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01 Feb 2018 21:31:42
Today's interview with pellegrino for the West Brom game
What the hell was the Handsome man with blond hair blue eyes thing all about
Talk about go off on a tangent
To be honest he looked totally pissed off today
he looked like he'd had enough and was ready to through the towel in
He spoke about board meetings till after 12 so they must be getting to the point where he's close to being relieved of his duties
To be fare he's played at a good level and must be wondering how it's got to this
But the problem that is cursing him is the fact that he's had so many opportunities to win kill off games but he has either not made a substitution or made the wrong substitution
And it's cost him.

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1.) 03 Feb 2018 17:07:04
And he now has a vital win under his belt.


2.) 03 Feb 2018 20:43:25
And we deserved it.


 

 

 

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05 May 2018 11:05:44
Tonight's predictions anyone
I'm optimistic and think we could have a convincing 2.0 tonight
They don't create a lot of chances and if we
Can contain Rooney from delivering the killer balls he can I think they are there for the taking.

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1.) 05 May 2018 13:31:25
Agree there, and we also need to keep tosun marked up for the whole game. he has been very prolific lately.


 

 

19 Apr 2018 22:17:34
Well what a load of rubbish that was
Saw the 3 goons in the crowd you could see the enjoyment on their faces
Watching the same boring rubbish we've been subjected to all season
Probably thinking to them selves maybe we should have given Koeman more money after all
I just don't understand why in the last 20 minutes we didn't go for it
Yes Leicester came on strong at the end but that's because of our substitutions
Davis why?
Prowes was having a good game and Davis has been out for ages
If they come out with I need him for Sunday garbage I give up
Don't they want to stay up then
Austin for long that worked didn't it Jesus as soon as long was off the pitch bang the game changed against us
Then Redmong well enough said he made a dramatic difference to the game when he came on as usual
But
Another good turn out of saints on a Thursday night and they go home wondering why the f##k did I bother.

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1.) 19 Apr 2018 23:18:12
JWP substituted once again . and as you say why? he was playing well. Bringing Davis on just didn't work, was clearly not up to speed and virtually played no part at all. taking Long off again; this totally changed the game. Leicester pushed up almost immediately, knowing they didn't have to worry about his speed. Tadic was muxh better against Chelsea but this time seemed to not be in the game at all. Redmond . no value at all when he came on.

i didn't understand why we seemed to play out for a draw, so I had a good look at the table and just maybe that one point could be the decider. Swansea have Chelsea, Man City and then Bournemouth away. so potentially no more points until they play us. IF we win that game that means max points Swansea can achieve is 36 (if they beat Stoke last game) . That leaves us needing 7 points only to draw level on points. 2 wins and a draw would be enough and fingers crossed not losing by too many to Man C!

If we had lost tonight we would have needed 3 wins in a row as we would need 8 points - I have assumed we lose to Man C .


2.) 20 Apr 2018 06:16:06
I am with you mate that’s exactly how I read it.
Plus let’s hope City thrash Swansea to assist us on goal diff.


3.) 20 Apr 2018 09:11:33
Our biggest game of the season, every game is a big game. But we're now 4 points adrift and every game we have the opportunity to close the gap but we haven't managed to win. I was saying the same about MP all season and now it looks the same at MH, do they not understand the team?
We had such a defensive mindset the whole game, don't get me wrong, with RB and CS as our fullbacks 3 CB's at the back gives them the chance to attack which is what we want, but at the same time, you need midfielders who are good footballers. I don't get that for PEH and Romeu, sure they're good players but they don't have the skill to be able to control the tempo of the game. But we never once looked in control of the game, we had a few good attacking moves and SL fluffed so really good chances.
My question to MH
- Why are we setting so defensively?
- What even is our formation? Tadic and JWP just seem to float
- Why is Austin not starting?
- Why do you not know how to make subs?
Take the Chelsea game for example - being 2-0 up is where you look at taking off JWP for a defensive player, not when you're drawing 0-0 in a game that you need to win.
Rich you make a good point about Swansea and their fixtures, but we can't rely on other teams losing their remaining matches if this is why we think MH has played for the draw.
The style of football under MH does not make any sense, we don't look like a threat going forward, the only we will ever score if the other team make a load of mistakes. I'd like to see a 4-3-3:
GK: AM
RB: CS
CB: JS/ JB
CB: MY/ WH
LB: RB
CDM's x2: PEH, ML, OR, SD
CAM: DT, JWP/ Boufal
RW: SL
STR: CA/ MG
LW: NR/ JS.


