Jones not convinced Saints have what it takes

Kenwyne Jones

Kenwyne Jones

First published in Sport

Saints’ performance at Stoke was not enough to convince the club’s former striker Kenwyne Jones that they will definitely avoid relegation.

Jones played against his old side for the first time since leaving St Mary’s in August 2007, scoring the hosts’ first in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with a sublime flick.

But, had it not been for a 90th minute Cameron Jerome wonder strike, Saints would have issued Stoke with their first Premier League defeat at the Britannia Stadium since February.

So, had Jones seen enough to make him believe his ex-club would retain their top-flight status this season?

“I cannot answer that,” he said.

“They have to work on their tactics and try and stay up, but I really can’t say.”

Jones admitted he was impressed with how Saints had performed, before insisting much of their success was down to a poor Stoke display.

“They’re doing well,” he said.

“They are fighting for their lives. Credit to them, they came here and did well.

“To be honest, we gave away three bad goals.

“They did well, but I put it down to us not being at the races in the first half.”

The 28-year-old was also circumspect when asked if he felt Saints were reaping the rewards for sticking with manager Nigel Adkins.

“I can’t say. Every season is different,” he said. “Every run of games is different. Sometimes you might be on top for a minute and then things go haywire and people lose their jobs.

“All we can be concerned about is what we do here and be stable and play football.”

Jones insisted that Stoke never lost faith that they would get a result against Saints, even when they were 3-1 down or when they had Steven N’Zonzi sent off at 3-2.

“At no point in time did we think we would lose,” he said.

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8:27am Mon 31 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Presumably he hasn't changed his opinion since he went on strike at our Club the last time he was here, to think some posters wanted him back!
Presumably he hasn't changed his opinion since he went on strike at our Club the last time he was here, to think some posters wanted him back! OSPREYSAINT
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8:32am Mon 31 Dec 12

upwherewebelong says...

it's sad and a little pathetic to see the Echo are spouting Anti-Saints stories again. I don't care what Jones thinks and neither should the Echo.
it's sad and a little pathetic to see the Echo are spouting Anti-Saints stories again. I don't care what Jones thinks and neither should the Echo. upwherewebelong
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8:40am Mon 31 Dec 12

Sally Hamilton Original says...

Plus if you read the echo he doesn't actually say we don't have what it takes he mostly says "I can't say!". Any news on the Brighton winger we were meant to be after? Can't wat for us to get a keeper and hopefully cover for key positions!
Plus if you read the echo he doesn't actually say we don't have what it takes he mostly says "I can't say!". Any news on the Brighton winger we were meant to be after? Can't wat for us to get a keeper and hopefully cover for key positions! Sally Hamilton Original
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9:02am Mon 31 Dec 12

saintforever says...

i think the key position we need to cover is GOALKEEPER.
kelvin was found wanting at stoke - need a new goalkeeper fast
i think the key position we need to cover is GOALKEEPER. kelvin was found wanting at stoke - need a new goalkeeper fast saintforever
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9:56am Mon 31 Dec 12

arm chair fan says...

and the news is - there is no news! he dose not know, who honestly dose? we all hope like hell saints say up !
and the news is - there is no news! he dose not know, who honestly dose? we all hope like hell saints say up ! arm chair fan
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9:59am Mon 31 Dec 12

arm chair fan says...

as for coming back, no one from the old days has come back, and no one will!
as for coming back, no one from the old days has come back, and no one will! arm chair fan
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11:16am Mon 31 Dec 12

InCortesewetrust says...

Who gives a f*ck what he thinks, ask Alex ferguson what he thinks of us and I will take note,
Who gives a f*ck what he thinks, ask Alex ferguson what he thinks of us and I will take note, InCortesewetrust
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11:37am Mon 31 Dec 12

Rising_Son says...

He'll probably say that, unlike him, we intimidate referees too much.
He'll probably say that, unlike him, we intimidate referees too much. Rising_Son
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11:48am Mon 31 Dec 12

Anthony85uk says...

He didn't really say much so another fabricated negative story
He didn't really say much so another fabricated negative story Anthony85uk
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12:07pm Mon 31 Dec 12

sarfhamton says...

What a non-story based on a few vague sentences. Its also yet another negative slant.

Echo, get behind the Saints
What a non-story based on a few vague sentences. Its also yet another negative slant. Echo, get behind the Saints sarfhamton
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12:40pm Mon 31 Dec 12

promised land says...

Sour grapes Kenwyn ?
Sour grapes Kenwyn ? promised land
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2:18pm Mon 31 Dec 12

CB FRY LIVES says...

