Saints hold Gunners to superb draw

Jose Fonte scores the first goal

Jose Fonte scores the first goal

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Saints held Premier League leaders Arsenal to a 2-2 draw in a brilliant game at St Mary's.

Mauricio Pochettino's side put in a wonderful performance and might have got even got all three points.

Kicking off 24 hours before their title rivals, Arsene Wenger's side were unable to keep up the pressure on Manchester City and Chelsea as they blew what had been an impressive second-half comeback.

They were forced to settle for a point in a hard-fought 2-2 draw that ended a five-match winning streak, which means they could be usurped at the top of the standings on Wednesday.

Daily Echo:

It could have been even worse for the Gunners as they were fortunate to go in at half-time just a goal behind to a Southampton side performing impressively despite the continuing off-field headlines.

Jose Fonte has been caught up in many of those, having been on the receiving end of Dani Osvaldo's fit of rage in training, but was quick to thank the home fans on his first start since the incident as he headed Saints ahead and celebrated by beating the club badge passionately.

Daily Echo:

Sam Gallagher, making his full debut at the age of 18, should have doubled the hosts' advantage soon after when a Nacho Monreal clearance fell fortuitously into his path, allowing the Gunners to turn the match on its head at the start of the second half.

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Just three minutes after the restart, Bacary Sagna met an over-hit cross on the right flank and struck a low goalbound strike, credited to Olivier Giroud thanks to the faintest of touches.

It was the Frenchman's fourth goal in five matches in all competitions - a record Santi Cazorla bettered in the 52nd minute with a fine strike from the edge of the box to make it five in five.

The hosts would not lie down, though, and showed impressive resolve to strike back within two minutes, as Adam Lallana fired home a Jay Rodriguez cutback to make Saints just the second side to score more than one against Arsenal in their last 22 league games.

Wenger's men do not have the joint-best away record in the top flight for no reason, though, and came close to going back in front when a Mesut Ozil shot deflected off Fonte and looped on to the crossbar.

Daily Echo:

However, hopes of eking a late victory took a major blow as Mathieu Flamini was deservedly handed a straight red card for a two-footed lunge on Morgan Schneiderlin, meaning Arsenal had to weather the storm in the closing stages.

mfl Page 2: 22:00 Saints began the match impressively, knocking the ball around confidently and dominating possession in an entertaining first half.

Arsenal were lacking fluency and, after bundling wide a Luke Shaw cross after Per Mertesacker failed to clear, debutant Gallagher then stung the palms of Szczesny.

Wenger's side were being pegged back in their own half as Saints continued to press and their endeavours were rewarded in the 21st minute.

The ever-impressive Shaw whipped in a cross from the left and Fonte beat Monreal at the back post, with the centre-back's powerful header too much for Szczesny to claw away.

Arsenal claims for a foul on Monreal were waved away and they were soon on the back foot again, with a Lallana strike whizzing just wide after a Flamini deflection.

There were a few hopeful penalty shouts from the Gunners when Fonte's acrobatic clearance went against his own hand, but play continued and Saints came close again at the other end.

Monreal's byline clearance deflected wickedly off Steven Davis and into the six-yard box, where Gallagher met the ball but could only prod wide.

Daily Echo:

The teenager was proving a nuisance on his full debut and had another chance with half-time approaching, collecting the ball after neat team interplay and only being denied by a last-gasp Laurent Koscielny interception.

The France international almost made another telling impact at the other end before the first half was brought to a close, only for a wonderful Artur Boruc save to deny him from a corner.

They would not be denied for long, though. Three minutes into the second half Arsenal were level as Sagna met an overhit cross on the right-hand side of the 18-yard box and his low strike went in thanks to a feint touch off Giroud.

The strike was just the beginning of a remarkable start to the second half, with Arsenal turning proceedings on its head in the 52nd minute.

Daily Echo:

Smelling blood, the north Londoners poured forward and Ozil's pass was left by Giroud for Cazorla to fire a left-footed strike out of Boruc's reach.

It was a wonderful strike by the Spaniard, although Arsenal's lead lasted less than two minutes.

Daily Echo:

While many sides could have crumbled, Saints responded impressively. Rodriguez latched onto a ball down the left flank and pulled back for Lallana, who struck low through Szczesny's legs to pull his side level.

The frantic tempo continued after the leveller as both sides went in hunt of a winner.

Giroud headed away a threatening Schneiderlin effort, before Ozil broke at pace from his own half and rode an attempted foul to get away a shot that deflected off Fonte and looped over Boruc onto the crossbar.

It was a lucky escape for the hosts, who ended the match on top after Flamini's over-zealous challenge on Schneiderlin was met by a straight red card.

