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12 Mar 2018 21:21:41
I actually posted that Saints should sack MP and get in Mark Hughes for the last games. Hughes can motivate the players, get them on board and hopefully we can pull it round.

It should have been done long ago!

gtsaint

1.) 12 Mar 2018 21:33:00
I’d take Brendan Rogers with dembelle coming down in the summer for good measure.


2.) 12 Mar 2018 21:42:35
Thank god for that, maybe now we'll see something different. I'd take Rodgers over Silva.


3.) 12 Mar 2018 21:58:20
Do you think they'll go for the long term solution? Or only an interm manager for the remaining games. The interm makes sense for me, someone that can keep us with the games remaining.


4.) 12 Mar 2018 22:00:58
Oh I just read that les reeds coming out of retirement
He's only got 8 games to beat his last stint as a manager
Bet he doesn't see the 8 out.


5.) 12 Mar 2018 23:28:28
Don’t even joke about it :)


6.) 13 Mar 2018 04:54:14
Sorry had to get that one out.


 

 

25 Jan 2018 21:28:12
Carrillo signed, now for Quincy P. Score more goals than the opposition and you win games!

gtsaint

1.) 25 Jan 2018 22:04:09
What's the latest on Promes?


2.) 25 Jan 2018 22:18:32
We're chasing him. I think we're close to agreeing the signing fee with Moscow. However, what I didn't realise is that his wage is 130k per week, so he'll need to take a huge pay cut to join us.


3.) 26 Jan 2018 00:49:00
To be honest teams we perceive to be below us are paying those wages and the money from TV rights are rediculous. If we want to stay in the Premiership we need to start paying the wages that the better players demand. We need to move forward with the times.


4.) 26 Jan 2018 07:52:48
I agree - if we ever hope to challenge and push forward you have to match the "big boys" otherwise we will only attract peripheral players or those who just use us as a stepping stone (appreciate this happens. ) - with new investment surely this must be realitically achievable?


5.) 26 Jan 2018 10:06:52
I disagree guys. There is little point in breaking your wage structure to sign one player as not only does that effect your finances for him, it upsets the balance across the team as many other players could demand new contracts to improve their wages to match this new level. The club could be blown out of the water financially in one fell swoop, or risk upsetting the squad and losing key players who insist on leaving if their new wage demands aren’t met. It is crucial that a club of our size keeps its finances in check. If we go heavily into debt, bringing in players we cannot afford to keep and they all jump ship, we end up relegated and at risk of going into administration. One transfer can have such a huge effect.

The reality is, we cannot match the big boys. Our club is smaller in every respect. We do not have the history of League, European or domestic cup success let alone the finances. Our ground is smaller, we sell fewer match day tickets, we sell cheaper match day tickets, we sell fewer replica shirts, we do not have a global brand, our marketing and sponsorship contracts are likely to be smaller, we receive less TV income than the big teams as we are on TV less, not only in our domestic league but in Europe and domestic cups as well. We cannot compete with them and we should not risk ruining the club to try.

The way we compete with the big teams is to have some of the best youth systems and training facilities in the country. The aim is not only to develop good young players but to make the best of the squad we have and also, our facilities have often been sited by new signings as a major reason why they sign for us. They see the set-up we have and see how professional and detailed our approach is behind the scenes.

So the club’s long term aim is (and should continue to be) to sign young players and develop them. If you look at Tottenham, their squad is paid very little compared to the other teams around them but they have young, hungry players who believe in the project and are all pulling together. When they get older, if Tottenham isn’t enough, then they may move on but there is always someone else to take their place. The difference between our aims and theirs are that they have greater money to spend and tend to focus on instant impact players to bring in, whereas we look to sign for the future.

If Promes won’t agree to our wage structure, we have to move on. It would be a shame to miss out on a talent like his, but it may be the black box can unearth another. It seems Gaitan is that back-up option if we can persuade him. I’m not sure who the next cab off the rank would be as the reports I’ve read so far only relate to Promes and Gaitan as wide options.


