Ramirez on path to recovery

Daily Echo: Gaston Ramirez after scoring at Everton today. Gaston Ramirez after scoring at Everton today.

Mauricio Pochettino believes Gaston Ramirez is “recovering his confidence” after seeing the £12m man score his first Premier League goal since April.

Ramirez arrived at St Mary’s a year and a half ago to much fanfare but has endured an up and down time of it.

He has struggled to establish himself a place in the team under Pochettino and hadn’t scored in the league since netting against West Ham eight months ago before his strike at Everton.

Ramirez has been linked with a myriad of clubs in the January transfer window but Pochettino feels the Uruguayan international is starting to find some form and belief once again.

“I think it’s clear that he’s in a process of adaption. It’s taking him some time to adapt,” reflected Pochettino.

“He got some minutes of playing time, he scored a great goal and we hope with more time and more games he will be able to recover that confidence that he needs to be playing even better in the future.”

Ramirez was introduced as a second half sub at Goodison Park with his side trailing 1-0.

His fierce drive from 25 yards moved in the air and went straight through Everton keeper Joel Robles to bring Saints briefly level, and Ramirez was booked in the celebration for removing his shirt which never returned meaning he had to wear a replacement without his number on it for the remainder of the game.

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“I am very happy with his performance,” said Pochettino.

“He is in a process right now of recovering his confidence and his attacking style.

“He is on the right path.”

There were also a few moments of magic on the day from Adam Lallana who was again a constant threat to the opposition.

In one particularly eye catching moment he evoked memories of Matt Le Tissier with a brilliant two touch flick to spin in behind two Everton defenders.

The only thing missing this time was the finish as he fired wide.

“I think the team overall played very well, not just one player,” said Pochettino when asked about Lallana’s display.

“They put in a great performance, I am very happy with the team’s performance but I am disappointed with the result.”

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5:05pm Sun 29 Dec 13

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH says...

GOOD GOAL GASTON !!

With all the millions shelled out - THE DEMAND IS FOR MORE.

COYR
GOOD GOAL GASTON !! With all the millions shelled out - THE DEMAND IS FOR MORE. COYR REDARMYRULETHESOUTH

5:31pm Sun 29 Dec 13

IanRC5 says...

He is not the only one to be disappointed by the result which Clattenberg heavily influenced ...... Again
He is not the only one to be disappointed by the result which Clattenberg heavily influenced ...... Again IanRC5

7:00pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Churchill Saint says...

Have just got back from the game. Deserved at least a point for creating more chances. But felt we tried too many clever 1-2's inside the box rather than shooting. We should have tested the debut keeper with shots rather than pass the ball into the net.

Gaston made a big difference when he came on. Not just the goal. I would like to see him start against Chelski. For me Corky was Saints MOM. Also good to have super Kelvin back although his distribution has not improved. Also thought Ricky looked jaded (hardly surprising given all his minutes on the pitch recently) and maybe needs a rest.
Have just got back from the game. Deserved at least a point for creating more chances. But felt we tried too many clever 1-2's inside the box rather than shooting. We should have tested the debut keeper with shots rather than pass the ball into the net. Gaston made a big difference when he came on. Not just the goal. I would like to see him start against Chelski. For me Corky was Saints MOM. Also good to have super Kelvin back although his distribution has not improved. Also thought Ricky looked jaded (hardly surprising given all his minutes on the pitch recently) and maybe needs a rest. Churchill Saint

7:34pm Sun 29 Dec 13

North Wales Saint says...

Churchill Saint wrote:
Have just got back from the game. Deserved at least a point for creating more chances. But felt we tried too many clever 1-2's inside the box rather than shooting. We should have tested the debut keeper with shots rather than pass the ball into the net.

Gaston made a big difference when he came on. Not just the goal. I would like to see him start against Chelski. For me Corky was Saints MOM. Also good to have super Kelvin back although his distribution has not improved. Also thought Ricky looked jaded (hardly surprising given all his minutes on the pitch recently) and maybe needs a rest.
Quite agree. Good approach play on many occasions, but wanted to walk it into the net each time. But I felt they deserved at least a share of the points.
[quote][p][bold]Churchill Saint[/bold] wrote: Have just got back from the game. Deserved at least a point for creating more chances. But felt we tried too many clever 1-2's inside the box rather than shooting. We should have tested the debut keeper with shots rather than pass the ball into the net. Gaston made a big difference when he came on. Not just the goal. I would like to see him start against Chelski. For me Corky was Saints MOM. Also good to have super Kelvin back although his distribution has not improved. Also thought Ricky looked jaded (hardly surprising given all his minutes on the pitch recently) and maybe needs a rest.[/p][/quote]Quite agree. Good approach play on many occasions, but wanted to walk it into the net each time. But I felt they deserved at least a share of the points. North Wales Saint

11:01pm Sun 29 Dec 13

sfcfan says...

