He was absolutely mugged for that 2nd goal. Just seen it on TV. Terrible defending. So we get rid of Cedric to bring in Peters. Although he did the odd run, he put in a few crosses that went straight out and also defended badly I thought. Then we wonder why there so many empty seats.
The best chant of the day from the Saints fans as well as "You're just a ground full of tourists". When it is questioned as to why Liverpool sell out and we don't, well Anfield was full of tourists yesterday: Japanese, Malaysian, Easter European etc etc. Actually didn't hear many scouse accents outside the ground. They are only there because Liverpool are successful. If we were as successful as them, they would all turn up with their cameras at St Mary's.
At nil nil Ings was tripped. It didn't even get checked. Liverpool passed back to their keeper and it didn't get checked. Their keeper possibly handballed it and they didn't even check. Biased cheating. Absolute disgrace.
So Klopp is going to play the reserves in their replay and ask his assistant to take charge. I don't have much sympathy for these players earning 100k plus a week not being able to go on holiday. Everybody else only gets 4 weeks holiday for a lot less and they can retire at 35 and have as many breaks as they like then.
However, for the winter break to be set, only for games then to be played in what was supposed to be a break, seems strange.
I'm hoping that Shrewsbury can pull off a shock against Liverpool under 23s.
A month ago, Ralph said we must bring in a few players, namely a right back.
Yesterday, we had to play a young centre back as a right back and he was completely out of his depth. We are now at the end of the transfer window as usual without signing anyone. Cedric we know is leaving anyway.
Match of the day introduced tonight with Gabby mentioning that the women there had won the FA cup 5 times and Danny M just once as if to say the women is better. Anyone else find it hard to take seriously the opinions of a women talking about the mens game? Anyone else getting irritated by all these women taking over? I would much rather listen to Shearer, Le Tiss, Linekar, Benali, Merrington or whoever rather than some unknown women. Or am just an old fashioned traditionalist?
Now that goal felt like a winning goal to me. Stood in the corner right next to the Spurs fans, the corner I was in went absolutely crackers. And what a bullet of a goal it was to celebrate. Bring on the replay. Our away form is great, we are still very much in this cup.
Had text from mate who is at the game saying how noisy our fans are and what a shame it is that there is a completely empty block next to our fans. What a waste of seats! We would have bought up some of them or all of them for sure. Palace haven't sold out and we could have taken more fans, so Palace lose money and we lose extra support. Are these decision makers complete idiots?
Burnley and Newcastle both getting unexpected wins this weekend. On Tuesday: Villa v Watford, Bournemouth v Brighton. We have a very tough game away at Palace Tuesday with Liverpool after that, then Burnley, also fighting for survival. We could be very close to the bottom 3 once again. Anyone else feeling a little uneasy?
Not anything new to report really. Main thing for me in the discussion about tickets is the need to reward loyal fans more. They love to take our money for bar memberships, executive coaches, new years day games etc. So give us a free away game, a voucher or a free cup ticket. Fair enough to try to fill the stadium by reducing prices - fair enough. But send a voucher in the post for season ticket holders who have paid £28 for the game.
Le God was walking to the game today, like one of us and was happy to stop outside the Ted Bates statue for a good half an hour to sign autographs and pictures. Stewards came over to ask Matt if he wanted an escort to the ground to which he looked at his watch and said "it's fine, I can stay here with the fans for a bit". A huge queue developed, got my shirt signed, and shook his hand. Friendly, down to earth guy talking freely to all the fans and kids. What a great example of a loyal, down to earth football man. Thanks for the chat Matt.
So 3 people in a crowd of 30 000 arrested for homophobia and racism. Interestingly, a Brighton fan was arrested for being homophobic against a Chelsea fan. But can somebody answer a serious question: 10,000 Saints fans yesterday sang "Dele Ali, what a wan.. ker". Is that not abusive too? Or does it not warrent reporting on because it's not racist or homophobic?