Saints survive late Norwich scare

Basingstoke Gazette: Sam Gallagher makes the points safe with his first Premier League goal. Sam Gallagher makes the points safe with his first Premier League goal.

Saints survived a late comeback attempt from Norwich to win a thrilling game 4-2 at St Mary's.

Basingstoke Gazette:

Goals from Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and Sam Gallagher did the damage, as Mauricio Pochettino's side moved up to eighth in the Premier League at the end of a week in which Ralph Krueger was appointed chairman.

Things are far less rosy at Norwich, with this defeat a bad start to a vital few weeks that may well define their fate, given they face Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in the final four fixtures.

City deserve credit for the way they reduced the deficit but that will do little to alleviate the pressure on manager Chris Hughton, who was subjected to chants of "you don't know what you're doing" after making a triple second-half substitution.

By that point Norwich were behind to a fine early team goal by Schneiderlin and a Lambert effort just a minute after he replaced captain Adam Lallana.

Basingstoke Gazette:

The onwatching Roy Hodgson will been impressed by the forward's impact as he also provided the assist for Rodriguez, before City attempted a remarkable comeback.

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Sloppy play allowed Johan Elmander and Robert Snodgrass to reduce the deficit and set up a tense finale, although 18-year-old Gallagher's first Premier League goal put the game out of sight and will raise fresh questions over Hughton's future.

The Norwich boss made five alterations to the side held to a 1-1 draw by Stoke last weekend, so it was perhaps no surprise that they began shakily.

Basingstoke Gazette:

Gaston Ramirez, making his first league start since New Year's Day, headed over inside the opening 90 seconds and then provided the opening goal with just five minutes on the clock.

Steven Davis, Rodriguez and Ramirez were all involved in the move, with the latter playing a wonderfully weighted ball through for Schneiderlin to turn past John Ruddy.

Davis glanced a header wide soon after the Frenchman's 10th goal for Saints, before Joseph Yobo used his strength and experience to stop Rodriguez getting a shot away after latching onto a fine Lallana pass.

James Ward-Prowse did well to stop Gary Hooper capitalising on defensive confusion in a rare moment of respite for Norwich, who soon saw Davis and Ramirez come close from the edge of the box.

Referee Kevin Friend waved away appeals from Norwich's players for handball against Jose Fonte on the edge of the Saints box. Eight City players surrounded the referee in the next break of play, which was soon followed by Hooper wasting Norwich's best chance of the half by firing into the side-netting.

Basingstoke Gazette:

Davis was booked for a strong challenge on Martin Olsson as frustrations began to come to the surface, with the Norwich full-back involving in a tussle with Rodriguez soon after.

Anthony Pilkington was booked for attempting to turn in a Hooper cross with his arm and Southampton fans became audibly frustrated with Artur Boruc's poor kicking as half-time approached.

The Poland goalkeeper continued to look shaky when play resumed, although Saints were back in the ascendancy.

Ward-Prowse forced Ruddy into action with a 25-yard strike, before the teenager sent in a corner which Rodriguez nodded just wide.

In an attempt to put the match to bed, Pochettino surprisingly withdrew captain Lallana after 57 minutes - but it reaped immediate rewards.

Fonte's long ball was flicked on as Ramirez put pressure on the Norwich defence, with the ball falling kindly for Lambert, who turned past Yobo and slotted impressively past Ruddy.

The goal saw Hughton take drastic action, bringing on Elmander, Nathan Redmond and Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the 65th minute.

Basingstoke Gazette:

However, Saints soon pulled further ahead. Ruddy did wonderfully to deny substitute Guly do Prado, but the rebound fell for Lambert to flick onto Rodriguez to net.

The England forward rattled the crossbar with an incredible long-range effort and Ruddy denied Lambert as Saints looked to pull further ahead, before Norwich launched an improbable comeback.

Basingstoke Gazette:

With 85 minutes on the clock, a wayward Fonte backpass fell kindly for Elmander and the on-loan striker slotted coolly past Boruc.

A minute later and more sloppy Saints play saw Norwich further reduce the deficit.

This time Guly was the guilty party, losing possession as Van Wolfswinkel tested Boruc and Snodgrass struck home the rebound.

