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|Fulham Defeat Eases Pressure On Southampton|
I haven't read the article yet...... but just puzzled by the "headlines" for the piece!
Easing WHAT pressure? Seriously, the Team/Club are under no pressure. They are playing well, significantly more skilled/capable/confident than ANY of the bottom three or four sides. Fact!
Will now read the article [and comments] before then turning my thoughts to the upcoming Cup Semi-Final...... now that IS a pressure situation! Two good sides face to face COYRs
|Saints At Fulham The Preview|
Err, please have a wee bit more faith, Nick. The only weak link, as I see it, is picking Jack S anywhere in the centre of a back four ~ can't mark tight enough, ball watches too often, better covering one of the wide (fullback/wingback) positions
|Saints V Manchester City The Preview|
Glory be...... it'll be THREE O'CLOCK start and a Saturday to boot! Yippee!
A true test of the team/squad coming up; will be good to see how they perform over the course of the match.....
| Hasenhuttl Agrees New Deal In Principle|
Best signing of this window........ even if it s not open yet!
Seriously, the news (filtering out) is just what the club needs; some stability! Some commitment, some ability and 'footballing nouse'
|Saints V Preston The Verdict|
Pleased to see Wesley Hoedt get 90 mins under his belt 👍
With luck, the first step in his "rehabilitation" programme at St Mary's; rather than anything else.
|Saints Fans Split On Adam Lallana Return|
Another "yesterday's man" I'm afraid...... would not touch with the proverbial barge pole.
It was his choice to 'desert SFC' and, looking towards next season, here is no longer a role for him at St. Marys now.
|Saints Accounts Released|
Instead of questioning his (RK?) salary, perhaps one should explore the commercial sponsorships & income streams that have grown exponentially under the current chairman!
|Saints At Arsenal The Verdict|
Generally, the Saints' away fans/support is top notch and far outstrips the "mausoleum mentality" at St. Mary's. The shameful keyboard warriors are best just ignored!
That said, I don't expect Stephens to make the first XI on Wednesday.
|The Real Reason Why Saints Didn't Land Che Adams|
A point well made!
Fact of life is that if a club dont want to sell a player then they certainly do not have to buckle. They hold their nerve before (eventually) get 'top dollar' for the player in question.
Luis Suarez; Philippe Coutinho; or even VvD
Not signing the Brun guy was very much a non-story once BCFC stated that they had no intention of selling their player during the January window
|Saints At Burnley The Verdict|
Unfortunately, converting Stephens from a promising young right back to that of an unimpressive centre back hasn't (& doesnt) work well.
Overall, his defending (in a central postion) is often poor; ball watches, loses his man too readily and doesn't cover his full back or teammates adequately enough to be a first choice.
Sadly, he cannot get by on (positive) attitude alone.
|Saints V Derby County The Verdict|
Jack Stephens...... a centre-back, NOT!
Ball watches too often. Shows little awareness of where opposition players are in the penalty area and is, at best, a fullback..... worthy of an occasional place on the bench!
|Saints At Cardiff The Verdict|
Long trip to get soaked thru'........ but you could see the intent & effort that the new manager had brought to the squad in just two training sessions.
Quite rightly, the depleted squad (forwards + full backs) made things very difficult for Saints to dominate over the 90+ mins ~ but there was enough on show for Ralph H to build on. Onwards and upwards over the coming weeks!
|Saints Officially Confirm Ralph Hasenhuttl|
Just hope that the fans (and club) give the man longer than they gave Claude Puel and, to a certain extent, give him a proper run at summer trading / pre-season planning and setting things in place for the 2019/2020 season.
The team WILL be able to accrue enough points to avoid any relegation issues. However, future (successful) planning will take time...... and the new manager will need that from all sectors.
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