Everton Game Now Massive !
Monday, 4th Nov 2019 14:11
The visit of Everton is now a massive game for Saints, put bluntly a defeat would start to see us lose touch with the rest of the bottom half of the Premier League.
Make no bones about it this is a must win game for Saints after a disastrous run of only a single point in the last 6 games has seen us drop into the bottom three making a solid enough start in the first five games turn into a relegation clash.
Every Saints fan seems to have a theory about what is going wrong, but on Saturday against Everton is not the time to moan but to remember exactly what we want from our team and that is a win and three points and to keep in touch with the sides above us.
After a tough run, Everton is the first of three home games against the clubs directly above us or below us and we need to make sure we win them.
Some will mutter about happy clapping etc , but this is more important than that, it is about supporting your club when the chips are down, that s what we did back in the 1990's when there was plenty to protest about, we had a fine line between protesting up to the first whistle and not starting again till the last.
That meant that although there were plenty of things that did need protesting about, the supporters definitely won some points for the team at times and these points counted come the final week of the season.
That is the situation this week for the visit of Everton, put the problems to one side for a day and make St Mary's a tough atmosphere for Everton to play in not Saints.
The result at Manchester City was disappointing for the fact it yielded no points but great in the fact that it showed the team had spirit and hopefully we can spur it on again on Saturday.
Everton fans are just as up in arms as we are, the problem is for them though should be a warning for us, they have spent massively in the last 4 1/2 years since the stole Ronald Koeman from us, but they have fared no better than us in that time and are still just as worse off despite all that cash, a warning we should take heed of, it is not about how much cash you have but how you spend it.
Everton fans though are not voting with their feet, they are staying behind their team as is shown by the fact that they have sold all their tickets for this game and indeed hve already sold out their fixture against Norwich City at Goodison in two weeks time, highlighting that although they have much to complain about, they are staying behind the team.
In contrast the home sections for Saturday are far from sold out at the moment and there is likely to be the smallest crowd of the season if we are not careful and given the magnitude of the game that is wrong on all accounts.
It is easy to follow a team when things are going well, but when things are going badly wrong that is when we find out how good we are as supporters, when we can put our gripes to one side and concentrate on doing the best thing for the club.
I understand that many are disillusioned after the Leicester debacle, but that result can't be changed and has to be consigned to history , we have got exactly the same number of points from the last two games as we got from the corresponding fixtures last season, indeed even the number of goals was not that much different, we conceded 8 and scored 2 last term and this have conceded 11 and scored 1.
So it is the time for action, let's get behind the team and get three points then we can worry about things.
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