2010–11 Southampton F.C. season

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Southampton F.C.
2010–11 season
Chairman Nicola Cortese
Manager Alan Pardew
(July–August 2010)
Dean Wilkins (caretaker)
(August–September 2010)
Nigel Adkins
(September 2010 onwards)
Stadium St Mary's Stadium
League One 2nd (promoted)
FA Cup Fourth Round
League Cup Second Round
League Trophy First Round
Top goalscorer League:
Rickie Lambert (21)
All:
Rickie Lambert (21)
Highest home attendance 31,653 vs Walsall
(7 May 2011)
Lowest home attendance League:
17,857 vs Colchester United (18 September 2010)
Overall:
8,333 vs Swindon Town (31 August 2010)
Average home league attendance League: 21,726
Overall: 20,513
Home colours
Away colours

The 2010–11 Southampton F.C. season was the club's 71st and sixth consecutive season in The Football League, and their second in League One. Having narrowly missed out on the chance of promotion the previous season, Southampton were again seeking to reclaim their place in The Championship by being promoted in 2011. Before the commencement of the campaign, Southampton were slated as the favourites to win the League One title by a number of bookmakers, commentators and fans.[1][2][3][4]

This season marked the 125th anniversary of the club's formation in November 1885, which was celebrated in a number of ways. Firstly, the four-year sponsorship deal with Flybe ended, with shirts for the anniversary campaign designed without a sponsor;[5] secondly, the new shirts feature a redesigned club crest recognising the 125 years of the club's life;[6] and thirdly, a new home shirt was designed to be reminiscent of the first ever worn by players of the club, being white with a red sash.[7][8] The club also released a new black away kit, also without a sponsor, designed to be similar to the popular away kit worn in the 2006–07 season.[9]

On 11 August 2010, the season was marked by early tragedy after the death of club owner Markus Liebherr, who had brought Southampton out of administration in July 2009.[10][11][12] As a result, the following weekend's match against Milton Keynes Dons was postponed,[13][14] and there were discussions of plans for a major club tribute to Liebherr.[15] The club also faced major change later in the month, as manager Alan Pardew was sacked shortly after a 4 – 0 win against Bristol Rovers, a decision which the club deemed "essential" to "achieve its well known targets".[16][17] On 12 September, after much speculation, the appointment of replacement manager Nigel Adkins was confirmed.[18][19]

Southampton's promotion hopes were confirmed on the last game of the season on 7 May 2011 against Walsall at home.[20][21] Having beaten Plymouth Argyle 3 – 1 earlier in the week,[22][23] the Saints had all but achieved promotion on level points with Huddersfield Town and with an 18 goal advantage in the table. Southampton beat Walsall by the same scoreline, and Huddersfield failed to win their game against Brentford, drawing 4 – 4; Southampton were thus promoted to the Championship for the 2011–12 season.[20][21]

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

In the team's opening pre-season game, during a two-match friendly tour of Switzerland,[24] Southampton lost 4 – 2 to home side FC Thun.[25] The Saints were 3 – 0 down at half-time, with goals coming from Ezequiel Scarione, Muhamed Demiri and Nick Proschwitz, and went another goal down after the break when Milaim Rama beat substitute goalkeeper Tommy Forecast.[25] Southampton finally scored their first goal of the pre-season period halfway through the second half, when Dean Hammond converted a cross from David Connolly, and four minutes later captain José Fonte scored a second consolation goal from a Jason Puncheon corner.[25] The club's tour of Switzerland heralded another unsuccessful game four days later, when French side FC Sochaux-Montbéliard beat Southampton 2 – 0; both goals came in the second half, from Ryad Boudebouz and Nicolas Maurice-Belay in the 50th and 60th minutes, respectively.[26]

Back in England the club had a relative improvement in fortunes, beating Conference South side Farnborough 1 – 0 at Cherrywood Road on 21 July thanks to a late goal from striker Lee Barnard.[27] Three days later the club visited Sutton United to compete in a pre-season exhibition tournament for the home side's President's Trophy, fielding a full-strength lineup (with exceptions for injuries) and drawing 1 – 1 following a poor start and a second half Rickie Lambert strike to share the trophy.[28] Southampton were later criticised, however, after allegedly refusing to remain on the pitch to share the trophy, which was founded in the memory of the club's former president Andrew Letts.[29] The club played League Two side Barnet on 27 July, with a starting lineup consisting of a mix of regular first team players, youth regulars and trialists.[30] After a goalless first half, full back Joseph Mills broke the deadlock for the visitors shortly after the break, and 1 – 0 was how it remained until full-time to give Southampton another pre-season win.[30]

In the only pre-season game at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton lost 4 – 2 to Championship side Reading.[31][32] The visitors went one goal up within 19 minutes thanks to a "one man mission" by Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurðsson, before Lee Barnard levelled for The Saints ten minutes before half-time.[31][32] The score remained 1 – 1 at the halfway point, and Southampton restarted strongly with a goal from captain Dean Hammond in the 49th minute.[31] With just over 20 minutes until the end, full back Dan Harding gave away a penalty to Reading, which was converted by striker Simon Church.[31][32] The game was over for the hosts under ten minutes later, as Church doubled his tally and former Saints loan player Michail Antonio sealed the win for Reading in the 85th minute.[31][32] In the last pre-season game of the year, just five days before the beginning of the league campaign, The Saints played a young side made up mainly of Academy players against local non-league side Eastleigh, with defender Aaron Martin captaining the team against his former club.[33] Southampton broke the initial deadlock, with young striker Sam Hoskins scoring from a low shot in the 20th minute.[33] Many more chances were seen in the remainder of the first half and the second period, but ultimately none were made to count and Southampton finished as 1 – 0 winners to go into the new league season on a high note.[33]

