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Danny Ings Completes Move To St Mary's
at 18:06:58

If the Adams/Ings partnership works we're quids in!
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Saints Land Che Adams
at 18:06:01

I'd be sorry to see Lemina on his way. To my mind he is our most talented midfielder. Hobjberg is a workhorse, Romeu is an out and out stopper and JWP has that shot and can pick a pass but needs others to cover his lapses. I like Armstrong but he's patchy and I'm assuming Elyonnoussi is on his way. We do have Callum Slattery and he looks as though he could make the breakthrough. He ran the U-23 final until he was mysteriously subbed.
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Villa Get Their Targett
at 17:59:08

One-paced, one-footed - anyone who's seen Jake Vokins will know why this deal was done. I wish MT all the best but he just isn't quite up to the standard Saints require.
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Will Saints Get £10 Million For Charlie Austin !
at 16:34:56

I wouldn't want our existing defence to face the trio of Sharp, Austin & McGoldrick. Last of the summer swine they may be but, as ex-Saints I bet they'd all bust a gut to score against us.
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New Goalkeeping Coach Imminent.
at 20:10:21

I haven't seen any Saints GK improve since Niemi - and he was good when we got him. They all lose their confidence sooner or later at St Marys.
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King Ralph Speaks !
at 10:24:52

For me Ralph Hasenhuttl has already shown more attacking desire than the negative Puel ever did, been more demonstrative if he doesn't like things on-pitch than the wooden Hughes, displayed more tactical nous than the inept Pellegrino and has been prepared to make instant changes than the over-lauded Koeman. So what's not to like? He's declared his policy and ambition. If he stays only two seasons from now I feel fairly confident that he'll right the Saints ship and give us some much needed entertainment. I want to see the likes of Aguero, Sane, Van Dijk and other world stars currently in the EPL up against a Saints side that is going to at least get them worried. I think Ralph will achieve that, hence I am actually looking forward to next season.
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Manager Claims Saints Deal Is Close !
at 11:09:47

Following the death of competitive English football as we know it at Wembley on Saturday, it does make me wonder whether we will ever be seriously able to compete, no matter how much we pay for players. It is not easy to get excited about new signings when we can afford to pay only a third of what Man City can dish out, knowing that if our manager is able to forge a winning team at St Marys then he, too, is likely to be attracted elsewhere by silly money. I guess that at least while we have Ralph, he is likely to generally bring in players that he knows and trusts. I have renewed my ST so I must have some hope!
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Hasenhuttl To Ring The Changes
at 17:52:13

I hope he brings in a goalkeeping coach who can maintain the players' confidence, seeing as what's happened to Kelvin, Bart, Paulo, Fraser and Alex in recent times. The collective loss of confidence at times has been bewildering.
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Still Defensive Issues For Trip To West Ham
at 16:04:52

I can't understand why Bertrand doesn't move to centre back so that Matt Targett could start in his preferred position.
As an aside, the one thing Jack Stephens seems reasonably good at is moving forward with the ball at his feet. If Ralph wants to experiment he could give JS a chance alongside Danny Ings. If he makes errors at the other end of the pitch it shouldn't be so crucial (they don't all break as quickly as Bournemouth) and he is big enough to be the target man we so badly need.
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Saints V Bournemouth The Verdict
at 10:39:09

I completely agree, a reasonable summary of yesterday and the problems that have plagued us all season. Armstrong's misjudgement I can forgive as he needs more game time for us to see the best of him, in my opinion. On the other hand, Stephens careless pass is not the first example of his cavalier play and, nice bloke though he may be, he shouldn't be playing in the EPL. His error could have cost the Saints millions and he is not a risk the club needs to take. You are right, Nick that we have the makings of a decent team. Gunn looks to be a good buy, Bertrand still has class, Vestergaard has improved of late, Bednarek shows how good he might become and Valery could be our next star (or saleable asset, depending how you view things). In the midfield we have a useful four in Hobjberg, a back to form Romeu, Lemina (surprisingly benchwarming yesterday) and Armstrong. Up front, Danny needs a Pelle to feed off and Nathan coaching to improve his choice of pass, dribble, cross or shot as he is dangerous but, so wasteful. Of the rest that are well tried, McCarthy, Yoshida, Targett, Sims, JWP and Long are useful squad players if we cannot afford to replace them however, Forster, Charlie, Jack Stephens, Gallagher and the real failure, Elyonoussi should all be moved on.
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Saints V Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
at 10:21:45

Danny Ings didn't look 100% fit to me, often wandering aimlessly alone just behind the halfway line. I also thought JWP had a stinker and he, rather than Sims, should have been replaced. Sims might have made a couple of poor decisions but his pace constantly worried the Wolves defence. It's my opinion but, I thought that Saints did get it together in the second half and had Wolves under the cosh just before Shane scored (thanks to Yoshida's undying efforts). We followed that up with a couple of corners both of which nearly brought goals. I felt that Saints ran out comfortable winners having regained their grip on the game soon after the interval. It was a relatively clean game, too with card- happy referee, Jon Moss having little opportunity to spark any controversy. We are safe now. The bookies think so, too with Saints 200/1 against going down.
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Why Brexit Could Mean BigSixit For Football !
at 15:48:01

