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|Southampton V Burnley The Verdict|
Livramento is clearly a right sided player, yet he gets called a left back twice in this piece.
Lets face it, it was a fair result in the end. We could and should have been 3-1 up at the break and it would have been a different game, but again we failed to take our chances. We then switched off at the back to allow Burnley to draw level - Bed and AMcC both caught napping.
After that it was Burnley who had the best chances to win it. We huffed and puffed and passed it predictably round the edge of their area and the half way line but only had a poor, wayward Adams header to show for it.
What RH should have learnt, but probably hasn't, is that Walcott is only worth a place on the bench at best. He offers little, fails to make runs or give options and should have been off at half time. Djenepo is the same - It was like playing most of the game with 10 men against Leeds. We need S Armstrong to start and perhaps play Ely on the left, or perhaps Tella.
We need to work on our distribution from the back. This includes the whole defence, keeper and holding mids. The number of times we gave the ball away from what should have been a simple pass, was quite remarkable. Not only does it rile the crowd, but creates unnecessary pressure on the whole team.
We all knew how Burnley would play - little niggling fouls, time wasting, frustrating the opposition, but why don't the officials do anything about this. Pope got told hurry his goal kicks at least 4 times, so should have been booked on the 2nd or 3rd time. Every time they went for a header there was a little nudge on the player first - Wood and Tarkowski are experts at this, yet when Salisu does it, it is a foul.
We are our own worst enemies. Not clinical enough up top and present the opposition with too many chances at the back - usually because of errors.
I'm hoping a few fringe players will make a name for themselves tomorrow night and start pushing for a first team start, but then we all know how RH has his favourites, so I doubt it will make any difference come Watford away on Saturday.
|Southampton At Newcastle United The Preview|
Keep it simple and cut out the errors - especially at GK and in defence. We have a habit of gifting teams chances and last season we were punished regularly.
We look to have more options out wide and up front now, so hopefully RH can see what is happening and change things accordingly - and not with 10 mins left.
Keep the locals quiet,nick an early goal and go for it, don't try to sit back for the rest of the game. We tried and failed that so many times already !!
|Derisory Bid Shows Why Aston Villa Are Not the Club For James Ward Prowse|
A whole piece based on what is only rumoured to be a club's first offer for our player. Perhaps they were hoping Les Reed was still here !!:-)
Villa are just testing the water, like they probably did when first signing Buendia and like we will probably do, should we bid for (the allegedly £25m rated) Armstrong.
|Pompey Target Josh Sims !|
The rumour was that Saints were paying him a staggering £18k a week !!
Good luck to him if he thinks he will still be able to command that sort of wage in League 1 and I very much doubt the Skates would pay anywhere near that, as they have to give the old girl another spray tan and manicure that could cost up to £10m !!
|Should Southampton Target Bournemouth In The Transfer Market This Summer !|
When I first heard of him, I thought his name was Dan Juma !! :-)
Anyway, he looks decent enough, but has had limited experience and is apparently a bit of a late developer, so who knows, perhaps he will get better and better.
I would expect him to be linked with clubs above us in the league as well, plus I have seen that Brooks and Billings have also been linked with top half Prem teams.
It would make sense to try and do business with them if it means we can offload Shane Long as part of any deal. He still has another year left on his large contract with us.
Danjuma would add much needed competition for wide positions in our squad, because lets face it, Redmond if fit, tends to get picked regardless, Minamino was only ok in a few games, Djenepo has been poor and Walcott has been inconsistent and injured.
Tella looks decent enough though, but is perhaps vying for a striker role and Armstrong is great - but needs to be wide right now that Romeu is back.
Brooks will probably command a much higher fee of around £20m+.
|David Moyes West Ham Turnaround Can Give Hope For Southampton Supporters|
We all thought this season was going to be our year - and it was until the turn of the year. The trouble is WHU picked up and we nosedived !!
Also their recruitment has been excellent for a change, getting in Soucek, Coufal, Benrahma and Dawson.
We got Salisu who didn't play for more than half the season, Diallo who was too young to be a regular starter and then we topped up with Walcott who was good, then injured, the poor, and Minamino who started well but is lightweight and fell out of form.
|Southampton At West Ham United The Verdict|
It wasn't that long ago that you were talking of taking games in groups of 3 and aiming to get 5 points from these groups. Now 15th is about right ? That is massively moving the goalposts !!
Our defence (including Keeper) really is the gift that keeps on giving (2nd worst, away from home in the league !!), so much so that teams just have to wait for us to gift them chances, but it is also our failure to take chances (to go ahead and to kill games off) that have cost us dearly this season.
All our hard work in the first half of the season has been undone by a combination of injuries (we beat Liverpool with 6 out though), poor tactics, 'focusing on the cup' only to fail to turn up in the semi, poor substitutions, picking the same under-performing players every week, a mistake ridden defence and abysmal finishing.
