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    SaintAsh1964 wrote:
    puppy saint wrote:
    SaintAsh1964 wrote:
    More Glory wrote: Congrats on your ability to talk footy today. Here's a little challenge for you: Talking of recent times, how many of your players could seriously challenge to get in a South Coast - Last decade team? James De Zeeuw Campbell Johnson Hreidarsson Diarra Muntari Stone Taylor Yakubu Defoe Subs - Hislop, Distin, Berger, Boateng, Sheringham Be honest!
    Niemi Svensson Pahars Bridge Beattie Walcott Bale Oxlade Chamberlain Ramirez Lambert Lallana Would get in that team, next question.....
    sssssshhhhhhhhh FFS!
    If they talk football, I'll answer football, if they talk bAllacks they get BallAcks back FFS!
    OK. As we are talking footy.

    Fair point. I would take Bridge over Hreiderssan.
    I would probably put Pahars slightly ahead of Boateng - but only slightly - as he did go to Milan straight after. Defoe's goal to game ratio at Pompey was 1 in 2 - so no comparison - and he he was an England regular during his time at Pompey.
    I think Niemi was a good goalie, but even Hislop lasted 10 years at the top and was great at Newcastle. But Niemi was v good at Saints, so maybe he could make the bench.
    Bale, Walcott and Oxy were all up and coming at your club before they left, but maybe Bale could edge Berger out - but only maybe - as Berger was class - but fading.
    Sheringham had only just stopped playing for England when he came to Pompey - so Lambert is not getting a look in.

    So, here we are. I am sure you will disagree though

    De Zeeuw Campbell
    Johnson Bridge
    Diarra Muntari
    Stone Taylor
    Yakubu Defoe

    Subs - Niemi, Distin, Bale, Pahars, Sheringham"
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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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