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- ALBION 1 SOUTHAMPTON 3
- Tadic and Davis in first half for Saints (20, 44)
- Ward-Prowse adds a cracker (63)
- LuaLua replies for second-best Seagulls (73)
- Final friendly for Albion
- Full report in The Argus tomorrow
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I'd suggest that final scoreline was about the best Albion could have hoped for given the way the game panned out.
Well we had a bit less than two minutes.
Or the announcement was made a bit late!
Stephens replaces Fonte, who has a knock, as we enter two added minutes.
Saints pushing for a fourth.
Pelle blasts a great chance over.
Then the same striker is denied by a super challenge from Dunk.
It sounds like the Orlandi deal is all done up at Blackpool.
Not bad from Albion as Mackail-Smith gets away down the right and crosses low.
Maksimenko arrives well beyond the far post but can only direct his shot into the side-netting from a tight angle.
Attendance 7,296 at the Amex for #BHAFC v @SouthamptonFC tonight, with 870 in support of Saints. Thank you all for your support.— @OfficialBHAFC 31 July 2014
Toko and Maksimenko on for Ince and Chicksen.
There's a man who can provide a spark - LUALUA.
He picks up a poor clearance, cuts inside and fires in a right foot shot which might just have taken a slight deflection as it flashed high past Kelvin Davis.
Soton fans in the southern end of the East Lower are absolutely loving this, of course.
From an Albion viewpoint, with 20 minutes to go, we'd just like to see something to enthuse fans over the nine days that lie ahead.
It coud have happened a moment ago but Chicksen's pass towards the path of LuaLua in the box was not well timed and two defenders were across to snuff out danger.
Albion play their way into trouble and it seems Tadic will curl the fourth. But Hughes slides in and deflects his shot over the bar.
Saints send on Cork for Wanyama
Buckley and Agustien replace March and Crofts before the restart.
Third goal for Saints. Ince failed to control and WARD-PROWSE blasted into the top corner from 25 yards.
That was good from Southampton.
A cross was cut back to Steven Davis outside the box and he hit it first time on the volley.
The shot was well struck but Stockdale held it cleanly as it bounced right in front of him.
We're just looking for signs of encouragement here from an Albion viewpoint.
A deft little first-time touch by Bruno led to a right-wing attack featuring March. But Crofts' eventual cross did not find a team mate.
Soton have had a corner and a cross from open play, both of them overhit.
LuaLua, again playing quite centrally, picks up possession and looks to go outside his man before shooting. But he can't get quite far enough ahead of Clyne and can only skew his shot well wide of the near post.
Not an immediate improvement from the hosts as Saints play their way through with incisive passing down their right before the cross is headed rather weakly wide by Isgrove. The striker had found space in the penalty area.
Off go Calderon, Greer, O'Grady and Fenelon.
Changes being made for the second half. Saints have sent on Targett for Bertrand at left back and Davis for Boruc in goal.
Albion send on Bruno, Dunk, LuaLua and Mackail-Smith.
Fair reflection of the first half in fairness. A lot of chasing for #bhafc.— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 July 2014
And so ends a very tough first half for Albion
And there is the second. Initial danger caused when Saints got Yoshida to the byline again. The cross was headed away but the attack continued and DAVIS thumped a shot past Stockdale.
I know that last bit did not look very exciting in black and white but it perhaps summed up what we have seen.
Southampton looking the sharper, quicker and better side.
A roar goes up as Crofts and Ince work a one-two which creates space for Calderon to go forward.
But Soton quickly have two men back to face him and the full-back is forced to check back.
Hyypia still sitting watching while Jones patrols the edge of the technical area.
This has been hard work for Albion, especially for the last 20 minutes or so.
They can't get decent possession.
There were possibly question marks over Stockdale on the goal.
But he has just used his feet to block from Davis, who looked set to make it 2-0 after twisting into space in the box.
Another good move from Soton as Davis's lovely crossfield ball into the path of Yoshida gives the charging right-back room to cross.
But Tadic does not make proper contact as the ball goes across him and his shot slices wide.
Then Stockdale holds a well struck 25-yarder from by Ward-Prowse.
It's pretty much all Southampton right now.
And there is the first goal after some more slick passing by Southampton.
TADIC fired home low from the edge of the box.
Applause for Stockdale as he dives to block a close range flick by Pelle - but it was a nice move between Tadic and Yoshida down the Soton right which opened up Albion quite easily.
I think JFC went for a double bluff with that free-kick. He guessed Boruc would go behind his wall anticipating the curler so went down the keeper's side with his shot - and Boruc was there waiting
Nice move there from Albion with some neat passing down the left to force a corner.
Forster-Caskey's delivery was decent and seemed to hit Ince in the midriff after clearing a defender.
Albion now have a free-kick 25 yards out with Forster-Caskey to take.
But he curls tamely into Boruc's arms.
The future's bright-on, the future's orange? Luminous look to both teams. Plenty of Saints in yellow boots to match yellow shorts. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 July 2014
I can see Greer enjoying the chance to ping long diagonal balls for Chicksen to chase this season.
The left-back's charge forward just forced a corner from which Albion got the ball into the box.
It bounced around before Davis hooked clear.
As has been the case in previous friendlies, Albion are encouraging the full-backs to push forward.
Crofts is playing wide, and deep, on the right of midfield, further back than Calderon at times, with Ince just ahead of the central defenders.
Applause there as Stockdale catches the first cross of the night above his head.
So here we go, Albion going North to South - though both ends are empty tonight.
Albion walk out in their new orange shirts which are BRIGHT
Certainly brighter than they looked on the photos using Bruno as the model!
Let's start with news of an ex-Seagulls today - and someone whose face you will still see on the side of a bus in Brighton from time to time.
You will have read that Andrea Orlandi is poised to sign for Blackpool.
Now a free agent, Orlandi was at Blackpool on Monday to talk to their boss Jose Riga.
He returned today to tie up final details and undergo a medical.
We await confirmation as to how all that went.
So here we go again.
Albion back at the Amex for their only home run out of pre-season.
Apart from a few bits and peices on youtube, this is the first I've seen of the Seagulls under Sami Hyypia.
Of course score updates and goalflashes are far from essential this evening.
Tonight's live report is basically a little pre-season run for myslf and my laptop!
And a chance to tell you a little about who is playing and where - and how.
The serious stuff starts a little less than nine days from now.