6.) 26 Jan 2018 15:37:20
Good sensible quote Figo agree with most of it. The point on the world class training facilities is very true and brilliant academy also true. Unfortunately nothing much seems to be coming out of this academy lately. I wonder why.


7.) 26 Jan 2018 17:23:45
It was interesting. I just did some digging into wage structures in Premier League. And on average, we are higher than a lot of clubs. I think the only non-big 6 teams that were above us was Everton, Leicester and West Ham. Which, wasn't surprising to read, we pay each player on average 55k per week.
However, the highest paid player at each club we are 16th (Lemina on 80k according to this article) . Whereas players like Benteke fit the bracket - he's on 120k per week but CP's average wage is lower than ours.
So yes looking at this transfer would it really be worth breaking our wage structure and upsetting more players in the team and creating friction from that?
And as Figo was saying we're not a global brand, if we bring in Promes, yes he will probably be our top shirt seller. However, we won't be selling hundreds of thousands of shirts with his name on the back aboard. Players like Pogba and Sanchez, the global recognition they get, they up paying for themselves.


8.) 26 Jan 2018 20:54:24
To be honest saintjay until recently I had never heard of Quincy Promes and I am pretty sure nobody else in the world that are just general football supporters have heard of him either. Can’t see there is going to be a rush globally to buy his shirt even if he signs for SFC which I very much doubt is going to happen.


9.) 27 Jan 2018 12:00:37
I think we do have to break our typical MO. I think especially how we are going, we need to shake things up. Maybe we really do just need to get rid of the board or manager. Who knows. Something definitely needs to change. Who knows if we need to change our transfer and wage policy. We won't know til we do it no?


10.) 27 Jan 2018 12:33:14
That's a very interesting stat saintjay, however when you look at money in each season due to TV rights it keeps going up and up. Next summer is meant to be a record breaker again supposedly. We sold Manè at 34m was it? Please correct me if I'm wrong, where as the prices these days surely that would have been higher.

I don't wish the club to start trying to pay over the odds for players and for wages but I do believe decent attackers these days are certainly getting paid higher wages. If there is no goals coming in, there is a problem. I'm not wanting the club to put itself in a financial difficulty but surely a decent attacking player these days that will make a difference in the Premiership has to be worth at least 100k a week.

I don't know enough about quincy to say he'd definitely be the man but we also need to start moving forward if we hope to achieve "the European targets" as stated in the clubs ambition.
The way it's going this season we are going to be in for a tough ride. To me it seems like there is a massive problem behind the scenes, our team chemistry and overall fitness compared to other teams has been very crucial in last several years but it looks like we are lacking in both departments this season. Just hope we can pull through and gather enough points to stay up.

I believe we will but I think it's going to be a nail biting season for the supporters if we don't turn things around soon. The manager just hasn't been using our players strengths all season. Tadic is a quality crosser but Shane long and gabbiadini aren't target men. Shane long is great at distracting defenders and gabbi is a great finisher and poacher with the ball at his feet, the ball in the air to the pair is wasted. We need to start playing more through balls and early crosses on the deck for the pair.


11.) 27 Jan 2018 12:39:41
great post figo.


 

 

27 Dec 2017 18:40:29
VVD to Liverpool? Thanks for the 75 million. No loss to us. he was not any good for us this year. we can buy 3 quality players for this amount! ( let's hope so! )

gtsaint

1.) 27 Dec 2017 19:05:20
Where do we invest the money?
New GK
New creative midfielder
New Striker
New manager, reinvest the money to get in a quality manager and use the money to pay their wages. A bit like Newcastle with RB.


2.) 27 Dec 2017 19:36:52
Staying in the premier league. then get the black box an update.


3.) 27 Dec 2017 21:09:06
I think the bulk will be spent next transfer window as you’ll know if you stayed up or if the money can buffer the money lost from relegation.