Szczesny did well to deny late Shaw and Fonte efforts in the closing stages, with Arsenal escaping the south coast with a point.

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10:12pm Tue 28 Jan 14

el caballo santos101 says...

Funny that, I thought that arsenal, the league leaders held us to a draw!
Funny that, I thought that arsenal, the league leaders held us to a draw! el caballo santos101
  • Score: 25

10:23pm Tue 28 Jan 14

BehindEnemyLines says...

What a game, shades of Sunderland after only being a goal up at half time and looked like we might let them off the hook, which in a way we did but a draw to the league leaders is not a bad result. Corky was immense not sure Victor will get straight back in, maybe try him at centre half.
Still need to be more clinical in front of goal, but we don't need to panic buy a striker unless the deal is right.
well done lads...
What a game, shades of Sunderland after only being a goal up at half time and looked like we might let them off the hook, which in a way we did but a draw to the league leaders is not a bad result. Corky was immense not sure Victor will get straight back in, maybe try him at centre half. Still need to be more clinical in front of goal, but we don't need to panic buy a striker unless the deal is right. well done lads... BehindEnemyLines
  • Score: 23

10:23pm Tue 28 Jan 14

bris saint says...

Just watched the game, saints were brilliant they controlled the match for much of the time. overall they deserved more than one point
Just watched the game, saints were brilliant they controlled the match for much of the time. overall they deserved more than one point bris saint
  • Score: 18

10:25pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

el caballo santos101 wrote:
Funny that, I thought that arsenal, the league leaders held us to a draw!
Long day. Just back home and gutted to have missed what sounds like a corker.

Funny how people (pundits and fans alike) from other clubs see this as 2 points dropped by Arsenal, yet our first 11 apparently contains so many players wanted by so-called bigger clubs. I'd have thought Arsenal would consider this as a hard-fought point gained.

I notice that earlier, 101, you asked about the French league. In truth, I don't know and most of my French mates don't bother much with French football other than going to watch Strasbourg (who are still struggling their way back up after crashing down the leagues 'Portsmouth style' in recent seasons.)

I would imagine there are some pretty decent young players (there are some good academies) but the cream ends up abroad pretty soon after they've reached a certain level; and with PSG and Monaco now so financially dominant, I see little chance of it changing in the near future.

Well, bed awaits. After all that's been going on these past days, well done the players and MP's team for what's been a decent week on the pitch.
[quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: Funny that, I thought that arsenal, the league leaders held us to a draw![/p][/quote]Long day. Just back home and gutted to have missed what sounds like a corker. Funny how people (pundits and fans alike) from other clubs see this as 2 points dropped by Arsenal, yet our first 11 apparently contains so many players wanted by so-called bigger clubs. I'd have thought Arsenal would consider this as a hard-fought point gained. I notice that earlier, 101, you asked about the French league. In truth, I don't know and most of my French mates don't bother much with French football other than going to watch Strasbourg (who are still struggling their way back up after crashing down the leagues 'Portsmouth style' in recent seasons.) I would imagine there are some pretty decent young players (there are some good academies) but the cream ends up abroad pretty soon after they've reached a certain level; and with PSG and Monaco now so financially dominant, I see little chance of it changing in the near future. Well, bed awaits. After all that's been going on these past days, well done the players and MP's team for what's been a decent week on the pitch. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 8

10:29pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Oh, and finally .........

From the BBC website ...........


'Our very own Mark Lawrenson is hitting form at the right time of the season - he correctly predicted the result of all six Premier League matches tonight.'

Yep, but he's still a @#%*!
Oh, and finally ......... From the BBC website ........... 'Our very own Mark Lawrenson is hitting form at the right time of the season - he correctly predicted the result of all six Premier League matches tonight.' Yep, but he's still a @#%*! Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 14

10:31pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Norwegian Saint says...

Proud.com!
Wenger has just come on Sky and said that was the hardest first half they had all season but said Fontes goal was a push... justice after the pull on the Ars'e nil player at their place.
Feel sorry for Sam not getting that goal but he did ok with bags of confidence.
Gutted missing the 3 points but just soooo proud to be a Saint!
Saints shirt on for work tomorrow ;-)
Proud.com! Wenger has just come on Sky and said that was the hardest first half they had all season but said Fontes goal was a push... justice after the pull on the Ars'e nil player at their place. Feel sorry for Sam not getting that goal but he did ok with bags of confidence. Gutted missing the 3 points but just soooo proud to be a Saint! Saints shirt on for work tomorrow ;-) Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 20

10:31pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
el caballo santos101 wrote:
Funny that, I thought that arsenal, the league leaders held us to a draw!
Long day. Just back home and gutted to have missed what sounds like a corker.

