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Manchester United v Southampton Your Report added by KriSaint at 15:09:14
B.t.w. thanks for another good article, Nick; my Man of the Match goes to Danny Ings for his incredible work rate all over the pitch, control of the ball, team spirit enhancement, danger in both build-up and finishing and his confidence and cleverness. The man remarkably rarely loses the ball, and he is on the ball quite a lot every game!
Also I´d like to emphasize: great substitution by Ralph, bringing on Obafemi and asking Smallbone to play in Romeus no. 6 position - as defensive midfielder, where Will did very well in his running, positioning and ball control in our so important and so well-rehearsed/trained/executed short passing up the field. Very enjoyable to watch how cool, brave and exciting a team we have actually become. I credit Ralph for that , of course. So happy that he extended his contract with us for four years. Way to go, Ralph. He is an exciting manager, and I believe the players respect and like him a lot.
As far as Smallbone is concerned, he has been added to the A squad to stay there, it looks. Very useful squad player with a lot af potential, and for his age he certainly always looks calm, cool and collected.
If Adams improves after having tasted PL football for one season...., because he needs to, to help Ings and the team scoring goals, I don´t really think we need to be desperate to bring in more than one or two, maximum three new players in the transfer window (depending on any departing Saints players, of course and depending on whether Ralph wellcomes back a player like Harrison Reed, who has done very well at Fulham). As always a lot of other "ifs", of course, but I am delighted with the way we have improved, and I´m sure I share this feeling and positivism with a lot of you guys, fellow Saints fans.
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Swansea City v Leeds United Your Report added by Badlands at 13:54:53
Given the quality of the game an average rating of 6.7 is pathetic.
4.8 for Mulder who had minutes and did nothing wrong! Bizarre.
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Manchester United v Southampton Your Report added by TimSaint at 13:05:02

More Possession
More Shots
More Shots On Target
More Corners

We were the away team against a top 5 team that will probably qualify for the Champions League. Well done lads.
54 Points is now possible !!

NB - Nick, Man Utd made 4 subs, not that it really matters, but Williams and McTominay also came on.
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Manchester United v Southampton Your Report added by KriSaint at 11:26:51
Another good game. Unfortunate that we give them two half-soft goals. I believe we did enough to win.
I´m so glad to see McCarthy have improved. He punches crosses away again and again, stops shots from distance and looks better in one-on-one situations and just looks quite confident! I always liked him to be honest, but admit that he has lacked something when it comes to - among other things - crosses.
His left arm save after 10 minutes vs Martial (bad, bad ball loss from JWP) was SO important and SO skillful.
Adams still has plenty to learn, obviously. His first touch a.o.t. But I like him.
Armstrong is just awesome. Ings likewise.
KWP struggled a little bit when they scored both goals, but still like him a lot.
Romeu is a rock.
Bertrand loves to play football again and shows his class.. I credit Ralph for that.
Redmond should have scored 5-10 minutes from time but for a worldy from De Gea. Played well, did Redmond, although I still don´t always understand his choices with the ball.
Stephens & Bednarek did well,
and great use of his body, when Michael 'the middlewight boxer' equalilized. Very happy for him, scoring such a great equalizer 6 minutes into injury time - at Old effing Trafford.

Well done Saints!
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Manchester United v Southampton Your Report added by I_would at 10:42:32
I never understood how he got in front of Reed, especially as Prowse is a skate.
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Manchester United v Southampton Your Report added by allsaint54 at 10:02:28
What does JWP offer apart from backwards & sideways passing? Give Smallbone a chance in his place. But no you can't drop or sub JWP.
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Manchester United v Southampton Your Report added by I_would at 09:32:44
The rest of the team made up for him and did a good job despite his aimless jogging.
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Manchester United v Southampton Your Report added by I_would at 09:30:59
What is JWP's position?
Did he mark anyone?
Did he complete a tackle? (without bear hugs).
Is he supposed to be a holding mf?
Is he an attacking mf?

Let me save you some time. Don't know. No. No. Don't know. Don't know.

