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24 Apr 2018 09:58:10
I see a rumour of a dressing room bust up between Hughes and Boufal with the Moroccan being banished to training alone. Granted, it was in The S*n, but interesting if true.

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25 Apr 2018 09:36:57
he didn't train yesterday.

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20 Apr 2018 20:59:54
Well it will be fun to play Portsmouth again next season. maybe.

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10 Apr 2018 13:53:48
Eds, what do you think about the potential double swoop of Butland and Shaqiri? We also considering Evans and Mawson.

{Ed002's Note - I would not hold my breath about any of these players moving to Southampton in the summer.}

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10 Apr 2018 13:49:37
Apparantley Saints are looking a douple swoop for Evans and Shaqiri. We are also interested in Promes from Spartan Moscow.

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10 Apr 2018 16:03:50
Evans and Promes seem unlikely to me. I wouldn't really want Shaqiri.

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10 Apr 2018 17:27:25
We need to stay up first before we even think about players.

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10 Apr 2018 17:29:07
Matty Target wants to stay at Fulham if they get promoted.

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11 Apr 2018 03:46:06
No point of thinking of any players until we’re mathematically safe otherswise the list will change dramatically.

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14 Apr 2018 14:36:12
Think that’s it now. Speechless after that. Only positive is scored 4 in 2 but how do you get the players back up after that?

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17 Apr 2018 19:09:13
Have a feeling Leicester could destroy us so quick in the break and we are so fragile at the back.

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08 Apr 2018 11:43:03
Huge game today. Not just about the result, we need to go out there and make a statement that we're not going down without a fight.

If we have a go at them and lose, fine. They're a top 6 team and they're better than us. I'm just not sure I can stand to watch another performance like we saw against Newcastle and West Ham.

As a side note, why does anyone think that Shane Long is the answer for us? The bloke can't score. Southampton fans seem to consistently kid themselves that the grass is greener and change for the sake of change produces results. We did it when we engineered Puel's sacking. We did it throughout Pellegrino's reign, and in sacking Pellegrino as well which already looks like it's not making much difference. Just because long is a hard worker and doesn't have the same accusations of laziness thrown his way as someone like Gabbi, doesn't mean that he's going to suddenly develop the end product that he's never had.

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08 Apr 2018 13:32:14
Just seen the team sheet. apparently our manager disagrees with me!

Shane Long hat-trick and I'll be eating some of the best tasting humble pie anyone could have come 4pm lol.

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08 Apr 2018 15:58:02
Just a slice will do. better performance shame not to get a point really. Arsenal is still arsenal no matter the 11 starting and no shame in today.

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08 Apr 2018 16:42:12
HI guys

Just watched the match two very important points what on earth does the managers past and present see in dusan tadic, he is one of the worst players I have seen in a long long time, he contributes absolutely nothing but the last three managers have all played him does he hold something over the club? second point is our defence is appalling not a decent defender amongst them. No wonder were in this position we can't hold on to a lead, how many games have we been infront and ended up losing I don't care if we stay up or go down I won't buy another season ticket .

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08 Apr 2018 19:22:45
Today we played well
All over the park players actually showed up
Shane held the line up front and our defence were shaky at times but held their own
Even though we lost we played better and if we can take this game onto our next we have a chance against the lesser teams we’ve got to come up against
So it’s not all doom and gloom from today.

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09 Apr 2018 18:40:17
Completely agree Diggy. There were still errors which aren't good enough, but it's time we accept that won't be fixed until next season. They showed fight, which is the big thing I wanted to see.

Also agree completely re. Tadic. I just don't get it. He's consistently poor. There was one moment yesterday when Shane squared it and Tadic had to beat one of Arsenal's defenders to the ball. It wasn't even a 50/ 50.Tadic was favourite to get there, and he just completely bi***d out of the challenge. That, for me, is criminal, particularly in the midst of a relegation scrap. Honestly if I was MH I wouldn't have cared that it was about 10 mins in. I'd have ripped him off the pitch there and then and he wouldn't have got back on it until he'd won 100 50/ 50s on the training pitch. I feel like that is the sort of accountability we lack.

