Adkins satisfied with Saints' progress despite Liverpool defeat

Daily Echo: Rickie Lambert lets fly at Anfield Rickie Lambert lets fly at Anfield

Nigel Adkins insists Saints are “in a good place” at the moment despite their four-match unbeaten run coming to an end at Liverpool.

The Saints boss, facing his boyhood idols for the first time, changed tactics for the game at Anfield, ditching his side’s normal attacking style for a much more defensive minded approach.

The plan was to stay in the game until the final stages and then try to grab something.

Despite being battered in the first half Saints managed to get to the final stages just one goal down but didn’t create a chance in the entire game and so ended up 1-0 losers.

It brought to an end a good recent run of form but Adkins was taking the positives.

“We’re in a good place as a team at this moment in time which is important,” he said.

“We’ve got a stability in team selection and we’ve played some really good football of late and created lots of opportunities.

“Obviously we’re disappointed in respect that we haven’t got anything from the game.

“We’ve come away from home on a good run of form of late and I think it’s fair to say that Liverpool’s movement was very good and we couldn’t get a grip of the football.

Full report and the rest of the analysis of Saturday's match in today's Daily Echo

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8:02am Mon 3 Dec 12

Southampton boy says...

It nice to hear the NA is happy!! did not expect to get any type of result from Liverpool but we do need to beat Reading on Saturday, Norwich FC has shown us the way with a 8 game undeat run and now up to 12th we need to follow suit so the team has a week to get over the last week 3 match run and hopfully come out on Saturday refreshed and all guns firing and a good win so lets not forget we should have beaten them last season they had 3 shoots on goal and scored each time we had some many I lost count so this time we have to keep them out and get ours in COYR's win win win please
It nice to hear the NA is happy!! did not expect to get any type of result from Liverpool but we do need to beat Reading on Saturday, Norwich FC has shown us the way with a 8 game undeat run and now up to 12th we need to follow suit so the team has a week to get over the last week 3 match run and hopfully come out on Saturday refreshed and all guns firing and a good win so lets not forget we should have beaten them last season they had 3 shoots on goal and scored each time we had some many I lost count so this time we have to keep them out and get ours in COYR's win win win please Southampton boy

8:06am Mon 3 Dec 12

mack chinnon says...

I blame Gazza.
I blame Gazza. mack chinnon

8:29am Mon 3 Dec 12

Saintsayer II says...

Two very important games coming next Should Nigel take them away for a few days in between ? It worked last time
Two very important games coming next Should Nigel take them away for a few days in between ? It worked last time Saintsayer II

8:36am Mon 3 Dec 12

Littleton-Saint says...

By his own admission, NA employed negative tactics. It cost us yet more points. Liverpool are only an average side, so why so much respect? I'd rather we'd fought them and scored some goals. Instead, NA gifted them the match. He ought to apologise to our travelling fans for such a limp-wristed performance.
By his own admission, NA employed negative tactics. It cost us yet more points. Liverpool are only an average side, so why so much respect? I'd rather we'd fought them and scored some goals. Instead, NA gifted them the match. He ought to apologise to our travelling fans for such a limp-wristed performance. Littleton-Saint

8:36am Mon 3 Dec 12

Puddletown Saint says...

I reckon we are only 3/4 points behind where we would have reasonibily expected when the fixtures came out.

7 from the next 9 please. Yes the team should be refreshed for both Reading and Sunderland.

And two experienced CB in the window as well
I reckon we are only 3/4 points behind where we would have reasonibily expected when the fixtures came out. 7 from the next 9 please. Yes the team should be refreshed for both Reading and Sunderland. And two experienced CB in the window as well Puddletown Saint

8:49am Mon 3 Dec 12

Over the Edge says...

