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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by SanMarco at 19:23:16
DPeps: " we might not have the personnel to be able to successfully do high press".

We haven't got the personnel to successfully defend either...
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by DPeps at 18:39:29
At the top of RH's long list of jobs must be 'sort defence out'. However, that's easier said than done. One of the major issues is that our CBs don't seem suited to the high press game RH wants to play. Surely in order to be successful playing this way you need at least one quick CB. You need to press as a team, meaning that the CBs will need to push up to avoid creating a massive gap between midfield and defence. We played high press well in the past because we had quick defenders. Currently, I'd guess that Yoshida is by far our quickest CB, and that Vestergaard is our slowest.

I'm no football coach, so someone correct me if I'm talking bobbins. Just seems to me like we might not have the personnel to be able to successfully do high press
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by KriSaint at 15:36:37
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It´s too early to sell Vestergaard for a bag of potatoes.
Let´s give the guy a chance. He was in team of the year (in the magazine called something like ´Kicker´) in the Bundes league a couple of years ago.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by KriSaint at 15:32:52
At no point did I fear we would lose this match - until Moss blew the final whistle, and it had sunk in that Vestergaard had gifted Cardiff a goal 15 minutes before the end, a goal we couldn´t manage to equalize within the remaining 15 minutes + added time.

Ok...., when Ings and Obafemi are over their injuries, and Ralph has worked with our defence, we will improve, I´m sure.

Very interesting to see Cedric dropped in order to try to damage control the consequences of our leaky defence. Sad it didn´t pay off. We would have had a clean sheat had it not been for Vestergaards "own goal".

I hope Vestergaards first season will be comparable with Gary Pallister´s first disaster season for Man. U. thirty years ago and the coming seasons ditto comparible with Pallister´s totally improved, classy performances after he had found his feet in the team.
COYS.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by dirk_doone at 13:36:45
Ali, in fact the man we need is currently the captain of a team which is 2nd in the French League and plays for a national team which has reached the semi-finals of the European Nations League. How we could do with a captain and central defender of that class right now.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by Ali_Diarea at 10:46:45
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that we need to spend £100m on the defence.

In the meantime (as if that will ever happen!), I can’t stand the bloke, but we need a John Terry type defender at the club. Someone who knows when to hoof it into row Z, someone who can rally the troops and add a bit of calmness to the other defenders around him and even score the odd goal.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by SaintBrock at 10:15:37
We've had it.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by allsaint54 at 01:12:58
Lucky it was only 1-0 with abject Sunday League defending. We haven't got a decent defender at the club. Sell the lot. What has happened to Targett, makes the decision to reject £10m a joke.
Defenders can't defend, strikers can't score, midfield can't create or track back. RH has got a massive job on his hands, where he starts is anyone's guess but I wish him well.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by SanMarco at 21:01:42
It is not looking good, in fact it is looking catastrophically bad. . This defence is Les Reid's lasting legacy. They give point after point away with basic errors. God knows who the least worse two of the CBs are. Bednarek has moved up the pecking order by simply not playing. Perhaps Yoshi or Hoedt next to him. It is awful but otherwise we have to put non-specialists there which would be obscene given that we have 5 CBs. Thanks Les.

We have got to somehow squeeze a few points out of the rest of this month and even if we do the club will have a choice in January : Spend proper money on decent CBs and a forward who can score, or don't spend and we go down. All very sad and unnecessary - every one of us saw what was going on in the defence once Fonte and Van Dick went - but the problem was addressed by buying dross. Did anyone even watch Hoedt and Vestergaard play before they signed them???

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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by saintjf at 20:43:55
Our defence again. Vestergaard rubbish this week. Yoshi rubbish last week. There is nobody left in central defence. what a mess.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by NewburySaint at 18:56:53
We are gradually running out of CB’s fast-Stephens isn’t a CB, & after his last 2 performances, + away at Wolves, Vestergaard should not be handed a shirt again. What also disgusted me about Vestergaard today was not only did he let us down today he went straight down the tunnel without shaking any hands or coming over to us supporters-he should have been the 1st over to us apologising & begging for forgiveness.

I thought Bednarek was ok though so we’ll have to soldier on with him & 1 of Yoshi or Hoedt until Jan when we surely must buy, or loan, at least 1 top class CB.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by DPeps at 18:15:32
That was certainly a winnable game, and we spannered it, again. We have the worst defence in the PL, maybe only rivalled by Fulham. Clearly we need a new defender in Jan, but given the quality of the last two we've bought I don't have much confidence.

I said a few weeks ago that our manager will need to be a miracle worker and an alchemist; add to that Jesus mark 2 and a genius. Good luck Ralph!
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by SaintPaulVW at 17:39:19
The defense was just appalling. Every time one of the back 4 had it, it was a heart in the mouth moment we could have given a goal away. You can see why Bednarak hasn't played and why we didn't cash in on Targett still escapes me. Valery looked his age.

Attack was toothless. Romeu still looks good, Redmond good until the final ball, Armstrong and Lemina both back to being lightweights again.

Ralph has an awful lot of work to do and fancy deadball plays are not going to get us out of trouble.

Oh and FFS Vestergard. Lol. COYR
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by I_would at 17:38:13
If Gobbledygook Man doesn't sort some cash out for January we are sunk. That was worse than the under 18's on a bad day.
If you can't do difficult things, due to a personal lack of talent, then you should do the simple things well. Somebody should tell Vestergaard that and then tell him to f**k off and brush up on his gardening.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by codge at 17:32:56
Really just need to look at the previous two seasons and this season and this report would be saying the same thing. Ralph Has to see the obvious here our defense was as usual pathetic no one person comes out of this game with any credit.And when l saw we had Moss as the ref l nearly puked.
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Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added by aceofthebase at 17:16:23
In appaling conditions this must rank as the worst performance of the season for Saints. The defence was atrocious, I'm afraid that Valery was outplayed and it was a fair substitution at half time. Vestergaard was responsible for the goal after a series of misplaced passes and dawdling on the ball by several others.
This is just not good enough and there is going to no magic cure with a new manager, in fact several games may be wasted whilst he discovers which player(s) is worth persevering with.
It struck me as the fight and the spirit to win was there. The failing was the quality and concentration of our defensive players and of course no-one to put the ball in the net
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Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton Your Report added by Boris1977 at 09:34:56
I'll take Nick's advice and see the appointment of a new and progressive manager as a fresh start but, my god, he has got his work cut out for him. Here's hoping he can undo 3 years of negatively and complacency and deterioration in a few weeks.
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Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton Your Report added by SaintBrock at 09:25:17
Targett & Ward Prowse! Never want to see these two charlatans in a Saints shirt again.

Stephens & Yoshida are the best we have? I feel sorry for Hasenhüttl he must be wondering why he signed on the dotted line after that inept performance.

Good job Spurs took pity on us and eased off after 3-0 to spare us a complete humiliation. We must thank Mauricio for that, he is probably grieving a bit for his old club after the kind remarks he made about the City & SFC.

Glad Kelvin won't be involved in running the show after that team selection and performance fiasco. No Kelvin, modern football about more than all that "pride in the shirt" bullsh*t
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Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton Your Report added by SanMarco at 08:39:39
A match that confirmed what most of us have known for a long time. Basic defending lapses cost us any chance + plenty of chances not taken. This new guy will have plenty of food for thought as he reports for work today. "How bad must the other 3 CBs be?" is probably the question he will be asking.

An interesting few weeks ahead - Let's all pray for the new manager bounce because defeat on Saturday and things will be looking very grim indeed...
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