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11 Feb 2018 18:36:13
Are the board completely mad? Every player out there today looked totally fed up and more or less convinced they couldn't compete in that game. They are much better than that perfomance, never ever looked like scoring . The board will leave it too late if they don't sack MP tonight, should have happened 2 months ago. That game was painful to watch. No passion, no will to win and led by an inept manager who is with the greatest respect useless.

1.) 11 Feb 2018 18:45:00
The players looked like they have accepted their fate today. Yes the manager does have to go tonight and we can only hope the bounce of a new manager will save us but it looks really grim. Worst performance I have seen for a long time.

2.) 11 Feb 2018 18:55:20
Problem is we've known this for months. It's not worth the energy wishing this fool out the door. Why would you substitute your best player who completely out shone any other player on our team.

Please tell me because I'm bemused frustrated annoyed and totally pissed of with this manager. I will probably get abuse from a few on here but why oh why is he here it's unbelievable they've stuck with his methods for so long. There's enough points for us to scrape out of this but other teams are pulling off surprise wins against tougher opposition:

Newcastle today
Bournemouth, Chelsea
Watford, Chelsea
Swansea, Liverpool and arsenal.

We're like rabbits in the head lights no belief at all. It's all about belief and making players feel 10 feet tall and have the desire to dig in and nick the points.
None of that shown today last month at all this season. March will be our defining month all in or around us and all away from home we've shown no pressure away so God help us.

3.) 11 Feb 2018 18:58:23
Just watched the interview with MP saying we dominated the first half and missed some great chances 😳.

4.) 11 Feb 2018 19:24:53
How can so many quality players produce such a poor display? Answer. they have no faith in the manager and they don’t seem to understand what he wants from them on the pitch. Carillo looks poor, MP must be a hypnotist persuading the board and recruitment team to pay 19 million for Carillo. Monaco must be laughing all the way to the bank!

5.) 11 Feb 2018 20:09:38
Pellegrino has walked the tight rope for to long now
He's managed performances away to Liverpool
Not a single shot on goal
Tottenham away embarrassing performance
Leicester at home battered
Palace in a winning position second half we sit back and lose
In between these we have seen us get draws against Man U away
Arsenal Tottenham at home
After every bad performance they've produced a make up for it performance
If we had been battered by Tottenham at home I think he would have been sacked
One of his interview he spoke of board meetings till the early hours
Wonder what time tomorrow evening they finish this board meeting.

6.) 12 Feb 2018 02:33:01
Who do we get it though?

7.) 12 Feb 2018 22:02:51
Tim Sherwood.

8.) 14 Feb 2018 22:49:59
At this point anyone other than mp.



11 Jan 2018 16:33:32
Been looking at other sites discussing our beloved club's options during the transfer window and discussing which players to bring in. Most seem to think we need a bit of quality up front and in central defence which I agree with. The problem the posts bring up is whether anybody would really want to come here given our lowly position in the league. I have a different take on this, do you think the club have put themselves in a very tricky situation over this. If we do bring quality in it will cost an arm and a leg in transfer fees and wages and I think the latter is the stumbling block. If we sign a couple of players on big money but still get relegated the financial burden will be crippling next season. It has happened before at QPR and other clubs so I can see the board making a couple of hope for the best signings rather than go all in with the chips. Just a theory guys.



29 Dec 2017 10:13:05
All this talk of Walcott coming back here doesn't make sense, spends most of his time injured and isn't actually any better than what we have already. Other players being mentioned are interesting but what we really need is a new manager and a PL goalkeeper. I reckon a quality manager that knows the PL inside out could get the players we have operating to a much higher level. Our defence was one of the best in the league with literally most of the existing players. They are being coached poorly, in recent games none of them were staying with their man and creating huge gaps in the box which made scoring simple. Any money we spend in January needs to be spent with the knowledge of a new manager. We will not get out of our situation with MP it is just pretty obvious he is not the right man for the job.

1.) 29 Dec 2017 11:52:21
Agree with the above I would have van gaal here he knows the league
Has contacts scouts all over Europe and would get the respect from the players
We have the money now use it on a top manager for a change and stop getting these cheap options who aren't up to it
Only stumbling block Les.