The have been games I would have expected us to win, Wigan, Norwich for example,I expected at least a draw on Saturday as Liverpool are not the team of old,,,,Saturday's games against our nemesis Reading is a 6 pointer (sorry about the cliche) and Sunderland is must win as well,,,,out of bottom 3 by Christmas please.
The have been games I would have expected us to win, Wigan, Norwich for example,I expected at least a draw on Saturday as Liverpool are not the team of old,,,,Saturday's games against our nemesis Reading is a 6 pointer (sorry about the cliche) and Sunderland is must win as well,,,,out of bottom 3 by Christmas please. Over the Edge

9:07am Mon 3 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

mack chinnon wrote:
I blame Gazza.
I blame you for blaming Gazza, as it is this sort of thing that is underminding his confidence, as soon as he logs on here to read the threads, he sees people like you criticising him, it is bound to have a negative effect.
[quote][p][bold]mack chinnon[/bold] wrote: I blame Gazza.[/p][/quote]I blame you for blaming Gazza, as it is this sort of thing that is underminding his confidence, as soon as he logs on here to read the threads, he sees people like you criticising him, it is bound to have a negative effect. OSPREYSAINT

9:08am Mon 3 Dec 12

Ross123 says...

Littleton-Saint wrote:
By his own admission, NA employed negative tactics. It cost us yet more points. Liverpool are only an average side, so why so much respect? I'd rather we'd fought them and scored some goals. Instead, NA gifted them the match. He ought to apologise to our travelling fans for such a limp-wristed performance.
fully agree with this!

it was completely wrong tactics.

i was hoping for an all out attacking tactic with nothing to lose attitude against an average team at best.

i suppose you want to now sit back and defend against reading and sunderland? god help us

not just sit back and defend the whole match! liverpool could of won this by 3-4 goals if we were honest.

pathetic nigel!

now the pressure is on you to get 6 points! good luck
[quote][p][bold]Littleton-Saint[/bold] wrote: By his own admission, NA employed negative tactics. It cost us yet more points. Liverpool are only an average side, so why so much respect? I'd rather we'd fought them and scored some goals. Instead, NA gifted them the match. He ought to apologise to our travelling fans for such a limp-wristed performance.[/p][/quote]fully agree with this! it was completely wrong tactics. i was hoping for an all out attacking tactic with nothing to lose attitude against an average team at best. i suppose you want to now sit back and defend against reading and sunderland? god help us not just sit back and defend the whole match! liverpool could of won this by 3-4 goals if we were honest. pathetic nigel! now the pressure is on you to get 6 points! good luck Ross123

9:23am Mon 3 Dec 12

SaintMax says...

Ross123 wrote:
Littleton-Saint wrote:
By his own admission, NA employed negative tactics. It cost us yet more points. Liverpool are only an average side, so why so much respect? I'd rather we'd fought them and scored some goals. Instead, NA gifted them the match. He ought to apologise to our travelling fans for such a limp-wristed performance.
fully agree with this!

it was completely wrong tactics.

i was hoping for an all out attacking tactic with nothing to lose attitude against an average team at best.

i suppose you want to now sit back and defend against reading and sunderland? god help us

not just sit back and defend the whole match! liverpool could of won this by 3-4 goals if we were honest.

pathetic nigel!

now the pressure is on you to get 6 points! good luck
If we had gone there guns blazing, this would have stretched the team all over the park and we would have def conceded 3 to 4 goals.
We are still tot fragile at the back confidence wise to go to Anfield and play the attacking game that failed us for the first 9 games of this season.
He had no choice in my eyes and the result met my expectations.
[quote][p][bold]Ross123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Littleton-Saint[/bold] wrote: By his own admission, NA employed negative tactics. It cost us yet more points. Liverpool are only an average side, so why so much respect? I'd rather we'd fought them and scored some goals. Instead, NA gifted them the match. He ought to apologise to our travelling fans for such a limp-wristed performance.[/p][/quote]fully agree with this! it was completely wrong tactics. i was hoping for an all out attacking tactic with nothing to lose attitude against an average team at best. i suppose you want to now sit back and defend against reading and sunderland? god help us not just sit back and defend the whole match! liverpool could of won this by 3-4 goals if we were honest. pathetic nigel! now the pressure is on you to get 6 points! good luck[/p][/quote]If we had gone there guns blazing, this would have stretched the team all over the park and we would have def conceded 3 to 4 goals. We are still tot fragile at the back confidence wise to go to Anfield and play the attacking game that failed us for the first 9 games of this season. He had no choice in my eyes and the result met my expectations. SaintMax

9:36am Mon 3 Dec 12

devonsaint2 says...

