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08 Feb 2019 00:07:02
Mixed week of news; pleased to see Ralph taking the squad on a warm weather training camp - should be good bonding and sharpen up the fitness and tactical tweakings for the run in.
Not so good seeing Danny out again. If we can secure safety by late April without overpowering him I'd give him a rest for six weeks and hope he can sort out whatever his continual niggling problem is.

It's an awful time for arguably our biggest game of the season so far with the news coming through about Emiliano. But I'm sure will give him and the Cardiff contingent the utmost respect and have a ruddy good match - can see it being high intensity, emotional and maybe scrappy at times (similar to the reverse fixture) .

I'd like to see this XI;
Gunn, Valery, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Yoshida, Targett, Romeu, Højbjerg, JWP, Redmond, Long.

Far from ideal given our restraints currently but hopefully enough muscle at the back, pace out wide and up front and strength in the middle of the park to bag a result.

If we lose this game we'll almost certainly be in the bottom 3 and it could be an incredibly painful blow - a draw wouldn't be disastrous but we should be expecting to win.

If we win our next two home games (CAR and FUL) we'll be on 30 points and with a kind run in I think we'll be sitting pretty and may be as high as 13th by that point.

A big weekend coming up, but still pales in comparison to Cardiff's last month as a football club, as well as Emiliano and David's families. I hope our two teams do them proud.


1.) 08 Feb 2019 11:35:10
Well said SaintGGsy.

2.) 08 Feb 2019 11:45:31
Nicely put SaintGGsy.



23 Jan 2019 23:34:51
Rumours around Cedric are getting noisier - now looks like Inter are having a go at getting him. I'd say if we get around £12m for him AND have someone lined up as a replacement - Maehle has been mentioned and he'd be around £6m I believe - then I'm happy for this to go through as I'm not happy that Valery could see out the season without serious competition at RB.

Cedric has been a good servant to the club without ever setting the world alight and has been inconsistent recently - if Ralph is happy to let him go then I trust him completely.


1.) 24 Jan 2019 10:55:29
I would want a little more than £12m, but to buy someone for £5m 4 seasons ago, and then get a replacement for £6m is good business. I'll personally be sad to see him leave as he's my favourite player at the club and as you said he's been a good servant. But it'll be good for him to move to a club like Inter who are pushing for Champions League football.

The only problem is that it looks like it'll be Ralph's way or the highway, judging by the players we've got rid of already. I don't mind as a lot of our players are showing him the attitude he wants and that is improving the way we play and ultimately seeing us get good results.

That being said, the business we've done already would have trimmed the wage bill. Gabs will have freed up around 70k per week, Davis is on around 60k, Hoedt is on the same, and so will Cedric. So we might have managed to free up around 250k a week in wages. If we can bring 2 younger players who will be on about 30k a week, then we will be saving almost 10m a year on wages.

2.) 24 Jan 2019 11:42:58
I think Cedric has offered very little positive things to the team during last two seasons. Superb free-kick goal against ManUtd, but poor marking, poor blocking, poor crosses far too often. To me, fee around 12m would be a good business, but agree, he should be replaced. We can not rely only on Valery in that position. But Cedric is easily replaceble.

Still, I agree everything Ralph has done so far. Players gone out haven't weakened our side a bit and the same goes for Cedric as well. Hopefully we can get rid of Forster before the 1st February and get a couple ins, too (if the claims are right these could well include Carrillo and Boufal) .

3.) 24 Jan 2019 13:41:17
Looking at his stats from this season, he is statistically the worst fullback in our squad. I don't think Squawka is up to date and how accurate is it, nonetheless according to it in 15 matches (1315 minutes) he has done the following:
- Intercepted the ball 20 times
- Blocked 9 crosses
- Won 16 tackles
- Dispossessed the ball 9 times
- Created 11 chances

Where Valery has done the following in only 2 games (180 minutes) :
- Intercepted the ball 6 times
- Blocked 4 crosses
- Won 11 tackles
- Dispossessed the ball 7 times
- Created 0 chances

If you take his stats and work them out across Cedric's game time, it's obvious that he is the better defender (obviously teams will be more likely to target a young inexperienced full back), but he clearly holds his own. Another option would be to play Reed in this position when he returns from loan.