Funny how people (pundits and fans alike) from other clubs see this as 2 points dropped by Arsenal, yet our first 11 apparently contains so many players wanted by so-called bigger clubs. I'd have thought Arsenal would consider this as a hard-fought point gained.

I notice that earlier, 101, you asked about the French league. In truth, I don't know and most of my French mates don't bother much with French football other than going to watch Strasbourg (who are still struggling their way back up after crashing down the leagues 'Portsmouth style' in recent seasons.)

I would imagine there are some pretty decent young players (there are some good academies) but the cream ends up abroad pretty soon after they've reached a certain level; and with PSG and Monaco now so financially dominant, I see little chance of it changing in the near future.

Well, bed awaits. After all that's been going on these past days, well done the players and MP's team for what's been a decent week on the pitch.
I'm gutted that I missed most of the game and I was there. Had 3 T@@5ers in front of me that stood up as soon as we got the the halfway line. Started crying when I pushed him back in his seat cause my lad was fed up. No doubt they'll be back for the Manure game.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: Funny that, I thought that arsenal, the league leaders held us to a draw![/p][/quote]Long day. Just back home and gutted to have missed what sounds like a corker. Funny how people (pundits and fans alike) from other clubs see this as 2 points dropped by Arsenal, yet our first 11 apparently contains so many players wanted by so-called bigger clubs. I'd have thought Arsenal would consider this as a hard-fought point gained. I notice that earlier, 101, you asked about the French league. In truth, I don't know and most of my French mates don't bother much with French football other than going to watch Strasbourg (who are still struggling their way back up after crashing down the leagues 'Portsmouth style' in recent seasons.) I would imagine there are some pretty decent young players (there are some good academies) but the cream ends up abroad pretty soon after they've reached a certain level; and with PSG and Monaco now so financially dominant, I see little chance of it changing in the near future. Well, bed awaits. After all that's been going on these past days, well done the players and MP's team for what's been a decent week on the pitch.[/p][/quote]I'm gutted that I missed most of the game and I was there. Had 3 T@@5ers in front of me that stood up as soon as we got the the halfway line. Started crying when I pushed him back in his seat cause my lad was fed up. No doubt they'll be back for the Manure game. Harold K Steptoe
  • Score: 4

10:33pm Tue 28 Jan 14

GHamilton says...

Fabulous performance, great that Jose got on the scoresheet and even better to hear that KL was at the game and applauding her team off at the end.
Fabulous performance, great that Jose got on the scoresheet and even better to hear that KL was at the game and applauding her team off at the end. GHamilton
  • Score: 16

10:44pm Tue 28 Jan 14

saintforever says...

what a great game tonight - must have been great for those watching on tv - one thing i cannot understand is those people that left with ten minutes to go????
even more proud than usual to be a saint tonight :0)
what a great game tonight - must have been great for those watching on tv - one thing i cannot understand is those people that left with ten minutes to go???? even more proud than usual to be a saint tonight :0) saintforever
  • Score: 6

10:46pm Tue 28 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Harold K Steptoe wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
el caballo santos101 wrote:
Funny that, I thought that arsenal, the league leaders held us to a draw!
Long day. Just back home and gutted to have missed what sounds like a corker.

Funny how people (pundits and fans alike) from other clubs see this as 2 points dropped by Arsenal, yet our first 11 apparently contains so many players wanted by so-called bigger clubs. I'd have thought Arsenal would consider this as a hard-fought point gained.

I notice that earlier, 101, you asked about the French league. In truth, I don't know and most of my French mates don't bother much with French football other than going to watch Strasbourg (who are still struggling their way back up after crashing down the leagues 'Portsmouth style' in recent seasons.)

I would imagine there are some pretty decent young players (there are some good academies) but the cream ends up abroad pretty soon after they've reached a certain level; and with PSG and Monaco now so financially dominant, I see little chance of it changing in the near future.

Well, bed awaits. After all that's been going on these past days, well done the players and MP's team for what's been a decent week on the pitch.
I'm gutted that I missed most of the game and I was there. Had 3 T@@5ers in front of me that stood up as soon as we got the the halfway line. Started crying when I pushed him back in his seat cause my lad was fed up. No doubt they'll be back for the Manure game.
Block 42?
[quote][p][bold]Harold K Steptoe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: Funny that, I thought that arsenal, the league leaders held us to a draw![/p][/quote]Long day. Just back home and gutted to have missed what sounds like a corker. Funny how people (pundits and fans alike) from other clubs see this as 2 points dropped by Arsenal, yet our first 11 apparently contains so many players wanted by so-called bigger clubs. I'd have thought Arsenal would consider this as a hard-fought point gained. I notice that earlier, 101, you asked about the French league. In truth, I don't know and most of my French mates don't bother much with French football other than going to watch Strasbourg (who are still struggling their way back up after crashing down the leagues 'Portsmouth style' in recent seasons.) I would imagine there are some pretty decent young players (there are some good academies) but the cream ends up abroad pretty soon after they've reached a certain level; and with PSG and Monaco now so financially dominant, I see little chance of it changing in the near future. Well, bed awaits. After all that's been going on these past days, well done the players and MP's team for what's been a decent week on the pitch.[/p][/quote]I'm gutted that I missed most of the game and I was there. Had 3 T@@5ers in front of me that stood up as soon as we got the the halfway line. Started crying when I pushed him back in his seat cause my lad was fed up. No doubt they'll be back for the Manure game.[/p][/quote]Block 42? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

