£7m Jay scores on Saints debut but Arsenal win the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup

Rodriguez makes scoring start

Rodriguez makes scoring start

First published in Sport

Record signing Jay Rodriguez made the perfect start to life at Saints by scoring on his debut against Arsenal - but it was the Gunners who won the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup.

The £7m summer signing from Burnley announced his arrival with a flicked header but the Gunners had the last laugh to take the trophy back to north London.

Saints leave for their trip to France on Sunday looking for a first win of pre-season after losing one and drawing the other of their two 45 minute openers.

Saints lost their first game of pre-season as they were defeated 1-0 by Anderlecht in the first game of the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup.

Nigel Adkins fielded a side that was very similar to the team that won promotion from the Championship, the only exceptions being youngsters Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers at left back and centre midfield respectively.

Anderlecht were without a few of their star names but still looked a class outfit and were well worth their win.

The only goal of the game came on 15 minutes when Tom De Sutter was picked out by a defence splitting pass and after seeing his initial effort blocked by Kelvin Davis tapped home the rebound.

Saints had Davis to thank for several good saves to keep it to one while the only real chance Adkins' men created was a Jos Hooiveld header from a corner that struck the crossbar.

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After the Olympic torch had passed round the outside of the St Mary's pitch came the second of the day's three 45 minute matches as Anderlecht took on a youthful Arsenal side.

The Gunners had brought a young squad to the south coast with their 11 Euro 2012 stars still on holiday and others away with Olympic squads.

Anderlecht again saw plenty of the ball but failed to create the same volume of chances they had against Saints and never really looked equalising after Arsenal grabbed the lead on 35 minutes.

It was two players with first team experience that created and converted it with Carl Jenkinson's low cross from the right turned in at the near post by the sliding Henri Lansbury.

The result meant Anderlecht finished with three points and a zero goa difference with one for and one against while Arsenal had played one and won one with a plus one difference, meaning if Saints were to beat the Gunners by more than one goal in the final match they would win the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup.

As expected Adkins changed the whole team from the first game and Saints also switched from a 4-4-2 to playing just one up front - and that was a St Mary's debut for £7m record signing Jay Rodriguez while Dan Seaborne made a welcome return.

And Rodriguez made quite an impact as his flicked header into the far corner gave Saints the lead on 32 minutes.

However, the Saints joy was short lived as Gervinho got to the left by-line, cut back onto his right foot and fired in a low shot that went through the legs of Tommy Forecast to level things up.

The game finished 1-1 meaning Arsenal won the trophy.

The rules of the competition state that a drawn game must be decided by a penalty shootout which Saints won 5-4.

Saints team v RSC Anderlecht: Davis, Richardson, Fonte, Hooiveld, Shaw, Do Prado, Schneiderlin, Chambers, Lallana, Lambert, Sharp.

Saints team v Arsenal: Forecast, Butterfield, Stephens, Seaborne, Fox, De Ridder, Chaplow, Hammond, Ward-Prowse, Puncheon, Rodriguez.

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6:51pm Sat 14 Jul 12

costa gaz says...

copied from daily star.....

SOUTHAMPTON have signed Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne, 21, on a four-year deal after agreeing a £1.5m compensation package.

Ok, I know it's the daily star and to wait for the OS to announce transfers but......
copied from daily star..... SOUTHAMPTON have signed Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne, 21, on a four-year deal after agreeing a £1.5m compensation package. Ok, I know it's the daily star and to wait for the OS to announce transfers but...... costa gaz
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7:49pm Sat 14 Jul 12

bogie says...

Poor first game from Saints. Not as good as last years memorial. Guess the weather has something to do with it.
Poor first game from Saints. Not as good as last years memorial. Guess the weather has something to do with it. bogie
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8:39pm Sat 14 Jul 12

saintmac says...

Yes!! Jay Rod.
Yes!! Jay Rod. saintmac
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9:08pm Sat 14 Jul 12

Strasbourg Saint says...

So, the big news is, we BEAT Arsenal.

Some 12-15,000 there I heard. Not bad, given the weather.

