Connect with us

Sports

Southampton 2-0 West Brom: Oriol Romeu scores stunning volley after Moussa Djenepo’s opener

Published

on

southampton 2 0 west brom oriol romeu scores stunning volley after moussa djenepos opener

ON THE DAY Southampton sealed the signing of a new central midfielder, Oriol Romeu picked a good time to steal the show.

A spectacular and rare goal from the Spanish anchorman put the seal on a thoroughly satisfying afternoon for the south coast club and manager Ralph Hasenhuttl in particular.

Three points to make it successive wins and clean sheets, Southampton getting off the mark for the season at home, two goalscorers easing the burden on Danny Ings and Ibrahima Diallo’s £12m capture from Stade Brestois completed.

33966510 8803547 image a 147 1601816888139

33966510 8803547 image a 147 1601816888139

Southampton beat West Brom 2-0 to earn their second victory of the season at St Marys

Oriol Romeu met Stuart Armstrong's cross with a stunning one touch volley to make it 2-0

Oriol Romeu met Stuart Armstrong's cross with a stunning one touch volley to make it 2-0

Oriol Romeu met Stuart Armstrong’s cross with a stunning one touch volley to make it 2-0

The midfielder's sensational strike came just as West Brom had been mounting some pressure

The midfielder's sensational strike came just as West Brom had been mounting some pressure

The midfielder’s sensational strike came just as West Brom had been mounting some pressure

After Southampton’s concerning start to the season – three defeats on the bounce – today as a whole was another step in the right direction for Hasenhuttl and his men.

Moussa Djenepo got them on their way against a West Brom side who posed them few problems with an eye-catching goal of his own before Romeu’s flying volley wrapped up all three points at St Mary’s. Ings had previously scored all three of Southampton’s league goals.

Romeu is more renowned for the dirty, unnoticed work he does in front of Southampton’s defence than hitting the net and this was just the eighth goal of his career. 

Moussa Djenepo opened the scoring with a low strike through a crowded penalty area

Moussa Djenepo opened the scoring with a low strike through a crowded penalty area

Moussa Djenepo opened the scoring with a low strike through a crowded penalty area

Djenepo's goal came just before break after the Saints had dominated much of the first half

Djenepo's goal came just before break after the Saints had dominated much of the first half

Djenepo’s goal came just before break after the Saints had dominated much of the first half

MATCH STATS

Southampton (4-4-2): McCarthy; Walker-Peters; Bednarek; Vestergaard; Bertrand; Armstrong; Ward-Prowse; Romeu; Djenepo (Redmond 51); Adams (Long 84); Ings

Subs not used: Stephens; Obafemi; Valery; Smallbone; Forster 

Scorers: Djenepo 41; Romeu 68

Booked: Djenepo 

West Brom (4-2-3-1): Johnstone, O’Shea; Ajayi; Bartley; Townsend; Livermore; Sawyers (Krovinovic 64); Edwards (Field 45); Pereira; Diangana; Robinson (Robson-Kanu 60)

Subs not used: Furlong; Harper; Ivanovic; Button 

Booked: Livermore 

<!—->Advertisement

But his improvised volley was a beautiful strike that earned him the deserved acclaim of his teammates and staff.

His first goal since February 2019 was also a timely contribution with Diallo’s arrival confirmed and potentially further midfield additions before tomorrow’s deadline.

Southampton began like a side buoyed by their first win of the season last time out at Burnley, with intent and purpose in their sharp passing.

There was also more evidence of why West Brom had conceded a record 11 league goals in their opening three games.

Twice Southampton got in down their right hand side, with far too much ease for Slaven Bilic’s liking.

Ryan Bertrand’s thumping drive was repelled by Sam Johnstone on the first occasion, the start of a busy first half for West Brom’s goalkeeper.

Stuart Armstrong then shrugged off a flimsy challenge before smacking a shot against the post holding up Johnstone’s net. Ten minutes later he was called into action twice in quick succession.

Firstly he got down sharply to prevent Semi Ajayi turning Kyle Walker-Peters’s cross into his own net and was up quickly to prevent Che Adams turning in the loose ball, sticking out a foot to send the ball over his bar.

