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24 Sep 2017 21:39:19
1975
Niemi
Dodd Svensson Ruddock Bertrand
Berkovic Wallace Bale
LeTiss
Shearer Pahars

Flowers
Benali
Lundukvam
Beattie
Lambert
Widdrington
A Svensson.

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23 Sep 2017 16:14:31
Poor old Fraser forster. even the BBC are ripping him to shreds!

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23 Sep 2017 23:59:07
I thought he was okay today.

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24 Sep 2017 20:33:55
Couldn’t have done anything to prevent the goal. Pulled off a fantastic save from a point blank header, if Yosh/ Hoedt had reacted as fast as Lukaku he wouldn’t have scored.

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Premier League Match Previews Saturday 23rd September 2017

23 Sep 2017 07:34:47
{Ed's Note - we have posted a new article entitled, Premier League Match Previews Saturday 23rd September 2017

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22 Sep 2017 14:19:41
1982

Tim flowers

Jeff kenna
Ulrich van gobbel
Claus lundekvam
Francis benali

Lallana
Kachloul
Le tissier
Berkovic

Ostendstadt
Pahars

Kelvo
Dodd
Shaw
Schneiderlin
Van dijk
Crouch
Shipperley.

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21 Sep 2017 14:26:57
Ok so it's all gone a bit dead unless you have a look at the arsenal, liverpool, Everton pages for a laugh to see all their fans wetting themselves lol.

So as a bit of fun, anyone up for naming their best/ favourite squad from your lifetime of watching saints?

So that's a starting 11 + 7 subs AND the year you were born. I'll start

1988
Niemi
Cedric-lundekvam-van dijk-bertrand
Schneiderlin-marsden
Bale-le tissier-lallana
Lambert

Subs:
Kelvin Davis
Jason dodd
Franny benali
Michael svensson
Anders svensson
Theo Walcott
James beattie.

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21 Sep 2017 16:45:21
1986 [I'm going for the players I can remember]

Niemi
Clyne - Van Dijk - Alderweireld -Bertrand
Schneiderlin - Romeu
Bale - Le Tissier - Mané
Lambert

Subs:
Maik Taylor
Michael Svensson
Victor Wanyama
Marian Pahars
Adam Lallana
Graziano Pellè
Wayne Bridge

I tried to fit in:

Egil Østenstad
Eyal Berkovic
Dean Richards
Claus Lundekvam
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Chris Marsden
Hassan Kachloul
Jason Dodd
Luke Shaw.

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21 Sep 2017 18:52:11
Good idea Milky, I think I could probably name about 7 teams that would probably do really well even now. I'll think about it but it will include players like Mike Channon, Steve Williams, Kevin Keegan, Danny and Rodney Wallace etc. etc.

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22 Sep 2017 11:04:38
Mikey I forgot about pahars and bridge!

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22 Sep 2017 13:45:36
To be fair I was that bored at work, I scrolled through every squad list since I was born!

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22 Sep 2017 13:59:22
Don't forget the great side of '83
Shirts
Steve Moran
Mick Mills
Danny Wallace
Frank Worthington to name a few!

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22 Sep 2017 14:27:56
That was Shilts.

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22 Sep 2017 22:23:39
1989
Niemi

Clyne
Lundekvam
Alderweireld
Bertrand

Lemina (early days but looks pure class)
Schneiderlin

Mane
Le tiss
Bale

Lambert

Big kelv
Vvd
Cedric
Romeu
Lallana
Walcott
Gabbi.

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23 Sep 2017 08:46:53
1965, So many names.2 teams, 1st local lads and youth players (or bought young and developed)
Flowers
Dodd, Stephens, Wright, Benali/ Shaw
Holmes, Williams
Rod Wallace, LeTissier, Bale
Shearer
Subs: Bridge, Moran, Baker, Lallana, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wells
2nd team
Shilton
Golac, vanDyke, Richards, Bertrand
Schniderlin, Ball
Mane, Keegan, Davies
Channon
Subs: Neimi, Watson, Mills, Lemina, Davis, Lambert, Osgood.