Ross123 wrote:
Littleton-Saint wrote:
By his own admission, NA employed negative tactics. It cost us yet more points. Liverpool are only an average side, so why so much respect? I'd rather we'd fought them and scored some goals. Instead, NA gifted them the match. He ought to apologise to our travelling fans for such a limp-wristed performance.
fully agree with this!

it was completely wrong tactics.

i was hoping for an all out attacking tactic with nothing to lose attitude against an average team at best.

i suppose you want to now sit back and defend against reading and sunderland? god help us

not just sit back and defend the whole match! liverpool could of won this by 3-4 goals if we were honest.

pathetic nigel!

now the pressure is on you to get 6 points! good luck
Was that defensive ?
What did Punch or Gaston do to defend ?
We had no ball at all in midfield. If we had gone to attack we would have been anilated.
We needed an extra midfield player...not less. Cork & Morgan were shattered . A jwp or davis earlier would have helped.
[quote][p][bold]Ross123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Littleton-Saint[/bold] wrote: By his own admission, NA employed negative tactics. It cost us yet more points. Liverpool are only an average side, so why so much respect? I'd rather we'd fought them and scored some goals. Instead, NA gifted them the match. He ought to apologise to our travelling fans for such a limp-wristed performance.[/p][/quote]fully agree with this! it was completely wrong tactics. i was hoping for an all out attacking tactic with nothing to lose attitude against an average team at best. i suppose you want to now sit back and defend against reading and sunderland? god help us not just sit back and defend the whole match! liverpool could of won this by 3-4 goals if we were honest. pathetic nigel! now the pressure is on you to get 6 points! good luck[/p][/quote]Was that defensive ? What did Punch or Gaston do to defend ? We had no ball at all in midfield. If we had gone to attack we would have been anilated. We needed an extra midfield player...not less. Cork & Morgan were shattered . A jwp or davis earlier would have helped. devonsaint2

9:41am Mon 3 Dec 12

scooter75 says...

More comedy from the orange faced oaf, what a chuckle...
More comedy from the orange faced oaf, what a chuckle... scooter75

9:44am Mon 3 Dec 12

devonsaint2 says...

14.12.12
14.12.12 devonsaint2

10:16am Mon 3 Dec 12

SFC1976 says...

Our season will not be decided against teams such as Liverpool or Man U we need to pick up points against the teams around us and if we do pick anything up from the bigger teams thats a bonus.
COYR

14/12/12 can't wait for the final nail.
Our season will not be decided against teams such as Liverpool or Man U we need to pick up points against the teams around us and if we do pick anything up from the bigger teams thats a bonus. COYR 14/12/12 can't wait for the final nail. SFC1976

10:38am Mon 3 Dec 12

up saints says...

SaintMax wrote:
Ross123 wrote:
Littleton-Saint wrote:
By his own admission, NA employed negative tactics. It cost us yet more points. Liverpool are only an average side, so why so much respect? I'd rather we'd fought them and scored some goals. Instead, NA gifted them the match. He ought to apologise to our travelling fans for such a limp-wristed performance.
fully agree with this!

it was completely wrong tactics.

i was hoping for an all out attacking tactic with nothing to lose attitude against an average team at best.

i suppose you want to now sit back and defend against reading and sunderland? god help us

not just sit back and defend the whole match! liverpool could of won this by 3-4 goals if we were honest.

