Monday Briefing: August 19th

By SFC Media time Mon 19 Aug Club
Photo by James Bridle

A new week begins, so get started by catching up on all the latest across the levels at Southampton Football Club...

Hasenhüttl upbeat despite loss

Southampton came agonisingly close to taking something from their opening home game of the season, against European champions Liverpool, only to fall just short, as they were beaten 2-1 at St Mary's on Saturday.

Still, manager Ralph Hasenhüttl was able to temper his disappointment with some of the improvements he saw in his team.

"We had a lot of chances and didn't score, which is the only thing that wasn't good,” he said.

“In the moment, there are just a few things missing. We were the better team in the first half, very aggressive. That's the reason why I feel positive overall because chances are hard to get against Liverpool. We weren't sitting deep – we showed that we can come close."

Under-23s set for opening home game

Fresh from their incredible 4-3 win at Manchester City on the first day of the season, Radhi Jaïdi’s young Saints now turn their attention to their opening home match tonight.

The Under-23s will host their counterparts from Derby County, at Staplewood, with kick-off at 7pm BST, as they look for back-to-back victories to start their campaign back in the top tier of Premier League 2.

We’ll have all the action for you live on southamptonfc.com, as well as our Facebook and YouTube pages.

Women start season with three points

Southampton FC Women’s first game in Division One South West of the FA Women’s National League saw them produce a thumping 5-2 win over Chesham Town.

Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s team were powered to victory by a pair of goals from last year’s player of the season, Shannon Sievwright, with Ella Pusey and Shannon Albuery, who was making her debut, also on target, before their tally was rounded off by a late own goal.

It was the ideal start to the campaign for Saints, who have their first home match of the season on Sunday, when they face Ipswich Town in the preliminary round of the League Cup, at AFC Totton.

Check out their fixture list here.

Disappointment for Under-18s

Southampton Under-18s were involved in another entertaining Under-18 Premier League clash at the weekend, only to lose out 4-2 at Swansea City.

After a 3-2 home defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day, the youngsters were involved in another goal-fest, but left themselves with too much to do after shipping four in the first half in Wales.

They responded well, with Allan Tchaptchet and Roland Idowu, who also scored last week, on target either side of half-time, but they couldn’t claw their way completely back.

Paul Hardyman’s side are back home next weekend, as they host Chelsea, at Staplewood, on Saturday morning.

Membership cards being sent out

Are you an Official Member for the 2019/20 season? If so, look out for your membership card arriving soon.

Cards are now in the process of being sent out and should be with supporters shortly.

Please only contact the Ticket Office if your card has not arrived by Wednesday 28th August.

Latest tickets update

Tickets for the Carabao Cup second round tie away to Fulham are now on sale to all Official Members.

Official Saint + members can also now purchase for the Premier League match away to Sheffield United.

The Premier League home game against Bournemouth is now also on sale, to Official Saint + members with a purchase history any time from the beginning of the 2013/14 season.

For full ticketing information on all upcoming games, click here.

Saints Sustainability launched

The club is proud to have introduced a range of initiatives aimed at reducing its impact on the environment, and is also encouraging supporters to help too.

Reusable drinks cups pictured in the concourse within St Marys stadium, Southampton, 16th August 2019
Reusable cups have been introduced at St Mary's

As well as signing up to Southampton City Council’s Green City Charter, the club has also been reducing single-use plastics across its sites.

This has included the introduction of reusable cups in the St Mary’s concourses, which were available for the first time at Saturday’s game against Liverpool.

You can find out more about Saints Sustainability by clicking here.

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