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15 Aug 2018 06:31:55
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13 Aug 2018 06:31:23
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12 Aug 2018 19:37:30
Saints v Burnley

Before the game started, and on the way to the ground, felt full of optimism at starting the new season.
When the teams were announced, I was flat! My football buddy, Rob was fairly pleased.

The Goalkeeper - Great

5 at the back. umm, okay but we were at home, and so I wanted us to get back to pressing football, ala Pochettino days.
Three CBs - two Wing Backs?

Midfield - Romue and Lamina, was okay with that, as long as Lamina pushed forward a bit, last year he was too deep.

Stuart Armstrong - Great!

Then the Forwards - Redmond and Charlie Austin. my view to Rob was well at that rate we will go in 0-0 at half time and hope that Mark Hughes then realised the error of his ways and changed the format.

Why when you have Danny Ings and Mo Elyounoussi available, are you going to start with Charlie and Redmond.?

The first 20 minutes we were all over the place, okay first game and all that but still!

Burnley were way more organised and were unlucky not to go in halftime one or two goals up.

Second half starts and Stuart Armstrong gets taken out by Charlie Austin! MH has to make a substitution and indeed brings on Ings for Armstrong and Elyounoussi for Cedric Soares on about 56 minutes!

It was like the lightbulb went on. Danny Ings was sublime, total quality, Mo too started to make moves and to be fair Nathan Redmond started playing way better.

Charlie Austin is too static, heart as big as an Ox, but too slow and need gift rapped opportunities, i know that he can find the net, but doesn't create and carve out opportunities.

The same can't be said for Danny Ings, he was unlucky not to score, but he will, as will Mo. quality!

Lamina had a very good game as did Jack Stephens who should be a starter against Everton next week.

Jannik Vestergaard solid rather than spectacular, but he should be starting next week too.

Cedric Soares, looked like he was fresh back after a stomach problem, but he will be back to his best very soon.

Ryan Bertrand (Captain) still think we need a proper Captain. Solid enough but only a 6/ 10, also concerned that Matt Targett, having been kept back needs some game time, he is our future!

Manola Gabbiadini porr bloke needs to start a game not just be given 18 minutes.

Ward Prowse - he must be so fed up, i know its difficult but he adds something, certainly he must be wondering how he gets a game.

Mark Hughes - Its difficult. personally think we should have started as per the 2nd half team, give Charlie a break, start Danny Ings and Mo.

At least i said to my mate Rob what i thought would happen, and not too far wrong. Redmond is out big arguing point, Rob likes him, i don't, same with Austin but hey. what do i know?

Still a good afternoon out with very good company!

We will finish 10th - 12th this year, as long as the Wine Gums improve. :-) )

Pete.

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12 Aug 2018 22:20:56
Agree with quite a lot of this, although I think it's reasonable that Ings didn't start this one given that he's been here 2 days lol.

Couldn't agree more that we need to get back to playing a faster tempo and pressing in a way which causes other teams issues, even if we're left exposed every now and again. My team for next game:

McCarthy
Cedric, Vestergaard, Stephens, Bertrand
Romeu
Lemina, Ward-Prowse
Redmond, Ings, Elyounoussi.

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13 Aug 2018 07:32:00
Knowing how solid defensively Burnley were last season and the fact that they've played a couple of competitive matches before us, plus this being our first competitive match and all that, I'll take a draw. The signs have been a bit more promising but I do hope the goals will come soon.

Would love to see a classic 4-4-2

-------------McCarthy---------------

Cedric-Stephens-Vestergaard-Bertrand

---------Romeu-----Lemina-----------

Redmond-------------------Elyounessi

-------Gabbiadini---Ings------------

Course up against any stronger side this would be straight up murder lol. Probably take gabs out and put an extra midfielder on. Not knowing how serious Armstrong's injury is, I'd have a proper headache once he's fit. And I haven't even thought about Hojbjerg.

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13 Aug 2018 11:41:09
I said in my pre-match article that three centre-backs could cause us issues in the game and so it proved. Bertrand and Cedric were kept pinned back by Burnley’s wide men and that meant we defended with 5 and our attacks were forced through a very narrow corridor which played entirely into Burnley’s hands. I was very pleased with Vestergaard’s performance though. Chris Woods is quite good at bullying centre backs but Vestergaard gave as good as he got if not better. I expected Woods to get the better of him physically but none of it. Loved seeming him pushing Woods around at times. He past his first real test well.

I was also pleased with Redmond’s performance. His ability to beat players and some direct running worked well in both halves to keep the Burnley defence on their toes but there were flashes in the second half especially where they couldn’t touch him. That’s the sort of performance we want to see from him every week.

We all agree that Saints improved with the formation change half way through the second half. With more time, we could have scored the all important winning goal and its frustrating that this formation wasn’t used from the off. Ings’ link-up play was very good when he came on, should have been awarded a penalty and he helped to revive a flagging attack. Mo had some good flashes too.