The Baggies felt they could have had a penalty at 1-0 when the ball hit Ryan Bertrand in the box

The Baggies felt they could have had a penalty at 1-0 when the ball hit Ryan Bertrand in the box

The Baggies felt they could have had a penalty at 1-0 when the ball hit Ryan Bertrand in the box

The Saints made it back-to-back victories after beating Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend

The Saints made it back-to-back victories after beating Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend

The Saints made it back-to-back victories after beating Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend

That was good, but Johnstone’s next contribution was even better. James Ward-Prowse whipped in one of those vicious free-kicks that seemingly only needs the slightest touch to result in a goal.

Danny Ings added that with a glancing header but Johnstone flung himself to his right to fingertip the ball wide.

But then came the warning before the goal. Adams fired inches wide after Southampton robbed West Brom of possession in midfield.

The visitors did not learn their lesson. The same happened again just before half-time, Adams and Ings kept the attack going and the latter’s cross deflected to Djenepo who took a touch, fooled two defenders with a Cruyff turn and found Johnstone’s bottom corner.

It was going to take something pretty good to beat Johnstone. Djenepo’s first goal since last September was just that.

A one goal half-time lead was the least Southampton deserved. West Brom, meanwhile, had offered little. Their lack of cutting edge and threat in open play was clear.

Sam Johnstone produced a stunning save to prevent Danny Ings scoring in the first half

Sam Johnstone produced a stunning save to prevent Danny Ings scoring in the first half

Sam Johnstone produced a stunning save to prevent Danny Ings scoring in the first half

The result means Slaven Bilic's side have now lost three of their first four fixtures this season

The result means Slaven Bilic's side have now lost three of their first four fixtures this season

The result means Slaven Bilic’s side have now lost three of their first four fixtures this season

So too was why Bilic is so determined to increase his firepower with Huddersfield’s Karlan Grant his top target.

They did threaten from set pieces after the break, Bertrand almost turning one free-kick into his own net, Grady Diangana seeing an effort kicked clear by Alex McCarthy and Ajayi and Kyle Bartley both failing to get the decisive touch on Matheus Pereira’s free-kick.

Southampton were not having as much joy creating chances in the second half as they did in the first.

And from what was only half an opportunity Romeu put the game to bed. He had plenty to do when Stuart Armstrong lifted a hopeful ball into a dangerous area.

But Romeu charged into a gap he spotted in the area, forcing Adams out the way, before meeting the ball perfectly mid-air and directing a volley past a helpless Johnstone with the outside of his right foot.

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sports

Chelsea new boy Edouard Mendy loving training alongside Petr Cech

Published

on

By

chelsea new boy edouard mendy loving training alongside petr cech

Edouard Mendy says he has been studying Petr Cech, following the 38-year-old’s remarkable return to training.

Cech retired in 2019 and works as a technical advisor at Stamford Bridge, but has been working with Frank Lampard’s side and was included in their 25-man Premier League squad as emergency cover.

It has given new No 1 Mendy who, like Cech, joined Chelsea from Rennes, a chance to see the standards expected at Stamford Bridge first-hand.

Edouard Mendy was not expecting to be training with Petr Cech when he joined Chelsea

Edouard Mendy was not expecting to be training with Petr Cech when he joined Chelsea

Edouard Mendy was not expecting to be training with Petr Cech when he joined Chelsea

‘It’s just an absolute pleasure to work with him every day. Training allows me to watch how he works and to analyse his game,’ Mendy said. ‘It’s a wonderful bonus for me.’

Cech will not be in the squad to face Manchester United on Saturday, despite injury keeping out Kepa Arrizabalaga. Mendy, who is set to start, is confident Chelsea can cope without the veteran this season. ‘We already have three very good goalkeepers and that should be enough,’ he said.

The Senegal international has overtaken Kepa and Willy Caballero but insists there is no tension within the squad.

Mendy is loving training with Cech, and says he is studying the veteran stopper every day

Mendy is loving training with Cech, and says he is studying the veteran stopper every day

Mendy is loving training with Cech, and says he is studying the veteran stopper every day

‘Before my first match, Kepa wished me good luck. He never holds back if he thinks he sees things that I might have missed, just as Willy Caballero does as well. It’s great that we have a united team,’ Mendy said.