2.) 29 Dec 2017 12:23:07
Agree with original poster re. walcott and seemingly poor coaching.

diggy, I really couldn't disagree more.

a - why would Van Gaal come to us?
b - why would we want him? He'd be a short term solution since he's close to retirement and he doesn't really know the league, he's had one short spell here and it was a complete failure. His biggest criticism at Utd was how dull and uninspiring his team was, exactly the problem we have at the moment. He didn;t have the respect of players there from the sound of it, and is exactly the type of manager we should be avoiding.

We need someone to come in and change the culture in that dressing room, and Van Goal is just not that type of manager. In fact, I'd say the only criteria he fills is that you've heard of him Diggy, so let's hope the board has a more sensible approach than hiring the biggest possible name regardless of record or style.

3.) 29 Dec 2017 12:54:40
Said it a few times 123 why not get Gordon Strachan back here, there wouldn't be any chance of going through the motions with him. Straight talking manager that tells it how it is, he knows the PL and football in general back to front. Why not try him he is available and would definitely get support from the fans.

4.) 29 Dec 2017 17:35:18
The board have a more sensible approach? Really
Like the last 2 appointments have worked haven't they
Short term appointment who's stayed longer than 2 seasons in the last 10 seasons I don't think we've had anyone who has
So it's difficult to image saints having this type of luxury with the board we have
They either get sacked or move on to bigger clubs
Van gaal is a proven manager and if he could get our players motivated who knows
It just needs a big name for a change to get our players back on track.

5.) 29 Dec 2017 19:23:18
"let's hope the board has a more sensible approach" - read.

Why are you so convinced that Van Gaal is some master motivator? That's not his style at all, he's a tactician and one who seemed out of his depth/ over the hill during his little poem experience.

6.) 29 Dec 2017 19:36:57
Strachan? Van Gaal? Really? . strachan is wayyyy over the hill. I agree with 123's comments regarding van gaal out of his depth
there's not a great deal of options out there that I think would come to us. i'd take Sean dyche but I don't think he would fancy us.

We need someone who can motivate the team and, importantly, knows the premier league. A bit out there, but what about Roy Keane?

7.) 29 Dec 2017 20:50:07
To easy 123
I'd rather have tuchel but he's never going to come here
As for Roy Keane he wouldn't fit reeds requirements which are yes men tactics
Can't see us changing anything reeds running the show I'm hoping we don't get relegated but it's going to be a year where we're constantly nervous about who's winning around us leagues so tight.

8.) 29 Dec 2017 23:51:53
Strachan way over the hill? 60 years old, great experience and about 10 years younger than Hodgson, Wenger, Ferguson when he was at his best. Sometimes over the apparent hill works pretty well.

9.) 30 Dec 2017 08:51:54
I'm not just talking about age, Chris. Strachan has done nothing of note or achievement since leaving us over a decade ago. He was poor at Middlesbrough, even worse with Scotland. He's dated. Ferguson has retired, remember, Wenger should have retired by now, And if we'd appointed Roy hodgson in the summer there would have been riots lol.

At least someone like Keane is a bit younger, fresher. Still withna point to prove after both success and arguable failure too in previous jobs.

I'm just brainstorming tbh, but we can all see that we need a gaffer actually knows this league, knows how to fire up and motivate the players, has clear ideas on how to play and won't take any shit. Our last 2 managers have come in and spent half a season trying to figure out their best players/ formations etc with varying degrees of success. the difference between puel and Pellegrino is that at least the players appeared to follow puels instructions. Unless Pellegrino has told his players to "walk on the pitch like they don't care amd wander about aimlessly" it looks and feels like the players have downed tools a bit.

10.) 30 Dec 2017 11:33:58
I take your point Milky but Strachan actually did well with Scotland with a poor player base to pick from. Roy Keane has a pretty poor record as well and I would worry about punch ups in the dressing room and even maybe the boardroom as well. 😄.

11.) 30 Dec 2017 15:49:14
As a diehard scotland fan Strachan was rubbish, yes we did go on a 7 game unbeaten run but Strachan had his favourites and was very slow to bring players in.
We have players that are coming through, such as mcburnie, Oliver burke, ross mccrori, Jason cummings, jamie walker Barry mckay, scot mckenna. Under Strachan they would not get a look in.

