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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by SaintBrock at 18:38:13
Every game counts from now on, no more freebies for the big boys.
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by I_would at 12:32:26
Excellent effort from everyone and great result for the first time since Koeman.

Just goes to show how bad those last 3 managerial choices were and what a lazy load of money-quaffing failures they all were. Oh, and Reed for choosing them in his own image.
Brilliant!
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by TimSaint at 10:57:33
Oh what difference a week makes !!

Much improved performance in terms of tempo, pace and passing.

Still get punished for our usual error or 2, but at least we didn't try to shut up shop once in front and it was good to see both teams going for the win.

Defence was much better and seemed to have more organisation and belief, but they still need someone to Marshall.

Passing was also improved, including some quick, short, intricate stuff. Targett needs work here, but as for Yoshi, I don't think he can be taught - many misplaced passes and those that found their man were pinged so hard !! I will let him off though, as despite letting Aubameyang in early on, he won lots of crucial headers at the end and helped us win the game.

Great to see lots of early balls into the box, instead of all this fannying around with it and passing it back, or waiting for the defence to get back. Well taken goals and believe it or not, I think they were our first headed goals of the season !!

No doubt the press will say Arsenal played badly, had an off day/injuries etc and some reports suggest they should have got a draw, but the reality is that we outplayed them, created the better chances and if it wasn't for a big deflection, would have won by a greater margin. Oh why do they dive so much, as soon as they lose the ball - in virtually every position !!

Lastly - Long"s offside goal. The keeper made a great save from Yoshi's header and having looked at it again, the parry goes out, hits the Arsenal defender's leg and Long pokes home - so goal in my book. Difficult to spot and not picked up on MOTD.
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Queens Park Rangers v Middlesbrough Your Report added by HantsR at 18:21:31
I travelled my usual 70 miles to the game in heavy rain and heavy traffic and a heavy cold with no great optimism. Indeed, as I trudged towards the game in my Arctic weather gear I did question my judgement and sanity. However, the opening goal was a far better tonic for than a cocktail of Lemsip, Sudafed and any other potions or pills. We played well when we managed to get some passing movement, especially on the wings but I always felt that Boro were solid in midfield and central defence but I whispered to my mate in SAR with some trepidation, that I thought Boro didn't have a great attack and looked very vulnerable when we ran at them. For quite a while they did seem to be able to mop up all second balls and our possession was patchy although potentially lethal when we could get it to Nahki. I had also said that Wszolek was due a good game and he suggested that this was on although I don't think he was quite as great as some have said. Fantastic run into the box in the second half - proper wing play! I was relieved that Darnell looked fit and approaching his best and we seemed to be able to negate the Boro attack across the line. Pity that Lynch had to go off and that coincided with Darnell's weak clearance - not the first time I have wondered whether another keeper might have saved the resulting shot? We took the game to Boro after that and some breakaways looked as though we should surely score a couple more through Eze, Pav especially - but not to be. Wells' goal was class but it was astonishing how much room he had. Freeman and Luongo were able to have a far greater impact in the second half and the team performance made Boro look very ordinary. One special mention for Luongo, who won countless headers against very tall, physical opposition. Scowen looked a lot better than he has of late and I would like to see him back in the side and performing as he did last season.
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Queens Park Rangers v Middlesbrough Your Report added by francisbowles at 12:20:11
Agree with the first parts of Geoff but Wells missed chances so MOM for me either Freeman or Luongo who played well throughout the game.
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Queens Park Rangers v Middlesbrough Your Report added by nightwish at 11:39:40
How people have suffered this season sitting in the paddocks with the weather for QPR home games.How many are still alive.Think we need to change football to a summer sport I am sure attendances would be well up if it was a summer sport.
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Queens Park Rangers v Middlesbrough Your Report added by Geoff78 at 11:23:52
This was the sort of game Rs would have lost last season, and probably over the last 5 or 6 seasons. A strong physical team, bordering on dirty, grabbing an equaliser and looking for a second, but we stood up to them and could have won more convincingly if we'd put away 2 or 3 good chances. Wells was MotM, constantly running, chasing and scoring a cracking goal. Beginning to look like the signing of the season. Leistner solid at the back and Cousins looking good as cover for Cameron, ahead of Scowen.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by KriSaint at 19:41:40
Didn´t Lemina play CB under Bielsa when at Marseille before he went to Juventus?
He is definetely a quick player. There could be a solution to our lack of speed in defence in a high pressing structured team.
´Have an open mind`, has RH said, repeatedly!
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Swansea City v Ipswich Town Your Report added by ELYELIJAH at 08:30:40
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by SanMarco at 19:23:16
DPeps: " we might not have the personnel to be able to successfully do high press".

