Monday Briefing: February 4th

By SFC Media Mon 04 Feb Club

Catch up on all the latest from Southampton Football Club in this week's Monday briefing...

Saints extend unbeaten league run

It was a frustrating end to Saturday’s game at Burnley, as Saints were denied victory by Ashley Barnes’s penalty deep into stoppage time.

Nathan Redmond’s sixth goal in ten games had Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men en route to a third league win out of four, but Saints would have to be content with a point.

The result extends Saints’ unbeaten start to Premier League action in 2019 to five matches. 

Cardiff up next at St Mary’s

Saints return to home soil when they host Cardiff City at St Mary’s on Saturday (kick-off 3pm GMT).

Tickets are still available for the Category B fixture, so click here to secure your seat for the big game.

Ralph Hasenhüttl will hold his pre-match press conference on Thursday ahead of the match, which will be broadcast live on southamptonfc.com.

Hasenhüttl up for Manager of the Month


Saints’ impressive start to 2019 has been recognised by the Premier League.

Ralph Hasenhüttl has been nominated for Manager of the Month, along with Burnley’s Sean Dyche and Ole Gunnar Solskjær of Manchester United.

Saints fans can vote for the boss, who led the team to two wins and two draws in the month, by clicking here.

Double recognition for Ward-Prowse

James Ward-Prowse’s outstanding form has also been rewarded, after the midfielder scored in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time in his career.

The Academy graduate has been nominated for Player of the Month (click here to vote) as well as Goal of the Month.

Click here to vote for his long-range stunner in the 2-1 victory against Everton at St Mary’s, which sandwiched between goals against Leicester City and Crystal Palace.

Tottenham tickets on sale

Tickets for next month’s home game with Tottenham Hotspur are now on sale to 2018/19 Official Members with a 2018/19 purchase history.

Saints host Spurs on Saturday 9th March (kick-off 3pm GMT). Click here for a full list of sales dates.

Tickets for the trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Saturday 2nd March (3pm GMT) are also on sale here.

Under-23s top of the table

Southampton Under-23s hit the Premier League 2 summit with an impressive 1-0 victory at Manchester United on Friday night.

Jonathan Afolabi scored the only goal of the game in the first half at Leigh Sports Village.

Reading’s defeat at bottom-of-the-table Sunderland on Sunday means Saints maintain their place at the top going into the next round of fixtures.

Next up for Radhi Jaïdi’s side is a trip to Newcastle in the Premier League Cup on Friday night.

Women and Under-18s miss out

Both Southampton FC Women and Saints Under-18s saw their respective fixtures postponed due to adverse weather conditions over the weekend.

Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s team were due to travel to Winchester City Flyers. Next up they host Oxford City in a top of the table clash at their AFC Totton home, with tickets free for Saints Season Ticket Holders. 

The Under-18s’ trip to Tottenham also fell foul of the weather, with Paul Hardyman’s youngsters not due to return to competitive action until Saturday 23rd February, when they host Arsenal at Staplewood.

Asian Cup heartbreak for Yoshida

Maya Yoshida’s Asian Cup journey came to an end with a disappointing defeat to Qatar in the final.

Yoshida’s Japan were favourites to lift the trophy, but the World Cup 2022 hosts ran out 3-1 winners in UAE.

The defender is set to return to club duty this week ahead of the Premier League clash with Cardiff on Saturday.

Loan switch for Hesketh

The transfer window closed on Thursday, with midfielder Jake Hesketh completing a deadline-day loan move to MK Dons.

The 22-year-old, who spent the first half of the season with Burton Albion, has joined fellow League One side the Dons for the remainder of the campaign.

Elsewhere, Ryan Seager has joined Yeovil Town after he was released from his contract by Saints, while 20-year-old Siph Mdlalose has secured a loan switch to non-league Salisbury.

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