Lallana: Fans helped us win

Daily Echo: Adam Lallana celebrates his goal. Adam Lallana celebrates his goal.

ADAM Lallana thanked Saints fans for keeping the faith after scoring the winning goal.

The playmaker was Saints’ most potent attacking threat for long periods and he proved to be the difference when he netted the 66th-minute winner.

He reckons the support from most of the 28,610 in attendance was also a big factor in the capture of the three points. “They stuck with us which gives you a bit more patience and that belief and confidence and calmness you have to show when a good team like West Brom comes for the draw, playing on the counter attack like they did,” he said.

“Credit to us, it was a big win and gave us a massive boost in confidence going into the next lot of fixtures.”

Lallana’s goal from Gaston Ramirez’s exquisite first-time pass ensured a first win in five league games at St Mary’s and only Saints’ second in their last ten.

“We’ve had a bit of a tough patch and it was especially important to get the win here at St Mary’s,” continued Lallana. “We like it to be a fortress and we’ve slipped up a few too many times of late, I feel.”

Lallana believes Saints are stronger for their experiences of the last month. “It was nice to have a whole week going into the game after having a game every few days over the Christmas period,” he said. “The top teams are prepared for that and used to it from playing Champions League football, they have the squad to rotate. “Unfortunately we picked up a few injuries at a crucial time and maybe the amount of games we had took its toll. “But we’ll learn from this going into next season, we’re forever learning. “We had a meeting at the beginning of the week to discuss how we felt the first half of the season had gone and how we’re going to pick up and go again.

“I thought it showed today, we had that extra spark back.

“We knew we had to be patient. It was one of those games where we knew we’d get a chance, it was just whether we could take one. “It was a great ball by Gaston when he came on, he made a bit of a difference, and a great save by Artur at the end. “I’m delighted for the whole squad, the coaching staff and mostly the players because it’s well deserved.”

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6:31am Mon 13 Jan 14

willygetaway says...

Adam is the most improved player of the season IMO, yes we all knew he was a goood player, but he has moved it all up a cuople of gears this year. i believe he is destinded to be one of Saints gratest ever players. And such a joy to watch. Nuff said COYR
Adam is the most improved player of the season IMO, yes we all knew he was a goood player, but he has moved it all up a cuople of gears this year. i believe he is destinded to be one of Saints gratest ever players. And such a joy to watch. Nuff said COYR willygetaway

6:32am Mon 13 Jan 14

willygetaway says...

Greatest even COYR
Greatest even COYR willygetaway

9:15am Mon 13 Jan 14

worried of n e hampshire says...

Saints really need to do something about the Northam end, there were 28,600 there on Saturday, on tv you would of thought there were about 2,800 get the away fans moved, come on Saints sort it out, the noisy lot are getting a bum deal in the corner they should be behind the goal
Saints really need to do something about the Northam end, there were 28,600 there on Saturday, on tv you would of thought there were about 2,800 get the away fans moved, come on Saints sort it out, the noisy lot are getting a bum deal in the corner they should be behind the goal worried of n e hampshire

9:37am Mon 13 Jan 14

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

worried of n e hampshire wrote:
Saints really need to do something about the Northam end, there were 28,600 there on Saturday, on tv you would of thought there were about 2,800 get the away fans moved, come on Saints sort it out, the noisy lot are getting a bum deal in the corner they should be behind the goal
We should have the whole or three quarters at least of that end and stick the away fans in the corner but its got to be a crown control thing the reason they do it like it is. The police probably want them there to contain them and get them away without having to go through the majority of the saints fans heading away.
[quote][p][bold]worried of n e hampshire[/bold] wrote: Saints really need to do something about the Northam end, there were 28,600 there on Saturday, on tv you would of thought there were about 2,800 get the away fans moved, come on Saints sort it out, the noisy lot are getting a bum deal in the corner they should be behind the goal[/p][/quote]We should have the whole or three quarters at least of that end and stick the away fans in the corner but its got to be a crown control thing the reason they do it like it is. The police probably want them there to contain them and get them away without having to go through the majority of the saints fans heading away. Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child

10:08am Mon 13 Jan 14

Saintsayer II says...