4.) 24 Jan 2019 14:18:55
I’d like to see Carrillo come back this month to see what Ralph can do with him. From what I’ve seen of him at Monaco and Leganes he’s a hard worker and good hold up forward who’s willing to work and enjoys playing in a two up top.

He’s got 5 in 16 starts this season playing for a bottom six side managed by Pellegrino which I don’t think is an awful return (Higuain has 8 in 22 at Milan by way of comparison) and seeing as Austin’s out of favour it’d give us an extra dimension going forward.

Having already offloaded Davis, Hoedt and Gabbiadini, if we bring him back and do a deal for Cedric and find a replacement I think that’s a brilliant window for a potential outlay of £6m with £25m brought in plus loads of wages freed up.

Even so with our current squad I don’t think we’ll finish much lower than 14th this season.

5.) 24 Jan 2019 15:19:39
Can't see carrillo coming back. Would be surprised. Agree with your post jay. Cedric was great at first but we'll under par the last 2 years. He was a good signing but if he leaves for 12 mill with 18 months on his contract I think that is a good deal for all concerned. With him going maybe we will make an offer for another rb cable of playing cb. or a cb capable of playing rb! One of the two lol.

6.) 24 Jan 2019 17:04:35
Carrillo will come back and be assessed in the summer, as will Boufal. I think RH will play Redmond as our main striker for the remainder of the season. The way we set up on Saturday is best suited to us, at this moment in time. Playing 5 at the back, with the two holding midfielders, we move the ball fast and precisely to beat teams on the counter. This style of play heavier relies on Redmond and Ings getting in behind the defenders.

7.) 24 Jan 2019 17:18:31
Looks like Inter have offered €20m (£17m) - I’d bite their hand off and look at bringing in a young and hungry replacement. Maehle is the only major name I’ve seen linked but from what Iknow about him I think that that is a good fit for Ralph.

Looks like Cedric is going on a loan to buy before the end of the weekend - either way if we get someone in as a replacement I’ll be more than satisfied.



21 Jan 2019 11:31:38
Seen a few murmurings today that Hoedt could be joining Boufal at Celta - indication maybe of Ralph lining up an incoming defender? Either way I'd like to thank Celta immensely for helping take our dead weight off our hands 😂.


1.) 21 Jan 2019 12:19:33
Shame it's only on loan we could do with the cash for transfers 😡.

2.) 21 Jan 2019 14:15:03
Loan with option to buy.

3.) 21 Jan 2019 15:00:15
Well he better set the world alight jarkko if not they will send him back same goes with boufal and Carrillo.



09 Jan 2019 22:02:37
Gabbi heading to Sampdoria on loan.

Would have liked a permanent deal seeing as we are being told to sell before we can buy, but hopefully a stepping stone to moving him on for good in the summer.

At least if him, Hoedt and Boufal go on permanent deals in June that could bring in £30m+, but would like to start seeing some sales in the next few weeks.


1.) 10 Jan 2019 10:34:15
30 mil for Hoedt and Boufal? 😂 I doubt that. So does anyone think that we will actually sign anyone?

2.) 10 Jan 2019 12:01:42
Not unless we trim the squad size. Davis gone, gabbiadini likely gone, hopefully hoedt too. then a centre half and someone up top on loan.

3.) 10 Jan 2019 12:13:25
Don’t think £30m for them is that far off being realistic - £12m for Gabbi and Boufal each and 6 for Hoedt. Think we need one or two more players gone who aren’t in Ralph’s plans - CB and maybe Long or a keeper could go.



27 Dec 2018 23:01:41
Tonight reminded me of one of those frustrating games under Koeman where we looked the better side but somehow ended up losing.

