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Review Of The Day 11th December 2018

11 Dec 2018 07:29:10
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And Finally.....The Good Old Days?

10 Dec 2018 16:46:26
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10 Dec 2018 11:28:06
Whilst its always going to be disappointing to lose to a team like Cardiff, we are in a similar position to last season where we cannot simply look at opponents in isolation and say we should or shouldn't beat them. Sport is rarely so predictable.

RH had 24 hours to prepare the team for Cardiff as the team had a rest day on Thursday after the midweek Spurs match. His emphasis in press conferences has been that in the first instance, his focus is on making the team harder to beat. He wants to the team to work together to press the ball and be more proactive but that requires close teamwork and a good understanding to be effective. RH has therefore also underlined that the majority of his work will focus on mental and tactical coaching.

There is no time for fitness coaching now. The games are too thick and fast and if the team are to change their style of play and work cohesively, the focus must be on drilling the players, a la Pep and Sarri et al, where they need to be on the pitch with and without the ball, what their options will be, when to press and when to hold shape. Rehearsing over and over until it becomes instinctual, or automatic as RH says. This will need to be reapplied for each different formation RH wants us to play and with each player.

It is therefore a point of fact that the sharpest players who can adapt and learn quickly and have the highest level of fitness to meet the intensity required will be the ones we see starting. RH has already accepted that the personnel may dictate the formation but until he has worked with the players for several weeks and gauged their abilities and understanding, performances may continue to be inconsistent and the starting 11 likely to chop and change.

The short term goal in terms of the first team then is making us hard to beat. Defensive coaching, teamwork, proactive football, drilling the players. We should expect little more until after Christmas at least. They usually say a head coach requires 6 months to get the team playing their way. Sarri is still working on Chelsea, Pep had a whole season to bring Man City together before their brilliance of last season, Jurgen Klopp too had most of the season in 2015/ 16 finishing 2 places below us in 8th before helping Liverpool kick on. We shouldn't expect a true RH style Saints until next season. This season, its just about working hard to stay up.

As we saw last season, the lower half of the table is tight and it will remain so this time around. So it make little difference where we are come Christmas or the turn of the year. What matters is where we are after 38 games.

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10 Dec 2018 15:30:11
I agree with your words completely . but :-) I am not sure where we go with the problems in defence. Man Marking/ Zonal Marking/ Not losing your man/ positional play can all be coached and coached and coached. BUT the mistakes we are seeing are absolutely the most basic of mistakes that you get coached out of you when you are under 10! like dribbling in your own box, passing across the box, messing around with the ball in dangerous spots . What we have seen Hoedt do regularly and now we can add Vestergaard to that, is to play in a way that is absolutely not to a professional football standard. It is bizarre!

Our new manager is very highly regarded and technically excellent . but all of the good work can be undone in one moment of madness on the pitch, although it's been many moments of madness.

Not tracking your man let's hope is coached out of them. Marking and positional play can be coached . but making defensive mistakes like Saturday and virtually all season .?

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10 Dec 2018 17:50:29
Figo, totally agree that being heard we to beat, tactics are and should be the priority. However the noises I heard are that the players are already having a shock to the system as apparently the warm up is like a month 2 session of insanity and the players feel more tired. Just doing that hasn’t made them more tired and worked out than they have felt in months. Sounds like the fitness aspect has already begun.

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11 Dec 2018 08:48:11
It's disappointing that this has happened, from what you have said Gregg. This really makes the two last appointments to be shocking. I remember Bertrand saying in an interview when MH was first appointed that the efforts in training had gone but for them to go up so much more now just underpins how bad the previous appointments had been.

There's been a lot of problems with our squad. When was the last time we've seen the same team play like 3 games in a row? I think RH needs to decide on the best 11 that will play his style well and stick with those games. Football is a team sport, so all of these fans saying that the we need a new goalscorer a new CB, I believe that the squad will be improved and the style of football and the teamwork this brings into the squad will start to get us results.

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Review Of The Day 10th December 2018

10 Dec 2018 07:29:13
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Bournemouth v Liverpool - A Liverpool Perspective

09 Dec 2018 18:14:59
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09 Dec 2018 09:55:21
Possibly the worst performance I've seen for some time. Loads of individual mistakes, bad decision making and sloppy passing. The board have done the right thing though which leaves us enough time to salvage the season. It will take a few games to show change so don't expect miracles before the new year.

