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SAINTS PREPARE FOR FIRST MATCH, LAMBERT NAMED CLUB CAPTAIN
Has manager YNWA found two new strikers?
Southampton, Hampshire- The Saints have landed in Amsterdam for their much anticipated opening match against Ajax. Manager YNWA is optimistic about his clubs chances in the opener saying "the lads are playing good football, the boys are beginning to come together." However, what Southampton fans should worry about more may be the managers tendency to party with players, especially in a place like Amsterdam- we can only hope that the Saints come out ready to play. On another note, YNWA has named Merseysider Rickie Lambert club captain. He said of the striker, "he is an extraordinary footballer, he has many qualities, he can shoot well and he's skillful but what surprised me is his mentality." Another notable fact about Lambert is that he's a perfect 31 for 31 from the penalty spot since joining Southampton in 2009. Vice-captaincy honors were given to winger Adam Lallana, a product of the Saints solid youth academy.
SOUTHAMPTON FC STARTING XI BORUCCLYNE YOSHIDA FORREN FOXDAVIS SCHNEIDERLIN RAMIREZMAYUKA LAMBERT LALLANA
Oh when the Saints go marching in... The 2nd half
Saints Talisman, Striker Rickie Lambert #7
Amsterdam, Netherlands- The Saints kicked off their season with a 3-1 victory over a good Ajax side on the road. Manager YNWA seemed pleased after the game though he refused to comment. Southampton's attack was spearheaded by captain Rickie Lambert, who scored twice, and young Zambian winger Emmanuel Mayuka who assisted both of Lambert's goals. Gaston Ramirez, Morgan Schneiderlin and Stephen Davis (who also scored) controlled the midfield well and helped the Saints possess the ball for the majority of the game (59%). Ajax was led by world-class Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen who scored on a PK thanks to a sloppy Maya Yoshida tackle in the box.
-Christian Eriksen kicked off the scoring with a PK in the 22'.
-Rickie Lambert found the back of the net on a header thanks to a classy cross from Emmanuel Mayuka in the 59'.
- Stephen Davis scored off his own deflected shot in the 83'.
-Rickie Lambert scored once more in the 89' after Emmanuel Mayuka found him on a breakaway and Lambert would not miss.
Southampton moves to 2-0-0, unlikely hero Steven Davis scores twice Davis celebrates his 60' goal
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro- Southampton took care of business in their second match of the season against a good Fluminense side. The Saints controlled the pace of the game from the get-go and finally broke through with a 60' goal from Steven Davis after Gaston Ramirez's shot hit the woodwork and bounced right to Davis. Davis added a brace in the 84' thanks to a delightful pass from Rickie Lambert. Davis, the former Rangers midfielder, has manager YNWA thanking the Scottish club for not being able to manage their money. Manager YNWA said after the game: "The lads shrugged off the beautiful scenery (Brazilian women) and put together 90 minutes of satisfactory football that Saints fans can be proud of. We'll head home, take a day off and then get ready to host Bologna. I know the St. Mary's Stadium will give our boys a warm welcome and I think they deserve it." Manager YNWA, whose grandparents emigrated from Sicily, Italy, is said to hold Italian football to a high regard and outside of his dream job (Liverpool) would potentially leave his post to take over an Italian club if he felt it was the right fit.
Saints draw tough Barcelona B on the Road, 0-0.
Manager YNWA seen here coaching up his squad.
[Barcelona, Spain] After a home win against Bologna and a tough loss in a cup fixture, Southampton traveled to Spain to take on Barcelona B. It was a physical match with neither team getting many opportunities to score. Barca B had a chance late in the first half but the header, to Manager YNWA's delight, found the post and was quickly cleared by Saints starlet Nathaniel Clyne. The second half was much of the same with Saints skipper Rickie Lambert failing to capitalize on a header after a nice cross from Emmanuel Mayuka and then once again in stoppage time on a corner kick from Adam Lallana.