Saints XI[edit]

While the first team were located at their Swiss training camp, a team dubbed as the "Saints XI" comprising reserve and youth players contested a number of friendlies back in Hampshire.[34] In their first game, a side including four trial players beat Winchester City 4 – 1 at the Denplan City Ground, with trialists Harlee Dean and Scott Shutton scoring in the process.[35] In the second game, Southampton lost 2 – 1 to Havant & Waterlooville, after a home goal within two minutes and a 2 – 0 deficit at half-time meant Jordace Holder-Spooner's second goal in as many games was little more than a consolation for the Saints.[36] On 17 July the young side played Basingstoke Town at The Camrose, losing 2 – 1 after a Basingstoke opener in the second half, an equalising header by in-form striker Sam Hoskins and a Stuart Lake winner for the home team.[37]

League One[edit]

The fixtures for the 2010–11 League One season were published on 17 June 2010,[38][39] giving Southampton an opening day home tie against Championship relegation victims Plymouth Argyle on 7 August 2010.[38][39] The Saints' final game of the season will be against Walsall (whom they beat 3–1 and 5–1 in the previous season) at home on 7 May 2011; their first away game was scheduled to be against Milton Keynes Dons on 14 August but was postponed following the death of Markus Liebherr; and the local derby with Bournemouth was scheduled for 2 October 2010 and 12 March 2011.[38][39]

August–September 2010[edit]

The season got off to a disappointing start for Southampton, who lost 1 – 0 to Plymouth Argyle in the opening game of the season on 7 August 2010. Despite dominating the first half, it was the visiting side who broke the deadlock when Luke Summerfield scored within two minutes of the beginning of the second half.[40] Substitute Adam Lallana was the first to test Argyle goalkeeper David Button in the last quarter of the game, but the home side failed to regain their early momentum to slip to a defeat in their first game of the campaign despite a number of late chances.[40] The club were due to play Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium:mk on 14 August, but due to the death of Markus Liebherr the match was rescheduled for 15 September.[41] On 21 August Southampton picked up their first league point of the season against Leyton Orient, drawing 1 – 1 at St Mary's.[42] On his return to the team following injury, Rickie Lambert scored a free kick early in the game to put the Saints ahead, only for Terrell Forbes to equalise two minutes later with a headed goal.[42] Momentum changed hands throughout the remainder of the game, and a number of chances were created but missed by Southampton players, not least Lee Barnard, but the game ended level to leave the Saints in the bottom quarter of the table.[42] The following week the club recorded their first win of the season, with an emphatic 4 – 0 away victory over Bristol Rovers. The game saw defender José Fonte score his debut for the club, as well as goals from Adam Lallana and a penalty from Rickie Lambert, ending in the final minute with Lee Barnard's first goal of the season. Despite this impressive win, it was the last game for manager Alan Pardew, who was sacked just days later.[16][17]

Assistant manager Dean Wilkins took over as caretaker manager following Pardew's sacking, and his first league game in charge was at home against recently promoted Rochdale on 4 September. The first period was largely dictated by the Saints, but a goal from Chris O'Grady on the stroke of half time broke up the home side's momentum and they went into the second half trailing.[43] The game continued in the visitors' favour and Rochdale doubled their lead just after the hour mark courtesy of a volley from Gary Jones, leaving the Saints in a precarious position leading up to the imminent appointment of a new manager.[43] Saints, still without a replacement manager, played Swindon Town on 11 September after losing 3 – 0 to the club in the League Trophy less than two weeks before. The game was yet another disappointment for Dean Wilkins's side, who lost 1 – 0 courtesy of a 65th minute goal from Charlie Austin, despite hitting the frame of the goal twice and having an effort cleared off the line during the game.[44]

Following the appointment of Nigel Adkins as the club's new first team manager, the Saints played Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium:mk on 15 September, the game having been postponed following the death of Markuss Liebherr. Adkins began his time on the South Coast poorly, leading Southampton to their fourth consecutive goalless defeat at the hands of the Dons.[45] The first half ended goalless, with goalkeepers David Martin and Kelvin Davis impressing with saves from Rickie Lambert and Lewis Guy respectively, but two goals in the last 20 minutes from Angelo Balanta and Peter Leven left the visitors in the relegation zone with their game in hand played.[45][46] The club's disappointing run of results continued on 18 September with a goalless draw against Colchester United, leaving them in the relegation zone. The game itself was arguably evenly spread between Southampton and Colchester, with the home side said to be edging ahead in the second half culminating in three consecutive chances for Rickie Lambert in injury time at the end of the game.[47] On 25 September Southampton earned their first win in six games by beating Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough Stadium.[48][49] Lee Barnard scored his second league goal of the season (and the first under manager Nigel Adkins) to end the club's 510-minute goal drought to help them out of the relegation zone.[48][49] The game was largely dominant for the Saints, although for short periods of time throughout the game Wednesday looked to be on top of proceedings.[48][49] Other chances came from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rickie Lambert, and at the very end of the game goalkeeper Kelvin Davis pulled off a string of impressive saves to hold on to the 1 – 0 for Southampton.[48][49] In the final game of the month on 28 September, Southampton were unable to build on the previous weekend's win, drawing 1 – 1 at Yeovil Town. Brazilian loan signing Guilherme do Prado, who came on as a substitute for the second half, scored his first goal of the season for the Saints just before the hour mark, only to be cancelled out by an Adam Virgo penalty less than ten minutes later.[50][51] Guly almost won the game for the visiting side late on in the match, but was denied a second goal by Yeovil's post, leaving both sides to pick up a point from the match.[50][51]

October–December 2010[edit]