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09 Dec 2018 11:43:45
Thought it would be a bit of a disjointed performance - everyone playing would try to impress but that’s a pretty new team that haven’t played together and Ralph hasn’t had any time at all to work it out. Not expecting anything from Arsenal but I would take a cohesive performance that shows we’re heading in the right direction. It’s two weeks from now that we play Huddersfield away, so about 10 training sessions for Ralph to get his message through and pick his best 11 - that is now a must not lose - if we do we could be 5/ 6 points from safety at Christmas.
I know this won’t happen but I would maybe consider playing Bertrand at CB when he’s fit - he knows what it means to be strong defensively - hopefully with support and drillling into their brains the CBs can sort themselves out because with defending like that we have little chance especially seeing as we’re struggling to score.

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Review Of The Day 9th December 2018

09 Dec 2018 07:29:12
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08 Dec 2018 21:21:53
Is it too early to be looking forward to a season of Pompey derbies.?

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08 Dec 2018 21:56:53
We aren’t to far behind the team in 17th place and there are still plenty of games to be won. Need to remain optimistic and support the team! Bringing a feeling of negativity into the rest of the season won’t help.

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08 Dec 2018 16:52:22
Disappointing result. Vestergaard clearly isn’t good enough for pl football.

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08 Dec 2018 17:04:24
IT was indeed. Hasenhuttl certainly has his work cut out. Looks like we could be occupying bottom spot at Christmas when you look at the fixtures.

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08 Dec 2018 18:19:27
On today’s showing, any many previous appearances this season, it’s doubtful whether the Viking Vestergaard is good enough for professional football

What a terrible error. Just give them a goal. Tragic.

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08 Dec 2018 19:18:35
Yes well until January (when we hopefully get at least one centre back) I think we should play a cb pairing of Yoshida and Bednarek. Certainly seem to be the least error prone of our defenders.

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10 Dec 2018 09:17:37
Yoshida has been poor this season when he’s played. I agree Bednarek should start, but beyond him I honestly don’t know. Think I’d be inclined to partner him with Stephens - they’re all mistake prone, but Stephens always shows passion and is quite comfortable on the ball. Could definitely use someone in January, Gary Cahill seems like someone who could get our back line organised!

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10 Dec 2018 17:52:17
123, although some may say Cahill is not a usual saints signing, he is exactly what we need. Doesn’t need to be specifically but someone with PL experience but whose legs have not gone.

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08 Dec 2018 14:08:44
Interesting line up for the game today; Valery Vestergaard Bednarek Targett back four - hopefully that's a defence that will show pace and passion (I assume Cedric is injured as he isn't in the 18)
3 in the midfield - I guess setting up to be hard to beat and match Cardiff's physicality - nice to see Romeu back and can't see much getting through him PEH and Lemina. Hopefully Armstrong and Redmond find form and if so I'd be confident of getting something positive from this game.
Up the Rabbit Hutch! COYS.

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08 Dec 2018 18:17:16
Any team who loses to a Cardiff City team lacking any proper Premier League experience/ talent/ level like that deserves to be in the bottom three all season

Mr Rabbit Hutch has a big job on his hands
Building a team to win promotion from the Championship next season. Onwards and upwards and all that but I fear we are going down now

Oh balls!

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10 Dec 2018 09:15:05
Lol st Etienne it’s December. We are by no means down already!

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Review Of The Day 8th December 2018

08 Dec 2018 07:29:13
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08 Dec 2018 03:38:01
What we have to remind ourselves is that we shouldn't expect a 180 turn in performance against Cardiff or even Arsenal for that matter. In fairness Ralph has had a day or two on the training ground and it takes a period of transition on how he wants us to play. Seeing that he prefers high energy pressing style, it might take some time for the players to get up to speed seeing how unfit and lethargic they were under MP2 and Hughes. If things don't go our way straight from day one then there's no need to panic and don't let the negativity creep in just yet. I do expect a better performance than before though, and a different approach, but realistically I could see them playing a 'not so mastered' version of RBL's tactics against Cardiff. But given time I'm optimistic it'll reap rewards.