First half we should have been ahead, not too many clear cut chances but totally dominant and didn't take advantage.

No qualms with Redmond for the goal, I can see why he's taken the snap shot probably out of shock he wasn't offside and at least we bundled it in but their two goals showed our defensive frailties against a class player.

I also feel our crossing lacks a bit without Cedric or Bertrand although I thought Valery was fantastic again.

Once we fell behind we just seemed too frenetic and rushed, hoofing long balls for Long and not trying to splice through a makeshift West Ham side. I don't think this will be something overly concerning though, I feel like most of us almost expected a win with the way we've been playing and we're caught cold.

Hopefully this'll help us in the future to be more focused and thoughtful in our approach, but we've nearly liked playing West Ham and I would still go for around a 12th or 13th place finish under Hutch.

Hopefully we give City a good game, despite their form I can't see us getting anything out of it, maybe a close defeat, but after the cup hopefully we can push on and maybe with a signing or two continue to steadily climb the table.


1.) 28 Dec 2018 10:50:58
That wasn’t how I saw the game at all. I think West Ham were by far the better side and deserved their win. That is despite suffering a raft of injuries and having a makeshift first 11 on the pitch. Our players started brightly but with West Ham pressing, the players seemed to fall into a more negative mindset. We lost the ball so often through poor passing, lack of movement to create space and options when needed and players therefore dwelling on the ball. Gone was the energy and dynamism of the last two performances. The teamwork was also sporadic and throughout the game you could hear RH screaming from the touchline “No, together! ” As one player would close the ball and no-one else would go with him.

I thought Valery had his worst game of his little run in the first team. He didn’t get forward as often as he had in previous matches and most of our promise again came down our left flank. When he was getting up, he would too often look to play the ball inside, for Lemina or another to take responsibility, rather than using his pace to get behind Cresswell and cross the ball in or simply provide width and an outlet for our congested midfield. Defensively, he let every cross come in without putting pressure on the ball or attempting a block. It was too easy. Another regular shout from the touchline was RH telling Yan to get forward, to go. Yan wasn’t doing it enough.

But last night shouldn’t be considered a major blow. We have a new coach, a new system and a very congested fixture list asking a lot of the players who are being asked to work harder in training and on the pitch then under their last few managers. Tiredness likely played a factor but it was also clear that the team sat very deep and really struggled to play the ball forwards in a productive way. Some of the credit must go to West Ham but it suggested to me that the old negative psychology that has hampered the team for the last couple of season remains. This is why performances will remain inconsistent for a time. When things go well, following a new system is easier. Under pressure, when things aren’t firing, the team are more likely to regress to the old negative ways. RH’s task is to make the players so familiar with his new system that it becomes their default reaction instead of ponderous, static negative football. Quite a task that will take some time.

The next two games should be seen as good opportunities for the players to learn; not only about in game application of the system against the best players in the league, but how to apply this new system whilst under great pressure from the best in the league. If they can keep it going against Man City and Chelsea, they can keep it going against anyone. It will also provide a further opportunity for RH to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the squad to help determine what steps, if any, are to be taken in January.

2.) 28 Dec 2018 16:48:42
Hi figo

That was a very good, very balanced review of last night's performance. I agree WH were a much better side and in Anderson a striker who knows where the net is and what you get for£38m and you can see how and why they strung that unbeaten run together and it was certainly a wake up call. I think we missed Hooveld and if we had drawn 1-1,we would have a different mindset, but we naively over committed for the corner and paid the price, disappointing as we knew how quickly WH can break. I believe we have enough quality to finish near the top of the bottom half of the table 14th to 12th so we shouldn't get dragged back into the dogfight but as we know points will be tight. i'm not expecting anything from the next 2 games but let's see better, more determined, more organised than yesterday. Let's not forget Pelligrini at WH has had the full season and I know from this forum that WH fans were previously very unhappy so we are not the only team going through a poor time. I thought Craig Pawson had a poor game, in the first half Antoio should have been booked for a poor late challenge on Targett, Bednarek was held on the corner which led to the WH goal and Andy Carroll was lucky to stay on the pitch. Re the transfer window Gabbi is supposedly of interest to 4 clubs and RH believes the squad is too big. Davis is wanted by Rangers who has been a brilliant servant for the club. For me I'm not sure about Lemina, I only see tv games so you guys who attend St Mary's can confirm I have never seen him have a really great game, he seems lightweight makes poor decisions and is supposedly wanted by PSG and I would let him go. So let's hear your opinions, anyway City on Sunday let's see a better performance. coyr.