10:48pm Tue 28 Jan 14

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH says...

THE SAINTS GO MARCHING ON ON ON ....

GREAT GAME - COULD HAVE TAKEN ALL 3 POINTS LIKE LAST SEASON.

SAM WAS GOOD UP FRONT.

WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON. COYR.
THE SAINTS GO MARCHING ON ON ON .... GREAT GAME - COULD HAVE TAKEN ALL 3 POINTS LIKE LAST SEASON. SAM WAS GOOD UP FRONT. WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON. COYR. REDARMYRULETHESOUTH
  • Score: 13

10:50pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Awesome team performance hard to pick motm but I'm going for Cork. Great cross from Shaw, Adam gets better, Boruc pulled off a couple of good saves and Yoshida was very good. Sam did well but doesn't have the movement yet. To push on we need a top striker then these draws will be wins. On balance we deserved a win but could also have lost. At 1-2 I was concerned but we showed massive desire. Expect to win at Fulham.
Awesome team performance hard to pick motm but I'm going for Cork. Great cross from Shaw, Adam gets better, Boruc pulled off a couple of good saves and Yoshida was very good. Sam did well but doesn't have the movement yet. To push on we need a top striker then these draws will be wins. On balance we deserved a win but could also have lost. At 1-2 I was concerned but we showed massive desire. Expect to win at Fulham. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 8

10:56pm Tue 28 Jan 14

westfordUSAsaints says...

Brilliant game. We outplayed them for vast amounts of the game. Shame Sam didn't score, replays showed he shinned it, but at least he got there! Great to see the team pick him up. Dani who?

Cork was immense, Victor will not walk back into this team easily.

Dropped two but will gladly take a point. Safe in 9th for the next month at least looks like Newcastle are the only team we can realistically catch now for 8th.

Think this could be a start of a decent run for us and we can push on to a safe top half finish.

COYR
Brilliant game. We outplayed them for vast amounts of the game. Shame Sam didn't score, replays showed he shinned it, but at least he got there! Great to see the team pick him up. Dani who? Cork was immense, Victor will not walk back into this team easily. Dropped two but will gladly take a point. Safe in 9th for the next month at least looks like Newcastle are the only team we can realistically catch now for 8th. Think this could be a start of a decent run for us and we can push on to a safe top half finish. COYR westfordUSAsaints
  • Score: 5

11:05pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Santa Retfordia says...

Could Corkie not play alongside Vic with Spidey pushed a bit further forward? No one's coming through that midfield.
Could Corkie not play alongside Vic with Spidey pushed a bit further forward? No one's coming through that midfield. Santa Retfordia
  • Score: 10

11:07pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
Could Corkie not play alongside Vic with Spidey pushed a bit further forward? No one's coming through that midfield.
Yep depending on the opposition.
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: Could Corkie not play alongside Vic with Spidey pushed a bit further forward? No one's coming through that midfield.[/p][/quote]Yep depending on the opposition. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 6

11:11pm Tue 28 Jan 14

boilerman says...

What a good game , we were superb in the first half, slow start in the second but great fight back.
If we could have only moved the ball quickly like Arsenal I think we could have won but this will come from. our young side.
Just watched football first and it was great to see Ms Leibher applauding and smiling after the game, not bad for someone who has no interest in football.
With our young guys the future is really bright.
Well done Saints.
What a good game , we were superb in the first half, slow start in the second but great fight back. If we could have only moved the ball quickly like Arsenal I think we could have won but this will come from. our young side. Just watched football first and it was great to see Ms Leibher applauding and smiling after the game, not bad for someone who has no interest in football. With our young guys the future is really bright. Well done Saints. boilerman
  • Score: 10

11:14pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Egomaniac says...

I remember the days when the Saints would have dropped their heads after going 1-2 down after being a goal up.

Like most, I am disappointed we failed to grasp the final chances, but we were playing the League leaders (until tomorrow evening!!), so the result is a credit.

