Monday Briefing: January 14th

By SFC Media time Mon 14 Jan Club
Photo by James Bridle | St Mary's

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

Saints out of bottom three

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side made it seven points from their last three Premier League away games, as they triumphed 2-1 at Leicester City on Saturday to climb out of the relegation zone.

James Ward-Prowse’s penalty and Shane Long’s strike right on half-time, shortly after Yan Valery had been sent off, gave Saints a precious three points, as they held off a second-half Foxes fightback.

The result moved the team up to 16th in the table, a point above the bottom three.

Suspended trio back for next league game

Saints will be without three players due to suspension on Wednesday night, when they host Derby in the FA Cup, but all will be back for Saturday’s home Premier League game against Everton.

Midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg completes his four-game ban in midweek, while striker Charlie Austin will see out his two-game suspension.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg will be available next weekend

Young full-back Yan Valery will also be absent due to his sending off at Leicester, but will be available again after that.

Derby ticket offer

Don’t miss out on Wednesday night’s Emirates FA Cup replay with Derby, as Saints look to book a fourth-round trip to Accrington Stanley.

Tickets for the game, which follows the 2-2 draw at Pride Park earlier this month, are on general sale, with some great prices for the match.

Adult tickets cost just £12, with concessions even less. You can also get your ticket, with a hot dog and a drink for just £17.50 in total. Check out full details here, or buy by clicking here.

Yoshida on track in Asian Cup

Saints defender Maya Yoshida is away with Japan this month in the Asian Cup, and he has enjoyed a fine start to the tournament.

Yoshida again captained his country on Sunday, as they beat Oman 1-0 to make it two wins from two in Group F.

ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JULY 2: Maya Yoshida of Japan during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
Maya Yoshida in action at the Asian Cup

Japan are next in action on Thursday (1.30pm GMT), when they face Uzbekistan in their final match before the knockout rounds.

Under-23s go joint top

It was another excellent weekend for Radhi Jaïdi’s Under-23s, as they came from behind to beat Middlesbrough 2-1 away from home.

Saints fell behind to an early free-kick, but were level just after the hour mark through Jonathan Afolabi, and they completed the turnaround on 77 minutes when Tyreke Johnson converted from the penalty spot after being fouled himself.

Jaïdi’s youngsters are now level on points with Reading at the top of Premier League 2 Division 2 and now face a Premier League Cup trip to Leeds next Monday.

Women book semi-final spot

Southampton FC Women remain on track for a piece of silverware, after winning 9-0 away at Wargrave to book a spot in the semi-finals of the Southern Region Women’s Football League Cup.

Chloe Newton bagged five goals in the quarter-final victory, including the first four of the match, with Wycombe Wanderers now standing between Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s team and a spot in the final.

Next up for Saints is another quarter-final, this time in the Hampshire Cup, as they travel to Portsmouth on Sunday. Kick-off is 2pm GMT at The PMC Stadium, Eastern Road, PO3 5LY.

Under-18s denied late on

Southampton’s youngsters came within seconds of pulling off a stunning victory at reigning Under-18 Premier League champions Chelsea, only to be denied at the very last moment.

Saints looked on course for a memorable three points after Christian Norton struck just before half-time and Will Ferry doubled the advantage on 79 minutes, but the Blues fought back, as Ben Greenwood halved the deficit ahead of Pierre Ekwah Elimby producing an unstoppable free-kick to equalise in the fourth minute of added time.

Next up for the Under-18s is the FA Youth Cup, as they travel to Watford on Thursday night for a fourth-round game.

O’Connor extends contract

Youngster Thomas O’Connor has put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension that commits his future to the club until 2021.

The versatile 19-year-old, who can play in midfield or defence, has represented Republic of Ireland at youth level and has captained Southampton’s Under-23s side this season.

"It feels really good," said O’Connor. "I've been here nearly five years now, and I've enjoyed every moment. I'm delighted to sign a new deal and hopefully I can keep improving.”

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