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West Bromwich Albion v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by connell10 at 19:35:18
RANGERS WERE A F UCKING DISGRACE TO THE BADGE!
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Everton v Southampton Your Report added by helpineedsomebody at 12:17:35
now we are seeing why mark hughes is an average manager
4 GAMES LEFT
BRING IN BIG SAM & LITTLE SAM THEY WOULD SHAKE THE PLAYERS UP BIG TIME
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Everton v Southampton Your Report added by SanMarco at 10:08:53
Slightly worrying that it looked like the same old team (with Ings for Tadic), same old errors (cross from opposition right and header, chances that should have been taken at the other end) and the same old result. It is of course far too early to panic but I would bite the hand off that offered me a 16th place finish.
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West Bromwich Albion v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by Standard67 at 05:39:49
After 3-1 instead of going into damage limitation mode we carried on trying to get back into the game and left gaps which West Brom exploited with ease. They are a good side with a lot of experience but I thought we were naïve at times on the pitch and in the dug out, we made it easy for them. Bristol City are not West Brom however and on Tuesday they are beatable.
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Everton v Southampton Your Report added by JimmyMeliaPhD at 02:47:45
I have to admit I wasn't put into an optimistic frame by last week's performance, but this week's was worse and I'm already starting to worry. There doesn't seem to be any real drive or energy in this team. A complete absence of commitment throughout the whole team throughout the whole first half. Like last week, second half looked a bit different, but basically we weren't ever going to ovecome a 2-0 lead. In fact, it was surprising that a) we scored at all, and b) that we didn't give up more goals. So, it looks like business as usual this season, unless something drastic happens. And business as usual could get even worse...the single thing I took from this game is that a CB pairing of Stephens and Hoedt is basically kamikaze. They both played the worst games I've seen from them. Meanwhile, the 3 other CBs we have are all basically superior....why this pair was picked, I'll never understand. Add to that that Soares was total rubbish today (he might as well have been off the field when Richarlison scored for all the good his "challenge" did). What's even more worrying is that it looks as if we're also in that frame where we don't get the decisions in our favour--Pickford's was one of the clearest red card offences I've seen in many seasons. I know I'll get jumped on by the optimists, but seriously, we need to worry.
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Everton v Southampton Your Report added by aceofthebase at 23:15:16
The first goal Saints were undone by a well-worked training ground goal.

The second goal was a repeat of at least half a dozen goals. A cross from the right and Cedric far too small and weak to prevent an easy headed goal. Just how long can we continue to give away goals and matches by playing Cedric.
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West Bromwich Albion v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by kgp58 at 20:55:44
At half time we were very much in the match.
However the 2nd half implosion was almost suicidal. I've no idea has we'll recover from this embarrassment by Tuesday. Could be an interesting team selection.
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Everton v Southampton Your Report added by halftimeorange at 20:18:36
You could add a few more names to that list, Mikesaint - including Romeu and Lemina on this showing. For the life of me I couldn't understand why Lemina wasn't replaced by Hobjberg, if only to save him from the erratic Lee Mason. In any case, Hobjberg is amuch busier player on past showings and, in my opinion is our captain waiting because, as Codge says - the naturally reserved Bertrand is not right for the job. It shows how badly we need Vestergaard to be at the top of his game as Stephens is uncertain and Hoedt mistake-prone. There are too many sides who will be more intent than Everton in putting a fistful of goals past McCarthy. I can see some occasions when we'll need two hands to count the number of goals in a game involving Saints as things stand...and they won't be in our favour. I'm sorry for McCarthy as this wasn't the game to showcase his obvious talents in front of Southgate.
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Everton v Southampton Your Report added by mikesaint at 19:13:28
As soon as I saw the team sheet with Prowse and Stephens in it and Vestergaard out I knew we would lose.
When are we going to loan players like Prowse and Stephens out to lower league clubs so they can get some experience. These two are not good enough for the Premier League.
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Everton v Southampton Your Report added by codge at 18:16:06
As soon as l saw we had Lee Mason as ref l new we were in for a long day.We really need a leader on this team as captain Bertrand is not it.Our defence was a total shambles especially Cedric,and we started just as bad as last week.Up front Ings was the one positive but JWP was a wasted space in fact the midfield seem to lack any cohesion at all. The second half only slightly better but nowhere good enough.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added by Bettwsresident at 10:03:33
Sitting in Chapel end side of Kingsland with my family coming to their first Saints game to , so it was predictable that all the action was down the other end! A draw was a fair result, but it would have been nice to be be 1-1 for the sake of the family. It was not a boring 0-0. We dodged a bullet when Jack Corks goal was ruled offside when Burnley were completely dominating the game and we seemed to have no out ball. Got better as game progressed and 2nd half was great...the goal was coming, but never came.