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08 Dec 2018 11:02:27
Totally agree, I loved reading how straight talking he was, anyone not pulling their weight will be gone but I agree fitness and confidence aren't something that can be switched on and off. confidence may take a boost and I'd settle for a draw today, although for me a win is the only result that will do.

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08 Dec 2018 12:22:35
Totally agree about allowing time, especially for the fitness as you can’t fix this in 2 or 3 days. It will take weeks and months to undo the lack of fintness in the players.

That said, I wouldn’t Ben at all surprised if he has an immediate impact, Cardiff have done well and will fight but our squad is more than capable to beat them, whilst our players will want to impress. I can see either 2-2 or 2-3 to us.

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Burnley v Liverpool - A Liverpool Perspective

07 Dec 2018 09:14:40
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Review Of The Day 7th December 2018

07 Dec 2018 07:29:13
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07 Dec 2018 03:00:47
Agree with what Ralph said regarding our squad size. If we fail to ship out or get in any players by february and counting the loanees out this season then this is our squad next season:
GK: McCarthy, Forster, Gunn, Lewis
RB: Cedric, Valery
CB: Vestergaard, Yoshida, Hoedt, Stephens, Bednarek
LB: Bertrand, Targett, McQueen
CM: Romeu, Lemina, Clasie, JWP, Reed, Armstrong, Hojbjerg, Davis
WG: Boufal, Elyounessi, Redmond, Sims
ST: Ings, Gabbiadini, Austin, Long, Carrillo, Gallagher, Obafemi

A total of 33 players. Whether we stay up or not next season a clear out must take place.

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07 Dec 2018 09:05:19
Realistically I could see: Gabs, Austin, Long, Carrillo, Gallagher, Davis, JWP, Reed, Clasie all leaving. I could also see Lemina leaving providing he has a good season, I think he'll be great under MH.

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07 Dec 2018 09:54:28
Realistically it was always 'have 2 players for every position', but in fact we have much more than that. What about injuries I hear you say? Well, if we do find ourselves short, what a perfect opportunity for a U23 player to make the step up and stake a claim. Happened recently with Yan Valery, and he hasn't let anyone down (could even be seen as an improvement over Cedric! )

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07 Dec 2018 16:15:33
GK: Hopefully Forster to go for about 6m, Lewis can go on loan
CB: Sell Hoedt, get in someone who has the ability to defend - maybe a chance to send Bednarek on loan
LB: I’d keep them all or maybe send McQueen out to the Championship again
CM: Davis has been a great servant to the club but I feel maybe now is the time for him to go, Hojbjerg and Lemina do a better job than he ever could again I feel. Also probably one of Clasie and Reed needs to go. I like him but feel Clasie’s time is up, would be good to see Reed make the step up else he could be tempted elsewhere
Wide Men: I’d like to bring Boufal back into the frame, if not use finds from selling strikers and bring in someone like Hannes Wolf
ST: would like Gallagher to stay, still don’t feel he’s had a proper chance. I can’t see all of Long, Carrillo, Gabbi and Austin going in one go, hopefully Long, maybe Austin will need to go if he can’t get fit. Still feel Gabbi can come good and would like to see Carrillo played in a two up front and see if he can repay his price tag

Hopefully we can see four players and recoup about 15/ 20m in order to buy a CB and attacking player in January, although I would take just one of those if they turn out to be a good buy.

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08 Dec 2018 09:44:30
Can I start something for a bit of fun. I am old school, and although in know we will never return to the old system of 2, 3, 5, remember the wingers, I am an advocate for high press, and the ability to play from wide, then let everyone else worry about what we are doing, rather than us dealing with everyone else’s formations. I love 3, 5, 2, so that we have defending and overlapping full backs.
McCarthy. Stephens, Maya, Bednarek. Cedric, Emile, Lemina, Armstrong, Targett. Ings and Gabbi. Surely we could do something with this formation.

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08 Dec 2018 09:59:41
Why not go one step further!
McCarthy in goal, Vestergaard to stand in the middle of the box and deal with crosses and long shots, Romeu and Forster stood either side of him with the instruction to put it in the stands no matter what, Lemina the pivot in the middle, double up on wide men - Cedric and Redmond and Bertrand and Moi, Austin goalhanging and Ings to do the legwork!
Would probably have been more effective than anything MP2 could have thought up!

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