Sunday, 4 May 2008

It's official: Saints are safe

There were scenes of wild jubilation at St Marys this afternoon, as a 3-2 win over Sheffield United saw Saints maintain their Championship status. The final-day win, which sparked a mass pitch invasion at the final whistle, condemned Leicester City, who could only draw at Stoke, to third-tier football for the first time in their history. As favourites to go down on the final day, the Saints players dug deep to produce a gutsy and heroic performance. A goal from Marek Saganowski came between two goals from hero Stern John, as Saints came from behind to end Sheffield United's play-off hopes. After a dreadful season, Saints have ended on a staggering high, reminiscent of the Premiership dog-fights that characterised the club in the 90s. The emphasis must now be on sorting out the club at boardroom level during the summer, and sorting out a side with which Nigel Pearson can progress next season.


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