Manager YNWA was pleased with his club following the match: "The lads understood that we had to control possession and pick our spots in attack if we were to have success. We don't match up well against this club and could not afford to get in a track meet as we just don't have the pace to keep up. I thought the guys did well in executing the game plan and limiting our mistakes. Artur [the keeper] picked up his 3rd clean sheet of the season and I have to commend our defence on bottling up a dynamic Barca attack. Manager guayo is a class manager and any time you can get points in a fixture against his club you have to label it a success."
The Saints are now prepping for their fixture against bigox's Sao Paolo squad led by striker Luis Fabiano who Manager YNWA described as "a nightmare."
Southampton F.C. Mid-Season Report Serie C: 2nd place (9-2-2) at 29 points.Coppa: Eliminated
TEAM STATSGOALS 24SHOTS 129SOT 81 (62.79%)ASSISTS 15AVG. POSS. 56.58%TACKLES 185FOULS 7YC 0 RC 0
1. Gaston Ramirez 7
2. Rickie Lambert 6
3. Steven Davis 5
4. Morgan Schneiderlin 3
5. Emmanuel Mayuka 2
6. Nathaniel Clyne 1
1. Emmanuel Mayuka 6
2. Rickie Lambert 4
3. Gaston Ramirez 3
4. Jay Rodriguez 2
-Southampton may be the most possession-oriented club in Serie C. They have the ball an average of 57% of matches.
-Southampton is precise in tackles. They foul only on 3.7% of them and have not been carded in 13 league matches.
-Southampton puts shots on target 63% of the time. From this, they score on 29% of those shots. So, 18% of Saint's attempts result in goals.
-Southampton's attack is balanced. Three players have over 5 league goals. Six different players have scored. Their leading scorer, Gaston Ramirez, has been involved in 42% of the goals.
-Steven Davis is really annoying to opposing clubs. All 5 of his goals have come from well inside the box.
-Adam Lallana is horrible (more below).
-Southampton was 0-4-0 in Coppa matches. They deserved every loss. Manager YNWA and his club are not on the same level as Serie A managers and clubs.
-This season will all ride on promotion via playoff and will be a disappointment if promotion isn't achieved. Saints sit comfortably in 2nd place and should be close to clinching (if they haven't already) a spot in the promotion playoff likely against Ajax or Sao Paolo.
Key Remaining Matches- vs. Barcelona B, vs. Sao Paolo, Promotion Playoff
TOP XI PLAYERS (based on performance)
1. Gaston Ramirez
2. Emmanuel Mayuka
3. Steven Davis
4. Artur Boruc
5. Maya Yoshida
6. Rickie Lambert
7. Morgan Schneiderlin
8. Vegard Forren
9. Nathaniel Clyne
10. Jay Rodriguez
11. Luke Shaw
MVP- Gaston Ramirez
The Uruguayan International playmaker is the easy choice for MVP if the season were to end today. He's responsible for a team-high 10 goals and 3 assists in all competitions. Arriving from Bologna for 12 million pounds, Ramirez has been the X-factor for a no nonsense Saints attack. Ramirez began the season in an attacking midfielder role until Manager YNWA added him to the strike force as Lambert struggled during a 4 game stretch that saw Southampton earn only 5 points. Since the switch, Southampton is on a 5-game winning streak that has seen them jump from 4th to 2nd in the Serie C table.
Bust- Adam Lallana
Adam Lallana is the big disappointment thus far. After 8 matches that featured lackluster-at-best play, Manager YNWA benched Lallana in favor of Jay Rodriguez. His reasons for doing this were obvious. Lallana was lost. He was a liability defensively and he struggled in attack from his midfield role. It is probably no coincidence that since Lallana's benching-Southampton has not lost. Lallana was left off the top XI player listing.
*Stats reflect only Serie C matches- hoping to do more statistical analysis in the coming seasons.
Also, after researching the stats, hats off to Frenchie1916 for keeping up with all the divisional stats because it's a tedious task.
Manager YNWA is always up for some friendlies (PSN: BillShankley18). Overall, it's been a solid first campaign for the club.
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