On 2 October the Saints picked up their second win in three matches by beating local rivals Bournemouth 2 – 0 at St Mary's Stadium. The home side took command throughout the game, with Rickie Lambert scoring two penalties, one in each half, to overpower the in-form visitors.[52][53] The first league meeting between the local rivals in over 50 years, the match was eventful throughout with a total of five bookings and one dismissal, numerous potential penalties and other controversies, and also saw the return of Adam Lallana and debut of loanee Richard Chaplow.[52][53] The following week Southampton continued their winning streak with a 2 – 0 domination of visitors Tranmere Rovers.[54][55] Rickie Lambert picked up his third goal in two games just before the end of the first period, followed by a goal from Adam Lallana on the outside of the box to send the club two places up to 13th in League One.[54][55] Southampton faced defeat again on 16 October when they lost 2 – 0 to fellow promotion hopefuls Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium.[56][57] The home side broke the deadlock within the first six minutes of the game thanks to a goal from winger Anthony Pilkington, and continued to dominate the first half until Joey Guðjónsson doubled the lead in the final minute before half-time.[56][57] The second half continued largely in Huddersfield's favour, with sporadic moments of Southampton domination leading to little in terms of scoring chances.[56][57] Late in the second period the game's fourth official, unable to continue, had to be replaced, which took some time to complete; the result was an astonishing 11 minutes of injury time (which also included time added on for a head injury to Rickie Lambert) added on at the end of the game, although even this was insufficient for the Saints to come back and they ultimately lost quite comprehensively.[56][57] The Saints made it three home wins in a row on 23 October when they came behind from a one goal deficit to beat Oldham Athletic 2 – 1.[58][59] Defender José Fonte scored his second of the season on the stroke of half time, before young winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first league goal for the club in the second half to secure the win.[58][59]

The following week the Saints travelled to League One newcomers Notts County, with a team that included the return of defender Frazer Richardson after a long injury and captain Dean Hammond following suspension.[60][61] The home side opened the scoring within ten minutes, with Mike Edwards heading in a Ben Davies free kick to give new manager Paul Ince a dream start to his managerial spell with the club.[60][61] County held onto their lead until just before the 70-minute mark, when captain John Tompson was shown a straight red card for bringing down Lee Barnard in the box, subsequently resulting in a penalty for the visiting side.[60][61] Rickie Lambert converted the spot kick to equalise for Southampton, before setting up Barnard himself for a goal just a few minutes later to take the lead.[60][61] Winger Adam Lallana scored in injury time to seal the win against the ten-man Notts County, sending the South Coast club up to 9th place in the league, their highest since the beginning of the campaign.[60][61] On 2 November the Saints faced 23rd-placed Dagenham & Redbridge at home, another recently promoted side, and picked up an extremely comfortable 4 – 0 win.[62][63] Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up two more goals to add to his impressive recent tally and put the home side 2 – 0 up going into half time, before Lee Barnard and José Fonte scored in the 56th and 69th minutes respectively to convert the dominant performance into another win for Southampton.[62][63] As a result, the club moved into 6th place, the first time they had been in a playoff position all season.[62][63] On 13 November the club's winning streak ended at the hands of Carlisle United who picked up a 3 – 2 win over the Saints.[64][65] The first half saw Southampton display one of their worst performances of the season, with a Dan Harding own goal putting Carlisle into half-time two goals up.[64][65] Another goal from teenage winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave the Saints a lifeline, although Carlisle picked up one more to make Dean Hammond's 81st-minute long range strike a mere consolation.[64][65]

Southampton got back on track with their sixth home win in a row in all competitions against Peterborough United on 20 November with a convincing 4 – 1 win.[66][67] Goals came from Lee Barnard, José Fonte, Richard Chaplow and Guly do Prado, which sent the club back into the playoff positions in preparation for the match against first-place Brighton & Hove Albion later in the week.[66][67] The game against Brighton, contested on 23 November, ended goalless after Southampton owned the first half and also arguably out-performed the visitors in the second period.[68][69] Kelvin Davis notably saved a penalty, while Southampton had a large number of chances thwarted by the defensive Brighton side who ultimately held on to end Southampton's winning run at home.[68][69] After a long break due to adverse weather conditions, Southampton hosted Brentford on 11 December and lost 2 – 0, with first half goals coming from strikers Gary Alexander and Charlie MacDonald.[70][71] After more postponed matches, the Saints returned to St Mary's on 28 December to defeat Huddersfield Town 4 – 1 in the first return game of the season.[72][73] Despite going 1 – 0 down in the first half, the Saints dominated the majority of the game and goals from Rickie Lambert, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Radhi Jaïdi and Richard Chaplow helped the home side move swiftly to the playoff positions in 5th place.[72][73]

January–February 2011[edit]

Southampton began 2011 in top form, beating Exeter City 4 – 0 on 1 January.[74][75] Winger Guly do Prado scored twice, before Adam Lallana and substitute Lee Barnard topped off the match with goals in the second half.[74][75] Thanks to results elsewhere in the league, the result sent the club to the automatic promotion places for the first time in the season.[74][75] Just two days later, the Saints travelled to play the return match against Dagenham & Redbridge, after beating the side 4 – 0 in November. After a goalless first half and numerous Saints chances, the visiting club broke the deadlock less than two minutes after the break, when Adam Lallana scored his eighth of the season with an overhead kick.[76][77] Guly do Prado made it 2 – 0 after 75 minutes, before Josh Scott headered in a goal for the home side in the last ten minutes.[76][77] Dagenham were unable to make the goal count for anything, however, as striker Rickie Lambert finished the game off with a goal in the last minute to keep Saints in the automatic promotion places.[76][77] On 11 January Southampton closed the gap on League leaders Brighton by thrashing Oldham Athletic 6 – 0 at Boundary Park.[78][79] The scoring started early, as winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored within nine minutes before Adam Lallana made it two shortly before half time.[78][79] In the second half though, the Saints made their advantage really count, converting a further four chances with Guly do Prado, Richard Chaplow, Rickie Lambert and substitute Lee Barnard adding to their season tallies to increase the pressure at the top of League One.[78][79] Southampton's winning run came to an end on 15 January, as the match with Notts County ended goalless.[80][81] The Saints had the majority of possession throughout the game, José Fonte was denied a goal in the second half as his header was cleared off the line, and in the last minute Ryan Dickson cleared a County effort off the line to leave the match goalless.[80][81] The misfortune continued when Southampton lost 2 – 0 to Tranmere Rovers in the return game at Prenton Park.[82][83] The first half was dominated by the struggling home side, and marked by a goal for midfielder John Welsh following a miscommunication between Saints goalkeeper Kelvin Davis and defender José Fonte.[82][83] The visiting team continued to struggle in the second half, and under-performances from players such as Rickie Lambert, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Guly do Prado meant that Rovers doubled their lead thanks to a goal from Dale Jennings, sending the Saints down to fourth below local rivals Bournemouth following their win over league leaders Brighton.[82][83]