pathetic nigel!

now the pressure is on you to get 6 points! good luck
If we had gone there guns blazing, this would have stretched the team all over the park and we would have def conceded 3 to 4 goals.
We are still tot fragile at the back confidence wise to go to Anfield and play the attacking game that failed us for the first 9 games of this season.
He had no choice in my eyes and the result met my expectations.
i said this saturday games are won and lost in midfield jwp should of been on at half time
[quote][p][bold]SaintMax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ross123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Littleton-Saint[/bold] wrote: By his own admission, NA employed negative tactics. It cost us yet more points. Liverpool are only an average side, so why so much respect? I'd rather we'd fought them and scored some goals. Instead, NA gifted them the match. He ought to apologise to our travelling fans for such a limp-wristed performance.[/p][/quote]fully agree with this! it was completely wrong tactics. i was hoping for an all out attacking tactic with nothing to lose attitude against an average team at best. i suppose you want to now sit back and defend against reading and sunderland? god help us not just sit back and defend the whole match! liverpool could of won this by 3-4 goals if we were honest. pathetic nigel! now the pressure is on you to get 6 points! good luck[/p][/quote]If we had gone there guns blazing, this would have stretched the team all over the park and we would have def conceded 3 to 4 goals. We are still tot fragile at the back confidence wise to go to Anfield and play the attacking game that failed us for the first 9 games of this season. He had no choice in my eyes and the result met my expectations.[/p][/quote]i said this saturday games are won and lost in midfield jwp should of been on at half time up saints

11:25am Mon 3 Dec 12

Rising_Son says...

SFC1976 wrote:
Our season will not be decided against teams such as Liverpool or Man U we need to pick up points against the teams around us and if we do pick anything up from the bigger teams thats a bonus.
COYR

14/12/12 can't wait for the final nail.
I reckon our season will be decided by all our results this season. Every match is important.
[quote][p][bold]SFC1976[/bold] wrote: Our season will not be decided against teams such as Liverpool or Man U we need to pick up points against the teams around us and if we do pick anything up from the bigger teams thats a bonus. COYR 14/12/12 can't wait for the final nail.[/p][/quote]I reckon our season will be decided by all our results this season. Every match is important. Rising_Son

12:11pm Mon 3 Dec 12

bakeyboy says...

I have to agree with some of the posts that suggest NA got his tactics wrong yet again, we had a couple of Lambert efforts from way outside the box but apart from that we had nothing so lets not kid ourselves that NA really thought we could get something from this game. If he wanted to shut up shop and get a draw then he played the wrong team. You cannot afford luxuries like Ramirez in the side because the guy is not a defender and spends most of his time strolling around the middle of the park. We should have filled the midfield with workers, Davies and JWP and used Ramirez and Puncheon towards the end if it was still nil-nil. But why even employ such a negative game plan, when we lost to United and City we lost playing attacking football where there was always a chance of scoring a goal but we basically lost to Liverpool before a ball was even kicked and I think NA's tactics are still very naive at this level.
I have to agree with some of the posts that suggest NA got his tactics wrong yet again, we had a couple of Lambert efforts from way outside the box but apart from that we had nothing so lets not kid ourselves that NA really thought we could get something from this game. If he wanted to shut up shop and get a draw then he played the wrong team. You cannot afford luxuries like Ramirez in the side because the guy is not a defender and spends most of his time strolling around the middle of the park. We should have filled the midfield with workers, Davies and JWP and used Ramirez and Puncheon towards the end if it was still nil-nil. But why even employ such a negative game plan, when we lost to United and City we lost playing attacking football where there was always a chance of scoring a goal but we basically lost to Liverpool before a ball was even kicked and I think NA's tactics are still very naive at this level. bakeyboy

12:21pm Mon 3 Dec 12

devonsaint2 says...

