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Ralph Hails Defensive Improvement ! But Is He Right To ?
at 12:07:32

I don't believe Ralph has settled on his best defensive options. Why Bertrand didn't come on second half on Saturday was baffling to me. Even if there's been a squabble between the two Ryan would hardly have used the opportunity to protest by deliberately playing poorly. At his worst he would have given us much needed extra cover on the left. As for Djenepo, if he's an out and out striker that's what he should be doing, not asked to waste his talent doing something he's not good at when we really need more goals at a time when Redmond is injured and both Ings and Adams can't get on the scoresheet. Ralph is certainly working in mysterious ways but, I guess we can't complain if he's getting results. One things for sure, the defence (whoever plays) will have to sharpen up against Messrs Fraser, Wilson and King on Friday night. They're not David McGoldricks.
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Ralph Encourages Hojbjerg To Sign New Deal
at 17:12:39

I think that most Saints fans would be disappointed to see Hobjberg chase the dollar. He stood out to many of us as the obvious captain. For one thing his English is pretty good and he was talking to other players all through the game prior to being captain, something Ryan didn't appear to do. Another side to his personality is that he is determined in his disposition. I recall him saying last season words to the effect that he would not allow Saints to be relegated, not on his watch. We need men like Hobjberg around St Marys.
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Saints V Manchester United The Verdict
at 14:14:51

I believe that Che Adams needs to work harder, something pointed out to him earlier in his career by Nigel Adkins when they were both at Sheffield United. Also, on yesterday's evidence, he needs to recognise where he is supposed to be in relation to his teammates, particularly Danny Ings. I do recall that Graziano Pelle took an age to score when he arrived at Saints. He couldn't hit a barn door but, eventually scrambled home a goal in a cup-tie away at Millwall. He then went on to net 23 times in 68 appearances. Goalscorers don't generally lose their touch - as Billy Sharp (generously released by the Saints) has shown. They go through poor patches, but then go on a run a la James Beattie. We haven't seen enough of Che to pass considered judgement and, as deanosfc8 said, we need to support him. If he doesn't work out then Dan N'Lundulu is waiting in the wings and he's no slouch and has more height on his side (1.83M).
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Saints V Manchester United The Preview
at 12:56:41

Apart from keeping Rashford and company out we have to score. Che Adams hasn't set the world on fire yet and Danny Ings can't buy a goal. We all know about Shane's profligacy in front of the posts. Ofabemi is beginning to look injury prone. Nevertheless, I expect a big effort from those who are not confined to the physio's couch. United are, by their standards, somewhat wobbly at the moment.
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Good Luck Fraser Forster At Celtic
at 15:50:41

Good luck to Fraser but, it begs the question why one Saints keeper after another suffers a crisis of confidence, irrespective of having a weak central defence. That doesn't excuse the rubbish kicking, the punching at crosses when catching is the obvious choice and the shilly-shallying about playing the ball short to those patently unreliable defenders only for them to lose it to the opposition. We've all seen it and coaching and tactics at St Marys has a lot to answer for, in my opinion.
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Moussa Djenepo The Surprise Package Against Liverpool
at 15:44:34

I have one serious reservation over our contrasting strikers and that is a similarity - not one of them is even 6 feet (1.83 metres) tall. Had Che Adams been that height he would surely have scored his header on Saturday. Lack of height reduces our penetration from head high crosses against tall defenders and our defenders don't score many goals. I only hope that Kevin Danso changes all that.
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Saints V Liverpool The Verdict
at 12:14:06

It was a shame that Bednarek spoiled an otherwise good performance with a costly error. Although Djenepo certainly worried Liverpool, don't overlook the battling effort that Armstrong put in. As for Danny Ings, hmmm - he doesn't get involved enough and that miss was a howler - kicking with the wrong foot! I agree that Mariner had a poor game. I can't be the only one who thought Bertrand was pushed in the build up to their first goal. Saints generally need to sharpen up in front of goal otherwise we will be down among the dead men for quite a time.
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Why Saints Should Cut Their Losses And Sell Sofiane Boufal
at 13:46:33

We've been prepared to persevere with Nathan Redmond, so why not Sofiane Boufal? Is he any more frustrating than Nathan, does Nathan tackle back, does Nathan often pick the wrong option, does he blame his teammates? No, no, yes and yes. Now, however, Nathan is seen as a game changer. Give him a chance.
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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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