12.) 31 Dec 2017 12:10:15
Saint Chris maybe a punch up in the dressing room would do us good. I want see some heart and passion in the players. This manager is not instilling that. And a manager not taking any rubbish from the board wouldn't be a bad thing either, considering some fans accuse MP of being a yes man to les reed.




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21 Mar 2018 21:34:04
Just a small question, why would we want Luke Shaw back? Good player agreed but not a patch on Bertrand and we have Matt Targett out on loan at Fulham to bring back if required. Shaw has injury doubts, always has had and also would cripple us financially so don’t understand why we would need him. What we do need is a centre half with strength and pace on him to replace VVD. Hoedt and Stephens are solid but lack that extra yard of pace. They are few and far between but we do have the money so we can get the right man if we put our money where our mouth is.

1.) 22 Mar 2018 09:40:21
Luke Shaw is a much better player than Matt Targett ( no disrespect to Matt) Yes he has had history of injuries but not the worst history of quite a few modern day footballers. He had foot surgery on June 30 th last year which he fully recovered from and is injury free since that. He turns 23 in July this year and still at a young age with plenty of years in front of him. He is contracted till July 2019 and currently on £70,000 a week. Not exactly financially crippling for Southampton F. C. If Manchester United would put him on the market there would be quite a few clubs interested. Absolutely agree about a centre half with pace but who is available out there? Give Hoedt and Stephens a chance for Christ’s sake they are young and learning all the time. Some of the best Centre Halves in the world don’t exactly have the pace of a winger but their experience more than make up for it. Any how flying back to Kiwi Land Easter so will watch Saints with interest . Oh by the way England cricket team got shot out for 58 runs by the Kiwis if any body is interested. Have a great day. COYR’s.

2.) 22 Mar 2018 10:09:32
My point was Bronnie that of all the positions in the Saints line-up left full back hardly seems the most important. When you say give Hoedt and Stephens time, we don't have it. We paid a lot of money for Hoedt, he didn't come through the academy . If you sell your top asset for 75 million I believe you can afford the luxury of a similar replacement it is not as though we didn't know he was going. If we get relegated the likes of Hoedt will probably be on their way anyway. Didn't say Targett was better than Luke Shaw but he is a dependable replacement for our first choice England left back if he is injured or suspended along with McQueen. To me this all paper talk and to be honest I just can't see any mileage in this story. By the way thanks for the cricket update I recorded it overnight so I will be deleting that. Rather you hadn't updated us though to be perfectly honest,

3.) 22 Mar 2018 11:35:44
Oh bloody hell sorry about the cricket. Never gave it a thought about people recording it. I remember once my partner was working a 2 to 10pm shift and asked me to record a football match on tele. When he got in he said not to tell him the score line, who scored and who won. Unfortunately I told him that neither side scored. He was not happy. Still say would like Shaw back as solid back up for Bartrand with plenty of experience. Unfortunately Mourinho is not exactly a fan but again couldn’t see it happening. You have your view where I have mine but let’s let's hope Bartrand recovers from a back problem in time for West Ham. Brilliant news that Charlie Austin is virtually ready to play again. Perfect timing for the run in. Have a great day Chris and sorry once again for the cricket score.

4.) 22 Mar 2018 12:18:46
I honestly don’t think there is much wrong with Ryan’s back if you can read between the lines. He will be fit as a butchers dog by the West Ham game which may decide our fate. We need all our best players available and if I was the new manager I wouldn’t want to risk injury to any of them, these are friendly international games . I may be wrong but I just got a feeling.

5.) 22 Mar 2018 13:21:52
I agree absolutely and don’t like the idea of any clubs international players risking injury in friendlies that are of no importance. Just money earners for the f. a. As well as Charlie it looks like Steven Davis could be ready for West Ham game. Gets better as time goes on. Win our home games and get 6 points from the others and this should be enough to survive. COYR’s.

6.) 22 Mar 2018 21:32:46
If we win our home games and get 6 points from the others we'll finish mid-table. Right now I'd happily take 17th on goal difference.

7.) 23 Mar 2018 00:47:48
Shortest reply ever Figo 😃.

