English FA Cup

January 29, 2011



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Manchester United

English FA Cup

17:15 +00:00, January 29, 2011

St. Mary's Stadium, England

Referee: M Atkinson

  • 94'

    FULL TIME It was hairy for a time but in the end United's class shone through. Southampton can be proud of their efforts, especially in the first half, but they just ran out of energy in the second and the introduction of Nani and Giggs made a big difference.

  • 93'

    Southampton's brave effort is all but over. Their collective legs have gone.

  • 92'

    Frustration gets the better of Butterfield who hauls back Nani.

  • 90'

    Four minutes added...

  • 88'

    Scholes nearly profits from a sloppy Saints clearance but his block tackle rolls back to Bialkowski.

  • 86'

    Southampton can't get hold of the ball at the moment. And even when they do, they can't get anywhere near the final third.

  • 84'

    Chaplow departs on a poor note and Oscar Gobern is on.

  • 83'

    A great opening for Saints but Chaplow opts to shoot when he had two team-mates well placed. It dribbles wide and now he's off.

  • 82'

    Obertan draws a nudge from Harding and wins a free kick wide right.

  • 80'

    Nani has acres of space to run into but his touch is a little heavy and Rocha Fonte challenges him.

  • 79'

    A little wobble from Lindegaard but his defence tidies up.

  • 78'

    Dany N'Guessan is on for Saints and Do Prado is off.

  • 76'

    Saints hit back and win a corner. They must have known it was coming.

  • 75'

    A slide rule pass evades Rocha Fonte and even though Hernandez is off balance, he still manages to clip the ball into the net off the post.

  • 75'

    GOAL Hernandez strokes it home!

  • 74'

    Oxlade-Chamberlain picks the ball up deep and runs 20 yards before firing a shot wide of the target.

  • 74'

    Wes Brown's deep cross finds Nani but his volley is gathered well by Bialkowski.

  • 73'

    Change for Saints, Ryan Dickson comes on in place of Barnard.

  • 72'

    Do Prado has the makings of a good footballer but his decision making needs work.

  • 70'

    A well worked corner routine as Chamberlain comes short, flicks back to Harding who crosses low and flashes right across the face of goal and just past the post. So close.

  • 69'

    Do Prado feeds Chaplow and his cross misses everyone. Then Chamberlain wins a corner.

  • 67'

    Nani cuts inside and flicks to Scholes who tries a curler but Butterfield blocks.

  • 66'

    Saints had dropped deeper and deeper in the last ten minutes and paid the price. United favourites now, surely.

  • 65'

    Obertan flashes in a cross that deflects off a Saints' defender, into the turf and up onto the forehead of Owen who finds the corner.

  • 65'

    GOAL Owen scores!

  • 64'

    Finally a chance for Owen as Nani crosses to the near post. Owen flings out a leg and diverts it just over the bar.

  • 63'

    Evans meets Giggs' centre but it is right at the keeper.

  • 62'

    Chaplow is penalised for a lunge on Nani. Free kick wide left.

  • 61'

    Evans is across smartly as Chamberlain looked to latch onto Do Prado's pass down the left flank.

  • 59'

    Ragged from United as O'Shea and Giggs contrive to give Southampton a throw when there was no need to.

  • 58'

    On come Giggs and Nani and off go Gibson and Anderson. All United subs made and no Rooney or Berbatov. Interesting.

  • 56'

    An aimless ball from Owen and now the changes come.

  • 55'

    United are forced back to their keeper from theSaints' final third. But now Brown gets down the right and wins a throw. Options up front lacking for United.

  • 53'

    United just can't keep hold of the ball here. Changes needed.

  • 52'

    Great run from Harding, beating two players and trying to switch it onto his right foot. His eventual shot was more like a back pass.

  • 50'

    A good clearing header from O'Shea prevents a cross reaching Lambert, then Chaplow misses his kick when crossing and wants a penalty. Not happening.

  • 49'

    Chaplow was so nearly in again after Do Prado's pass but he couldn't collect the ball. It was slightly behind him in fairness.

  • 47'

    An early opening in the box but Owen can't force his cross into the danger area. Corner, that Seabourne does well to clear.

  • 46'

    A change for United as we restart as Brown replaces Fabio.