Looking forward to hearing what those present made of it.
So, the big news is, we BEAT Arsenal. Some 12-15,000 there I heard. Not bad, given the weather. Looking forward to hearing what those present made of it. Strasbourg Saint
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9:16pm Sat 14 Jul 12

saintmac says...

Where was Tad Lee? Is he still injured?
Where was Tad Lee? Is he still injured? saintmac
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9:17pm Sat 14 Jul 12

Peter Godwin says...

I see Tadanri Lee didn't apper in either game today. Has he still not recovered from his March injury or has he fallen out of favour? Does anyone know?
I see Tadanri Lee didn't apper in either game today. Has he still not recovered from his March injury or has he fallen out of favour? Does anyone know? Peter Godwin
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9:35pm Sat 14 Jul 12

jezza says...

Reasonable work-out for all of the main players and a fair few of the fringe players.

I'm not sure what there is to be learnt from these games, but just to be remembering Markus Liebherr and the legacy he has left us is enough to make this a vital part of every pre-season.

A few more in, and the absent players today regaining fitness, before August and I think we'll be fine.

COYR
Reasonable work-out for all of the main players and a fair few of the fringe players. I'm not sure what there is to be learnt from these games, but just to be remembering Markus Liebherr and the legacy he has left us is enough to make this a vital part of every pre-season. A few more in, and the absent players today regaining fitness, before August and I think we'll be fine. COYR jezza
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9:42pm Sat 14 Jul 12

bully0046 says...

Peter Godwin wrote:
I see Tadanri Lee didn't apper in either game today. Has he still not recovered from his March injury or has he fallen out of favour? Does anyone know?
Tadanri Lee is still recovering from injury, he had surgeryback home
[quote][p][bold]Peter Godwin[/bold] wrote: I see Tadanri Lee didn't apper in either game today. Has he still not recovered from his March injury or has he fallen out of favour? Does anyone know?[/p][/quote]Tadanri Lee is still recovering from injury, he had surgeryback home bully0046
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9:45pm Sat 14 Jul 12

franiow says...

I think it's an interesting format and good for the fans that Saints won the penalty shoot out. Gave a lot of players a run out before they leave for France tomorrow.
I think it's an interesting format and good for the fans that Saints won the penalty shoot out. Gave a lot of players a run out before they leave for France tomorrow. franiow
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10:01pm Sat 14 Jul 12

St.David says...

I thought it was a good evening and a great start to pre season. . Jay Rod and the youngsters looked sharp. . Some of the older guys looked very sluggish. Much better second game. Surprise of the night for me was the effort Jason Punch put in. . Who knows where or if he will figure. . . . He does have that experience after all and if he is up for it also has the quality. Second game was much better. . Saints should give England lessons in penalties!!!. . Five out of five without RL!!. . Only complaint for me was the price. Surly this event is not about making money but remembering Marcus and giving something to the fans. So come on NC. . . Next year make it a tenner a ticket and kids go free and let's see a full St.Marys!!. . . COYRs
I thought it was a good evening and a great start to pre season. . Jay Rod and the youngsters looked sharp. . Some of the older guys looked very sluggish. Much better second game. Surprise of the night for me was the effort Jason Punch put in. . Who knows where or if he will figure. . . . He does have that experience after all and if he is up for it also has the quality. Second game was much better. . Saints should give England lessons in penalties!!!. . Five out of five without RL!!. . Only complaint for me was the price. Surly this event is not about making money but remembering Marcus and giving something to the fans. So come on NC. . . Next year make it a tenner a ticket and kids go free and let's see a full St.Marys!!. . . COYRs St.David
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10:32pm Sat 14 Jul 12

slugger says...

my saints player of the day was de ridder , linked up with fox really well imo .
my saints player of the day was de ridder , linked up with fox really well imo . slugger
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10:38pm Sat 14 Jul 12

hedge end bob says...

MARKUS not MARCUS, it was in lights around the pitch.

