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Southampton v Huddersfield Town Your Report added at 18:29:15
The most exciting moment for me was leaving St Marys to go home.
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Manchester City v Southampton Your Report added at 19:38:46
This result says as much about Man City than Saints. They have a team which includes five world class players plus several very good ones who collectively are going to turn over almost every other side they meet in the EPL and, in consequence, devalues the league for the average club supporter. It is too one-sided to be entertaining. As for the Saints well, we have a young team with a few reasonable players and a number who simply haven't the talent to compete at this level. Is MH getting the best out of them - he probably doesn't have that skill to blend them as closely as possible - so, no but even if he did, we would still have lost and they did try. Got to take it on the chin, we are failing. Whether that can be turned around to survive this season is open to debate. This game reflects the investment of the respective clubs.
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Southampton v Leicester City Your Report added at 18:56:43
Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again - we have no height in attack and all our crosses (bar one which Danny Ings hit on the turn) - and there were loads of them - were easily swatted away by Leicester. It doesn't matter if it's Ings or Austin, they are both essentially poachers, not target men and if Mark Hughes expects goals from either of them in any quantity, he has to play Sam Gallagher. Even if Gallagher stands in the same spot all game he'll still be likely to provide a few knock-downs, certainly more than were managed today. Worryingly, McCarthy seemed to be afflicted by a touch of the malaise that ruined Forster, especially for the second Leicester goal. Hojbjerg spoiled a good return to the starting line-up by foolishly getting himself sent off. Wesley Hoedt showed his ability in the first half and reverted to type in the second by making several errors, one leading to the Leicester opener. He is really a liability and should be replaced by the slower but infinitely more reliable Bednarek. A few other points, several players ran out of steam just after we scored - Ings, Redmond (after a very good first half), Long (who worked his socks off) and Elyounnoussi in particular and Bertrand, despite his well-taken goal, did not appear to shake the team up once Leicester equalised. That was left to Hojbjerg and, in particular, Vestergaard. To me, this looked like Saints best starting line-up and, if so, we are in for a very hard season.
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Everton v Southampton Your Report added at 20:18:36
You could add a few more names to that list, Mikesaint - including Romeu and Lemina on this showing. For the life of me I couldn't understand why Lemina wasn't replaced by Hobjberg, if only to save him from the erratic Lee Mason. In any case, Hobjberg is amuch busier player on past showings and, in my opinion is our captain waiting because, as Codge says - the naturally reserved Bertrand is not right for the job. It shows how badly we need Vestergaard to be at the top of his game as Stephens is uncertain and Hoedt mistake-prone. There are too many sides who will be more intent than Everton in putting a fistful of goals past McCarthy. I can see some occasions when we'll need two hands to count the number of goals in a game involving Saints as things stand...and they won't be in our favour. I'm sorry for McCarthy as this wasn't the game to showcase his obvious talents in front of Southgate.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 18:44:49
Wrong system played in the first half. Much better in the second and the team needs to blend. Build-up play too slow. McCarthy still making brilliant saves but this business of passing out from the back is really risky - not just for Saints but many sides trying to emulate the Spanish. Either be sure or don't do it.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 20:06:38
Couldn't agree more about fans leaving early - I was amazed - is there only one bus back to some places? McCarthy gave the best Saints goalkeeping performance since Kelvin's away display at Leeds. That save at the end was nothing short of world-class and I seriously hope he's signed up for next season. Lemina showed what he can do and I can only think his health or his head haven't been right for most of his time with us. There are some downsides - Hoedt doesn't look good enough to me and neither is Redmond. I also think that he and Bertrand don't want to or can't play with each other. Bednarek shows promise but lacks pace and Tadic once again showed what a good player he can be if some of his teammates are performing. Romeu was also effective similar to last season but there were still too many misunderstandings and wayward passes. I'm not sure that Swansea will be relegated and we might be wishing that they beat Stoke to help us. Three points might well keep us up at Huddersfield's expense.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 19:27:42