On 1 February, Saints scraped a win at Exeter City to avoid a three-game losing streak.[84][85] The game ended 2 – 1 to Southampton after a brace of goals from Rickie Lambert, including a final-minute winner, reversed the initial Exeter lead.[84][85] Daniel Nardiello opened the scoring for the home side just before half time, and it took until 20 minutes before the end for the visitors to come back, when Lambert headed in a cross from new signing Dany N'Guessan to equalise.[84][85] Lambert doubled his tally in the last minute of normal time, heading in another cross this time from returning midfielder Dean Hammond.[84][85] On 5 February Southampton dropped two points in the return match against Peterborough United, sharing the spoils in an eight-goal thriller.[86][87] The visitors started off the game well, going 2 – 0 up within half an hour following a Richard Chaplow goal and a Rickie Lambert penalty, but in the last six minutes of the first half Peterborough equalised with strikes from Craig Mackail-Smith and Chris Whelpdale.[86][87] Lambert scored a second penalty just after the break to extend his lead as the club's top scorer of the season, and returning captain Dean Hammond restored the Saints' two-goal lead just three minutes later.[86][87] A further two penalties for Peterborough led to a 4 – 4 draw, with the final goal coming from Lee Tomlin in the third minute of injury time at the end of the match.[86][87] A week later the Saints reduced Huddersfield Town's lead in 3rd place of the table when they defeated Carlisle United 1 – 0 at home in a relatively uneventful game.[88][89] The game was initially brought alive within the last five minutes of the first half, when Carlisle defender Gary Borrowdale was sent off after receiving a second booking for arguing with the assistant referee, after which Rickie Lambert scored his 50th Southampton goal by heading in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross.[88][89] In the second half, further chances were limited and Southampton nervously picked up three points while Huddersfield played out a goalless draw with Oldham Athletic meaning Southampton could go ahead of Huddersfield should they win their game-in-hand.[88][89] Southampton remained fifth with several games in hand over Peterborough, Huddersfield and Bournemouth after drawing 0 – 0 with Hartlepool United on 22 February.[90][91] Southampton upheld their unbeaten league run at the weekend, beating Swindon Town 4 – 1 at home in a convincing performance marked by only five minutes of Swindon dominance in the second half.[92][93] Adam Lallana opened the scoring for the home side after just 15 minutes, and chances for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Guly do Prado could have increased the scoreline going into half-time.[92][93] In the second half, winger Matt Ritchie equalised for Swindon, but his effort was cancelled out within minutes when Rickie Lambert and Radhi Jaïdi both scored from set pieces within two minutes of one another to make it 3 – 1.[92][93] With more chances for Saints in the later stages of the game, substitute Lee Barnard eventually confirmed the win for Southampton with a goal in stoppage time.[92][93]

March–May 2011[edit]

On 1 March, Southampton lost away to Walsall, who before the match were in the relegation zone.[94][95] In terms of attempts and pressure, the visitors were largely on top for most of the game, but it was Walsall who made their chance count when Jon Macken scored in a period dominated by Saints chances in the second half.[94][95] Despite late chances for Lallana, Barnard, Lambert and Jaïdi, Walsall rode out the 1 – 0 victory to leave Saints in 5th place in the table.[94][95] The Saints won their return game against Colchester United 2 – 0 on 5 March, increasing the pressure in the top section of the table.[96][97] After largely dominating the opening period, the visitors went one up after half an hour with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain poaching a goal following a Rickie Lambert free kick.[96][97] Within two minutes of the goal, Colchester were reduced to ten players as striker David Mooney was sent off for challenging Danny Butterfield off the ball, and Southampton's dominance was made easier for the remainder of the game.[96][97] In the second half the team made their advantage count, as captain and former Colchester player Dean Hammond scored his third league goal of the season from inside to double Southampton's lead and secure the three points.[96][97] Back at St Mary's on 8 March, Southampton beat struggling side Yeovil Town 3 – 0.[98][99] Lee Barnard scored twice to bring his league tally to 10, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finished off the scoring in the second half with a long-range solo effort.[98][99] The Saints remained fifth, however, as teams above them won their matches too.[98][99]