Puncheon for me DONT tick the boxes. There is no final product, when he loses the ball, which is very often, he just looks to the sky and dont try and win it back. Thought the young lads did very well and hope N.A. gives them a chance this year. JAY ROD rose and scored a good flicked header and started to look the price tag. Think we will carry Billy Sharp this year unless we can bring in someone to get the crosses into the box where he can work his magic.
Talking of boxes we need one double quick to ship out Tommy Forecast, four years he has been waiting to show us what he can do, what a waste of time, i m o. One through his legs and one good laugh when he can out to collect the ball only to fall flat on his ****.
Dan Seabourne stood tall and strong and will be cover for C B. Glad to see him back on the green carpet. All in all, it was a good way to remember MARKUS, just wish he could have been there to see his dream and plans start to bear fruit.
MARKUS not MARCUS, it was in lights around the pitch. Puncheon for me DONT tick the boxes. There is no final product, when he loses the ball, which is very often, he just looks to the sky and dont try and win it back. Thought the young lads did very well and hope N.A. gives them a chance this year. JAY ROD rose and scored a good flicked header and started to look the price tag. Think we will carry Billy Sharp this year unless we can bring in someone to get the crosses into the box where he can work his magic. Talking of boxes we need one double quick to ship out Tommy Forecast, four years he has been waiting to show us what he can do, what a waste of time, i m o. One through his legs and one good laugh when he can out to collect the ball only to fall flat on his ****. Dan Seabourne stood tall and strong and will be cover for C B. Glad to see him back on the green carpet. All in all, it was a good way to remember MARKUS, just wish he could have been there to see his dream and plans start to bear fruit. hedge end bob
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10:57pm Sat 14 Jul 12

Jesus_02 says...

hedge end bob wrote:
MARKUS not MARCUS, it was in lights around the pitch.

Puncheon for me DONT tick the boxes. There is no final product, when he loses the ball, which is very often, he just looks to the sky and dont try and win it back. Thought the young lads did very well and hope N.A. gives them a chance this year. JAY ROD rose and scored a good flicked header and started to look the price tag. Think we will carry Billy Sharp this year unless we can bring in someone to get the crosses into the box where he can work his magic.
Talking of boxes we need one double quick to ship out Tommy Forecast, four years he has been waiting to show us what he can do, what a waste of time, i m o. One through his legs and one good laugh when he can out to collect the ball only to fall flat on his ****.
Dan Seabourne stood tall and strong and will be cover for C B. Glad to see him back on the green carpet. All in all, it was a good way to remember MARKUS, just wish he could have been there to see his dream and plans start to bear fruit.
Doesn't not Dont?
[quote][p][bold]hedge end bob[/bold] wrote: MARKUS not MARCUS, it was in lights around the pitch. Puncheon for me DONT tick the boxes. There is no final product, when he loses the ball, which is very often, he just looks to the sky and dont try and win it back. Thought the young lads did very well and hope N.A. gives them a chance this year. JAY ROD rose and scored a good flicked header and started to look the price tag. Think we will carry Billy Sharp this year unless we can bring in someone to get the crosses into the box where he can work his magic. Talking of boxes we need one double quick to ship out Tommy Forecast, four years he has been waiting to show us what he can do, what a waste of time, i m o. One through his legs and one good laugh when he can out to collect the ball only to fall flat on his ****. Dan Seabourne stood tall and strong and will be cover for C B. Glad to see him back on the green carpet. All in all, it was a good way to remember MARKUS, just wish he could have been there to see his dream and plans start to bear fruit.[/p][/quote]Doesn't not Dont? Jesus_02
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11:04pm Sat 14 Jul 12

Tirau Dan says...

Thanks Bob.. good info cheers
What did you think of Luke Shaw Callum Chambers and James WP please?
Thanks Bob.. good info cheers What did you think of Luke Shaw Callum Chambers and James WP please? Tirau Dan
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11:16pm Sat 14 Jul 12

yellowcard says...

the daily star printed that yesterday. so think we should wait till saints announce that we have signed clyne
the daily star printed that yesterday. so think we should wait till saints announce that we have signed clyne yellowcard
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11:26pm Sat 14 Jul 12

saintmac says...

