Southampton 2 v City 0 – 30/12/06
After a pleasant trek to the south coast in glorious sunshine, within minutes of parking, the heavens opened and a deluge of rain hit us. There was a pitch inspection arranged for 3.30 and Saints staff made huge efforts with rollers, forks etc to have the pitch playable.
What followed could not in any terms be called a game! Leicester were so poor it was difficult to believe that this was the same side that had collected 10 points out of the last 12. Virtually every player had difficulty controlling a ball and getting it down. With a heavy pitch one would have thought that controlling a ball would be easier, in fact Southampton had no difficulty in that respect, they were also able to pass to a team mate, whereas City often gave the ball away.
The game started at 3.45 and it soon became clear the Saints had come to terms with the conditions, the Foxes hadn’t. The City defence came under constant pressure, with Williams winning tackles and clearing his lines. With Tiatto and Hughes also helping out a beleaguered defence, the ball was constantly hoofed up field. Unfortunately neither Hume nor Hammond were able to control the ball so it was coming straight back into the City half.
After 10 minutes Johansson slid in to intercept a ball meant for Ostlund on the Saints right. Nissa missed the ball by a whisker and carried on sliding away from the action whilst a delighted Ostlund advanced 10 yards, looked up and crossed an inch perfect ball to the head of an unmarked Pele who nodded past Henderson to put the Saints one up…..