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Saints Still Need One More Win
at 20:06:44

I think its plain to see. The defence isn't poor. Bertrand and Bednarek apart the rest simply aren't good enough. Stephen's always has a mistake in him. Vestergaard, well ive seen super tankers turn quicker than him. Valery doesnt know know how to defend - period. Ralph doesnt fancy KWP st all which means we will probably sign him in the summer. But to be fair, the defence isn't helped by our captain consistently giving the ball away in midfield every game. Hopefully the board will dig deep in the summer and get the recruitment right. A top class centre back and right much needed me thinks with a top class quarterback of a midfielder for dessert. Why do we struggle against direct and physical teams so much ? Because we are not strong enough physically or mentally. This needs to be addressed in the summer or its mid table mediocrity again next season.
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Lallana Mooted For St Mary's Return
at 20:23:34

Nope. This has got a transfer to those gobby little tw@ts down the A31 written all over it !!!
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Saints Target For Second Half Of The Season Is Realistic And Achievable.
at 09:46:28

If our recruitment is going to be anything like it has been over the last 3 years then I dont hold out much hope for getting a top class centre half. We have no cover in the full back areas so this needs to be strengthened.
I saw a massive improvement in Saturdays game. They weren't half as nervous as previous home games. What a difference a couple of wins makes.
Che Adsms worked his socks off and he just needs a chance similar to the one Danny Ings got for his goal. The crowd were fantastic, getting behind the team and spurring them on against a very well organised Palace side. Reading some fans pages, just goes to show that a lot of Saints fans have no idea what they're talking about. Complaining about how we didn't win and certain players not worth their wages. This was a good performance and should be treated as such.
Good result Ssints. Well done !!!
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Saints At Chelsea The Verdict
at 19:11:27

Massive shout out to Che Adam's. He was terrific today. We would be bonkers loaning him out in January. He just needs a goal then he'll be away.
Well done Ssints. Let's just sort our home form out now cause that really is dogs*it. COYR !!
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Saints V West Ham United The Verdict
at 07:15:52

I'm not one for screaming for managers to be sacked unless its mark Hughes but the players just aren't motivated. With a game of such magnitude, there was no intensity and no fight. And for that Ralph needs some scrutiny. PEH was shocking. It was his fault for West Hams goal. Letting the ball run under your foot in centre midfield and giving a free kick away is criminal. He was awful the whole game. I just cant see a way out for us. Maybe our away from will save us but I fear I'm just clutching at straws. And Nick, we really are not a good side at all.
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Saints Fans "Fume" Again
at 17:19:59

Let's be honest. None of the back four bar Bednarek have been covering themselves in glory. I personally think Bednarek is gonna be a class act but only if he has a top class CB next to him which we currently don't have. Valery is great going forward but defensively inept. We certainly need cover at left back, a new centre back and potentially a new right back if Valery cant pick up the art of defending in the next 6 months.
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Saints V Norwich City The Verdict
at 17:05:30

I couldn't make the game last night but from the comfort of my living room I saw a team that was slowly getting some confidence back - especially first half.
Some alarm bells were ringing when Ralph attempted to shore things up by bringing on Romeu for Djenepo. My fears were confounded when he brought Yoshida on for Long. I'm sure my TV has never heard language like it. Long was keeping Norwich honest with him running the channels with Norwich scared to go too gung-ho for fear of being broken on. When Yoshida came on that fear subsided and they felt they could nick an equalizer. They would of too if Ssm Byram could finish. Still, we survived and another welcome 3 points.
Newcastle Sunday could be interesting.
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Saints V Watford The Verdict
at 17:31:04

3 points is 3 points and that can only bode well for a bit of confidence at St Marys.
The million dollar question for me though is whether we start Boufal on Wednesday night instead of Obafemi who really does have the brains of a rocking horse. Djenepo, Redmond and Boufal as an attacking 3 supporting Ings is an attack that I would love to see.
Shame about the back 4 though 😁😁
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Get Back To Basics At Arsenal
at 20:08:31

Got to be 4-2-3-1 in my opinion. It's a formation the players know and gives a bit more solidity in midfield.
My team for Saturday would be.

