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15 Feb 2020 15:30:37
What a shambles for the first goal today BV can anyone explain who Ings didn't just head it out for a corner and what on earth was maccarthys position he was way behind the line . if the goalkeepers are going to make mistakes like this we could still get dragged back into trouble, to those who criticize Redders just note how we missed him today, must win game next week.

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1.) 16 Feb 2020 01:07:22
The reason Ings didn;t head it out for a corner was that he totally misjudged his position relative to the ball trajectory . in simple terms he thought the ball was going out for a corner! As for McCarthy . now that's a more difficult one. Maybe he had been told to guard the far post as Burnley aim for the far post 9/ 10 times. To be fair, he did exactly the same against Liverpool and scored direct from a corner:)
We struggled against Burnley's tactics as have many other clubs . ! if we get it let's hoof it up the pitch and hope for the best, may not be the best football to watch, but it catches out teams that are pressing high and trying to platy real football!

We seemed disjointed and unless it was my imagination, I am sure JWP played much deeper than lately and was a lot less productive. Stephens is growing into a top player, his running with the ball is superb. While Long and Ings play well together, Long needs to concentrate on playing football rather petty fouls, being offside and arguing with the ref!
In summary . we were awful!

2.) 16 Feb 2020 07:26:31
I believe that footballManagers’use as many smoke screens as politicians do these days. Does Ralph believe that we’ve all just got off a green bus? myself and 30000 plus Saints fans know that Vestergaard doesn’t have superior skills to Bednarek playing out of defence (even if he had the ball glued to his boots, ) My belief is that Ralph dropped Bednarek for criticising Saints attack for not being ruthless enough (especially when he himself is partly responsible for the shocking goals against record) . If this were true whilst a reprimand is justified risking 3 pts is not worth it when we don’t have adequate cover. KOM.

3.) 18 Feb 2020 16:28:02
Vestergaard was played over Bednarek because of his height would have been an advantage against Burnley’s attack

Same reason why Yoshida would get played at right back against teams who’d lump it forward rather than play it on the ground.

4.) 19 Feb 2020 04:21:57
I. don’t recall Ralph’s comments referring to Vestergaard’s height as the main reason for selecting him in preference to Bednarek against Burnley. KOM.

5.) 19 Feb 2020 04:55:59
I trust we will sign a competent centre back with all the required skills in the Summer rather than a seven foot tall player who has much less ability. KOM.



14 Dec 2019 19:45:59
Just watched our latest loss, what is wrong with our defenders couldn't handle Antonio all game, saved from a heavier defeat by bar, feel sorry for ings when is he going to get some quality support.

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1.) 14 Dec 2019 21:30:20
There just doesn't seem to be anyone willing to make a through pass, or have a shot from distance (for the chance/ threat of being booed or jeered) - The players are not performing, but isn't that the job of the manager to turn around?

I'm starting to wonder whether Ralph's ideas are not suited to the Prem or possibly just our team - If the board ever decided to make a change, they could do a lot worse than Garry Monk with James Beattie as his assistant (#SaintsDreamTeam)

2.) 14 Dec 2019 23:23:30
Redmond today almost single handedly lost us the first half! he was awful! he held the ball too long, his distribution was awful, he slowed the play down, he gave the ball away, he didn't track back, he was ball watching for long periods! it's time he was sent out on loan to rediscover his form - he couldn't dribble past a lamppost!

Ok the rest . Hoejbjerg was terrible! his passing, his positional play, his distribution, Not sure he's had a good game in a while]

JWP definitely prefers the number 10 role and plays much better in that role.

The defence . they bullied the two CB's . and they won the fight. We needed Vestergaard out there and he should have been brought on to add some height and strength.

Why was Djenepo on the right when moved to the left much more dangerous.

Ings and Long - still believe that is a good partnership.

We need Boufal back - adds another dimension

Romeu was good today, much more dynamic, much more positive,

Yes we were caught on the break several times - 8/ 10 were due to terrible distribution/ caught in possession .
2/ 10 was due to good play by WHU

So where does that leave us. When we play to win we are much better. Redmond has to be dropped now. What is the point of having Long running around at great speed waiting for balls, Ings taking up great positions . if no one is going to pass to them!

Djenepo on the left, Boufal anywhere you like . Ings and Long up front getting service .

play Yoshida . better reader of the game, more aggression, better passer and tackler .

3.) 16 Dec 2019 21:07:31
Think a lot of the problem in defence are two full back who go forward but have to wait for the bus to get back. Would have defenders in defence.

4.) 17 Dec 2019 22:26:56
Listen Up Ralph! Saints supporters suggested team/ s to face Villa are on the money. Have You GOT THE BALLS this time? Good Luck now and 2020! Keep On Marching.



