How Southampton totally ruined Shay Given and Aston Villa

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Shay Given had a day to forget at Southampton (Picture: Getty Images)

Saturday was a momentous day in football. As the world looked on, the sport brought the curtain down on a brilliant Premier League career.

A regular in the top flight since the mid-90’s everyone will be wishing Shay Given the best after his time at the top was ripped to pieces by a blistering Southampton attack.

Not many people were expecting Robbie Fowler’s 1994 hat trick record of four minutes and 33 seconds would ever be beaten, but with some generous assists from the hapless Ron Vlaar (perhaps a lucky escape for Saints fans last Summer) and Alan Hutton and tactical suicide from Tim Sherwood having his back four a ridiculously high line, Sadio Mane smashed it.

It took Mane just two minutes and 56 seconds to end the game with with Villa as a contest, though if you were to only…

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Five relegated players that could strengthen Southampton’s squad in the transfer window

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Burnley’s Tom Heaton has impressed despite playing in a losing side (Picture: Getty Images)

Southampton’s lack of depth this season has seen their campaign fizzle out and, while both QPR and Burnley may not have collectively made the grade at Premier League level, they have both had some standout players.

Here are five who I think could give the Southampton squad an edge.

1) Tom Heaton

If I were in charge of Saints, Heaton would be on my list of priority signings. The Burnley stopper has been exceptional and the Southampton travelling fans saw that first hand on their trip to Turf Moor. With Fraser Forster out for the foreseeable future, having to use Kelvin Davis and Paulo Gazzaniga at this level has cost the club dear. Heaton was, rightly in my opinion, touted for England honours earlier in the season, and he could be just what the club needs to…

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Are Southampton serious about Europa League qualification?

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Football: Southampton’s Toby Alderweireld looks dejected at the end of the match (Picture: Reuters)

Around this time of every season, you will often hear journalists and pundits alike joke about how certain clubs are doing everything they can to avoid qualifying for the Europa League.

I never thought Southampton would be one of them.

Everybody knows the pitfalls of playing in the competition that frankly has too many games and includes far too many teams, but surely for an outfit like Saints, both the novelty and the fact that it would be the next point of progression for the club it would be worth the risk?

Everyone associated with the club keeps saying that Europe is the aim, yet performances on the pitch over the last month or so would suggest that it is anything but. Lacklustre, lethargic and largely lamentable, Saints ambled around the pitch in Leicester like a…

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Fox hunting! Southampton must overcome in-form Leicester City to finish on a high

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Ronald Koeman will be keen to finish the season strongly (Picture: Getty Images)

We are almost at that historic day. The day we find out whether the euro-sceptic blues can keep themselves in the big house, or whether the Red’s can complete a dramatic turnaround from also-rans to trailblazers!

Election you say? No, I’m talking about Leicester City against Southampton.

There may not be a more pivotal fixture in the Premier League this weekend, as the Foxes can all but secure their miraculous recovery, while Saints must win to keep alive any hopes of an amazing fanfare finish to their season and secure European football.

If you had asked me six months ago what the result of this game might be I’d have confidently predicted a comfortable Southampton victory, but while former Saints boss Nigel Pearson has overseen a revival as good as any of our Premier League ‘Great Escapes’…

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