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23 Sep 2017 08:50:45
Terry Hurlock

Terry Hurlock
Etc etc.

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23 Sep 2017 09:33:01
Can't believe I forgot Ronnie ekelund.

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23 Sep 2017 12:28:22
Omg, forgot Townsend (swap for Baker) for the homegrown team and Armstrong (swap for Davies) for the other team. too many good players 😇.

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16 Sep 2017 22:43:21
Got a feeling. 3 Central Defenders are going to happen . If So, will be happy, allows 3.5.2 or 5.3.2 ; allowing instant flexibility during a game.

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17 Sep 2017 10:13:00
Maybe. It makes sense, it's now our strongest position you would feel. Although I think part of the reason VVD came on was for MP to prove a point that he's still our player/ to waste time.

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16 Sep 2017 18:57:13
Lemina and Hoedt were fantastic today. So was Yoshi and the fullbacks. The midfield was also great today the only people that let the side down imo was redmond and tadic but that's what them two are best at.

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16 Sep 2017 19:24:49
I agree both new signings look quality. Lemina looks strong and composed, he has a lot of energy, looks like a quality CDM. I think Tadic did okay, at least he stuck to the wing and supported Cedric. I think he'd be better off on the left. Everything Bertrand had the ball on the left Redmond had drifted inside and tried to play behind Long. We lost the ball a lot of the left flank today. I think Redmond needs to be dropped. I'd rather have Long on the wing than him.

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16 Sep 2017 19:25:23
Don't agree about Tadic he played very well today but couldn't agree more about Redmond, he is such a frustrating player. Thought Shane did a great job today and the man everybody seems to think is too old and shouldn't be in the side Steve Davis had another great captains performance. He was at the heart of everything we did.

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16 Sep 2017 21:03:56
Agree with Duke. Tc had a pretty good game. Redmond was awful really. Personally I think he needs a sports psychologist. He always looks frantic and out of control.

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18 Sep 2017 08:31:57
Definitely agree about dropping Redmond. Thought Tadic linked up really well with Cedric though. Cedric overlapped and crossed with his right and Tadic stayed out there and crossed with his left. Caused them problems most of the game. Davis started the game really well but dropped off the second half.

Probably our best player for the first 20 mins. Lemina looks like a great find and was my man of the match. Long isn't our best striker but when he plays he chases everything down and frees up the Midfielders to come forward more. Left side is an issue. Redmond and Boufal aren't good enough. I'd be tempted to try Mcqueen there unless we move to a back three.

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18 Sep 2017 14:38:56
I can’t agree with the positive reviews about Tadic’s performance. I feel he had little impact on the game, his passing was poor and for someone in the team to create, he did very little. His statistics are remarkably similar to Redmond’s in this game, except Redmond’s passing accuracy was far superior. When a creative player has a passing accuracy of 69%, as Tadic’s was on Saturday, at best he’s doing little for you going forwards, at worst he’s conceding too much possession to the opposition and exposing our team to a swift counter. Redmond’s offensive stats are better save for crosses attempted. In 90 mins, he attempted only one cross compared to Tadic’s five. That said, each player achieved one accurate cross so is Redmond to be criticised for not crossing more, or praised for being less wasteful then Tadic?

What do we expect from our wide players? I would say enough pace and skill to beat the full back and the technical ability to put the right type of cross in, given the position of teammates. Tadic lacks pace and I can’t remember the last time he used skill to sit a full back down to create space for him to cross. He’s also left-footed so needs to cut back on to his left to swing a cross in. Redmond has the pace but as a right-footed player on the left he, like Tadic, prefers to drift inside, so not using his main asset to get in behind. Tadic did stay out wide more often than Redmond on Saturday, but with little benefit to the team. Redmond managed more shots, with more on target. Tadic missed the goal with his only effort.

I don’t think either of our wide players are playing particularly well at the moment. Perhaps Redmond would be better as a more orthodox wide player, right footed on the right wing with instruction to beat his man and cross and only cut inside as a last resort. I don’t see wide play as Tadic’s strength but it may be worth a try.

