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Southampton v AFC Bournemouth Your Report added at 09:27:27
We drew the 2nd half and probably would have drawn the game if we'd started it with the same formation that we finished with and if Bertrand had come on for Vestergaard instead of Danso, we probably would have won it. Beat Pompey and all is forgiven.

But, there are recurring flaws in team selection. Vestergaard has 1 solid game to every 5 poor ones. We cannot persist with him any more.

A back four of Bertrand, Danso/Yoshida, Bednarek, Cedric is the best we currently have available. The only hard choice is between Danso and Yoshida. It's difficult to judge how good a central defender Danso is yet as he has been played out of position. But, it has to be 2 out of Bednarek, Danso and Yoshida in the centre of defence because Vestergaard is a weak link.

Another weak link is Ward-Prowse in midfield. He just doesn't offer enough at this level, which stretches the players around him, which was the same thing that happened when Clasie played. As for JWP's corners and free-kicks, they nearly all go straight to opposition players or miss the goal. I'd like to see Boufal or Djenepo take them instead. A midfield of Romeu, HĂžjbjerg, Djenepo & Boufal would be best, with Redmond and Adams/Ings in front of them.

We need one of our strikers to start scoring regularly. Hopefully, Adams and/or Ings will start doing that at Fratton Park on Tuesday. And, of course, Obafemi is another option.

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Southampton v Manchester United Your Report added at 17:11:28
Overall, a good team performance. United looked disorganised and shambolic at times and until Danso was sent off I thought we looked the more likely winners.

That was easily the best Vestergaard has played for us. I'd never rated him until today but a back 4 seems to suit him. Kevin Danso was very good. Pity about the red card.

As has been mentioned, our only real weak link was Ward-Prowse. The game just seemed to pass him by. I don't agree with the criticism of Hojbjerg. He had twice as many touches and tackles as Ward-Prowse, for whom he was trying to cover a lot of the time. I definitely would not play Ward-Prowse v Pompey. Hopefully, we'll have Djenepo back by then.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added at 13:36:45
Ali, in fact the man we need is currently the captain of a team which is 2nd in the French League and plays for a national team which has reached the semi-finals of the European Nations League. How we could do with a captain and central defender of that class right now.
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Southampton v Newcastle United Your Report added at 23:24:58
KriSaint, McQueen might be a good call. Pity we can't get Hesketh back as well. The players we have spent tens of millions of pounds on lately, like Carrillo and Vestergaard, are utter tosh and, as Stephens has shown recently, we'd probably be better off giving our academy products games.
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Southampton v Newcastle United Your Report added at 23:19:40
One bright spot was the performance of Jack Stephens. When he plays we usually keep a clean sheet. Our academy seems to have produced another good player, although the credit for that must go to scouts and coaches who have since been replaced.
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AFC Bournemouth v Southampton Your Report added at 09:41:10
Avoiding defeat at Bournemouth was a good result for us. One big change in the centre of our defence was the key to that.

I know he has been written off by many but the man of the match for me and many of the media pundits was Jack Stephens. He's always looked a very promising footballer but he's finally developing into a fine centre back, which is something that takes time. Remember John Stones in his first season at Man City? I'd definitely pick Stephens ahead of Vestergaard and I hope that Hughes continues to do that.
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Southampton v Chelsea Your Report added at 11:23:33
For those who bleat, it's not fair, we can't hope to compete with the top 6, I'd like to point out that one of the top 6 is Bournemouth but you are probably right theirs is a far better run club than ours with a better manager and owners.

Some results so far this season:

West Ham 3 Man Utd 1

West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

Wolves 1 Man City 1

Man Utd 1 Wolves 1

Watford 2 Spurs 1

We used to get results like that but everyone at the club now seems to have given up and settled for 2nd best: 17th place if we're lucky and relegation if we're not.

Make no mistake about it, our club is currently poorly owned and managed but it has the potential to do so much better with better management and recruitment.

Right now, the club is full of very expensive dead wood, from top to bottom, including Kat, Gao, Les, Ralph, Hughes and most of the players. The board have got rid of the people who really brought us success, the managers, coaches, scouts and players, and tried to claim the credit for themselves.

As for player performance, the worst performers seem to be the ones we've spent a fortune on in the last 2 or 3 years. About 100 million has been wasted on players who aren't up to Premier League standard, often because they are simply too slow to play at this level. That is pathetically incompetent recruitment. That's why we can't compete with the top teams like we used to 3 ago.

Almost exactly 3 years ago we beat a Chelsea side with Hazard et al 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. Since then our board has seen off the manager we had then, Koeman, and most of the players who played that day, Pelle, Fonte, Tadic, Wanyama, van Dijk, Mane etc, and wasted any money we got for them on duds like Pellegrino, Hughes, Carrillo, Boufal, Elyounoussi, Hoedt and Vestergaard.




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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton Your Report added at 23:53:29
If Hughes persists with Vestergaard and Hoedt as our centre back pairing, we will be relegated.

