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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by sidsaint at 10:11:17
Great goal to start, looked like a training ground effort. The young fullbacks gave all they could and showed promise, but that is not enough against a well organised Arsenal who deserved the win. Diallo is now showing why we bought him . Ings and Walcott looked thoroughly pxxxxx off when substituted. Not the way to treat your main man if you want to keep him!. Maybe by then RH had given up the game and wanted to give the youngsters some more game time.
Squad weaknesses are there for all to see, hopefully with players coming back we will get back to winning ways soon and reach the top half again. Disappointed overall after such a good start.
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by Flamingbankers at 09:12:58
Frenetic first half where Saints matched Arsenal but gave the ball away too much. Superb corner-kick set-piece with JWP slicing the ball to the edge of the penalty area to Armstrong who caught the ball on half volley and slammed it passed an otherwise brilliant Leno. Unfortunately Valery and Vokins looked like second stream players and gave far too much away in the first half although to their credit improved in the second. Arsenal spend a lot of time wasting and gaining possession and breaking up possession of the opposition by falling over and tripping themselves up. Along with this, the gullible Ref and the porous defence Saints - couldn't cope effectively. In the second half Arsenal showed the billion £ class when they cut through the soft Saints flanks with slicing ease. Men of the match for Saints: Bednarek who unfortunately couldn't cover for the other defenders all of the time but tried to, and Diallo who had his best game for Saints looking positive and reassured trying to move the ball forward.

Unfortunately, Arsenal managed to hold two tight blocks of four to break up most Saints attempts to get into the penalty box. In the second Saints looked weary and didn't really look as if they were going score. The forward line were mostly easily blocked and Walcott provided a few wayward efforts. We need as many of the first-teamers back as possible for Saturday against Villa when Grealish and Traore need to be kept quiet.
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by SaintPaulVW at 05:29:43
Arsenal had learned from the weekend, changes their style of play and played their A team. A bit of gamesmanship disrupted the game and Saints took their eye of the ball for the third goal. Clever stuff.

Our defence made a lot of unforced errors. Hopefully the 2 young fullbacks will have learned something.

Our midfield was generally good. Armstrong and Diallo were our best players.

Adams plays some great passes but ultimately both he and Ings couldn't finish anything.

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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by darthvader at 02:04:24
With so many of our players out against the divers of london we had no chance or very little . I hope to see our full squad back soon and playing like we did earlier in the season .
And getting those results .

Arsenal new our weaknesses tonight , our fullbacks and pressing against us . We do it better than most but when against us its a worry .

Danny ings looks not quite on it and piss.ed off , Adams
Worked hard and had a good game .

Again its fine margins , the few shots we had were good , just either at the keeper or he made a good save . Seems to be happening alot these days though .

I wonder also if FF is asking how many more clean sheets do i need to have a run in the team . ?

Frustratingly for me is the almost stupid way we get a quick break or a chance of a quick throw in and it slowly goes backwards .
We only seem to look good or dangerous when we press and win the ball high up . When we pass it back to the defence or keeper we look slow and as tonight errors are made .

Good points are armstrong looked quality tonight ,a real threat .




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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by TimSaint at 23:59:10
A game too far. 2 games a week and trying to cover for anywhere between 6 and 10 absentees finally caught up with us. Not having 3 of the 1st choice back 4 didn't help either and although Xmas was a month ago, we gifted arsenal the majority of their chances, including their goals. 3 errors that resulted in Arsenal goals in 4 games from McCarthy now - guess he has a gunner phobia.
In spite of our defensive frailties, we actually created some decent chances and on another day, Adams and Walcott would steer their shots/headers wide of the keeper.
Despite great contributions from Diallo and Armstrong, we never totally got our passing game going, but that was probably down to fatigue and different personnel. At 2-1 down, Ralph gambled, it didn't work , so we played out for a 3-1 defeat, a subbed the likes of Ings.
No real shame in losing to that bunch of divers when you consider the team we had out, but yet again we rather frustratingly were our own worst enemies.

Oh well, hopefully we will have a few back this weekend (KWP, Bert, Rom) to help freshen things up. Villa are no walkovers, but we have already shown we can score against them and Ings is always good for a goal too.
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by sandywelsh at 23:16:55
I said in the preview that if Valery and Vokins do come in alongside Stephens our defence will look very shaky.
Well Im sorry to say I was right. Are form has gone down hill since Vestergaard got injured. Hopefully Walker-Peters will be fit on Saturday along with Romeo.
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by Bettwsresident at 22:49:26
sadly we are a team not a squad (midfield excepted) . Saka had Vokins on toast, Cedric his best game for arsenal and although we had our moments there was an inevitability about it. Even Che looked off colour. They learnt from saturday and pressed us hard. I will not call out the players that lost the ball for their goals as that is excatly what we have done to so many teams this season.

Due to the high press we seem to lose steam after 70 mins and from then there was no way back. We will come back. Before the end of the season the big dane will once again be spraying quality balls from defence for KWP and Bertand to feed Ings.. COYRs
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by sandywelsh at 22:32:15
What a shambles, our defence was to slow and useless. Stephens gave the ball away for their first goal and what was McCarthy doing for their second. Up front tonight Ings and Walcott did very little. Could do with a couple of new players in this transfer window.
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by Sadoldgit at 22:32:07
Missed two full backs and it showed. KWP was a huge miss. Our shooting in the first half was wild, the passing poor and we offered up very little in the second half. Arsenal played higher up the field than the cup game and we gave them the ball to often. We just don’t have any strength in depth but we will bounce back.
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by AmericanSaint at 22:25:03
Individual errors cost Saints the game.
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by I_would at 22:13:29
Outclassed from 5 mins. We were the journeymen who kept slugging away and they had some individual style.
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by TimSaint at 12:01:36
Great win. Played some great stuff early on and really should have been 2 up at the break. Our high press really troubled them and caused all sorts of problems, but we failed to punish them with goals. Arse really only came into it after making their subs, yet despite a few decent chances, never really troubled FF.