On 13 March, Southampton travelled to Dean Court for the second local derby against Bournemouth of the season.[100][101] Southampton won the game 3 – 1, meaning they moved above the home side in the league table.[100][101] The game was an exciting encounter all-round, with Finnish teenage striker Lauri Dalla Valle, on loan from Fulham, opening the scoring for Bournemouth in the 6th minutes, despite Southampton players' protests of offside.[100][101] Just five minutes later however, it was all level again when Lee Barnard's header was fumbled by the Bournemouth defence and found its way into the net for 1 – 1.[100][101] In the second half, Southampton took the lead thanks to a goal from captain Dean Hammond, and top scorer Rickie Lambert assured the win in the 88th minute with a solo effort.[100][101] In injury time, Oscar Gobern received a red card, but Southampton cruised to victory to move up to 4th place in the table once again.[100][101] Southampton picked up a fourth league win in a row on 19 March, beating Sheffield Wednesday 2 – 0 in a late kick-off.[102][103] Despite a number of good chances for the Saints in the opening 45 minutes, it took until 15 minutes into the second half for defender José Fonte to break the deadlock, heading in an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain corner.[102][103] With the team in full flow now, Rickie Lambert scored his 17th goal of the season just six minutes later to make it two for Southampton and secure the win.[102][103] It could have been more though, with Adam Lallana hitting the post shortly after Lambert's goal and a great performance from Wednesday goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell denying further opportunities from Oxlade-Chamberlain and others.[102][103]

Southampton moved up to third place in the table on 24 March when they picked up a point against Charlton Athletic at The Valley, although missed out on the chance to move second with two games still in hand over Huddersfield Town.[104][105] The Saints largely edged out the home side throughout the game, with more possession and chances on goal, but it took until after the hour mark to break the deadlock when defender Radhi Jaïdi headed in a corner from Guly do Prado, who had only come on as a substitute three minutes earlier.[104][105] Charlton increased the pressure in the last 20 minutes, and former Saints player Bradley Wright-Phillips equalised the game in the 86th minute to crush Southampton's hopes of moving into the League One promotion places.[104][105] After a two week break, Southampton returned to St Mary's to face Milton Keynes Dons on 2 April 2011 and won 3 – 2.[106][107] The visiting side were on top for most of the first half, and opened the scoring in the 34th minute when Gary MacKenzie headed in a Peter Leven corner.[106][107] The Dons doubled their lead early in the second half courtesy of Sam Baldock, but after Jonathan Forte came on for the Saints shortly after the hour mark the dynamic of the game changed: Forte scored two goals in the space of two minutes, bringing Southampton level and giving them a chance to make the game their own.[106][107] It only took another ten minutes for the home team to score another and take the lead, this time courtesy of Lee Barnard latching onto a Rickie Lambert assist.[106][107] Southampton held out for the victory, and remained third in the table with three games in hand over Huddersfield and two over Brighton.[106][107] Southampton's run of good form was continued when they played Charlton Athletic at St Mary's just two weeks after the match at The Valley, winning 2 – 0.[108][109] Goals came from Guly do Prado early in the first half and from Lee Barnard early in the second, with each scorer setting up the other for their goal.[108][109]

Southampton moved into the automatic promotion places of League One on 9 April by beating Leyton Orient 2 – 0 at Brisbane Road.[110][111] The Saints rode their luck somewhat throughout the game, as Orient playmaker Jimmy Smith was denied two goals for offside and Stephen Dawson hit the post in the last minute.[110][111] Rickie Lambert scored his 18th goal of the season in the 26th minute to put the Saints one up, and the victory was sealed in the 88th minute by a goal from Lee Barnard.[110][111] The victory was complemented by Huddersfield Town drawing 1 – 1 with Peterborough United, which meant that Southampton could move past them into second place in the table, still with two games in hand.[110][111] Three days later though, Southampton lost for the first time in ten games at Rochdale in one of their games-in-hand over third-placed Huddersfield and leaders Brighton.[112][113] Midfielder Joe Thompson opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark with a headed goal before striker Chris O'Grady made it two before half time.[112][113] The visitors had more of the ball overall and more chances on goal, but Rochdale held onto the clean sheet and the two-goal lead to leave Southampton trailing even further behind Brighton, who picked up another win to go 16 points ahead at the top of League One.[112][113] Southampton picked up an important three points on 16 April against Bristol Rovers, when they won by a single goal at St Mary's.[114][115] The game was marked by the high number of bookings it heralded – four for the Saints and three for Rovers – as well as an injury to striker Lee Barnard which forced him to be carried off the pitch on a stretcher.[114][115] Guly do Prado scored the only goal of the game, converting a solo effort into the winning strike in the 82nd minute to keep Southampton in second place.[114][115] Brighton won their game against Walsall 3 – 1, which meant that they secured the League One title for the season, leaving Southampton to fight against Huddersfield, Peterborough United and Milton Keynes Dons for the second automatic promotion place.[114][115]

Southampton faced Brighton on 23 April, and after trailing for most of the game managed to beat the new League One champions 2 – 1.[116][117] The first half was evenly matched, with the Saints maybe edging the home side out slightly, but it was Brighton who broke the deadlock just before half time thanks to a goal from Ashley Barnes following an incident of miscommunication between Radhi Jaïdi and Kelvin Davis.[116][117] It took until the 84th minute for the Saints to equalise, and the goal came from substitute David Connolly, who had been on the pitch for less than ten minutes.[116][117] Just five minutes later, in the last minute of normal time, José Fonte headed in a cross from Dean Hammond to put the visitors ahead and secure the three points.[116][117] The Saints increased the pressure on Huddersfield by beating Hartlepool United 2 – 0 two days later.[118][119] The first half was dominated by the home side, with a goal from Guly do Prado being disallowed for offside.[118][119] Rickie Lambert opened the scoring in the second half with a penalty following a foul by defender Sam Collins which saw the visitors go down to ten men.[118][119] José Fonte doubled the lead in the 82nd minute to secure the win and keep Southampton in the second automatic promotion place.[118][119] Southampton beat Brentford 3 – 0 on 30 April to put them one win away from promotion.[120][121] The Saints dominated from start to finish, with goals coming from Adam Lallana in the 16th minute, David Conolly on the half-hour mark, and Oscar Gobern in the first minute of added time at the end of the match.[120][121]