Yoshida and Bednerek are clearly not in the same class as Fonte and van Dijk but they are the best we've got left, not a pair of donkeys like Vestergaard and Hoedt, and our only hope of staying up.
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Southampton v Leicester City Your Report added at 23:53:18
Ace, most of our squad are an expensive liability. Vestergaard's ability with his feet is even worse than Cedric's ability with his head, and he was responsible for failing to block the 2nd Leicester goal, but as Vestergaard is the latest big buy, he gets cut the slack. Bertrand is probably the only player we've got left who'd be good enough for a top 10 Premier League team. Most of the others wouldn't even shine in the Championship. We are this year's Bolton/Sunderland/Stoke, a club which has been expensively mismanaged, with all of our best players sold and all the money fittered away on medicocre replacements.
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Southampton v Leicester City Your Report added at 00:13:09
@dovif

If only.

Wolves Reserves beat us easily.

We look more like Sunderland, a team which can't even cope with the challenges of the Championship.

Sadly, Les Reed hasn't prepared us for anything other than decline. He has got rid of every manager, coach, scout and player who worked to bring the club success and almost every new appointment he makes in management and in the coaching and playing staff is worse than the previous one.
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Southampton v Leicester City Your Report added at 23:12:22
Reed's dealings over the last two years have weakened the club in very area from top to bottom. If Les Reed doesn't go now we are in real danger of following Sunderland and Hull down to the bottom of the Championship next season. Remember Wolves Reserves beat us easily.
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Southampton v Leicester City Your Report added at 23:48:17
A very good performance against the best team in the land. We deserved a draw. City scored in the 6th minute of injury time. Where did all of that added time come from? There should have been 3 or 4 minutes max.
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Southampton v Leicester City Your Report added at 19:16:05
A thoroughly enjoyable game. Charlie Austin's first league start of the season and it was like a new beginning for the whole team. What a difference it made to have a goal scorer up front today instead of Shane Long. Austin not only scored 2 goals and hit the woodwork, he was contantly getting into scoring positions and really deserved 3 or 4. He terrorised the Everton defence. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season now with Austin up front, scoring goals. You can see the effect losing your goal scorer can have on an entire team from how badly Everton have been affected by the loss of Lukaku.
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Southampton v Leicester City Your Report added at 19:08:13
This made me laugh: "How you people who forced out Puel can sleep at night is beyond me."

Err, that was your old mate Les Reed and I bet he has no problem sleeping at night. He is still a legend in his own mind.
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Southampton v Leicester City Your Report added at 19:04:09
Les Reed really is a spent force if Wandering Saint is all he's got left for PR. He can't even spell Les.

Of course, it's time for Les Reed to go. It will present us with a great opportunity to bring Paul Black Box Mitchell back to the club to clear out the dead wood that has accumulated under Reed: Wilson, Black, Watson, Jaidi etc, appoint a dynamic manager like Nuno Espirito Santo and bring in exciting new players.
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Southampton v Leicester City Your Report added at 22:04:23
As much as some fans love him because he is a cheeky Irish chappy who tries hard and runs around a lot, Long is not a goal scorer or even a goal provider. In his 17 appearances since he last scored in the Premier League, against Sunderland last year, Long has managed just 1 assist v Middlesborough. He is currently taking the place of someone who might actually make or even score a goal.
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Southampton v Leicester City Your Report added at 21:22:56
Vanmans, we all know Ward-Prowse shouldn't be in the starting lineup v Premier League opposition. Why was he? Was it down to Pellegrino and Puel or did they take their orders from Les Reed. After all, Les Reed has told us we have the best pool of midfielders in the Premier League so why would we need to play someone as useless as Ward-Prowse?
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Southampton v Leicester City Your Report added at 19:10:41
Newbury, Fraser Forster used to be a very good goalkeeper before Dave Watson got to work on him. Forster deserves achance with a better coach.

PS I'd also add Nathan Remond to my list of dead wood we need to replace but not Forster yet. ALL of our goalkeepers seem to be getting worse under Dave Watson.
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Southampton v Leicester City Your Report added at 18:58:56
OK, Wesley Hoedt needs to be given a bit longer, although I fear for him against one of the better teams like Man United, but the rest should be replace ASAP.
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Southampton v Leicester City Your Report added at 18:55:48
The club needs a major overhaul. We need to replace all the dead wood that has been allowed to accumulate: Les Reed, Eric Black, Dave Watson, Martin Hunter, Radhi Jaidi, Ross Wilson, James Ward-Prowse, Shane Long, Wesley Hoedt, Florin Gardos, Sofiane Boufal, Jan Bednarek etc. Replacing Jordy Clasie with Mario Lemina was one small step in the right direction and one of the few things we have got right in the last 2 years. Some drastic action in January can still keep us up. Let's hope Mr Gao doesn't have the wool pulled over his eyes by Old Les and takes the necessary action.
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