Monday Briefing: December 2nd

By SFC Media time Mon 02 Dec Club
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Saints comeback defeats Watford

Southampton picked up a vital first home win of the season on Saturday, producing a second half comeback to stun Watford.

Ismaïla Sarr’s strike had put the visitors ahead at the break, leaving Saints in a precarious position against the league’s bottom side.

However, Danny Ings’ ninth goal of the season triggered a dramatic turnaround at St Mary’s as James Ward-Prowse confirmed the win with a stunning free-kick inside the final 10 minutes.

Midweek action at St Mary’s

The busy December schedule starts for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side as Norwich visit St Mary’s in the Premier League on Wednesday 4th December (kick-off 7.30pm GMT).

With Saints sitting just one place and one point above the Canaries, it’s set to be another dramatic home encounter.

Block 43 is open to Southampton supporters with the match also on general sale.


Women secure dramatic cup upset

Southampton FC Women advanced in the FA Cup thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Yeovil Town on Sunday.

Having already defeated the Glovers last weekend in the FA National League Cup, a second cup upset was confirmed as Saints remained unbeaten in 2019/20.

Alisha Ware’s effort put Saints on course to victory before the hosts levelled late on in normal time, only for Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s side to net all five of their penalties to punish Alexis Bussell’s strike which came back off the crossbar.

Saints to support Stonewall's Rainbow Laces

Southampton Football Club is proud to once again be supporting Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaign in conjunction with the Premier League this year.

Saints are joining with their counterparts around the Premier League in backing the initiative, with Wednesday’s home game against Norwich City marking the club’s dedicated Rainbow Laces fixture.

In support of the LGBT community, the match will feature a Rainbow Laces pitch flag, ball plinth, handshake board and substitutes board, as well as a rainbow-coloured captain’s armband, and laces available for players and staff.


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Watch the Under-23s at Snows Stadium

Southampton Under-23’s next two fixtures will take place at AFC Totton’s Snows Stadium, including free admission to their local cup tie.

Kick off for their local tie with AFC Bournemouth is at 7pm GMT on Monday 2nd December, so come along to support the youngsters who are currently unbeaten in the competition.

Their next fixture will also take place at the Snows Stadium; a Premier League 2 meeting with Manchester City on Friday 6th December.

Tickets are £3 for adults whilst U16s go for free – tickets are payable on the gate (cash only).

Under-18s victorious

In similar fashion to the first-team, Southampton Under-18s came from behind to claim a Premier League win at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

Trailing to an early Seagulls opener, Saints’ youngsters fought back to claim a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Mikey Saunders and Marco Rus.

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Djenepo shortlisted for award

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has shortlisted Moussa Djenepo for its 2019 African Youth Player of the Year award.

Up against 15 other nominees - including Watford's Ismaïla Sarr - the list of nominees is compiled by a panel of media and technical professionals and the awards will take place on Tuesday 7th January 2020 in Hurghada, Egypt.

Palace and Spurs matches on general sale

Two of Southampton’s home fixtures over the festive period are now on general sale.

Saints will play host to Crystal Palace on Saturday 28th December (kick-off 3pm GMT) before welcoming Tottenham to St Mary’s on New Year’s Day (kick-off 3pm GMT).

Supporters can now claim tickets for both fixtures.


Online ePL qualification begins

The online qualification stage for the chance to represent Saints in the 2019/20 ePL begins on Monday (2nd December).

Taking place through until the 22nd December, the top 32 gamers will then head into the club playoff to determine who will represent Southampton at the finals of the EA SPORTS FIFA 20 tournament.

Think you have what it takes? It’s not too late to register by clicking here.


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