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Southampton 0 v 0 Stoke City
Barclays Premier League
Saturday, 3rd March 2018 Kick-off 15:00

Voting was locked for this match at midnight on Sunday 4th March but you may still add your mini match reports. Note that members and non-members alike were able to vote.

Alex McCarthy6.8
Cedric Soares5.3
Jack Stephens5.3
Wesley Hoedt5.7
Ryan Bertrand5.3
Oriol Romeu5.0
Mario Lemina6.4
Josh Sims6.7
Dusan Tadic4.4
Nathan Redmond6.0
Guido Carrillo5.2
Shane Long4.2
Sofiane Boufal4.0
Manolo Gabbiadini4.9
7.9Jack Butland
4.7Mauritz Bauer
5.3Kurt Zouma
4.9Bruno Martins Indi
4.5Kostas Stafylidis
4.6Geoff Cameron
5.4Xherdan Shaqiri
5.7Joe Allen
4.9Badou Ndiaye
4.7Maxim Choupo-Moting
4.0Mame Biram Diouf
3.8Erik Pieters
4.0Rodriguez Ruiz Jese
4.9Peter Crouch

Match Rating3.5 

Your Southampton v Stoke City Match Reports

JimmyMeliaPhD added 18:59 - Mar 3

My low ratings reflect my conviction that, if you can't score against and beat Stoke at home when you're desperate for points, then nobody can have played well enough to have earned a high rating. I seem to be giving my highest scores to two players who haven't been in the team most of the season..McCarthy and Sims. And even though I normally oppose Redmond being on the field at all, he was a threat for most of the game. So, lots and lots of crosses and corners into the box, but nobody there, or at least nobody who knows how to put the ball in the net. It's been our problem all year, and even the addition of a new 19 million striker hasn't helped much. Yet the only time we looked like scoring was when both Carrillo and Gabbi were in the box, and then genius manager got cold feet--those two were on the field together for exactly 15 minutes! And then the totally pointless introduction of Long. WTF?

SaintBrock added 19:09 - Mar 3

The blame for tis never ending farce should be placed squarely on Fraser Forster

petedoors1 added 19:14 - Mar 3

I take in now we will have a new MANAGER BY TUESDAY!!!!!!!!!!

DPeps added 19:38 - Mar 3

Déjà vu anyone?
I can't figure out if Pell is an egomaniac, stubborn, or just very limited. We're the dream opposition for other teams because it's so predictable how we'll set up and what we'll do during the game.
I said back in November that we'll only stay up if there are 3 teams worse. I'm rapidly losing the faith that there are 3 teams worse.

vanmans added 19:40 - Mar 3


codge added 19:55 - Mar 3

It's getting to the point that you do not have to put in a report because it's the same old rubbish every time, so no need to say anything else until next season hopefully will still be in the Premier League.

DPeps added 20:00 - Mar 3

Déjà vu anyone?
I can't figure out if Pell is an egomaniac, stubborn, or just very limited. We're the dream opposition for other teams because it's so predictable how we'll set up and what we'll do during the game.
I said back in November that we'll only stay up if there are 3 teams worse. I'm rapidly losing the faith that there are 3 teams worse.

Ali_Diarea added 20:01 - Mar 3

In the 04/05 season when we were relegated we won 6, drew 14 and lost 18. In the end we only needed two more points to stay up at the expense of West Brom, i.e. convert one of those 14 draws into a win.

It really feels like we’re going the same way again this season. No winners in that team nor on the bench, our only hope seems to be if Charlie Austin returns to match fitness, how did it ever get to this?!

KriSaint added 20:46 - Mar 3

Lost for words with disappointment.

KriSaint added 20:50 - Mar 3

Lost for words with disappointment.

SanMarco added 21:53 - Mar 3

A game that summed up our decline over the last 18 mths - 2 years. It was only missing a goal conceded to an unmarked header.

The narrative of blaming MP grows stronger every day and, yes, his tactics are too cautious but I think the failure to strengthen weaknesses that have been obvious to all of us for a long, long time is equally, if not more, to blame. I wasn't watching a strong squad let down by an inadequate manager today. I was, rather, watching an average squad who can't move forward quickly and can't score and also look vulnerable at the back - that's not MP's fault. He wasn't even here when this decline started. We could well go down now - and if we do responsibility will lie fair and square with those who allowed the squad to deteriorate...

DPeps added 08:28 - Mar 4

San Marco is right, of course. Pell is a symptom of a much wider problem

AirFlorida added 08:52 - Mar 4

IN MY LIFE OF SUPPORTING SAINTS I HAVE NEVER KNOWN OUR PLAY/TACTICS TO BE SO PREDICTABLE- and crap. "We should have started the first half like the 2nd half" he says. Well that's signs of progress, we'll make a manager out of him yet!! Guy couldn't hail a cab.

EDLiner added 10:36 - Mar 4

I can't disagree with Saint Marco more. We were playing Stoke City! So we prepared by sending out a negative 4-2-3-1 formation. Sure he went for pace but only Sims listened in training. Tadic was drifting about and Redmond had no idea whether to stick or twist. We went into the match thinking "Must not lose" rather than "We must win this". If ever 2 up front was a requirement it was against a leaky Stoke Defence. After 60 mins he finally decides to change it and go aggressive. Gabbi was a breath of fresh air and we dominated. But for a boufal header (if you can call it that) and Butland doing what he does best we could have won it. BUT! 30 mins is not enough to terrify an opponent. If you can't give your team belief for 90 mins or set out to win then week after week the confidence drains. MP is a tactical dinosaur. The sooner he goes the better. Our black box is broken.

forallthesaints added 12:10 - Mar 4

A sense of inevitability and resignation has set in in my little spot at SMS. Not that we will definitely go down, I refuse to accept that until the last game of the season or when it becomes mathematically impossible to escape. I am just resigned to the fact that however many chances are created, our players won't take them. First half was pretty poor on both sides, we won lots of corners but did nothing with them, a trend that continued throughout the second half. In the second half we were much better and there were some good passes being made forward to the wings but Stoke crowded the box and we never really got any clear-cut chances apart from Boufal's header. I kind of forgive him as it was his first touch and heading is not really his forte. Gabbiadini was hugely disappointing when he came on, especially as for the whole season people have been complaining that he makes intelligent runs but never gets given the ball when he does so. Yesterday the ball was through to him a couple of times and he did nothing with it and topped it all with an air-shot in front of goal. I don't think we can really blame the manager for Cedric's inability to hit a barn, let alone its door from outside the box. The one time he did get a decent shot on target, Butland did well (although it was a regulation save made spectacular). A couple of positives: Sims up front with Carrillo was pacey and dangerous but he should have done better early in the second half when he broke free and shot straight at Butland. And Redmond looked dangerous too and scared the daylights out of the fullbacks. He seems to have regained a bit of belief in his ability to take the ball forward rather than constantly cut inside and pass backwards - I thought he was our man of the match, especially in the second half. Romeu was poor, constantly giving the ball away - perhaps a swap with Hojberg for the next game. Lemina shows unbelievable skill but can do a bit of a Boufal and try to do too much on occasion. The defence was pretty solid and even though Crouch was probably Stoke's most effective outfield player, he was largely snuffed out despite winning everything in the air. Strange and very irritating decision by the ref to award a free kick at the death and not let it be taken, especially as the added time had been largely taken up with the ball out of play. I bet he would have let one of the big six take it (I suspect Eddie Howe might have mixed feelings about it after what happened to Bournemouth yesterday).

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