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10 Apr 2018 11:47:20
123 - totally agree. I thought he could have done more to prevent the cross for the (third I think) goal.

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06 Apr 2018 08:43:27
So, another huge weekend of football is upon us, and the question is - Can we beat Arsenal away?

I for one would hope that we start the game as we mean to go on, with intensity and courage - looking to win the 50/ 50 balls and closing down like their life depends upon it - against West Ham we looked like a rabbit in the headlights.

If the words of certain players over the last week are to be believed then maybe, just maybe; they'll give there all and show the sort of fight we need.

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07 Apr 2018 03:59:20
Going to the game with hope
My predictive line up
McCarthy
Cedric Stephens Yoshida Bertrand
Romeu
Davis. Hoijberg
Jwp. Austin. Simms
Long
Oh and Davis captain Bertrand ain’t no captain shows no leadership on the field at all
This side shows a bit more pace up front
longy can chase harass their back 4 all afternoon with Charlie picking up anything left over
Who Evers in the team show some balls and come off the pitch with your head up and show some passion and grit and get stuck in because arsenal for all their beautiful
Play are rubbish at the back
If we can keep in the game with out conceading early we have a chance to nick one
The key for us will be what’s Hughes set up and whether last weeks gun ho attitude stays or he thinks shut up shop
And try to nick it late arsenal have effective players in midfield so keeping them quite and closed down quickly will be our best chance
COYR.

{Ed0333's Note - isn’t that 12 players? I’d be more than hopeful if I were you.

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07 Apr 2018 20:35:52
We need all the advantage possible 😂.

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04 Apr 2018 17:25:28
I’ll use this opportunity to pay my respects to a footballing great, a true gentleman of the game. Today we say goodnight to Ray Wilkins, one of the greatest players to ever grace our beautiful game. Legend, RIP ‘Butch’ go easy up there.

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04 Apr 2018 18:09:50
WELL SAID MY FRIEND
RIP ❤️ LEGEND.

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04 Apr 2018 18:38:18
Great player and a very nice man. A true gent.

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30 Mar 2018 22:14:19
Well guys, girls and eds. the dawn of possibly one of our biggest games in many years up there with cup finals and promotion from championship. tomorrow is massive and although not damming, I think anything but a win is a bad result. Hopefully we can upset them and their fans and west ham get deducted points for being uncontrollable in their £5 a year rent football stadium, for which we pay the policing and security for . hopefully a massive win and any fan brave enough to venture to west ham stays safe. come on you saints!

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31 Mar 2018 15:25:16
Well that's that #hughesout.

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31 Mar 2018 15:53:59
3 goals. all from our possession given away . awful awful goals. worse half of football I've ever seen. and I was at the spurs saints cup game when we lost 6-2 years ago. grobbelar in goal!

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31 Mar 2018 16:56:35
No confidence at all in the team
Men against boys today West Ham wanted it more than us we were a joke from start to finish
I wish something would change but it’s like ground hog day
To good to go down
I don’t think so after today.

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27 Mar 2018 22:31:52
Saints are apparently interested in Mohamed Elyounoussi from Basel for 25 million. Apart from the fact he scored against man city in the champions league I don't know much about him. Is there any truth in this eds and what what would anyone think in signing him?

{Ed002's Note - The honest truth is I don't know and would need to check. Gut feeling is unlikely.}

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30 Mar 2018 16:15:00
yeah he signed for basel last summer and has been very good for them. he's norwegian, only 23 and quite a good goalscoring winger. hasn't got much big league experience though and not sure how good he would be in the prem.

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27 Mar 2018 11:16:43
David Wagner linked to the managerial post.

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29 Mar 2018 08:40:56
Poor mans klopp.

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29 Mar 2018 16:58:17
Are you saying that as a good or bad thing saints0001?

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25 Mar 2018 11:00:34
Just saw an article saying that we are interested in Arthur for £26 million plus addons from Gremio. Watched some clips, an incredible midfielder. Would be great to pair him up with Lemina. only problem is that Barcelona is interested!