Thanks for that Adam How come MoPo never thanks the fans in his post match interviews or is something being lost in translation
Thanks for that Adam How come MoPo never thanks the fans in his post match interviews or is something being lost in translation Saintsayer II

10:14am Mon 13 Jan 14

Rising_Son says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
Thanks for that Adam How come MoPo never thanks the fans in his post match interviews or is something being lost in translation
Never? I'm sure he has. Why do you think it's necessary, anyway?
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: Thanks for that Adam How come MoPo never thanks the fans in his post match interviews or is something being lost in translation[/p][/quote]Never? I'm sure he has. Why do you think it's necessary, anyway? Rising_Son

10:18am Mon 13 Jan 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
Thanks for that Adam How come MoPo never thanks the fans in his post match interviews or is something being lost in translation
I've heard him praise the fans a few times. However, I guess he has other things to say, so doesn't do it all the time and you've probably missed it.

It was certainly one of the things which stood out with Nigel. He always showed his appreciation for the fans.
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: Thanks for that Adam How come MoPo never thanks the fans in his post match interviews or is something being lost in translation[/p][/quote]I've heard him praise the fans a few times. However, I guess he has other things to say, so doesn't do it all the time and you've probably missed it. It was certainly one of the things which stood out with Nigel. He always showed his appreciation for the fans. Strasbourg Saint

10:21am Mon 13 Jan 14

ToastyTea says...

Thought we were a bit quiet Saturday to be honest from where I was sat in the Northam, but thanks anyway Adam.
Thought we were a bit quiet Saturday to be honest from where I was sat in the Northam, but thanks anyway Adam. ToastyTea

10:24am Mon 13 Jan 14

Saintsayer II says...

Rising_Son wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Thanks for that Adam How come MoPo never thanks the fans in his post match interviews or is something being lost in translation
Never? I'm sure he has. Why do you think it's necessary, anyway?
Because if you are trying to create a huge happy family then it must include everyone includind the paying public I bet if we booed them off (I never have and never would) he would complain about that
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: Thanks for that Adam How come MoPo never thanks the fans in his post match interviews or is something being lost in translation[/p][/quote]Never? I'm sure he has. Why do you think it's necessary, anyway?[/p][/quote]Because if you are trying to create a huge happy family then it must include everyone includind the paying public I bet if we booed them off (I never have and never would) he would complain about that Saintsayer II

10:26am Mon 13 Jan 14

SouthLondonSaint says...

Id Love the Northam end to be turned into our version of the Kop, maybe when/if they bring in safe standing we would see a change? I think it would give us a big boost and as they say every little helps ;).
Id Love the Northam end to be turned into our version of the Kop, maybe when/if they bring in safe standing we would see a change? I think it would give us a big boost and as they say every little helps ;). SouthLondonSaint

10:33am Mon 13 Jan 14

redsnapper says...

Off subject but anyone who has read about Pardews foul mouthed rant yesterday against Pellegrini shows what a scumbag he can be.
Off subject but anyone who has read about Pardews foul mouthed rant yesterday against Pellegrini shows what a scumbag he can be. redsnapper

10:44am Mon 13 Jan 14

Rising_Son says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Thanks for that Adam How come MoPo never thanks the fans in his post match interviews or is something being lost in translation
Never? I'm sure he has. Why do you think it's necessary, anyway?
Because if you are trying to create a huge happy family then it must include everyone includind the paying public I bet if we booed them off (I never have and never would) he would complain about that
Do you say thanks to your family after every day?
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: Thanks for that Adam How come MoPo never thanks the fans in his post match interviews or is something being lost in translation[/p][/quote]Never? I'm sure he has. Why do you think it's necessary, anyway?[/p][/quote]Because if you are trying to create a huge happy family then it must include everyone includind the paying public I bet if we booed them off (I never have and never would) he would complain about that[/p][/quote]Do you say thanks to your family after every day? Rising_Son

10:49am Mon 13 Jan 14

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

There must be a way we could have the whole of the Northam. Can you imagine the noisy lot being directly behind the goal? I think the noise would spread across the whole end then.
There must be a way we could have the whole of the Northam. Can you imagine the noisy lot being directly behind the goal? I think the noise would spread across the whole end then. Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child

11:05am Mon 13 Jan 14

Costa Baz says...