3.) 29 Dec 2018 06:49:27
Agree with Figo here. WH deserved winners. We started brightly, but after 5 mins, we were poor.

Valery and Targett had both worst games since selected to the squad, but by far the worst was Lemina. It is time for him to move on. Ralph talked about it's all having a big heart not a big ego. But Lemina is just the ego guy. Sell him to PSG. Also McCarthy has been really poor lately. Rooted to the goal line. 1st WH goal poor from him as was the Huddersfield's goal.

PEH is fantastic captain. Cedric and Bertie need to show the big heart before selected to the team! I really like that. Because even Matt and Yan had a poor game, what had Ryan and Cedric offered to this team this season? If they are not interested then time to move on!

I am so 100% behind the new gaffer. I really like what he is doing.

Maybe there will be several outs during January window: Forster, Hoedt, Lemina, Davis, Long, Gabbiadini for a start. Maybe even some of McCarthy, Bertrand, Cedric, Yoshida and Moi could end up moving.

4.) 29 Dec 2018 10:49:39
VS, you are spot on about Craig Pawson on Wednesday night. The Antonio challenge when a similar one saw Targett booked later, the Rice rugby tackle on Bednerak at the corner, Andy Carroll deliberately swiping at Romeu (believe this was a bit of afters because he thought Romeu had caught him on the back of the head in a previous aerial challenge moments before when in fact it was Bednerak) . There was on one on Lemina in the first half as well when his ankles were kicked and we lost possession but nothing given.

Lemina - I think he’s a player with great promise and he often shows flashes of what he can bring. He has power and likes to drive the ball forward which really helps in games like the West Ham one when we need impetus. I didn’t think he had a poor game at all. It wasn’t his best but he was solid and tried to get things moving. In comparison to Romeu, Lemina does more for me. He recycles the ball, is more aware of the opposition players around him and can drive forward. The problem is that I think when he is part of a midfield two behind Armstrong, he plays a similar game to PEH so not sure if the two would work so well together. It maybe that this system or the role he’s being asked to play doesn’t suit him as well. I think he deserves this season at least to settle under the new gaffer and show what he’s about as I think he could be a class act. Plus, if Lemina was sold, not sure we would have anyone competing for that role beside a better holding midfielder than Romeu, which I think is a must buy in the summer if not sooner.

5.) 30 Dec 2018 11:11:52
What most annoyed me about the WH game, was when we attacked we only seemed to have three or at most four players forward, yet WH had six or seven back, that means we had three spare players doing nothing, we were at home and should have pressed harder.

6.) 31 Dec 2018 06:01:34
Figo, I must have watched different games based on Lemina. But different opinions are allowed :)

To me, Romeu offers so much more to the team.




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10 Feb 2019 14:28:45
One worrying statisticof results against the bottom 8:
Pld 10 W 2 D 5 L 3. 11 Points from 10 games against our nearest rivals. Equally as worrying is 14 points we've given away in those games to the teams around us.

That means we've got 9 points from 8 games against the 'better' teams below the top six. It makes for interesting reading that we have the same form against all of the lesser teams but we only have 8 more games against that bunch and need at least 12 points from them.