bakeyboy wrote:
I have to agree with some of the posts that suggest NA got his tactics wrong yet again, we had a couple of Lambert efforts from way outside the box but apart from that we had nothing so lets not kid ourselves that NA really thought we could get something from this game. If he wanted to shut up shop and get a draw then he played the wrong team. You cannot afford luxuries like Ramirez in the side because the guy is not a defender and spends most of his time strolling around the middle of the park. We should have filled the midfield with workers, Davies and JWP and used Ramirez and Puncheon towards the end if it was still nil-nil. But why even employ such a negative game plan, when we lost to United and City we lost playing attacking football where there was always a chance of scoring a goal but we basically lost to Liverpool before a ball was even kicked and I think NA's tactics are still very naive at this level.
I agree with all you say....but with the caveat that NA has others on the bench who should also help with the decisions. All are learning, but if the fans can see the need for a stronger midfield in certain games why cannot they.
I wish they has a Lawrie Mac figure ( not suggesting him though ) to help give words of wisdom.
A manager who is clever on tactics.
[quote][p][bold]bakeyboy[/bold] wrote: I have to agree with some of the posts that suggest NA got his tactics wrong yet again, we had a couple of Lambert efforts from way outside the box but apart from that we had nothing so lets not kid ourselves that NA really thought we could get something from this game. If he wanted to shut up shop and get a draw then he played the wrong team. You cannot afford luxuries like Ramirez in the side because the guy is not a defender and spends most of his time strolling around the middle of the park. We should have filled the midfield with workers, Davies and JWP and used Ramirez and Puncheon towards the end if it was still nil-nil. But why even employ such a negative game plan, when we lost to United and City we lost playing attacking football where there was always a chance of scoring a goal but we basically lost to Liverpool before a ball was even kicked and I think NA's tactics are still very naive at this level.[/p][/quote]I agree with all you say....but with the caveat that NA has others on the bench who should also help with the decisions. All are learning, but if the fans can see the need for a stronger midfield in certain games why cannot they. I wish they has a Lawrie Mac figure ( not suggesting him though ) to help give words of wisdom. A manager who is clever on tactics. devonsaint2

12:49pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Rising_Son says...

A large number of people have been calling for a plan B. Maybe that was the first try.
A large number of people have been calling for a plan B. Maybe that was the first try. Rising_Son

1:02pm Mon 3 Dec 12

scooter75 says...

Rising_Son wrote:
SFC1976 wrote:
Our season will not be decided against teams such as Liverpool or Man U we need to pick up points against the teams around us and if we do pick anything up from the bigger teams thats a bonus.
COYR

14/12/12 can't wait for the final nail.
I reckon our season will be decided by all our results this season. Every match is important.
lol..comment of the day
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SFC1976[/bold] wrote: Our season will not be decided against teams such as Liverpool or Man U we need to pick up points against the teams around us and if we do pick anything up from the bigger teams thats a bonus. COYR 14/12/12 can't wait for the final nail.[/p][/quote]I reckon our season will be decided by all our results this season. Every match is important.[/p][/quote]lol..comment of the day scooter75

1:40pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Sistermum says...

"The plan was to stay in the game until the final stages and then try to grab something" That says it all. Negative Nigel at his best. Oh dear, oh dear, we need to realise that we aren't going anywhere in this division, but down.
"The plan was to stay in the game until the final stages and then try to grab something" That says it all. Negative Nigel at his best. Oh dear, oh dear, we need to realise that we aren't going anywhere in this division, but down. Sistermum

1:56pm Mon 3 Dec 12

devonsaint2 says...

14,.12.12 yep you are
14,.12.12 yep you are devonsaint2

2:22pm Mon 3 Dec 12

JohnItaly says...

Poor results against Reading & Sunderland and we might find out if NC is satisfied with progress. At least 6 points from next 3 games.
Poor results against Reading & Sunderland and we might find out if NC is satisfied with progress. At least 6 points from next 3 games. JohnItaly

2:43pm Mon 3 Dec 12

insane saint says...

thought i would bass this on..

