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  • "Back from Palace and SAINTS Fans know now they are so close to the Premiership they can taste it !!!!

    Fans were absolutely magnificent and on cue owned the PUBS - THE STREETS AND THE TERRACES.

    Good fun was had by all - the George (like the Cup Game) was the STAR PUB with a packed ALL SAINTS PUB spilling out onto the pavement and the 50-100 fans outside singing - welcoming the Coaches and good honest drinking.

    The Players were absolutely brilliant chasing down every ball and ADAM LALLANA put a shift in defensively as well as his normal game in midfield looking to score goals.

    RICKIE LAMBERT WAS IMMENSE.

    Danny Fox was brilliant and his awareness of the Crowd shows he is right on top of his game and really enjoying it. His attitude is absolutely spot on.

    Praise continues .... Jose Fonte and Jos Hooiveld ... awesome and now Saints seem to be owning everything in the Air - WELL DONE.

    I have levelled criticism previously at 2 Players :

    Danny Butterfield was a natural to play today for selection and he put in a very good shift. He still needs to be faster with his decision making when mounting an attack - (not rush it) - otherwise it all breaks down and the opposition get their men back. He also needs to every time not back off when presented with a Defender otherwise they get a cross in or a shot.

    WELL DONE DANNY FOR TODAY !!

    Number 2 Player is Guly. He was played absolutely right by Nigel today and he was ready to make an impact and unlucky not to score a goal.

    He has previously had stick from the crowd - but if Nigel plays him - then that is the issue rather than with the Player.

    Next up is Reading and that has
    DRAW written all over it !!

    If Nigel can use the correct formation to nullify their threat on the wings and then if the Saints Players can WIN every ball in the air incoming and man mark players like Le Fondre - then there is every likelihood of a SAINTS WIN.

    Finally I wish to end this post by exposing 4 bullsh*t urban myths that the blue pondlife talk about and really believe (one brain cell)

    1. On the Pitch - At the Derby Game the blue few chanted this when Police were in position - how pathetic !!

    2. Blue pondlife hardmen were coming to Southampton outside the bubble - utter sh*t

    3. The OB are there to protect Saints - :O) LOL - 30,000 Red and White Army and the Blue Few ...
    it's laughable and utter bullsh*t

    4. Blue few were going to infiltrate our Key areas in the Terraces - more sh*t - how many blue shirts did you see in our section ...

    sad old pompey pondlife are league one bound for sure - they are full of sh*t and now everyone knows it (if not before) and then they are going to be liquidized and fingers crossed we will not see or play them for at least a decade or more.

    WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON.

    WE FIGHT FOR EUROPEAN FOOTBALL IN THE PREMIERSHIP !!!

    RED ARMY 2012.
    NO FEAR-NO SURRENDER.
    FIGHT AND WIN. COYR."
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Hammers hang on with a point

Daily Echo: Nigel Adkins - waiting game Nigel Adkins - waiting game

Ricardo Vaz Te’s dramatic penalty leveller for West Ham tonight ensured Saints will have to wait a bit longer to celebrate promotion.

Vaz Te converted an 89th minute spot-kick to give the Hammers a 3-3 draw at home to Birmingham – after they had trailed 3-1 with 20 minutes left.

Had West Ham lost to the Blues, Saints would have moved 10 points ahead of them by beating Reading at St Mary’s on Friday night.

Nigel Adkins’ men would then be celebrating promotion had the Hammers then lost at home to Brighton the following day.

As it is, even if Saints beat Reading and West Ham lose to Brighton, Saints will be nine points ahead of the Hammers with three games left - and boasting a superior goal difference.

But mathematically, they would not be assured of promotion prior to next Tuesday’s visit to Peterborough.

The best Palace v Saints coverage is in tomorrow’s Daily Echo.

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