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janecook added 15:45 - Mar 18

That's better Saints
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WestSussexSaint added 15:58 - Mar 18

A bit slow to get going as they got used to the way Hughes wanted them to play but the second half was much more dominant. Let's not get too carried away as this was a L1 side (albeit a good one) but there seems to be more positivity in the side which they can carry forward to the West Ham game.
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helpineedsomebody added 16:04 - Mar 18

typical english cup tie
all the EUROPEAN PLAYERS WENT THERE AS POODLES NOW THEY ARE
MEN
nice to win a very hard game well done saints & mark hughes for pushing cedric on the left side of midefield
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Bettwsresident added 16:04 - Mar 18

Get in!! Was worried in the first half, we showed touches of class but gave the ball away too easily and Wigan were all over us. They should have scored. Second half, so much better, moved the ball quickly and forward and deserved the win.

Carillo had a shocker. and looks a serious waste of money..and how unlucky was Manolo! I fancy him to get a hat-trick against West Ham, it is due! Long played well when he came on. PEH and Lemina looked so classy at times and then gave the ball away stupidly at others. Also I thought Boufal had a good game going forward.
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DPeps added 16:12 - Mar 18

First half was always going to be tough. Second half was much better.
It's promising that Hughes picked a system that suits the better players we have - who'd have thunk it eh?!
My only worry is Carillo. I'm unclear what he offers.

Lastly, why wasn't their defender sent off for the penalty? Last man. Have I missed a rule change?
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pete_boggs added 16:28 - Mar 18

Relief to see a win by more than one at last.
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Boris1977 added 16:29 - Mar 18

I think there has been a change in the laws in that a penalty is deemed punishment enough. Respect to the dedicated supporters that got behind the team for the whole match, particularly supporting Gabbi after the penalty save. The first half saints lack of confidence was so clear but second half was a vast improvement. Feeling dizzy with victory. The sooner Austin is fit the better as Gabbi will have a footballer up front to play with. Sparky has made a difference already and this should lift the club. Course, together as one.
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Boris1977 added 16:35 - Mar 18

I think there has been a change in the laws in that a penalty is deemed punishment enough. Respect to the dedicated supporters that got behind the team for the whole match, particularly supporting Gabbi after the penalty save. The first half saints lack of confidence was so clear but second half was a vast improvement. Feeling dizzy with victory. The sooner Austin is fit the better as Gabbi will have a footballer up front to play with. Sparky has made a difference already and this should lift the club. Course, together as one.
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DPeps added 16:53 - Mar 18

Boris - ah yes, thanks. I remember now
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PezzaSaint added 16:54 - Mar 18

Was it Fergie who use to give his players the hair dryer treatment? Wonder if Sparky stole that hair dryer whilst he was at Utd? Marked change in attitude of a few in the second half, Lemina and Cedric to name but two!!!! Did they get the Hughesie treatment? Cedric' hair was certainly well coiffured!!!!
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AirFlorida added 16:57 - Mar 18

Wow! A manager that knows how to manage a game! Half time talk changed things and the substitutions made sense and worked! Redmond's deflected cross as an assist and Long with some good game management. Lemina was sloppy and trying too hard to impress but I take that as a positive of the new manager's arrival. Players will note that Hughes knows how to 'in game' manage and play for him.. Unlike with MP.
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larry12 added 17:27 - Mar 18

Nice to see Ploddy unused. Well done Sparky!!!!
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allsaint54 added 18:23 - Mar 18

Great to see an improvement from a half time talk, even Tadic was better.
Have to agree Carrillo looks a total waste of money at 19m, could have got a much better striker from championship for a fraction of the price. Notice that transfernet only value him at 5m.
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BoondockSaint added 19:44 - Mar 18

Two up front? Gabbiadini starting? Team winning by more than one goal? A win, not a draw? Manager actually engaged in the game, shouting directions, making tactical changes, talking to, and encouraging his players on the field after the game? Was I watching the Saints? Or is this some kind of alternate universe, you know, where Mr. Spock has a beard??

Whatever it is, lets have more of it!
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underweststand added 20:51 - Mar 18

Great win and good semi final draw v.Chelsea

I don't want United... until the Final ....and get revenge.
3


SaintBrock added 21:23 - Mar 18

More relief than satisfaction at a win but the midfield need to get a grip as Wigan dominated the central third for large parts of the game and they only a League 1 side.

Are we saying that we cannot play 3 midfielders together now, we missed Romeu's marauding gatekeeper role to break up attacks stemming from their midfield?

We're not out of the woods yet by any means.
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KriSaint added 23:35 - Mar 18

OK Saints. Job done.
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smiffdub added 00:26 - Mar 19

Not a performance that'll beat many PL teams. Awful really and the same problem areas....1). Central defence again woeful against lower league opposition. 2) Front 4....totally hopeless. Beginning to see that Boufal just hasn't got what it takes, and both Gabbi and Carrillo need to gibe some pudding proof if they're going to be regualar starters.
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KRAZYB added 08:52 - Mar 19

Wigan ran 1st half mostly but Saints overcame nerves and pressure to finally draw the sting from them. Clearly better side in 2nd half.
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SanMarco added 09:22 - Mar 19

Ice cold and very blustery day and a poor pitch vs an on-form playing well lower division side and...we won. I thought the wind was a factor throughout and contributed to the 'game of two halfs' aspect. Like most I am not getting carried away but Hughes is better than MP and I believe that even if we go down we will feel that at least, very belatedly, we made a fight of it.

I think he will stick with those 2 CBs now but the big question is Carrillo. Give Gaby a run in the side and he will score a few but Carrillo looks poor. I think we still need Austin back - quickly.
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Whiteknight added 09:56 - Mar 19

One swallow doesn't make a summer but it was great to see less passing backwards, players really trying and a successful half time team talk! Thought the substitutions were good - they made sense in the context of the game. Feel for Gabbi - I thought he was offside and I think he did as well, but a great save from the goalie and a top class save for the penalty, which wasn't bad.

Favourite moment - Wigan fans hitting one of their own with a flare and then fighting amongst themselves. That and the rubbish swirling around the pitch showed the class of the opposition.
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redwight added 10:35 - Mar 19

Didn't make it 'til 1.55 so missed most of what was obviously a dire first half. How good to have a manager who picks the team we want, playing the way we want and, being English speaking, can actually communicate. 'Gonna keep us up, win the FA Cup!
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