are going home today and have hope that we can get out of this situation we have been in during recent weeks. 

“It’s a first step, a big first step but no more. We have to improve and we will do.”

Højbjerg hails fans’ backing

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg spoke of his pride at the team’s performance against Arsenal and explained how he and the players are determined to continue showing the same sort of fight for the fans and the club as a whole.

“I’m proud and honoured to be a part of this game because a win at home against Arsenal in a moment like this, with the difficulties of the relegation zone, to be produce a result like this it is a big boost to get out,” he said.

we really felt the fans' support. we feel that and we want to fight for that.

pierre-emile højbjerg
southampton midfielder

“We really felt the fans’ support. I have to be honest, through the whole season I need to say that they have always been there and we, the players, we feel that and we want to fight for that. Most importantly we want to fight for the club because we want to take the club to the next level.“

Southampton FC Women back to winning ways

Two weeks on from their first loss of the season – away to MK Dons in the SSE Women’s FA Cup – Southampton FC Women issued an impressive response.

Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s side hosted AFC Bournemouth CST in the Southern Region Women’s Premier, triumphing 3-1 at Staplewood Campus, with the game being moved there from AFC Totton’s Testwood Stadium due to conditions.

All of Saints’ goals came via Chloe Newton, who netted once in the first half and twice after the interval for her hat-trick, as the hosts kept their 100 per cent league record intact.

Under-23s sign off with a win

Southampton Under-23s are heading into their Christmas break off the back of another win, having beaten Newcastle United 2-1 in Premier League 2.

Radhi Jaïdi’s side made it back-to-back victories, as Will Smallbone and Jonathan Afolabi struck in the second half at Staplewood Campus, before the visitors grabbed a consolation.

Saints’ youngsters are fourth in the Premier League 2 Division 2 table, but trail leaders Manchester United by just one point.

New Year ticket bundle on sale

Official Members can take advantage of Saints’ special New Year ticket bundle from today, to save money on some of the team’s upcoming Premier League home games.

The package covers the meetings with Everton, Crystal Palace, Cardiff and Fulham, with supporters able to benefit from discounts on each ticket price.

For full details, please click here.

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