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Was thinking about this the other day after the late Arsenal equaliser - whats the most deflated you have felt from a Saints perspective after an opposition goal?

 

A couple against the same team:

 

Sigurdsson at Goodison, that felt like relegation with one cruel deflection.

 

Marcus Bent for Everton at SMS after Crouch didn't take the ball into the corner.

 

Zlatan at Wembley.

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There have been several but Zlatan was gut wrenching in the extreme. If ever we deserved to win a cup final that was the game. We played superbly and despite having a perfectly good goal disallowed we put in a full shift. I watched it with a United supporter, he was embarrassed at the end and said that we deserved to win.

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Heath at Highbury, 84.

 

Was going to say that, as well as Rush 86 WHL, Ibrahimovic Wembley 2017, Bent 2005, Best OG 2007.

 

On the other hand, Saints have done the same to plenty of sides - Bridgey's free kick V Wimbledon, Rickie v Millwall, Griffit v Newcastle to deny them a CL place last gasp, JWP v Spurs.

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There have been so many, but one that really crushed me as a kid was a cup qtr final replay at Carrow Road vs Norwich. 2nd Div (these days it's championship) Sunderland awaited the winners in the semi. Game got off to a bad start, Le Tiss retaliated on Robert Fleck after getting persistently hacked by him and the referees were doing nothing to stop it. Early bath for Matty. It was a really nasty game and Norwich seemed to be getting away with murder. Ruddock had put us in front and we were holding on with 10 men. Norwich equalized on about the hour and we held on to force extra time. In extra time Barry Horne was sent off and we held on and held on with 9 men. Last play of the game, with penalty kicks approaching and Chris Sutton won it for them. Total fluke too, Goss spooned his shot and it pretty much hit Sutton and looped up and over Flowers. Gutted!

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There has been so many, but I remember in 2005 when Marcus Bent scored for Everton in the last minute. We conceded so many last minute goals that season and was one of many reasons why we went down. I knew we were down after that game even though we still had a few games to go.

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Ibrahimovic 2017 or Norris 2012 for me.

 

These 2.

 

And Ward at Fratton Park in 2011. I couldn't go this year so still haven't seen us win at FP.

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Highbury 84 has never been erased.

Bent (them again) Everton equaliser in the relegation season

Tom Davies a couple of seasons back Everton again!!!!

Oldhams equaliser in the 6th minute of injury time qtr final league cup robbed again

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Ibra in the last minutes of the EFL cup final a couple of years ago. I knew it was going to happen, too.

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Norris' goal, without doubt.

 

Giroud's winner in the Chelsea game when we were 2-0 up under Hughes was pretty horrible too.

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Boro making it 2-2 under arry.

 

Ugh! 2-0 up too, Higgy OG and then we give Downing space to smash in a worldy. Always bothers me that, we get our players missing absolute sitters and then some other player smashes in a beauty. Usually it's someone who hasn't scored in ages too, they all of a sudden get everything right. Grrr.

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Norris 2012 for me.

 

I was still on the floor celebrating Saints going ahead in the last minute having gone mental and done some sort of knee slide in my front room. What a come down!

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Everton twice.

 

Bent in 2005, that hurt.

 

Then Tom Davies at Goodison under Hughes 2 season ago. Gut punch, we were so close to safety then we had to go into a do or die against Swansea.

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Heath at Highbury in 1984. Nothing else comes remotely close. We all thought that we were going to win the cup that season

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Going quite a way back, the Anderlecht goal at The Dell, in the pouring rain when unfortunately Jim Steele slipped up.

 

I hadn't been able to go to any of the away matches and was really looking forward to a Euro trip. Made even worse by the fact that we'd had a perfectly good goal disallowed in the away leg.

 

Missed out on Cup semi's in the 80's but Zlats goal at the end devastated me, but at least we could hold our heads high and be proud in defeat.

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Zlatan, Norris or Bent.

 

Van Persie’s winner for United in 2012 hurt too, we should’ve won that game.

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Bent and Zlatan but also Nugent in Jan 2012 mainly because he gave it the big one to the Chapel End and I was sitting in my mum's seat as we'd seen her off at the crem that morning.

 

I'd have happily smashed his knee caps in, and still would :-)

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Then Tom Davies at Goodison under Hughes 2 season ago. Gut punch, we were so close to safety then we had to go into a do or die against Swansea.

 

UGH!

 

They are such a bogie team at Goodison too, really hurt that we were so close, had played so well and it ended on such a sour note.