Remember, it's free entry to St Mary's for tomorrow's Barclays U21 Premier League game against Manchester United (7pm kick off). Wins in our final two First Group Stage games would take our Under-21s into the Elite Group – here's our preview:

http://sfcne.ws/Tvk6
g3
thought i would bass this on.. Remember, it's free entry to St Mary's for tomorrow's Barclays U21 Premier League game against Manchester United (7pm kick off). Wins in our final two First Group Stage games would take our Under-21s into the Elite Group – here's our preview: http://sfcne.ws/Tvk6 g3 insane saint

2:44pm Mon 3 Dec 12

insane saint says...

thought i would pass this on..

Remember, it's free entry to St Mary's for tomorrow's Barclays U21 Premier League game against Manchester United (7pm kick off). Wins in our final two First Group Stage games would take our Under-21s into the Elite Group – here's our preview:

http://sfcne.ws/Tvk6
g3
thought i would pass this on.. Remember, it's free entry to St Mary's for tomorrow's Barclays U21 Premier League game against Manchester United (7pm kick off). Wins in our final two First Group Stage games would take our Under-21s into the Elite Group – here's our preview: http://sfcne.ws/Tvk6 g3 insane saint

3:08pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Costa Baz says...

Rising_Son wrote:
A large number of people have been calling for a plan B. Maybe that was the first try.
He played a similar system against Norwich, with AL and Punch staying out wide, and we weren't very fluent then.

If NA feels that playing with wide players, to primarily act as defenders, then perhaps he should use defensively minded players?
And as someone else says, send on the more attack minded players, against tired defenders, if he wants to go for broke in the last 20 minutes or so.
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: A large number of people have been calling for a plan B. Maybe that was the first try.[/p][/quote]He played a similar system against Norwich, with AL and Punch staying out wide, and we weren't very fluent then. If NA feels that playing with wide players, to primarily act as defenders, then perhaps he should use defensively minded players? And as someone else says, send on the more attack minded players, against tired defenders, if he wants to go for broke in the last 20 minutes or so. Costa Baz

3:21pm Mon 3 Dec 12

st1halo says...

up saints wrote:
SaintMax wrote:
Ross123 wrote:
Littleton-Saint wrote:
By his own admission, NA employed negative tactics. It cost us yet more points. Liverpool are only an average side, so why so much respect? I'd rather we'd fought them and scored some goals. Instead, NA gifted them the match. He ought to apologise to our travelling fans for such a limp-wristed performance.
fully agree with this!

it was completely wrong tactics.

i was hoping for an all out attacking tactic with nothing to lose attitude against an average team at best.

i suppose you want to now sit back and defend against reading and sunderland? god help us

not just sit back and defend the whole match! liverpool could of won this by 3-4 goals if we were honest.

pathetic nigel!

now the pressure is on you to get 6 points! good luck
If we had gone there guns blazing, this would have stretched the team all over the park and we would have def conceded 3 to 4 goals.
We are still tot fragile at the back confidence wise to go to Anfield and play the attacking game that failed us for the first 9 games of this season.
He had no choice in my eyes and the result met my expectations.
i said this saturday games are won and lost in midfield jwp should of been on at half time
JWP should have started, Gaston should have been rested
[quote][p][bold]up saints[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintMax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ross123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Littleton-Saint[/bold] wrote: By his own admission, NA employed negative tactics. It cost us yet more points. Liverpool are only an average side, so why so much respect? I'd rather we'd fought them and scored some goals. Instead, NA gifted them the match. He ought to apologise to our travelling fans for such a limp-wristed performance.[/p][/quote]fully agree with this! it was completely wrong tactics. i was hoping for an all out attacking tactic with nothing to lose attitude against an average team at best. i suppose you want to now sit back and defend against reading and sunderland? god help us not just sit back and defend the whole match! liverpool could of won this by 3-4 goals if we were honest. pathetic nigel! now the pressure is on you to get 6 points! good luck[/p][/quote]If we had gone there guns blazing, this would have stretched the team all over the park and we would have def conceded 3 to 4 goals. We are still tot fragile at the back confidence wise to go to Anfield and play the attacking game that failed us for the first 9 games of this season. He had no choice in my eyes and the result met my expectations.[/p][/quote]i said this saturday games are won and lost in midfield jwp should of been on at half time[/p][/quote]JWP should have started, Gaston should have been rested st1halo

