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Southampton V Coventry City The Verdict
at 10:17:47

Agree entirely Flamingbankers, Fraser and Brooks have both been way off their games in the last few matches. Stubborn Martin will not give Sulemana a decent run though. I agree that when Stuart came on things calmed down but with the other substitutions made we had removed all attacking threat so we were forced to absorb much more pressure than we should have and in the end were perhaps fortunate to win. Bring on Sulemana and play a few balls over the top for him to run onto, that would force some of the opposition back. In fact mixing up our passing out from the back with a few more balls over the top throughout the game would undoubtedly keep the opposition guessing and help relieve pressure. Still an outside chance of automatic promotion and rotation will be necessary but Martin needs to up his game considerably.
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Russell Martin Admits He Won't Change Tactics Or Drop Jack Stephens
at 23:34:28

Sounds like Martin might be off to Brighton
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Russell Martin Admits He Won't Change Tactics Or Drop Jack Stephens
at 17:57:12

I saw a central defender playing in midfield who couldn’t switch play fast enough. Martin is fantasist.
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Southampton At Blackburn Rovers The Verdict
at 17:45:06

I have tried to be patient but Martin just is not learning. Jack has many fine qualities but moves the ball far too slowly from midfield. It was also apparent very early that Fraser and Brooks were having very poor days. Once again though we had to wait till the 75th minute to see Sulemana introduced. Yes he has things to learn but he brought (and would have done so much earlier preferably) much greater penetration when it was sorely needed in the absence of Stuart Armstrong. He needs to be given more game time and the team told to play the ball forward much earlier. We had a great chance to make up ground but again the manager squandered the opportunity. Unless we can beat Leicester and Leeds and a few others we look destined for the play offs when we will likely still have to beat one of the top three. Not a good day.
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Southampton At Ipswich The Verdict
at 17:28:09

What a crock of s++t. We were much the better side for most of the game, Ipswich were barely in our half during the first half except for their goal. Thought Fraser looked only half fit, unable to beat his man and very wasteful when shooting. However when the eventual substitution came it was not Sulemana, who at least is direct, but an ineffective Edozie who came on. A good prospect but not as creative as Sulemana.

As American Saint said Stu was great in the first half but that pass to Fraser to his left when AA was central and unmarked to his right probably cost us the game. That said thought the sending off was harsh firstly because he went down very easily and secondly as it looked like someone could have got across to cover.

Not sure where we go from here, if we had won the three games against the teams above us we would of had a good chance of automatic promotion but we have fallen at the first hurdle due to our manager's incompetence. We will certainly need to tighten up and be more accurate in front of goal if we want to win the play off lottery.

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No Room For Error In Southampton Promotion Push
at 09:25:08

We need to hope our manager gets his tactics right for a start. HB and JB need to be undisturbed as our centre back pairing. Sulemana needs more than a token 10 minutes and our strikers need to make sure they have their scoring boots on. Hopefully Bree and KWP will complete the back four and if fit Flynn Downes is nailed on for a place with Stu alongside him.

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Sit Back, Wait, Watch And Hope Is All Southampton Can Do This Weekend
at 20:24:58

Sure if it was Leicester or one of the other authorities’ favourites something would have been sorted out but of course they will not get their finger out for us. Hope results go our way and I will watch the lasses on Sunday, although they too have a lot to do to secure promotion.
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Southampton V Sunderland The Verdict
at 10:11:57

Thought Baznau went long more often this game actually. Agree though that Martin needs to wake up and realise that THB and Jan B are by far the best central partnership and should never voluntarily be split, in that connection good that there were no bookings. Good to see Sulemana get more time, again one of our most incisive players. Need to get the ball to him quicker though if we are to maximise his effectiveness.

It is good that we have scorers all over the place but I hope AA finds his shooting boots soon, although admittedly he is playing out of positions because Che Adams is so good at holding up the ball.

Overall good results for us then though a shame Leeds won on Friday. It is clear that the three games against Ipswich, Leicester and Leeds will make or break our automatic promotion prospects.
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Southampton V Preston North End Postponed
at 22:35:31

Not sure fixture congestion in the run in is great for us.
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Southampton At Birmingham City The Verdict
at 11:50:49

Exciting, but potentially heart stopping and should’ve been much easier. Is Manning, the worst fullback we have ever had. Miles away from his man for the first goal, and stood right behind Jan Bednarek, instead of covering his man for the second. Thought Jack Stephens was actually quite good going forward. Would much prefer however, if he dropped Manning and played Stephens there leaving the excellent Harwood Bellis and Jan Bednarek as our centre pairing

Joe Aribo and Flynn Downes excellent. Good to see Adam Armstrong, getting on the scoresheet again. Sulemana on far too late again when will Martin learn?. Not too much room for slip ups on the run in now so I hope Martin gets his tactics sorted out quickly.
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Southampton At Liverpool The FA Cup Verdict
at 11:14:21

Yet again the folly of ignoring Sulemana highlighted as once again he proved incisive. Incredible Martin does not have the kahunnas to give him an extended run in the team. Thought Shea Charles looked particularly slow and ineffective, even before his miss. We really should have been leading before then, who said Mara was a great finisher …. As it was we were very unlucky to go a goal down to a wicked deflection that would probably otherwise have been saved.

