LiveAlbion v Southampton - from the Amex

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Summary

  • 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

9:47pm

Thanks for following.

A brief summary, including full line-ups and substitutions, is now online

9:41pm

I'd suggest that final scoreline was about the best Albion could have hoped for given the way the game panned out.

9:39pm

Well we had a bit less than two minutes.

Or the announcement was made a bit late!

9:37pm

Stephens replaces Fonte, who has a knock, as we enter two added minutes.

9:36pm

Saints pushing for a fourth.

Pelle blasts a great chance over.

Then the same striker is denied by a super challenge from Dunk.

 

9:33pm

It sounds like the Orlandi deal is all done up at Blackpool.

9:32pm

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.

 

9:27pm

9:26pm

Toko and Maksimenko on for Ince and Chicksen.

9:21pm

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.

9:19pm

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.

9:15pm

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.

9:11pm

Saints send on Cork for Wanyama

9:11pm

Buckley and Agustien replace March and Crofts before the restart.

9:10pm

Third goal for Saints. Ince failed to control and WARD-PROWSE blasted into the top corner from 25 yards.

9:09pm

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.

9:07pm

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.

 

9:00pm

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.

8:58pm

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.

8:53pm

Off go Calderon, Greer, O'Grady and Fenelon.

 

8:51pm

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.

8:36pm

8:34pm

8:32pm

And so ends a very tough first half for Albion

8:31pm

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.

8:30pm

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.

8:24pm

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.

8:23pm

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.

8:15pm

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.

8:11pm

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.

8:07pm

And there is the first goal after some more slick passing by Southampton.

TADIC fired home low from the edge of the box.

 

8:05pm

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.

8:02pm

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

8:01pm

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.

7:58pm

7:58pm

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.

7:53pm

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.

 

7:47pm

So here we go, Albion going North to South - though both ends are empty tonight.

7:44pm

Albion walk out in their new orange shirts which are BRIGHT

Certainly brighter than they looked on the photos using Bruno as the model!

7:38pm

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.

7:35pm

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.

 

Comments (8)

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8:07pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Mark Dixon says...

Andy, use a spell check
Andy, use a spell check Mark Dixon
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8:21pm Thu 31 Jul 14

VegasSeagull says...

Mark Dixon wrote:
Andy, use a spell check
I think it's Brian, not Andy
[quote][p][bold]Mark Dixon[/bold] wrote: Andy, use a spell check[/p][/quote]I think it's Brian, not Andy VegasSeagull
  • Score: -1

8:23pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Quiterie says...

"possibly question marks over Stockdale on the goal" ...... according to Talksport it went right through his gloves!!!
"possibly question marks over Stockdale on the goal" ...... according to Talksport it went right through his gloves!!! Quiterie
  • Score: 2

9:21pm Thu 31 Jul 14

tug509 says...

Someone said earlier ,maybe we don't need another striker ,I think this shows we are still 3 or 4 players light .
Someone said earlier ,maybe we don't need another striker ,I think this shows we are still 3 or 4 players light . tug509
  • Score: 4

9:33pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Conelli98 says...

tug509 wrote:
Someone said earlier ,maybe we don't need another striker ,I think this shows we are still 3 or 4 players light .
I'm there and I'd say 6!
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Someone said earlier ,maybe we don't need another striker ,I think this shows we are still 3 or 4 players light .[/p][/quote]I'm there and I'd say 6! Conelli98
  • Score: 0

9:42pm Thu 31 Jul 14

The lev says...

Went to the game just left. We are in big trouble
Went to the game just left. We are in big trouble The lev
  • Score: 1

9:44pm Thu 31 Jul 14

tug509 says...

Conelli98 wrote:
tug509 wrote:
Someone said earlier ,maybe we don't need another striker ,I think this shows we are still 3 or 4 players light .
I'm there and I'd say 6!
Oh dear not good ! Ah well 9 days to go we`d better get busy .
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Someone said earlier ,maybe we don't need another striker ,I think this shows we are still 3 or 4 players light .[/p][/quote]I'm there and I'd say 6![/p][/quote]Oh dear not good ! Ah well 9 days to go we`d better get busy . tug509
  • Score: 1

9:44pm Thu 31 Jul 14

barnieb says...

Been saying all last season and this pre-season.SAME OLD SAME OLD ....WE CANNOT SCORE GOALS.WE ARE GOING TO STRUGGLE IT WAS ONLY OUR DEFENCE LAST SEASON THAT PREVENTED US FROM BEING IN A RELEGATION DOG-FIGHT.
Been saying all last season and this pre-season.SAME OLD SAME OLD ....WE CANNOT SCORE GOALS.WE ARE GOING TO STRUGGLE IT WAS ONLY OUR DEFENCE LAST SEASON THAT PREVENTED US FROM BEING IN A RELEGATION DOG-FIGHT. barnieb
  • Score: -1

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