4.) 27 Dec 2017 22:28:23
I actually think fair play to the saints board in regards to selling van Dijk. If you consider the facts it is crazy. Man U payed £75 million for Lukaku, and man city were wanting Alexis Sanchez for £50 million, and now Liverpool are getting VVD, who is a Southampton defender, and also an overrated one at that, for £75 million!
In regards to spending money, I personally think we need a new GK as Forster's reactions aren't very good, and that could have saved a few points this season. the other thing we need is another striker to replace long. Kane has scored something like 43 goals since long last scored! i'm not sure about the new manager. sacking a manager doesn't necessarily sort out all the problems as you have seen. A lot of saints fans are now saying 'we should have kept Puel' so sacking a manager I don't think is a good idea unless we have someone such as Thomas Tuchel as a definite replacement.


5.) 28 Dec 2017 01:24:11
I agree Saint bod; I'm open to sacking the manager, but not just for the sake of it. If you have a clear vision of who should replace him and what they'll bring to the table, then fine.

Tuchel would be amazing but I'll believe that when I see it! Doesn't need to be a big name necessarily, I just want to see that there's a plan if they do sack him, rather than just a panic move.


6.) 28 Dec 2017 10:55:01
Glad it's finally done.

Board has done well getting that fee.

We definitely need to spend the money.


7.) 28 Dec 2017 11:05:40
Admittedly i'm a distant Saints fan following from the TV and Web, having moved from Soton 10 yrs ago, but Why not take Koeman back. he's out of work, we played great under him, and he'll think twice about going to a supposed bigger club in the future. with all due respect, Pellegrino is a step back from Puel, who was about as positive as Sturrock, Wigly, Gray!


8.) 28 Dec 2017 11:38:07
Agree 1863 shows that Puel did a pretty good job.


9.) 28 Dec 2017 16:48:15
I'd welcome back Koeman - it was a good combination when he was the manager.


10.) 29 Dec 2017 07:30:39
Why not stick jhaidi in charge until we find a replacement what damage can be done that already hasn't? The man has a great attitude seems to getting the best out of U23's as a temporary fix because my honest opinion the team ain't playing for MP no more.


 

 

24 Aug 2017 14:59:55
Foster has lost his place in The England squad. Do we have a goalkeeping coach? Work on his mobility. He has to be more than just a stopper.

gtsaint

1.) 24 Aug 2017 15:10:39
I'd imagine Forster isn't easily coached. he seems like he's about as dumb as a plank if you've ever seen an interview of him.


2.) 24 Aug 2017 16:02:31
He's just so awkward . he's not natural even the shots he does save is like a shovel or the ball just hitting him. With a big guy you'd expect mobility to not be as good, find it more difficult to get down but would expect him to be an beast claiming everything in the air and dominating his box scaring the life out if anyone who goes near him. he does nothing. A gentle giant who's been found out . dropped and rightly so.


3.) 24 Aug 2017 17:08:14
Wow this is getting a bit harsh, don't have to assassinate our own players do we? Can't we just say he's on a bad run of form and it would be a good idea to sign a decent keeper and let the two of them compete for the jersey. Surely we can find a solid keeper for 8 millon, this is getting silly. If forster re-finds his form, then we still have a decent back up option.


4.) 24 Aug 2017 19:01:02
Had this conversation with an ed previously he stated Forster hasn't trained on since he left Newcastle. How can you be that big and not terrify attackers Utd 3rd in cup final prime example scream and come off your line nobody wouldn't flinch. He has to decide knuckle down train and change or loose first team place. If he comes for crosses and misses it's better than standing still.

NO goalie should be beaten in the air from a cross if they time it right they are all 6' to 6'6 and have a 2 foot reach Ronaldo doesn't leap 8' 6 keep getting improved contracts doesn't help.
I don't like to slate any player but he needs to hear some comments watch videos and improve
Chuffed for yosh great servant always tries sometimes unlucky and versatile squad player.


5.) 24 Aug 2017 21:24:08
A 16 month run of bad form is not bad form. its just poor. I don't think we as fans should get on his back. but he hasn't been good enough for a long time and I hope saints are looking at other options.


6.) 24 Aug 2017 22:41:15
Sorry Ben, I'll try to phrase everything in meek platitudes from now on.

