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    maybe this is a hint .that were going to stick with 4 4 2 instead of playing 3 in the middle .i think morgan benefits from jack being back as he was deeper with davis,jacks a better defender morgan his the better passer playmakler so it gives the side a better balance.also the emergence of shaw on the left as vastly improved the side.leaving maya in the center and not having to come over in cover .strecthing the defense.bringing fox on later is a good luke could burn out he is only 17 .but you would never think it .we have given jwp 5 years this sign this little lad up,what a fantastic acadamy we have .built htough the solid infrastructure we have had for years now.alex ferguson highlighted this after the facup match ,while we were league one 3 years ago now .the future is red in white .the souths longest serving premier league club and always will be
    What do you mean, “stick with” 442? We have ditched it recently and look much the better for it. Don’t think that you can start with 442 in the Premier League, certainly not with our back five. Playing with one up front, 4411 or 451 – however you like to read it – we look a much better balanced side and provide more cover down the flanks and in front of the back four. In Lambert’s absence, J Rod and perhaps Guly can play the up front role where the key requisites are ability to get on the end of crosses, hold the ball up and lay it off. Certainly not Mayuka (too small and not strong enough to hold it up with his back to goal) and probably not Lee (similar shortcomings but not so pronounced).

    Ramirez is obviously the best in the hole but Lallana can play there too, as can probably the much improved Puncheon. But these two give us great attacking options on the flanks, going wide or cutting in. Morgan and Cork holding and box to box (alternating at times but prefer Morgan deeper) every time for me. Davis and JWP are strong replacements, however.
    we were playing 4 4 3 for weeks ,far to narrow ,now we have cork back we can play with 2 in the middle .or all the other formations i agree with that .its the 4 3 3 i had issues with ,as nigel siad he wanted to play that ,to narrow for me exposing the flanks,partically the left"
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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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