Means we HAVE to beat Fulham, Bournemouth and Huddersfield at home and try and sneak something from Watford, BHA, Newcastle and West Ham away





01 Feb 2019 00:19:02
14 games to go with a fairly settled first team, no experienced right back and only one fit and firing forward but I still think it's enough for now. 23 points from 24 games and seeing as 18th has only 19 I can see 35 being the safety mark, so 13 points needed;

BUR A Loss/ Draw
ARS A Loss
MUN A Loss
TOT H Loss
WAT A Draw
BHA A Draw
LIV H Loss
WOL H Win/ Draw
NEW A Draw
WHU A Loss

There's about 17 which would give us 40ish. I'm expecting it to be a bit sweaty around March when our last period of difficult fixtures come through but thankfully our run in is kind and our only particularly tricky tie out of the last 8 matches will be against a nervy Liverpool at home so if we're within touching distance by match 30 I think we should be fine.

I cannot see us going down even if the worst were to happen, I get the impression that Ralph has a plan. The next two home games against our nearest relegation rivals will be MASSIVE for us though.


1.) 01 Feb 2019 05:07:36
Good post ggsy,
I think your predictions are not far off. I know lots of fans were disappointed that we didn't bring in any new blood in but let's face it our recent January purchases have been nothing short of disastrous. I will be honest I'm not totally up to date with the Saints full squad but I list loan players I know of Clasie, Carillo, Cedric Boufal, Hoedt, Gabbi at a value of roughly £85m plus others that you guys care to add. If we look at worst case scenario and their present clubs choose not to convert their loan to buying them, where would SFC be if they all come back in the summer? A huge squad of overpriced failures wòrth nowhere near their perceived market value!
I wonder if this has dictated our actions this January. I would welcome input from anyone with greater knowledge. coyr.

2.) 01 Feb 2019 13:33:35
Gabbiadini has left permanently, and Davis is out of contract at the end of the season. The futures of Hoedt, Forster, Lemina, Clasie, Carillo, Boufal, Elyounessi, and Austin are not looking very good at the moment and to me they seem like the most likely to be sold this summer. I can see McCarthy, Yoshida, Gallagher, McQueen, Reed, and Long to leave as well but only if better players are available. But the first cluster I mention I expect to leave. I hope RH and Ross Wilson and the scouts are properly looking for a RB, CB, a creative attacking midfielder/ pacy winger, and a forward.

3.) 01 Feb 2019 15:30:05
I think reed will be given the chance to impress Ralph, hopefully. Elyounoussi may be a slow starter and might come good. I'd hold on to him till next January and assess then.
One of forster or McCarthy will go. Maybe McCarthy and leave forster as back up to Gunn?
Clasie will go, probably out of contract anyway.
Would love to see boufal buy in to RH's high energy pressing, but with his attitude it seems unlikely.
Austin will go. If someone offers big money for lemina I'd let him go too.
I think yoshida will stay as back up. McQueen will go. Apparently Ralph likes the look of Gallagher. Maybe he will get a chance in this half of the season? Long I'm not sure. He lacks quality but has heart and effort in abundance, Ralph likes that quality. I'd keep him, as back up.
That would still give us a decent transfer kitty and free up a serious amount of wages for a young striker, some pace at rb/ rwb and a new top quality cb to partner bednarek.
My squad would be:
Mcaarthy or forster

Valery + New signing

Vestergaard+bednarek+New signing+stephens or yoshida



Redmond+armstrong+elyounoussi+New signing

Ings+long+obafemi+New signing

That gives depth, competition, but also the chance for our younger players to come through too.

4.) 01 Feb 2019 17:48:28
Agree with that, I’d like a RB, CB, AM and ST.
Sell Lemina if someone is willing to give £25m+ for him, Austin, maybe Stephens (I hope Yoshida doesn’t go), Forster, probably McQueen. I can see Bertrand going if he doesn’t turn up when fully fit. Think Moi will be given a chance so I agree about him staying.
Can’t see any loanees coming back except Carrillo and maybe Boufal, plus the youth players. Clasie, Davis, Cedric and Hoedt will go.

