The Saints are going Up

Rickie Lambert, courtesy of DATM.org

Today saw Southampton’s re-arranged fixture against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park. The game was crucial for both sides, seeing as Southampton needed a win to all but guarantee automatic promotion, whereas the Green Army needed to be victorious in order to stand any chance of staying in League One.

The Saints began the stronger side, earning a few early corners, to no avail. Saints continued to tear into Peter Reid’s Pilgrims throughout the first half, with Plymouth having very few opportunities at Kelvin Davis’ goal.

The half looked to be a frustrating one for the Saints, that was untill just before the break, when Rickie Lambert headed home from Danny Butterfield’s cross. The Saints entered the half time break with a deserved lead.

Any nerves the Saints may have had were quickly gone after the break, when Radhi Jaidi first hit the woodwork from a header, the left back Ryan Dickson scored into the centre of David Button’s goal to double the Saints advantage. Promotion was looking more and more likely for the Saints, while the Pilgrims looked to be slumping to consecutive relegations.

It only got worse for the home side as Curtis Nelson took down Rickie Lambert in the penalty area. Referee Woolmer awarded Saints the penalty. Lambert dusted himself off to tuck home his 21st league goal of the season. With a three goal lead, Huddersfield’s hopes of automatic qualification looked to be fading into the distance.

The Pilgrims did grab themselves a last-minute consolation goal courtesy of Yannick Bolasie. However, this was not enough to save the Pilgrims from relegation, or to deny the Saints automatic promotion. It would take a miracle 17 goal swing on the final day of the season for Huddersfield to over take the Saints.

The playoffs are all but confirmed as well with Huddersfield facing Bournemouth and Peterborough facing MK Dons. As for Plymouth, back to back relegations see them slump to League Two for next year.

Rickie Lambert Courtesy of DATM.org
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