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Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

Match Report 
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Hopefully not a match that will linger long in the memory

Match Report

IBO Reporter : channonite


The record books will show that Wolves won this game with goals from Batth (67 minutes) and Wilson (87 minutes), but that doesn't begin to show how utterly abject Saints were. No fight, little skill and more than a little dis-interest. Which would not necessarily have been so bad, but for the fact that this was the competition that Saints did so well at last year, coming within a few minutes of glory at Wembley.

I got the distinct feeling that nobody on the Saints side had any interest whatsoever in this match. Yes, Mauricio Pellegrino did try some different things, but none of it began to address the fundamental flaws in the team - namely the forwards feeding off scraps and Forster being left without any meaningful cover from his defenders.

Frankly this was yet another example of a Saints match where they could not be bothered and in turn, I cannot be bothered to report on it.


Teams 
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Wolves manager, Nuno Espirito Santo (left) and Saints manager, Mauricio Pellegrino (right)

Southampton


44 Forster

5 Stephens

35 Bednarek (Redmond 73')

3 Yoshida

26 Pied

14 Romeu - Booked 45'

16 Ward-Prowse

38 McQueen

11 Tadić

10 Austin - Booked 26' (Long 76')

19 Boufal (Gabbiadini 76')


Substitutes


2 Soares

7 Long

8 Davis

13 McCarthy

20 Gabbiadini

21 Bertrand

22 Redmond



Wolves


31 Norris

5 Bennett

6 Batth

32 Deslandes

11 Graham

4 Edwards

19 Price

29 Vinagre

12 Marshall - Booked 45' (Ronan 45')

9 Dicko (Zyro 74' - Booked 75')

7 Cavaleiro (Wilson 86')


Substitutes


13 Burgoyne

14 Zyro

20 Ronan

34 Goncalves

35 Wilson

36 Johnson

37 Armstrong



EFL CUP


Southampton 0

Wolves 2

  • Batth 67'
  • Wilson 87'


Referee : James Linington

Attendance : 17,931



Possession


Southampton 58%

Wolves 42%


Shots


Southampton 12

Wolves 8


Shots on Target


Southampton 2

Wolves 3


Corners


Southampton 6

Wolves 5


Fouls


Southampton 13

Wolves 9


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Maya Yoshida, just about the only Saints player to play well this night