What I am impressed and encouraged by is the team spirit in this Saints team. The fact that they fight to the final whistle is great to see. For that I give total credit to MC's management. This guy is brilliant, and I really hope we do not lose him in the summer.

All that's lacking now is that goal poacher up front. Off load Osvaldo (who does nothing for team spirit) and use the cash to get a top class striker in - on loan if necessary!

After 60+ years of supporting the Saints, I can honestly say I have never known such team spirit, and I have never been more proud to be a Saints Supporter!!

Well done the Saints and MC in particular.
I remember the days when the Saints would have dropped their heads after going 1-2 down after being a goal up. Like most, I am disappointed we failed to grasp the final chances, but we were playing the League leaders (until tomorrow evening!!), so the result is a credit. What I am impressed and encouraged by is the team spirit in this Saints team. The fact that they fight to the final whistle is great to see. For that I give total credit to MC's management. This guy is brilliant, and I really hope we do not lose him in the summer. All that's lacking now is that goal poacher up front. Off load Osvaldo (who does nothing for team spirit) and use the cash to get a top class striker in - on loan if necessary! After 60+ years of supporting the Saints, I can honestly say I have never known such team spirit, and I have never been more proud to be a Saints Supporter!! Well done the Saints and MC in particular. Egomaniac
  • Score: 13

11:20pm Tue 28 Jan 14

SFCOLDBOY says...

Great game tonight.
Best player on the pitch was Corky.
That said there was fantastic games for all the rest.
The 2 full backs Chambers and Shaw aggressive going forward.
Probably the best display since October.
Shame 2 points lost I.M.O.
Loved it.
COYS.
Bring on Fulham.
Great game tonight. Best player on the pitch was Corky. That said there was fantastic games for all the rest. The 2 full backs Chambers and Shaw aggressive going forward. Probably the best display since October. Shame 2 points lost I.M.O. Loved it. COYS. Bring on Fulham. SFCOLDBOY
  • Score: 7

11:31pm Tue 28 Jan 14

arthur boutfaith says...

season ticket holder (block 5 ), in holland so couldn't make it tonight. Gutted? No. Delighted? Yes.
COYR!
season ticket holder (block 5 ), in holland so couldn't make it tonight. Gutted? No. Delighted? Yes. COYR! arthur boutfaith
  • Score: 2

11:34pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Rob The Saint NOT in NZ says...

What a great evening! Top class game, great atmosphere, fantastic Saints performance!

This is what football is all about - loving being a Saint!

COYR - let's give Fulham a spanking on Saturday!
What a great evening! Top class game, great atmosphere, fantastic Saints performance! This is what football is all about - loving being a Saint! COYR - let's give Fulham a spanking on Saturday! Rob The Saint NOT in NZ
  • Score: 2

11:35pm Tue 28 Jan 14

el caballo santos101 says...

I`ll be the first to say that cork had a good game but the tv showed that it might have been his responsibility to cover lukes forward run on their 2nd goal, looks like ozil was left too much space on the wing. he also did fail to control the through ball when clean through on goal.
it looks like I`m picking on cork but I`m not doing that at all. just pointing out a couple of mistakes (not even sure it was his job to cover shaw) other than that he was superb, but it might be enough for MP to think of replacing him, I`m not saying he should either.
j-rod messed up for their first but made an excellent run control and pass for our second. he was also very unlucky a couple of times.
I`m not being negative and am actually extremely happy with the result. after all how many of those moaning we didn't win were saying we would be lucky to get a draw tonight.
we just made the top team in the league look ordinary for the vast majority of the game. I am so proud of how the team stepped up after all they/we`ve been through the last couple of weeks. we did that with 3 18 yr olds in the team, one making his debut.
I`ll be the first to say that cork had a good game but the tv showed that it might have been his responsibility to cover lukes forward run on their 2nd goal, looks like ozil was left too much space on the wing. he also did fail to control the through ball when clean through on goal. it looks like I`m picking on cork but I`m not doing that at all. just pointing out a couple of mistakes (not even sure it was his job to cover shaw) other than that he was superb, but it might be enough for MP to think of replacing him, I`m not saying he should either. j-rod messed up for their first but made an excellent run control and pass for our second. he was also very unlucky a couple of times. I`m not being negative and am actually extremely happy with the result. after all how many of those moaning we didn't win were saying we would be lucky to get a draw tonight. we just made the top team in the league look ordinary for the vast majority of the game. I am so proud of how the team stepped up after all they/we`ve been through the last couple of weeks. we did that with 3 18 yr olds in the team, one making his debut. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 4

11:43pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Clever Dick says...