I see he actually managed to get a cross on one of our bonces for a change, that's something I suppose.
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Manchester United v Southampton Your Report added by Flamingbankers at 07:54:07
Played well pressing forward in first 15 minutes. Didn't cope defensively with Utd sweeping moves forward down the left for next 15. KWP all at sea, left hand side targeted and exposed. McCarthy, second game running, excellent performance. Regained composure in second- Romeu - a rock but Ings was well marshalled. Well deserved draw, looked as if we were in control for most of second half. Bertrand Saints best player for me - kept Greenwood quiet - twice in three matches. Hallelujah, we scored from a corner.
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Manchester United v Southampton Your Report added by SaintPaulVW at 07:03:35
Great game. A draw that felt like a win.

On top to start off with then MU came roaring back. We then played ourselves back into it and took the game to them. They didn't like it up 'em!

COYS!

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Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday Your Report added by QPR_Donald at 13:55:56
Where's Clarke - 7
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Everton v Southampton Your Report added by Sadoldgit at 15:39:37
It was never a penalty in the first place but the game would have been entirely different if that had gone in so it can’t be said that it cost us 2 points. Conceding a goal cost us 2 points. We played Everton off the park in the first half but they were always going to regroup in the second half. We look so much better than the team that collapsed against Leicester and I thought JWP had a decent game. If we sign KWP we are only 2 more quality signings away from having a really strong squad next season.
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Everton v Southampton Your Report added by KilkennySaint at 14:57:11
Great performance by the team, felt we should have won this game. I would like to see Ralph make a few substitutes earlier in games, think we ran out of steam near the end. Been really impressed with Armstrong this year, his really brings an attacking edge to the team.
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Everton v Southampton Your Report added by KriSaint at 14:21:29
Another good performance by Saints - unlucky not to take all 3 points. Admittedly there was no penalty, but I can not for the world understand why Ingsy didn´t get to take the pen to help him reach 20 goals.
Evertons goal was, admittedly, very good, I just feel a little unlucky that McC didn´t manage to block the shot and prevent the goal (from one of the least nice PL players), because he almost did....
2 minutes of added time was at least 4 minutes too less, and we had momentum, also a little disappointing.

With Man. Utds. questionable defensive midfield outfit and our well-oiled one, I think we can nick something at Old Trafford; both teams in good form, I know.
It depends on how well our defense and keeper will do.
3 points there and we can easily end up in the top 10, which would be very satisfactory.
I hope Bruno Fernandes feels very ashamed for how ridiculously he stole that penalty vs Villa, and that it will karmicly affect his game negatively vs us.

Come on you Saints <3
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Everton v Southampton Your Report added by SaintPaulVW at 13:12:08
Another great performance from KWP. He seems to be growing in confidence.

JWP had a good game but overshadowed by missing the penalty. Romeu is back to his brick wall days

Armstrong and Ings are really working well together.
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Everton v Southampton Your Report added by I_would at 12:04:40
JWP lost us 2 points on the pen whilst jogging around aimlessly as usual. We were out of puff in the second half and the manager should be pacing the play and making better subs than he did.
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Swansea City v Sheffield Wednesday Your Report added by Badlands at 08:54:23
I see Routs was marked down again despite being the only player showing any level of creativity!
7.3 for Guehi ... cobblers - a decent first half after having little to do.
Gallagher 5.4 for what exactly?6.7 and 6.4 for Brewster and Ayew!!!!
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Southampton v Manchester City Your Report added by Cjay80 at 17:30:41
I thought the Watford game was excellent attacking football, this game was 100% solid defending. Every player was fantastic. They defended as though it was the last day of the season and we needed 3 points to stay up. So proud. JWP was incredible in his effort and leadership (not sure what game you watched I_would), Ings was absolutely everywhere getting stuck in, toss up for MotM for me between KWP, Stephens, Romeu or McCarthy.
This was the proudest performance I have seen since we beat Inter Milan. Chuffed to bits that Che got off the mark by exploiting the sweeper-keeper system.
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Southampton v Manchester City Your Report added by Sadoldgit at 17:12:23
We weren’t battered for 90 minutes. We played like an away side in the first half and did well. The second half was mostly one way traffic but that was 45 minutes, not 90. Our captain put in a decent shift as did everyone. City are a quality team. To take three points off them was an excellent achievement given how poor we were not so long ago.
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Southampton v Manchester City Your Report added by I_would at 15:02:28
It wasn't a fantastic match to watch, we were being battered for 90 minutes and if Pep hadn't been so arrogant to leave De Bruyne and Foden on the bench to rest them it might have been a different story. Our 'Captain's' performance was particularly forgettable, just jogged aimlessly as usual, didn't contribute a thing.
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