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2019/20 Season Review - The Centre Backs
at 19:32:41

I base my opinions on my confidence in the player. I have no confidence in Jannik at our level, little confidence in Jack (but, I agree about moving him to midfield) and a little confidence in Jan. Give me anyone of Toby, Jose or Virgil above those three, give me two and I'd be in heaven. In a really good side you need a good 'keeper, a commanding centre back, a playmaker and a goal scorer. Of the players we have, centre back is the one position we cannot begin to fill. Alex, Stuart and Danny are there or thereabouts but they can only paper over the central cracks.
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2019/20 Season Review _ The Goalkeepers
at 13:59:33

I wonder just how many games McCarthy kept Saints in it since he returned this season. His errors largely centre on his kicking to my mind. Too often Alex kicks the ball out of play and he often unnecessarily faffs around trying to play the ball short when a safer bet would be a punt upfield. I notice he's punching more and that's improved his performance at crosses. I'm inclined to think that better coaching would iron out his errors. Like others, I think Gunnis one for the future. As for Forster, I have never seen a goalkeeper go into meltdown the way Fraser did. It would be a major risk to bring him back to St Marys where he might feel uncomfortable and be at the mercy of the rather large number of fickle home game attendees.
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Saints V Sheffield United The Verdict
at 09:17:06

Glad to see you didn't single out Vestergaard - you didn't need to, his lack of mobility and marking was there for all to see.
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With Danny Ings Walking It ! Who Is Your Runner Up For Player Of The Year.
at 15:15:07

No contest - has to be Armstrong. Saints always look better when he's on the pitch, just like Stephen Davis did.
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Hojberg & Saints Said To Have Agreed Terms With Everton
at 14:51:58

For Hobjberg read either Schneiderlin or Wanyama. Within a season he'll be forgotten at St Marys. Also, I agree about Harry Reed. He's worth another punt down here but, I've always thought that.
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Saints At Bournemouth The Verdict
at 20:48:36

An accurate summary. Saints should have won comfortably. We did miss Bednarek. I also applaud Obafemi for setting up Che Adams' goal.
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Saints V Brighton The Verdict
at 11:36:17

On that performance I don't think we'd miss Hobjberg - he certainly hasn't improved (as I thought he would) during his stay at St Marys. In fact, during the vastly improved second half display, to my eyes he made more passing errors than any other Saints player. As for Vestergaard no, he didn't make many errors after the break as he didn't make any tackles, although that was one hell of a shot. KWP's arrival balanced the defence but, as others have observed, where will the goals come from if DI is injured? A disappointing night for Smallbone who was never in the game. Definitely two points lost against a poor side. Predictably, we were caught out by Glen Murray. If he takes up coaching we should have him at St Marys to work with our defence.
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Ralph Says No Injury's But Tiredness An Issue Ahead Of Brighton Clash
at 13:38:52

Think I'd play JWP at RB at some time in the game if KWP starts and tires and replace JWP with Smallbone who has done nothing wrong in his few appearances. Brighton are out of sorts but, Saints don't want to give them wriggle room. If Murray comes on he needs to be firmly handled as he's just the type to bully our central defence.
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Saints Closing In On Salisu But Youth Is Not The Solution In The Centre Of Defence
at 10:12:47

I share Nick's views on Bednarek and Stephens, as do a number of my friends. Jack is good at driving forward from defence but, his defending is regularly sloppy - if you don't agree then view again the Man U game. Bednarek has more defensive ability but needs coaching or an older head to make sure he stays in position. Vestergaard isn't first choice so, he's not the answer. We can't afford Ake or Mings but, we could look at someone like Smalling who is better than any we have and is reputed to be available to Roma at £15M.
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Saints At Manchester United The Verdict
at 13:52:46

Have to take my hat off to the commitment. I'm not an admirer to that aspect of Nathan Redmond's game but, last night he showed that he could be a really top player. The question is why do we only see flashes of his ability amongst all the bad decisions. I wasn't so disappointed in regard to KWP's performance. He was up against in-form attackers with great ability and he's barely had time to settle into our team. I'm sure he would be an asset if permanently signed. Sadly, I can't say the same about Che Adams. His performance to my eyes lacked any spark, in fact his name was barely mentioned. As for Gary Neville's obsession with Romeu's foul ( I also thought that Romeu slowed down to lessen the contact) I did wonder if the referee might have been advised at halftime to find a reason to give him a red. Sky should suggest to GN that once he has expressed his opinion he should let the matter go rather than let his prejudice dominate the remainder of his summarising. On the perennial topic of our main centre backs, none of the three potential pairings are good enough for the premier league. It's not the lack of effort or basic skills, it's carelessness and lack of positional sense which should be addressed by the coaching staff. On the other hand, there must be another Michael Svensson out there somewhere waiting to be plucked from obscurity. Like others, I only hope that the team carries this new cavalierish approach to games into next season.
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Saints At Manchester United The Preview
at 14:14:16