That performance was back to the way we started the season. MoM definitely Jack Cork. Morgan and Steve Davis were also right up there. Some good all round performances spoiled by a slack 5 minutes after the break. Really can't see VW getting straight back in after that. JC was really unlucky to be left out in the first place and tonight he showed us what a great player he is. Now we need to go to Fulham and humiliate them like we did at St Marys.
That performance was back to the way we started the season. MoM definitely Jack Cork. Morgan and Steve Davis were also right up there. Some good all round performances spoiled by a slack 5 minutes after the break. Really can't see VW getting straight back in after that. JC was really unlucky to be left out in the first place and tonight he showed us what a great player he is. Now we need to go to Fulham and humiliate them like we did at St Marys. Clever Dick
  • Score: 5

11:47pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Clever Dick says...

el caballo santos101 wrote:
I`ll be the first to say that cork had a good game but the tv showed that it might have been his responsibility to cover lukes forward run on their 2nd goal, looks like ozil was left too much space on the wing. he also did fail to control the through ball when clean through on goal.
it looks like I`m picking on cork but I`m not doing that at all. just pointing out a couple of mistakes (not even sure it was his job to cover shaw) other than that he was superb, but it might be enough for MP to think of replacing him, I`m not saying he should either.
j-rod messed up for their first but made an excellent run control and pass for our second. he was also very unlucky a couple of times.
I`m not being negative and am actually extremely happy with the result. after all how many of those moaning we didn't win were saying we would be lucky to get a draw tonight.
we just made the top team in the league look ordinary for the vast majority of the game. I am so proud of how the team stepped up after all they/we`ve been through the last couple of weeks. we did that with 3 18 yr olds in the team, one making his debut.
If you watch the replay Luke was making no effort to get back himself. He was no more than jogging.r
[quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: I`ll be the first to say that cork had a good game but the tv showed that it might have been his responsibility to cover lukes forward run on their 2nd goal, looks like ozil was left too much space on the wing. he also did fail to control the through ball when clean through on goal. it looks like I`m picking on cork but I`m not doing that at all. just pointing out a couple of mistakes (not even sure it was his job to cover shaw) other than that he was superb, but it might be enough for MP to think of replacing him, I`m not saying he should either. j-rod messed up for their first but made an excellent run control and pass for our second. he was also very unlucky a couple of times. I`m not being negative and am actually extremely happy with the result. after all how many of those moaning we didn't win were saying we would be lucky to get a draw tonight. we just made the top team in the league look ordinary for the vast majority of the game. I am so proud of how the team stepped up after all they/we`ve been through the last couple of weeks. we did that with 3 18 yr olds in the team, one making his debut.[/p][/quote]If you watch the replay Luke was making no effort to get back himself. He was no more than jogging.r Clever Dick
  • Score: 1

12:12am Wed 29 Jan 14

The stripes says...

We'll done lads. Gutted I didn't get to see or hear the game... was on too early in the morning over here, especially on a school night(!)

Sounds like a great match and good character shown by the boys. Holding the league leaders to a draw can't be bad especially after they came back into the game. Can't wait to see the highlights on Saints Player!

We are the Saints!
We'll done lads. Gutted I didn't get to see or hear the game... was on too early in the morning over here, especially on a school night(!) Sounds like a great match and good character shown by the boys. Holding the league leaders to a draw can't be bad especially after they came back into the game. Can't wait to see the highlights on Saints Player! We are the Saints! The stripes
  • Score: 1

12:27am Wed 29 Jan 14

florida saint says...

the spirit of saints keep shining through,just watched the game live here in florida, saints you were superb, just wernt with it for a few minutes after half time. but hey ho great point v the league leaders. well done jose a true saint. the saints fans were loud and proud as usual. also I think big sam is going to be a handful in a season or so. effin love the saints u t s
the spirit of saints keep shining through,just watched the game live here in florida, saints you were superb, just wernt with it for a few minutes after half time. but hey ho great point v the league leaders. well done jose a true saint. the saints fans were loud and proud as usual. also I think big sam is going to be a handful in a season or so. effin love the saints u t s florida saint
  • Score: 2

12:55am Wed 29 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

I suspect the start of the second half was more down to the brilliance of Wengers tactics than our own shortcomings, JRods mistake was more down to the change of tactics, which we took a while to adapt to, by the time we did they were 2 1 up, then Pochs nous came in to play, it was a great game to watch, we have just held the League leaders and probably deserved more from the performance. That was the third game in a row that Jack Cork was my MoM, he is not going to yield his place easily.
I suspect the start of the second half was more down to the brilliance of Wengers tactics than our own shortcomings, JRods mistake was more down to the change of tactics, which we took a while to adapt to, by the time we did they were 2 1 up, then Pochs nous came in to play, it was a great game to watch, we have just held the League leaders and probably deserved more from the performance. That was the third game in a row that Jack Cork was my MoM, he is not going to yield his place easily. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 9

1:54am Wed 29 Jan 14

andoru says...