13 Dec 2019 13:39:01
We need to really get behind the team, must win v West ham or changes may be needed,bad substitutions against Newcastle we should have put another defender on when it went to 1-1, also what's Adams supposed to do when he is only given 5 minutes

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1.) 14 Dec 2019 19:46:51
Why is it that we only start playing with 5 minutes left to play! Again we started the game far too slowly. No through balls, No movement, No chances created. No confidence!




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08 Mar 2020 15:40:27
Just like to agree with south hants rich would like to see Adams get a run in the team instead of long, if Adams can be a success not only do we have another valuable asset but also another example of the Southampton way of buying young players and developing them, good to see Valery back yesterday although his mistake was what cost us the game overall I thought it he had a good game on his first start for a while, on the subject of the club being sold let's hope for two things firstly we keep the management team and second we develop the ground as we are falling back to being one of the smaller stadium in the league, I for cast that we could easily fill a 40 thousand ground certainly for the big games, it would also allow people to see the team the team on a one off basis as obtaining tickets is currently quite a pain.

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08 Mar 2020 13:52:05
Great effort from the 10 men today and great to see our goalie having a much better game although this was helped by some very poor Newcastle finishing looking forward to next Saturday I hope we have one or more of our injured players back as we still are not creating or scoring enough, we do need our midfielders to chip in with a few as although we are looking more solid we are still losing to many games that we should take points from finally good to see the ref using the pitch side monitor even though it went against us on this occasion.

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01 Mar 2020 16:07:20
In response to other texters I am not sure that west ham bullied us more likely they wanted it more it looked like they were desperate for the points as they saw us as the most winnable game in there next four games . I couldn't make out Ralph's tactics as once again we allowed Antonio to have the freedom to run us ragged as he had done at Saint Mary's, we also had two right backs on the bench whilst playing JWP out of position, if neither of them are either fit enough or good enough what are they doing there.

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1.) 01 Mar 2020 20:29:36
My thoughts too Norfolk Saint. JWP should play his natural game unlocking defences and putting the ball in for our strikers. Why waste his talent playing in defence when we had not 1 but 2 right sided defenders on the bench. Also bringing on Vestergaard and Romeu when we were in need of goals seemed a strange move.

2.) 02 Mar 2020 05:11:57
Following Saints shocking display at West Ham last week-end I guess that Ralph’s summer required short list has just grown an awful lot longer! KOM.

3.) 02 Mar 2020 08:03:26
After watching the highlights, we couldn't cope with West Hams front 3. Bowen and Antonio gave Haller so much support. Maybe we weren't bullied but in all of the instances Haller was too strong for our CB's and GK. I think Stephens and Bednerak are a good pairing for our CB, dunno who else we might bring in. But if we've got Valery and KWP who can't get into the first team, we need a new RB and I haven't been convinced by Bertrand for a long time now, we need to consider replacing him.

4.) 05 Mar 2020 02:53:05
With all the recent. Speculation surrounding Hojbjerg’s future- he’s been a very average player for Saints and seasons end is a diamond opportunity to start the rebuild by recruiting some quality dynamic c. midfielder replacements and unload Hojbjerg followed by. fullbacks and centrebacks. A class goalkeeper and striker are also a requirement assuming we avoid relegation and to be funded by a payment from the EPL of approximately 100 MILLION PLUS further SFC summer sales!



29 Feb 2020 17:06:03
Bad result today against WHU once again our goalkeeping problems rear there ugly head, what the view of others is it now time to give Gunn another go and if neither of them show anything approaching top class then surely we need to get someone new for next season,

Norfolk Saint

1.) 29 Feb 2020 22:47:25
Or bring back Forster.

2.) 01 Mar 2020 01:25:40
We were playing a team of tall players who love it when is the game is played up in the air! so what do we do, play the ball up in the air like some game of aerial pink pong that we were bound to lose when we did keep in on the ground and play fast and direct, we scored!
Surely the players don't need to the coach to say 'stop playing to their strengths' .
bizarre .

3.) 01 Mar 2020 01:50:16
and one more thing . Boufal! there was absolutely something wrong with him? he was not himself, didn't play like he does normally . never tried to take on his man let alone take on several . looked disinterested . looked fed up . was not normal.

4.) 01 Mar 2020 12:58:35
I feel like West Ham are a massive bogey team us. The only thing I've seen is the score, but it sounds like they bullied us, which is what they normally do.



26 Feb 2020 20:32:19
Does anyone have a view on the story that Adam Lalana may be coming back, my view is that although he is a talented player I don't think with his age and injury record coupled with our high pressing style that he would be a good fit also he would probably stop Smallbone and others who look like they could be the next off of the Southampton production line.

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1.) 27 Feb 2020 10:49:38
I can't see it working. too much baggage. Also I agree that he is, at best a good sub based on his fitness record.

2.) 27 Feb 2020 11:13:18
I can't see us paying his wage demands either .




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20 Dec 2019 16:56:46
According to the press Josh Sims is back and training with the saints not sure however if he is in our premiership squad, could be an option if he is.

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