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AFC Bournemouth v Southampton Your Report added at 08:26:38
After a few bouts of Bournemouth attacking at the beginning of both halves, it was a bit of a stroll in the park. FF was positioned himself well with about three direct shots on target. The defence looked solid enough although Vesters and Bedders both got bookings and at the end Ralph replaced them with Stephens and Salisu, just in case worse was incurred. Salisu was very lucky not to incur a serious injury when he was laid out with a vicious body charge from behind by Surridge - the Ref bottled sending the thug off. I was pleased to see Redmond attacking the Bournemouth defence and it was terrific to get the two excellent goals but he now has to continue that with decent Premier performances and get back to the kind of form he was showing a year ago. To be honest Bournemouth gave Saints far too much room in midfield allowing Redmond and Armstrong to run freely and create havoc - that doesn't happen in the Prem. Talking of the middle, Saints really miss a strong, tough general, like Romeu, where, without that, Saints are going to struggle to pick up points as all Premier teams will exploit the weakness. As well as a Saints win today, I was almost as equally glad that Fulham and Newcastle lost.
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Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion Your Report added at 19:56:55
Saints are missing Romeu, his strength and solid tackling, and we haven't got anybody to replace him. This allows clever midfielders, like Llana today, to run into spaces and create easy pickings between our cumbersome centre halves. It also means Saints haven't got any impetus moving the ball through and beyond the midfield. The Stephens experiment was a failure at City (Ralph's strategy for that game was a failure). I think we have to bring back Lemina and have Jankewitz as a back up. Times are getting desperate not only because of our losing, largely winless run, but because we're playing just as poorly as we did before we hit form last year and this time I don't think we have the battlers, or players to bring in, to grind out the points. Seven plus points away from safety seems a long way at the moment. Managers can't always get a result because players make mistakes on the pitch, that's understandable, but managers can put players in their most effective positions so that we compete at an optimum level. Premier League Managers also have to have keen judgement make the right changes when they're needed and try to force a beneficial result - just like Potter today who managed an almost perfect game. Unfortunately, Ralph has been failing in both these areas for most of the last 15 matches. In the first half we played fairly well with a 4-4-2 formation but for some reason in the second Ralph only had Adams up front with the sub, a bewildered Redmond, ghosting around from side to side and a snubbed-out Djenepo. Brighton stopped any creation from Armstrong or runs from Tella or Minamino. The worst mistake for me were leaving Bertrand to mark Dunk on the edge of the area from a corner - allowing him to score and then do again although Saints were lucky to escape on the second occasion. No excuses for school boyish mistake. That Saints could have at least got a point even though they were mastered in the second half.
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Manchester City v Southampton Your Report added at 00:34:22
Another Hassenhutl brainstorm: Bertrand right-back, Salisu - left-back, Stephens in midfield, Redmond a central striker and McCarthy undeservedly returning (Forster had done nothing wrong in his previous two games). If you mess around with a winning team and play people in the wrong positions, or play people that don't deserve their place, against anybody in the Premier League - let alone a world class side like City - you're going to get hammered. And that's what happened, in fact Saints were very lucky just to get away with 5 against. A predictable result. Saints played some neat football for the first 25 minutes but with Redmond as a central forward, Saints were never going to threaten the net much. After a deserved reply (albeit a dubious penalty for Saints) to a 20th minute goal by City, the Saints defence and midfield, were pretty much all at sea and City dominated for the rest of the match. It was only when two players that should have been on the pitch in the first place - Tella and Diallo - came on that Saints looked to have a framework and purpose. Of course by then it was too late. I've had more pain with Hassenhutl than boredom with Puel and that's very painful.
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Sheffield United v Southampton Your Report added at 09:22:20
Tella added what Saints have been missing for a long time - genuine speed up front. He murdered the full backs and effectively won the match for Saints. Bet Liverpool and Tottenham are lining up their sights already. Saints pretty much controlled the game. Eventually Diallo deputised well for Romeu although he had a dodgy first half an hour, presumably a bit rusty after his return. The defence were solid and the central pairing of Bednarek and Vestergaard were especially good, covering each other, playing long balls from defence with Bednarek also having several forays up the right-hand side. Ward -Prowse played a deeper role but that seemed to suit him - reminded me of Bobby Moore - directing the show. Minamino played a full 90 minutes and it was an all round performance often tracking back and helping out the defence. The only disappointment was Ings going off after 15 minutes, however, he hasn't been playing well and this gave Adams a chance to show what he could do - and he did with a thunderbolt half volley from 22 yards. Important and excellent win, hopefully Saints can carrying on in this vein without any more debillitating injury losses. Fingers crosssed.