McCarthy

Cedric
Bednarek
Danso
Bertrand

Romeo
Hojberg

Redmond
Boufal
Djenepo

Ings
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Saints At Everton The Verdict
at 07:06:57

How can you say were not a bad team? Fact of the matter is were bloody awful. Yes, i will concede we have a few decent players but mostly it is a championship level squad at best.
Cant for the life of me figure out Ralphs tactics. Why is he not play 4-2-3-1. Its a solid formation, the players know it inside out and most importantly it doesnt necessitate players playing out of position.
Lose to Arsenal and Watford and I think its Ta ta Ralph.
Steven Gerrard anyone 😁😁
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Everton Game Now Massive !
at 15:25:07

After Leicester I was completely resigned to the fact we would be fighting relegation again this season and yhe cup defeat in midweek didnt change that. However, after Saturday my faith has been restored even if the goals we conceded were definately preventable.
How can a teams mentality can change so much in 8 days. A willingness to fight for one another. Something that has been severly lacking in my eyes. Not just last Friday but long before then.
Onwards and upwards then 😁😁😁
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Saints At Manchester City The Verdict
at 22:14:50

Bloody hell Nick. That was quick 😁😁 Ralph sent them out to be compact but as is the norm it was individual mistakes with a bit if bad luck thrown in for the third that cost us. Otemendi's free header and Aguero had the freedom of Eastlands to bury his chance. Both shocking marking. But a promising effort in the second half. Be interesting to see what Stirling and De Bruyne make of our shortcomings on Saturday but I think we should cross that bridge when we get to it.
7 out of 10 for effort tonight though.
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Saints At Manchester City The Preview
at 11:57:43

Boufal is a maverick. Matt le Tiss was a maverick. We have absolutely no creativity in the team. Romeu and Hojberg are sitting mudfielders so lack creativity. Ward-Prowse is completely out of form so should be dropped. Armstrong, Boufal, Macarthy, Danso and Adams should all get a go tonight. Left back is a huge problem tonight so Danso will no doubt be played out of position - again.
Give those players a go. Cant be any worse than the clowns who disgraced themselves and the club on Friday night.
4-0 Saints 😂😂😂😂
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Absolutely ******* Disgraceful
at 16:35:40

THE PLAYERS

Absolute dogsh*t performance. Not one of those players on the pitch deserves to wear the shirt ever again. They dont know theyre born living in their little bubbles. PEH is captain and his comments after the match just rubbed salt into the wounds. I quote ' Nothing like this can ever happen again' Really? No sh*t Sherlock. Talk about state the bloody obvious.The words Im sorry dont cut it mate. Weve heard it all before. I'd have preferred it if he'd have said nothing at all.

THE MANAGER

Well, not turning out that well after all is it Ralph.
Youre team selections are baffling to say the least.
No Boufal, the most talented player we have. No McCarthy, best keeper we have. No Armstrong, more creativity in his big toe than JWP has in his whole body. No Danso, surely worth a go at CB ahead of Vestergaard or Maya. Everyone can see it except you.
Go get yourself an experienced assistant manager to bounce your weird and wonderful team selections and tactics off. If they are any good at their job, they would tell you to wind your neck and stop being ridiculous.

THE HIERACHY

You are the main problem. The Chinese owners are not a good fit for our club. The TV money is the only thing they are interested in. They are here to asset strip - nothing else. Our chairman has already told us no money is available for the team. Self sufficency is only possible if you have a decent squad of players which we dont currently have. Plainly speaking we are not good enough to survive in this league without major investment in the team. So Mr Chairman get you hand in your deep pockets and give the manager the tools he needs to do his job or your investment in our football club is heading south into the Championship.

Everyone at this club needs ro get their head out of the sand and realise that our club is being badly run inspired by greed and delusions of granduer.

