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  • "A few comments from Saturday's game that are in response to some of the above comments too....

    Jason Puncheon had a good game, I dont think it is much coincidence that he tries harder against his old clubs (most players do) and is getting is head down now he is part of a premiership team, and he has real competition for his place - maybe previously he felt he was better than League 1 and wasnt being pushed enough. Not saying he was lazy, but complacent probably - which I am thinking the management spotted.

    As for Gazza, he did look a little shaky but it was to be expected after his error last week, he was playing in front of the away fans and may have been wondering what reception he might get - especially given the Boruc incident. You saw how Gazza celebrated with the fans after we scored, so he maybe started to relax then. The goal was a mistake, but he isnt the first keeper to be caught out there, and others made mistakes before his - it was a cheap cross, and the lad was unmarked!

    For me Gaston looked very lightweight, and didnt effect the game as much as I would have expected. Maybe he had a tough week flying away for international duty, but he wasnt at the races. However, with 4 out of the next 5 at home, he will be very influential in our quest for more points coming up.

    As for Shaw, I couldnt believe some of the fans whinging that he was being taken off after 75 minutes - the lad is just 17!! He is not physically fit or strong enough for 90 minutes in the top league yet. He didnt put a foot wrong and doesnt need his confidence shot to pieces by being allowed to have slack 15 minutes, potentially costing us points, due to being forced to play when he isnt fit enough yet.

    I think NA has truly learnt from his substitutions mistakes of the past. No taking Lambert off these days, his physical presence is too important for the "out ball", and no hauling off Lallana or Puncheon for an "impact" player that has yet to make that sort of impact. Points are key, the team is playing well so the subs are only made where necessary.

    Gaston was lightweight, so he brought on Davies for energy and to keep us from being over-run in midfield. Shaw was tiring, so Fox is a natural choice.

    And my final word if for Cork, again we look a totally different team when he is playing. An unsung hero in my eyes, he brings solidity in positioning and breaks up play nicely. Keep him fit and we will be alright!"
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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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