This is a forum where people post opinions, and therefore criticism is surely allowed. Otherwise what the hell is the point. Granted I probably got a bit personal but I was kidding and I sincerely doubt he's reading.


7.) 24 Aug 2017 23:14:43
Come on he has been nowhere near as bad as people have made out. He didn't have the best of seasons last year, but nor did a lot of our players, have some faith.


8.) 24 Aug 2017 23:34:31
Side note. don't agree that you can pin Ibra's winner in the final on Forster whatsoever. CB's should never allow a striker a free header from that distance and in so much space. Even more so when that striker happens to be probably the best header of the ball of his generation (except Lambert, of course) .


9.) 25 Aug 2017 07:56:06
Didn't pin it on him was just an example of what he needs to improve he just stands there most of the time and the ball hits him. He needs to use his size to make the forward think about him then by default not time the finish.


10.) 25 Aug 2017 09:19:31
When Forester first arrived, he looked quality at commanding the box from corners. He'd come out from corners and get the ball everytime. Maybe he has lost confidence because of all the defensive departments. But most goals we concede he just seems rooted.


11.) 25 Aug 2017 10:16:06
To be fair on him, he suffered a really bad injury, and he hasn't been the same really since coming back. As other have said for a keeper his size you would expect him to at the very least command his box and claim crosses etc. He looks a beast but doesn't act like one. If he did that you could let his poor level of ahot stopping slide. but his shot stopping is poor (the ones he does keep out he seems to push straight in to danger) his presence in the box is poor, he's slow, and his kicking at times last year was shockingly bad. You look at pickford who is tiny in comparison, but offers so much more as a keeper. I wish we'd bought butland instead of forster.


12.) 25 Aug 2017 17:06:32
His best spell for the club was when he got back from injury under Koeman which saw us reach 6th in the league!


13.) 26 Aug 2017 08:54:00
St Sam totally agree. He came back in and kept a run of clean sheets. I think he isn't confident in the defence in front of him.


14.) 26 Aug 2017 18:37:58
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Fraser Forster has kept 35 clean sheets in the Premier League - more than any other English goalkeeper.


15.) 27 Aug 2017 14:59:01
He wasn't too shabby yesterday against Huddersfield.


 

 

22 Aug 2017 20:08:11
Hoedt has signed! Well done Les!5 year contract., Young and very promising.

gtsaint

1.) 25 Aug 2017 19:33:05
We'll take him off your hands in a couple of seasons.


 

 

 

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22 Apr 2018 17:52:41
Guess we get rid of the whole squad but keep anyone under 23.

Build again with home grown players and a manager capable of managing.

But that means the whole board being replaced. Will it happen?

gtsaint

1.) 22 Apr 2018 18:50:51
Swans good annihilated as predicted.
V difficult for players to have fully focused today when got a cup final v Bournemouth on Sat. Robbed of a goal again lol.


2.) 22 Apr 2018 20:18:41
Why would that mean the whole board being replaced? Who says there aren't very sensible people on that board being shouted down by a few leaders who have got it wrong?

I don't agree with people saying we need to completely annihilate our board. We need to accept that that change is needed, and take an honest look at what worked to get us to where we were, and what stopped working to get us where we are. Personally I doubt a sensible and honest assessment like that would lead us to just sacking them all and starting again. We need to be brutal about finding the problem, but I have no doubt there are people there capable of being a part of the solution.


3.) 22 Apr 2018 20:35:17
I was excited to see the team MH picked for the semi final .
What I never expected was to see was that none of the midfielders attempted to make any telling passes? no incisive passes, forward passes, over the top passes . well to be honest, absolutely no passes
that serviced the attack. It was bizarre to watch . even Lemina looked side wards and backwards .

Well Swansea got stuffed so at least something bright comes out of today.


