B Team Preview: Fulham vs Saints

By SFC Media time Thu 09 Sep Fulham vs Saints
Photo by Isabelle Field | Lewis Payne

Southampton’s B team look to bag their first win in Premier League 2, Division 2 with a trip to Fulham on Friday night.

THE MATCH

Fulham vs Saints
Premier League 2, Division 2
Motspur Park
Friday 10th September, 7pm BST

Saints return to league action after picking up a valuable away point in the Premier League Cup last Thursday at Arsenal.

Dave Horseman’s men have picked up just one point from their opening three matches in the league but will be looking to change their fortunes on Friday.

Meanwhile, Fulham have got off to a flying start in the league picking up seven points from a possible nine in their opening three games.

Having finished the 2020/21 season in tenth, it’s been an impressive showing so far from Mark Pembridge’s side.

LAST MEETING

Saints’ Under-23’s last met Fulham in February 2019, where they claimed a 2-1 victory over the West London side.

Saints went ahead before the half-time whistle through a Will Smallbone goal, assisted by now first team regular Nathan Tella.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Nathan Tella (right) during the U23s PL2 match between Southampton FC and Fulham FC pictured at Staplewood Complex on February 15, 2019 in Southampton, England. (Photo by James Bridle - Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Nathan Tella in action against Fulham in February 2019

When play resumed, Will Ferry caught Jonathan Afolabi on the break to double Saints’ lead.

The visitors didn’t make it easy for Saints, though, with Jayden John-Lloyd Harris claiming one back upon the 79-minute mark.

MANAGER'S NOTES


“I think it’ll be another really tough game,” said B team head coach Dave Horseman. “They’re one of the better teams in the league this year, I think.

it's going to be a tough one but we're developing nicely

dave horseman
on friday's clash with fulham

“There has not been a huge problem with the performances but the grit and determination in the key moments we’ve been lacking. We had a little more of that [against Arsenal].

“If we continue to do that we’ll get results this year. We’ve definitely got good players and some really good young ones coming in who are going to push these.

“I think Southampton’s got talent. I think the team are a great team, they’ve got a great bunch of people but they have to show that more often, more consistently to turn that into a good points total at the end of the season."

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