5:30pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Ross123 says...

devonsaint2 wrote:
14.12.12
you need a hobbie kent! lol
[quote][p][bold]devonsaint2[/bold] wrote: 14.12.12[/p][/quote]you need a hobbie kent! lol Ross123

5:32pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Ross123 says...

bakeyboy wrote:
I have to agree with some of the posts that suggest NA got his tactics wrong yet again, we had a couple of Lambert efforts from way outside the box but apart from that we had nothing so lets not kid ourselves that NA really thought we could get something from this game. If he wanted to shut up shop and get a draw then he played the wrong team. You cannot afford luxuries like Ramirez in the side because the guy is not a defender and spends most of his time strolling around the middle of the park. We should have filled the midfield with workers, Davies and JWP and used Ramirez and Puncheon towards the end if it was still nil-nil. But why even employ such a negative game plan, when we lost to United and City we lost playing attacking football where there was always a chance of scoring a goal but we basically lost to Liverpool before a ball was even kicked and I think NA's tactics are still very naive at this level.
exactly my point!
[quote][p][bold]bakeyboy[/bold] wrote: I have to agree with some of the posts that suggest NA got his tactics wrong yet again, we had a couple of Lambert efforts from way outside the box but apart from that we had nothing so lets not kid ourselves that NA really thought we could get something from this game. If he wanted to shut up shop and get a draw then he played the wrong team. You cannot afford luxuries like Ramirez in the side because the guy is not a defender and spends most of his time strolling around the middle of the park. We should have filled the midfield with workers, Davies and JWP and used Ramirez and Puncheon towards the end if it was still nil-nil. But why even employ such a negative game plan, when we lost to United and City we lost playing attacking football where there was always a chance of scoring a goal but we basically lost to Liverpool before a ball was even kicked and I think NA's tactics are still very naive at this level.[/p][/quote]exactly my point! Ross123

5:35pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Ross123 says...

Costa Baz wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
A large number of people have been calling for a plan B. Maybe that was the first try.
He played a similar system against Norwich, with AL and Punch staying out wide, and we weren't very fluent then.

If NA feels that playing with wide players, to primarily act as defenders, then perhaps he should use defensively minded players?
And as someone else says, send on the more attack minded players, against tired defenders, if he wants to go for broke in the last 20 minutes or so.
where does mayaka fit into all this?

id love to see him partner ricky up front!

with ramirez in the hole. great plan!

The best managers keep it simple to a degree. I think Nigel complicates things to much.



ps, maybe guly is our best plan b? joke!
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: A large number of people have been calling for a plan B. Maybe that was the first try.[/p][/quote]He played a similar system against Norwich, with AL and Punch staying out wide, and we weren't very fluent then. If NA feels that playing with wide players, to primarily act as defenders, then perhaps he should use defensively minded players? And as someone else says, send on the more attack minded players, against tired defenders, if he wants to go for broke in the last 20 minutes or so.[/p][/quote]where does mayaka fit into all this? id love to see him partner ricky up front! with ramirez in the hole. great plan! The best managers keep it simple to a degree. I think Nigel complicates things to much. ps, maybe guly is our best plan b? joke! Ross123