4.) 22 Apr 2018 21:57:55
I’m not sure anything quite so drastic as getting rid of the whole squad is required. If we stay up, some of the team are getting too old to contribute effectively, some are not quite up to scratch and its evident strengthening will be required and a new head coach with commitment to a long-term project, more and better coaches for the first and youth teams. If we do end up being relegated, those older players, or those not quite Premier league quality will likely be up to scratch in the Championship.

I’m not sure today’s match was tough to prep for or commit to. Most people starting were the regulars bar Austin and Lemina which led to a change in formation. I think its fair to say that the 3-5-2 didn’t work. As expected, with two forwards staying central, the wingbacks struggled to get forward as they couldn’t benefit from the neat interchanges on either flank with Tadic and JWP that have been so effective in recent weeks. The midfield three were all defensively minded with PEH and Romeu doing as they have in recent weeks but with Lemina doing the same. No-one took the initiative to drive forward and link midfield and forwards so the forwards were isolated and we ended up playing hopeless long balls or sideways and backwards. It reminded me of the good old days under MP2.

The second half was much better once MH changed our formation back to what has been the norm of late. Tadic and Redmond provided the support required to the Austin as the lone forward to give us some real attacking impetus and suddenly Bertrand and Cedric were released. We were very unlucky not to score in this period as we had our best spell. If only Wesley Hoedt had defended rather than bending over and spreading his arms like he was impersonating an Ostrich with its head in the sand.

I think MH needs to take several notes from this match moving forward. Firstly, we need to keep the 3-4-2-1 formation. Secondly, Austin is much more of a goal threat than Shane Long and if we are to score consistently in our run in as we need to, Austin needs to play as the lone striker. He did admirably up top for the last 30 minutes of the game and played the full 90 today so he has it in him. Redmond is definitely an option with Tadic behind the striker. Provides more going forwards than JWP with pace, technical ability and he can drift out wide and put crosses in from the goaline. Lemina is not a reliable option in midfield going into these key games. He played much, much better in the second half when we going forwards but the first half was littered with the usual slips, slow thinking and backward passing, even when he had time to turn and move forwards. If we are doing well going forwards, I’m sure he will be an able deputy for one of our midfielders if required but let's keep him on the bench at the start.


5.) 22 Apr 2018 22:03:01
Team was more like what I want to see, although still can't really understand no JWP.


6.) 24 Apr 2018 11:10:07
In the position we are in and given he is a dead ball specialist, I am not sure why JWP does not play the full 90. With him on the pitch, with Austin’s finishing, we are in with a shout.

I seem to recall rumours of Boufal falling out with MP2 and now Hughes. Pattern?


7.) 24 Apr 2018 17:01:52
This is the on-going JWP debate and honestly, it makes me wish that you were allowed to make rolling substitutions like in hockey when the men’s team used to bring on their penalty corner specialist, just for that set piece and when it was done, send him back to the bench.

JWP is an excellent technician from set pieces but we may have only a handful from attacking positions in any one game and despite his excellent delivery, the number of goals scored from set pieces remains relatively low. He has scored 3 goals and has 3 assists to his name this season from 28 appearances. Any method of seeking to score is valid and if we have an expert on the pitch to make it more likely, it’s a sensible way to go, but given these stats, that player must contribute something else.

In patches during the season, JWP has seemed to offer more with increased work rate being the most notable factor. But otherwise, he seems to offer very little. Defensively, he makes less than one tackle per game, and is dribbled past almost once per game. Offensively, he has scored 3 goals from 28 appearances, has 3 assists, averages 1 shot per game, roughly 1 key pass a game and almost no dribbles. In respect of his passing, he averages one cross a game, less than one long ball and he attempts on average 27 passes per game with an accuracy of 79%.

In summary, he offers little defensively other than an obstacle and going forwards, he rarely shoots, rarely scores, he doesn’t run at players in a direct way, he doesn’t have pace, he doesn’t try to beat people on the outside, he doesn’t cross. So the stats back up the view held by most that JWP tends to sit in an advanced position and play neat little passes to people nearby, but taking no responsibility himself to create or score.