Basingstoke Gazette:

It was an ending few could have predicted and, having held on following an injury to Dejan Lovren, Saints broke to put the game out of sight. A slip from Yobo saw Davis race through and square for teenager Gallagher, whose shot crossed the line before it was hacked away.

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5:32pm Sat 15 Mar 14

el caballo santos101 says...

2 mistakes gave them their goals and made it look more difficult than it should have been.
J-rod was immense again today and SRL looked to be back on form. happy to see spider back on the score sheet and great for Big Sam to get his goal.
apart from the mistakes the only other let down for me was JWP, I don't think being in the centre of the pitch is his best position, I feel he is a lot better playing on the right but s. davis has been playing too good to drop. too many missed passes from JWP and he wasn't able to get forward to help the attack. I`m not blaming JWP just feel he was out of position and had a poor game. for the first goal I wonder if Big Vic or cork would have been more aware that fonte was going to pass it back, maybe not and again I`m not faulting JWP for the goal.
still its great to get a win and score 4 goals. Norwich offered very little and it was only our mistakes that gave them any hope.
luke, lalla, SRL and especially J-rod really helped their chances of being called up to the world cup squad today.
lets push on, keep winning and catch and go past manure in the league.
COYR`s
2 mistakes gave them their goals and made it look more difficult than it should have been. J-rod was immense again today and SRL looked to be back on form. happy to see spider back on the score sheet and great for Big Sam to get his goal. apart from the mistakes the only other let down for me was JWP, I don't think being in the centre of the pitch is his best position, I feel he is a lot better playing on the right but s. davis has been playing too good to drop. too many missed passes from JWP and he wasn't able to get forward to help the attack. I`m not blaming JWP just feel he was out of position and had a poor game. for the first goal I wonder if Big Vic or cork would have been more aware that fonte was going to pass it back, maybe not and again I`m not faulting JWP for the goal. still its great to get a win and score 4 goals. Norwich offered very little and it was only our mistakes that gave them any hope. luke, lalla, SRL and especially J-rod really helped their chances of being called up to the world cup squad today. lets push on, keep winning and catch and go past manure in the league. COYR`s el caballo santos101
  • Score: 5

5:42pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Love the 2 pics above of Sam scoring and celebrating his goal. Today, he's achieved a dream that all of us on here will have had - a first prem goal in a Saints' shirt. Well done, Sam, enjoy the moment and cherish it forever.

(Not so sure about the pic of Roy - what's he staring at and why does he have such a pervy look on his face? - Just asking!)
Love the 2 pics above of Sam scoring and celebrating his goal. Today, he's achieved a dream that all of us on here will have had - a first prem goal in a Saints' shirt. Well done, Sam, enjoy the moment and cherish it forever. (Not so sure about the pic of Roy - what's he staring at and why does he have such a pervy look on his face? - Just asking!) Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 10

5:51pm Sat 15 Mar 14

up saints says...

southampton do nothing the easy way i would of took 4-2 at 3 oclock
southampton do nothing the easy way i would of took 4-2 at 3 oclock up saints
  • Score: 8

5:55pm Sat 15 Mar 14

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH says...

6TH IN THE FORM TABLE. 8TH IN THE LEAGUE AND UPWARDLY MOBILE.

A WIN IN THE SUN WITH THE SAINTS FANS ON TOP - ITCHEN NORTH AT THE TOP WAS ROCKING WITH THE THIRD GOAL.

A GOOD DAYS WORK AND A GOOD DAY OUT. WELL DONE SAM ON THE 4TH GOAL - TO MORGAN AND THE IMPACT OF RICKIE FROM THE BENCH. (HE'S OFF TO BRAZIL)

WELL DONE TO ALL THE HOME SAINTS SUPPORTERS - THE GOAL SCORERS AND THE MANAGER.

TOGETHER AS ONE..