Anybody know the attendance
figure?
Anybody know the attendance figure? saintmac
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1:20am Sun 15 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Why did Lambo waste that free kick opportunity I can't believe he has lost confidence in his ability to score from that range, Foxies effort nearly did the trick.
Why did Lambo waste that free kick opportunity I can't believe he has lost confidence in his ability to score from that range, Foxies effort nearly did the trick. OSPREYSAINT
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1:46am Sun 15 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Nothing quoted on the OS yet, difficult to tell, the Kingsland was pretty full, the Northam and Itchen less so and Chapel fairly sparse. A decent atmosphere although not noisy, the Torch got a good round of applause, I was glad to have the opportunity to see it, I will never do that again. I found the new touchline adverts iritating, and they have done nothing to improve the Tannoy in the Kingsland.
Nothing quoted on the OS yet, difficult to tell, the Kingsland was pretty full, the Northam and Itchen less so and Chapel fairly sparse. A decent atmosphere although not noisy, the Torch got a good round of applause, I was glad to have the opportunity to see it, I will never do that again. I found the new touchline adverts iritating, and they have done nothing to improve the Tannoy in the Kingsland. OSPREYSAINT
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1:51am Sun 15 Jul 12

ButtyIoWSaint says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Why did Lambo waste that free kick opportunity I can't believe he has lost confidence in his ability to score from that range, Foxies effort nearly did the trick.
If Sharpy had been quicker off the mark, it would have been a well worked free kick. Great ball through that surprised everyone. One from the training ground
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Why did Lambo waste that free kick opportunity I can't believe he has lost confidence in his ability to score from that range, Foxies effort nearly did the trick.[/p][/quote]If Sharpy had been quicker off the mark, it would have been a well worked free kick. Great ball through that surprised everyone. One from the training ground ButtyIoWSaint
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2:49am Sun 15 Jul 12

ButtyIoWSaint says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Nothing quoted on the OS yet, difficult to tell, the Kingsland was pretty full, the Northam and Itchen less so and Chapel fairly sparse. A decent atmosphere although not noisy, the Torch got a good round of applause, I was glad to have the opportunity to see it, I will never do that again. I found the new touchline adverts iritating, and they have done nothing to improve the Tannoy in the Kingsland.
Agree about the tannoy. I was in block 5 upper tier, same problem there.
I didn't realise, the seats up there have padding and cushioned arm rests!
NC came out of his executive box to watch from the stand. Also the Saints players from the game against Anderlecht were sat up in block 6 just along from us watching.
Both Shaw and Chambers impressed in the 1st game, also Guly was working his socks off. Steeeeve looked very sharp with some excellent turns on the ball to lose his man.

Don't like us in red though!!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Nothing quoted on the OS yet, difficult to tell, the Kingsland was pretty full, the Northam and Itchen less so and Chapel fairly sparse. A decent atmosphere although not noisy, the Torch got a good round of applause, I was glad to have the opportunity to see it, I will never do that again. I found the new touchline adverts iritating, and they have done nothing to improve the Tannoy in the Kingsland.[/p][/quote]Agree about the tannoy. I was in block 5 upper tier, same problem there. I didn't realise, the seats up there have padding and cushioned arm rests! NC came out of his executive box to watch from the stand. Also the Saints players from the game against Anderlecht were sat up in block 6 just along from us watching. Both Shaw and Chambers impressed in the 1st game, also Guly was working his socks off. Steeeeve looked very sharp with some excellent turns on the ball to lose his man. Don't like us in red though!! ButtyIoWSaint
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6:43am Sun 15 Jul 12

milton road says...

According to some of the papers yesterday morning, the Palace chairman said there had been nothing agreed with any club reference Clyne.
So wait and see, maybe that is a smokescreen or maybe the truth.
Glad to see Dan Seabourne back and apparently in good shape.
Still need a couple of experienced heads i reckon at this level.
Good that Jay had a good first game.
According to some of the papers yesterday morning, the Palace chairman said there had been nothing agreed with any club reference Clyne. So wait and see, maybe that is a smokescreen or maybe the truth. Glad to see Dan Seabourne back and apparently in good shape. Still need a couple of experienced heads i reckon at this level. Good that Jay had a good first game. milton road
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7:59am Sun 15 Jul 12

seany1966 says...

