Saints hit for four by City as J-Rod suffers injury

Saints hit for four by City as J-Rod suffers injury

Saints hit for four by City as J-Rod suffers injury

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Saints slipped to a 4-1 defeat at Manchester City but of more concern was the fate of top scorer Jay Rodriguez.

He was stretchered off midway through the first half at the Etihad Stadium after landing very heavily on his right knee which twisted in the process.

Rodriguez appeared to be in tears of pain as he received treatment on the pitch while his teammates looked visibly shaken and upset by the serious looking injury.

With Roy Hodgson watching from the stands it will throw into doubt whether Rodriguez will recover in time for the World Cup.

The injury came after Rickie Lambert’s penalty had cancelled out an early Yaya Toure spot kick.

However, two City goals in first half stoppage time from Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko, the first of which should have been ruled out for a clear offside, and another in the second period from Stevan Jovetic meant Saints ended up leaving without any points and a potentially bad injury for their troubles.

City eased through the second half, but were sluggish before the break, despite getting off to a perfect start courtesy of Toure's 22nd goal of the season inside three minutes.

Dzeko got the better of Jose Fonte in the box and went down after the defender left a leg trailing for him to run into.

Southampton argued the Bosnian made the most of the contact, but there seemed no doubt it was a foul and Toure calmly sent back-up goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, playing for the injured Artur Boruc, the wrong way.

City could have doubled their lead moments later as they created a clear-cut opportunity for Nasri, but the Frenchman's low drive flew narrowly wide.

Despite their blistering start, City could not maintain the intensity and Southampton, with confidence still intact, clawed their way back into the contest.

City were given a warning as Rodriguez almost picked out Lambert with a dangerous cross and Adam Lallana was unlucky not to bring a Lambert ball under control.

Lambert was only just off-target from a free-kick, but City threatened again when Jesus Navas sliced wide after an appeal for handball against Dejan Lovren was denied.

Play was held up when Rodriguez went down in considerable agony, clutching his knee, after landing heavily when unchallenged.

The player was eventually carried off, to generous applause, on a stretcher, but there were fears his season - and World Cup chances - could be over.

Saints soon regained their composure, although City went close again as Dzeko thumped a header against the bar from Nasri's floated free-kick.

Jack Cork was tripped by Pablo Zabaleta as he burst into the box and Lambert maintained his 100 percent Saints penalty record to tuck home a deserved equaliser.

It might have got worse for City as Morgan Schneiderlin failed to take advantage of a clear opportunity from a corner.

But the visitors were stung as City hit them with two goals in first-half injury time.

They benefited from a huge slice of luck for the first of them as Dzeko flicked a pass from Toure into the path of a clearly offside David Silva.

Silva made the most of the opportunity as he set up Nasri for a simple close-range finish.

Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino complained to the officials and his frustration was compounded moments later as Dzeko headed in a third goal, off a post, from an Aleksandar Kolarov cross.

City wanted another penalty after the restart when a charging Toure went down following a challenge from Fonte and Lovren but this time referee Chris Foy was not interested.

Kolarov had a shot deflected over and Dzeko tested Gazzaniga before horribly miscuing from the rebound.

Gazzaniga saved with his feet from Navas and substitute Alvaro Negredo could not get past Fonte after being played through.

Lambert might have given Saints late hope but drove across goal from a good position before Toure was booked for diving for attempting to win another penalty.

Jovetic added the fourth, four minutes after replacing the influential Silva, when he tapped home a Navas cross after tricky work from the Spaniard.

Toure hit a post from edge of box as City eased towards a crucial victory.

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3:19pm Sat 5 Apr 14

husky-1 says...

""""""""REFEREE ALWAYS HURT THE SAINTS"""""" ... when in doubt, honk against the saints ... not just Mark Clattenburg ... other also .... definitely hurt the saints ..

Saints dominated the city ... but an illegal goal... more rodriguez injury ... more damage referee .. uffff

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""""""""REFEREE ALWAYS HURT THE SAINTS"""""" ... when in doubt, honk against the saints ... not just Mark Clattenburg ... other also .... definitely hurt the saints .. Saints dominated the city ... but an illegal goal... more rodriguez injury ... more damage referee .. uffff (google translator) husky-1
  • Score: 6

3:29pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Costa Baz says...

