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Southampton earn valuable point at Chelsea

Southampton's Dusan Tadic scores his penalty Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Southampton remain in the hunt for a Champions League place after a 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

Dusan Tadic equalized from the penalty spot after Diego Costa gave Chelsea the lead at Stamford Bridge.

The result has moved Southampton up to sixth position in the Premier League, three points behind fourth place Manchester United who play later against Tottenham Hotspur.

Koeman's 'no fear' call for Saints against Chelsea

Saint's manager, Ronald Koeman, has called for his side to produce a fearless, confident performance at title-chasing Chelsea on Sunday. Despite a few bumps along the way, but Jose Mourinho's side remain on track to win the Premier League this term.

Manchester City start the weekend five points behind and with a game less than the Blues, who will can ratchet up the pressure with victory over Southampton on Sunday.

However, three points will be far from straightforward against this season's surprise package as Koeman's side look to the continue their scarcely-believable top-four tilt.

"Confidence and not afraid," the Dutchman said when asked how Saints need to approach the match.

"That's the most important when you play against big teams in an away game that you be yourself and you focus on your own game, your own way of playing, your own organisation.

"We know one of the best 45 minutes we play at home against Chelsea and that gives the team and the players confidence that we can have a good result."

While Saints have been impressive on the road, the trip to Chelsea has been made all the tougher by Wednesday's Champions League exit to Paris St Germain.

"They will do everything to win the game," Koeman said of the backlash. "That's a normal reaction because they need a win after a disappointing result.

"They have the experience to handle that, the manager has the experience to handle that, more experience than our players, and that's no question I think."

Southampton are without a win in five trips to Stamford Bridge, where last season they went down 3-1 despite taking the lead after 13 seconds.

Jay Rodriguez struck that goal but will be absent on Sunday, as he has been all season.

The England international is slowly working his way back from rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament last April and went on the recent mid-season break to Switzerland, with a return before the season is out "not unlikely".

"The reason to take Jay with the group was to give him that feeling back to be part of the group," Koeman said.

"He's doing well, he's progressing but he's still to score to be part of the squad of the team.

"He needs more time for that and he will get more time for that. Most important is the health of the player and we will see when he is back."


Pictures: Saints in action at St Mary's. Saints 0-2 Liverpool.

Philippe Coutinho's exceptional strike amid a series of controversial decisions from referee Kevin Friend helped Liverpool overcome Southampton 2-0 in what could prove a crucial result in the chase for a Champions League place.

There was no lack of vim and vigour on display in miserable conditions at St Mary's, where Brendan Rodgers' side moved within two points of the top four as the season enters the home straight.

Southampton's Graziano Pelle (left) and Filip Djuricic (centre right) wait to restart after Raheem Sterling's goal during the Barclays Premier League match at St Mary's, Southampton. Credit: PA Wires
Liverpool's Martin Skrtel battles for the ball with Southampton's Graziano Pelle (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at St Mary's, Southampton. Credit: PA Wires
Liverpool's Martin Skrtel battles for the ball with Southampton's Graziano Pelle (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at St Mary's, Southampton. Credit: PA Wires

Saints score late winner at Loftus Road

Southampton's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Southampton are third in the Premier League after a late winner at Queens Park Rangers.

Sadio Mane fired a powerful shot into the top corner in the 93rd-minute in a 1-0 win at Loftus Road.

The result means Ronald Koeman's side remain in the Champions League qualifying position, despite last week's disappointing home defeat against Swansea.


Football fans asked to look out for stolen items taken from former Saints player's home

Police are asking people to look out for stolen goods which were taken from Francis Benali's home this week. Computers and jewellery were taken from the former Saints player's home on Wednesday evening.

Mr Benali is well known in Southampton and among football supporters and I hope that if anyone comes into contact with the laptops in particular they will recognise his photographs and get in contact with us.

– DC Mark Bradley

Former Saints player's home burgled

Ex-Southampton player, Francis Benali, has had his computers and jewellery stolen in a burglary.

The football player's home in the Highfield area was broken into between the hours of 5.30pm-8.30pm on Wednesday 3rd December.

The Saints FC has had his house burgled Credit: ITV Meridian

Jewellery, including four wrist watches, earrings, necklaces and rings, was among items stolen.

Also taken were two Apple Macbooks belonging to Mr and Mrs Benali’s children that contained family photographs.

This has been a distressing intrusion of our family home especially for my wife and children.

In particular we have lost extremely sentimental items that cannot be replaced including photographs on the laptops and jewellery.

Anyone who has any information regarding this burglary, please contact the police.

– Francis Benali

Southampton FC midfielder has home burgled

Victor Wanyama had home burgled when he was playing at away game on Monday evening Credit: Press Association

The home of a Premier League footballer has been burgled while he was away with his club for a match. Thieves broke into the home of Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama when his club was away for the game at Aston Villa on Monday night. When he returned he found his Range Rover Sport, electrical items and jewellery had been stolen from his home in Winchester. The vehicle was later found in Iver, Buckinghamshire.

Officers are currently investigating a burglary at a house in the St Cross area of Winchester. Entry was forced to thehome between 8.30am on November 23 and 2.15am on November 25. Items of electrical property and jewellery were stolen from the address along with the keys to a Range Rover Sport which was then stolen from the driveway. The car was located during the early hours of Tuesday November 25 in Iver, Buckinghamshire, and has been recovered. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Priority Crime team at Winchester police station by calling 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppersanonymously on 0800 555111

– Hampshire Police spokesman
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