It was a very good, hard earned win, but it's when we play against teams, like WBA, that park the bus, the need for more flair players becomes evident.
I know MP has said there are no plans to buy, in this window, but a hard working, attacking midfielder, that can run with the ball, and beat players, thus drawing the defenders out, to create space for the forwards, would top my wish list.
Adam can't do it all by himself. Gaston can do it, but not yet as consistently as Adz.
It was a very good, hard earned win, but it's when we play against teams, like WBA, that park the bus, the need for more flair players becomes evident. I know MP has said there are no plans to buy, in this window, but a hard working, attacking midfielder, that can run with the ball, and beat players, thus drawing the defenders out, to create space for the forwards, would top my wish list. Adam can't do it all by himself. Gaston can do it, but not yet as consistently as Adz. Costa Baz

11:12am Mon 13 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Thanks for that Adam How come MoPo never thanks the fans in his post match interviews or is something being lost in translation
Never? I'm sure he has. Why do you think it's necessary, anyway?
Because if you are trying to create a huge happy family then it must include everyone includind the paying public I bet if we booed them off (I never have and never would) he would complain about that
I suspect he would question it, but I doubt if he would complain. His best way to get us to be one big happy family is get results from the team, the demeanour of the individual in the crowd would be his least thing to worry about. If there were 28,000 with your attitude it would make a morgue look like a playhouse.
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: Thanks for that Adam How come MoPo never thanks the fans in his post match interviews or is something being lost in translation[/p][/quote]Never? I'm sure he has. Why do you think it's necessary, anyway?[/p][/quote]Because if you are trying to create a huge happy family then it must include everyone includind the paying public I bet if we booed them off (I never have and never would) he would complain about that[/p][/quote]I suspect he would question it, but I doubt if he would complain. His best way to get us to be one big happy family is get results from the team, the demeanour of the individual in the crowd would be his least thing to worry about. If there were 28,000 with your attitude it would make a morgue look like a playhouse. OSPREYSAINT

11:15am Mon 13 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

redsnapper wrote:
Off subject but anyone who has read about Pardews foul mouthed rant yesterday against Pellegrini shows what a scumbag he can be.
Don't worry he apologised, so that's all right then? Surely not another Referee making mistakes? They never used to be like this.
[quote][p][bold]redsnapper[/bold] wrote: Off subject but anyone who has read about Pardews foul mouthed rant yesterday against Pellegrini shows what a scumbag he can be.[/p][/quote]Don't worry he apologised, so that's all right then? Surely not another Referee making mistakes? They never used to be like this. OSPREYSAINT

11:19am Mon 13 Jan 14

Lat Te Mis says...

I agree to the away fans being relocated, I sit in the Itchen north about 10 ft from them and we can barely here the northam stand. We try our best to get the Itchen going and sometimes it's great, however, the away fans think always that we're the hardend fans and not the Northam as they are too far away. I am a season ticket holder and a lot of the seats around us are not season tickets fans, so the majority of the time you wont get people who sing. There must be a solution??
Oh, hey, Lallana, you truly are an insperation. Keep it going!!!

COYRAWA
I agree to the away fans being relocated, I sit in the Itchen north about 10 ft from them and we can barely here the northam stand. We try our best to get the Itchen going and sometimes it's great, however, the away fans think always that we're the hardend fans and not the Northam as they are too far away. I am a season ticket holder and a lot of the seats around us are not season tickets fans, so the majority of the time you wont get people who sing. There must be a solution?? Oh, hey, Lallana, you truly are an insperation. Keep it going!!! COYRAWA Lat Te Mis

11:21am Mon 13 Jan 14

Rising_Son says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
redsnapper wrote:
Off subject but anyone who has read about Pardews foul mouthed rant yesterday against Pellegrini shows what a scumbag he can be.
Don't worry he apologised, so that's all right then? Surely not another Referee making mistakes? They never used to be like this.
I don't think the referee made a mistake with that decision.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redsnapper[/bold] wrote: Off subject but anyone who has read about Pardews foul mouthed rant yesterday against Pellegrini shows what a scumbag he can be.[/p][/quote]Don't worry he apologised, so that's all right then? Surely not another Referee making mistakes? They never used to be like this.[/p][/quote]I don't think the referee made a mistake with that decision. Rising_Son