Hope the linesman gets dropped for such a massive, game changing error.

Saints were in charge of the game, until that moment. No excuse for getting it wrong as he didn't even need to move his head.

Poor, poor decision.
Hope the linesman gets dropped for such a massive, game changing error. Saints were in charge of the game, until that moment. No excuse for getting it wrong as he didn't even need to move his head. Poor, poor decision. Costa Baz
  • Score: 9

3:35pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Rising_Son says...

Sheer incompetence from the linesman.
Sheer incompetence from the linesman. Rising_Son
  • Score: 7

3:53pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Costa Baz says...

With Kelvin Davis seemingly always injured, and Gazza seemingly not yet ready for regular first team football, how about Darlow (Forest) or Marshall (Cardiff) as back up/competition for Artur?
With Kelvin Davis seemingly always injured, and Gazza seemingly not yet ready for regular first team football, how about Darlow (Forest) or Marshall (Cardiff) as back up/competition for Artur? Costa Baz
  • Score: 1

4:46pm Sat 5 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Palace 3 up, Punch got 2!
Palace 3 up, Punch got 2! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 3

5:03pm Sat 5 Apr 14

jrod11 says...

Stop moaning
Stop moaning jrod11
  • Score: -1

5:12pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Paul TS says...

Fonte again cost us one goal giving the penalty, great pen by Rickie, poor goal keeping cost us at least another goal. Hope Rod is ok, another game of 2 halves, fantastic in the first, then outplayed in the second.
Fonte again cost us one goal giving the penalty, great pen by Rickie, poor goal keeping cost us at least another goal. Hope Rod is ok, another game of 2 halves, fantastic in the first, then outplayed in the second. Paul TS
  • Score: 3

6:59pm Sat 5 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Paul TS wrote:
Fonte again cost us one goal giving the penalty, great pen by Rickie, poor goal keeping cost us at least another goal. Hope Rod is ok, another game of 2 halves, fantastic in the first, then outplayed in the second.
Would you really say that Fonte leaving a trailing leg out was a serious attempt to bring the City player down, to be a genuine Penalty the word intent comes into the decision, I saw no attempt to foul the City player who chose to go to ground far too easy and the Ref. was happy to buy it. Stop picking on individuals, it is a team game and if we lost it is because we were not quite up for it today and with no luck and no breaks we lost to a better team on the day.
[quote][p][bold]Paul TS[/bold] wrote: Fonte again cost us one goal giving the penalty, great pen by Rickie, poor goal keeping cost us at least another goal. Hope Rod is ok, another game of 2 halves, fantastic in the first, then outplayed in the second.[/p][/quote]Would you really say that Fonte leaving a trailing leg out was a serious attempt to bring the City player down, to be a genuine Penalty the word intent comes into the decision, I saw no attempt to foul the City player who chose to go to ground far too easy and the Ref. was happy to buy it. Stop picking on individuals, it is a team game and if we lost it is because we were not quite up for it today and with no luck and no breaks we lost to a better team on the day. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

7:02pm Sat 5 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Rising_Son wrote:
Sheer incompetence from the linesman.
The Referee was in a better position to see the flick on which I suspect the lino didn't see, he asssumed the ball had gone straight through the ruck of players. Watch the replays and see what the pundits say.
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: Sheer incompetence from the linesman.[/p][/quote]The Referee was in a better position to see the flick on which I suspect the lino didn't see, he asssumed the ball had gone straight through the ruck of players. Watch the replays and see what the pundits say. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 5

8:24pm Sat 5 Apr 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

The injury to J rod is far worse than today s result or referee ing . Fingers crossed He is better than the injury looked , as that was a bloody disaster
The injury to J rod is far worse than today s result or referee ing . Fingers crossed He is better than the injury looked , as that was a bloody disaster SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 7

