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Leicester City v Southampton Your Report added at 20:34:02
Something is wrong with a side that 2 seasons in a row goes on a fantastic run and then subsequently the performances drop off a cliff.

Need to ask some hard questions over the summer break if we are to make further progress.

Daft mistake for the first goal, a sh1thouse second goal and then 2 drops in concentration. Barely any decent chances. Adam A looked better but still seems to be overawed by the PL. Does a good move and then fluffs the follow up.

Think it was probably good bye to a few old hands/bit part players today. Change needs to happen. I suspect that most of the first team replacements will be players already in the squad.

Just hoping for a few additions.

Hey ho stayed up ....just.

COYR in 22/23





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Southampton v Liverpool Your Report added at 07:31:09
Sort of OK.

Seemed to go missing after scoring the first goal. Redmond and Minamino's goals were both great shots. The headed goal a bit of a duffer to let in.

Thought our shape looked unbalanced, Tsimikas was left unmarked for most of the second half as the back 5 slid across and Eli seemed to tuck in. Several fraught conversations between KWP and Eli.

Did the crowd turn on McCarthy seemed a lot of booing at the same time as his poor kicks? If so, not too sure what it was meant to achieve.

Thought the subs came too late. Once again reactive rather than proactive.

Lyanco and Salisu looked good, Diallo I don't think is going to make it - looked a passenger and his reactions are still too slow. Broja looked better but a 20 year old lone striker was always going to struggle.

Oh well, we're safe.

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Brentford v Southampton Your Report added at 21:22:26
Clutching at straws to find something good to say, I thought Adam Armstrong looked good today.

Other than that, no one seemed to have much motivation, the subs were bizarre and the crowd turned on Ralph.

If I'm honest, I'm not really looking forward to the last 2 games. Saints, please prove me wrong.

COYR
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added at 20:14:06
We needed to see a reaction and we got it.

Rearranged formation worked. Perraud needs to play every week. 3 CB's dajfu.

Arsenal had more of the game but FF played out of his skin. Sign him and loan out McCarthy.

COYR

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Southampton v Chelsea Your Report added at 20:41:09
Appalling.

Game was over after 20 minutes. Salisu totally at sea. Formation totally wrong. Tino looking like a 19 year old repeatedly failing to track back. Adam A just is not anywhere near adapting to the Prem league. Everyone taking too many touches before shooting. Adams's finishing ability completely deserting him.

I can't see why Ralph is saying give up the high press for next week, the players were there a week early! They just stood back and watched the Chelsea players pass the ball about from about 5 yards.

Fair credit to Chelsea they wanted it more and hit first touch shots on target. Bozo fans of all ages should stay off the pitch tho.

Valery, Diallo, Smallbone and Forster were the only bright spots. Smallbone and Valery played far better at rightback than Tino.

Take the point on the fans. When the game goes against you the noise is supposed to go up. Not stop.

Once again Ralph has produced a binge season. He deserves some slack for the underinvestment in our squad but looking at it in the round I don't really see any progress this year.

And to cap it all, Kevin Friend produced his usual fine performance.

COYR
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Leeds United v Southampton Your Report added at 18:45:02
Enjoyable end to end match to watch. Leeds probably shaded the balance of play. They seemed to want it more in the tackle. However our heads didn't go down and we played well after they scored to get back into in it.

Tino and KWP good as always Thought also Diallo looked good today. Salisu also was back up to his best. Fantastic goal from JWP. Romeu looked out of sorts and Stu Armstrong didn't look up to speed when he came on. Che over complicated a good chance.

Draw was a fair result in the end. Our Away fans had a tough job but you could hear them loud and clear at the end.

COYR
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Southampton v Manchester City Your Report added at 20:26:04
I guess Ralph wanted 2 sets of strikers, one for each half to run their socks off and press M City all over the pitch and try to stop them building from the back. This worked pretty well in the first half.

Good even game for 2/3 of it and then Salisu gave away a soft penalty and our heads went down and everything fell apart.

Had our chances - one off the post, a few close ones and the usual succession of weak shots. Gave away a soft goal in be the first half but got a break with an own goal from Ely not giving up right at the death of the first half.

