After Southampton started the season with four losses many commentators were saying that their double promotion was a case of too much too fast. However, they had faced some really tough opposition and as I pointed out last week they have had a rougher start and avoided relegation.
Up to half-time on saturday they were trailing the slow-starting Villa at home but a four goal blitz in the final 45 minutes dispelled some doubts there fans may have been entertaining
There is no doubt that spectators have been getting plenty of action at Saints games. In just five games there have been 24 goals scored, six more than any other team have been involved in. Against Villa, Southampton crammed their goals into a 32 minute spell and I thought I would check out how that rate of scoring four goals matches up all time. Turns out to be not that impressive though Saints do figure in the analysis quite highly
There have been ten instances so far this year (obviously games where five or more goals are scored will have more than one time gap between 3 goals) and Southampton’s only ranks fourth behind Arsenal’s 26 minute against, yep, the Saints
It is extremely unlikely that Arsenal’s figure will stand up all year. Here are the fastest spells for each EPL season
As can be seen, Southampton have been victimized more than any other team, including the worst ever shellacking in the inaugural season of the Premier League. The Saints were actually leading the game until the 54th minute when Spurs struck four body blows in as many minutes, with Sheringham contributing a brace
Amongst the usual suspects, there are the odd team in the fastest scorers table as Villa, twice, Ipswich and Derby feature
- Norwich have never bettered their performance on Day 1 of the Premiership, a 4-2 come-from-behind victory over Arsenal.
- Southampton’s 32 minute spell this year ranks 4th= in their list
- Neither Hull or Swindon managed a 4 goal game in their stints at the top