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    The partnership between Cork and Morgan is the most important thing for the team this year. They're the engine room that will buffer the defence and give the forwards freedom to play.

    It's funny because Anglo-French partnerships don't always work but when they do the results can be spectacular. Think of Concorde, the Channel Tunnel, Stereolab and, er, my dad who swears blind he had a go on Bridget Bardot back in the 60s before she went mental.
    Yes, but you have to think of these as well:

    - JK Rowling's grandparents.
    - Mary Tudor and Louis XII (he died because they tried too hard - and failed - to produce an heir).
    - Strassie and the French administration, French opening hours, all French drivers, most French waiters (but the waitresses are forgiven) and nearly every French shop assistant (male & female).

    How's little Retford? Did he score with any of the wonderful NHS nurses?
    Little Retford's on the mend, cheers. He's still got all types of liquid coming out of both ends but the main thing is he's out of hospital and his mum is dealing with that while I'm at work.

    As for Anglo-French relations, let's not forget how during the war we united to help crush those bad prats (and the Nazis WERE prats) to the East. Southampton are learning the lessons of history well.
    Yes, it is well known that the French played a pivotal part in WWII, Petain being their best general on the field against the nazis...
    Also, let's not forget that they helped decorate London with a lot of commemorative monuments to the Napoleonic wars.
    I mean the COOL French people. You know, people like Albert Camus who joined up to the resistance and then tunneled into the swimming pool to try and rescue the allies at half time in Escape To Victory. They were mint.
    Sorry, I didn't know you were referring to a 5% of their population!!!
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Midfield duo key to Saints' Premier League survival

Morgan Schneiderlin

Morgan Schneiderlin

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

Nigel Adkins believes Jack Cork and Morgan Schneiderlin have the potential to be a central midfield powerhouse pairing for Saints.

Cork’s return to the team after injury has resulted in four points from the last two games as Saints start to show the kind of form that could drag them to Premier League safety.

It should hardly be surprising when you consider that Cork has lost just 11 of the 52 games he has started since making a permanent move to the club from Chelsea just over a year ago. More than that, Adkins (pictured left) has been desperate to pair Cork and Schneiderlin together in a new look Continued: Page 37 midfield that sees the 23-year-olds sitting in front of the back four.

With Cork’s energy and dynamism and Schneiderlin’s fantastic passing ability they look every inch a Premier League partnership.

“He (Cork) was yet again outstanding – him and Morgan Schneiderlin together,” raved Adkins.

“I played Jack Cork in every game after I signed him last season.

“He was called up for the Great Britain team for the Olympics which is a great honour obviously but we didn’t have him for pre-season.

“He came back and in his first game he got injured, he came back after that and got injured straightaway in his comeback game.

“We’ve not had an opportunity to have Jack Cork and Morgan Schneiderlin together until now.

“They are two young 23-year-olds who I believe have got so much potential and we can get a good partnership going with them.“We also have young James Ward-Prowse who is going to be phenomenal for us and Steven Davis we have brought in and is still very young in footballling terms but has a wealth of experience he can help the players with.”

Schneiderlin and Cork also have enviable statistics in games they have started together over the past season and a bit.

In that time they have been on the losing side on just six out of 21 occasions.

More Saints news in today's Daily Echo

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