8:51pm Sat 5 Apr 14

el caballo santos101 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
Sheer incompetence from the linesman.
The Referee was in a better position to see the flick on which I suspect the lino didn't see, he asssumed the ball had gone straight through the ruck of players. Watch the replays and see what the pundits say.
well then the linesman and ref should have spoken to each other, simple conversation, ref "was the player in an offside position when the ball that you couldn't see was played ?" linesman "yes, if it was played by a city player he was offside?" ref "yes it was, offside and free kick to Southampton!".
there all done in about 20 seconds, no need for any technology, not even the 2 way radio link between the ref and linesman that's been given to them so they can talk to each other easily.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: Sheer incompetence from the linesman.[/p][/quote]The Referee was in a better position to see the flick on which I suspect the lino didn't see, he asssumed the ball had gone straight through the ruck of players. Watch the replays and see what the pundits say.[/p][/quote]well then the linesman and ref should have spoken to each other, simple conversation, ref "was the player in an offside position when the ball that you couldn't see was played ?" linesman "yes, if it was played by a city player he was offside?" ref "yes it was, offside and free kick to Southampton!". there all done in about 20 seconds, no need for any technology, not even the 2 way radio link between the ref and linesman that's been given to them so they can talk to each other easily. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 4

9:33pm Sat 5 Apr 14

derek james says...

from winning 4-0 to losing 4-1 the next week, something is clearly amiss, why the sudden relapse from the meanest defence in november to possibly the most generous now?
from winning 4-0 to losing 4-1 the next week, something is clearly amiss, why the sudden relapse from the meanest defence in november to possibly the most generous now? derek james
  • Score: 2

9:46pm Sat 5 Apr 14

miltonnroad76 says...

derek james wrote:
from winning 4-0 to losing 4-1 the next week, something is clearly amiss, why the sudden relapse from the meanest defence in november to possibly the most generous now?
check the goals against colomn you will find saints are one of the top 8 defenses and we played man city who put 6 past arsenal etc this season...
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: from winning 4-0 to losing 4-1 the next week, something is clearly amiss, why the sudden relapse from the meanest defence in november to possibly the most generous now?[/p][/quote]check the goals against colomn you will find saints are one of the top 8 defenses and we played man city who put 6 past arsenal etc this season... miltonnroad76
  • Score: 6

9:53pm Sat 5 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

derek james wrote:
from winning 4-0 to losing 4-1 the next week, something is clearly amiss, why the sudden relapse from the meanest defence in november to possibly the most generous now?
I don't know, watch Match of the Day and come back with some suggestions.
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: from winning 4-0 to losing 4-1 the next week, something is clearly amiss, why the sudden relapse from the meanest defence in november to possibly the most generous now?[/p][/quote]I don't know, watch Match of the Day and come back with some suggestions. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 3

9:54pm Sat 5 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

el caballo santos101 wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
Sheer incompetence from the linesman.
The Referee was in a better position to see the flick on which I suspect the lino didn't see, he asssumed the ball had gone straight through the ruck of players. Watch the replays and see what the pundits say.
well then the linesman and ref should have spoken to each other, simple conversation, ref "was the player in an offside position when the ball that you couldn't see was played ?" linesman "yes, if it was played by a city player he was offside?" ref "yes it was, offside and free kick to Southampton!".
there all done in about 20 seconds, no need for any technology, not even the 2 way radio link between the ref and linesman that's been given to them so they can talk to each other easily.
You know that, I know that, most of us on the Forum know that, the problem was the ones that needed to know that, apparently didn't on this occasion.
[quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: Sheer incompetence from the linesman.[/p][/quote]The Referee was in a better position to see the flick on which I suspect the lino didn't see, he asssumed the ball had gone straight through the ruck of players. Watch the replays and see what the pundits say.[/p][/quote]well then the linesman and ref should have spoken to each other, simple conversation, ref "was the player in an offside position when the ball that you couldn't see was played ?" linesman "yes, if it was played by a city player he was offside?" ref "yes it was, offside and free kick to Southampton!". there all done in about 20 seconds, no need for any technology, not even the 2 way radio link between the ref and linesman that's been given to them so they can talk to each other easily.[/p][/quote]You know that, I know that, most of us on the Forum know that, the problem was the ones that needed to know that, apparently didn't on this occasion. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 5

9:08am Sun 6 Apr 14

lesham says...