Got 2/3 of the performance that we needed. But just couldn't finish it off.

Time to concentrate on the league.

COYR
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Southampton v Watford Your Report added at 09:00:32
With the speed that premier League teams adapt to how other sides play, I think we have been sussed. Teams are happy to let us have possession but drop back tight. Just about all our passes go behind our players to be able to retain possession. So we end up aimlessly passing the ball from side to side looking for a way through, indulging in silly flicks that just hand back possession or hitting through balls against defenders legs. The direct threats of Broja and Stu Armstrong seem to have petered out for the minute so we are fairly toothless.

When other side's get the ball they hit us quickly on the break because 3 of our defenders are up the pitch. For the last 2 games Salisu hasn't performed well for most of the first half, so good chances have been created and goals scored against us.

Given the lack of funding over the last few seasons and poor recruitment prior to that, we still don't have the deepest of squads. So, to make further progress this season, we need to adapt our game plan. That's life!

COYR
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Southampton v Newcastle United Your Report added at 01:11:29
Frustrating game had chances to win it, have away silly goals and Newcastle's sh1tehousery won in the end.

Salisu took a while to get going. Broja looked distracted - I guess understandabl, Stu Armstrong seems 50:50 ATM, JWP was off the boil, Che huffed and puffed. I thought Tino and KWP were our best players and And Arm was looking sharp when he came on.

Confidence seems to have dropped. We got forwards lots but the attacks frequently petered out and the ball went back to FF.

If Saturday was the bad day at the office, this wasn't a return to form. Next up Watford.

COYR
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Aston Villa v Southampton Your Report added at 17:54:25
Bad day at the office.

We looked off the pace and Coutinho looked very good. Missed Salisu but several players also had an off day.

Oh well. Runs come to an end. Got to get back to the hard work and put it back together on Thursday.

COYR
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Southampton v Norwich City Your Report added at 08:53:11
Felt quite odd watching us be in total control from the start of the game.

I like it!

COYR
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Southampton v Everton Your Report added at 08:24:37
Solid confident performance throughout both the 90 minutes and the team.

KWP was MOTM for me, tireless in defence and attack. Crazy that Perraud can't get in the team. Richarlison Tool of the match. Armstrong again showed why he should always be in the team. In the second half he made several runs to create great chances.

Shane Long impact sub again and the post goal chest bumps in front of the crowd showed the team spirit that Ralph has built.

After a dodgy spell in late autumn we have really come good.

Can't wait for the next game.

COYR



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Manchester United v Southampton Your Report added at 20:25:32
Great game. As said above a draw was probably fair. Man Utd are the new Spurs tho. You are still in it even if they are in front at half time. They got a bit narky in the second half

I think we looked a bit tired after a busy week. Armstrong certainly did which is to be expected after being off for so long injured.

Cracking game by the front two. Che and Broja are quite a gruesome twosome to play against. Cracking goal by Che - Who needs Ings?

Big Frase was just immense. Back to his best. Can he stay please?

It must be such a thrill for players like Broja and Tino to be on the pitch in a competitive team playing against world class players rather than sat on the bench or in the reserves at a big 6 club.

If we can keep this standard up, must be in a shout for a Europa League place. Ralph I salute you.

COYR


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Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton Your Report added at 22:59:23
Shhhhhhhh Conte......Shhhhhhhh

Best game of the season. Any coincidence Stu Armstrong is now back?

COYR
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Southampton v Coventry City Your Report added at 07:54:28
While I also did a double take at the line up, I think in fairness Ralph was trying to rest players for the next 2 PL games. After all we have 3 games in 7 days. Unfortunately the line up didn't work. Putting Small in in a back 5 that had only played a few games was a big ask. Playing 7 defensive players against Coventry was also a but of an odd balance.

First half was awful. Lyancos injury allowed a change. Rather than a like for like swap, Ralph brought on Redmond who started running, moving off the ball and pressing Coventry.

