Saints in the relegation zone. Recession. Lucy Pinder the first to be evicted from the Big Brother house. It has not been the best start to the new year for Saints fans, but Jan's boys delivered an unexpected surprise yesterday in the shape of three points away at Barnsley.
Barnsley 0 - Saints 1
One win does not drastically improve Saints' chances of survival but does provide sparks of hope, a commodity that has been in short supply at St. Mary's this season. Saints fan Lucy Pinder's exit from the Big Brother house the night before proved to be a good omen, as the side battled to victory at Oakwell. The Saints' fans were well rewarded for making the trip, a single David McGoldrick goal ten minutes from time proving the difference between the two sides. Saints weathered a deluge of pressure from the Tykes, but Jan's boys at last showed the killer instinct that has been lacking this season to punish Barnsley for their profligacy in front of goal.
It may be too early to talk of a revival for Saints- who still lie a point from safety- but the win does provide a timely boost. If new arrivals Lee Molyneux and Jan-Paul Saeij (pronounced "Size," and written so in this blog from henceforth) can continue to shore up the back line in the important forthcoming fixtures against Norwich and Doncaster, the future looks brighter for Saints. And although size doesn't always matter (Pinder's exit from the BB House is testament to that), it could prove very helpful indeed if Saints are to survive this year.
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