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Southampton relegated from the Premier League; concede twice after having goal disallowed

Southampton are relegated from the Premier League as they concede twice to Fulham, who broke the deadlock after a disallowed Saints goal.

Coming into this game, Southampton knew if they didn’t beat Fulham, they were basically down. They were also down unless they won AND either Forest or Everton fail to win.

The Saints had the ball in the net on 47 minutes, but it didn’t count as Carlos Alcaraz moved just a fraction early to gather a ball played through to him.

Then just moments after seeing a goal ruled out, the home side go a goal behind. Tim Ream wanted it more in the box, sliding in to tackle Lyanco and send the ball to Carlos Vinicius, who rolled the ball into a largely unguarded net.

Martin Keown (on Football Focus): “It’s just terrible for Southampton. It sums up their season. They didn’t look like a team in the first half that wanted to try and save their season.

“It’s too easy for Vinicus to score.”

Michael Dawson on Soccer Saturday: “Fulham get fortunate, they really do.”

Sky Sports Ben Grounds:

“It was fortunate for Fulham but they earned their luck given Harrison Reed’s refusal to give up on the ball. Only four clean sheets all season long for Saints, and it is the 26th time they’ve conceded first this term.”

Then, seven minutes after making his comeback from an eight-game ban, Aleksandar Mitrovic did what he does best, making his way to a cross from Harry Wilson, holding off Kyle Walker-Peters to dived in to head home.

Jeff Stelling on Soccer Saturday: “Southampton have had some great years in the Premier League, but it is time to wave goodbye to them.

“Sorry if it sounds harsh, but Southampton have been hopeless.”

Sky Sports’ Eleanor Roper at St Mary’s: “Southampton fans are pouring out the stadium as Mitrovic scores a second goal for Fulham.”

After a sorry season that has seen them occupy one of the relegation spots since November 5, their 12th home defeat of the season against Fulham meant they will be playing the second tier next season.

They last suffered relegation from the Premier League in 2005 – it took them seven years to win promotion back after a period that saw them relegated to League One.

Three managers have occupied the St Mary’s hot-seat this season and none of them have managed more than three league wins with Ralph Hasenhuttl, Nathan Jones and Ruben Selles all failing to find a winning formula at the club.

Anita Asante (Former England defender on Football Focus): “This has been a long time coming and not just this season alone. It has been two seasons of poor transfer windows.

“You can see the stands are practically empty.”

Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse on BBC Final Score: 

“Disappointing. It has been coming.

“We knew we were in a difficult position.

“We need to go away individually and as a club and assess if we’ve done everything we possibly could. I don’t think we have and that is a shame.

“I think as a team and a club overall we’ll think about the season that has gone by. Have decisions been right? Have we done everything we could on a pitch?

“I think we should perform at a better level than we have done. From the first day of the season until now you can tell the standards have slipped.”

This is what fans said with Southampton relegated from the Premier League…

@steve_veho: What a thoroughly depressing season. With the squad we have this shouldn’t of happened, so management 100% to blame. #SaintsFC

@AssassinsCready: Inevitable, but no less painful. Time for the club to start rebuilding, get our identity back. Key for the summer is retaining the quality in the squad and bringing in a genuine goalscorer. Future looks bright if we can get the house in order this summer #SouthamptonFC #SaintsFC

@JoshR1988: Is it so much to ask to want my team to show some fight & passion? Completely gutless yet again. absolutely embarrassing #SaintsFC

@Saints122: Long time coming! Seasons of poor investment and several useless managerial appointments the final mail in the inevitable coffin. #saintsfc get what they deserve. Hopefully things can be reset from this summer but with sports republics track record I wouldn’t count on it!

@sunnythepooh77: Well, I thought I would only experience it once but sadly supporting #saintsfc always means the drop is real. Let’s hope it doesn’t take another 6 years to get back. Come on you Saints

@Emmett_77: I’m gutted, it’s been bad for the last like what 4/5 seasons? This was always going to happen to us eventually but the manner of which we have gone down is really bad. The sad fact for me also is I’ve stopped loving football. The days in the championship after we got relegated last time, then another relegation to league 1. Were better football days for me than the last few years. That’s how bad it’s been I think. This has got to be the worst #SaintsFC team ever. So I’m really not fussed about many of them going at all. But if JWP goes I’ll be so upset. Can’t blame him for wanting to go at all & I wish him all the best. He’s been a legend for the club. How I feel right now I don’t think we will be straight back up. If we are lucky we will be around the play off spots.

@CarlyKin: Been a #SaintsFC fan all my life great escapes in the 90s low times relegated down to League 1 to the good times JPT promotions back to prem this season has been the lowest. All I want as a fan is to see my team battle play with pride sincerely hope this returns next season 😥

@robbinho_3: Obviously it hurts to be relegated but the most telling thing is I’m not even that sad because we’ve all known we’ve been down since Christmas. 11 seasons in the Premier League, its been a blast with ups and downs. Hopefully we’ll back one day soon #saintsfc

@theoelliott: And down we go with a whimper. Truly the worst season I have ever witnessed from us. Awful strategy, leadership and effort from almost everybody involved. I really feel for the few players who clearly care about the club. #SaintsFC

@EllaPreston18: I knew it was coming, and now it has, I don’t feel as sad as I thought I would, maybe that sums it up. The club has been in the premier league for as long as I have supported them. We will be back. #SaintsFC

@newmiltonsaint: We’ve had teams with real grit.. players that knew the history.. importance of the club to the city and its fans.. pride! It’s diluted and now appears to be gone.. this squad resembles nothing like the club I’ve supported since ‘82 #saintsfc

@newmiltonsaint: A total disconnect and lack of trust between fans (treated as consumers) and the board. Appalling decision making likely to continue sadly. Going to take a miracle for SR to regain any credibility #saintsfc

@newmiltonsaint: Bloated squad of careless players with no connection to the club or fight . Unacceptable. Money is all they care about …their egos careers and soon to be luxury holidays. Stay away on holiday you’ve been there all Fucking year #saintsfc

@Gettodachopper2: Why on earth did they hire Nathan Jones? Ruben was barely better, but they had a whole World Cup to find someone suitable to replace Ralph and they hired Nathan Jones.

@crstig: Spare a thought for the staff at #saintsfc who will likely lose their jobs in the coming weeks. While the overpaid millionaires that take to the pitch and underperform are still paid. It’s just a game to the ones who have an element of control but real life to those who don’t.

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