Previously the big sides used to dread a trip to The Dell ... now St Marys is the new terror location for the Premier League's big boys
Southampton have continued their excellent form against the big clubs this season and while the old adage is that to stay in the Premier League you need to win your games around those around you at St Marys they are going for a much more direct approach; beat the teams those around you cannot.
But this tradition is nothing new for Southampton FC.
They have always had a knack for beating the top teams when in the Premier League; or at least giving them a heck of a run for their money.
The Saints have always had this aptitude to make them run for their money and this is always largely due in no small part to a collect few mercurial talents.
Of course the most famous of all is Matthew Le Tissier. Still revered as a form of deity on the south-coast there is a certain hierarchy of importance on the Solent when it comes to the Guernsey-born star; man, god, ‘Le God’.
But they have always had the odd player capable of creating magic from almost nothing. The likes of Marian Pahars, Hassan Kachloul or James Beattie have all played this role in the past.
The problem has always been a separation between these players; rarely getting to play together.
Nowadays that is not the case. With the likes of Jay Rodriguez, Jason Puncheon, Morgan Schneiderlin, Adam Lallana and Gaston Ramirez all pushing the side on with their attacking prowess and technical guile.
Then of course there is their brand new number ‘7’ who is causing ructions at the club. Rickie Lambert is being touted for a potential place in the England team. The top English scorer in the league it is surely praise he has deserved.
Channelling the underdog spirit of old Pochettino has turned that on its head. Instead of sitting back and absorbing pressure he has encouraged his team to pressure high up the pitch and ruffle the feathers of the superstars above them. Then when they get possession they utilise the attractive style Nigel Adkins has instilled in them to tear even the best defences apart; ask John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic.
This now sees Southampton in 12th place; a position of near safety and above the likes of Stoke, Norwich and Newcastle United.
Surely now they are safe.
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