‘There was a unique situation here with the goalkeepers but it wasn’t something that had any role in my decision to come to Chelsea.’

Meanwhile, Lampard hailed Marcus Rashford for transcending football’s tribalism with his national movement to feed hungry children.

Lampard must find a way to stop Rashford on the pitch today, but hopes the 22-year-old England striker continues his campaigning off of it.

‘It’s been great to see young players with personality and a voice speaking up about things they care passionately about,’ said Lampard. ‘I absolutely commend him for that. There are a group of players now in the Premier League speaking out like he has. It has been a fantastic thing that is well appreciated.

‘He deserves credit for it, because even if you feel like you’re fighting for a good cause there will be many people quick to question it or be negative.’ 

Cech, who operates as Chelsea's technical advisor, has been registered as emergency cover

Cech, who operates as Chelsea's technical advisor, has been registered as emergency cover

Cech, who operates as Chelsea’s technical advisor, has been registered as emergency cover

Thiago Silva and Christian Pulisic are fit to travel to Manchester as Chelsea search for a balance between the creativity of their 3-3 draw against Southampton last Saturday, and the defensive solidity on show in a 0-0 against Sevilla on Tuesday.

‘A clean sheet always gives confidence,’ said Lampard. ‘But it’s very simplistic to say things were all wrong because we conceded goals in one game and all right because we didn’t in another.

‘We brought in six players looking to compete in the starting XI so I knew this would take some time.

‘It’s not perfect to have new players and no training time with them. But we’ll keep working.’

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading

Sports

Solskjaer fights the corner of Mason Greenwood and insist he doesn’t have timekeeping issue

Published

on

By

solskjaer fights the corner of mason greenwood and insist he doesnt have timekeeping issue

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Mason Greenwood that any ‘bad decisions’ will be highlighted now the teenage striker is a rising star at Manchester United.

Solskjaer admitted Greenwood had learned a harsh lesson following his expulsion from the England squad last month over a liaison with a woman in the team’s hotel in Iceland.

But the United boss defended the player’s professionalism on Friday after Sportsmail reported that Greenwood had been reprimanded over his time-keeping.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Mason Greenwood he will now always be under the spotlight

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Mason Greenwood he will now always be under the spotlight

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Mason Greenwood he will now always be under the spotlight

Having put the 19-year-old’s absence from the wins over Newcastle and Paris Saint- Germain down to injury and illness, Solskjaer said Greenwood could return to the squad when United face Chelsea at Old Trafford on Saturday.

However, he acknowledged that Greenwood is in the spotlight now and any indiscretions will come under more intense scrutiny.

Referring to the Iceland episode, Solskjaer said: ‘I think Mason learned a harsh lesson this summer, of course.

Greenwood has been widely criticised since being sent home by the England camp last month

Greenwood has been widely criticised since being sent home by the England camp last month

Greenwood has been widely criticised since being sent home by the England camp last month

‘It’s the reality that when you do well at Man United you’ll be under the spotlight, whether it’s good or bad. The more bad decisions, the more likely you are to be followed.

‘When you play well you just keep yourself out of the limelight in that respect.’

34766472 8873615 image a 24 1603484358305

34766472 8873615 image a 24 1603484358305

Earlier this week, Sportsmail reported that Greenwood had been spoken to over issues with punctuality and ‘general tardiness’.

Solskjaer, as expected, mounted a robust defence of the player amid concerns over his discipline and, in particular, lateness, but Sportsmail understands that the teenager does have a timekeeping problem which has come to the attention of club officials recently. 

The manager is understood to want to deal with the matter in private, while supporting the player in public.

Asked if Greenwood has made a target of himself, Solskjaer said: ‘You do when you play well. I’m not concerned at all with Mason making a target of himself because he came in, played fantastic and kicked on.

‘Yeah, he made a mistake with England. But he’s a fantastic boy to work with. We have a great record and tradition of bringing our players through. That means from early on you get good habits, we trust you, and you can express yourself. Mason has come through this programme.

