Saints seal win in France

By SFC Media Sat 28 Jul Dijon v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson
Sat 28 Jul 2PM
Friendlies
Dijon FCO
0
Southampton
2
Long [27'] Gabbiadini [46']
Venue: Complexe Sportif de Divonne | Attendance: 0

Southampton finished off their pre-season training camp in France with a strong performance to comfortably see off Ligue 1 side Dijon FCO.

Shane Long’s finish and Manolo Gabbiadini’s effort moments after the second half started sealed victory, as Mark Hughes’s men brought a successful week to an end on a positive note.

Summer signing Jannik Vestergaard was handed a first start, in Divonne-les-Bains, with the Saints boss making seven changes from the side that faced Derby County a week previously.

It also meant a first appearance of pre-season for Jan Bednarek, with the defender having joined up with his teammates at the start of the week following World Cup duty with Poland.

Saints controlled the opening stages against their French top-flight opponents, and carved out the first notable opportunity of the game in the eighth minute.

Dijon failed to properly deal with a ball into the area from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, allowing Long to spin and fire it across the face of goal, with Gabbiadini diverting just over.

Dijon weren’t without their own threat, though, as Jules Keita cut onto his right foot 20 yards out in the 18th minute, but Alex McCarthy showed excellent hands to save down to his right, as the ball bounced just in front of him.

It was Saints who then made the breakthrough, in the 27th minute, with the most incisive move of the game to that point.

Oriol Romeu slipped a forward pass to Stuart Armstrong in midfield, allowing him to burst forward in conjunction with Ryan Bertrand.

Armstrong waited until the right moment to find the run of Bertrand down the inside-left, and, having got in behind the defence, he slid the ball across the face for Long to slot home.

McCarthy had to make a smart stop from Keita a few minutes later, but Long’s goal was enough to give Saints the lead at the break.

Hughes made five changes, brining on Angus Gunn, Jack Stephens, Steven Davis, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Charlie Austin in place of Bednarek, Højbjerg, Armstrong and Long, and Saints doubled their lead only 14 seconds after the restart.

Austin reacted to a loose ball on the corner of the Dijon box, helping it into the middle, and it dropped perfectly for the run of Gabbiadini, who showed tremendous composure to lift it calmly over the keeper for 2-0.

He came within inches of another goal shortly after, latching onto a ball down the inside-left and lobbing it over the keeper from outside the area, but his clever effort hit the bar and bounced back out before being cleared.

Saints made more changes in the 66th minute, as Harrison Reed, Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse were introduced for Sam McQueen, Romeu and Gabbiadini.

Gunn, making his first Saints appearance, made a fine save shortly afterwards to keep Saints’ two-goal lead intact, as the lively Keita sprinted away down the left, bearing down on the near post, only for Gunn to smother his effort and hold on well.

Matt Targett then replaced Ryan Bertrand as the game ticked into the last 15 minutes, with Saints well in control.

The only threat they had to deal with in the closing stages was a header from Julio Tavares, but Gunn was well-positioned to save.

Saints now head home ahead of their final two pre-season matches, against Celta Vigo and Borussia Mönchengladbach, with the Premier League kick-off now just over two weeks away.

Dijon FCO

1
Alex Runarsson (GK)
19
Valentin Rosier
25
Senou Coulibaly
26
Fouad Chafik
Mickael Alphonse (70′)
12
Enzo Loïodice
Cédric Yambere (73′)
14
Jordan Marie
Medhi Abeid (46′)
20
Romain Amalfitano
24
Wesley Lautoa
Nayef Aguerd (53′)
9
Wesley Saïd
11
Julio Tavares (C)
23
Jules Keita
Arnold Bouka Moutou (80′)
16
Bobby Allain
2
Mickael Alphonse
3
Arnold Bouka Moutou
4
Nayef Aguerd
18
Cédric Yambere
8
Medhi Abeid

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
Angus Gunn (46′)
6
Wesley Hoedt
12
Jannik Vestergaard
35
Jan Bednarek
Jack Stephens (46′)
21
Ryan Bertrand (C)
Matt Targett (75′)
38
Sam McQueen
Harrison Reed (66′)
14
Oriol Romeu
James Ward-Prowse (66′)
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Steven Davis (46′)
17
Stuart Armstrong
Mohamed Elyounoussi (46′)
7
Shane Long
Charlie Austin (46′)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
Nathan Redmond (66′)
28
Angus Gunn
5
Jack Stephens
33
Matt Targett
25
Harrison Reed
8
Steven Davis
16
James Ward-Prowse
11
Mohamed Elyounoussi
22
Nathan Redmond
27
Sam Gallagher
10
Charlie Austin
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