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  • "
    Chriops wrote:
    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.
    I understand the comments about Gaston being a luxury, but if you look at the games he has played in, we have been significantly more successful.

    His first game for us was Arsenal, but we then won with him against Villa. He scored away for us at the Toffees, before being injured.
    He then came back unfit at the Baggies, but then involved against the Swans and the win at QPR...

    By my reconning with him we have played 6, Won 2, Drawn 1, Lost 3. = 7 points...

    I don't really think that it's a coincidence that he's been involved in helping us gain most of our points.
    After spending 12 million quid on him there's no way he'll ever be used as a luxury player.

    To be honest I'm a little surprised by him - from reading the comments attributed to him before he signed I was expecting him to be quite cocky and gobby but he seems almost a little timid. He's going to take a little while to get used to the Premiership but his class will shine out before too long. Hopefully as his English improves he'll get more confident within the team and Nigel will be able to work his magic on him to make him feel 10 feet tall - it's probably hard to do that with a player who can't understand what you're saying."
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Puncheon: We're better than our league position

Daily Echo: Jason Puncheon Jason Puncheon

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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