It was no more than a couple of training games IMO ... No one wanting to get injured and have a bit of a run out .. But saying that if the 1st team out was meant to be our strongest then they better pull there socks up . The player that stood out for me was Jack Stephens (watch out Fonte) I won't slag off the poor players as its only 1st game back...
It was no more than a couple of training games IMO ... No one wanting to get injured and have a bit of a run out .. But saying that if the 1st team out was meant to be our strongest then they better pull there socks up . The player that stood out for me was Jack Stephens (watch out Fonte) I won't slag off the poor players as its only 1st game back... seany1966
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8:41am Sun 15 Jul 12

calumjsaint says...

Jack Stephens was outstanding and man of the match for me. Looks good for the future especially against some very slick young forwards with quality.JWP also stood out last night,wont be long before he in the first eleven.
Jack Stephens was outstanding and man of the match for me. Looks good for the future especially against some very slick young forwards with quality.JWP also stood out last night,wont be long before he in the first eleven. calumjsaint
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8:42am Sun 15 Jul 12

dadofmy3sons says...

Commented yesterday at the ground, a lot of saints wearing stripes!! there were both new shirts but the predominance was old shirts .
Puncheon was willing to run forward, but not so keen on running back, Steve was much the same though, so perhaps that was an instruction. Dan Seaborne did nothing wrong and looked at ease.
Forecast is fodder for jokes!
Good atmosphere considering probably about 11- 12 000ish
Commented yesterday at the ground, a lot of saints wearing stripes!! there were both new shirts but the predominance was old shirts . Puncheon was willing to run forward, but not so keen on running back, Steve was much the same though, so perhaps that was an instruction. Dan Seaborne did nothing wrong and looked at ease. Forecast is fodder for jokes! Good atmosphere considering probably about 11- 12 000ish dadofmy3sons
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9:01am Sun 15 Jul 12

StevieSteve says...

We didn't look like saints playing in that all red kit, sorry! It's gonna take a while to get used to it just like that awful 125 home shirt.

Not sure why everyone wants Puncheon to leave he's a top class player on his day, so he would be an excellent squad member!
We didn't look like saints playing in that all red kit, sorry! It's gonna take a while to get used to it just like that awful 125 home shirt. Not sure why everyone wants Puncheon to leave he's a top class player on his day, so he would be an excellent squad member! StevieSteve
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9:46am Sun 15 Jul 12

ghk230473 says...

No cork either.
Cracking goal from Jay rod who looked the better of the 3 Center forwards with good movement off the ball. Guly passes the ball and thinks that's his job done, very little urgency in creating space/opportunity for player in possession.
More importantly they ran out of bottled lager in itchen norf!
No cork either. Cracking goal from Jay rod who looked the better of the 3 Center forwards with good movement off the ball. Guly passes the ball and thinks that's his job done, very little urgency in creating space/opportunity for player in possession. More importantly they ran out of bottled lager in itchen norf! ghk230473
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9:48am Sun 15 Jul 12

Strasbourg Saint says...

seany1966 wrote:
It was no more than a couple of training games IMO ... No one wanting to get injured and have a bit of a run out .. But saying that if the 1st team out was meant to be our strongest then they better pull there socks up . The player that stood out for me was Jack Stephens (watch out Fonte) I won't slag off the poor players as its only 1st game back...
To put it in to context, last season's first game was in Biel, Switzerland. Likewise, it was only a work-out and two different 11s played each half (and Forecast looked okay).

That day, the one player who really looked sharp was Jose Fonte. Yet, come the season, he struggled more than expected. So, I agree, it's a little early to make too many judgments.

