After a slight blip in form since the turn of the new year, many thought that Southampton‘s bid for a top four finish was over. Graziano Pelle had seemingly forgotten how to kick the ball into the back of the net – meaning the Saints were suddenly short of effective striking options – whilst costly back-to-back defeats to lowly West Bromwich Albion and top four rivals Liverpool saw Ronald Koeman’s side slip further away from the pack.
However, a crucial win against Crystal Palace at the start of March was followed up on Sunday by a highly impressive 1-1 draw against league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Indeed, the Saints were the better side for most of the game, deservedly equalising through Dusan Tadic’s penalty before dominating for the rest of the first half.
While the Saints hung on somewhat in the second half, there was much to be admired about their defensive resilience especially the outstanding Fraser Forster in goal who made a succession of saves to keep his side in the game.
The well-earned draw means the Saints are now in 6th on 50 points, one behind Liverpool in 5th and three behind fourth-placed Man United. The Champions League dream is alive and kicking…
saints showing why we should be top four. Mane been outstanding
— Tom Wells (@TomWells94) March 15, 2015
Not a Saints fan but it would be a shame if this team finished outside the top four! #CHESOU
— Vinay Rao (@vinayprao) March 15, 2015