4.) 20 Apr 2018 11:16:46
hang on we were saying he had got us scoring!
i say stick with back three but play two strikers with one attacking midfielder.


5.) 20 Apr 2018 11:48:13
Saintjay, I appreciate that you’re annoyed by the result last night but you seem to have forgotten the games played after we lost to West Ham. We’ve played a 4-3-3 most of the season and it hampered our attacking play as our fullbacks didn’t have the confidence to get forward and we ended up playing in front of the opposition with little penetration. The only time we got behind the opposition defence was when we played with Redmond as a winger on his natural right side, but we don’t have a natural left winger so the side is unbalanced.

MH has come in with so few games to go, he doesn’t have the time to make big sweeping changes. He’s tweaking. He has tried 4-4-2 but that weakened us defensively (as it did under MP2). Against Chelsea (and most of the Arsenal game) we played the 3-4-2-1 formation and it served us well. The benefit to this system is that with the ball, it gives Bertrand and Cedric the confidence to bomb forward and give us width, leading to 3 of the 4 goals we have scored in the last two games. Cedric and Bertrand achieved 2 and 1 assist respectively. Without the ball, Bertrand and Cedric can tuck in to make a back 5, Tadic and JWP drop beside PEH and Romeu to make a midfield 4 leaving Long up top to hassle any deep player with the ball or chase clearances. If there is a quick counter against us, we should still have enough players available to defend in a 4-4-2. It wasn’t the formation that let us down against Chelsea, but the players failing to cope with a motivated Giroud and MH failing to acknowledge this and correct it quickly enough.

We’ve struggled to score all season but we have scored 4 in the last 2 games. Defensively, we have struggled all season and whilst we have conceded 3 a game since MH took over, we have played Arsenal and Chelsea who have the technical ability to finish consistently ruthlessly when teams lower down the league do not. We will not concede 3 goals every game, as proved last night.

I think its also worth highlighting again the effect of the team’s mentality. We’ve seen all season how some games they seem fired up and ready, whereas for others, they seem timid and panicky. Irrespective of the formation and MH’s instructions, I think there were signs of that again last night. Don’t forget that Leicester hammered us at home, we were playing away, we’re under much greater pressure now then we were then and Leicester are still a team that has the capability of being clinical with Jamie Vardy being in good goal scoring form. So for the team not to implode as it has before, for us to get our first clean sheet under MH, for us to pick up a very valuable point in a tough away game should all be seen as positives. The team faced a stern test last night and they came through it with something to hold on to.

I do not question the team’s formation, but I think you’re right to question the personnel. Shane Long’s work rate up top is not matched by any other forward in our squad. However, as was evidenced again last night, his finishing is sub-standard. The best chance of the game fell to him and he should have scored but he’s not a natural finisher. Austin is a natural finisher but doesn’t work as hard so its difficult to play him as a lone striker. Ideally we could have Long and Austin playing together but as we’ve seen a 4-4-2 doesn’t work and a 3-4-1-2 would also leave us exposed defensively. Maybe Long could take one of the positions behind Austin, though that would require defensive discipline on his part when we don’t have the ball and no silly freekicks.

JWP is playing the same starting position as Kevin De Bruyne but he’s nowhere near as effective and aside from set plays, struggles to affect the game from such an advanced role.

Our midfield two are primarily there to provide a screen for the back three when the wing backs push up. With so many teams playing 3 midfielders, our two can easily find themselves outnumbered if one of the wingbacks or attacking midfielders doesn’t read the play and drop to help defensively. I disagree that PEH and Romeu aren’t good enough with the ball to pass the ball out from there. Both have demonstrated the ability to find a teammate in short interchanges or from distance if they are given space. PEH’s enthusiasm and workrate are high and help to lift the team. We have no-one else in the squad who is a reliable defensive midfielder with better passing abilities. Lemina sadly has struggled since Christmas and I think that’s a mental issue and the need for time to adapt to the league as much as anything else.

There’s the rub. You can certainly look at our team and say that players aren’t as effective in their roles as we would like, but the problem is, when you look at our squad and the list of any possible replacements, the list is often very short and the players not starting are undeniably less effective in terms of their overall performance for the team than the alternative. As I said before, if you play Austin up top, his defensive work will be less than Long’s. You drop Long in to one of the attacking midfield roles then you lose the craft of Tadic (when he plays well) or the set piece ability of JWP. You also ask Long to play in midfield when we don’t have the ball which is not a natural position for him so will be quite a gamble. If you bring Sims on, where would you play him in this formation to get the best of him? The same with Gabbi or Carrillo. Lemina is unreliable at the moment, Davis is just back after a couple of injuries, is McQueen a better option than Bertrand? Offensively perhaps, but defensively? Pied for Cedric anyone?