We have to be realistic. Chelsea went up a gear a week ago and we couldn't cope. Today they exploited our obvious weaknesses. It was all very predictable but we shouldn't overlook the fact that they are a top European side and blessed with a multitude of talent whereas Saints are currently leaderless on the pitch and weak in central defence and playmaking. It shouldn't be that way but it is so there should be no raising of eyebrows. I'm afraid it's the white flag that's been elevated. We can only hope that those at the helm have the drive and ambition to right what they have plainly got wrong and they need to come out and say so if they want to retain any of their dwindling credibility.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 21:26:09
Much improved, Boufal given his head and occasionally losing it. Hojbjerg showed real class and capability, constantly breaking up United's attacks in midfield. McCarthy looked as though he'd been in between the posts all season and his kicking was mainly decent and he actually came for crosses, although he didn't always reach them. Downside was our failure to cross the ball on the ground, we lost most stuff played at head height. I think MP has to start this team against Palace with perhaps JWP making way for Gabbiadini as we have to have attacking purpose at home.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 20:31:48
Sadly, Saints aren't complete enough to compete in this company and I fear that we might not be good enough to survive this season inn the EPL. Realistically speaking I believe that too many changes of key personnel have taken place at our club in too short a time, both on and off the field. This, however, is a symptom of today's money-mad football market. Too many people are bleeding the game for their own gain and for Saints, that may end in relegation. Some serious discussions are needed within the club and some inflated prices might need to be paid out in January but, even that might not be enough. Also, some deeper thought must be given to the supporter experience. We have paid high restaurant prices for a greasy spoon cafe menu for the past one and a half seasons.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 19:43:28
It was good to see a return to form by Forster, Romeu and Redmond. To balance that there was some lazy football in the first half from JWP, Hoedt and Boufal. The draw was a fair result and there should be a mention for Jonathan Moss , probably the least fussy and most fair referee in the EPL. The penalty shout against Boufal could have gone either way and probably would have gone to Bournemouth if they had been one of the top six but no-one could argue about Moss's position at the time of the appeal, which I believe he got correct.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 21:23:07
Overall a promising performance. Based on this outing our manager seems to have sorted out the defence except for Forster. Pity VVD wasn't used in addition to Yoshida and Hoedt as we might have kept Lukaku at bay. Now Pelligrino needs to sort out the attack. As virtually every forward thrust came from Lemina maybe he should be instructed to look for Gabbiadini's smart runs. I do hope that the management have told Lemina that he will not be sold within at least two seasons. Best to educate him now because, after what I have seen at Palace and today, he will soon be tapped up by another club and the media will have him moving in January. Hate to say it again but Redmond is far too static too often, laying the ball off then standing still and watching. The referee gave us very little and the Fellaini antics were worthy of an Academy Award. More rolling around than a pig in mud.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 23:07:44
Dear Manolo,

I quite understand why you want a transfer but I can assure you that your colleagues have all had the requisite IQ and eye tests and have, without fail, been passed. With all due respect, perhaps those beguiling runs you make are so well disguised that your team mates do not recognise and, consequently do not react to them. May I suggest that you need to learn to play the Southampton way. Be more obvious! Anyway, you must fulfil your contract at least until the end of this season and we'll see if any bids come in for you.

