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Why The Saints Continue To March On

Thursday 10th November 2011
Its been a turbulent few years down on the south coast where my adopted city's club have suffered heartbreak and in more recent times, success.

Southampton are now on the up and currently sit top of the Championship; 5 points clear of second place West Ham United. However, the four years between 2005 and 2009 saw the Saints have numerous managers, suffer relegation from the Premier League to the Championship and soon after, League 1.

Since then though, the Saints have gone from strength to strength and the 2009-2010 season saw an upturn in the clubs fortunes; Marcus Liebherr took over the club and spent big money in the Summer on players such as Rickie Lambert, Dean Hammond and Lee Barnard, winning the Johnstones Paint Trophy after defeating Carlisle United 4-1 at Wembley. The club finished a creditable 7th despite having 10 points deducted at the beginning of the season for financial problems happening the previous Summer.

The next campaign saw the Saints return to The Championship after finishing 2nd to south coast rivals Brighton & Hove Albion with 92 points.  Alan Pardew was sacked as manager after the 4-0 win against Bristol Rovers after only three games and Scunthorpe United manager Nigel Adkins was the man the club installed to get them promotion.
Now the 2011-2012 season where it is so far so good for everyone involved at Southampton Football Club. The club are playing some fabulous football, the right way, are winning games and are currently sitting pretty at the top of the league; 5 points clear of second place West Ham United.  The home form especially impressive where St. Marys has been turned into something of a fortress with the club winning the last 17 consecutive games there.  Adkins brought in Jack Cork from Chelsea, left back Danny Fox from Burnley and Dutch centre back Jos Hooiveld on a six month loan from Celtic.  These three have been a mainstay in the Southampton team so why are the club performing so well?
I conclude that Saints players don't need to gel and get used to how they play with the majority being together for the last year, year and a half. You look at Leicester City, where, despite their finances, their huge influx of high profile players aren't performing as perhaps they should. The likes of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Jose Fonte, Guly Do Prado, I could go on, have played together for a long time and know each others game and that is why the Saints are marching on.

Can they achieve promotion to the promised land?
Warren Lucy
19 year old student from Crawley studying Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University. Currently living in Southampton. Big Crawley Town fan!

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