Another busy week begins at Southampton Football Club, and, as it gets started, we bring you all the latest from across the levels...
Saints go five points clear of drop zone
It was another big weekend for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s team, who took a significant step towards achieving their goal of Premier League survival.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s second-half strike gave Saints a 1-0 win at Brighton on Saturday, making it back-to-back victories in the Premier League.
That result, coupled with Cardiff’s 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea on Sunday, moves the side five points clear of the relegation zone, ahead of their final seven matches of the season.
“It was a big performance and massive win for us,” said Hasenhüttl, who is now preparing his team for Friday night’s home clash with Liverpool.
Højbjerg has praise for Redmond
Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg might have been the match-winner at Brighton, but he was quick to shift praise towards his teammates after the game.
The midfielder had particular praise for Nathan Redmond, who provided the assist for the goal and who was a consistent threat all afternoon.
“Me and Nathan came to the club at the same time three years ago,” said Højbjerg. “To see how Nathan is not only growing as a player but as a person is remarkable.
“Sometimes it is easy to just judge a player on the performance every Saturday but if one day you got to see the work behind the scenes, what he does after training and his own exercises to prepare himself mentally and physically. That’s what it is all about and Nathan has the quality to be one of the best in his position in the league.”
Women seize initiative in title race
Southampton FC Women earned arguably their most important win of the season so far, as they triumphed 4-1 at title rivals AFC Bournemouth CST on Sunday.
The result made it 13 wins out of 13 in the Southern Region Women’s Football League Premier Division, moving them level on points with their opponents, who have played two games more than them.
Top scorer Chloe Newton grabbed the headlines, as she continued her sensational season by netting all four of the visitors’ goals.
Saints now head back home next Sunday to host Ascot United, at AFC Totton, as they look to keep their perfect record intact over the final five games of the campaign.
Girls' Football Week begins
This week marks the club's Girls' Football Week, which is being held in partnership with Hampshire FA, AFC Totton and Saints Foundation.
The aim of the initiative is to help inspire a new generation of female footballers, with a week of free activities on offer.
To gain an insight into the work already going on, and to get involved yourself and receive some guidance on how to pursue a future in the women's game, check out the full list of events and opportunities by clicking here.
Under-18s make it a perfect weekend
There was also victory for Southampton’s youngsters on Saturday, to complete a marvellous weekend for the club, as they beat Reading 2-0 in the Under-18 Premier League, at Staplewood Campus.
Christian Norton and Kornelius Hansen scored the goals, with both coming in the first half, as Paul Hardyman’s side got back to winning ways following last week’s defeat in the first game at Tottenham’s new stadium.
Up next is a trip to Leicester on Saturday, as the fourth-placed Under-18s embark on their final three matches of the season.
Under-23s in cup action
Southampton Under-23s will look to secure a place in the final of the Hampshire Senior Cup when they visit Basingstoke Town on Tuesday night.
Radhi Jaïdi’s side head to their Southern League Premier Division South opponents in the semi-finals of the competition, with the winners set to play Havant & Waterlooville in the final.
The game kick-starts a big run for the Under-23s, who host Norwich on Friday night, at Staplewood Campus, as they continue to chase the Premier League 2 Division 2 title, before the home Premier League International Cup semi-final with Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday next week.
Remember, you can claim your free ticket for the Zagreb game, which takes place at St Mary’s, by clicking here.
Saints back No Room For Racism campaign
The club has thrown its support behind the Premier League’s No Room For Racism campaign, which is running this week.
The initiative is designed to use the power of the Premier League’s appeal to oppose racism within the sport, as well as celebrating the diversity of England’s top-flight and recognising the significant contribution made by the Kick It Out organisation, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Saints and Brighton players joined together prior to kick-off on Saturday to show their support, and the club will again be backing the campaign in Friday night’s home meeting with Liverpool.
Southampton representatives go close to ePL glory
Saints nearly celebrated some major success at the ePremier League finals in London, with both the club’s Xbox One and PS4 representatives going deep into the tournament.
PS4 star Venny made it to the semi-finals, taking the lead in his game before suffering a narrow defeat, while Xbox star Rusher was beaten in the quarter-finals by the world’s number-one ranked player, who received a major scare when the Saints man went 2-0 up early on.
You can check out our full recap of the tournament by clicking here.
Bournemouth ticket update
Fans with a 2018/19 purchase history can secure a seat for the home Premier League clash with AFC Bournemouth, on Saturday 27th April, from 9am today.
This latest sales window will run until 9am on Thursday 4th April, when fans with a purchase history from 2014/15 will also have the opportunity to buy.
To secure a seat for the game, click here.