Sunday, 22 February 2009

YES! Surprise win rekindles hope of greatest escape yet

It is a terrible indictment on Saints' season that yesterday's home win against promotion-chasing Preston felt miraculous- but after just one home win all season this result was a real surprise. After midweek results had left Saints six points adrift of safety, many fans had given up hope of survival. But if Mark Wotte's young side can continue in this vein, the last thirteen games could prove very interesting indeed.

Saints 3 - Preston 1

Delivering the goals that Mark Wotte has been calling for this week, a Marek Saganowski double added to Andrew Surman's strike to leave Preston three behind at half time. Season-ticket holders at last had something to cheer about after a miserable few months and the side, to their credit, were able to play out the second half (the only blip coming with a late Preston goal). Survival still seems unlikely, but with Nottingham Forest now well within Saints' sights, another home win against Cardiff on Saturday will get them right back into contention.

After another fan protest before the match heaped more pressure on Rupert Lowe and the Saints board, this result at last gives fans something to smile about. A decade after Marian Pahars fired Saints to safety, could the Great Escape 2009 be back on?

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