We haven't got the personnel to successfully defend either...
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by DPeps at 18:39:29
At the top of RH's long list of jobs must be 'sort defence out'. However, that's easier said than done. One of the major issues is that our CBs don't seem suited to the high press game RH wants to play. Surely in order to be successful playing this way you need at least one quick CB. You need to press as a team, meaning that the CBs will need to push up to avoid creating a massive gap between midfield and defence. We played high press well in the past because we had quick defenders. Currently, I'd guess that Yoshida is by far our quickest CB, and that Vestergaard is our slowest.

I'm no football coach, so someone correct me if I'm talking bobbins. Just seems to me like we might not have the personnel to be able to successfully do high press
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by KriSaint at 15:36:37
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It´s too early to sell Vestergaard for a bag of potatoes.
Let´s give the guy a chance. He was in team of the year (in the magazine called something like ´Kicker´) in the Bundes league a couple of years ago.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by KriSaint at 15:32:52
At no point did I fear we would lose this match - until Moss blew the final whistle, and it had sunk in that Vestergaard had gifted Cardiff a goal 15 minutes before the end, a goal we couldn´t manage to equalize within the remaining 15 minutes + added time.

Ok...., when Ings and Obafemi are over their injuries, and Ralph has worked with our defence, we will improve, I´m sure.

Very interesting to see Cedric dropped in order to try to damage control the consequences of our leaky defence. Sad it didn´t pay off. We would have had a clean sheat had it not been for Vestergaards "own goal".

I hope Vestergaards first season will be comparable with Gary Pallister´s first disaster season for Man. U. thirty years ago and the coming seasons ditto comparible with Pallister´s totally improved, classy performances after he had found his feet in the team.
COYS.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by dirk_doone at 13:36:45
Ali, in fact the man we need is currently the captain of a team which is 2nd in the French League and plays for a national team which has reached the semi-finals of the European Nations League. How we could do with a captain and central defender of that class right now.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by Ali_Diarea at 10:46:45
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that we need to spend £100m on the defence.

In the meantime (as if that will ever happen!), I can’t stand the bloke, but we need a John Terry type defender at the club. Someone who knows when to hoof it into row Z, someone who can rally the troops and add a bit of calmness to the other defenders around him and even score the odd goal.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by SaintBrock at 10:15:37
We've had it.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by allsaint54 at 01:12:58
Lucky it was only 1-0 with abject Sunday League defending. We haven't got a decent defender at the club. Sell the lot. What has happened to Targett, makes the decision to reject £10m a joke.
Defenders can't defend, strikers can't score, midfield can't create or track back. RH has got a massive job on his hands, where he starts is anyone's guess but I wish him well.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by SanMarco at 21:01:42
It is not looking good, in fact it is looking catastrophically bad. . This defence is Les Reid's lasting legacy. They give point after point away with basic errors. God knows who the least worse two of the CBs are. Bednarek has moved up the pecking order by simply not playing. Perhaps Yoshi or Hoedt next to him. It is awful but otherwise we have to put non-specialists there which would be obscene given that we have 5 CBs. Thanks Les.

We have got to somehow squeeze a few points out of the rest of this month and even if we do the club will have a choice in January : Spend proper money on decent CBs and a forward who can score, or don't spend and we go down. All very sad and unnecessary - every one of us saw what was going on in the defence once Fonte and Van Dick went - but the problem was addressed by buying dross. Did anyone even watch Hoedt and Vestergaard play before they signed them???

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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by saintjf at 20:43:55
Our defence again. Vestergaard rubbish this week. Yoshi rubbish last week. There is nobody left in central defence. what a mess.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by NewburySaint at 18:56:53
We are gradually running out of CB’s fast-Stephens isn’t a CB, & after his last 2 performances, + away at Wolves, Vestergaard should not be handed a shirt again. What also disgusted me about Vestergaard today was not only did he let us down today he went straight down the tunnel without shaking any hands or coming over to us supporters-he should have been the 1st over to us apologising & begging for forgiveness.

I thought Bednarek was ok though so we’ll have to soldier on with him & 1 of Yoshi or Hoedt until Jan when we surely must buy, or loan, at least 1 top class CB.
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