Southampton essentially confirmed their promotion in the penultimate game of the season against Plymouth Argyle on 2 May, when they won 3 – 1 after dominating the entire match.[22][23] Despite their dominance, Southampton did not score until the stroke of half time, when Rickie Lambert scored his 20th goal of the season by heading in a Danny Butterfield cross.[22][23] Defender Ryan Dickson made it two with his first of the season shortly after the break, before a foul gave the Saints a penalty which Lambert confidently converted to put the visitors three up within the hour and all-but confirm the relegation of struggling Plymouth.[22][23] Yannick Bolasie picked up a consolation for the home side in injury time, but it was not enough to save their League One status.[22][23] Southampton confirmed their promotion in the last game of the season on 7 May against Walsall, winning 3 – 1.[20][21] The game was largely dominated by the home side, who scored twice in a three-minute period in the first half, with goals coming from Guly do Prado and David Connolly.[20][21] A Walsall goal on the stroke of half time was a mere consolation, as returning winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, on as a substitute, scored a solo goal in the 68th minute to make Southampton's promotion dream a reality.[20][21]

Matches[edit]

Match-by-match record
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground H H A H A A H A A H H A H A H A H H H H H A A H A A A H A H A A H A H A H H A A H A H A A H
Result L D W L L L D W D W W L W W W L W D L W W W W D L W D W D W L W W W W D W W W L W W W W W W
Position 20 20 14 18 22 22 22 18 17 15 13 15 14 9 6 10 6 7 9 5 2 2 2 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

Last updated: 7 May 2011.
Source: Southampton F.C.
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

League table
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 28 11 7 85 40 +45 95
2 Southampton 46 28 8 10 86 38 +48 92
3 Huddersfield Town 46 25 12 9 77 48 +29 87
4 Peterborough United 46 23 10 13 106 75 +31 79
5 Milton Keynes Dons 46 23 8 15 67 60 +7 77

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

FA Cup[edit]

The draw for the First Round of the 2010–11 FA Cup took place on 24 October 2010, giving Southampton a home tie against League Two club Shrewsbury Town to be played on 6 November.[122] After a largely mundane and entirely uneventful game at St Mary's, the Saints defeated the Shrews with two goals in injury time at the end of the game from David Connolly and Adam Lallana.[123][124] Connolly's goal was his first of the season, and came after he was brought on as a substitute just moments previously after a long period out through injury; he also provided the assist for Lallana's goal to send Southampton into the Second Round of the FA Cup.[123][124]

The draw for the Second Round took place on 7 November at 14:00 GMT,[125] and gave Southampton a home tie against League Two side Cheltenham Town to be played on 27 November. The Saints won the game with a comprehensive 3 – 0 victory to advance to the Third Round, the draw for which will take place on 28 November.[126][127] The game saw the first starts of the season for winger Lee Holmes, midfielder Oscar Gobern in the absence of Morgan Schneiderlin and Richard Chaplow, and goalkeeper Bartosz Białkowski, and goals came from Adam Lallana, Guly do Prado and Gobern, who also had a goal disallowed in the second half.[126][127] Despite starting for the first time in the season, Lee Holmes was replaced early in the game due to injury, and was shortly followed before the beginning of the second half by Frazer Richardson and Rickie Lambert.[126][127]

On 8 January 2011, Southampton played their Third Round tie against Premier League side Blackpool, winning the game 2 – 0 at St Mary's.[128][129] Despite an impressive first half display from the Saints, which included a free kick from Rickie Lambert and chances for Adam Lallana and Lee Barnard, the deadlock was not broken until almost ten minutes into the second half, when Barnard scored his seventh goal of the season.[128][129] The home side continued to play offensively, and finally sealed their win two minutes from the end of normal time, when substitute Guly do Prado scored a "splendid", "stunning" goal from open play.[128][129]

The draw for the Fourth Round took place the day after the Blackpool match, pitting Southampton against Premier League high-flyers Manchester United, again at St Mary's.[130] The match took place on 29 January 2011, and saw Southampton slip to a 2 – 1 defeat at the hands of the Premier League leaders.[131][132] The home side were arguably the dominant force in the first half, with a Dan Harding goal disallowed for offside and a Guly do Prado chance wasted, and their strength was confirmed just before the break when Richard Chaplow scored an impressive goal from inside the penalty area.[131][132] The second half was a disappointment for the hosts however, as United improved their form and fought back with goals from Michael Owen and Javier Hernández to squeeze the Premier League contenders through to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup and send Saints out of the competition.[131][132]

League Cup[edit]

On 16 June 2010 the draw for the First Round of the 2010–11 Football League Cup gave Southampton a home tie against local rivals and League One newcomers Bournemouth.[133][134] After a challenging first half, the Saints improved in the second period and finally broke the deadlock shortly after the hour mark thanks to a spectacular goal from Adam Lallana.[135] Previous season's star striker Rickie Lambert made his first appearance of the season late in the game, before teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first goal for the club on his full debut to put Southampton into the Second Round of the League Cup.[135]

The day after the match against Bournemouth, the draw for the Second Round saw Southampton entered into a home game against Premier League side Bolton Wanderers.[136][137] The game opened relatively strongly for the Saints, but it was the visiting side who scored first when Croatian striker Ivan Klasnić converted a Kevin Davies assist in the 31st minute. Southampton looked for a penalty shortly before half time, but Adam Lallana received a booking for diving.[138] Despite a number of chances for Southampton in the second period, including a Rickie Lambert free kick which came close and a last minute effort from David Connolly, Bolton held on for the win to knock the South Coast club out of the League Cup in the Second Round for the second season in a row.[138]

League Trophy[edit]