I couldn't see the game but sounds like a cracker. We might have dropped off the pace a bit, but we're playing our part in the title race. Saints were the last team to take points off of Man City, and now we've done the same against Arsenal. And of course we beat Liverpool.
I couldn't see the game but sounds like a cracker. We might have dropped off the pace a bit, but we're playing our part in the title race. Saints were the last team to take points off of Man City, and now we've done the same against Arsenal. And of course we beat Liverpool. andoru
  • Score: 5

2:40am Wed 29 Jan 14

The stripes says...

Good to see the after match interview with Poch on the Skysports website. He looked very happy and in good spirits. Even said 'probably something would happen' in the transfer window 'in and out!' Sounded very positive.

Let the good times roll!
Good to see the after match interview with Poch on the Skysports website. He looked very happy and in good spirits. Even said 'probably something would happen' in the transfer window 'in and out!' Sounded very positive. Let the good times roll! The stripes
  • Score: 3

7:45am Wed 29 Jan 14

saint christopher says...

Another poor display by a top side facing Saints. We are so lucky.
Another poor display by a top side facing Saints. We are so lucky. saint christopher
  • Score: 8

8:02am Wed 29 Jan 14

costa gaz says...

Best performance since the Intl break, hopefully back to our best after the recent turmoil within the club.
I am confident we'll start picking up some wins and move up the table again.
Best performance since the Intl break, hopefully back to our best after the recent turmoil within the club. I am confident we'll start picking up some wins and move up the table again. costa gaz
  • Score: 0

8:19am Wed 29 Jan 14

SFCOLDBOY says...

saint christopher wrote:
Another poor display by a top side facing Saints. We are so lucky.
Irony is lost on some people, judging by the thumbs down count.
I saw what you did there.
COYS.
[quote][p][bold]saint christopher[/bold] wrote: Another poor display by a top side facing Saints. We are so lucky.[/p][/quote]Irony is lost on some people, judging by the thumbs down count. I saw what you did there. COYS. SFCOLDBOY
  • Score: 5

8:39am Wed 29 Jan 14

Sainty saint saint says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Awesome team performance hard to pick motm but I'm going for Cork. Great cross from Shaw, Adam gets better, Boruc pulled off a couple of good saves and Yoshida was very good. Sam did well but doesn't have the movement yet. To push on we need a top striker then these draws will be wins. On balance we deserved a win but could also have lost. At 1-2 I was concerned but we showed massive desire. Expect to win at Fulham.
Really? Sam's movement was the main thing I was impressed with - always in the right place at about the right time. It was his composure that let him down a little, but you wouldn't expect anything less from an 18 year old starting his first Premier League game... and against Arsenal!
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Awesome team performance hard to pick motm but I'm going for Cork. Great cross from Shaw, Adam gets better, Boruc pulled off a couple of good saves and Yoshida was very good. Sam did well but doesn't have the movement yet. To push on we need a top striker then these draws will be wins. On balance we deserved a win but could also have lost. At 1-2 I was concerned but we showed massive desire. Expect to win at Fulham.[/p][/quote]Really? Sam's movement was the main thing I was impressed with - always in the right place at about the right time. It was his composure that let him down a little, but you wouldn't expect anything less from an 18 year old starting his first Premier League game... and against Arsenal! Sainty saint saint
  • Score: 4

9:42am Wed 29 Jan 14

Harby says...

Is it just me but I thought Morgan was phenomenal all over the pitch and frustrated Arsenal so much that they could only chop him down which resulted in their player getting sent off.
Is it just me but I thought Morgan was phenomenal all over the pitch and frustrated Arsenal so much that they could only chop him down which resulted in their player getting sent off. Harby
  • Score: 3

9:59am Wed 29 Jan 14

warrens 76 says...

Brilliant ball control, possession and speed IN OUR HALF.
Is it me or do we stop too often in the final third and allow teams to get behind the ball moreover our team who are amongst the best short and speedy passers in the game forget how to do it in the last third..

I had a friend who was better than any golfer I knew until you put him in a competition, he just could not handle the pressure, without changing a single player out there if they could just play the last third like they do the rest of the pitch we would be league leaders..

For Four (no not a stutter) years I have felt that the team we most resemble is Arsenal and there are times we do literally walk the ball into the net, however most goals except screamers come from quick controlled movement cutting teams open....