Also, Long is an enigma to me. He has a great work ethic and I’m sure defenders hate playing against him as he chases lost causes and is very physical. But, on Saturday, he managed one off-target shot. He was playing as a striker. His scoring record has never been up there but of late, it’s lower than ever. His work ethic and competitive spirit are positive attributes to add to a side, but his impact is often minimal which is not good enough when he is playing as our only striker. As part of a forward two or three, perhaps you can afford a Heskey-esque player who scores little but brings other qualities to the attack. Perhaps play him wide if you’re dropping Redmond or Tadic but he hardly an orthodox winger either.

MP says the team’s construction is in transition at the moment so we may see more changes before he settles on a team. We do have options personnel and formation so it’ll be interesting to see what will come against Utd.

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18 Sep 2017 21:42:08
What a long winded way to explain you haven't got a clue what you're talking about.

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19 Sep 2017 06:16:39
We've got two of the best full backs in the league. It showed on the right side when Tadic stayed out there that Cedric (and Tadic) could both cause problems when then supported each other.
Bertrand hasn't got that support in front of him so we need to find a decent winger to get the best out of Bertrand. He looks frustrated at the moment.
Or we shift to 3 at the back.

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19 Sep 2017 14:02:58
When you achieved the same result in three meagre sentences of drivel Saint Duke. Congratulations!

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20 Sep 2017 13:22:51
I agree with the many that I find Redmond frustrating to watch, but further to the Tadic v Redmond debate on who is contributing more to the team at the moment, Nathan Redmomd appears on Planet365s statistical breakdown of the season so far as 10th best chance creator from open play with 2.4 chances average over 90 mins. Needless to say he's the only Saints player on that list. Mario Lemina is first in the league for making recovery tackles, averaging 11.9 over 90 mins.

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20 Sep 2017 13:31:58
Sorry, that should be Planet Football's stats breakdown - I accessed the article via Football365.

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16 Sep 2017 18:50:10
Wasn't at the game but sounds like fraser had a good game today? Time to cut him some slack?

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16 Sep 2017 19:28:00
Not really, he was ok but got a bit lucky with the saves. Better than normal but that's not saying much.

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16 Sep 2017 19:59:56
The problem with ff is he makes shots straight down his throat look like great reflex saves. put it a foot either side of him and he watches it fly past him. he just isn't mobile enough.

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18 Sep 2017 08:24:51
I agree he isn't mobile enough but give him his due he had a good game and saved us a couple of points.

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18 Sep 2017 21:43:50
He should do that every game Cyprus but I think you know like everybody else he won't.

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16 Sep 2017 11:47:23
Where is Charlie Austin today? Is he injured?

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16 Sep 2017 16:37:03
Yes, what a surprise, knee injury.

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Premier League Match Previews Saturday 16th September 2017

16 Sep 2017 04:50:34
{Ed's Note - we have posted a new article entitled, Premier League Match Previews Saturday 16th September 2017

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15 Sep 2017 13:55:41
Not actually a saints fan, but i've got VVD in a draft style fantasy team. Do you all see VVD coming back in to the team at all or will the manager make him sweat on the bench?

Cheers all!

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15 Sep 2017 15:51:18
He'll be back. Not actually match fit due to injury and the fact he's been training on his own, so that's why he's not featured at all.

We should see him in the next couple weeks.

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15 Sep 2017 19:37:25
If fit he should start. Austin should start as well.

Pity we do not have an understudy to Forster. He needs to be dropped.

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15 Sep 2017 19:46:40
Okay awesome, cheers pal!

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13 Sep 2017 11:17:27
Did anyone watch the Huddersfield game? I thought when Shane Long came on for the first 5 mins in right wing he looked like he gave their left back all sorts of problems. Surely there's a case for him starting there as with his pace, work rate and knowledge of where a forward should be he'll cause defences all sorts of problems and provide some much needed service for gabbi! My problem with Long has always been his inability to consistently convert chances to goals but as a provider I think he could really add something to the team. That's of course if we stick to the 4-2-3-1 formation we've been playing. Alternatively switching to a 3-5-2 with Bertrand and Soares providing width could also work. Finally I think if McCarthy can prove his fitness he'll surely be getting the nod over Forster as he just doesn't look the same keeper that we signed, this has ultimately been proven by his exclusion from the latest England squad.

