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Southampton 2 v 0 Fulham
Barclays Premier League
Wednesday, 27th February 2019 Kick-off 19:45
Boris1977 added 22:20 - Feb 27
Phew. Beat what is front of them. Team selection and formations more or less spot on. A long way to go so keeping my hope locked up for now.
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codge added 22:38 - Feb 27
Much better performance and much needed.Yoshida made a big difference with his calmness,a much better team effort finally.Bertrand was a big improvement over Targett and looked back to his best.The next two games will be tough but if we can show the same grit then who knows we may get something out of them. Coyr.
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saintjf added 22:57 - Feb 27
Just what was needed against a poor Fulham side that will not catch Saints. Yoshi looked good at the back. Prefer Gunn in goal too. Bertrand finding his form. Much to be cheerful about although not out of the woods yet.
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saintjf added 22:58 - Feb 27
Oh yes.. JWP very good.
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KriSaint added 23:10 - Feb 27
Shockingly important 3 points on the board. Well done, Saints.
Victories over Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Brighton + maybe 2 draws from games vs Newcastle and Wolves will hopefully be enough to keep out of trouble -- which means that nobody should panic if we get nothing against Man. U., Tottenham and Liverpool en route.
Man of the match: Romeu for me. Great game by Yoshida also. Good to have him back in the side. Much more calm on the ball than Stephens.
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JimmyMeliaPhD added 23:56 - Feb 27
I'm glad my bold prediction turned out well--that if Long started we'd lose, but if he didn't we'd win! And didn't he look like total rubbish when he did come on!! He looks worse the better the team around him plays.

I still question the back three tactic, especially at home against a team we ought to beat. But if we're going to do it, then Yoshida's experience, speed and calm are probably needed; even if he has his faults, he's not handing over goals to the opponents at the rate of one or more a game.

The rest of the team played pretty well, or as well as the could in a system that was pretty unadventurous.

My biggest sensation (and I bet a lot of the players share it) is relief to get another win.
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TimSaint added 00:51 - Feb 28
A good win against a poor team.

Where has the press gone ? In such a game of high consequence, it was strange for us to be so pedestrian in large stages of the first half, especially when we saw what could be achieved with the pressing just after the goal.
It was as if we were dropping to their level, or certain players were too scared of making errors, so preferred to play it safe.
It was certainly a deserved win and we looked a little more organised at the back, despite still letting Mitrovic in a couple of times. 3 defenders to mark 1 striker - someone please take the responsibility and mark him !! Yoshi was definitely an improvement on Stephens tonight.
Would have liked a bit more attack at the end to improve the goal difference on Brighton, instead we dropped so deep and resorted to hoofing it and hoping it would go to Red or Long.
Who cares though, we won and are now out of the bottom 3.
Great showings from Yoshi, JWP and Hojbjerg and even better to have a clean sheet !!
We need to play better than this on Saturday, but hopefully United picked up a few more injuries or suspensions tonight and we can battle it out for a draw. Maybe Ings will be back too - and even Lemina, as he had Pogba in his pocket in the game at St Marys and a repeat at Old Trafford would really give us a chance. Onwards and Upwards.
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carolinasaint added 04:23 - Feb 28
First...thank goodness! Beating Fulham at home may not be a terribly impressive feat, but it was desperately needed. Yoshida was virtually flawless in his return; here's hoping Ralph sees fit to play him in the center of the back line from here on in. JWP has really taken this aggression idea to heart--can't believe his thunderous tackle in their half in the first half that led to a Redmond chance. Romeu was massive as well. Long again was a disappointment. I've been a staunch defender of his over the years--although he is flat-out poor in front of goal his endeavor has always been inspiring and not infrequently led to goals...often for others.

Perhaps it's just that Fulham is so poor, but how refreshing was it to have a two-goal lead and actually hold comfortable possession for long stretches rather than play from inside our own penalty area. Glad that six blown two-goal leads in the last 12 months didn't turn into 7. Hopefully that will become more the norm. It was nice not feeling sick to my stomach with a second-half lead.
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SaintBrock added 07:23 - Feb 28
What a relief. It might be argued that Fulham were very poor on the night and we can one beat poor sides but Fulham were so comprehensively out-played by Saints that they were made to look very poor. Our energy and intensity overwhelmed them and one e Romeu's goal went it there was one ever going to be one result. Mitrovic in our team instead of the carthorse would have seen us win b at least 6 clear goals.

Yes, I know, Austin worked his socks off tiling away for no reward but that's what carthorses do for a living. Pity he isn't a footballer.

Hojberg simply outstanding, great leader and MotM by a country mile. Even you Nick must accept that Yoshi was magnificent in the centre of defence and what more is there to say about the excellent Bertie surely our most gifted footballer. How we have missed him. So good to see these two back with real appetite and commitment to the cause.
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SanMarco added 08:38 - Feb 28
Ralph isn't perfect - no one is, but he is showing encouraging flexibility. We stopped Fulham doing the only thing they do well and snapped up the inevitable mistakes at the back. Bertrand's absence was overshadowed by the CB problems but his return could be a key moment for us. We have one of the best mid-fields outside the top six and they need to keep chipping in with goals. Yoshi has to stay in ahead of Stephens. He will make mistakes but he is far better overall. A word in praise of JWP - he doesn't get a lot, certainly not from me, but he is playing better and has scored some important goals.

Manure is now a free shot with goal difference matters probably most important. Spuds on the other hand could be a bonus point (or who knows, even 3) if we play well.
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