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01/12/2014: Saints U21s 1-0 Man United U21s

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Saints U21s secured a late win over Manchester United at Staplewood on Monday. Ryan Seager's goal gave Martin Hunter's men their first win over the Red Devils since the development concept came into play.

United brought a strong team down, with Jonny Evans starting in central defence. The first-half was really uneventful. Saints were afforded plenty of time on the ball at the back, building up patiently and pressing well from the front. Both teams cancelled each other out, with much of the action taking place in a congested midfield. Seager had a rare chance on 31, firing well over the bar. At the other end Will Keane had a shot on the turn well saved by Paulo Gazzaniga.

United moved the ball quicker at the start of the 2nd half, briefly taking control of the game. Saints stepped it up during the last half hour, however and started to create some good opportunities. Evans was forced to clear off the line after Seager had headed the ball over Ben Amos. Matt Targett then clipped the bar from a free-kick. Moments later the same player whipped in a dangerous cross which Omar Rowe couldn't quite get on the end of. On 79 Rowe hit the post following some great skill, manoeuvring himself past several players in the build-up. United didn't offer a lot going forward, but were denied a clear penalty. Saints had the momentum during the last 10 minutes, and finally broke the deadlock early into stoppage time. Seager completed a neat finish, following some good build up play between Lloyd Isgrove and Jake Hesketh.

Player Comments

Gazzaniga: Only had a couple of routine saves to make

Flannigan: Made a few good runs. Final ball not always on the money

Mugabi: A few heavy touches early on, but got steadily better as the game wore on

McCarthy: Nearly played his team in trouble with a slack pass in the second half, but otherwise decent. Showed his usual leadership skills

Targett: Probably the best player on the pitch. Effective at both ends of the pitch. Let very little get past him and delivery also very good

Reed: Shielded the ball well and displayed his intelligence throughout

Hesketh: Lucky not to concede a penalty, but otherwise matched up well against United's physicality

Rowe: Looked dangerous on the few occasions he did get on the ball

Seager: Movement good and another goal for the striker who is enjoying a solid campaign

Isgrove: Saw more of the ball as the game went on

McQueen: Involved in a few good moves before coming off

Substitutes

Gape: 15 minutes for the player who has had so much bad luck with injuries over the past 18 months

Sims: Came on in stoppage time

Match Details

Arsenal - Seager (90)

Referee: Andy Laver

Line-ups

Saints: Gazzaniga, Flannigan, Mugabi, McCarthy, Targett, Reed, Hesketh, Rowe, Seager (Sims 90), Isgrove, McQueen (Gape 76)

Subs not used: Isted, Cook, Willard

Man United: Amos, Janko, Love, J Evans, Vermijl, Grimshaw (C Evans 55), Pearson, Rothwell, A Pereira, Weir, W Keane

Subs not used: J Pereira, Willock, A Fletcher

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24/11/2014: Aston Villa 1-1 Saints
08/11/2014: Saints 2-0 Leicester
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25/10/2014: Saints 1-0 Stoke
18/10/2014: Saints 8-0 Sunderland
05/10/2014: Tottenham 1-0 Saints
29/09/2014: Saints U21s 2-0 Norwich U21s
27/09/2014: Saints 2-1 QPR
23/09/2014: Arsenal 1-2 Saints
20/09/2014: Swansea 0-1 Saints
13/09/2014: Saints 4-0 Newcastle
12/09/2014: Tottenham U21s 3-2 Saints U21s
30/08/2014: West Ham 1-3 Saints
26/08/2014: Millwall 0-2 Saints
23/08/2014: Saints 0-0 West Brom
22/08/2014: West Ham U21s 1-2 Saints U21s
17/08/2014: Liverpool 2-1 Saints
09/08/2014: Saints 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen
31/07/2014: Brighton 1-3 Saints
25/07/2014: Bournemouth 0-1 Saints
21/07/2014: Swindon 0-1 Saints