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  • 45'

    HALF TIME Saints get their reward for a bright opening half after Chaplow's stunner. Lots of work to do for Manchester United.

  • 45'

    What a beauty! The ball broke inside the area off Evans and he smashed it into the roof of the net past Lindegaard. What a finish!

  • 45'

    GOAL Chaplow with a stunner!

  • 43'

    The best chance of thr half by a mile but Do Prado has fluffed it. Butterfield crosses from the right and Do Prado has a free header seven yards out but puts it over. Oh dear.

  • 41'

    Fabio looks for Anderson in the inside left channel but Saints clear.

  • 40'

    Hernandez is flagged offside from Owen's pass.

  • 38'

    A poor pass from Do Prado looking for Barnard.

  • 36'

    Evans nudges Harding and Saints win a free kick.

  • 34'

    An opening for Gibson on the edge of the box but he tries a shot with the outside of his right boot and it is blocked.

  • 33'

    Saints clear the free kick before Obertan wastes a good slice of possession in the box with a shanked shot.

  • 32'

    Chaplow clips Fabio as he looked to latch on to a good ball from Gibson.

  • 31'

    A good cross from Cahplow but Smalling gets up to nod clear.

  • 29'

    A chance to break for United but Gibson's ball for Hernandez is poor.

  • 28'

    Southampton more than holding their own at the moment. In fact, you'd have to say they are on top.

  • 26'

    Lambert lets rip from 30 yards but his effort started off too high and was always rising.

  • 25'

    A late challenge from Gibson and he is lucky to get away without a yellow card.

  • 24'

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  • 23'

    Now at the other end a block falls for Anderson but his shot is right at Bialkowski.

  • 22'

    From the corner Rocha fonte pokes towards goal but it lacks power.

  • 21'

    Superb work from Harding as he gets past O'Shea and crosses and Evans is forced to nod behind.

  • 20'

    Lively cup tie this. Loads of Andy Gray and Richard Keys banter flying around the Soccernet office.

  • 19'

    Lambert strikes the free kick powerfully, and it was bending viciously, but noe enough to trouble the far post. Two yards wide.

  • 17'

    Evans is penalised for a foul and Southampton have a good chance to get an effort on goal from 25 yards out.

  • 16'

    Owen has hit the post! He was out wide right, and clipped it into the box, it looped over the keeper and bounced out to safety.

  • 14'

    Shot on goal from Lambert but he can't get much power on it as he swivelled on a ball that was heading away from goal.

  • 13'

    O'Shea makes a important tackle on Chamberlain.

  • 12'

    Owen is playing just off Hernandez, in a similar position to the one he occupied at Newcastle under Kevin Keegan.

  • 11'

    First chance for United and Owen has missed it. Collecting Fabio's pass he looks for the far post but can't get any curl on it and it flashes a yard wide of the post.

  • 10'

    Neat exchange between Barnard and Lambert but the latter can't get his shot away, then when the former does, it is blocked.

  • 8'

    Gibson strikes a ball forward to no-one in particular.

  • 7'

    Southampton have the ball in the net but the flag is up. Chaplow scuffs his shot and it falls into the path of Harding but though he finished well, he was a yard offside.

  • 6'

    United clear the corner then Southampton surrender possession.

  • 5'

    Butterfield crosses early and Lambert rises but Smalling concedes a corner.

  • 4'

    Schneiderlin looks like the Saints' anchorman, and he has spread the play effectively so far.

  • 3'

    A weak cross from Fabio with his left foot. Poor.

  • 2'

    A decent start for Saints, but possession changing hands pretty regularly.

  • 1'



    Starts for Obertan, Owen, Wes Brown and Gibson. But plenty in reserve on the bench if things go pear shaped.


    Man Utd: Lindegaard, O'Shea, Evans, Smalling, Fabio Da Silva, Gibson, Anderson, Scholes, Obertan, Hernandez, Owen. Subs: Kuszczak, Brown, Berbatov, Rooney, Giggs, Nani, Bebe.


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    Southampton: Bialkowski, Butterfield, Fonte, Seaborne, Harding, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Schneiderlin, Chaplow, Do Prado, Lambert, Barnard. Subs: Davis, Richardson, Dickson, Martin, Gobern, Doble, N'Guessan.


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