Wholesale changes are required this summer. Need to get rid of more than 12 players who won't ever feature for the 1st XI. Hesketh is already on his way.......
We don't have the money, but we need a 1st choice Keeper, LB, CB, Striker and 2 x Wide men upgrades.
I'm fairly sure Wolves have a smaller ground than us - but would need to check !! :-)
|TV Channel For Saints Final Game Of The Season At West Ham Confirmed|
Since beating WHU 3-0 away at their then brand new stadium, our record against them reads:
No win for us in our last 6 meetings.
I hope we can break the mould this weekend.
Can't help but think that Moyes knows how to play against us though !!
|Southampton V Leeds United The Preview|
0-0 it is then !! :-)
Will be there, so obviously hoping for us to win a thriller and for the boys to put on a top display for the fans !!
|Leeds United Game Crucial To Southampton Final Premier League Position|
The players owe us a performance tomorrow in front of the fans, for the complete and utter capitulation in the 2nd half of the game at Elland Road. Looking at the way they attacked Burnley at the weekend, with power, pace and directness, I thought to myself, our wide players could certainly benefit from adopting some of their methods. With some fans present, I am somewhat optimistic !!
As for getting anything from the last game away to West Ham, I suspect we will get the same performance of the last 2 seasons - losing and conceding 3 goals - rather than the one before that where we won and scored 3.
|Ryan Bertrand Turns Down Southampton Contract Offer|
Does he actually believe that based on his performances this season, that other teams are interested in him ? He has been mediocre and uninterested, but He and Saints were a good fit for each other, as his time here has demonstrated.
He has a big family, so I'm not sure he wants to move home, so I guess he is limited to the London clubs or Brighton. Perhaps as rumoured in January, he will end up at Arsenal.
Either way, it will be interesting to see if another Prem team actually offers him a 3 year deal, let alone a place on their board.
Good luck and thanks Bert
|All Saints Eyes On Fulham V Burnley Tonight But There Is A Dilemma|
We haven't won many games this year, so why would the last 4 suddenly be winnable ?
Winning breeds confidence, something we had up until December last year, but since then, we have been in free fall.
We have a chance for points against Palace and Fulham, but Leeds really are on form and were very good against Spurs (fans won't make a difference) and West Ham have done a job on us for the last what, 5 games in a row ?
We are not going down, but we will be lucky to finish on 43 points.
Oh for those days earlier in the season when we were breaking games down into groups of 3 and looking to take 5 points from each group, when European qualification was a target, when Top 8 was a distinct possibility and when we fancied ourselves in the Cup !!
|Southampton V Leicester City Always A Fixture With Drama !|
Benali was my Cousin's favourite player. He missed Frannie's one and only goal (at the right end) for us, as he was on a plane coming back from Florida.
I still rib him to this day about it and even purchased one of those 'I was there when Frannie scored' T-Shirts that were available shortly after that eventful day, to rub it in further !!
|Sam McQueen At Crossroads With His Career In Doubt|
Sad news for him and a shame his career is basically over. I remember seeing him play at Left Back for us, away to Inter at the San Siro, back in October 2016 and thinking he could be decent.
Best wishes Sam and good luck for the future. Hope to see you back on a pitch sometime soon.
|Southampton At Tottenham Hotspur The Verdict|
What happened is what usually happens in our games this year.
We don't score enough of our chances and we always present the opposition with gifts that they usually take.
This 2nd half of the season has showed that we are a predictable, slow, easy to play against team. Let us press you, then we tire and the game is there for the taking - just be patient and we will gift you guilt edged chances. Score against us and our heads drop and we lose confidence. We may make a few late subs, but they rarely have any impact.
Wholesale changes required throughout the team this summer. We all know it probably won't happen.
|Leicester City Players Suspended Due To Covid 19 Breach|
Time for the FA to investigate further and take the appropriate actions against those players who have breached the FA conduct rules. Fine them all and issue 3 of 4 match bans to all - including Barnes (if he was there) from when he is fit to play again !!
Failure for them to take any further action will not only show them up as spineless, but basically tell every other player that they can get away with breaking the rules simply by apologising !!
|Fulham Defeat Eases Pressure On Southampton|
Although I love an away day at Fulham, I simply do not want them to stay up.
They regularly field a starting line up that includes 6 or 7 loan players.
It is quite ridiculous that they are allowed to do this (granted only 2 from other Prem teams) and bad for the club and its player development that every game, more than half the starting XI are loans.
Even if they stay up, and despite the wealth of their owners, I very much doubt they would buy more than 2 or 3 of their current loans (Lemina hopefully ?) and would once again get in another full quota of loans.
I don't agree with their strategy, so it's a big 'no thanks' for me.
|Ward Prowse Out Of England V Poland Game With Injury|
The game is actually on SUNDAY at 12 Noon !!
JWP would be a massive miss, but equally I guess we won't know the full state of fitness in our squad, until the likes of Armstrong, Adams, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Minamino and Djenepo all return from International Duty today/tomorrow.
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