As for the pre-season timetable, if I remember correctly, the Markus Leibherr Tournament took place after the school hols had begun and people rightly commented that it should be moved to early July to attract more people. I think that worked, didn't it? Despite the weather, was the attendence considerably up on last year?
[quote][p][bold]seany1966[/bold] wrote: It was no more than a couple of training games IMO ... No one wanting to get injured and have a bit of a run out .. But saying that if the 1st team out was meant to be our strongest then they better pull there socks up . The player that stood out for me was Jack Stephens (watch out Fonte) I won't slag off the poor players as its only 1st game back...[/p][/quote]To put it in to context, last season's first game was in Biel, Switzerland. Likewise, it was only a work-out and two different 11s played each half (and Forecast looked okay). That day, the one player who really looked sharp was Jose Fonte. Yet, come the season, he struggled more than expected. So, I agree, it's a little early to make too many judgments. As for the pre-season timetable, if I remember correctly, the Markus Leibherr Tournament took place after the school hols had begun and people rightly commented that it should be moved to early July to attract more people. I think that worked, didn't it? Despite the weather, was the attendence considerably up on last year? Strasbourg Saint
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9:59am Sun 15 Jul 12

long memory says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
seany1966 wrote:
It was no more than a couple of training games IMO ... No one wanting to get injured and have a bit of a run out .. But saying that if the 1st team out was meant to be our strongest then they better pull there socks up . The player that stood out for me was Jack Stephens (watch out Fonte) I won't slag off the poor players as its only 1st game back...
To put it in to context, last season's first game was in Biel, Switzerland. Likewise, it was only a work-out and two different 11s played each half (and Forecast looked okay).

That day, the one player who really looked sharp was Jose Fonte. Yet, come the season, he struggled more than expected. So, I agree, it's a little early to make too many judgments.

As for the pre-season timetable, if I remember correctly, the Markus Leibherr Tournament took place after the school hols had begun and people rightly commented that it should be moved to early July to attract more people. I think that worked, didn't it? Despite the weather, was the attendence considerably up on last year?
Maybe the opportunity to see the Olympic torch put a few more bums on seats. Guly adding another year to his contract is going to divide a few fans opinions.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]seany1966[/bold] wrote: It was no more than a couple of training games IMO ... No one wanting to get injured and have a bit of a run out .. But saying that if the 1st team out was meant to be our strongest then they better pull there socks up . The player that stood out for me was Jack Stephens (watch out Fonte) I won't slag off the poor players as its only 1st game back...[/p][/quote]To put it in to context, last season's first game was in Biel, Switzerland. Likewise, it was only a work-out and two different 11s played each half (and Forecast looked okay). That day, the one player who really looked sharp was Jose Fonte. Yet, come the season, he struggled more than expected. So, I agree, it's a little early to make too many judgments. As for the pre-season timetable, if I remember correctly, the Markus Leibherr Tournament took place after the school hols had begun and people rightly commented that it should be moved to early July to attract more people. I think that worked, didn't it? Despite the weather, was the attendence considerably up on last year?[/p][/quote]Maybe the opportunity to see the Olympic torch put a few more bums on seats. Guly adding another year to his contract is going to divide a few fans opinions. long memory
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10:25am Sun 15 Jul 12

Strasbourg Saint says...

long memory wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
seany1966 wrote:
It was no more than a couple of training games IMO ... No one wanting to get injured and have a bit of a run out .. But saying that if the 1st team out was meant to be our strongest then they better pull there socks up . The player that stood out for me was Jack Stephens (watch out Fonte) I won't slag off the poor players as its only 1st game back...
To put it in to context, last season's first game was in Biel, Switzerland. Likewise, it was only a work-out and two different 11s played each half (and Forecast looked okay).

That day, the one player who really looked sharp was Jose Fonte. Yet, come the season, he struggled more than expected. So, I agree, it's a little early to make too many judgments.

As for the pre-season timetable, if I remember correctly, the Markus Leibherr Tournament took place after the school hols had begun and people rightly commented that it should be moved to early July to attract more people. I think that worked, didn't it? Despite the weather, was the attendence considerably up on last year?
Maybe the opportunity to see the Olympic torch put a few more bums on seats. Guly adding another year to his contract is going to divide a few fans opinions.
I think he always will. It'll be interesting to see who makes the grade this season.