More changes at Half time Armstrong and KWP on. Finally we started to look the better side. Fantastic bending shot from Stu Armstrong to level it. Although took ages to grind out the final goal. Coventry were content to sit back. A few moments of madness almost got them back in it but we survived.

Theo and A Arm looked lost up front. I'm not sure what is going wrong for A Arm but he never looked like scoring yesterday.

Valery dajfu at Centre Back. A dodgy back pass almost ruined it but played well for the most part and didn't look out of place.

Diallo was inconsistent, passes often went astray which is not what you need at CB. Some good passes tho and settled down in second half.

We survived another FA cup scare(again)

COYR
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Southampton v Manchester City Your Report added at 09:30:05
Another 2 points lost to a defensive error. Simply not good enough!!!....

....Meanwhile back in the real world.....fantastic performance, matched up to one of the best sides in the world. Almost won Broja just offside. Mind you if he had scored we wouldn't have a chance of buying him.

Salisu was absolutely sensational. Quick, stunning tackles, great positional sense.

Perraud put a fantastic level of effort in kept Sterling and then Jesus quiet.

Romeu broke up just about everything in midfield.

KWP again showed why he should be picked regularly on the right. Grabbed his chance to show why he should be first choice RB.

Everyone though played out of their skins. Armstrong looked to be getting back to his old self.

VAR again tried to spoil things - if you can't seean obvious error after looking after say 3 times then why keep on looking?. Luckily sense prevailed on both decisions.

Ralph has worked wonders after last season's collapse.

Crowd sounded fantastic.

COYR



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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton Your Report added at 17:57:01
Enjoyable game to watch. Particularly the first half which was end to end.

The penalty from VAR looked wrong. How can it take 20 repeats to spot a clear and obvious error. Back to the bad old days of atmosphere killing if this carries on.

JWP scored a stonker of a free kick. 30 yards out to go up to second in the free kick table.

Saints had 2 great chances to get a result. Tella, one that looked harder to miss than to score and Perraud thumping one against the crossbar that could have levelled it.

Wolves matched us up and indulged in plenty of shIthousery. Worked hard for their win though.

We lost but I'm smiling. We almost got back in it. I hope everyone takes a lot of positives out of a good performance that just wasn't quite enough.

COYR

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Southampton v Brentford Your Report added at 22:40:46
Not a tired leg in sight after Saturday.

Pretty dominant performance. We have been building towards this.

Players of the match for me: Forster, Salisu, Diallo, JWP. However no poor performers tonight. Everyone put a shift in. Even Lyanco and Perraud, who are still getting up to speed with the EPL, put in an incredible amount of work.

4 well taken goals, suddenly we look quite imposing in the box.

COYR
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Swansea City v Southampton Your Report added at 21:49:15
Gutsy performance. When we score it looks easy. Looks impossible the rest of the time lol.

Big Frase, JWP, Diallo, Tella and Long were outstanding for me. Everyone else very very good and probably toned down their individual performance for the good of the team. Valery needs to learn from this. Given injury news on Tino, big chance wasted for him.

It was an eventful game but not a classic.

BBC Wales Commentators were absolute pish. Quickly stopped Laughing when we equalised.

COYR tired legs for Tuesday!

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Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur Your Report added at 19:59:44
Another great game to watch.

The usual omg moment when I saw the team sheet. However, some changes were forced in us, some players needed a rest and Ralph was proved right to use the benefit of a squad of players.

Dominated the first half and rightly took the lead with a thunderbastard from JWP from ....a Salisu long or rather medium throw.

Unfortunately, Salisu was probably right to go as he was doing some fairly robust stuff all over the pitch. A learning experience, although if Stephens had done it....

However, I know I'm biased, but how Spurs were let off the numerous bad challenges, I really don't know. Regilion should also have gone.

Kane's goal was offside if Che's was off last season for the wrong coloured sleeve.

Team dug in and fans watching the Amazon stream dug in to a second half of Southampton's heroic efforts being ignored by
The commentators in favour of announcing that spurs still had a one in 5 chance of winning.

A draw that felt like a win.

21 points at the half way point with Brentford still to play twice.

COYR



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