Does he want to be the heartbeat of the team? Most teams that have a player that keeps things ticking over will place that player in a deeper role. Think of players like Kante, Matic, Fernandinho, or Dembele to a degree. They average between 65 and 87 passes per game with an accuracy of around 90%. Its perhaps unfair to compare JWP to players from the biggest teams but it’s a marked difference. The player in our team who performs that kind of role is Romeu and his stats are more comparable with 57 passes pg and 83% accuracy. I’m not sure JWP has the defensive skill set.

I’m not sure even JWP knows his best position and those coaching him at the moment seem to be doing little to allocate him a role and help him develop the required skillset to impact a game. He’s still only 23 so time is just about on his side, but he remains in my view and old fashioned centre midfielder and the modern style of play has left him behind.

As for Boufal, he was clearly a bit miffed with MP2 given his goal celebration against West Brom, but if he wants to play, he needs to be more consistent. He's contributed so little in the time he has been afforded. I suspect he'll be going to a new club if we stay up. Maybe he'll find his feet in the Championship otherwise.


8.) 24 Apr 2018 18:25:02
Hi Figo, thanks so much for that info, some really what hehile points with stats to back it up. When you look at it that way I guess I can understand the reasoning for not giving him the 90. However I seem to recall games ‘changing’ recently when he goes off, or we suddenly seem to have a free kick in a promising area, or of course I am clutching at straws!
I also recall not loads but numerous decent deliveries that have not been finished, with Austin back, perhaps his assists will increase - I guess my point is that with clinical forwards, a midfielders stats can be impressive, but in a team struggling to finish with confidence, it doesn’t matter how good the delivery is. For a prompt lad he seems to care, perhaps Boufal and co do too of course, but somehow I don’t see that in the body language.


9.) 25 Apr 2018 11:39:55
*worthwhile
*pompy

:)


10.) 25 Apr 2018 14:14:37
Hi Figo, just the point out JWP has actually contributed with 5 assists this season and played 1659 minutes. Meaning he's contributing to goals every couple of games. He's a difficult player to discuss, I think for Saints fans he's been around for years and still not managed to cement his self in the first team. I still think we could've sent him out a loan a few seasons ago to get some first-team football.

His set-pieces are too good to leave out, but we can't rely on putting someone in the starting 11 that may have an impact IF we get a set-piece in a dangerous position.

And I agree with Figo, he doesn't know his best position and neither do we. I don't think he as what it takes to be a modern-day CDM, a lot of these players have the ability to win the ball and drift the ball upfield and turn the attack into defences. JWP's lack of ability to take on players shows that he couldn't take on this role. Could we play him out wide and have in crossing in balls from deep? Like a Beckham? Or have him play just behind the attackers and try and get into goalscoring positions. Like a Lampard. The Championship could be a good thing for his development if he doesn't get fished away.

As for Boufal I would imagine he's been messing around with his usual tricks in training being entertaining and I'm assuming MH doesn't have the patience for this. Boufal is technically the most gifted player in the team and watching him can be very entertaining. However, if everytime he gets the ball in training he's looking at using some unbelievable skills, I can imagine any manager would get short with this, especially considering the position we're in.


11.) 25 Apr 2018 14:17:28
I certainly take your point on the poor scoring return from our strikers reducing the number of assists, but I do not recall any games where JWP has caused havoc in the opposition box with his passing, leaving us tearing our hair out because he is doing all he can and its our strikers who are missing golden chacnes. If you look at Trent Alexander-Arnold whipping balls in from deep positions and turning the opposition back four, JWP doesn’t do this. David Beckham as an old style right midfielder too would make space for himself to cross and create chances regularly and was therefore seen as an attacking threat. JWP doesn’t do this. So even his lack of pace, mobility isn’t really an excuse for failing to deliver crosses, or even through balls when in a more central position.

I also agree that when he goes off, especially when we’re chasing a game as we have been of late, we miss him when we are awarded set pieces in attacking positions as no-one in our team can deliver a killer ball like he can. But that doesn’t answer what contribution he would have made prior to and after that set piece. Perhaps the only reason we are attacking more fluently and winning free kicks and corners is a result of him being off and a better attacker being on. I think its fair to say, certainly in my experience anyway, that I only miss him when we waste an attacking set play due to poor delivery. Otherwise, I’m not sure I can tell in most games whether he is actually on or off the field.