Before the game I said I would take a draw and so I’m not to disappointed with the draw. I was happy there were more positives in the performance that I was expecting both defensively and offensively and I feel more confident we have the right players here for us to have a good season. We just need the man in charge to put the player’s in their best positions to realise their full potential.

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13 Aug 2018 17:07:42
I'm still (I've been saying this for over a year) struggling to find anything positive about Gabby. Would love to see Austin and Ings get regular game time to form a partnership. Personally think this season looks to be a usual roller coaster ride but with much more positives then last year. Happy to finish in the top half. That would be a good season.

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13 Aug 2018 18:45:09
agree with cyprussaint, gabbiadini had the perfect chance to score, free header at the back post and he chose to head it back across goal - that wouldn't be so bad had it not been for the fact there was no one there. A) why didn't he just go for goal and B) shows he has a lack of awareness, could've looked up, didn't. There's a reason 3 different managers haven't started him regularly

Goals for Ings will come. Looked full of pace (which was the biggest worry signing him imo) once he gets his eye in, he'll be great. Redmond and Elyounoussi look a great partnership, always knew where each other was and what each other were going to do. Imagine that when they've had a few more games.

Could be a decent season, goals will come, just down to the defence doing their job imo.

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14 Aug 2018 10:38:53
I can understand the frustration with Gabbi but he came on as a sort of right winger and that is not a role he is either familiar with or comfortable playing. He did manage to get on the end of a cross but he was well behind the back post leaving such an acute angle, scoring was highly unlikely and there was also a defender and goalkeeper between him and the goal. The percentage play was to head it back across goal as he did but there was no-one there to benefit. Sometimes, the speed of play dictates that you have to make an educated guess as to the best thing to do without having the luxury of a glance across the field to see where your teammates are. I think its extremely harsh to criticise him for not scoring a near impossible header and for heading it back across goal to no-one in red and white, when we were pushing for a goal and he had a reasonable expectation that with two strikers on the pitch and another attacking midfielder who can play as a striker, someone would gamble and make a late run towards goal.

Gabbi hasn't always done himself any favours when he has played but he has largely been played in a system that doesn't suit him. He is not a lone striker who enjoys holding up play and when playing on the right, he likes to drift into central spaces to link up with a striker. That was not possible and not necessary on Sunday as Redmond, Ings and Elyounoussi all occupied the spaces he likes to play in. He therefore stayed wider and could have little impact on the game.

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12 Aug 2018 10:01:43
{Ed's Note - Reid the Red has posted a new article entitled, Premier League Matches Preview 12 August 2018

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Review Of The Day 12th August 2018

12 Aug 2018 07:29:09
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11 Aug 2018 12:55:52
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11 Aug 2018 11:58:24
Watched Saints U23 against Middlesborough last night on Saints TV.
Have to say very pleasantly surprised. There has been talk that our academy has run dry, well think again!

Alfie Jones is strong, has good vision and looks a very good Captain.

Alongside him Thomas O, Connor is both accomplished and has all the attributes of a solid Central Defender, he could play in the Championship now and would do well (Great New signing)

Callum Slattery showed massive potential a couple of years ago, fell away a little. well he's back! His physic has improved and his speed and ability to get in to very good position reminded me of Grealish. looks very good.

Jake Vokins and Jan Valery would not look out of place in benched for the first Team and have a very bright future, Jake has a wicked cross in him Jan, well is Soares gets injured, He's you man!

Jake Hesketh, my Mate Rob (who knows his football and was a very good player himself) rates young Jake very highly. He has beefed up a bit and has some silky skills, don't know where he went on holiday, but He's come back a man!

Michael Obafemi, is strong, quick and never gives up chasing anything, think he has picked that up from Shane Long, we know he has goals in him, not last night, but he will!

Josh Simms played last night, if I'm honest he looked a bit peed off at dropping away from the First Team, he has a little to do but it will be his year, this is a test!

Marcus Barnes - on very late but instant impact, think he was a Gazelle in a previous life.! quick, and slotted the 2nd goal in very well.

Good to see the owners including Katerina at the game too, they all seemed to be enjoying the game!

In a Nutshell - Our Academy is on the March again. just like Saints!

Pete.

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11 Aug 2018 12:37:52
Good news Pete. Nice to know about ms. Leibherr attending too. Positive news.

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11 Aug 2018 13:54:25
Slattery has been hampered with injuries but he is the next big thing. We got rid of two attacking midfielders in Tadic and Boufal and only signed one in Elyounessi. Hopefully this means that Sims can get more of a chance this season. He has the raw talent and will progress with more game time.