I don't know the rules regarding penalties any more. Long got clipped near the end and we have seen those given before, so why didn't VAR pick up on this instead of backing the ref - who had a bit of a mare.

Still, a good win and hopefully we can not only do a 4 day double over the gunners, but also beat Villa next weekend and continue our cup run.
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by KriSaint at 12:00:50
Disciplined performance with every player putting in a shift with JWP leading the team.
Bednarek looks strong and a leader at the back. Diallo looks like he played in the PL for much longer than he has. Happy for KWP to be the man behind our winning goal against his former North London derby opponents.
With a little luck we' d won 3-0. Could easily have had a penalty against Long and Adams made Leno make a fine save early on after a fine run, beating two players through the right channel before launching a low, hard shot, which Leno saved with his right arm.
Forster wasn' t busy making saves. He made one - and that was a very good one with his left foot when Nkhetia burst through the left channel and got a deflected shot (deflection by Stephens) on target.
Fine performance. We are hard to beat. Bring on Wolves in round 5 and let's hope we progress to the quarter final.
COYR <3

Kris, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Gillingham v Rochdale Your Report added by Yorkshire_Dale at 21:44:54
Big "well done" to Jimmy Keohane.....often coming in for criticism but today did the business for Dale.
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Queens Park Rangers v Derby County Your Report added by Geoff78 at 19:18:07
Not a disaster (we know a disaster, we've seen quite a few in recent years), but disappointing. There were good spells and some half chances, but I can only remember 2 saves by their keeper, and although it would have been spectacular it's hard to call Barbet's overhead kick a real chance.

In the opening period Derby disrupted us by pressing across the back three and the midfield. We did get into the game in the middle period, but the midfield always looked weak. Ball does his best, Willock had some good moments but too often was muscled off the ball and still seems short of full fitness, and Chair often got into promising positions, and again isn't physical enough, and the Derby defence always managed to restrict his influence. I thought there were numerous occasions when he should have taken on the full back, but his lack of a left foot forced him back inside where the defensive traffic was heavier.

We're missing Carroll. And it's worth remembering that we don't have Eze (OK we all remember well enough) but he had the strength to ride challenges and/or win free kicks. More gym work for Chair and Willock!

The full backs remain a weakness, but apart from the goal our back 3 looked solid.

As midweek the ref gave us nothing, including another obvious handball which should have been a penalty. But Rs aren't cute enough to realise that opposition players will go down under any slight contact so need to get their body position right so it's clearer to the ref that it's not a foul.
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by Flamingbankers at 17:33:16
Solid display by Saints. Dominated first half and dealt with pressure fairly easily in the second. Ref determined to give as much advantage and possession as possible to Arsenal. Saints could have scored at least another with a bit more direct force and finesse though Arsenal did actually defend very well. Similarly a very good defensive display from Saints, especially Bednarek, except perhaps Bertrand who, on occasions, did not seem to want to move back into position to collect the ball that was moving right to left. Time Saints looked for a decent Premiership class back-up left back. Hopefully Vokins will show what he can do on Tuesday. Pleased with, and for, Forster's who made one great save with an outstretched leg and came out well and kicked well. Prowsey almost scored from a corner which he might well have meant. One against Arsenal on Tuesday, and one from a direct free kick, will do nicely.
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by SaintNick at 14:53:44
With most early ratings giving at least 7/10 why is Shane Long the lowest rated at 6.6, he only had 5 mins plus injury time, but he won the ball held it up and took the sting out of the last few minutes, he didn't put a foot wrong in my opinion, yet some can't be charitable even after a great victory
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by SaintPaulVW at 14:46:46
Solid performance against a lacklustre Arsenal.

Diallo (he is really quick!), Bednarek and JWP joint MOM for me.

Good to see 'Big Fraze' (as per Jack Stephens) back in the frame again.

Adams and Ings just need a bit of sharpening up and we should be back to full steam.

COYR!
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Cardiff City v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by Geoff78 at 16:47:05
As others have said this could easily have been 2, 3 or even 4 nil, with Austin and Dykes goals ruled out harshly and a stonewall penalty. Dieng excellent as he has been pretty well all season - I can only think of a couple of mistakes. Either his positioning is superb or he is lucky as a lot of shots do go straight at him, but his handling is pretty well faultless. But if he does have a poor run lets give him some leeway. The club do need to get him on to a long contract urgently.

Willock in midfield will be an interesting experiment. Not entirely successful last night, but the goal will boost his confidence, tho' to be honest I don't see him as the insecure type. He will need to toughen up, but he has an eye for a good pass or cross. Our midfield does look thin with Amos and Carroll out for sometime.

Good to see Kakay back on the pitch.
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Cardiff City v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by nightwish at 13:52:12
After my praise for the referee against Luton felt the officials could off cost us this match.Blatant handball by Morrison in which only Austin appealed come on Warburton make our players more vocal.Austins foot could not have been more than 2 foot off the ground looks like the Cardiff defender dived with his arm into Charlies boot and then went down clutching his face.Think the ref tried to even things up a bit by not sending off Cameron when he had already been booked and he foolishly pulled back Moore when running through
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