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There have been many but the most poignant one for me was when Williams scored in stoppage time for Bristol Rovers to beat us 3-2 at St Marys in 2009 when we were on minus 1 point and rock bottom of League 1. That was as low as we have been since I started watching Saints in the 1960's and I hope that we never repeat the experience.

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Basically what’s been said already; Zlatan, Norris and both injury time Everton equalisers. When Davies scored I thought it was all happening again. I’ll add Steven Davis of all people, scoring the winner for Villa against us in 2005.

 

The Boro game I vaguely remember having to go to work on about 88 minutes. Obviously this was in the days before smart phones, I spent the entire shift assuming we’d just seen out a 2-0 and ‘Arry would have us safely mid-table by May. Overall though, the Everton one was the worst, mainly because it was the third time it had happened.

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Funnily enough the Norris one was not that much of a problem for me. They were going down and we were going up, Id take that everytime.

Unless you were there you would not understand the Heath 84 at Highbury. It was a travesty, the ref let Gray get away with fouls all game. It was us against Neville Southall who was brilliant. A crying shame as we had a fantastic team and really deserved to win. As for the trouble on the pitch after the Everton fans came on goading us........

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Highbury 1984 - 35 bloody years and it still kills me !

 

The Bent equaliser for Everton in 05 comes close.

 

If I could make an honourable mention for Oldham in the League Cup in about 86 or 87.....it wasn’t so much the goal as referee Roger fkin Milford and his broken watch allowing a ridiculous amount of injury time. The bastard.

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As mentioned before Bent and Norris and Ward at Fratton. 2-4 points dropped against Pompey would have won us the Championship title that we deserved.

 

Robert Pires in the 2003 Cup Final felt like the air was sucked out of me. Sure it was a great Arsenal team and there was no shame in losing to them but it was more that we never really looked like getting back into that game.

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As mentioned before Bent and Norris and Ward at Fratton. 2-4 points dropped against Pompey would have won us the Championship title that we deserved.

 

Robert Pires in the 2003 Cup Final felt like the air was sucked out of me. Sure it was a great Arsenal team and there was no shame in losing to them but it was more that we never really looked like getting back into that game.

So many... so many...

 

I was just going to suggest that Pires one. Up til then we could live in hope but once that went in you knew it was game over.

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As a kid FA cup home to Wrexham 0-1 David smallman 1974 Rush at white hart lane in extra time and Heath at Highbury of course .. Norris meant nothing they still went down we still went up and it was a draw meant little in long run

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I’ll throw in Scott Gemmil in extra time of the 92 Zenith Data Systems Cup Final. Tbh it hurts more when you’re a kid...

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Heath 84, Mark McGhee, Hamburgs second goal to knock us out of the UEFA cup in 1985, rush semi final 86, ibrahmovicb 2017 final, Norris 2012 Pompey game, Joel ward away game down there, all the goals In both 4-1 losses.

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Be’er Sheva’s goal was a bit of a kicker, now that I think back to it.

 

Good (or bad) call.

 

The way Puell managed us in The Euro games alone was worthy of him being sacked.

 

Playing for a 0-0 draw at home against a team who'd struggle in The Championship was a travesty. Don't get me started on Milan away .... that one hurt as well, but the whole occasion glossed over the defeat as

we still had plenty of time to regain ground and qualify.

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As mentioned before Bent and Norris and Ward at Fratton. 2-4 points dropped against Pompey would have won us the Championship title that we deserved.

 

Robert Pires in the 2003 Cup Final felt like the air was sucked out of me. Sure it was a great Arsenal team and there was no shame in losing to them but it was more that we never really looked like getting back into that game.

 

I think we lost that final after the thrashing at Highbury. Strachan played it safe. Kevin Davis wasn’t even on the bench.

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Ibra in the last minutes of the EFL cup final a couple of years ago. I knew it was going to happen, too.

 

Interesting thought.

Why did you not invade the pitch just before it happen?

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Three goals from 04/05 for me. Not just the Bent one, also Villa and Boro. After the Villa game I just knew we were down.

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Adrian f.....g Heath by a country mile. FA cup semi final(when the cup meant something). Watford waiting in the final. Last minute. Horrible, bobbly, pathetic effort. Total injustice.

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Boro during the relegation season under Arry. Managing to draw 2-2 when you're leading 2-0 on 90 minutes.

 

Heath at Highbury in 84

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