RED AND WHITE - WE HATE POMPEY. COYR.
6TH IN THE FORM TABLE. 8TH IN THE LEAGUE AND UPWARDLY MOBILE. A WIN IN THE SUN WITH THE SAINTS FANS ON TOP - ITCHEN NORTH AT THE TOP WAS ROCKING WITH THE THIRD GOAL. A GOOD DAYS WORK AND A GOOD DAY OUT. WELL DONE SAM ON THE 4TH GOAL - TO MORGAN AND THE IMPACT OF RICKIE FROM THE BENCH. (HE'S OFF TO BRAZIL) WELL DONE TO ALL THE HOME SAINTS SUPPORTERS - THE GOAL SCORERS AND THE MANAGER. TOGETHER AS ONE.. RED AND WHITE - WE HATE POMPEY. COYR. REDARMYRULETHESOUTH
  • Score: 9

6:15pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Costa Baz says...

Just shows how quickly a game can turn.
At 3-0, and cruising, we hit the woodwork and then Lambo missed a sitter, although credit to Ruddy for getting in his block, then two errors and two goals conceded.
Made for a tense few minutes.
I was wondering if JWP would have taken a red card, for the team, had it just been 1-0 when the first bad pass was made. He seemed to make a half attempt to "interfere" with Elmander.
Good three points, in the end.
Just shows how quickly a game can turn. At 3-0, and cruising, we hit the woodwork and then Lambo missed a sitter, although credit to Ruddy for getting in his block, then two errors and two goals conceded. Made for a tense few minutes. I was wondering if JWP would have taken a red card, for the team, had it just been 1-0 when the first bad pass was made. He seemed to make a half attempt to "interfere" with Elmander. Good three points, in the end. Costa Baz
  • Score: 3

6:53pm Sat 15 Mar 14

upwherewebelong says...

don't think it can be described as a comeback attempt rather our arrogant egotistical defenders and midfielders giving up and playing like idiots to gift Norwich two thoroughly undeserved goals. I felt sorry for MP as it was clear the players weren't playing how they are told to. I think the summer will be vital for us in the transfer market and I hope we are targetting 2 defenders who will further improve our squad.
don't think it can be described as a comeback attempt rather our arrogant egotistical defenders and midfielders giving up and playing like idiots to gift Norwich two thoroughly undeserved goals. I felt sorry for MP as it was clear the players weren't playing how they are told to. I think the summer will be vital for us in the transfer market and I hope we are targetting 2 defenders who will further improve our squad. upwherewebelong
  • Score: 2

8:12pm Sat 15 Mar 14

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire says...

Bizarre game
Spider gets rare goal.
Rickiiieeeee and J Rod score in front of Hodgson
Big Sam scores his first premiership goal
How good is that?

Yet I feel irritated
Bizarre game Spider gets rare goal. Rickiiieeeee and J Rod score in front of Hodgson Big Sam scores his first premiership goal How good is that? Yet I feel irritated There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire
  • Score: 4

8:15pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Norwegian Saint says...

Distinct lack of Skunt on here today... how did the little fishey smelly ones get on today?
Has their ever been a bigger divide between the clubs?
Distinct lack of Skunt on here today... how did the little fishey smelly ones get on today? Has their ever been a bigger divide between the clubs? Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 6

8:15pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Norwegian Saint says...

Let's be aving you..... Where are you??? Wheeeeerrrreee are yoooou???

Oops.... Wrong quote... Hold on.... Yes... Here we go....

Prince Andrew - A Prince (also collector of air miles)
Cathy Dennis - Singer
Simon Thomas - Sky sports
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Singer (of sorts)
David Frost - TV Presenter
Stephen Fry - Comedian
Delia Smith - Chef
The Darkness -Pop Group
Hugh Jackman - Actor
Colman's mustard - yes even you....
.....
..... Are you listening....???
.....
.....
"Your boys took one hell of a beating..... a HELL of a beating!!!"
Let's be aving you..... Where are you??? Wheeeeerrrreee are yoooou??? Oops.... Wrong quote... Hold on.... Yes... Here we go.... Prince Andrew - A Prince (also collector of air miles) Cathy Dennis - Singer Simon Thomas - Sky sports Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Singer (of sorts) David Frost - TV Presenter Stephen Fry - Comedian Delia Smith - Chef The Darkness -Pop Group Hugh Jackman - Actor Colman's mustard - yes even you.... ..... ..... Are you listening....??? ..... ..... "Your boys took one hell of a beating..... a HELL of a beating!!!" Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 4

8:35pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Costa Baz says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Let's be aving you..... Where are you??? Wheeeeerrrreee are yoooou???