With so few games remaining, MH can’t continue to experiment too drastically with the team and expect the players to win games, as that is the position we are in now. The team looks more effective in attack with the current formation and for long spells, we have looked comfortable defensively. Its now on MH and the players to learn from their defensive errors whilst not retreating and reducing our potency in attack. A first clean sheet against a thorny Leicester side will give the players confidence they are moving in the right direction.


6.) 20 Apr 2018 14:53:35
i disagree with hojbjerg not passing very well from deep. he has a very good eye for a pass as proved for that ball to bertrand against chelsea. he is our best option next to romeu atm so MH just needs to work out where the more attacking midfielders and strikers can fit in.


7.) 20 Apr 2018 15:28:50
Diggy, I didn't see any enjoyment on the faces of the 3 goons sat in the crowd at all? They looked like goons, that's for sure, but unhappy goons.

But I completely agree, what a bizarre game and approach from us. We might be the first team to ever play like we want to go down. It wasn't the players this time Imo, it was a manager who says all week we need to be positive and play without fear, and then sets the team up to play with fear! Strange. Championship here we come, barring 3 wins on the bounce which is impossible to imagine.


8.) 20 Apr 2018 16:38:06
Figo . Pied for Cedric . absolutely. Don't think Cedric is the Cedric of old. his defending is on par but his crossing and offensive play is not. Pied has always looked good.

A point against a team with a good attacking record was excellent. I am not sure I can think of one mistake the defense made. but some of our passing was atrocious.


9.) 20 Apr 2018 16:47:41
Agree 3 wins look very unlikely indeed! Although I still feel 7 points may be enough. Can’t see Huddersfield gaining another point to be honest.


10.) 21 Apr 2018 07:16:58
Figo ad ever spot on,


 

 

29 Mar 2018 19:03:53
Good luck tomorrow to the boys
Hopefully we will get the first couple of goals early the let the toxic atmosphere begin.

diggy5471

1.) 30 Mar 2018 09:21:53
I think Huddersfield will only get 34 points this season so a draw against West Ham would not be a disaster, 2 wins and 3 draws might be enough.


 

 

17 Mar 2018 07:14:00
Tomorrow's predictions anyone
It's going to be a tough game Wigan won in the week so their tails will be up
So many things about tomorrow's game are
Keeping us all wondering and on our toes
The line up how the players will respond under Hughes hopefully we will see what we've be craving all season
A positive approach with out all the negativity from the touch line
It's good we've got this game
So early in his reign so he can she the reaction from the team he picks
Can't wait
UTS.

diggy5471

1.) 17 Mar 2018 10:11:18
Both teams will be carrying positives into the game. Wigan stand second in League one and following the win against City, they’re unbeaten in the league with two wins and two draws. On their route here they’ve beaten a weak Bournemouth team at the second attempt at home, a wobbly West Ham at home, who lost midfielder Obiang in the first half to injury and Masuaku was sent off in the 49th minute and finally, Man City, again at home. Anyone who saw the City game will know that City controlled the game and peppered Wigan’s goal with shots and chances created but struggled to get the ball over the line, then got caught on the break with Wigan scoring from one of their 4 attempts in the game, in contrast to City’s 29. Oh, and Claudio Bravo was in goal so……

That said, I’m not trying to undermine Wigan’s efforts to get here because they’re playing well in the league and have carried that form into their Cup wins. I think it just helps to have a little context and remember that they are a league one side. The media will be focusing on the giant killing story and luck has been on Wigan’s side in respect of home draws as again, we must face them on their home turf.

As we all know, we have a new manager who will be looking to make an initial statement with this first game. Hughes said in his press conference yesterday that he sees the cup as a good opportunity to try to build some momentum. I anticipate the players will likely want to do the same with Hughes highlighting that he requires a high level of performance from the players to ensure they retain their starting positions.

Mark Hughes is a manager with an intensive, fitness focused approach to training. We won’t see instant results on that front as fitness takes time to build but Hughes has said he believes there’s a good platform to start from. He has also underlined that he feels training before his arrival was below the intensity levels he likes to see so the players will be worked a bit harder. He feels from what he has seen so far that all the players are willing to raise their levels without complaint and that there is a communal desire to improve things. All good rhetoric but as fans, we would like to see performances and results improve sooner rather than later. A win against a tricky Wigan side in the FA Cup would be a great start.

