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Ralph Krueger: Saints chairman on new investment, the season and Claude Puel's future as manager:

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Middlesbrough 1-2 Southampton

Southampton made seven changes to their lineup for their final away game of the season at Middlesbrough and triumphed 2-1 despite missing a penalty.

Jay Rodriguez turned home from Shane Long's cross to put the Saints 1-0 up at half time before Nathan Redmond doubled the lead after the break.

Long was then awarded a penalty when he was brought down by Boro keeper Brad Guzan, but his effort from the spot hit the crossbar.

The victory sees Claude Puel's side move up to ninth in the Premier League with two games to go.



Jay Rodriguez:

“We had a lot of change in the team today and I think that all of the lads that came in did really well, so it’s an important win.

“We have good lads in this team who get their heads down and work hard, and I think that really showed today.

“We found it hard at times to break Middlesbrough down, but it was a great ball from Longy into the box for me.

“It was a good time to score because I think it settled us down just in time to con…

Liverpool 0-0 Southampton | Forster's penalty save helps Saints to clean sheet at Anfield

Fraser Forster's fine penalty save to deny James Milner from the spot helped Southampton to keep a clean sheet in a goalless draw at Anfield.

What they said:

Fraser Forster: "The lads in front of me were fantastic and really limited the chances. It was nice to make the save and nice to keep a clean sheet, which is a good foundation moving forward.

"I think if you look at his [James Milner's] record he goes left, right, down the middle, but fortunately I guessed right today and made the save.

"We're obviously delighted. It's always a tough place to come and we had to battle very hard for that point.

"I think as a team we were very strong and compact and made it hard for them to get through us. It was a fantastic team performance and a good point away from home."


Claude Puel:

"Fraser made a fantastic save from this penalty. It was important for him and us, because it was harsh to concede this penalty. It was a good reward for all.
"I …

Southampton FC Player Awards 2017

Oriol Romeu was the big winner at the Southampton FC Player Awards 2017 as the midfielder won the accolades for both the Players' Player and Fans' Player of the Year.

Maya Yoshida was the Terry Paine's President's Choice Award winner and Sofiane Boufal scooped the prize for Goal of the Season.
The Academy Scholar of the Season was Jake Vokins, while the Girls' Regional Talent Club Player of the Season was won by Phoebe Williams.
Quotes from Oriol Romeu:

“It has been an amazing season, I have enjoyed it a lot.

“I’ve felt everyone’s support and need to thank my teammates for valuing the work I have done since I came here. I couldn’t be any happier.

“Also the fans as well because their support gives you another strength to carry on and fight for every single ball. I need to say thank you to the fans because without them sometimes it would be much harder.

“Playing at Wembley and St Mary’s has been amazing this season.

“It was an unreal atmosphere at Wembley and we will…

Chelsea 4-2 Southampton

Southampton lost 4-2 at Stamford Bridge to Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Saints performed well in the first half and had got the game back to 1-1 when Oriol Romeu netted against his former side to cancel out Eden Hazard's opener. But the Saints went in at half time a goal down as Gary Cahill powered home a header just before the break.

Diego Costa then netted twice in the second half to put Antonio Conte's side well in the driving seat before Ryan Bertrand's header added a consolation goal for Southampton from Cedric's cross.


Claude Puel: "I think it was a good performance on the pitch, but without the good result, and without being clinical enough in both the boxes, offensively and defensively.

"We conceded goals at bad moments – five minutes into the first half, then the second right at the end, and the third just at the beginning of the second half.

"It's a shame, because the quality we showed and the opportunities we created, we produced a …

Clasie nets super winner for Saints at West Brom

Jordy Clasie marked his return to the Saints side with a fantastic strike for Saints at West Brom. The Dutch midfielder netted his first Premier League goal to help Southampton to back-to-back wins.

Clasie's 25th minute 20-yarder flew in to the top corner and it proved to be the winning goal.

Southampton are closing in on the eighth-placed Baggies and have cut the gap to four points with two games in hand. Claude Puel's side should now comfortably go on to claim a top ten finish with eighth place looking very achievable.

Saints have been in good form recently and have taken seven points from their last three games. The last four games on the road have resutlted in three victories.

SAINTS: Forster, Cedric, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand, Clasie (Reed 84), Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse (McQueen 71), Tadic, Redmond (Sims 71), Long. SUBS: Hassen, Caceres, Pied, Rodriguez.

WEST BROM: Foster, Dawson, McAuley (Brunt 53), Evans, Nyom, Fletcher (Robson-Kanu 65), Livermore, Morrison, Phillips (McC…

Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace

Southampton came from behind to beat in-form Crystal Palace by three goals to one.
Christian Benteke had opened the scoring for the visitors before Nathan Redmond equalised on the stroke of half time for the Saints.
Two late goals from Maya Yoshida and James Ward-Prowse saw Claude Puel's side claim all three points at St. Marys.

SAINTS (Redmond 45, Yoshida 84, Ward-Prowse 85) 3-1 (Benteke 31) PALACE

SAINTS: Forster, Cedric, Stephens, Yoshida, McQueen, Romeu, Davis, Ward-Prowse (Hojbjerg 87), Tadic, Redmond, Long (Rodriguez 90).
SUBS: Hassen, Caceres, Pied, Clasie, Sims.

PALACE: Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Sakho, Schlupp (Delaney 58), Milivojevic (Flamini 87), Cabaye (Sako 45), Puncheon, Zaha, Townsend, Benteke.
SUBS: Speroni, Chung-Yong, Fryers, Kaikai.

Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace Late goals from Maya Yoshida and James Ward-Prowse earned Southampton victory over Crystal Palace in an entertaining game at St Mary's. With six minutes to go, Japan defender Yoshida tapped into an em…