Also, to be clear, this isn’t intended as JWP bashing. I would love to see him step up and start making an impact but I feel he no longer has such a strong argument of lack of experience or youth on his side. He needs to develop stronger attacking or defensive attributes if he is to justify his place in the starting 11 of any Premier League side. He’s another player who may benefit from a spell in the Championship if we are to drop down. If he can hone his game there, it could be the making of him.


12.) 25 Apr 2018 16:10:39
I don't think you come across as bashing him, all relevant. That said, whoever seems to replace JWP when he does go off / left out has hardly set the world on fire. Here is hoping for the next few games.


 

 

08 Apr 2018 16:20:15
Shame but we are down now.

I would give the job to Hughes and encourage him to build a team of home grown talent who want to play for the club.

I think the board should all resign and we should start again from scratch.

gtsaint

1.) 08 Apr 2018 18:36:56
Our team next year should be:
GK: Harry Lewis
RB: Pied (think Cedric will leave)
CB: Stephens
CB: Yoshida
LB: McQueen
CDM: PEH
CDM: Reed
RAM: JWP
CAM: Hesketh
LAM: Sims
ST: Gallagher
Play youth players and build a quality team, that wants to play for the club.
Newcastle have somewhat done the same.


2.) 08 Apr 2018 18:40:22
Hang on gt we are not down yet, you never know. We are down when the maths say so not before. Doesn't look great agreed but keep the faith difficult as it is.


3.) 08 Apr 2018 19:25:16
We played well against Arsenal today despite the loss and we scored some goals! Miracles do happen, so the best we can do as fans is give our full support, and then if we do go down we'll go down fighting! COYR!


4.) 08 Apr 2018 22:22:09
Surely you must have more faith that we can stay up after today than before? I though they showed everything we've been asking for today. Any points today were bonus points. if we play like that every game from now, I 100% believe we'll stay up. That's a big if, mind you.

I'll start thinking about next season after this one's over.


5.) 08 Apr 2018 22:34:15
Much better shape and organisation today, we will stay up if we can get 7 points from 6 games, we have a good chance of survival now certainly a lot better than 3 weeks ago under Pellegrino.


6.) 09 Apr 2018 06:36:10
I agree I was their yesterday and our shape was better as was our commitment
Shane worked his socks off up front
I can only hope the players still believe they can get out of it Hughes will be drumming that into them in training this week I expect
Chelsea next week we need something from that game
To close this gap
Palace have the best run in of all the teams down there so I don’t expect us to be chasing them it will be Huddersfield who will start to drop down and we’ve got to snatch their place.


7.) 09 Apr 2018 16:24:57
Well I for one am going to take the positives from the Arsenal game. On Saturday, I held little hope of getting a result but was pleased to see most results of the teams around us work in our favour. Then, on Sunday when I saw the team sheets, I held a little more hope as we were playing a new formation that could balance attack and defence nicely and Arsenal were fielding a weakened side.

The first half was disappointing as we seemed to be happy ceding possession and sporadically pressing their defenders but concentrating more on sitting in two lines of defence. This can be effective if you stay compact and operate as a team, squeezing space and anticipating where the ball is going to press and mark effectively. We clearly need to work on this as the lines were defined but allowed too much space for Arsenal to operate in and run through. Yes, their first goal was neat interplay but if you do not anticipate the run or react quickly enough to it by following/ impeding/ blocking, then you are left flat footed and playing catch up. Defending in this way is a subtle art and one we must practice hard if we are to employ it in future.

I was pleased to see Shane Long score. I’m not his biggest fan as you know and still believe that if we are to stay up, Charlie Austin is far more likely to give us the goals required, but he was very effective in the role he was given yesterday. Crucially, he scored which makes such a difference.

