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Saints’ resurgence continues at Leicester
Southampton made it five wins out of six and three away victories on the bounce with perhaps the most impressive result of the lot – a 2-1 success at Leicester on Saturday.
Having to come from behind at the King Power Stadium, Saints bounced back to cancel out Dennis Praet’s first-half opener with Stuart Armstrong’s first goal of the season, before Danny Ings struck a late winner for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men.
Saints remain 12th in the Premier League, just four points off sixth-placed Sheffield United.
Women hit eight to thrash Chesham
Southampton FC Women strengthened their position at the top of National League Division One South West with a comprehensive 8-2 thrashing of Chesham.
Seven different players found the net as the goals were shared around at Snows Stadium, where Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s team led 3-0 at half time.
Georgie Freeland, Ella Morris, Rachel Panting, Shannon Sievwright, Sophia Pharoah, Ella Pusey and a Shannon Albuery brace completed the scoring.
Under-23s face Liverpool tonight
Southampton Under-23s return to Premier League 2 action this evening with a tricky trip to Liverpool (kick-off 7pm GMT).
Dave Horseman’s side drew 1-1 at home to Everton last time out at Staplewood, and the coach is expecting a tough test on Merseyside.
“They could be playing some of the young lads that beat Everton the other night,” he said. “This will be one of the toughest tests we’ve got in a long time, but we’ve got a lot of belief in our players here.”
Saints bow out of Youth Cup
Southampton Under-18s exited the FA Youth Cup after a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal on Thursday night.
Matthew Dennis scored the only goal of the game 10 minutes from time at Meadow Park, home to National League club Boreham Wood.
Coach Paul Hardyman was proud of his youngsters’ performance, saying he felt Saints were the better team on the night.
Ferry pens two-year extension
Young winger Will Ferry has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at the club until June 2022.
The Republic of Ireland Under-19 international, who penned his first professional contract in 2017, has been rewarded for a string of impressive displays for the club’s Under-23s.
Ferry was named Academy Young Player of the Year in 2018/19, grabbing six goals and 10 assists for the Under-23s and Under-18s combined.
Imperial Cars partner with Women’s team
Southampton Football Club is delighted to welcome Imperial Cars as an Official Partner of its Women’s team.
The multiple award-winning used car retailer, which has its headquarters in Southampton, is proudly supporting the side’s goal of reaching the Women’s Super League and will sponsor the back of the players’ shorts through to the end of the 2020/21 season.
The company became one of the club’s valued Regional Partners at the beginning of this season, and has now enhanced its commitment by extending its backing to the highly-successful Women’s setup, which currently tops Division One South West of the FA Women’s National League.
Saints remember Jimmy Shields
Southampton Football Club was saddened to hear of the passing of former centre-forward Jimmy Shields.
Shields scored 22 goals in 43 appearances for Saints after becoming Ted Bates’s first signing in 1956.
Club historian David Bull paid tribute to Shields, who died at the age of 88, with an appreciation on the club website.
Klarer joins SKN St Pölten
Young Southampton defender Christoph Klarer has joined Austrian side SKN St Pölten on loan for the remainder of the season.
The 19-year-old centre-back has moved back to his homeland for the coming months as he takes up an exciting opportunity to continue his development.
Klarer, who recently signed a new contract until 2021 at St Mary’s and is a regular for Southampton’s Under-23s team, links up with St Pölten, who are ninth in the Austrian Bundesliga.
Wolves tickets for £1
Saints return to St Mary’s on Saturday and we’ve got some great savings on tickets to help you beat the January blues.
Junior tickets for the Premier League clash against Wolves (kick-off 3pm GMT) are available at £1 for Under-11s and £5 for Under-18s across the Family Stand, Itchen South, Wings and Goals areas.
Tickets are currently on general sale and selling fast for the visit of Nuno Espírito Santo's team – make sure you act fast to secure your seats!