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Adel Taarabt goal was excellent, but Matthew Le Tissier scored goals like that regularly

Why the fuss over Taarabt Le Tissier performed magic like that week in, week out for Saints



16:19 GMT, 17 December 2012

There is a lot about Adel Taarabt which brings back memories of the heyday of Matt Le Tissier.

He's languid, a touch lazy, and must be incredibly frustrating for teammates to play with – that is until he produces moments of audacious genius such as his finish on Saturday.

It began with a burst of energy as he brought the ball under control, a sublime dummy and then that instinctive perfectly placed finish.

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Magic moment: Taarabt scored a stunner for QPR in their first win of the season

Magic moment: Taarabt scored a stunner for QPR in their first win of the season

*Click here to watch Taarabt's stunning goal against Fulham

Yes, it was all very Le Tissier. But to
truly bare comparisons to the South Coast legend Taarabt is going to
have to repeat his wonder goal time and again for a series of seasons.

For that is what Le Tiss did – practically single-handedly keeping Saints in the top flight for a decade – and he dominated the goal of the season charts, particularly in 1993 and 1994.

I can’t hear the song Life of Riley by the Lightening Seeds (which was Match of the Day's goal of the month music in the mid-nineties) without remembering Le Tiss's flick up and volley from a free kick against Wimbledon, the loop over two players heads and then a delicate finish against Newcastle, a swerving strike against Forest, and, my favourite, the 35 yard belter against Blackburn.

And there were many more, most notably a volley against Arsenal in the final game at The Dell.

On top of that he had a remarkable record from the penalty spot – only failing to score once in 48 attempts.

Master: Le Tissier regularly scored cracking goals for Southampton

Master: Le Tissier regularly scored cracking goals for Southampton

He seemed to have a hand in almost every goal Saints scored. There were times his talent drove fans to despair. For someone who could see and supply passes only a handful of others could match, he hung on to the ball for an eternity.

Some would call his never-ending flicks, tricks and dummies mesmerising, others would sigh at why he didn’t just play the simple pass.

When his inspiration went missing and Saints fell behind, his sloth-like demeanour was frustrating.

But Le Tissier scored 210 goals for Southampton – all of them in the top flight, and for a club which rarely finished in the upper half of the table.
Only when Taarabt can match this, will his talents ever truly match the man Saints fans call Le God.

VIDEO: Le Tiss stars in Goal of the Season competition

Luke Varney miss of the century for Leeds – video

VIDEO: Leeds striker Varney offers up contender for 'miss of the century'



14:49 GMT, 31 October 2012

Tuesday night may have brought us game of the season in Reading v Arsenal but the Capital One Cup fourth round also produced a contender for miss of the century…well, according to Neil Warnock anyway.

Leeds were looking to upset Premier League side Southampton but fans probaby thought it wasn't going to be their night after Luke Varney’s horrific first-half effort.

At 0-0, El Hadji Diouf had done all the hard work by hooking a ball across the six-yard box, but the Senegal forward and just about everyone else inside Elland Road were left stunned when Varney somehow turned the ball back across the face of the open goal and wide from just a yard out.

Thankfully for the Championship side, it
was to be a rare error from the former Portsmouth star, as the
30-year-old inspired Leeds to a 3-0 victory.

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Surely not... Luke Varney somehow managed to miss this chance

Surely not… Luke Varney somehow managed to miss this chance

Good and bad: Luke Varney (left) had a blunder and a belter for Leeds against Southampton

Good and bad: Luke Varney (left) had a blunder and a belter for Leeds against Southampton

Varney played a vital role in the lead up to Diouf’s opener and was a constant menace to the Saints defence as the hosts dominated.

Leeds boss Warnock didn't hold back, praising Varney’s massive contribution and getting stuck in to his blunder.

He said: ‘I thought Luke Varney epitomised our performance. He came up with the miss of the century yet was still man of the match for me.

‘He wasn’t feeling well and was sick at half-time. I asked him for another 15 minutes and he gave me 40. That’s his attitude through and through.’

Stuart Broad heroics prove that series is not over – Nasser Hussain

Broad's heroics prove that series is not over for England



21:00 GMT, 6 August 2012

Five-fer: Broad was outstanding on day five

Five-fer: Broad was outstanding

This was an important day for England, because their bowlers finally worked out how to keep South Africa’s powerful batting line-up under sustained pressure.

Stuart Broad located the kind of rhythm that can make him so dangerous. And that’s crucial going into the final game at Lord’s, where he’s taken 11 wickets in a Test this summer and where he’s scored runs in the past.

People were wondering if Broad should have been left out of this game after South Africa’s run-fest at The Oval. I thought that was ridiculous. He’s in the team precisely because he can produce game-changing spells.

England will also tell themselves that the flurry of wickets removed the scenario of every South African batsman heading for Lord’s in good nick.

England must treat the last Test as they have treated all their matches in the past couple of years – as a game which they have the best chance of winning if they pick their normal side. Unless the track is a belter, it means a four-man attack – and the return of Graeme Swann.

Monday showed they can do more than compete with South Africa. This series is not over.