8.) 23 Mar 2018 13:43:03
Right!? I had no idea I could manage it.

9.) 25 Mar 2018 00:01:51
We need 8 points total IMO. West Ham game is massive but we will get at least 8 more points I am sure.

10.) 25 Mar 2018 18:14:12
I’m not.



19 Mar 2018 11:28:11
Just a glimmer yesterday of a small amount of self belief. Lemina started very sheepishly but gradually realised that he was a class player and comfortable on the ball. We were playing a League One club it has to be remembered but eventually I think we just about deserved the win. I find it absolutely incredible that this talented squad of players have had nearly all their confidence taken away from them over the previous months by the recently departed manager and his associates and just hope and pray we haven't left the change of manager etc. too late. Unfortunately I fear we may have.

1.) 19 Mar 2018 13:40:00
Hi Chris. We all must remember that Wigan are one of, if not the best, top teams in League 1. They also knocked out Bournemouth, West Ham and Man City. First half Saints found it hard going against a hard honest attacking team but got to the break level. In the second half ( don’t know what Sparky said or was in their cuppa ) Saints got better and better and wore down Wigan. Well taken goal by Cedric to kill them off. Now to get ready for West Ham and get the 3pts. Still mildly confident that we will stay up. Will miss that match as my partner and I will be going back to N. Z. Will follow with great interest the results of the next 8 matches. Get behind the lads, make the Stadium rock. COYR’s. Keep up the good work Figo and the Ed’s. Have a great day.

2.) 19 Mar 2018 21:20:29
They may be one of the best teams in league one but we shouldn’t be struggling against teams like them. We did in the first half until the penny dropped. Rollercoaster ride till the end of the season and if there was ever a 6 pointer then the West Ham game is it. Must win nothing else will do.

3.) 20 Mar 2018 17:24:36
No disrespect Chris but any Premier or Championship side would “ struggle” against teams like Wigan. They will get promotion this season and ply their trade against the Championship. Too many teams have been too confident against lower league teams and learnt the hard way. Fair do’s to Wigan they showed their ability against Saints but were beaten by a team that on the day deserved to win . Still confident that we will survive this season . Yes it will be a rollercoaster ride but Saints will play with passion that was never on show under Pellegrino. COYR’s.

4.) 20 Mar 2018 22:00:21
I think bronnie is saying Wigan are still a force to be reckoned with. The result against city had a lot of luck involved, but you have to earn luck and they did that by beating other prem teams to get there, something we have not done all season.

Regarding the West Ham game, I agree it is massive, I hear that the hammers fans insist anything other than defeat is ok. I would have to agree a drawer is better for them but I am backing the saints.


5.) 21 Mar 2018 10:16:19
I appreciate what you are saying Bronnie about it being tough to play lower league sides it always has been. Just think we started the game nervously and lacking confidence. We got a bit lucky when they messed up a few good chances and that is what I meant in my original post, the penny dropped, they then mentally switched on and as a team started playing the kind of controlling football we as fans have known all season they are more than capable of. Good players being badly coached makes a very average team. A manager frightened of losing and playing totally negative football can in particular effect the confidence of our flair players, I think this happened big time when Pelligrino was in charge it has yet to be seen whether MH is the answer, I hope so but far from convinced. Hope I'm wrong.

6.) 21 Mar 2018 14:45:45
In my humble opinion I think we started the game to try and blend together and weather the storm from a side with their tails up and with bags of confidence. Yes Wigan had a few chances but the defensive lads grew in confidence by half time. The second half we improved by the minute and Sparky’s tactics were spot on. Even Redmond looked better than before. It’s a shame that you’re not convinced about Mark Hughes but hey let’s hope you are proved wrong. I for one am very convinced he will get us out this mess left by one of the most inept managers I have witnessed. It’s even better that MH has the luxury of a two week break before our next game therefore getting to know the players not on international duty better. Wouldn’t mind getting Luke Shaw back . Shame I won’t be here for the West Ham game. Have a great day everybody. COYR’s.



11 Mar 2018 17:17:37
How things have changed on the South Coast in the last 10 years. Portsmouth winning the FA Cup, Brighton fighting for survival in the football league, Southampton pushing like crazy to get back to the PL. Today we only have one side that is safe and playing great football, little old BOURNEMOUTH . Who would have ever thought that 10 years ago.



