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FA Cup semi-final: Chelsea 2-0 Southampton

Chelsea booked their place in the FA Cup final with a 2-0 win over Saints at Wembley. Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata netted for the Blues.

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Leicester 0-0 Southampton

Leicester and Southampton played out a goalless draw at the King Power Stadium.

Reaction from Saints boss Mark Hughes:
REACTION: Here is #SaintsFC boss Mark Hughes speaking with @AdamBlackmore after the 0-0 draw at Leicester City.https://t.co/6oxXGHQXsTpic.twitter.com/sOi7hH8YaQ — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) April 19, 2018

Southampton 2-3 Chelsea

Southampton threw away a two-goal lead at home to concede three goals in the space of eight second-half minutes.

Dušan Tadić and Jan Bednarek put Saints two up before goals from Olivier Giroud (2) & Eden Hazard hit back for Chelsea to win.

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'We lost concentration'

Mark Hughes says #SaintsFC need to learn from their defensive mistakes and learn quickly!

Reaction 👉 https://t.co/vyf4IrWJoTpic.twitter.com/F78EmxmYXw — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) April 14, 2018

Arsenal 3-2 Southampton

Southampton put in a spirited performance at the Emirates scoring twice through Shane Long and Charlie Austin. Saints came away empty-handed though as Arsenal narrowly edged the five-goal thriller 3-2.
Mark Hughes: "Apart from the key moments which led to goals, I thought our performance was good.

"Once we were behind, we had to show a lot of character and I was pleased by what I saw. I wanted to see that kind of performance and that was the main thing for me. It was encouraging, that contrast in what we produced at West Ham and what we did today.

“I felt we needed to be solid after conceding too early in the last two games and we were for the most part. We were resolute and when we did break we attacked with good effect, showing a good understanding of what we had worked on during the week.

“We broke with good effect behind Longy, creating some good chances and scoring one of them in the first half. I think we were good value at 1-0 even if Arsenal had a lot of possession, it w…

FA Cup: Wigan 0-2 Southampton

Southampton beat Wigan by two goals to nil in Mark Hughes' first game as manager to see the Saints into the semi-final of the FA Cup. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Cédric both scored their first goals for the club, whilst Manolo Gabbiadini had a penalty well-saved.

Saints will face Chelsea in the last four at Wembley.

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Mark Hughes: “I was delighted, I have to say. It was a difficult fixture for us against a Wigan side whose manager and staff deserve huge credit for the way they set up and their philosophy of how they want to play.

“This year they’ve gone up against other top Premier League clubs and overcome them, so we were the next in line, apparently, but we weren’t prepared to play that game.

“We had to match their intensity and endeavour – that’s what lower league teams will always have in abundance.

“If you don’t match that, sometimes you can come unstuck, but as a consequence of matching their endeavour, we were able to show the level of quality we have above them. Tha…

Saints appoint Mark Hughes

Southampton have appointed Mark Hughes as manager until the end of the season.

The 54-year-old has taken charge of almost 450 Premier League games having managed Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and most recently Stoke City.

The new Saints boss said: “It's a challenge I'm excited by. It's a great opportunity to come back to a club I know well, and a club I've got real affinity with, and I couldn't turn that down.

"I bring experience of the Premier League. I understand what it takes in this league to win games. But first and foremost I think it's about coming in and maybe being that different voice, that different message from myself and the staff, that will enable the players to recognise and focus on what needs to be done in this key period of the season.

"The objective clearly is to remain in the league and make sure we're a Premier League club next year. That's where this club needs to be, that's where it s…

Pellegrino sacked

Southampton have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino with the club just one point and one place above the relegation zone. Saints have just one win from their past 17 games and have eight games remaining to try to stay up.
Club statement in full: Southampton Football Club can today confirm that it has parted company with First Team Manager Mauricio Pellegrino. Assistant Manager Carlos Compagnucci and Assistant First Team Coach Xavier Tamarit have also parted company with the club. 
We would like to place on record our thanks to Mauricio, Carlos and Xavier for their efforts during their time with Southampton, and wish them well for the future. 
The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already underway.

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Former Southampton defender Francis Benali on BBC Radio 5 live: "It is something that has been bubbling away and has been talked about by Southampton fans for a while. 
"I think Pellegrino has had a…