As defending champions, Southampton were looking to become the first team in the tournament's history to win the Football League Trophy in two consecutive years. The club began the competition in the First Round after failing to receive a bye to the next round.[139][140] The draw took place on 14 August, giving Southampton a home tie against league rivals Swindon Town in the week commencing 30 August.[141] The match came the day after the dismissal of manager Alan Pardew, and a lacklustre Saints team underperformed to lose 3 – 0 and exit the tournament, with substitute Lee Barnard receiving a red card in the 83rd minute following a tackle on Will Evans.[142]

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Nat. Name League FA Cup League Cup League Trophy Total Discipline
Apps. Goals Assists Apps. Goals Assists Apps. Goals Assists Apps. Goals Assists Apps. Goals Assists Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK England Kelvin Davis 46 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 50 0 1 0 0
2 DF England Frazer Richardson 13(7) 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16(7) 0 1 2 0
3 DF England Dan Harding 35(1) 0 2 3(1) 0 0 1(1) 0 0 1 0 0 40(3) 0 2 4 0
4 MF France Morgan Schneiderlin 23(4) 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 27(4) 0 2 6 0
5 DF England Ryan Dickson 15(8) 1 5 1(2) 0 1 1 0 0 0(1) 0 0 17(11) 1 6 0 0
6 DF Portugal José Fonte 43 7 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 48 7 0 9 0
7 FW England Rickie Lambert 45 21 10 3(1) 0 0 1(1) 0 1 1 0 0 50(2) 21 11 1 0
8 FW Barbados Jonathan Forte 2(8) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2(8) 2 0 1 0
9 FW England Lee Barnard 24(12) 14 5 3 1 0 2 0 0 0(1) 0 0 29(13) 15 5 6 1
10 MF England Jason Puncheon 15 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 19 0 2 0 0
11 MF Brazil Guilherme do Prado 23(11) 9 6 3(1) 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 27(12) 11 6 3 0
12 DF England Danny Butterfield 32(2) 0 3 1(1) 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 36(3) 0 3 5 0
14 MF England Dean Hammond 40(1) 4 5 3 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 46(1) 4 5 11 0
15 DF Tunisia Radhi Jaïdi 31 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 34 3 0 5 0
17 DF England Aaron Martin 4(4) 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6(4) 0 0 2 0
18 DF England Joseph Mills 0(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(3) 0 0 0 0
19 DF England Danny Seaborne 14(10) 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 18(10) 0 0 5 0
20 MF England Adam Lallana 30(6) 8 10 3 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 35(6) 11 12 3 0
21 MF England Lee Holmes 0(7) 0 1 1(1) 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 1(9) 0 1 0 0
22 FW Republic of Ireland David Connolly 8(7) 3 1 0(1) 1 1 0(1) 0 0 1 0 0 9(9) 4 2 0 0
23 GK England Tommy Forecast 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 GK Poland Bartosz Białkowski 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
26 MF England Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 27(7) 9 8 2(2) 0 0 1(1) 1 0 0(1) 0 0 30(11) 10 8 2 0
27 MF England Oscar Gobern 1(10) 1 1 1(1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2(11) 2 1 0 1
28 MF England Callum McNish 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 MF Wales Ryan Doble 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 MF England Richard Chaplow 27(6) 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 29(6) 5 0 7 0
31 MF England Harlee Dean 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 MF France Dany N'Guessan 2(4) 0 1 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2(5) 0 1 1 0
33 MF England Dale Stephens 5(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5(1) 0 0 0 0
36 MF Wales Anthony Pulis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 DF England Jack Saville 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 DF England Ben Reeves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 DF England Ryan Tafazolli 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 FW England Tony Garrod 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who left the club before the end of the season
16 MF England Paul Wotton 0(2) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1(2) 0 0 0 0
31 FW England Nicholas Bignall 0(3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(3) 0 0 0 0
33 GK England James Shea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Most appearances[edit]

Pos. Nat. Name League FA Cup League Cup League Trophy Total
Strt. Sub. Strt. Sub. Strt. Sub. Strt. Sub. Strt. Sub. Total
1 FW England Rickie Lambert 45 0 3 1 1 1 1 0 50 2 52
2 GK England Kelvin Davis 46 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 50 0 50
3 DF Portugal José Fonte 43 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 48 0 48
4 MF England Dean Hammond 40 1 3 0 2 0 1 0 46 1 47
5 DF England Dan Harding 35 1 3 1 1 1 1 0 40 3 43
6 FW England Lee Barnard 24 12 3 0 2 0 0 1 29 13 42
7 MF England Adam Lallana 30 6 3 0 2 0 0 0 35 6 41
MF England Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 27 7 2 2 1 1 0 1 30 11 41
9 DF England Danny Butterfield 32 2 1 1 2 0 1 0 36 3 39
MF Brazil Guilherme do Prado 23 11 3 1 0 0 1 0 27 12 39

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat. Name League FA Cup League Cup League Trophy Total
Gls. Apps. Gls. Apps. Gls. Apps. Gls. Apps. Gls. Apps. GPG
1 FW England Rickie Lambert 21 45 0 4 0 2 0 1 21 52 0.40
2 FW England Lee Barnard 14 36 1 3 0 2 0 1 15 42 0.35
3 MF Brazil Guilherme do Prado 9 34 2 4 0 0 0 1 11 39 0.28
MF England Adam Lallana 8 36 3 3 0 2 0 0 11 41 0.26
5 MF England Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 9 34 0 4 1 2 0 1 10 41 0.24
6 DF Portugal José Fonte 7 43 0 2 0 2 0 1 7 48 0.14
7 MF England Richard Chaplow 4 33 1 2 0 0 0 0 5 35 0.14
8 FW Republic of Ireland David Connolly 3 15 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 18 0.22
MF England Dean Hammond 4 41 0 3 0 2 0 1 4 47 0.08
10 DF Tunisia Radhi Jaïdi 3 31 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 34 0.08