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Leeds United v Southampton Your Report added at 07:36:49
Held our own again for one half but collapsed with a whimper in the second. Bielsa and Leeds found the formula and had the skill and talent to break down Saints. In retrospect Saints probably should have kept most, if not all, of the Chelsea line-up possibly with Forster in goal. Trying to press in the second half was a disaster.
I feel that Ralph's now at the same impasse that Puel, Pellegrine and Hughes were at when they just didn't know how to organise the players that Saints have in the squad. From now on Saints need fighters to win a game by hook or by crook. When 2 of our next 3 games are Man City and Everton - time's running out quickly.
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Southampton v Chelsea Your Report added at 19:34:43
1-1 victory against another billionaire's XI. Game of 2 halves for me: first their attack against our defence; second, pretty even with Saints looking comfortable - Vesters even hit the bar with a reflex header against the bar. Pity we gave away a penalty - not Ingsy's day at all, 'out of sorts'. Nevertheless how Chelsea didn't have have at least one player sent off ... I thought that's what VAR's for. If they can't use it to make concise correct decisions then their is really no point in having it except for goal line and corner decisions IMHO. Djenepo was all over the park: tackling here, clearing there and mostly being hacked over - looks as if he's better in a defensive right side midfield role than any other. As far as I'm concerned he can carry on playing that role, I'll think he'll grow into it and become more of an attacking threat with less pressure to impress as soon as he touches the ball in a wide position. All the defence played well, I was impressed with Beders at right back and Salisu was sound (except for a dodgy first few minutes ball across our defence) and his positional play was surprisingly decent. Midfield didn't play especially well except in the defensive capacity. We really miss the creative aspect when Armstrong isn't playing. Minamino scored a well taken goal but did little else but then again that's what everyone seems to expect from the guy. Must admit I had wanted Adams to start. Roll on Leeds, hopefully with Armstrong back to create more of a threat.
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added at 10:38:04
Many Saints fans were overconfident going into this match - but this is a merciless league injuries or no injuries. I don't think it's fair just to blame the starting XI. On the whole I like Ralph but he he does seem to be confused at times: being both inflexible and impetuous. Often making critically poor judgements and decisions (and it's the fine margins that often undo us): 4-2-2-2- just isn't working and exposes our wing-backs to all Premier teams who find this relatively easy to exploit ( let's not forget the lack of expert investment in the club for the past 5 years); Djenepo should have played instead of Redmond or at least replaced him as early as possible. The problem with the players coming back was that they were rusty but were tested to the limit by a sodden pitch, fast direct players and a clinically well organised team. Subsequently, Saints just didn't have the energy (directness) or creativity to break down Newcastle however their numbers were depleted. A bamboozling Djenepo given a freer reign might have done that. It was unfortunate that we didn't have our most creative player - Armstrong (although he's also 'blown hot and cold' this season). At the moment, considering our form, the way teams below us are gathering points and the fixture list: its hard to see us gaining many more wins or points until the end of the season. Can we gain another 11 plus points in 16 matches? Saints should but it's not a given in this league. Ralph has to start thinking more clearly and ruthlessly.
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Manchester United v Southampton Your Report added at 09:16:11
'The stars were aligned against' Saints last night is an understatement: Questionable managerial decisions , lack of support from the owners, incompetent refereeing and dubious VAR decisions, some inept and one crucially unprofessional 'performance', cheating against us and terrible luck - were all rolled into one to make a car crash of a football match. But questions and conjectures have to proceed in what should be a forensic self-examination... I wonder whether Ralph put Jankewitz in the team because he asked for a transfer - I suspect so, why else? Slattery was midfield cover, I can't really see that sending him on loan, after he's played well before, makes much sense when we needed midfield cover and with all the other midfielders injured. Vokins wouldn't have been in the team though Valery might have been if he'd stayed. Many would have put Ramsay in the team but he was simply too inexperienced to cope with Djenepo struggling to understand what was required (as Nick Illingworth also said) and the flanks were as easily exposed as a team of schoolboys. However, those positional changes hugely threw all the players and none of the experienced players could cope with the inevitable Utd stampede of hungry world class players of course. Let's be honest, Utd have an amazing team and we could only challenge them with a full team firing on all cylinders. The most immediate problem, though, is the unavailability of Bednarek surely we'll appeal and surely the FA can can us some consolation by rescinding the awful decision. Lastly, even though half of Saints fans might disagree, you really have to question Hassenhuthl after two 9-0 defeats in two years. Eddie Howe is available!?