Oops.... Wrong quote... Hold on.... Yes... Here we go....

Prince Andrew - A Prince (also collector of air miles)
Cathy Dennis - Singer
Simon Thomas - Sky sports
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Singer (of sorts)
David Frost - TV Presenter
Stephen Fry - Comedian
Delia Smith - Chef
The Darkness -Pop Group
Hugh Jackman - Actor
Colman's mustard - yes even you....
.....
..... Are you listening....???
.....
.....
"Your boys took one hell of a beating..... a HELL of a beating!!!"
What about Bernard Matthews? Or at least his turkeys.
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Let's be aving you..... Where are you??? Wheeeeerrrreee are yoooou??? Oops.... Wrong quote... Hold on.... Yes... Here we go.... Prince Andrew - A Prince (also collector of air miles) Cathy Dennis - Singer Simon Thomas - Sky sports Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Singer (of sorts) David Frost - TV Presenter Stephen Fry - Comedian Delia Smith - Chef The Darkness -Pop Group Hugh Jackman - Actor Colman's mustard - yes even you.... ..... ..... Are you listening....??? ..... ..... "Your boys took one hell of a beating..... a HELL of a beating!!!"[/p][/quote]What about Bernard Matthews? Or at least his turkeys. Costa Baz
  • Score: 6

9:11pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Clever Dick says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Distinct lack of Skunt on here today... how did the little fishey smelly ones get on today?
Has their ever been a bigger divide between the clubs?
They lost 3-1 . Can't quite remember who they were playing. Something like Fleetwood Village I think. Can't say I keep up to date with teams in the bargain basement. Interestingly most of the teams around them picked up points too. So we need to support Northampton for a while and if they can get out of the bottom 2 the skunts might just sneak into the relegation spot they so richly deserve.
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Distinct lack of Skunt on here today... how did the little fishey smelly ones get on today? Has their ever been a bigger divide between the clubs?[/p][/quote]They lost 3-1 . Can't quite remember who they were playing. Something like Fleetwood Village I think. Can't say I keep up to date with teams in the bargain basement. Interestingly most of the teams around them picked up points too. So we need to support Northampton for a while and if they can get out of the bottom 2 the skunts might just sneak into the relegation spot they so richly deserve. Clever Dick
  • Score: 4

12:54pm Sun 16 Mar 14

BAKER1965 says...

"The onwatching Roy Hodgson will been impressed by the forward's impact as he also provided the assist for Rodriguez, before City attempted a remarkable comeback. " Judging from the Echo photograph Mr Hodgson was more impressed with someone else.
"The onwatching Roy Hodgson will been impressed by the forward's impact as he also provided the assist for Rodriguez, before City attempted a remarkable comeback. " Judging from the Echo photograph Mr Hodgson was more impressed with someone else. BAKER1965
  • Score: 2

2:23pm Sun 16 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Clever Dick wrote:
Norwegian Saint wrote:
Distinct lack of Skunt on here today... how did the little fishey smelly ones get on today?
Has their ever been a bigger divide between the clubs?
They lost 3-1 . Can't quite remember who they were playing. Something like Fleetwood Village I think. Can't say I keep up to date with teams in the bargain basement. Interestingly most of the teams around them picked up points too. So we need to support Northampton for a while and if they can get out of the bottom 2 the skunts might just sneak into the relegation spot they so richly deserve.
Pompey were confused by the fact that they were playing at the Highbury Stadium! Should have felt at home with great smell of fish though. Beaten by the Cod Army, you couldn't write the script!
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Distinct lack of Skunt on here today... how did the little fishey smelly ones get on today? Has their ever been a bigger divide between the clubs?[/p][/quote]They lost 3-1 . Can't quite remember who they were playing. Something like Fleetwood Village I think. Can't say I keep up to date with teams in the bargain basement. Interestingly most of the teams around them picked up points too. So we need to support Northampton for a while and if they can get out of the bottom 2 the skunts might just sneak into the relegation spot they so richly deserve.[/p][/quote]Pompey were confused by the fact that they were playing at the Highbury Stadium! Should have felt at home with great smell of fish though. Beaten by the Cod Army, you couldn't write the script! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 2

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