Yesterday, Southampton made the journey from their south coast home to the Weston Homes Community Stadium in Colchester, for the League One clash with Colchester United. With the Saints placing just two places higher than the play-off chasing U’s.
Saints began the day in 5th place, with games in hand over the three teams ahead of them, looking to get maximum points and hoping for a slip up from either Huddersfield, Bournemouth or Peterborough.
As always with away games, I was highly anticipating the kick-off… and from kick-off, the U’s (which is a shit nickname by the way) were on the offensive, camping in the Saints half for the first twenty minutes, with Saints looking off the pace.
As Saints broke the early pressure, earning two free kicks on the edge of the area, the first resulted in a goal kick, the second, smashed against the wall and left young superstar Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain an easy tap in to put the under-par saints into the lead.
Saints fortunes doubled a minute later when U’s striker Dave Mooney was sent off for violent conduct. The home fans were disgusted with the referee and probably for good measure as they were down to ten men and losing a game they had been dominating.
The Saints began to dominate the possession for the rest of the first half, beginning to play the football we fans know and love.
The second half began well for Saints, when Alex Chamberlain’s short corner eventually ended at the feet of ex-U Dean Hammond who smashed the ball straight into the bottom corner. 2-0 Southampton.
The feisty game continued, with the ref seeming to have little control over the players. Saints pressed for a third, but U’s keeper Ben Williams was strong in keeping out the Saints charges.
Colchester did pull a goal back, only for it to be disallowed for offside.
Final score Colchester 0-2 Southampton.
I have kept up my unbeaten away trip record… maybe I’m a good omen.
In other results, league leader Brighton beat Carlisle with a late minute winner to win 4-3, Huddersfield drew with Yeovil Town, Bournemouth had a 3-0 home win against Oldham and Peterborough beat Exeter 3-0. The promotion race is hotting up.