The controversy came at a bad time for Solskjaer, after United started the season poorly

The controversy came at a bad time for Solskjaer, after United started the season poorly

The controversy came at a bad time for Solskjaer, after United started the season poorly

‘He’s never, ever late for training, he’s never a problem on the training ground. I’ve seen some ex-United players talking about him, and they don’t know what they’re talking about.

‘We’ve got photographers outside the training ground, so they can see every day he’s on time. He has never been an issue in training, he trains really well. I really enjoy seeing him develop. Hopefully he has shaken off his illness and he’ll be ready for this weekend.’

Solskjaer expects Greenwood and captain Harry Maguire to be available to face Chelsea, and Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani could make his debut after training for three weeks since signing as a free agent on deadline day.

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading

Sports

Nottm Forest 1-1 Derby County: Cocu denied much-needed win after Jozwiak’s late strike is ruled out

Published

on

By

nottm forest 1 1 derby county cocu denied much needed win after jozwiaks late strike is ruled out

Taking the lead is one thing, hanging on to it quite another. As is so often the case with these two East Midlands neighbours, El Cloughico tends to end honours even.

There is a bigger picture here for both teams. The Wayne Rooney position at Derby and the inheriting of a confidence-lacking team at Forest will both occupy minds and agendas in the coming days as will the lowly position in the Championship table.

Stuck at home self-isolating, Rooney’s team-mates showed they could play without him, illustrated by a wonder free kick from Martyn Waghorn which put the visitors ahead. It turned out not to be a winner because of an Anthony Knockaert-inspired comeback saw Lyle Taylor mop up an equaliser from close range.

Derby striker Martyn Waghorn scored his first goal in eight months on Friday night

Derby striker Martyn Waghorn scored his first goal in eight months on Friday night

Derby striker Martyn Waghorn scored his first goal in eight months on Friday night

Derby went on to have a goal chalked off, Polish youngster Kamil Jozwiak’s strike ruled offside and had a penalty appeal dismissed although it looked as if Tom Lawrence was barely touched by Ryan Yates.

‘I hope people can understand why I get so frustrated at key moments,’ said Derby head coach Philip Cocu.

‘These decisions by referees, they are not small details, they are crucial in the game. They say Lawrence is a penalty, I didn’t see it. We are working hard to get results and to get up the table.

The Derby striker fired home a stunning 25-yard free-kick for the opening goal

The Derby striker fired home a stunning 25-yard free-kick for the opening goal

The Derby striker fired home a stunning 25-yard free-kick for the opening goal

‘If we don’t deserve to win I will say it. We played really well in the first half and even after the goal we were close to winning the game.’

No Derby fans need telling their team have been doing badly – three points from the opening six League matches was their worst start in 28 years. Going into this match County had scored two goals and conceded 10. The only side with worse figures in the Championship are Wycombe.

Cocu has been looking ever more world weary, batting away constant questions about his future and Rooney’s status as manager-in-waiting. This was a better performance and highlighted the fact Forest are also in a bit of a state.

Anthony Knockaert-inspired fightback saw Lyle Taylor mop up an equaliser from close range

Anthony Knockaert-inspired fightback saw Lyle Taylor mop up an equaliser from close range

Anthony Knockaert-inspired fightback saw Lyle Taylor mop up an equaliser from close range

Hughton has been around the block often enough to know that there will be a minimal honeymoon period. Joe Lolley’s 90th minute decider at Blackburn was gratefully received and these two home draws has at least extended the unbeaten run to three after losing all five opening League and Cup games.

‘I’m pleased with some aspects, disappointed with others,’ was the Hughton verdict. ‘We started poorly like we did on Tuesday. We need to start better.’

Derby did that with Waghorn scoring his first goal since February, a pearler of a free kick from 25 yards. As expected, Forest replied but having equalised through Taylor sat back. 

Young Polish winger Kamil Jozwiak had an effort ruled out for offside in the 77th minute

Young Polish winger Kamil Jozwiak had an effort ruled out for offside in the 77th minute

Young Polish winger Kamil Jozwiak had an effort ruled out for offside in the 77th minute

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2020 DiazHub.