The most fascinating thing today and in future matches is to see what formation Hughes will ask the team to adopt. This season especially at Stoke, Hughes liked to use a 3-5-2/ 5-3-2. Many of us have been clamouring for two up top this season so there is a much better chance of seeing this if Hughes can find a strong back three he likes. Perhaps while Yoshi is out we could see Bertrand deputise with McQueen on the left wing/ wing-back role. I’m not sure Bednarek or any of our under 23s are ready for the step up.

So tomorrow, I hope to see a more assertive, aggressive and intense performance. We will not be pressing Wigan all over the pitch for 90 minutes, nor any future prem opposition, as to try to do so is folly, but we should be looking to assert our dominance over them. We are better, player for player and if must win those individual battles, as Wigan are playing better as a team. On that front, if Hughes can get the lads playing with better direction and purpose as a collective, we’ll win. If Hughes’ impact is anything less than instant and the team play with fear or uncertainty, Wigan will win.


2.) 17 Mar 2018 17:09:18
Hoping to see an exciting end to end up tie with us wining by the odd goal in 3. Results today leaves West Ham and Huddersfield clearly in our sites. COYR.


 

 

12 Mar 2018 21:03:40
So they've eventually gone and done thank god. Why we left it this long god knows. Well at least we can get behind the team. And he no excuses for the remaining games. Their has to be a reaction from the team in the next match. No more side ways and backs thank you full steam ahead.

diggy5471

1.) 12 Mar 2018 21:07:49
Puts paid to the conspiracy theories that have started to surface again. Now the questions are who comes in and when.


2.) 12 Mar 2018 21:22:33
The only reason conspiracy theories arose was that absolutely no one could understand how MP was keeping his job, or why! It just wasn't making sense, especially with his stubborn approach to tactics/ team formation.
Phew . thank god it's over . it's been awful!
Onwards and upwards .


3.) 12 Mar 2018 21:26:34
Silva
Bilic
Anchelotti
Not worried now as long as we play attractive football.


4.) 13 Mar 2018 23:09:56
I really don't care about attractive football until next season, just get the points we need to survive.


 

 

 

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12 Aug 2018 15:38:55
Not being negative but I would just wish Redmond would take a few chances and stretch their defences a bit more
He’s got the ability but lacks the confidence
Anyway a point against a solid Burnley isn’t the end of the world.

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28 May 2018 14:42:08
I’d like to think they need to invest properly for one season atleast to try to get back to where we were
Hughes will have his list of new faces as will the club hopefully between them they can get it right.

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

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10 Aug 2018 05:06:40
Wish Danny Ings all the best returning home just watched his interview and you genually feel he wanted this move and just wants to get going after his dissapointing time at Liverpool
This potentially could be as sreawdest signing for saints for a few seasons now
On paper Danny’s stats at Burnley we’re 122 played 38 goals and that was at a team who went down the year he got sold
So if Hughes can get this team firing on all cylinders with the options we now have up front
We could be looking at a good season
I’m also glad to see harry read back this lad needs games for saints always rated his desire and commitment his energy were always his best attributes
His only fault was sometimes leaving a foot in when he didn’t need to and getting himself in the book

Anyway Burnley Sunday they had a excellent season last year but it’s whether they can improve on that this year who knows
Personally I think we will take the 3 points and win 2.0
So let’s get behind the team and let’s get them over the line for our first win
COYR.

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{Ed001's Note - Targett could be good as well. Bernard has not had the best of times recently, might give him a kick up the backside to have genuine competition.}


 

 

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25 Jul 2018 18:10:51
Yes I agree about some of our signings I understand the club are a little naieve and they seem to watch the same utube videos we watch when we’re linked with a player
I do think money’s a massive part of why we won’t buy
until we off load to many fringe players of tens of thousands now watch saints play week in week out
I’m not 100 % are squads there yet but they have made the right moves so far
COYR.

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24 Jul 2018 05:34:01
We need to off load before we make additions which is fare enough no point having players on the pay role who we all know will not play again.

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18 Jul 2018 19:56:40
I’d take Chadli and Rondon tbh both have attributes that will benefit our squad.

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10 Jul 2018 20:10:40
I think last years scare has shaken the board room up and
They have realised it was too close for comfort and obviously don’t want that rubbish happening again
Which is why our spending has been surprising but very positive.

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