The Man City game was a one-off. The new United team is very attack minded. They might leak a goal but, make no mistake, they have the belief and the impetus and I'll be surprised if Saints are not in for a hard night. We put in a massive effort against City and for around sixty minutes against Everton. We do not have strength in depth and Ralph might just think that there are easier pickings in our final three games if he reserves his best starting eleven for those fixtures. Mind you, Ralph won't want a drubbing so, those who do play will have to show their utmost concentration.
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Saints At Everton The Verdict
at 10:56:09

Saints predictably ran out of steam for periods in the second half but, a draw is better than a loss. Although I sound like a stuck record, I really don't see what Redmond gives the team (in comparison to Armstrong who is always positive and a threat). As for VAR, let's be honest - it has reduced the game to a farce. Bizarre rules that even the so-called experts often can't interpret or agree on, wrong calls, unfair decisions and long delays. A fourth official saying to the referee "Think you should look at the pitch side camera" is all that's needed. Oh, and a clampdown on the blatant cheating by players.
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Saints At Everton The Preview
at 09:44:13

What tonight will surely tell us is just how both mentally and physically fit the Saints squad is. That effort against City must have been truly draining in concentration and effort and, whilst it's a level playing field for all teams with fixtures coming in rapid succession, there have been a fair few odd results since matches resumed involving sides trying to secure their EPL future. Everton's recent games have been tight and, as there is little to play for, this one should follow that pattern as long as Saints aren't a spent force.
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Saints Now Mathematically Safe From Relegation
at 22:17:10

After that determined performance I'm now actually pleased I've renewed my ST however, how come we didn't show such resolution earlier in the season. As for walker-Peters - got to be signed.
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More Fine Words From Lemina As Rumour Mill Cranks Up !
at 10:07:44

A wasted talent unlike Carrillo who, frankly, wasn't given much of a chance to shine here (as you've pointed out) and whose height we could still do with. Although off topic, I wonder how many goals Danny Ings might have had if he'd had a decent header of the ball to feed off.
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Matt Le Tissier Cut Out To Support Pompey
at 10:14:39

Yes, maybe a cardboard Harry Redknapp or Ricardo Fuller with Pompey shirts on at our remaining games.
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The Forgotten Man Returns To St Mary's
at 10:11:28

I'm with you on this. I'm sure he'll have a future somewhere. Look how long it took David McGoldrick to make his name. Frankly, I think from what I've seen of Sims, he has a better head on him than Nathan Redmond whose decision making when on the ball frustrates the life out of me. I doubt, however, that Josh will get another chance here.
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Big Night For Saints In The Premier League And They're Not Even Playing
at 17:02:32

I beg to differ with most of the above. I would like WHU to survive as my next door neighbour is a fan and I wouldn't like to see a nice bloke like him up sticks and return to the bosom of the East End in a fit of pique. I have offered, in that event, to unscrew his Anne Boleyn Ground wall plaque and carefully wrap it up to be transported with him. One has to show a bit of sympathy towards normally generous opposing fans.
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Can Kyle Walker - Peters Be The Answer For Saints ?
at 14:38:24

I like KWP and, at 5' 8" (about the same as Cedric) he's nowhere near the shortest to play in the EPL - I think Alan Wright of Villa might have been and Wright was, like so many of smaller stature, difficult to shake off the ball, hence his long career. His lack of game time at Spurs is down to better players at that club but, we have no-one better unless you count Cedric. I accept the point about crosses but, Saints have a relatively height-challenged squad which, to me, is more of a problem. I agree with NYC Saint's valuations and I hope Saints give KWP a permanent deal.
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Saints Hit 40 Points For First Time In 3 Years
at 10:23:25

This season has shown that Saints are at best inconsistent and before we get carried away with the Watford result which, in my opinion, saw the best team performance from us this year, we have to recognise that they had key players absent, probably causing upset and disharmony in their ranks. I maintain that class is not abundant in our squad and the club must strengthen when the opportunity arises, although only a couple of additions are needed provided Danny Ings maintains his form and fitness. We do have some promising youngsters in addition to Smallbone, who should be blooded now we're safe and I, too, would like Adams to be given a run in the side in place of Redmond, who consistently flatters to deceive. I also think that Armstrong makes Saints a better side.
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