I watch us and despite our league position we are the 4/5th best team in the league in talent, teamwork, spirit everything other than a little mental block
Brilliant ball control, possession and speed IN OUR HALF. Is it me or do we stop too often in the final third and allow teams to get behind the ball moreover our team who are amongst the best short and speedy passers in the game forget how to do it in the last third.. I had a friend who was better than any golfer I knew until you put him in a competition, he just could not handle the pressure, without changing a single player out there if they could just play the last third like they do the rest of the pitch we would be league leaders.. For Four (no not a stutter) years I have felt that the team we most resemble is Arsenal and there are times we do literally walk the ball into the net, however most goals except screamers come from quick controlled movement cutting teams open.... I watch us and despite our league position we are the 4/5th best team in the league in talent, teamwork, spirit everything other than a little mental block warrens 76
  • Score: 1

10:36am Wed 29 Jan 14

SouthLondonSaint says...

Fantastic game, fantastic atmosphere generated by our fans. Morgan and Jack were fantastic in the middle they bossed arsenal for 90% of the game. Was the best game I have seen for a while exciting from start to finish. Chambers was excellent as was Shaw (when isn't he) Lallana was a God his touches were sublime. Great expirence being in the Northam end for a premier league game we out sung Arsenal from start to finish. I even thought that although Yoshi made a couple of mistakes he still played well and made some very good challenges he had a superb first half I think people need to give him some love, he ain't played much and to come in against arsenal for me he did well. Gallagher looks a real handful..... Lambert to West Ham?

Looking forward to the trip to Fulham see you their :)

UP THE SAINTS!!!!
Fantastic game, fantastic atmosphere generated by our fans. Morgan and Jack were fantastic in the middle they bossed arsenal for 90% of the game. Was the best game I have seen for a while exciting from start to finish. Chambers was excellent as was Shaw (when isn't he) Lallana was a God his touches were sublime. Great expirence being in the Northam end for a premier league game we out sung Arsenal from start to finish. I even thought that although Yoshi made a couple of mistakes he still played well and made some very good challenges he had a superb first half I think people need to give him some love, he ain't played much and to come in against arsenal for me he did well. Gallagher looks a real handful..... Lambert to West Ham? Looking forward to the trip to Fulham see you their :) UP THE SAINTS!!!! SouthLondonSaint
  • Score: 1

10:38am Wed 29 Jan 14

Harby says...

warrens 76 wrote:
Brilliant ball control, possession and speed IN OUR HALF.
Is it me or do we stop too often in the final third and allow teams to get behind the ball moreover our team who are amongst the best short and speedy passers in the game forget how to do it in the last third..

I had a friend who was better than any golfer I knew until you put him in a competition, he just could not handle the pressure, without changing a single player out there if they could just play the last third like they do the rest of the pitch we would be league leaders..

For Four (no not a stutter) years I have felt that the team we most resemble is Arsenal and there are times we do literally walk the ball into the net, however most goals except screamers come from quick controlled movement cutting teams open....

I watch us and despite our league position we are the 4/5th best team in the league in talent, teamwork, spirit everything other than a little mental block
I agree, I though our 2nd goal was most Arsenal like - a quick move out of defence and a pass that cut out their mid-field and split their defence - superb.
[quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: Brilliant ball control, possession and speed IN OUR HALF. Is it me or do we stop too often in the final third and allow teams to get behind the ball moreover our team who are amongst the best short and speedy passers in the game forget how to do it in the last third.. I had a friend who was better than any golfer I knew until you put him in a competition, he just could not handle the pressure, without changing a single player out there if they could just play the last third like they do the rest of the pitch we would be league leaders.. For Four (no not a stutter) years I have felt that the team we most resemble is Arsenal and there are times we do literally walk the ball into the net, however most goals except screamers come from quick controlled movement cutting teams open.... I watch us and despite our league position we are the 4/5th best team in the league in talent, teamwork, spirit everything other than a little mental block[/p][/quote]I agree, I though our 2nd goal was most Arsenal like - a quick move out of defence and a pass that cut out their mid-field and split their defence - superb. Harby
  • Score: 0

2:22pm Wed 29 Jan 14

St.Ray says...

Watched the game on TV in a bar in Nerja, Spain, but, it was a rip-off from some Arabic TV station, so no commentary. But the way the Saints played was wonderful to see. With a more switched on ref they should have had a penalty for handball, but as usual when playing against the Arsenals & Manu's of this world no joy!
The Saints were the best team by far in the first half but switched off at the start of the second. Saints desperately need a top quality finisher, (Oh for an Alan Shearer)
Watched the game on TV in a bar in Nerja, Spain, but, it was a rip-off from some Arabic TV station, so no commentary. But the way the Saints played was wonderful to see. With a more switched on ref they should have had a penalty for handball, but as usual when playing against the Arsenals & Manu's of this world no joy! The Saints were the best team by far in the first half but switched off at the start of the second. Saints desperately need a top quality finisher, (Oh for an Alan Shearer) St.Ray
  • Score: 1

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