Yours,

Les
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 18:26:37
Here is my report...............sorry, there was nothing to report.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 23:25:45
This was a decent performance against Bournemouth - a side that will always fight but not overly-endowed by lots of talent. Steven Davis brought a much-needed presence to the game. Strange to me that Boufal was substituted unless Claude is thinking of the next match. Something very wrong with Fonte. He should be playing even if his days at Saints are numbered. Jay Rodrigues did work hard and it was good to see. Whether this is the moment he displays his previously-seen talent is open to question but this was the first light for a long time, you might say. Saints are top ten but, with the current squad limitations, are we top six? Consistency would help.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 19:17:14
Anyone who saw this match should feel ashamed at how casual Saints were. Having been gifted an early goal we strolled about as though it was a training match. We learned three things. Ryan Bertrand isn't fully fit and his limited mobility was exposed meaning he was bossed by Snodgrass as soon as Snodgrass came on. Jordy Clasie continued to give the ball away and, although he made a couple of exploitative forward runs, he really isn't EPL class. As for Nathan Redmond, playing him is a waste of time. His all round performance was woeful - knocked or falling over, picking the wrong pass, being greedy - it was incredibly poor. Believe me, Hull were rubbish. Saints handed them the points. Disgraceful.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 18:55:50
I groaned inwardly when I saw that Lee Mason was the referee. He generally affects every match he officiates at and today was no exception, showing how inconsistent he is throughout the game but Saints didn't deserve to win. After a bright start both Hojbjerg and Romeu faded and we were forced back to defend deeper and deeper. Targett was himself targetted by Sunderland as the weak link and too often he was caught ball-watching or out of position. His reluctance to use his right foot or beat an opponent going forward makes me doubt if he is Premier League class. Most of our attacks were started or spoiled by Steven Davis who was, in turn brilliant, then wasteful. Cedric tried to make dummy runs which nobody saw and we did not have anybody carving out chances. Charlie Austin looked lively but was too slow and won nothing in the air. Jay Rodriguez late cameo may keep him at St Marys but we desperately need a commanding midfielder with an eye for a pass and, unless Jay can do it, a big, tough centre forward. Charlie is a poacher. Redmond ran around a lot but was wasteful and Shane needs through balls to run onto. No sign of any pattern yet and we'll certainly be down among the dead men for a few weeks whilst coming to terms with this new system.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 08:42:46
Let's not get carried away. Yes, Saints were by far the better side and I know we were playing against a team of internationals however, many of those guys have not been playing regular first team football for Man City and their staleness showed. Pellegrini also opted to keep his two best players (Kompany and Aguero) away from the risk of injury and that resulted in them having a ponderous defence and a blunted attack. Saints biggest weapon is speed which we have in abundance, with Long and Mane and a number of other fleet-footed individuals but, oh, how I wished for better final passing as the result could well have been a cricket score in our favour. Having said that, Tadic had Zabaleta for toast and put in a season's best and most industrious performance. What a pity he doesn't display his huge talent more often. Clasie, once again, looked lightweight and was brushed off the ball too easily (and ridiculously picked up a booking in midfield committing a professional foul with Saints in no immediate danger) and JWP sadly displayed his extreme lack of pace. What we really need, assuming we don't get rid of anybody, is a nimle, stocky creative midfielder who can take decent corners. If we do that Saints will be a threat to anybody and dominant performances of this magnitude will surely become a regularity.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 10:20:15
I hope Janmaat doesn't get paid. He was plainly disinterested from the off and feigned injury in order to be substituted. As it happens, the whole Newcastle defence could've been subbed after the most dismal performance from an away side I've seen at St Mary's this season. As for Saints - well, we dominated the first half but didn't truly capitalise on our opportunities. When Long went off I think Ronald should have maintained the attacking threat by bringing on Austin (although for some reason he didn't warm up at halftime) rather than the less mobile JWP. We then dozed off and might easily have squandered our lead if Shelvey had had more consistent support. I'll be amazed if the Toon stay up.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 19:45:21
We got away lightly in the first half. Sturridge and Coutinho treated our midfield with contempt. And what was it with Pelle and his stupid flicks. I counted five times he gave the ball away needlessly. The introduction of Wanyama and Mane changed the game. Victor completely wrenched the midfield from Liverpool, ably supported by Romeu. Mane showed consistently what Long had hinted at in the first half - that the Liverpool centre backs could be beaten for pace. Pelle suddenly remembered what he was out there for. The atmosphere in the final fifteen minutes was one of the best I've ever experienced at St Marys. And fair play to Jurgen Klopp. I can't remember another opposition manager coming onto the pitch to shake every Saints player's hand. Like Ronald here he will be a hero on Merseyside.
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Southampton v Burnley Your Report added at 20:05:45
We dominated the first half, we wobbled in the second but, above all, we were almost robbed by the consistently worst referee in the EPL, Lee Mason. There is never a game goes by with him in the middle which isn't controversial. The sending off of Sadio Mane was laughable. Unfortunately, so is Sade's contribution these days.
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