My concern is that Lovren will see that Fonte is not up to his standard and this coupled with a desparate need for a good back up keeper will make him move on.
It must be hard for the rest of the team to play so well and get undone by a poor ref decision,a poor tackle and a keeper who is clearly not yet ready for Prem League.
Lets hope I am wrong or we get players in to rectify.
My concern is that Lovren will see that Fonte is not up to his standard and this coupled with a desparate need for a good back up keeper will make him move on. It must be hard for the rest of the team to play so well and get undone by a poor ref decision,a poor tackle and a keeper who is clearly not yet ready for Prem League. Lets hope I am wrong or we get players in to rectify. lesham
  • Score: 0

9:38am Sun 6 Apr 14

andoru says...

Not particularly bothered about the result to be honest - you expect to go to Man City and lose, so nothing lost there. It was a confident performance, with none of the players looking daunted by the challenge. I even thought Gazzaniga did okay. Sure, he made a couple of key mistakes, but he also made a couple of good blocks too, such as that Dzeko chance at point blank range and the one on one(ish) towards the end where he made the save around the penalty spot. He did well to get his hands up for the first of those and came off his line well and spread himself for the other. That shows he's learning. I still don't rate him as a Premier League goalkeeper, but then he wasn't bought to be one, so hardly his fault. I saw an improvement, and that's all that matters. The result didn't change much.

But, poor J-Rod. Looks as if his England hopes have gone to pot. Hodgson will have an easier decision to make now I suppose, but really a shame for Jay. He's come on so well this year.
Not particularly bothered about the result to be honest - you expect to go to Man City and lose, so nothing lost there. It was a confident performance, with none of the players looking daunted by the challenge. I even thought Gazzaniga did okay. Sure, he made a couple of key mistakes, but he also made a couple of good blocks too, such as that Dzeko chance at point blank range and the one on one(ish) towards the end where he made the save around the penalty spot. He did well to get his hands up for the first of those and came off his line well and spread himself for the other. That shows he's learning. I still don't rate him as a Premier League goalkeeper, but then he wasn't bought to be one, so hardly his fault. I saw an improvement, and that's all that matters. The result didn't change much. But, poor J-Rod. Looks as if his England hopes have gone to pot. Hodgson will have an easier decision to make now I suppose, but really a shame for Jay. He's come on so well this year. andoru
  • Score: 2

11:08am Sun 6 Apr 14

BAKER1965 says...

"The injury came after Rickie Lambert’s penalty had cancelled out an early Yaya Toure spot kick." No it didn't Echo it was 10 minutes before. Get well soon J-rod
"The injury came after Rickie Lambert’s penalty had cancelled out an early Yaya Toure spot kick." No it didn't Echo it was 10 minutes before. Get well soon J-rod BAKER1965
  • Score: 2

11:31am Sun 6 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

lesham wrote:
My concern is that Lovren will see that Fonte is not up to his standard and this coupled with a desparate need for a good back up keeper will make him move on.
It must be hard for the rest of the team to play so well and get undone by a poor ref decision,a poor tackle and a keeper who is clearly not yet ready for Prem League.
Lets hope I am wrong or we get players in to rectify.
A bit harsh on Jose, he seems to make one serious mistake a game and always seems to get punished for it, if you watch the game as a whole his performance was well up to the mark and has a good rapport with Dejan and they have been the reason that we have had a few shut outs this season. Yes we need to get a quality CB at the earliest opportunity and most of all we need a quality GK, nothing can be done until the Summer anyhow. Nothing we can do about the quality of the Officiating, we just have to live with that.
[quote][p][bold]lesham[/bold] wrote: My concern is that Lovren will see that Fonte is not up to his standard and this coupled with a desparate need for a good back up keeper will make him move on. It must be hard for the rest of the team to play so well and get undone by a poor ref decision,a poor tackle and a keeper who is clearly not yet ready for Prem League. Lets hope I am wrong or we get players in to rectify.[/p][/quote]A bit harsh on Jose, he seems to make one serious mistake a game and always seems to get punished for it, if you watch the game as a whole his performance was well up to the mark and has a good rapport with Dejan and they have been the reason that we have had a few shut outs this season. Yes we need to get a quality CB at the earliest opportunity and most of all we need a quality GK, nothing can be done until the Summer anyhow. Nothing we can do about the quality of the Officiating, we just have to live with that. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

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