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11 Aug 2018 09:32:49
{Ed's Note - Reid the Red has posted a new article entitled, Premier League Games Preview for 11 August 2018

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Review Of The Day 11th August 2018

11 Aug 2018 08:30:45
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10 Aug 2018 21:56:24
Ok, before the season starts, I thought it would be interesting to see what we want from this year. By this I mean, imagine you're the Chairman, what would you be setting as our targets/ expectations?

In my opinion, pushing for Europe is unrealistic right now. I think I'm looking for the following from the season:

- PL finish of 8-12
- Breakout seasons from some key players to establish a more settled squad with leaders and key players established.
- Anything in the cups is a bonus

Basically, for me this season is about re-establishing ourselves as an up and coming club with a more positive mood around the club, and building a foundation to push on from next year.

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11 Aug 2018 09:32:29
Anything better than last year . hopefully more from McQueen, sims and reed. and more direct, exciting attacking football. beyond that. 💁.

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10 Aug 2018 18:14:19
{Ed's Note - figodasilva has posted a new article entitled, Southampton FC: A look ahead to the 2018-19 season

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10 Aug 2018 13:14:24
So now that the transfer window has closed, what is everyone's opinions on our signings? I think we've done brilliant, and bought in some solid players.

What's everyone's thoughts on our starting 11 for Sunday? I'd go with this.

GK: McCarthy
RWB: Cedric
RCB: Stephens
CB: Vestergaard
LCB: Yoshida
LWB: Bertrand
CDM: Romeu
CDM: Lemina
RW: Redmond
ST: Ings
ST: Gabbiadini
LW: Elyounoussi.

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10 Aug 2018 17:05:26
Think the referee might have something to say. unless I've missed something and the rules have changed. we are only allowed 11 on the pitch. :-) ) Easy mistake. also easily resolved . park Redmond on the bench, but personally, I would rather
GK: McCarthy
RWB: Cedric
RCB: Yoshida
LCB: Vestergaard
LWB: Bertrand
CDM: Romeu
ROM Ward-Prowse
LOM Armstrong
In the Hole: Elyounoussi.
ST: Ings
ST: Gabbiadini

We are at home, we are up for it so let's not go 5 at the back, back to pressing football. Matt Targett - Lamina and Sam Gallagher as used subs preferences!

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10 Aug 2018 18:21:55
A diamond? Interesting.

Gunn

Cedric Vestergaard Hoedt Targett

Romeu

Hojberg Armstrong

Gabbi Chaz Mo.

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10 Aug 2018 19:02:59
No Danny Ings.?
Dont disagree with Targett over Bertrand, but feel he will stick with Ryan in the opening game, him being Captain and all that!
Hoedt is not as strong as Yoshida in my opinion, its a great shame because Stephens and Bednarac are also playing well! big fight going on there!
Hojberg has no goals in him and Ward Prowse, provides. its not an easy one that's for sure.

At least we have options.

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10 Aug 2018 21:39:37
McCarthy
Vestergaard
Stephens
Hoedt
Cedric
Bertrand
Lemina
JWP (just - if we were playing top 6 team I'd say Romeu)
Redmond
Elyounoussi
Redmond
Gabbi

To answer the question I'm sure will be asked - Ings would ultimately be in my 11, but this weekend seems too soon for him to come in.

It's actually quite a difficult team to pick, which is a good and bad thing. Good in that I actually think we have a lot of depth right now, but bad in that there isn't really a single player that is a guaranteed starter.

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10 Aug 2018 22:05:12
Thats another 12 players Saints 123 - The ref is seriously going to fun with you lot.!

Just for the record, let's drop Redmond again to the bench, at least I'm consistent (and can count. :-) ) )

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11 Aug 2018 05:52:11
McCarthy
Targett (but Bertrand will probably get the nod)
Stephens
Vestergaard
Yosh
Cedric
Hojbjerg
Armstrong
Elyounoussi
Austin
Ings (Gabbiadini if Ings isn’t ready)

Gunn
Hoedt
Bertrand
Romeu
JWP
Redmond
Gabbiadini/ Ings.

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11 Aug 2018 08:40:27
Lol my bad - let's just play Redmond once then and that'll get it down to 11.

I think we should give Redmond another shot. There's a good player in there, and we need his pace and directness for the way I'd like us to be playing.

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11 Aug 2018 12:43:31
433
Mcarthy
Cedric- (reed) -yoshida-vestergaard -Bertrand
Hojberg-lemina-armstrong
Gabbiadini-austin-MO
SUBS
Gunn
Stephens
Hoedt
Romeu
Jwp
Ings.

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10 Aug 2018 09:54:34
{Ed's Note - Reid The Red has posted a new article entitled, Manchester United v Leicester City 10 August 2018

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Review Of The Day 10th August 2018

10 Aug 2018 07:43:06
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 10th August 2018

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10 Aug 2018 16:34:36
we should win that with 12 men then .

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