The England team has improved in recent times because of higher standard foreign players performing alongside them in the EPL - Raheem Sterling being a prime example. The gap between the top six clubs and everyone else has all but reached unacceptable proportions to the average club fan (or fan of the average club) but, the FA now has little influence on what happens in the EPL and will support anything beneficial to the top six, otherwise they will find that their organisation is redundant. Look at what has happened to the once glorious FA Cup competition.
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Saints V Tottenham Hotspur The Verdict
at 14:24:19

I was thrilled by our comeback and Sims added some much needed accuracy to our passing so, he really should start next time rather than be a hopeful throw of the dice. Armstrong, too looked sharp. Happy as I am at this surprising turnaround, we were beneficiaries of Spurs rashly extravagant finishing and should have been buried by half time. At one stage in the first 45 I thought that it was only Bednarek and Gunn against the opposition as everyone else was consistently out of position or switched off. As for Kevin Friend....well, he needs retraining after the most one-sided display I've seen this season, an absolute disgrace to his profession.
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Saints V Tottenham Hotspur The Preview
at 17:51:43

I'm not rash enough to say I'll eat my hat if we get any points but, privately, if we do just that my wife has a small swirl number which I particularly dislike...……..
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Saints At Manchester United The Verdict
at 09:50:20

Everything you say is true and you haven't named names. That is fair because they tried hard and, in some areas performed well but, why wasn't such a sustained effort maintained against lesser opposition, e.g., Cardiff? It seems the players upped their game because of the reputation of the opposition even though the class difference eventually told. I can blame the officials for getting key decisions wrong. I bet if Saints had scored an offside goal it would have been disallowed! You cannot convince me that EPL officials do not favour the bigger clubs.
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Saints V Fulham The Verdict !
at 17:28:53

When asked how the two teams played I replied that Saints were ordinary and Fulham were awful and that's the truth of it. I agree with most of the comments above, there was considerable effort by us all over the pitch but not that much finesse. Had Mitrovic had more support we might have been in trouble. Redmond was at his most frustrating again blasting a couple of shots over from distance when passing was the better option, then passing when running at Fulham might have been favourable. And Bertrand, whilst very talented, should at least have learned to cross with his right foot instead of passing back. JWP showed his teeth when tackling in their half but dithered on the ball in ours. I think what I'm saying is we lack players of real class but we have earnest triers which could carry us through. Oh, that Mitrovic was leading our line. All that said, the better team won and I, for one, thought Valery had a good game, provided a good outlet on the right and takes no prisoners.
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One Focus And One Focus Only For Fulham Game
at 17:18:47

If you're not a ST holder what would you rather do with your money - have a few beers down the pub with your mates and watch the almost certainly entertaining Chelsea v Spurs game on BT Sport or come to St Mary's and hope that Saints perform well, and win comfortably or even that a game between two of the poorest sides in the EPL actually put on a show? A lot of Saints fans are punch drunk with apprehension or down right fear and many are tired of seeing ineffectiveness in front of goal. Sure, I'll be there cheering Saints on - or at least politely applauding - but, I can't help thinking the £30+ it costs me for every match could be better spent on something else and I doubt that I currently alone. 3-2 in the reverse fixture still haunts me. Mitrovic was the scourge of our defence that day and could be again.
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Saints At Arsenal The Verdict
at 11:35:34

The Arsenal result would have been unsurprising to most of us. It's becoming nigh on a fluke for any team outside the top ten to beat the top six such is the difference in available talent. Saint Nick is quite right, it comes down to the remaining games against Fulham, Brighton, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Huddersfield. There are 15 points we might be able to secure, although that would be unlikely. Sadly, it seems that Ralph is showing signs of desperation in his selections but, we can't blame him for what goes on once the players are on the pitch. Jack Stephens might have some talent but, it seems it doesn't extend to his thought processes. Our weaknesses are in pockets all over the pitch. Redmond, Hobjberg and Romeu might all shine in a better all-round team, but they are having to work too hard individually to get us positive results. The mini revival when Ralph came on board appears to have stumbled to a halt. Only a good win will reignite that drive. Will we beat Fulham? I really don't think that's a given.
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Arsenal Game May Be Too Soon For Injured Four
at 20:28:54

Sadly, Shane Long underperformed in every department in the Cardiff game, possibly because he got a kick early on but, he simply added nothing to our attack or defence. I like Shane for his wholehearted, albeit limited effort but Saints cannot risk any passengers for the rest of the season. Ralph had the flag fluttering briefly however, following the last three results confidence must be dented and it would be no surprise to me to see us relegated with a whimper. I simply cannot believe that the board has made so many recruitment errors and tried to do things on the cheap with some incomings, both players and managers. There is no positivity coming out of the club, even Ralph is subdued. Have they really accepted our fate? It's an unacceptable and avoidable set of circumstances.
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Gao Sells Controlling Interest In Lander Sports ! What Does It Mean To Saints !
at 13:44:15

Most people I know treat anything the Echo reports with contempt. I do wonder whether Gao has made a shrewd move in divesting himself of some of his holdings before the Chinese economy disintegrates, as is widely forecast. If that happens it will make the Greek financial mess of a couple of years back look like a game of Monopoly. We will then learn whether investing in Saints was merely a way of spreading Mr Gao's risk.
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