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    slugger wrote:
    Confucious wrote:
    Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool and Man City couldn't win at Stoke this season either. And they only scored two goals in total between the lot of them.

    Disappointment at the 90th minute equaliser is understandable. Gloom over the result isn't.

    What's more we've got a home match against Arsenal to look forward to on New Year's day. Just two years ago on Jan 1st we were also at home...to Exeter.

    Some achievement....some manager!
    Good point well made sir !
    Agreed.

    Wise after the event is easy. At 1500 most of us would have been surprised/alarmed at the selection. By 1510 most would have been surprised at the tactics. Before half time, the selection and the tactics, both a big change in direction, were obviously genius at work. Well done NA.

    Gully played well, both in attack and in defence, including helping to give Shaw better cover than he has had in most games this season. Just about all the Stoke attack came down their right and it wasn’t until late on that they started to get lots of balls in from that wing. But for a late glorious long range strike we would have won and the brave selection and tactics would have, rightly, been seen as a great piece of management.

    We didn’t ‘throw it away’ – Stoke took the win from us and deserve a lot of credit – there are two teams on the pitch.

    We definitely did need to go with three centre halves when Crouch came on – Richardson on was the right substitution. All three substitutions were perfectly sensible at the time they were made although the others could be argued with the benefit if hindsight.


    We should have reverted to our passing game when in possession once they went down to 10 men – that’s the only way to make it an advantage. Not sure if it was the players or the management team’s fault that we kept to the same tactics that worked well until then.

    But overall it was a brave piece of management and well executed by the players for most of the game. As always, it’s a fine dividing line – Guly scores and we would have been home and dry at 4-1. He misses and they go up the other end and score.

    I thought KD didn’t punch enough at the near post against Jones when and crosses came in from their right – too much flapping at it - but otherwise the defence did OK. Guly and Cork played well, as did Lambert in the first half."
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Adkins hails "fantastic point"

Adkins hails "fantastic point"

Nigel Adkins at Stoke today.

Nigel Adkins at Stoke today.

First published in Sport

Nigel Adkins hailed Saints’ draw at Stoke as “a fantastic point.”

The boss was delighted with a 3-3 draw at the Britannia Stadium despite seeing his side lose a 3-1 lead against ten men.

He said: “It’s a fantastic point away from home.

“You look at Stoke and the Britannia Stadium and they had only conceded three goals at home this season and we’ve scored three and could have scored more.

“It’s always a difficult place to come to, our supporters were great and first half it was only us you could hear because our game management was spot on.

“We came away from home and changed a few of the players around because we knew we’d have to deal with an aerial bombardment that would probably come and the players have been top drawer. We scored some really good goals.”

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