7:27pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Velleity says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
mack chinnon wrote:
I blame Gazza.
I blame you for blaming Gazza, as it is this sort of thing that is underminding his confidence, as soon as he logs on here to read the threads, he sees people like you criticising him, it is bound to have a negative effect.
I blame you for blaming mack for blaming Gazza. Pointless when we all know it was Guly's fault.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mack chinnon[/bold] wrote: I blame Gazza.[/p][/quote]I blame you for blaming Gazza, as it is this sort of thing that is underminding his confidence, as soon as he logs on here to read the threads, he sees people like you criticising him, it is bound to have a negative effect.[/p][/quote]I blame you for blaming mack for blaming Gazza. Pointless when we all know it was Guly's fault. Velleity

8:11pm Mon 3 Dec 12

redandy10 says...

Velleity wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
mack chinnon wrote:
I blame Gazza.
I blame you for blaming Gazza, as it is this sort of thing that is underminding his confidence, as soon as he logs on here to read the threads, he sees people like you criticising him, it is bound to have a negative effect.
I blame you for blaming mack for blaming Gazza. Pointless when we all know it was Guly's fault.
Osprey, bubala! Well done for trying to protect Gazza. But if his performances are determined by what the muppets on here post, present company not included, we have big problems!
[quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mack chinnon[/bold] wrote: I blame Gazza.[/p][/quote]I blame you for blaming Gazza, as it is this sort of thing that is underminding his confidence, as soon as he logs on here to read the threads, he sees people like you criticising him, it is bound to have a negative effect.[/p][/quote]I blame you for blaming mack for blaming Gazza. Pointless when we all know it was Guly's fault.[/p][/quote]Osprey, bubala! Well done for trying to protect Gazza. But if his performances are determined by what the muppets on here post, present company not included, we have big problems! redandy10

8:17pm Mon 3 Dec 12

redandy10 says...

Rising_Son wrote:
SFC1976 wrote:
Our season will not be decided against teams such as Liverpool or Man U we need to pick up points against the teams around us and if we do pick anything up from the bigger teams thats a bonus.
COYR

14/12/12 can't wait for the final nail.
I reckon our season will be decided by all our results this season. Every match is important.
Every match is important, you say. Never! Oh Rising, time for bed, before you make an even bigger fool of yourself! Go on! Go put your jim jams on!
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SFC1976[/bold] wrote: Our season will not be decided against teams such as Liverpool or Man U we need to pick up points against the teams around us and if we do pick anything up from the bigger teams thats a bonus. COYR 14/12/12 can't wait for the final nail.[/p][/quote]I reckon our season will be decided by all our results this season. Every match is important.[/p][/quote]Every match is important, you say. Never! Oh Rising, time for bed, before you make an even bigger fool of yourself! Go on! Go put your jim jams on! redandy10

8:32pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Velleity says...

sssssssssssshhhhhhhh
hhhhhhhh!

Ignore the WUMs and they just disappear.
sssssssssssshhhhhhhh hhhhhhhh! Ignore the WUMs and they just disappear. Velleity

9:59pm Mon 3 Dec 12

TEBOURBA says...

JR is a total waste of money, Gaston is a luxury we can't afford spending most of his time strolling around the midfield.
NA and NC's lack of experience in the transfer market is really beginning to show.
Midfielders should be the likes of Ball and Scholes 100% commitment and energy not a prima donna swanning around.
No wonder Saints pay less in agents' fees --- what self respecting agent want's to sell dross for peanuts.
As ye sow so shall ye reap -- Cortese will get his come uppance!
Has Solent Interiors been paid yet
?
JR is a total waste of money, Gaston is a luxury we can't afford spending most of his time strolling around the midfield. NA and NC's lack of experience in the transfer market is really beginning to show. Midfielders should be the likes of Ball and Scholes 100% commitment and energy not a prima donna swanning around. No wonder Saints pay less in agents' fees --- what self respecting agent want's to sell dross for peanuts. As ye sow so shall ye reap -- Cortese will get his come uppance! Has Solent Interiors been paid yet ? TEBOURBA

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