Warm Up

Saints Whimper

Doncaster 1

• Sharp 60

Southampton 0


Saturday, 3rd December 2011

Keepmoat Stadium



Match Report :


So, Saints struggle without Rickie Lambert and Richard Chaplow. Why is that a surprise? On top of that Saints were sunk by a Billy Sharp goal, the very man who turned down a £3.25m move to the South Coast in the summer.

Before the kickoff there was that moment of realisation that the Lambert 'scenario' Adkins was referring to after the Hull match on Tuesday was actually an injury. With the continuing absence of Chaplow and now Lambert, the sharp end of the team looked unfamiliar.

Since taking over at Doncaster, manager Dean Saunders has brought in eight players on short term deals and loans with the help of the controversial agent Willie Mackay. Of these, Carl Ikeme, Herita Ilunga, Habib Beye, Herold Goulon and Marc-Antoine Fortune all played against Saints, with Fortune providing the cross from which Sharp scored.

From the off, Doncaster's makeshift team more than matched Saint's patched up team. Without Rickie Lambert's link up play and work rate, let alone his goal threat, Saint's looked poor at best.

Saint's had 54% of the play and won 10 corners, but only had 3 attempts on target. The lack of a cutting edge is clear.

The fact that Saints best chance of the game fell to Morgan Schneiderlin speaks volumes. Sharp scored in the 60th minute and ten minutes later first De Ridder was replaced by Holmes and then Cork was replaced by Barnard. It made little difference.

Saints are having a dip and Nigel Adkins will now earn his corn in navigating a way through the Lambertless part of the season.


Channonite

Published 04/12/2011

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Referee : Haines
Attendance :
9,527

Teams :

Doncaster
27 Ikeme
02 O'Connor
21 Hird (yellow card)
31 Ilunga
41 Beye
08 Stock
18 Gillett
26 Coppinger
42 Goulon (Barnes 46)
10 Sharp (Hayter 87)
32 Fortune (Friend 80)

Substitutes
01 Sullivan
03 Friend
23 Bennett
17 Barnes
12 Hayter
Southampton
01 Davis
02 Richardson (yellow card)
06 Fonte (yellow card)
13 Fox
26 Hooiveld
04 Schneiderlin
08 Cork (Barnard 72)
10 Guly
14 Hammond
20 Lallana
33 De Ridder (Holmes 71)

Substitutes
21 Bialkowski
03 Harding
16 Martin
24 Holmes
09 Barnard