11:23am Mon 13 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

ToastyTea wrote:
Thought we were a bit quiet Saturday to be honest from where I was sat in the Northam, but thanks anyway Adam.
I believe that the acoustics at St Marys give people in the ground a false impression of what is actually happening, the next time you are there, listen to the Radio Solent commentary, (I use earphones through a mobile phone), their affects microphones pick everything up that can be heard on the pitch, I think you may be surprised at the volume, and I am sure it affects how the players react. We aren't all noisy so and so's, preferring to appreciate rather than gesticulate, each to their own.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Thought we were a bit quiet Saturday to be honest from where I was sat in the Northam, but thanks anyway Adam.[/p][/quote]I believe that the acoustics at St Marys give people in the ground a false impression of what is actually happening, the next time you are there, listen to the Radio Solent commentary, (I use earphones through a mobile phone), their affects microphones pick everything up that can be heard on the pitch, I think you may be surprised at the volume, and I am sure it affects how the players react. We aren't all noisy so and so's, preferring to appreciate rather than gesticulate, each to their own. OSPREYSAINT

11:25am Mon 13 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Rising_Son wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
redsnapper wrote:
Off subject but anyone who has read about Pardews foul mouthed rant yesterday against Pellegrini shows what a scumbag he can be.
Don't worry he apologised, so that's all right then? Surely not another Referee making mistakes? They never used to be like this.
I don't think the referee made a mistake with that decision.
It was a similar situation with Borucs save from Long, watching replays on TV it would appear that Long was off-side in the first phase but wasn't given off-side at the time. It is a very narrow line on which these decisions are made.
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redsnapper[/bold] wrote: Off subject but anyone who has read about Pardews foul mouthed rant yesterday against Pellegrini shows what a scumbag he can be.[/p][/quote]Don't worry he apologised, so that's all right then? Surely not another Referee making mistakes? They never used to be like this.[/p][/quote]I don't think the referee made a mistake with that decision.[/p][/quote]It was a similar situation with Borucs save from Long, watching replays on TV it would appear that Long was off-side in the first phase but wasn't given off-side at the time. It is a very narrow line on which these decisions are made. OSPREYSAINT

11:36am Mon 13 Jan 14

Rising_Son says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
redsnapper wrote:
Off subject but anyone who has read about Pardews foul mouthed rant yesterday against Pellegrini shows what a scumbag he can be.
Don't worry he apologised, so that's all right then? Surely not another Referee making mistakes? They never used to be like this.
I don't think the referee made a mistake with that decision.
It was a similar situation with Borucs save from Long, watching replays on TV it would appear that Long was off-side in the first phase but wasn't given off-side at the time. It is a very narrow line on which these decisions are made.
I think it's got to do with the player's proximity to the ball in flight (i.e. could he have touched it?) and to the goalkeeper (or defender) (i.e. could he have restricted their movement?). If he could have done either of these things, he was interfering with play. Of course, as you say, it's a very narrow line.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redsnapper[/bold] wrote: Off subject but anyone who has read about Pardews foul mouthed rant yesterday against Pellegrini shows what a scumbag he can be.[/p][/quote]Don't worry he apologised, so that's all right then? Surely not another Referee making mistakes? They never used to be like this.[/p][/quote]I don't think the referee made a mistake with that decision.[/p][/quote]It was a similar situation with Borucs save from Long, watching replays on TV it would appear that Long was off-side in the first phase but wasn't given off-side at the time. It is a very narrow line on which these decisions are made.[/p][/quote]I think it's got to do with the player's proximity to the ball in flight (i.e. could he have touched it?) and to the goalkeeper (or defender) (i.e. could he have restricted their movement?). If he could have done either of these things, he was interfering with play. Of course, as you say, it's a very narrow line. Rising_Son

11:42am Mon 13 Jan 14

rpjcheney says...

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child wrote:
There must be a way we could have the whole of the Northam. Can you imagine the noisy lot being directly behind the goal? I think the noise would spread across the whole end then.
I understand it is because of the access on the concourse. I guess for the whole of the Northam to be Saints then the corner section of the Chapel would need to be sectioned off underneath to ensure that the home and away fans were kept apart. I would love to see that happen though - perhaps in the close season.
[quote][p][bold]Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child[/bold] wrote: There must be a way we could have the whole of the Northam. Can you imagine the noisy lot being directly behind the goal? I think the noise would spread across the whole end then.[/p][/quote]I understand it is because of the access on the concourse. I guess for the whole of the Northam to be Saints then the corner section of the Chapel would need to be sectioned off underneath to ensure that the home and away fans were kept apart. I would love to see that happen though - perhaps in the close season. rpjcheney

11:59am Mon 13 Jan 14

worried of n e hampshire says...