I was really impressed with the new signings, loved the way Vestergaard exerted his presence. Looks a really good player capable of making opponents forwards think twice. Ely looked tidy, Ings potentially providing the attacking pivot we haven't had since Pelle, Lemina was our fulcrum, distributing really well and showing some superlative touches. Armstrong was our best player until he went down. I hope it is not too serious.

Burnely looked like a side that had played 3 competative games but by the last 20 mins we were all over them and Redmond had found his mojo..actually running at defenders and beating them.

All in a very encouraging 0-0. Only real negative was with the execption of a brilliant long range 1-2 with Armstrong in the first half that was inches from coming off and a superb last second tackle from Mee as he was chesting down to volley, CA looked pretty toothless and far to keen to fall over and win a free kick.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added by JimmyMeliaPhD at 23:20:52
Not sure why we'd start out the season, and at home, and to a low scoring team, with such a defensive formation and such predictable tactics. But Hughes changed it at half-time and the second half approach was much more positive. Some real pluses from the match: include Ings looking as though he has goals in him, Vestergaard able to cover up the inadequacies of the other two CBs, and more smart goalkeeping. Trying to remain optimistic!
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added by TimSaint at 22:05:46
Took us quite a while to get going and get organised at the back, preferring to panic and hoof it clear, or f@nny around with it on the edge of our own box and then have to hoof it.

16 mins before our first shot, but despite our shape and formation, still carved out some decent chances with Lemina's flying header (well saved), Armstrong's cross shot across the face of goal, a possible penalty from a corner and a couple of blocked shots.

That said, we needed McCarthy to save us on a few occasions in the first half. His best was with his feet after a defensive header set up the best chance of the half. He also saved well at the far post at the end of the first half and also in injury time.

The injury to Armstrong (hope nothing serious) prompted personnel and formation changes. 442 proved a lot more lively and we suddenly had players willing to run at Burnley, take people on, intricately pass in and around the box and create chances.

Much better all round, apart from that final ball and a little bit of luck. Hart made some good saves and when we did hear him, a defender was on hand to head it off the line. Ely, Bert and on a few occasions, Stephens, all should have put in better balls or crosses but chose the wrong options.

Still, probably a fair result against the team playing it's 4th competitive game of the season, but why they have to dive so much is beyond me. Cork, Lennon and even the biggest culprit Wood !!

No real stand outs for Saints apart from perhaps Lemina, but the 2 subs were lively and we were a different side with them.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added by aceofthebase at 20:45:40
The presence of Ings and Ely changed the whole attitude of Saints. At last they look like they can weave through a defence. Redmond did his bit , goals must surely come.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added by aceofthebase at 19:59:13
The presence of Ings and Ely changed the whole attitude of Saints. At last they look like they can weave through a defence. Redmond did his bit , goals must surely come.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added by halftimeorange at 18:44:49
Wrong system played in the first half. Much better in the second and the team needs to blend. Build-up play too slow. McCarthy still making brilliant saves but this business of passing out from the back is really risky - not just for Saints but many sides trying to emulate the Spanish. Either be sure or don't do it.
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Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield United Your Report added by Geoff78 at 23:07:58
Why would anyone expect basically the same team to be suddenly better than they were last year? Eze of course showed some real class and I was impressed with Kakay who, after looking nervous early on, got forward well and grew in confidence.

The real question is that although we all (or mostly) think Scowen, Luongo & Freeman did well last season as the heart of our midfield, actually overall we were poor then and continued to be poor today. As the engine room of the team they promise more than they deliver. Perhaps Maclaren can get them to dominate games, in which case, with Eze playing in the 'hole' the future could look good. But at the very best the jury's out.

Three positives: defence were unlucky - surely not a penalty, and maybe offside for the first goal, but borderline at best, Kakay and Eze offer glimpses of a bright future and Leistner reminded me of Steve Palmer. Even his Mum wouldn't say Palmer was the best centre half we've had, but he was the right man for that time - dogged and determined and raised the level of players around him. Can I hope Leistner will do the same?

Oh well...a long, tough season ahead of us.
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Swansea City v Preston North End Your Report added by Badlands at 19:23:43
Who gave Fulton marks? Shocking performance but for the goal.
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Preston North End v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by kgp58 at 07:36:55
We were too easy to play against. Giving them.to much time and space. Never really putting them under pressure.
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Preston North End v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by mattthelegend at 21:41:26
Can’t wait to hear what Les and Ralph have to say, should be interesting 😉
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