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona has already agreed the move - the interested English side was not Southampton. I am afraid zero chance of him joining.}

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25 Mar 2018 11:07:00
Thanks Ed.

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22 Mar 2018 13:22:07
Linked today with Shaqiri for £20mil, feel like this is very much 2 + 2 = 5.

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22 Mar 2018 20:49:03
I would love to see him at the club. He has some amazing talent and is very dynamic. Just what the team needs.

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23 Mar 2018 15:08:28
Tadic shaq swap.

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24 Mar 2018 06:13:51
Both absolutely inconsistent.

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24 Mar 2018 08:41:53
Great individual player but certainly hasn’t got a team mentality from what I’ve seen.
I wouldn’t want him.

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24 Mar 2018 17:10:36
It’s a nothing rumour IMO. Start s with the Star and only linked due to working with Hughes who as things stand may not be here next season.

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20 Mar 2018 12:07:12
As we have a boring two week break with no football, I thought I'd take the opportunity to quickly review my predictions for the end of season positions. I can't find my old article of a couple of weeks back on the site so can't remember all I said but I think my predictions have altered a little.

Swansea I expect to finish highest of the current bottom nine teams with around 41 points. BHA still have a tough run in but they've accrued more points at this stage than I expected so I see them being safe now, finishing on about 38 points. I predict Newcastle and Palace will finish with the same or thereabouts points total.

At the bottom, I don't expect WBA to move and Stoke have Arsenal, Spurs, Burnley and Liverpool still to play along with West Ham, Palace and Swansea so I can't see them picking up more than 5 points from their run in, leaving them on 32 points and in the relegation zone.

The real scrap is over that final relegation spot and it will be us duking it out with West Ham and Huddersfield for the right to play Premier League Football next season.

As expected, Huddersfield have really started to struggle lately, even more than I expected. They're left with only 7 games, including the likes of Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal. They also face Newcastle, Brighton, Watford and Everton. Three weeks ago, I could see them winning one of those games or nicking two or three draws, but now. I think they'll really struggle to finish on anything higher than 34 points.

West Ham have 8 games left and face Chelsea, Arsenal, Man U, Man City and Leicester in their run in. If points from those games seems unlikely, West Ham will be focused on getting as much as they can from their game with us, Stoke and Everton. I can see West Ham performing well enough in one of those three games to get a win provided the natives in East London don't continue to stage protests and undermine their own side's chances of getting wins. Anyone playing West Ham at the London stadium will know the importance of scoring first and turning the home fans against their team. West Ham are in the stronger points position than us, but their form is the most unpredictable. They really could finish anywhere between 30 and 36 points. Anything less than 34 is asking for real trouble.

We too have the luxury of 8 league games left, but due to our progression in the FA Cup, two of those will be midweek fixtures and there is of course the Semi-Final against Chelsea, in what will be a rather heavy-going conclusion to the season. MH will have to be careful to get the balance right in training between improving fitness and stamina of players, whilst not over-working them and leaving them fatigued. We still lack a goal scoring striker at the moment, so the imminent return of Charlie Austin could be the difference. We have Arsenal, Chelsea and City to play, mixed in with West Ham, Swansea, Bournemouth, Everton and Leicester. Our midweek catch-up games will be the Leicester and Swansea games, making what already looked like tricky fixtures that little bit harder unless we're playing with confidence and momentum from performances in the matches around them. Like West Ham, we remain somewhat of an unknown quantity, with a new manager. As a rival to escape that final relegation spot, the West Ham game couldn't be more important in determining where we'll be playing our football next season. A win will place us above West Ham (and possibly Huddersfield too) and the pressure will then be on them for at least a week (or in Huddersfield's case, I would expect them to be in trouble for the rest of the season) . Anything less than a win and West Ham and Huddersfield stay above us for the time being and the pressure is on us to get the points required to go above one of them. With those fixtures, we'll be relying on Huddersfield and West Ham to continue to wobble whilst finding something like 6 or 7 points from our final 7 games. This unpredictability means we could also finish with a points haul of anything between 30 and 36 points. Our goal difference gives us the edge over our rivals if we can match their points tally. I still think we'll need as little as 34 points to stay up, but at this stage, its hard to tell whether that target will be reached with comfort or hover tantalisingly out of reach.

