• Jutkiewicz 47 • Platt 70
• Chaplow 34 • Lallana 39 • Guly 77 • De Ridder 85
Saturday, 5th November 2011
Match Report :
People have been saying this shows Saints character in coming back to win the game, having allowed Coventry to grab the initiative in the second half, but this really was a throw back to the Saints motto for a large part of the seventies, which seemed to be - "You score one and we will score two!".
I like that.
Saints lined up with Guly up front with Lambert, with Chaplow out on the right. Cork and Schneiderlin in the middle and Lallana on the left midfield. Richardson and Fox were the full backs, with the usual suspects, Fonte and Hooiveld the rocks in the centre of defence. This line up completely overran Coventry in the first half and it was like a well oiled machine purring along. If the first half had ended 6-0, they could have had no complaints.
As it was, there were several missed chances before Chaplow scored Saints first goal in the 34th minute. With the assist coming from Guly, who was playing a blinder.
It was one way traffic and five minutes later, it was Lallana's turn to score. Again from a Guly assist.
It is hard to describe how utterly abysmal Coventry were in that first half and just as hard to describe how different they were from the off in the second half. Their half-time talk must have been interesting.
Saints suddenly found themselves on the back foot. Within two minutes of the restart Jutkiewicz had pulled a goal back and Coventry were in the ascendancy. Their team had left the field to a chorus of boos at the end of the first half, but their supporters were certainly backing them now and they went ballistic when Platt, who had only been on the pitch for a couple of minutes, equalised.
At this point it looked like Coventry would go on to at least get a point, but the 2011 Saints are made of sterner stuff and dug in. Then up popped that man Guly again to convert a great cross from Fox and Saints had their noses in front again.
Coventry by no means gave up, but when Saints substitute Steve De Ridder slotted away the fourth goal in the 85th minute, that was it.
So, Saints head into the international break with 36 points from 16 matches and a goal difference of +20! On top of all that they are five points clear of second placed West Ham. For a welcome change to previous seasons Saints fans can afford to savour this, until the next game against Brighton on the 19th November.
There should be a big turn out for that!
06 McPake (Willis 64)
31 Christie (yellow card)
12 Deegan (Bell 46)
14 McDonald (Platt 67)
10 Guly (Connolly 89)
18 Chaplow (Hammond 74)
20 Lallana (De Ridder 80)
33 De Ridder