rpjcheney wrote:
Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child wrote:
There must be a way we could have the whole of the Northam. Can you imagine the noisy lot being directly behind the goal? I think the noise would spread across the whole end then.
I understand it is because of the access on the concourse. I guess for the whole of the Northam to be Saints then the corner section of the Chapel would need to be sectioned off underneath to ensure that the home and away fans were kept apart. I would love to see that happen though - perhaps in the close season.
there has to be a solution you don't see it in any other decent ground,
by the way I too sit in the Itchen north and thought our support was noisier than normal Saturday.
close season it is then, throw a few breese blocks up, job done. I wouldn't mind moving. simples!
[quote][p][bold]rpjcheney[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child[/bold] wrote: There must be a way we could have the whole of the Northam. Can you imagine the noisy lot being directly behind the goal? I think the noise would spread across the whole end then.[/p][/quote]I understand it is because of the access on the concourse. I guess for the whole of the Northam to be Saints then the corner section of the Chapel would need to be sectioned off underneath to ensure that the home and away fans were kept apart. I would love to see that happen though - perhaps in the close season.[/p][/quote]there has to be a solution you don't see it in any other decent ground, by the way I too sit in the Itchen north and thought our support was noisier than normal Saturday. close season it is then, throw a few breese blocks up, job done. I wouldn't mind moving. simples! worried of n e hampshire

3:00pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Costa Baz says...

Rising_Son wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
redsnapper wrote:
Off subject but anyone who has read about Pardews foul mouthed rant yesterday against Pellegrini shows what a scumbag he can be.
Don't worry he apologised, so that's all right then? Surely not another Referee making mistakes? They never used to be like this.
I don't think the referee made a mistake with that decision.
It was a similar situation with Borucs save from Long, watching replays on TV it would appear that Long was off-side in the first phase but wasn't given off-side at the time. It is a very narrow line on which these decisions are made.
I think it's got to do with the player's proximity to the ball in flight (i.e. could he have touched it?) and to the goalkeeper (or defender) (i.e. could he have restricted their movement?). If he could have done either of these things, he was interfering with play. Of course, as you say, it's a very narrow line.
I don't think anyone really understands how to interpret the offside law, these days.
It is fast becoming like handball, where the ref's opinion on the intent of the offence, is all important. Which leads to inconsistency.

I think MOTD showed that Hart was not being impeded, nor unsighted by a Newcastle player, nor did any Newcastle player make an attempt to move towards the ball, so in the current climate the goal should have stood.

What else bugged me, is why did the ref consult with his linesman, when he was perfectly placed to see that players were standing in offside positions?

As Osprey says, Long was offside when the ball was played to release the man down the wing, and used the space, in the second phase, to remain unmarked, so although receiving the ball from a cut back, cross, he could technically, I believe, have been flagged as offside.
But as I said at the star of this post, does anyone really understand this law, anymore?
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redsnapper[/bold] wrote: Off subject but anyone who has read about Pardews foul mouthed rant yesterday against Pellegrini shows what a scumbag he can be.[/p][/quote]Don't worry he apologised, so that's all right then? Surely not another Referee making mistakes? They never used to be like this.[/p][/quote]I don't think the referee made a mistake with that decision.[/p][/quote]It was a similar situation with Borucs save from Long, watching replays on TV it would appear that Long was off-side in the first phase but wasn't given off-side at the time. It is a very narrow line on which these decisions are made.[/p][/quote]I think it's got to do with the player's proximity to the ball in flight (i.e. could he have touched it?) and to the goalkeeper (or defender) (i.e. could he have restricted their movement?). If he could have done either of these things, he was interfering with play. Of course, as you say, it's a very narrow line.[/p][/quote]I don't think anyone really understands how to interpret the offside law, these days. It is fast becoming like handball, where the ref's opinion on the intent of the offence, is all important. Which leads to inconsistency. I think MOTD showed that Hart was not being impeded, nor unsighted by a Newcastle player, nor did any Newcastle player make an attempt to move towards the ball, so in the current climate the goal should have stood. What else bugged me, is why did the ref consult with his linesman, when he was perfectly placed to see that players were standing in offside positions? As Osprey says, Long was offside when the ball was played to release the man down the wing, and used the space, in the second phase, to remain unmarked, so although receiving the ball from a cut back, cross, he could technically, I believe, have been flagged as offside. But as I said at the star of this post, does anyone really understand this law, anymore? Costa Baz

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