I had hoped that we’d be a little more proactive from the outset, so I was pleased to see on this occasion an improved second half performance. This has happened a lot this season but yesterday was the first game under MH where we had a chance of getting something from the match. There was attacking intent, an early spell of controlled pressure and there was a real sense we were building something. MH took note and decided to go for broke by changing the formation and bringing Austin on for Yoshi. With hindsight, he may wish he had been a little more measured. Whilst Austin’s impact was important as he scored the equaliser shortly after coming on, the change in formation left us weaker in midfield and defence. Arsenal were able to create several good chances and we relied more than once on McCarthy to keep them out. Shane Long was injured and it would perhaps have been more sensible to bring him off for Austin and keep the shape as it was. Despite Bertrand being fairly quiet, Cedric was doing very well coming forward and grabbed two assists for his efforts. But when he’s part of a back four, all too often teams are able to expose his achilles heel, as happened once more here. Tadic was unsurprisingly incapable of stopping the cross coming in and Cedric was outmuscled and outjumped at the back post. If we were still operating with a back three, a better defender would most likely be out wide to try and block the cross and Stephens would likely have been in Cedric’s place and more capable of challenging Wellbeck in the air.

Those are the fine measures by which the remainder of our season will be determined. We didn’t get the rub of the green yesterday with refereeing decisions either for the most part, with fouls missed and 50-50s not falling in our favour. I won’t talk about the red cards as I’ll do so at length separately. However, the ref did make some inconsistent decisions which helps no-one.

But the positive is that there was fight and attacking intent against a good side away from home. Chelsea are in a bit of a hole too so we may be playing them at a good time too on our home turf. If we can not only replicate but build on this performance, we have a chance.


 

 

01 Apr 2018 14:28:52
Yesterday was an April Fools joke come early.

Our players are just not up to the job. Our Board is not up to the job.

You can't blame Hughes.

Where do we go from here? Start building a squad that can stay in the Championship then eventually we may make The Premier after a couple of years. We must choose players who want to be part of a team and not just interested in themselves.

This also applies to the owner and the board so I suggest that when we go down the board are the first to go.

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10 Mar 2018 15:37:59
2 0 down. championship here we come.

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1.) 10 Mar 2018 16:28:27
I only hope we're proved wrong.


 

 

03 Mar 2018 16:59:46
I am afraid we have a manager who cannot inspire players.

I think both Stoke and Saints will now be relegated.

The writing was on the wall at the end of last season. Pity no one took any notice.

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1.) 03 Mar 2018 18:11:07
We did gt the problem is the board didn’t . That is the problem when you don’t have football people running the club. Clueless.


 

 

 

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30 Jan 2018 17:26:24
Much depending on this deal. if we don't get many points out of Brighton and West Brom then MP will be out and the fans will turn against the club, big time.

Our other relegation candidates are strengthening their squads so Les must achieve something. and damn quick.

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30 Aug 2017 18:52:39
Glaringly obvious that we need a target man.

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25 Jan 2017 15:13:40
We need cover for VVD (and Fonte replacement) plus another front man. This is now a basic MINIMUM.

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08 Dec 2016 22:26:51
If a club offer the right price VVD will but not until the Summer.

It all depends on who is the highest bidder. If I was VVD I would want to go abroad ( Spain) . PL is too intense and packed with very average players.

VVD should go to Real Madrid or Barcelona but only after saving us from relegation.

A player is only worth what someone is prepared to pay.

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17 Aug 2015 17:14:43
9 yellows and a Red in 27 games. Sounds a no nonsense tough defender!

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03 Mar 2018 15:49:40
If this is attacking what is defensive?

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11 Feb 2018 18:26:31
It was so quiet today. think the fans have lost faith in the owners, the board and the manager. So sad. Relegation. Now looks a certainty.

One last throw of the dice. Get a new manager in!

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11 Feb 2018 18:06:07
Beginning of December.

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02 Jan 2018 21:53:33
Yes. can't see any solution to this now. we will do a Pompey.

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16 Dec 2017 17:24:17
Surely another goalkeeper to replace "one shot" Forster!

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