Frankly, the supporters are tired if your bullsh*t and if you cant run it properly then get out and find aomeone who can.
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Saints At Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
at 17:44:51

If I'm completely honest, I don't really worry about us away from home. We seem to be set up in a way that suits us by playing on the break.
At home is the main concern for me. When we are invited onto teams we seem to run out of ideas very quickly and teams with any quality at all play us at our own game with quite a few individual errors chucked in for good measure. This is a recipe for disaster. We seem to get punished for every single mistake we make at the moment when we are at home. We are severely lacking confidence at St Mary's so a good result against that arrogant pr*** on Friday night may go someway to restoring some. Just need to stop the calamities at the back and we may just get it !!!
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Back To The Southampton Way
at 14:54:09

Wilson really is no or at the very least, little loss. For the last few years our recruitment has not exactly set the premier league alight. We never replaced Fonte, Van Dijk, Pelle or Mane although after 2 games it seems everyone seems to Djenepo is Mane reincarnated. We will see about that. Hoedt, Carrillo, Elyanousi and Vestergaard for starters, none of which have been a success. Coincidence? I don't think so !!!
Onwards and upwards I say.
Paul Mitchell anyone 😁😁
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Time To Identify The Real Cause Of Saints Problems !
at 20:53:22

Basically it all boils down to poor recruitment. Vestergaard, Hoedt at centre back are not good enough. You can chuck Stephens in there too. Full backs when fit are good. Bakery though has a lot to learn defensively. We still need cover at left back. Bednarek is gonna be a class act. As Nick said, don't know about Danso yet cause he hasn't played centre back for us yet.

Ward-prose is overrated completely. Doesn't bring enough to the team for me. Not creative enough apart from the odd set piece. Romeu wears his heart on his sleeve but gets booked too often. All the fans have been complaining about playing players out of position so Nick suggests playing Romeu at centre back. Hmmm- don't think so mate. If Danso not a wing back then our Oriel is not a centre back.

The forwards. Well !! Full of pace and trickery but not a lot of end product. Djnepo is sorely missed but I sincerely hope we are not pinning all our hopes on him because he's very young and still very raw. Boufal I think is class but keeps running up a dark alley.

Ralph needs to take some the blame regarding team selections and substitutions. Bringing players on with 10 mins to go and expect them to change the game is too much to ask of anyone and is quite frankly bloody ridiculous.

If Mr Ago is not willing to invest in the team, especially the back four then his investment in the club could soon be up in smoke. No one can deny if we keep making stupid mistakes at the back from sub standard players then there is only one outcome and we could be playing the blue few a lot more regularly than we are now.
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Time To Identify The Real Cause Of Saints Problems !
at 20:50:47

Basically it all boils down to poor recruitment. Vestergaard, Hoedt at centre back are not good enough. You can chuck Stephens in there too. Full backs when fit are good. Bakery though has a lot to learn defensively. We still need cover at left back. Bednarek is gonna be a class act. As Nick said, don't know about Danso yet cause he hasn't played centre back for us yet.

Ward-prose is overrated completely. Doesn't bring enough to the team for me. Not creative enough apart from the odd set piece. Romeu wears his heart on his sleeve but gets booked too often. All the fans have been complaining about playing players out of position so Nick suggests playing Romeu at centre back. Hmmm- don't think so mate. If Danso not a wing back then our Oriel is not a centre back.

The forwards. Well !! Full of pace and trickery but not a lot of end product. Djnepo is sorely missed but I sincerely hope we are not pinning all our hopes on him because he's very young and still very raw. Boufal I think is class but keeps running up a dark alley.

Ralph needs to take some the blame regarding team selections and substitutions. Bringing players on with 10 mins to go and expect them to change the game is too much to ask of anyone and is quite frankly bloody ridiculous.

If Mr Ago is not willing to invest in the team, especially the back four then his investment in the club could soon be up in smoke. No one can deny if we keep making stupid mistakes at the back from sub standard players then there is only one outcome and we could be playing the blue few a lot more regularly than we are now.
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Saints At Pompey The Verdict
at 11:47:39

I only have 3 words to say :

GET IN THERE !!!
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Saints V Bournemouth The Verdict
at 15:03:56

Quality post pintsizedsaint 👍👍👍
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