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20 Mar 2018 13:23:21
Perfectly put as ever Figo! The only other thing in our favour is the bounce we get which Huddersfield won’t have and which the hammers had and don’t have now.
That puts us psychologically at an advantage.
Also those two teams are not going to change formation now. We have had to which should work for us particularly with Chaz coming back.

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20 Mar 2018 18:14:42
I was thinking about what Mark H might say to the players before the West Ham United game . and in all honesty I think he will simply say 'GO WIN IT' .
he will totally instill the WE MUST WIN THIS GAME mentality . and I think the players will respond accordingly.

I also think there isn't a better time to play Chelsea in the PL and cup . and likewise Arsenal . both teams very hit n'miss . and if the passion showed by the whole team against Wigan is repeated . I am positive we could get something out of both these games.

COYR.

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20 Mar 2018 20:25:46
Figo, as always a great post, I remember your article well and actually I was thinking of some kind of follow up.

I agree with most except 2 of your points.

Huddersfield - if my memory serves me correctly they had a good February, collecting 6 points from 3 games. They have since lost to palace, whilst this put us in the bottom 3 it also dragged them back in it. Not great form but they have a points to game ratio to suggest they ‘may’ have enough.

34 points - I believe to get safe, it will be more like 36, I think we will achieve this under MH.

From there I / we will be happy and probably wondering what the future holds. I don’t think it is right to have dogs at the new owners though, they have not been here long. But assuming it is right about LR being the ‘brains’ behind the whole club playing that stupid formation at every level, I worry he may dictate to the permanent manager.

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20 Mar 2018 21:54:15
Digs*.

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21 Mar 2018 06:26:29
We have some tough games ahead as do the other relegation scrapers around us but we’re in a position where Hughes has already changed and brought something to the table as in our formation and belief
Potentially we could beat Chelsea twice in a week which would be pretty amazing
I honestly think we’re in the best hands now to get out of this with the following results

West Ham win
Swansea draw
Arsenal draw
Chelsea win
Chelsea win
Bournemouth win
Leicester loss
Everton win
City loss
And then my alarm clocks just goes off and I’ve woken up from my dream
😂
Plus we’ve also lifted the FA cup and Mourinho admits on live television we were the better team without any excuses.

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21 Mar 2018 12:28:54
Whilst we all feel a little more positive with the change of manager, we’ve yet to really see whether MH will provide a bounce or not. The players did play well second half v Wigan but as I say, we need to see them carry the second 45 minutes into the next match v West Ham and then on for the remainder of the season. Playing the odd good game/ half is nothing more than we were achieving under Pellegrino.

I’d worry if MH simply tells this team to ‘go and win’ the West Ham game. This remains a young, inexperienced side at its heart – McCarthy, Hoedt, Stephens, Lemina, Hojberg, Boufal, Sims, Carrillo all lack experience for various reasons and MH has highlighted that in his view, the players could do with more individual instruction and preparation than they were previously receiving. First and foremost, MH needs to ensure each player is well prepared tactically, understands their individual role and is capable of executing it on match day under pressure. These players do all need motivating but if they’re simply told to go and win a huge stakes game without the foundation of confidence and momentum, they may simply crumble under the pressure. It’s clear the team is fragile so I think the message needs to be ‘you CAN win this game’ and MH must convince them. If this squad can find self-belief, trust their team mates and trust the tactics, it will free them up to express themselves. That’s the key to winning.

On the Huddersfield point Gregg, they’ve lost two and drawn one of their last three games but its not the results but the manner that is of note. This month, they’ve failed to score in their three games and against Palace at home, they were totally dominated by a fellow struggler. Palace are better with Zaha back but Huddersfield’s strength has been their defence this season. They’re not going to score a lot of goals so if their defence starts to wobble, they could be in big trouble. Right now, I can’t see them getting too many more points. They may surprise me, yet again, with a big result against Newcastle, Brighton or Everton. I think their best chance of a win is against Watford but even that’s not easy. If teams have sussed them out or their performance levels drop now, they could have it tough.