11 Mar 2018 00:10:03
Get Gordon Strachan here in the morning, desperation times for the club. This man could save us.



24 Feb 2018 16:59:16
Please get rid of MP, that game was pathetic until we went behind again. Then went for it and looked a different team. Substitution bringing on Gabbi worked but why so late. We will survive if we get a manager in that can use our talented squad In the right way.

1.) 25 Feb 2018 09:27:13
First half. don’t go past the halfway line! Second half. venture forward a bit, then panic when we go behind and throw caution to the wind! His tactics are repetitive and predictable, he’s going nowhere but fingers crossed we’ll get to 37 points which is what we need.

2.) 25 Feb 2018 13:31:32
We're stuck with him unfortunately but
A point at Burnley is a good point
Stoke has to be 3 points.

3.) 25 Feb 2018 21:04:30
Way too negative, it was good to see Josh Sims come on and make a difference, though McCarthy played well and was unfortunate with the goal.
Carillo was decent and personally I think Gabiaddini Carillo and Sims should start against Stoke - 8 games one loss. get behind our Team and stop keep whinging. We will finish 12th, yes there is work to do but we have had a wonderful few years. Personally I've only been a saints fan about 52 years. never deviated, first game I watched Terry Paine with my Dad.!
Just wish you would all get behind the team - the players - the manager and see that we will rise again. Don't want to be a top six club. how friggin boring spending $400 million. paying players £500,000 a week. that's not us, never has been, never will be. We March On.

4.) 25 Feb 2018 21:41:03
Agree with you Pete that there are positives from the game and Sims in particular looked exciting. I'd love to see that top 3. Gabbiadini would benefit from Carillo as a target man and Sims is exactly the type of direct player we've lacked, so I say let's give him a proper chance.

I don't agree with the lack of ambition at the end though. I'm in my twenties and I'd love nothing more than to watch the Saints rise up and become a top six team. If we can do it 'the Southampton way' as we have been, and will continue to do provided we stay up, then that's even better than doing it the City way. I think the club has the potential to do it, as the biggest South coast club and with a great infrastructure.




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



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14 Mar 2018 07:21:02
Ben I mentioned Gordon Strachan before Christmas just to be shot down with many comments about how old he was ( 60! ) and wherever he had been he failed. He didn’t fail here, we failed him, well actually Rupert Lowe did. He also in my opinion did well with Scotland considering he didn’t really have a shed load of great players to work with and left when he couldn’t take the team any further. What he would give to us is aggressive motivation in the dressing room which is so desperately lacking and probably make them laugh at the same time as putting the fear of god in them. Just don’t see the credentials of Mark Hughes giving us any more inspiration than we had with MP.



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11 Mar 2018 16:31:04
Too late though Ed 002 in my opinion, have you any idea at all how it has come to this? Do you also think we are going to lose thousands of supporters for next season even if by some miracle we survive considering the public opinion of the board and it's total lack of listening to popular opinion, All this talk about us getting rid of Claude Puel is a mystery to me. The man was never given a chance to show us he had what it takes, I never wanted him to go and have a feeling I wasn't the only one. Something very odd about his departure, I wonder what would have been the outcome if we had won the League Cup which we actually deserved to win.

{Ed002's Note - It came to this because no one, including the fans, gave Puel the time he needed. That was the lesson to be learned. So I agree with you Chris.}



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11 Mar 2018 14:34:55
Just can’t get my head round what’s going on we will sack MP at the end of the season so why delay it. Anybody could do better in fact they would probably play better with no manager at all . It couldn’t be worse, can’t understand why Pellegrino just doesn’t just walk away from the job at least some people would respect him for that.