Last night, after hearing how impressive the kids had looked, I started wondering what our squad might look like 5 years from now, once the likes of Guly and Rickie have gone.

If we continue to build a squad for the future, if all make the grade and if none leave, the future will look good.

btw, just had an email reply from a Gooner friend. I had told him that we had beaten them, but that they had finished top. He said 'thanks Southampton - we (Arsenal) have finally won a trophy!'

SMS, the place were EVERYONE'S dreams come true.
[quote][p][bold]long memory[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]seany1966[/bold] wrote: It was no more than a couple of training games IMO ... No one wanting to get injured and have a bit of a run out .. But saying that if the 1st team out was meant to be our strongest then they better pull there socks up . The player that stood out for me was Jack Stephens (watch out Fonte) I won't slag off the poor players as its only 1st game back...[/p][/quote]To put it in to context, last season's first game was in Biel, Switzerland. Likewise, it was only a work-out and two different 11s played each half (and Forecast looked okay). That day, the one player who really looked sharp was Jose Fonte. Yet, come the season, he struggled more than expected. So, I agree, it's a little early to make too many judgments. As for the pre-season timetable, if I remember correctly, the Markus Leibherr Tournament took place after the school hols had begun and people rightly commented that it should be moved to early July to attract more people. I think that worked, didn't it? Despite the weather, was the attendence considerably up on last year?[/p][/quote]Maybe the opportunity to see the Olympic torch put a few more bums on seats. Guly adding another year to his contract is going to divide a few fans opinions.[/p][/quote]I think he always will. It'll be interesting to see who makes the grade this season. Last night, after hearing how impressive the kids had looked, I started wondering what our squad might look like 5 years from now, once the likes of Guly and Rickie have gone. If we continue to build a squad for the future, if all make the grade and if none leave, the future will look good. btw, just had an email reply from a Gooner friend. I had told him that we had beaten them, but that they had finished top. He said 'thanks Southampton - we (Arsenal) have finally won a trophy!' SMS, the place were EVERYONE'S dreams come true. Strasbourg Saint
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10:38am Sun 15 Jul 12

Inspiral Saint says...

ghk230473 wrote:
No cork either.
Cracking goal from Jay rod who looked the better of the 3 Center forwards with good movement off the ball. Guly passes the ball and thinks that's his job done, very little urgency in creating space/opportunity for player in possession.
More importantly they ran out of bottled lager in itchen norf!
Cork is with the GB Olympic squad.
[quote][p][bold]ghk230473[/bold] wrote: No cork either. Cracking goal from Jay rod who looked the better of the 3 Center forwards with good movement off the ball. Guly passes the ball and thinks that's his job done, very little urgency in creating space/opportunity for player in possession. More importantly they ran out of bottled lager in itchen norf![/p][/quote]Cork is with the GB Olympic squad. Inspiral Saint
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2:28pm Sun 15 Jul 12

hedge end bob says...

Jesus_02 wrote:
hedge end bob wrote:
MARKUS not MARCUS, it was in lights around the pitch.