I like Gaston. It's a shame that people are branding him a lost cause. I wish that MoPo would help Gaston out like he helped J-Rod gain more confidence. We all know that he needs his work rates sorted out and his consistency, so why has it not been fixed? It's annoying me about all these rumours about him leaving and i wish MoPo would speak out about what may be done with him. Shift him on and get a profit (we all know Nicola won't let him leave without making back the 12m) or let him stay and progress that raw talent we all can see he has.
I like Gaston. It's a shame that people are branding him a lost cause. I wish that MoPo would help Gaston out like he helped J-Rod gain more confidence. We all know that he needs his work rates sorted out and his consistency, so why has it not been fixed? It's annoying me about all these rumours about him leaving and i wish MoPo would speak out about what may be done with him. Shift him on and get a profit (we all know Nicola won't let him leave without making back the 12m) or let him stay and progress that raw talent we all can see he has. sfcfan

1:29am Mon 30 Dec 13

montecristosaint says...

sfcfan wrote:
I like Gaston. It's a shame that people are branding him a lost cause. I wish that MoPo would help Gaston out like he helped J-Rod gain more confidence. We all know that he needs his work rates sorted out and his consistency, so why has it not been fixed? It's annoying me about all these rumours about him leaving and i wish MoPo would speak out about what may be done with him. Shift him on and get a profit (we all know Nicola won't let him leave without making back the 12m) or let him stay and progress that raw talent we all can see he has.
forget about shifting him on dont believe all the crap that gets posted on the internet by snotty nosed kids who write about football. He is going nowhere, and if there is a club that can get Gaston up to scratch its Southampton, and he knows it Im sure. Hence the celebration after he scored.
Welcome back Gaston.. I nearly took my shirt off toooooo
[quote][p][bold]sfcfan[/bold] wrote: I like Gaston. It's a shame that people are branding him a lost cause. I wish that MoPo would help Gaston out like he helped J-Rod gain more confidence. We all know that he needs his work rates sorted out and his consistency, so why has it not been fixed? It's annoying me about all these rumours about him leaving and i wish MoPo would speak out about what may be done with him. Shift him on and get a profit (we all know Nicola won't let him leave without making back the 12m) or let him stay and progress that raw talent we all can see he has.[/p][/quote]forget about shifting him on dont believe all the crap that gets posted on the internet by snotty nosed kids who write about football. He is going nowhere, and if there is a club that can get Gaston up to scratch its Southampton, and he knows it Im sure. Hence the celebration after he scored. Welcome back Gaston.. I nearly took my shirt off toooooo montecristosaint

8:29am Mon 30 Dec 13

Tony in Liberia says...

I thought he made a huge difference when he came on, and that sums up the Saints at the moment; we have a strong defensive set up, but to get that we sacrifice some flair going forward. Gaston gave us that attacking flair yesterday, and we need it. Unfortunately, to get it, you would have to sacrifice one of Morgan or Wanyama/Cork, and then we see - as we did yesterday - nobody there to close down Lukaku when he scored the winner.

It's a conundrum, and good luck to MoPo in finding the solution!

My solution would be to sacrifice a bit of defence for a bit of attack; I'm of the "we're gonna score one more than you" camp myself
I thought he made a huge difference when he came on, and that sums up the Saints at the moment; we have a strong defensive set up, but to get that we sacrifice some flair going forward. Gaston gave us that attacking flair yesterday, and we need it. Unfortunately, to get it, you would have to sacrifice one of Morgan or Wanyama/Cork, and then we see - as we did yesterday - nobody there to close down Lukaku when he scored the winner. It's a conundrum, and good luck to MoPo in finding the solution! My solution would be to sacrifice a bit of defence for a bit of attack; I'm of the "we're gonna score one more than you" camp myself Tony in Liberia

10:05am Mon 30 Dec 13

Mr saint76 says...

Getting a bit fed up with the same things being said all the time. Deserved better doesn't wash anymore. If we really want to go further we need to keep concentration at the back and be ruthless at the front. Goals and clean sheets win games not pocession.
Getting a bit fed up with the same things being said all the time. Deserved better doesn't wash anymore. If we really want to go further we need to keep concentration at the back and be ruthless at the front. Goals and clean sheets win games not pocession. Mr saint76

12:49pm Mon 30 Dec 13

nickw4 says...