For Christmas I would like;
RIGHT BACK: Tin Jedvaj, young, German, versatile, can play all across the back four and I personally have followed him for a while and would love to see him become a Saint.
CENTRE BACK: Robin Koch, another young German, he seems to be playing well at Freiburg and maybe one to look out for. Alternatively maybe Jansson if Leeds don’t get promoted.
WINGER: Anyone that is quick and can score. Musonda, Chelsea loanee who is at Lyon I think, or someone like Pjaca or Sisto.
STRIKER: Augustin is the dream. Che Adams would be useful but I wouldn’t want to heavily rely on him if Ings gets injured.

Those four of four of similar quality is an outlay of probably £65m, and by selling all of the names mentioned above that would raise funds of around £70m. That’d my dream summer.

5.) 02 Feb 2019 03:02:58
Some interesting Posts Guys but it seems ultimately we all want the same result. Naturaaly disappointed with transfer outcomes but sure that rationale’prevails and may even be a blessing in disguise! Although targets may alter come Summer the young Danish R/ B Maehle looked promising paired with a speedy young L/ B we could develop a ‘ new look’.
With Gunn becoming no.1 and a new quick C/ B (similar to Leipzig’s Upamecano) and two top class midfielders A/ M and D/ M plus a pacey winger ( maybe Lookman or similar) along with Augustin ( Leipzig) C/ F.



31 Jan 2019 11:22:30
Ralph saying now that our business isn't yet done - Austin could go and a forward could be brought in. Feel like this means we're potentially close with Adams. Still feel a bit concerned at RB - Valery didn't play well yesterday and I wouldn't want to sacrifice JWP there as he's playing so well at the moment.




30 Jan 2019 13:50:58
With less than 36 hours to go what are everyone's thoughts on potential incomings?
Although we've been linked with several players in the last few days I can't relaistically see anyone coming in, although I think some good ground work has been laid for the summer window.
Anyone think there'll be any movement before 11pm tomorrow?


1.) 30 Jan 2019 14:32:05
I really don't think much if anything is going to happen on the transfer front today. RH was very cagey in his press conference yesterday when asked about possible players coming in. Most players that we've been connected to are mostly paper talk/ lazy journalism I believe. I think RH seems happy with what he has at his disposal but he must be a little worried over injuries/ suspensions as we could then be down to bare bones.

2.) 30 Jan 2019 16:55:30
The only problems I can see is lightness at right back and potentially a dearth of forwards if Ings/ Redmond is out long term. Even then I can’t see the three teams below us overtaking us.

3.) 30 Jan 2019 16:58:31
I could potentially see Omar Elabdellaoui and Che Adams in through the door before the window shuts, but that'll be it. And if we fail to get them, then we'll definitely wait until the summer window.

And if we put our faith in the youth squad, then so be it; that doesn't actually worry me - Ralph is the right man to get the best out of the group - and give them the confidence they'll need on the biggest stage.

4.) 30 Jan 2019 17:24:37
Don't think anyone will come in by the time the window closes, but I do think we'll get most of our business done early in the summer.



27 Jan 2019 18:16:45
Terrible news!
Hoedt has been sent off on his Celta debut for two stupid challenges against a Valladolid. already doesn't bode well for the, wanting anything to do with him beyond May. At least Boufal played a full 90 albeit not a very bright performance.





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31 Jan 2019 20:49:42
Can’t see anything doing now.
Disappointed that we didn’t end up bringing anyone in but to get rid of Hoedt, Davis, Cedric and Gabbiadini is still good business - considering only Forster and Austin would have been the other deadwood it’s a success in terms of outgoings.
Moving Cedric on without signing a replacement is my only cause for minor concern. I feel like we’re set well for the summer and I trust that Ralph will have plans to move early in June.
If Boufal and Carrillo are moved on I’d be wishing for a ST, AM, CB and RB, part-funded by selling Lemina.




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29 Jan 2019 23:51:42
It would be awesome to get the three points tomorrow and go six clear of danger but even if we don’t win either of our games against in form Palace and Burnley sides, the home game against Cardiff is the big one for me - potentially deciding between being 7/ 8 clear or within a point of relegation.