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Premier League Transfer Window Assessment

13 Sep 2017 06:43:01
{Ed's Note - we have posted a new article entitled, Premier League Transfer Window Assessment

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12 Sep 2017 21:29:06
I agree with previous posts that we need to give our players more freedom, and play with a lot more pace. This doesn't just mean having fast players though, but being more direct and thinking faster. We take way too many touches on the ball at the moment.

I'd like to see Sims given a real shot. I liked him when he played last year, he seemed very willing to run at people which I think we need. Also I agree with a previous poster Lemina should play in midfield.

I think we should take advantage of how many good cb's we have, and our attacking wing backs, and go to 5 at the back (3 when attacking) . Romeu and Lemina would make a strong midfield. My only concern would be a lack of creativity in midfield, we'd need Lemina to play well from the start and be our own (probably lesser) version of Dembele for Spurs.

My lineup for next game:

Forster (just about)
Hoedt
Stephens (think VVD is still a couple weeks off first team football)
Yoshida
Cedric
Bertrand
Romeu
Lemina
Redmond
Sims
Gabbiadini

Bench: McCarthy, McQueen, Bednarek (maybe VVD is sharp enough for bench? ), JWP, Davis, Boufal/ Tadic, Austin.

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13 Sep 2017 20:48:37
So many people don't want Davis in the team, why? He is the only one prepared to get stuck in . I would play Long at Palace and play him wide and leave Redmond out, fed up with no end product from him. Shane is still a dangerous player and just maybe we could keep Gabbiadini on the pitch for the full match for change. The two of them could work well together if the manager plays the right tactics which I am afraid is looking less and less likely.

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14 Sep 2017 11:20:38
I just think we need a bit more power in midfield than Davis offers. Also Davis lack of end product is frustrating. He's a good, solid player who should still have a role in the team, but I think his days as the first name on the team sheet should be over.

Playing with 3 cb's means one less central midfielder, and unfortunately I think Davis would be the casualty of that. Romeu isn't going to be left out, and i'd favour Lemina or JWP due to their potential and extra bit of quality.

Re. Long, I can see your point and wouldn't mind seeing him get a run out. I would love the message MP could send to the team by playing him and Sims on either side of gabbi/ Austin. Would be a real kick up the backside of those higher paid and higher rated players who played the most pathetic game of football I've seen a team play against Watford. I'd still keep Redmond in the side long-term though; he's part of the problem at the moment but I think he, along with Gabbi and JWP (who have also been underwhelming), is also going to be part of any solution since we're hardly going to sign a whole new attack in January.

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14 Sep 2017 20:52:57
I can only think we would play 3 CB's because we want to play on the counter attack. Why is that especially at home whatever happened to our high pressing game we had from when Pochettino and RK were here? We look scared these days. We probably have the two best overlapping full backs in the league apart from Walker, the tactics are all wrong we have the players but the tactics from CP and MP are all wrong. We played United off the park at Wembley with this squad because we played with high pace and gave them no time on the ball. Need a target man with height in the box still can't get my head around if we were not going to sign another striker why we sold Jay Rod after nursing him back to health for two seasons. Don't know but something is just not right at St. Mary's at the moment just get that gut feeling, hope I'm wrong.

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15 Sep 2017 15:55:12
3 cb's doesn't mean you can't press high. That would be the job of the strikers; Spurs for example like to press and play 3 cb's.

As a side note. don't know what you've been smoking but Walker is not the best wing back in the league!

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15 Sep 2017 20:59:49
We'll see 123 he would walk into our side in a heartbeat.

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17 Sep 2017 01:34:48
of course he would.

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12 Sep 2017 20:06:14
So can we finally get Sammy Lee back now?

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