Season Review 2012/2013

Season review


The season for Saints never really started until a cold November afternoon in West London, however according to the OS it actually began on Saturday the 14th of July, in the one everyone wants to win……. Thats right “The Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup”. Saints impressively welcomed Arsenal, Belgian champions Anderlecht and The Olympic Torch (remember all that malarkey)  to Saint Mary’s to battle it out for a trophy in the shape of a polar bear (Don’t ask.) Saints opened the tournament against Anderlecht with a loss thanks to a goal from Tom De Sutter. Next Arsenal faced Anderlecht.  In the only non-saints game of the afternoon with Henri Lansbury scoring for The Gunners to give them the win. Then came a slightly disappointing piece of news saying neither The Ox nor Walcott would face there old sides, oh well. On the flip side we beat them on penalties with possibly the highlight of the afternoon, Tommy Forecast in goal! The cup was lifted by Arsenal in the end, with a huge over reaction.

For the pre-season tour it was off to The Alps to face the mighty Étoile Carouge and Évian Thonon Gaillard. In the first game Big-Jos scored his first of four own goals, however a superb second half hat-trick from Billy Sharp, helped saints recover to clinch a 4-1 win over a third division Swiss-side, wow we really must be going places. In the second game however we faced much sterner opposition, une deuxième équipe Française de division (A second division French team.) The change in difficulty showed and we could only manage a 1-0 win. Saints travelled back with a 100% record of games played outside England, which they retained throughout the season.

Back in the UK Saints still had 4 games to play before the season began. One thing that was notable in our opposition had been contrasts, for example one minute we were playing Dutch Champions Ajax, and the next we were playing Bristol or from Udinese to Wolves. Anyhow, So as I said, we had 4 friendlies left, We lost 1-0 to Ajax, beat Wolves 2-0, with Billy Sharp scoring yet another to add to his tally. We drew 1-1 away at Bristol City, and got ripped apart 4-0 by Italian Udinese.


Nigel made 8 additions to the first team squad in the summer, starting as early as 10th of June and finishing at 21:45 on August the 31st.

Jay Rodriguez:  J-Rod became our first signing of the summer, and our record signing. The Striker signed for £7 Million on the 10th of June after Saints held of Everton, Aston Villa and Wigan to land the Burnley hit-man.

Nathaniel Clyne: The 21 year old right back signed a four year deal.The defender was out of contract at Palace, who will be due compensation for the academy graduate as he is under the age of 24. If a fee cannot be agreed between the clubs, it would go to a tribunal.

Paulo Gazzaniga:The 20-year-old Argentinian keeper joined from Gillingham club for an undisclosed fee.

Maya Yoshida: Japanese international defender Maya Yoshida agreed to join the Club from Dutch side VVV-Venlo.

 Emmanuel Mayuka: Saints signed Zambia striker Emmanuel Mayuka from Young Boys Berne for an undisclosed fee. The 21-year-old has signed a five-year deal.

Gaston Ramirez: The star signing of the summer signed with little over an hour to spare. Saints shelled out £12 million for the midfielder.

Check “Oh When The Saints” regularly throughout the summer for the next part of The Season Review.

Southampton 1-1 West Ham United

Lambert goal?

The Saints battled hard to get a well-earned draw against a solid West Ham side taking another huge step towards confirming their Premier League status.

Ricky Lambert came close to opening the scoring before Jussi Jaaskelainen somehow clawed it of the line, while Hammers striker Andy Carroll (Who was humorously dubbed “The Horse” by the attending Saints fans) thumped his volley wide from close range.

Lambert again caught the Hammer fans with their hearts in their mouths after good work from Jack Cork on the wing managed to curl an appetising ball into the leading english goal scorer who placed his header inches wide on the stroke of half time.

It was Saints who struck first though, after the ball fell kindly to Gaston Ramirez who took no prisoner’s with a scorching finish from inside the box. Having seen his initial shot blocked by James Collins he found himself through on goal finishing fiercely past a helpless Jaaskelainen

This kicked the Hammers into action, however they needed a deflected free kick to get past a wrong footed  Artur Boruc in the Saints goal. After the game Jos Hoovield questioned Mike Deans decision to award the free kick and replays showed the centre back had a point.

This prompted Mauricio Pochettino to bring on the inform Jay Rodriguez who had been demoted to the bench due to a sickness bug doing the rounds in the Saints camp. He immediately made an impact on the game showing off his pace and ability to beat defenders and came tantalizingly close to providing the vital goal the men in red and white so desperately wanted. The young striker hit the ball sweetly after a direct run only to be denied by the outstretched left arm of Jaaskelainen

From the off it was obvious to see the men with “the accents” were going to play a direct and physical game, which the men “from the coast” on the whole dealt with well sticking to their game plan for the full 90 minutes and where arguably the better of two sides, even though the horrendous conditions much favoured the away team

Last season this was a championship fixture, However now due to a run of form from The Saints and it has to be said a strong season all round from The Hammers, this now is classed as a mid-table fixture.

Saints are surely now a couple of wins away from confirming there premier league status for next season while the top 10 is starting to become a real possibility.