Glad we are now able to focus on the league although unless the manager bucks his ideas up I fear we will be disappointed leading to departures of the likes of HB, KS and CE.
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Southampton At Liverpool The Preview
at 10:01:09

Hope Sulemana starts against Birmingham, however playing him against Liverpool may be Martin’s excuse for not doing so.Even if he does play tonight I hope he at least plays for the whole of the second half on Saturday to bring some much needed penetration.

What exactly is the situation with Flynn Downes and for that matter Ryan Fraser, haven’t heard much recently.
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RIP Chris Nicholl A True Southampton Legend
at 18:23:15

As you say a true legend.
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Southampton V Millwall The Verdict
at 12:05:08

When will he give Sulemana a proper chance. Saturday was a perfect time to put him on when Ryan Fraser was injured but instead he put on Sam Edozie, who will be a great player in time but is too lightweight for a very over physical Milwall side. When he did eventually cam on for his usual too late 20 minute cameo he was our most incisive player (including the cross for Armstrong's header) but Martin refuses to learn from his mistakes. Incidentally I seem to remember Bertrand being given a straight red against Leicester for a less dangerous challenge than the one on Fraser. Symptomatic of a truly appalling referee as it turned out letting Milwall get away with murder, awarding them a soft penalty and refusing us perfectly warranted free kicks / penalty.

Really hope Ryan Fraser's injury is not too serious although the omens are not good and that Flynn Downes is back soon as promotion is slipping away fast. Even assuming we make the play offs if we continue to misfire as we are doing presently we will not win through those.

Come on Martin get a grip and come on owners keep tabs on Potter as if this goes on, despite the winning run, Martin will have demonstrated he is just not up to it.

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Southampton V Millwall The Preview
at 17:01:28

Martin is hopeless, Sulemana our second most creative player after Stuart Armstrong cannot get decent time on the pitch. No chance of premiership football next season if he continues in this vein.
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Southampton V Hull City The Verdict
at 21:03:56

Oh and by the way Manning was again useless.
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Southampton V Hull City The Verdict
at 21:03:25

Utter rubbish manager comments after the game. He was the one who made poor selections and refused to adapt his tactics. It was apparent very early on that Hull were pressing very effectively. I disagree with you Nick about Sulemana, the game was crying out to have him playing through the centre and running onto balls over the top. Instead we dilly dallied and continually looked like we might concede again. Obviously Russell Martin did not watch the Liverpool game at the end of last season. Instead arguably our best flair player, since we let Alcaraz go, was brought on too late and out on the wing.

I do agree that Fraser and Che Adams should have been on from the start. Aribo too should be starting as he brings the aggression we need to midfield. Hear what you say about AA but at the moment he looks to be somewhat out of touch. Really hope he clicks into place soon as his work rate is always exceptional.

Doubtless having cocked it up by fielding a weaker team against the tougher opposition yesterday we will find all the players who should have started on at the beginning on Saturday. Yes, we had a good 25 match run but I am really wondering again now whether Russell Martin is the right man to have us win automatic promotion. As Joe Egg said it must be doubtful that we could beat in even the play offs unless something changes.

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Southampton At West Bromwich Albion The Verdict
at 23:40:46

Please sort out an extension to Stuart Armstrong’s contract, such a good player.
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Southampton At Bristol City The Verdict
at 17:50:39

Thought Manning was absolutely hopeless. Beaten far too easily for their first when he failed to follow his man as they casually played around him and didn't put in any effort to get back for their third allowing their player ages to pick a good pass.

American Saint, unusually I disagree with you. Think Sulemana was trying to hard to impress having been brought on too late, should have played the second half but he still has the potential to be a game changer and we badly need that when Stu is not there or not firing on all cylinders.

Badly missed Downes and Che and I would have preferred to see Mara starting given how out of form AA seems to be, hopefully just temporarily.. Have to say the decision to loan out Alcaraz seems to be a major mistake as he is another who can turn the game on its head.

All that said if Brooks had been able to stretch just an inch further it could have been very different result last night. As it is now they all need to focus on a very important WBA game as lose this and I fear a lot of our momentum will evaporate.
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Southampton V Watford The FA Cup Replay Preview
at 18:59:33

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