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15 Feb 2018 11:32:15
Figo I don't think you quite understand my take on all this. When I say we are nosediving to the Championship I am taking in to perspective certain reasonable performances and the reasons why they were. The style of play adopted by MP seems to consist of keeping the ball at all costs with very little imagination going forward . Twice we have adopted a different style against Watford and West Brom and looked a good side which I believe we are. Once in control of a game he changes the plan to try to strangle the game but mistakes are made and we end up hanging on. He then makes inexplicable substitutions that end up increasing the pressure. I have said many times before that we have an excellent squad but a poor coach with no formula to change the game. I still think we can survive but being realistic we only have 10 games left given we are playing Man City in the final game. I know they will be champions and maybe take their foot off the gas but I doubt it. They will probably be up for a record points total and let's face it Pep is not the type to accept second best from any team he has ever managed.




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21 Apr 2018 11:40:51
I totally agree with you 123 and all the talk of lining KL's pockets and running off with the profits was just crazy talk from so called supporters. My take on this is that any other business collapsing in front of you for months would have changed the leadership from board level down to address the situation. I think most things started to go wrong when we were looking for a new owner and for many months nobody was actually steering the ship. If Markus was still the owner the board would have been sent packing before any crisis worsened. The board won't step down if there is no one to make it happen.



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19 Apr 2018 23:18:43
No conspiracy about the board 123 they just don’t have a clue what they’re doing, I think most of us can’t understand how things have gone so disastrously wrong in such a short space of time. It is mentioned often that you can’t sell your best players without suffering the consequences. My reaction to that is we have nearly £50 million pounds worth of players recently bought that can’t get on the pitch . Why is that? I can’t think of any other club below the top 6 that can boast that unfortunate situation. Mark Hughes is fighting what looks like a losing battle, no time to sort anything. So this board conspiracy thing carries no weight with me, they run the club and if they couldn’t see the writing on the wall months ago they shouldn’t be there.



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18 Apr 2018 10:11:48
Don’t get this ‘ We forced him out ‘ business regarding CP, I didn’t . The board didn’t listen when the majority of the supporters wanted Pelligrino out for months and months. Puel’s face didn’t fit for some reason. I know we went on a very poor run at the back end of last season which probably gave the board the excuse to sack him but I think it went deeper than that. Krueger came out this season stating we were a small club and we shouldn’t look forward with too much ambition. Finishing 8th and a cup final wasn’t the act of a small club. The problem in my opinion is with the board and the new owner who may have ambition but is basically bankrupt in real terms, crazy business sense. Vintage writing to the club shows the passion of supporters concerned with the demise of SFC in such a short period after all the blood, sweat and tears put in to get us back to the PL. I commend him for that, most people moan and groan but few would actually find the time to contact the club and rightly ask for an explanation and justification for the club’s actions over the past 12 months. I don’t expect he was expecting an answer but just wanted to show them that many were concerned and hopefully not looked upon as being irrelevant which I’m afraid most supporters think they are when it comes to any decision making.



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17 Apr 2018 23:56:15
Don’t get this win 5 of our final 7 . We have 5 games left not 7 and I do agree that we are all going to Wembley for the day out resigned to Championship football . There is no way ever that regardless of what’s happened this season any results now could be accepted as a satisfactory outcome. It’s been a complete mess from the moment we sacked Claude Puel who may I remind everybody is a PL manager and will be next season.

My buck stops with the board . They hired Puel then sacked him after giving him no chance to prove himself, not saying he is the Messiah but I 100% believe if he was still here we would not being potentially relegated. SFC has after all the effort over the last 8 years messed up big time. I repeat the buck stops at the top .



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17 Apr 2018 10:00:05
I think Shane has made the difference with the work rate in midfield because he makes himself available all the time and by doing that speeds our play up. He is a totally dedicated give it all player which I’m afraid has been a bit lacking over the season. Tadic is frustrating but is technically gifted and if you take him out we have little creation. Lemina was giving us that in his early days but he doesn’t seem that bothered these days so has been rightly left out. The defence? Good players but just not quite good enough for the PL as a group, When VVD left we needed to replace him with a leader at the back regardless of cost. I honestly believe if we had we would escape relegation which now seems increasingly unlikely, Some players need a run in the side to shine through and now I think we are seeing the true potential of Hjojberg just a shame we didn’t play a settled side earlier in the season. Just seemed to me we lost a game and the management thought, oh well we’ll chuck somebody else in to see how they do. A players confidence gets hammered if they know they will be dropped if they don’t have their best game. We still have a chance but it’s looking more and more unlikely we’ll survive.