My 34 points guesstimate is based on Huddersfield only picking up a couple of draws in their remaining fixtures a I suspect they may take that last relegation spot if that happens. Maybe its just wishful thinking as 33/ 34 points gives Saints a more makeable target.

I think, moving forward, the club needs invest in a better coaching team across all levels. They need to hire not only better coaches, but more of them if they want to ensure that the teams remain attractive to young players, they develop to their full potential and that they are able to integrate seamlessly into the first team as intended. As for senior players, the head coach needs to have a true understanding of each player and their best position, decide the formation that best suits and then recruit a few players to ensure there aren’t any square pegs in round holes. In today’s game, young players are coached to perform specific roles by the top sides. Central midfield is not really a defined position anymore. Instead, you’re an anchor man, defensive or deep-lying playmaker, a box to box midfielder, advanced playmaker, roaming playmaker and on and on. Left and right backs can be attacking, defensive, wing-backs or full backs. Now more than ever, its crucial for the club to ensure that each season it knows the best formation for the players and any players brought in fit naturally into that system. That’s the art of team building. Not just buying the best young players, but the best players that fit into your system. If not, that new signing will not be able to play to their potential.

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21 Mar 2018 19:16:52
So the two big games for me where I think we can get maximum points is against West Ham and Swansea, simply because I think we have the better squad than both teams. Swansea has come under great form, but the change of management should favour us. The worrying thing for me is that we've got Arsenal and Chelsea back-to-back. However, both teams are underperforming and again, we'll see what effect Mark Hudges has.

These next two weeks are crucial and I would say that the break has come at a perfect time, because of our form only a few players have been called up to their national squads, which should give Hughes some time to know what he's working with and prepare for the West Ham game. Facing Man City on the last day is a massive burden for us, they will have probably won the title by then and if they're still in the Champions League, they should be focussed on that. However, if they're breaking records I expect it to be a bad game.

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22 Mar 2018 14:06:04
Agree on last game. Let’s hope it’s not a thumping 8/ 9 -0 and screw our GD!

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14 Mar 2018 22:43:59
- Southampton appoint Mark Hughes
Former Wales manager Hughes will be joined by his usual backroom team including right hand man Marin Bowen as assistant

Hughes, 54, who played for Southampton between 1998 and 2000, has been out of work since leaving Stoke City in January

Good luck Mr Hughes. Make your Mark.

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14 Mar 2018 22:52:13
This daft thing typed ‘Marin’ rather than ‘Mark’

Read correctly as - joined by Mark Bowen. Excuse me for the weird typo

(Not a fan of this invisible text box when typing a message here)

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13 Mar 2018 16:55:45
Looks like it's going to be Hughes to takeover not really sure on that one considering he had just as good record with stoke. Someone has even reported they may just promote kelvin.

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13 Mar 2018 22:51:21
*just as bad record

Personally I'd rather we promoted from within unless we can get someone really good. I think what this team needs is to be freed up and just told to go out and play; someone well liked and respected, who can create a more positive culture in the club, is almost more important than tactical nouse. Just my take on it, I'm sure people might disagree with that and can see why.

It's really not like me to advocate this kind of hire, but I'd actually love Le Tissier, even if only for the rest of the season. I think someone like that would just give some hope and energy back to the club.

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14 Mar 2018 03:20:15
I’m pretty sure Kelvin will be in charge for the FA Cup game. I’m also pretty sure he has the players respect. Whether he has the tactical no how I’m not sure.

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14 Mar 2018 11:25:57
In not sure about le tiss. if he took over or was even involved on the bench or as part of a coaching team if they didn't stay up would it be tainted. thinking back to Alan shearer for newcastle.

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14 Mar 2018 18:27:42
He wouldn’t even fit into the training kit lol.

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