Kenwyne Jones is one of the many reasons why professional footballers are held in such low esteem.a greedy selfish over rated person both on and off the pitch.
Kenwyne Jones is one of the many reasons why professional footballers are held in such low esteem.a greedy selfish over rated person both on and off the pitch. CB FRY LIVES
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3:49pm Mon 31 Dec 12

gristle says...

More Vuvuzela like noises from SFC supporters. You lot live in your own little bubble, and anyone not inside with you is nothing but a vile, hateful liar. I'm not a keen supporter of any club (certainly not Pompey) but I do follow results and visit fan forums. Sadly, Saints' online fans don't 'endear' themselves to a neutral observer, and I now find myself supporting the opposing team - every time.
More Vuvuzela like noises from SFC supporters. You lot live in your own little bubble, and anyone not inside with you is nothing but a vile, hateful liar. I'm not a keen supporter of any club (certainly not Pompey) but I do follow results and visit fan forums. Sadly, Saints' online fans don't 'endear' themselves to a neutral observer, and I now find myself supporting the opposing team - every time. gristle
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5:19pm Mon 31 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

gristle wrote:
More Vuvuzela like noises from SFC supporters. You lot live in your own little bubble, and anyone not inside with you is nothing but a vile, hateful liar. I'm not a keen supporter of any club (certainly not Pompey) but I do follow results and visit fan forums. Sadly, Saints' online fans don't 'endear' themselves to a neutral observer, and I now find myself supporting the opposing team - every time.
You can chose your own destiny, we are not neutral and never will be. STID
[quote][p][bold]gristle[/bold] wrote: More Vuvuzela like noises from SFC supporters. You lot live in your own little bubble, and anyone not inside with you is nothing but a vile, hateful liar. I'm not a keen supporter of any club (certainly not Pompey) but I do follow results and visit fan forums. Sadly, Saints' online fans don't 'endear' themselves to a neutral observer, and I now find myself supporting the opposing team - every time.[/p][/quote]You can chose your own destiny, we are not neutral and never will be. STID OSPREYSAINT
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6:16pm Mon 31 Dec 12

warrens 76 says...

gristle wrote:
More Vuvuzela like noises from SFC supporters. You lot live in your own little bubble, and anyone not inside with you is nothing but a vile, hateful liar. I'm not a keen supporter of any club (certainly not Pompey) but I do follow results and visit fan forums. Sadly, Saints' online fans don't 'endear' themselves to a neutral observer, and I now find myself supporting the opposing team - every time.
Well sod off back to a forum you are welcome on...try Mandela United Mr W.Anchor.
[quote][p][bold]gristle[/bold] wrote: More Vuvuzela like noises from SFC supporters. You lot live in your own little bubble, and anyone not inside with you is nothing but a vile, hateful liar. I'm not a keen supporter of any club (certainly not Pompey) but I do follow results and visit fan forums. Sadly, Saints' online fans don't 'endear' themselves to a neutral observer, and I now find myself supporting the opposing team - every time.[/p][/quote]Well sod off back to a forum you are welcome on...try Mandela United Mr W.Anchor. warrens 76
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10:43pm Mon 31 Dec 12

gristle says...

South coast bumpkins. Most forums tolerate - and respond to intelligently - a bit of constructive criticism.
South coast bumpkins. Most forums tolerate - and respond to intelligently - a bit of constructive criticism. gristle
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11:21pm Mon 31 Dec 12

promised land says...

gristle wrote:
More Vuvuzela like noises from SFC supporters. You lot live in your own little bubble, and anyone not inside with you is nothing but a vile, hateful liar. I'm not a keen supporter of any club (certainly not Pompey) but I do follow results and visit fan forums. Sadly, Saints' online fans don't 'endear' themselves to a neutral observer, and I now find myself supporting the opposing team - every time.
Is that you Kenwyne ?
[quote][p][bold]gristle[/bold] wrote: More Vuvuzela like noises from SFC supporters. You lot live in your own little bubble, and anyone not inside with you is nothing but a vile, hateful liar. I'm not a keen supporter of any club (certainly not Pompey) but I do follow results and visit fan forums. Sadly, Saints' online fans don't 'endear' themselves to a neutral observer, and I now find myself supporting the opposing team - every time.[/p][/quote]Is that you Kenwyne ? promised land
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12:35am Tue 1 Jan 13

gristle says...

It certainly is Promised land. Did you ever get your knickers back ?
It certainly is Promised land. Did you ever get your knickers back ? gristle
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1:30am Tue 1 Jan 13

promised land says...

Yes my knickers are like you, bitter and twisted !
Yes my knickers are like you, bitter and twisted ! promised land
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