Thought we played really well and deserved at least a point. Gaston was influential when he came on and loved seeing him track back and defend in his own box - a changed player? Also thought JWP was a bit out of it and struggled to get involved, also should have done better against Oviedo when he scored.

Also where's osvalso at? Had a knock 3-4 weeks ago and hasn't appeared in the squad at all since.
Thought we played really well and deserved at least a point. Gaston was influential when he came on and loved seeing him track back and defend in his own box - a changed player? Also thought JWP was a bit out of it and struggled to get involved, also should have done better against Oviedo when he scored. Also where's osvalso at? Had a knock 3-4 weeks ago and hasn't appeared in the squad at all since. nickw4

2:20pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Chriops says...

Mr saint76 wrote:
Getting a bit fed up with the same things being said all the time. Deserved better doesn't wash anymore. If we really want to go further we need to keep concentration at the back and be ruthless at the front. Goals and clean sheets win games not pocession.
Lets be honest - who has been happy with the Gaston signing so far? He has shown very little signs of repaying that huge price tag.

However, I've seen signs in recent weeks that he is starting to show some signs of the player we thought we were getting, and yesterday he was in parts exceptional. If this is a sign of things to come, I seriously doubt Gaston will be going anywhere.
[quote][p][bold]Mr saint76[/bold] wrote: Getting a bit fed up with the same things being said all the time. Deserved better doesn't wash anymore. If we really want to go further we need to keep concentration at the back and be ruthless at the front. Goals and clean sheets win games not pocession.[/p][/quote]Lets be honest - who has been happy with the Gaston signing so far? He has shown very little signs of repaying that huge price tag. However, I've seen signs in recent weeks that he is starting to show some signs of the player we thought we were getting, and yesterday he was in parts exceptional. If this is a sign of things to come, I seriously doubt Gaston will be going anywhere. Chriops

5:53am Tue 31 Dec 13

SiamSaint says...

Tony in Liberia wrote:
I thought he made a huge difference when he came on, and that sums up the Saints at the moment; we have a strong defensive set up, but to get that we sacrifice some flair going forward. Gaston gave us that attacking flair yesterday, and we need it. Unfortunately, to get it, you would have to sacrifice one of Morgan or Wanyama/Cork, and then we see - as we did yesterday - nobody there to close down Lukaku when he scored the winner.

It's a conundrum, and good luck to MoPo in finding the solution!

My solution would be to sacrifice a bit of defence for a bit of attack; I'm of the "we're gonna score one more than you" camp myself
Great post and nail hit firmly on the head. We did more attack under Nigel but we didn't score more than them. I think the man we miss most is Victor, who has the sort of muscle that's needed. I didn't rate him at first, and he's still given away a couple of goals, but he and Morgan are superb in front of Dejan and Jose and let the wing-backs (if I can call them that) fly up and down. On Gaston, I was really really heartened to see his strength on Sunday as he stood firm and barged with enthusiasm. A pity some scouse kid got his jersey!

Send me a message at joelowry at gmaildot com if you are the guy who used to play darts with Uncle Neil in Monrovia all them years ago.
[quote][p][bold]Tony in Liberia[/bold] wrote: I thought he made a huge difference when he came on, and that sums up the Saints at the moment; we have a strong defensive set up, but to get that we sacrifice some flair going forward. Gaston gave us that attacking flair yesterday, and we need it. Unfortunately, to get it, you would have to sacrifice one of Morgan or Wanyama/Cork, and then we see - as we did yesterday - nobody there to close down Lukaku when he scored the winner. It's a conundrum, and good luck to MoPo in finding the solution! My solution would be to sacrifice a bit of defence for a bit of attack; I'm of the "we're gonna score one more than you" camp myself[/p][/quote]Great post and nail hit firmly on the head. We did more attack under Nigel but we didn't score more than them. I think the man we miss most is Victor, who has the sort of muscle that's needed. I didn't rate him at first, and he's still given away a couple of goals, but he and Morgan are superb in front of Dejan and Jose and let the wing-backs (if I can call them that) fly up and down. On Gaston, I was really really heartened to see his strength on Sunday as he stood firm and barged with enthusiasm. A pity some scouse kid got his jersey! Send me a message at joelowry at gmaildot com if you are the guy who used to play darts with Uncle Neil in Monrovia all them years ago. SiamSaint

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