Southampton midfielder James warde-Prowse has signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal with the club. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

James Ward-Prowse has committed his future to Southampton by signing a new five-and-a-half-year deal at St Mary’s.A graduate of the club’s academy, th(...)

Southampton striker Shane Long battles with Christophe Berra of Ipswich Town during the FA Cup third-round match at Portman Road. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Shane Long believes Southampton have what it takes to challenge for the FA Cup and maintain their top-four push in the Premier League. Saints have bee(...)

Shane Long (second from left) is congratulated by his Southampton team-mates after opening the scoring in the FA Cup third-round replay against Ipswich Town at   Portman Road. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Ipswich 0 Southampton 1Having produced what several experts described as the perfect away performance to beat Manchester United in the Premier League (...)

 Darren Ambrose of Ipswich (left) celebrates with teammate Luke Hyam of Ipswich after scoring the opening goal against Southampton. Photograph:  Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Southampton 1 Ipswich Town 1 If matches were decided on the basis of possession and territorial dominance alone, then Southampton would already be in (...)

Sadio Mane is mobbed by his Southampton team mates after giving the Saints the lead against Arsenal at St Mary’s (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Southampton 2 Arsenal 0Wojciech Szczesny reached into the back of the net for his bottle and he took a long glug. The only pity for the Arsenal goalke(...)

 Sadio Mane of Southampton scores the opening goal during the  Premier League match against Chelsea at St Mary’s Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Southampton 1 Chelsea 1When the full story of the 2014-15 Premier League title comes to be told, this may be one of the occasions Chelsea look back up(...)

 Diego Costa of Chelsea is expected to start against Newcastle United.  Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Saturday, December 6thHull (17) v West Brom (16) Striker Abel Hernandez returns to the Hull squad after missing two matches for the birth of his child(...)

 Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could return from a thigh injury to play some part in the Merseyside derby on Saturday. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Arsenal (4) v Tottenham (9) Arsenal expect to have midfielder Mathieu Flamini back from a dead leg. Defenders Kieran Gibbs and Per Merte(...)

A crowd of just 16,777 watched today’s match at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Sunderland 1 Southampton 0 Craig Gardner’s stunning goal fired Sunderland into the FA Cup quarter-finals and spared manager Gus Poyet fur(...)

Everton’s Seamas Coleman scores their first goal against Southampton. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Everton 2 Southampton 1: Everton finished 2013 on a high as Seamus Coleman’s third goal in four games and a Romelu Lukaku’s strike helped them to a 2(...)