Top assistants[edit]

Pos. Nat. Name League FA Cup League Cup League Trophy Total
Asst. Apps. Asst. Apps. Asst. Apps. Asst. Apps. Asst. Apps. APG
1 MF England Adam Lallana 10 36 2 3 0 2 0 0 12 41 0.29
2 FW England Rickie Lambert 10 45 0 4 1 2 0 1 11 52 0.21
3 MF England Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 8 34 0 4 0 2 0 1 8 41 0.19
4 DF England Ryan Dickson 5 23 1 3 0 1 0 1 6 28 0.21
MF Brazil Guilherme do Prado 6 34 0 4 0 0 0 1 6 39 0.15
6 FW England Lee Barnard 5 36 0 3 0 2 0 1 5 42 0.11
MF England Dean Hammond 5 41 0 3 0 2 0 1 5 47 0.10
8 DF England Danny Butterfield 3 34 0 2 0 2 0 1 3 39 0.07
9 FW Republic of Ireland David Connolly 1 15 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 18 0.11
MF England Jason Puncheon 1 15 0 1 1 2 0 1 2 19 0.10
MF France Morgan Schneiderlin 2 27 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 31 0.06
DF England Dan Harding 2 36 0 4 0 2 0 1 2 43 0.04

Transfers[edit]

Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name From Fee Ref.
1 July 2010 DF England Ryan Dickson England Brentford £125,000 [143][144]
6 July 2010 DF England Frazer Richardson England Charlton Athletic Undisclosed [145][146]
16 July 2010 DF England Danny Butterfield England Crystal Palace Free (released) [147][148]
27 August 2010 MF England Harlee Dean England Dagenham & Redbridge Undisclosed [149][150]
1 January 2011 MF England Richard Chaplow England Preston North End Undisclosed [151][152]
20 January 2011 MF Brazil Guilherme do Prado Italy Cesena Undisclosed [153][154]
31 January 2011 FW Barbados Jonathan Forte England Scunthorpe United Undisclosed [155][156]
5 April 2011 DF England Jack Stephens England Plymouth Argyle £150,000 [157][158]
Players loaned in
Date from Pos. Name From Date to Ref.
23 August 2010 MF Brazil Guilherme do Prado Italy Cesena 20 January 2011 [159][160][161]
30 September 2010 MF England Richard Chaplow England Preston North End 31 December 2010 [162][163]
8 October 2010 FW England Nicholas Bignall England Reading 4 November 2010 [164][165]
26 January 2011 MF France Dany N'Guessan England Leicester City End of season [166][167]
18 February 2011 GK England James Shea England Arsenal 3 March 2011 [168][169][170]
25 March 2011 MF England Dale Stephens England Oldham Athletic End of season [171][172]
Players loaned out
Date from Pos. Name To Date to Ref.
7 October 2010 MF Wales Anthony Pulis England Stockport County 4 January 2011 [173][174][175]
19 October 2010 DF England Joseph Mills England Doncaster Rovers End of season [176][177][178]
4 November 2010 DF England Jack Saville England Stockport County 4 December 2010 [179][180]
8 November 2010 MF England Paul Wotton England Oxford United 31 December 2010 [181][182]
16 November 2010 MF England Jason Puncheon England Millwall 3 January 2011 [183][184]
3 January 2011 DF England Ryan Tafazolli England Salisbury City 3 February 2011 [185]
1 January 2011 MF England Paul Wotton England Yeovil Town 28 January 2011 [186][187]
31 January 2011 MF England Jason Puncheon England Blackpool End of season [188][189]
31 January 2011 GK England Tommy Forecast England Eastbourne Borough 28 February 2011 [188][190]
8 February 2011 MF Wales Anthony Pulis England Barnet End of season [191][192]
11 February 2011 MF England Harlee Dean England Bishop's Stortford 11 March 2011 [193]
11 February 2011 FW England Tony Garrod England Bishop's Stortford 11 March 2011 [193]
17 February 2011 FW Wales Ryan Doble England Stockport County 17 March 2011 [194][195]
22 March 2011 FW Wales Ryan Doble England Oxford United End of season [196][197]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
1 July 2010 DF Scotland Graeme Murty Unattached [198]
1 July 2010 DF England Chris Perry Unattached [198]
1 July 2010 DF England Jon Otsemobor England Sheffield Wednesday 1 July 2010 [198][199]
1 July 2010 GK England Michael Poke England Brighton & Hove Albion 1 July 2010 [198][200]
1 July 2010 MF Trinidad and Tobago Jake Thomson England Exeter City 1 July 2010 [198][201]
1 July 2010 MF England Simon Gillett England Doncaster Rovers 8 July 2010 [198][202]
1 July 2010 DF England Oliver Lancashire England Walsall 14 July 2010 [198][203]
1 July 2010 MF England Tom Dunford England Sutton United 19 July 2010 [198][204]
1 July 2010 DF Wales Lloyd James England Colchester United 22 July 2010 [198][205]
1 July 2010 MF Wales Garyn Preen England Burton Albion 23 July 2010 [206][207]
1 July 2010 DF England Lee Molyneux England Plymouth Argyle 3 August 2010 [208][209]
1 July 2010 FW Wales Kayne McLaggon England Salisbury City 4 August 2010 [198][210]
1 July 2010 DF England Wayne Thomas England Doncaster Rovers 10 August 2010 [198][211]
1 July 2010 FW England Jamie White England Eastleigh 21 December 2010 [198][212]
1 July 2010 MF England Jack Boyle England Salisbury City 25 January 2011 [198][213]
28 January 2011 MF England Paul Wotton England Yeovil Town 28 January 2011 [214][215]

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