Puncheon for me DONT tick the boxes. There is no final product, when he loses the ball, which is very often, he just looks to the sky and dont try and win it back. Thought the young lads did very well and hope N.A. gives them a chance this year. JAY ROD rose and scored a good flicked header and started to look the price tag. Think we will carry Billy Sharp this year unless we can bring in someone to get the crosses into the box where he can work his magic.
Talking of boxes we need one double quick to ship out Tommy Forecast, four years he has been waiting to show us what he can do, what a waste of time, i m o. One through his legs and one good laugh when he can out to collect the ball only to fall flat on his ****.
Dan Seabourne stood tall and strong and will be cover for C B. Glad to see him back on the green carpet. All in all, it was a good way to remember MARKUS, just wish he could have been there to see his dream and plans start to bear fruit.
Doesn't not Dont?
Glad you pick that up Jesus!!! I DID PUT IT IN CAPITALS.
[quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hedge end bob[/bold] wrote: MARKUS not MARCUS, it was in lights around the pitch. Puncheon for me DONT tick the boxes. There is no final product, when he loses the ball, which is very often, he just looks to the sky and dont try and win it back. Thought the young lads did very well and hope N.A. gives them a chance this year. JAY ROD rose and scored a good flicked header and started to look the price tag. Think we will carry Billy Sharp this year unless we can bring in someone to get the crosses into the box where he can work his magic. Talking of boxes we need one double quick to ship out Tommy Forecast, four years he has been waiting to show us what he can do, what a waste of time, i m o. One through his legs and one good laugh when he can out to collect the ball only to fall flat on his ****. Dan Seabourne stood tall and strong and will be cover for C B. Glad to see him back on the green carpet. All in all, it was a good way to remember MARKUS, just wish he could have been there to see his dream and plans start to bear fruit.[/p][/quote]Doesn't not Dont?[/p][/quote]Glad you pick that up Jesus!!! I DID PUT IT IN CAPITALS. hedge end bob
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2:51pm Sun 15 Jul 12

pompey in spain says...

all downhill from now on then boys and girls!!!!!
all downhill from now on then boys and girls!!!!! pompey in spain
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3:40pm Sun 15 Jul 12

ghk230473 says...

pompey in spain wrote:
all downhill from now on then boys and girls!!!!!
Agree, poor old Pompey....... R.I.p.
[quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: all downhill from now on then boys and girls!!!!![/p][/quote]Agree, poor old Pompey....... R.I.p. ghk230473
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3:57pm Sun 15 Jul 12

Strasbourg Saint says...

ghk230473 wrote:
pompey in spain wrote:
all downhill from now on then boys and girls!!!!!
Agree, poor old Pompey....... R.I.p.
What I thought was a shame yesterday was that the H&W vs. Poopey match had to be called off.

It's been a regular pre-season fixture over the years, raising some much needed revenue for the hard up lower league team.

Anyway, it was good that H&W tried to help out.
[quote][p][bold]ghk230473[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: all downhill from now on then boys and girls!!!!![/p][/quote]Agree, poor old Pompey....... R.I.p.[/p][/quote]What I thought was a shame yesterday was that the H&W vs. Poopey match had to be called off. It's been a regular pre-season fixture over the years, raising some much needed revenue for the hard up lower league team. Anyway, it was good that H&W tried to help out. Strasbourg Saint
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4:04pm Sun 15 Jul 12

Strasbourg Saint says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
ghk230473 wrote:
pompey in spain wrote:
all downhill from now on then boys and girls!!!!!
Agree, poor old Pompey....... R.I.p.
What I thought was a shame yesterday was that the H&W vs. Poopey match had to be called off.

It's been a regular pre-season fixture over the years, raising some much needed revenue for the hard up lower league team.

Anyway, it was good that H&W tried to help out.
btw, have any of the Skates tried to nick the Olympic Torch yet? If not, maybe they could run it through Fratton so that a little spark could 'help clear the site ready for the bulldozers'.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghk230473[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: all downhill from now on then boys and girls!!!!![/p][/quote]Agree, poor old Pompey....... R.I.p.[/p][/quote]What I thought was a shame yesterday was that the H&W vs. Poopey match had to be called off. It's been a regular pre-season fixture over the years, raising some much needed revenue for the hard up lower league team. Anyway, it was good that H&W tried to help out.[/p][/quote]btw, have any of the Skates tried to nick the Olympic Torch yet? If not, maybe they could run it through Fratton so that a little spark could 'help clear the site ready for the bulldozers'. Strasbourg Saint
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4:05pm Sun 15 Jul 12

seventh-junction says...

Are the Saints squad going to France for a spot of skiing?
"Poopey down the drain" seems to think we are......stupid tw@t
Are the Saints squad going to France for a spot of skiing? "Poopey down the drain" seems to think we are......stupid tw@t seventh-junction
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