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Danso Needs To Start At Brighton But Who Will He Replace
by I_would at 12:20:27

Ward Prowse I hope.
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Danso Needs To Start At Brighton But Who Will He Replace
by saintmark1976 at 11:23:26

Ripleys revenge, for what it's worth I couldn't agree more with you. For whatever reason playing three centre backs simply don't work for us, so let's try something different starting at Brighton.
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Danso Needs To Start At Brighton But Who Will He Replace
by JGH at 11:10:52

A lot of deja vu reading this article... same old problems for a long time. Let's hope KD is the silver bullet we all want him to be.

Agree re leadership but can't see how a guy who couldn't get in the team beyond Stephens and Yoshida a couple of years back suddenly could/would/should now...

Free agent option all very well but there's a good reason they've not been snapped up by now. Adil Rami maybe? Very old though...
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Danso Needs To Start At Brighton But Who Will He Replace
by Ripleys_revenge at 10:19:27

The more we play with a back 5 the less it seems to suit us. I recall Hughes introduced it when he brought in Bednarek as we squeezed to safety the season before last.

Given how sh!te all our centre backs are, wouldnt it make sense to play with less of them? The more CBs we play, the more space there is for monumental f@ck ups as we have seen over these first two games and throughout last season.

No an expert by any means but my feeling is that by playing 3 rubbish CBs you increase the chances of them messing up due to their individual incompetence and the increased difficulties in organising yourselves as a three, rather than simply as a two.

Therefore for me it has to be a back four, with extra protection in midfield, one of whom drops very deep (i.e. Romeu) as and when needed. Against Brighton I'd go with Danso and Bednarek, 3 CBs just seems to bring teams on to us more. I also noticed against Liverpool and Burnley the amount of times the 3 CBs line was all over the place - very easy to spring the offside trap when we're so poorly coordinated

Still can't believe we haven't sorted this after six transfer windows
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Danso Needs To Start At Brighton But Who Will He Replace
by Ripleys_revenge at 10:19:27

The more we play with a back 5 the less it seems to suit us. I recall Hughes introduced it when he brought in Bednarek as we squeezed to safety the season before last.

Given how sh!te all our centre backs are, wouldnt it make sense to play with less of them? The more CBs we play, the more space there is for monumental f@ck ups as we have seen over these first two games and throughout last season.

No an expert by any means but my feeling is that by playing 3 rubbish CBs you increase the chances of them messing up due to their individual incompetence and the increased difficulties in organising yourselves as a three, rather than simply as a two.

Therefore for me it has to be a back four, with extra protection in midfield, one of whom drops very deep (i.e. Romeu) as and when needed. Against Brighton I'd go with Danso and Bednarek, 3 CBs just seems to bring teams on to us more. I also noticed against Liverpool and Burnley the amount of times the 3 CBs line was all over the place - very easy to spring the offside trap when we're so poorly coordinated

Still can't believe we haven't sorted this after six transfer windows
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Danso Needs To Start At Brighton But Who Will He Replace
by legod7 at 10:18:06

76, Adams & Ings missed sitters which is horrendous as they are strikers. But Yoshida didn’t miss with a header against Liverpool. It was a brilliant save from Adrian.
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Danso Needs To Start At Brighton But Who Will He Replace
by saintmark1976 at 10:06:22

Nick, both Adams and Redmond had good scoring opportunities against Burnley before they scored. On Saturday, Adams missed with a header as did Yoshida, both again before Liverpool netted. Add in the fact that Ings later missed an absolute sitter and that shows where the problem is.

No defence is going to keep the opposition from scoring indefinitely. I'm afraid that at the moment what applies is the old football adage "goals change matches". Currently we just don't score enough of them.
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Danso Needs To Start At Brighton But Who Will He Replace
by Butty101 at 09:46:30

Get Bertrand in at centre back. He did a decent job in the past
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Moussa Djenepo The Surprise Package Against Liverpool
by inthebox at 23:09:08

Yoshi managed to get his head to decent chance
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Saints V Liverpool The Verdict
by KriSaint at 19:57:46

@ Consigliere ,

I agree. Let´s not forget that Ralph made the team earn 30 points in 22 matches last season = a point average close to 1.4 points per match, which is more than enough to avoid relegation.
Against Liverpool Gunn showed signs of being ready for the season, which is important.
3 points against Brighton and we have checked in with a decent start from 3 games of which 2 of them were away games.
No reason for panic.
COYS.
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A Rough Guide To Brighton
by Warren at 19:44:16

The Bevy is only a mile or so from the ground. No 49 bus stops right outside. We are the only community run pub on an estate in the country and we welcome away fans. We are doing breakfasts till 11.30 and then have a BBQ, dance festival and Loudshirt brewery beer bus outside the pub. More details here https://www.facebook.com/events/2747317341963019/ We've got a few spaces left on our minibus to the ground but you have to call us beforehand. Costs £1! www.thebevy.co.uk
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Moussa Djenepo The Surprise Package Against Liverpool
by Newdawn2014 at 18:37:08

HTO
re height , maybe the exception is Shane "Maasai warrior " Long
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Moussa Djenepo The Surprise Package Against Liverpool
by saintnik at 18:15:44

And unfortunately most of the time they are unable to hit the target
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Moussa Djenepo The Surprise Package Against Liverpool
by SaintNick at 16:14:21

Or to give him his full title Che Zach Everton Fred Adams
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Moussa Djenepo The Surprise Package Against Liverpool
by halftimeorange at 15:44:34

I have one serious reservation over our contrasting strikers and that is a similarity - not one of them is even 6 feet (1.83 metres) tall. Had Che Adams been that height he would surely have scored his header on Saturday. Lack of height reduces our penetration from head high crosses against tall defenders and our defenders don't score many goals. I only hope that Kevin Danso changes all that.
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Saints V Liverpool The Verdict
by Consigliere at 13:27:13

I've reflected long and hard on this game and read the many excellent points made above. The key question for me is this - if we continue to play as we did on Saturday are we heading for mid-table mediocrity or squeaky bum drop zone? I think its the former because against lesser teams than Liverpool (and lets face it, that's most of the league) we would have been good for a win on Saturday. There were errors for sure but they were mostly forced errors and Nick is right, Ing's failure to put the ball home right at the end was because it was a lot more difficult to do so than you might have thought. Overall I wasn't unhappy about this performance and I think we will soon start to pick up some points and relax. A bit. This is the Saints after all.
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A Rough Guide To Brighton
by BuenosSaint at 12:13:33

Lived in Brighton a couple of years been to the Amex many times especially when they were in Championship. Recommend getting the local pies in the ground , you'll be hard pushed to find better at any ground.

Also, (pedant alert) Ames is next to Brighton University ( not uni of Sussex ) though still fairly close the uni of Sussex main campus is on other side of A27. Don't even think of parking at either uni car parks number plate recognition systems everywhere....
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A Rough Guide To Brighton
by SalisburySaint at 10:55:06

if going by train, Lewes before the game is a good option.

Although a little further to travel, no queues at station to get back to Falmer and numerous good pubs in the town
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Southampton Away Travel Put On Extra Coach For Brighton
by KriSaint at 23:40:36

These problems concerning tickets, shirts and stuff like that, are because of what? Whom?
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Saints V Liverpool The Verdict
by KriSaint at 23:35:30

We played some decent football, but I fear a little bit that we won´t be scoring as many goals as we should with our current striker power. I hope I will be proven wrong. I agree that we have a better team compared to last season.
Top 12 is still within distance from what I´ve seen so far in he PL.
COYS.
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