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added at 09:12:58
Frenetic first half where Saints matched Arsenal but gave the ball away too much. Superb corner-kick set-piece with JWP slicing the ball to the edge of the penalty area to Armstrong who caught the ball on half volley and slammed it passed an otherwise brilliant Leno. Unfortunately Valery and Vokins looked like second stream players and gave far too much away in the first half although to their credit improved in the second. Arsenal spend a lot of time wasting and gaining possession and breaking up possession of the opposition by falling over and tripping themselves up. Along with this, the gullible Ref and the porous defence Saints - couldn't cope effectively. In the second half Arsenal showed the billion £ class when they cut through the soft Saints flanks with slicing ease. Men of the match for Saints: Bednarek who unfortunately couldn't cover for the other defenders all of the time but tried to, and Diallo who had his best game for Saints looking positive and reassured trying to move the ball forward.

Unfortunately, Arsenal managed to hold two tight blocks of four to break up most Saints attempts to get into the penalty box. In the second Saints looked weary and didn't really look as if they were going score. The forward line were mostly easily blocked and Walcott provided a few wayward efforts. We need as many of the first-teamers back as possible for Saturday against Villa when Grealish and Traore need to be kept quiet.
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added at 17:33:16
Solid display by Saints. Dominated first half and dealt with pressure fairly easily in the second. Ref determined to give as much advantage and possession as possible to Arsenal. Saints could have scored at least another with a bit more direct force and finesse though Arsenal did actually defend very well. Similarly a very good defensive display from Saints, especially Bednarek, except perhaps Bertrand who, on occasions, did not seem to want to move back into position to collect the ball that was moving right to left. Time Saints looked for a decent Premiership class back-up left back. Hopefully Vokins will show what he can do on Tuesday. Pleased with, and for, Forster's who made one great save with an outstretched leg and came out well and kicked well. Prowsey almost scored from a corner which he might well have meant. One against Arsenal on Tuesday, and one from a direct free kick, will do nicely.
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Southampton v Shrewsbury Town Your Report added at 13:40:34
Saints dominated most of the match apart for a few breaks and a few half chances. The first half was fairly encouraging considering the cobbled-together team. The second half was frankly a bore fest with Saints pinging the ball from side to side without any penetrative balls through the Shrews midfield or defence. Stephens tried the Vestergaard long ball and this worked once, after 19 minutes, in about 20 efforts but it did bring the goal that was well controlled by young Watts (below the shoulder) and was well taken by N'Lundulu - sensibly placing his shot across the goalie. Valery looked poor at first but gradually grew into the game and overall had a good performance. Watts, my MOTM, was a skilful livewire and for a first match looks an exciting prospect - I hope he keeps a place on the bench on Saturday. Lastly , I was also pleased with the performance of Fraser Forster charging out quickly to clobber the ball whenever necessary and made one good save - getting down quickly, smothering the ball and keeping it close to his chest. We will need a stronger, more adept team to face Arsenal though.
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Leicester City v Southampton Your Report added at 14:09:25
It was a frenetic and fairly enjoyable game except for the result. I thought Saints played well overall but gave too many balls away - allowing Leicester to break in characteristic style (luckily Vardy wasn't quite up to his brilliance or had enough support up front). Walcott and Stephens the two main culprits. In the Premiership if you lose possession, you're going to be punished most of the time. Walcott was ineffective in the central position and would probably have been better on the wing. Perhaps Long and Adams should have started up front. I also thought Saint were unlucky: not having the core of our team - Vestergaard, Romeu and Ings; Leicester seemed to get a lot of 50/50's from the Ref; Armstrong hit the bar; and Long was unlucky not to be awarded a plenty. Bednarek was as consistent as usual and Diallo seems to be improving match-on-match. Nevertheless , I felt that that Saints never posed much of a threat to the Leicester goal where Schmichel seemed to be on excellent form. I was impressed with a stalwart Leicester defence, particularly Justin who seems to be an international player in the making.
