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    devonsaint2 wrote:
    Two things from the QPR game for me.
    Gaston is a luxury ( and a very good one ), but should be used accordingly. When Davis came on, Saints were no worse and Davis attacked as much as Gaston did. I think Gaston is better at home and coming on when opposition legs are tired . His skills are fantastic. However often for the 1st half we need work rate and I would consider a 5th midfielder ( davis or ward prowse ), and use Gaston more tactically.
    Secondly the non - communication of NC with the media is so correct in my view. You can see how the media struggle to get stories from the Saints. They then make them up. At least we know it cannot be the truth as they know so little. NC keeping quiet I am sure helps Nigel. You only have to look at how much Tony Fernandes has said in recent weeks to see the mess that has landed Mark Hughes and him in now.
    Gaston will get better and although Davis is a good player, Gaston will do things that can change a game. I do agree with your thoughts, for me Saints biggest defence problem is a weak midfield, tackle wise and potentially playing less attacking players can tighten up the game, but you can only do this once you in a winning position. Great result, good shape at last, which was the same against Swansea, where we should of won, which was thrown away due to poor goalkeeping, again. Good to see Lambert playing without Rod, these two cannot play together, which I have been saying for the last two months. Lambert is playing as a target man and not in a support role. Lets not get carried away, we still need 12 wins in total and 4 more wins before the halfway point. The last two games have seen a change and finally learning. Luke, Corky, and Gaston. We have to sort the goalkeeping out, all options look poor right now. And while I am on the rant, too many "experts" say QPR players are not good enough, poor signings etc. QPR have no team spirit which was there where Warnock was the manager. Atkins has tried hard to keep a team spirit ,even when we have bought in new players and performances have been poor. In many cases Atkins decisions have not been good. Maybe we are turning the corner, I suddenly feel more optimistic about our chances."
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Puncheon: We're better than our league position

Jason Puncheon

Jason Puncheon

First published in Sport

The player who has gone from outcast to potential saviour in less than a year believes Saints’ position in the league this season bears no resemblance to the squad’s talent.

Former QPR loanee Jason Puncheon produced a virtuoso performance on his return to Loftus Road, inspiring Saints to a crucial 3-1 victory that could have kept Nigel Adkins in a job.

A first away win of the season was not enough to move Saints up from 19th place, but Puncheon insists the side are now showing that they are far better than their position suggests.

“As a group we've always known that we shouldn’t be where we are,” he said.

Full story in today's Daily Echo

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