They’re all kind fixtures on paper however all three sides are playing well - the good news is none of them are exactly form teams who can string several good results together and I’d expect 4-6 points from those games.

We never seem to beat Palace at home especially in recent memory - all those I recall are high scoring losses in midweek - 1-2 last season and 2-3 a few seasons before that IIRC. I’m obviously hoping for (not quite expecting) a win, but wouldn’t be overly disappointed with a draw.




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28 Jan 2019 12:57:15
Got a friend who’s a Birmingham fan and has said he’d be gutted if we took him, especially for the approximate £8m fee. Similar career path to Redmond before we got him, albeit without any PL experience, but hopefully he could become a quality addition. #trustinralph.




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27 Jan 2019 18:14:48
Doesnt feel like the kind of singing I’d be expecting us to make - also being on decent form for a top three Scottish club doesn’t say much for starting in the PL. A no for me, especially for that much.




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24 Jan 2019 17:18:31
Looks like Inter have offered €20m (£17m) - I’d bite their hand off and look at bringing in a young and hungry replacement. Maehle is the only major name I’ve seen linked but from what Iknow about him I think that that is a good fit for Ralph.

Looks like Cedric is going on a loan to buy before the end of the weekend - either way if we get someone in as a replacement I’ll be more than satisfied.





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14 Feb 2019 23:44:27
I can see ourselves scrambling our way to 38. The good news is if it’s in our hands on the final day I’d think Huddersfield at home SHOULD be a banker.
Looking at other run ins I’d give around the following;

Brighton 41
Burnley 41
Palace 40
Newcastle 39
Saints 38
Cardiff 36

That however is being fairly biased towards home wins between the teams in question, and all of the bottom eight still pretty much all have to play each other so if any one of those teams begins to capitulate at home I think they’ll be gone. We can’t afford to lose another home game against a non ‘Big 6’ side, but I think our best hope is that either Cardiff or Brighton go completely off the boil in March.

Good thing for us is aside Liverpool we don’t really play anyone with anything to play for in our last 7/ 8 games which should be a help (WHU, BOU, WAT, HUD etc) . I think if one team (like Burnley) get on a roll and end up with 48, that’ll be great for us if they can plough through Brighton, Newcastle and Cardiff.

Ultimately I think we need 4 wins from 12 - Fulham Bournemouth Wolves and Huddersfield at home are our best bet, else a squeaky 1-0 at Newcastle or Brighton. I’m still quite confident but if we don’t beat Fulham I’ll begin to be quite concerned.




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13 Feb 2019 13:13:18
Right now I can’t see Burnley or Palace going down. I have a feeling Rafa will see Newcastle over the line. Cardiff are in inspired form however they have a difficult run in. But Brighton are dropping like a stone - right now they’re our best bet. They have a huge March where they play all four teams around them, much like our February, so if they don’t win any of those I think they’ll be gone.
Even so I think we should just about find enough and will finish 15th. Cardiff or Brighton to join the other two.




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09 Feb 2019 22:45:31
Fulham is now absolutely must win. MUST. WIN. At least Brighton are falling like a stone and there are plenty of teams within striking distance.




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09 Feb 2019 17:42:14
Aside the big six we have FUL h, WAT a, BHA a, WOL h, NEW a, BOU h, WHU a, HUD h. We need 14-16 points from those. Suddenly we don’t have much breathing room and we’re going to need an away win against at least one of those sides. Eek. Fulham is now HUGE.




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09 Feb 2019 16:58:53
Disgusting performance. Two huge goals conceded in the last minute in the last two games, that’s 3 points lost against two major rivals. Only 2 points from CRY, BUR and CAR. We are in serious trouble. The one positive is there are a lot of clubs close to us.
Trust Ralph to get us out of it but wow that was awful. Two losses to Cardiff as well is shocking but good for them after the month they’ve had.