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added at 07:16:37
It was a poor game because: West Ham came for a point with often nine, ten or eleven behind the ball; West Ham are a very well - Moyes organised - defensive team; Saints have sorted their defence out to Premiership standard; Saints didn't have that technical or creative genius to crack the safe; Saints only blue print was easily sussed out and we could only play to that conformity eg. Moussa has been forced to keep his positional head on and not his 'wild and free' one. I think Ralph's got to rearrange the formation sometimes and allow certain players more freedom - Djenepo being the prime one; the Ref kept breaking up the match for the most marginal of offenses; We've been unlucky with VAR lately - when (like many of the Ref's) it's now clearly a waste of a good football match - if Dawson can't get sent off for seemingly purposely kicking Adams in the head - it really is time to get rid of it (bar goal-line decisions and dangerous play). I'll take a point and accept it because if we can't beat Fulham and West Ham we don't deserve to be in the top six. Frankly, it'll be an achievement if we hold our current position and we could slide down further with four very tough games coming up.
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Southampton v Manchester City Your Report added at 21:12:43
Apart for 10 minute period in which they scored Saints dominated the match (and I was surprised to see a 48-52% possession stat on the BBC - never trust the BBC) and Saints deserved to get at least a point. First time I've seen Saints match and better the megastars of Manchester since billions have been ploughed into the club. The ball just didn't seem to fall for our strikers and Ingsy was off-form before he had to go off. Both our centre-backs were terrific and Vestergaard was my MOTM again - 3 matches running. Good performances from JWP, Romeu, KWP and McCarthy ( although it was predictable - as I did - that MC and Sterling would exploit our right-hand side. I was surprised that Ralph didn't do more to buttress this side especially straight-off from kick-off. I was disappointed that Saints let them waltz through and score so easily without Sterling being marked ten yards from the far post). Didn't think Moussa deserved to get taken off he was far more effective than the confidentless and lacklustre Redmond who's struggling for form at the moment. Hope they bring back Obafemi to partner Adams for the next match and I'm looking forward to watching Diallo play 90 minutes after Romeu's 5th booking and suspension leaves him out of the match. Just hope we don't underestimate Fulham who are playing well at the moment.
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Southampton v Manchester United Your Report added at 09:22:40
In reality, unsurprisingly, big money paid off. But Ralph's tactics need a lot to be desired sometimes. I never felt confident because we scored from 2 set pieces and not open play, we were slaughtered in the first 20 minutes, in open play we didn't seem to be up for it or have a determined approach. Easy to say in hindsight but I don't get paid millions to do the job - We should have had JWP on Fernando all game, shored-up the midfield for the second half and man marked Cavani when he came on. For a team like Southampton you must play world class players accordingly otherwise you're going to hand it to them on a platter and we did unfortunately allowing Fernandez to lead a merry danced and Cavani to run through unimpeded. Thought the midfield played poorly on the whole, giving too much away. And don't think we're necessarily going to bounced back with 6 points, our attitude and strategy will have to change if we going to beat Brighton who seem incredibly determined and pro-active and were unlucky against Utd and Sheff. U. who are fighting for their lives. In the Prem you have to be 100% wised-up and committed to get anything.
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Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur Your Report added at 07:11:25
Actually Nick there's only one man to blame and that 's the manager - anybody would be exposed with those childish, schoolboy tactics. He should also have stopped Saha with two assigned markers last week as we did the previous season before. I don't understand the man - he doesn't seem to learn simple, or harsh, lessons. As 'I said last season' (using your phraseology) the man has just got lucky before because he hasn't had any choices. Laying all the blame on defence is ridiculous - especially when after the lockdown their praises were lauded including by your good self.
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Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers Your Report added at 09:14:25
Poor first-half , Vesters turning and footwork like the Titanic (played OK 2nd). Defence gave the ball away too much with flanks looking vulnerable. Much the better team in second-half. Che Adams with quick feet and merciless finishing gets his just desserts. MOM, the rock, Romeu.
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Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers Your Report added 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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