Monday Briefing: August 26th

By SFC Media Mon 26 Aug Club
Photo by Matt Watson

Kick-off your week by catching up on all the latest across the levels at Southampton Football Club...

A first Premier League win for Saints

Summer signing Moussa Djenepo made an instant impact off the bench to score his first Southampton goal in a 2-0 victory over Brighton on Saturday.

Coming off the bench on 53 minutes, he was celebrating moments later after curling a sublime right-footed effort beyond the reach of Mat Ryan.

The hosts, who had been reduced to ten men following Florin Andone's ugly challenge on Yan Valey, had held Saints until that point, but Nathan Redmond made sure of the points in injury time when he he slid in to convert Sofiane Boufal's low cross.

Another positive was the debut of Kevin Danso, who featured at left-back and helped Ralph Hasenhüttl's men to a third successive clean sheet on visits to the Amex Stadium.

“It was a good reaction from my team, to believe in what we are doing and prove we can win games in the Premier League," Hasenhüttl reflected.

“We had a good game here last season, winning 1-0, and this game was not easy again today.

“We had a well-organised opponent with a lot of self-confidence, so we tried to find a good balance between having ball possession and playing in front.

“We can do that much better – it’s something we must develop, but two fantastic one against one situations, one time Moussa and one time Sofiane, have decided the game. 

Saints set for Carabao Cup action

After victory over Brighton, Saints kick-off their 2019/20 Carabao Cup campaign on Tuesday night when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage (7.45pm BST).

The last meeting between the two sides was in February at St Mary’s, where goals from Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse earned a 2-0 success.

Their most recent meeting in cup competition came in January 2018, when a solitary Ward-Prowse strike helped Saints to progress to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Fulham, who sit 5th in the Championship and have Saints midfielder Harrison Reed on loan, head into the contest on the back of a 2-1 home defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Under-23s face Liverpool in Premier League 2

After a stunning 4-3 comeback win at Manchester City on the opening day, Radhi Jaïdi’s side followed up with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Derby County in Premier League 2, despite a positive performance.

The Under-23s host Liverpool at Staplewood Campus in a 7pm BST kick-off tonight. The Reds arrive on the south coast looking to bounce back from two defeats, against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea respectively. 

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

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Women hit Ipswich for six

Southampton FC Women extended their remarkable winning streak, which dates back to January, with an impressive 6-0 victory over Ipswich at AFC Totton.

The fixture marked Saints’ first involvement in the FA Women’s National League Cup, having also recorded a 5-2 victory over Chesham United on the opening day of their new league campaign.

Striker Ella Pusey was once again among the goals, but teenager Alisha Ware stole the show from full-back, netting a hat-trick with goals either side of the break – the first of her fledgling senior career.

Check out their fixture list here.

Under-18s edged out by Chelsea

Southampton Under-18s fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Chelsea on Saturday morning at Staplewood Campus.

Paul Hardyman's young charges were looking to pick up their first points of the season, following defeat to Swansea a week prior, and welcomed back a number of players from an international tour of China.

Chelsea were one of two Under-18 Premier League South sides to have made a perfect start to their campaign, beating West Ham and Arsenal, and proved a difficult test for Saints.

The visitors dominated possession in the contest, with midfielder Lewis Bate's strike from distance proving the difference.

Ticketing update

Tickets for Saints' home meeting with Manchester United remain on sale to supporters with a purchase history since the beginning of the 2013/14 season.

Saints' Premier League match away clash at Sheffield United. is now available to purchase for all supporters, with an allocation of 2,865.

Our home game with Bournemouth is now also on sale, and supporters who have a purchase history since the beginning of the 2013/14 season (Premier League, Europa League, Cup, Friendly) can purchase their tickets from 9am tomorrow.

A trip to the capital? Tickets for our meeting with Spurs will go on sale to 2019/20 Season Ticket holders who have attended 6+ away games since the beginning of the 2018/19 season from 9am tomorrow.

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

2019/20 away kit on sale now

Moussa Djenepo celebrates his goal at Brighton in the 2019/20 away kit

Southampton's 2019/20 away kit is now available to purchase in-store and online here

We would like to apologise for the delay in the release of the 2019/20 kits and the frustrations this has caused, and thank you for your continued patience.

The club is confident that the home kit will be on sale by the time the team plays Manchester United on 31st August, and we will provide further details this week.

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