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Fulham 1 Saints 1

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Gordon Simpson, Senior Sports Reporter

    Saints stay 17th after draw with Fulham
  • Nigel Adkins' side now one point above drop zone
  • Dimitar Berbatov gave Fulham early lead
  • Rickie Lambert equalised with a late penalty

Comments


up saints 1:22pm Wed 26 Dec 12

i would like to see jwp and tad lee start.well if iam honest like llalana to start more chance of luke shaw getting a hat trick

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Pogle 1:32pm Wed 26 Dec 12

I think Tad Lee & JWP are both overdue some recognition, hope KD is between the sticks, Gazza is good long term but KD is the Man of the moment for me!

COYR 1-2 "The Mighty Saints"

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Tirau Dan 2:33pm Wed 26 Dec 12

This is no push over but Saints away fans in good voice and stuffed full of turkey and ham should be in cracking voice.. Get in there cuzzies Gary and Andy!! the key to unlock Fulham. Saints win 1-3.


Come On You Saints
Come On You Saints
Come On You Saints
Come On You Saints

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Tirau Dan 2:45pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Hope you have all had a great Christmas and are fit and ready for this match... What did Santa bring ya?

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Norwegian Saint 2:51pm Wed 26 Dec 12

God Jul fra Norge!!!
Can't see/listen/stream the game today which is a bad omen for me as we seem to lose... Might have to find a bar on the way back to the in-laws.
Lykke til Saints!!!!

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Confucious 3:00pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Tirau Dan wrote…


Hope you have all had a great Christmas and are fit and ready for this match... What did Santa bring ya?

Did really well.

Got some special long-lasting adhesive coated chopsticks which you can easily hold a whole spring roll in with no fear of dropping it; a big snow man mould (just pack the snow in and separate the two halves and you've got a perfect snow man); a pair of "sock-ets" which are socks with little pockets in them for small change/car keys etc - and a pack of "Kelvin Davis SureStopper" condoms from the club shop.

Also got an Olympic Torch cigarette lighter, but it's far too big to be useful quite honestly.

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Tirau Dan 3:06pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Norway.. try vipboxsports.me link 3

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OSPREYSAINT 3:08pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Berbatov starts the rot.

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Tirau Dan 3:10pm Wed 26 Dec 12

disgraceful defence and keeping...
talk about a soft one.
Pull it back quick Saints. COYR
play for self respect

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OSPREYSAINT 3:13pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Get's worse Skates 1 up too. Berbatov did get booked for celebrating.

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midsomernortonsaint 3:15pm Wed 26 Dec 12

here we go again chasing a game coyr

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Jameski 3:19pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Please put gazzaniga back in goal...

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midsomernortonsaint 3:23pm Wed 26 Dec 12

been to the last two home games and we just dont seem to have the qaulity in the last third

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Tirau Dan 3:23pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Confucious wrote…


Tirau Dan wrote…


Hope you have all had a great Christmas and are fit and ready for this match... What did Santa bring ya?
Did really well.

Got some special long-lasting adhesive coated chopsticks which you can easily hold a whole spring roll in with no fear of dropping it; a big snow man mould (just pack the snow in and separate the two halves and you've got a perfect snow man); a pair of "sock-ets" which are socks with little pockets in them for small change/car keys etc - and a pack of "Kelvin Davis SureStopper" condoms from the club shop.

Also got an Olympic Torch cigarette lighter, but it's far too big to be useful quite honestly.

You could always blow up the condoms and hang them in our goal.. could do better than our defence at the mo.

I'll shake me new cooks knife at their defence.. that'll open em up. Very scary blade it is!

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costa gaz 3:27pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Yet again Kelvin Davis has caused another soft goal... I think it really must be time now.
Error after error, not up to it at this level.

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OSPREYSAINT 3:28pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Crawley have equalised.

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circa 66 saint 3:29pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Tirau Dan wrote…


Hope you have all had a great Christmas and are fit and ready for this match... What did Santa bring ya?

a very expensive SKUNT neutering kit for when they are liquidised
have just opened my main present to find santa has brought me 2 gold plated 500g bricks with comfort handles for prolonged use,also a very extensive booklet on the correct use of these bricks, ear defenders and safety goggles.
just a little disappointed with the gas as it has simular properties to chloroform so will be using the wife's MACE instead

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OSPREYSAINT 3:30pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Will you lot stop moaning, the negativity isn't helping.

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Tirau Dan 3:35pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Pass the happy pills then ;p

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mack chinnon 3:36pm Wed 26 Dec 12

We are shocking.

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OSPREYSAINT 3:36pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Pils would be better.

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Clemster 3:38pm Wed 26 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT wrote…


Will you lot stop moaning, the negativity isn't helping.

But you think saying "Berbatov starts the rot" isn't negative?!

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OSPREYSAINT 3:40pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Clemster wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


Will you lot stop moaning, the negativity isn't helping.
But you think saying "Berbatov starts the rot" isn't negative?!

It certainly was, but I hope it isn't true.

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OSPREYSAINT 3:42pm Wed 26 Dec 12

QPR are 1 down that's positive enough.

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Taupo bt 3:44pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Tirau Dan-Please tell me how you follow the game.I am not ''computer literate'your help would be appreciated

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OSPREYSAINT 3:47pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Had a couple of good spells but still can't seem to get any shots in, NA will have to get them being more positive in the second half.

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midsomernortonsaint 3:48pm Wed 26 Dec 12

skunts 1-1 makes me feel better

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Rising_Son 3:53pm Wed 26 Dec 12

I agree with Osprey. We need to get more shots in. It's doable.

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BracknellSaint 3:55pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Why is watching Saints so frustrating?!
Just like the Sunderland game here..Opposition have done nothing, but we've gifted another bloody soft goal out of nothing, and despite the nice build up, we're not cutting it in the final third...Waiting too long to shoot, or not slipping the ball in to the danger zone.
Need more urgency and thrust in the final 30 yards in this second half..
Still think Fulham are there for the takin here, if our front boys have a bit more confidence...

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Strasbourg Saint 4:00pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Finally checking in ...... from Lisbon!

Keep calm ....... on route from the North, we stopped off in Fatima. For those who don't know it's a religious site. You know, loads of churches and candles but far more shops than anything else all selling the same cr4p - effigies of Mary, crosses (oh, yes, how we could do with s few good crosses in the second half) and different shapes and sizes of the good Lord. Anyway, I said a prayer, so we can expect a lot better in the second half.

COYR, Amen!

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rocketone 4:00pm Wed 26 Dec 12

At home listening on the radio. Laptop nuked and. Beer & gear & the weather have stopped me venturing firth .
Totally reliant on Dave, well never mind!
Bring it on Saints!

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OSPREYSAINT 4:02pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Bath time, going to wash away some of the misery!

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rossofficial10 4:02pm Wed 26 Dec 12

sunderland game all over again!

lots of possession! no chances!

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SnapperSaint 4:04pm Wed 26 Dec 12

We could do with at least a point today because I think it's our best chance of any points at all over the festive season...

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midsomernortonsaint 4:05pm Wed 26 Dec 12

BracknellSaint wrote…


Why is watching Saints so frustrating?!
Just like the Sunderland game here..Opposition have done nothing, but we've gifted another bloody soft goal out of nothing, and despite the nice build up, we're not cutting it in the final third...Waiting too long to shoot, or not slipping the ball in to the danger zone.
Need more urgency and thrust in the final 30 yards in this second half..
Still think Fulham are there for the takin here, if our front boys have a bit more confidence...

totally agree we over play it in the last third

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rocketone 4:10pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Fulham using the trickery tactic.
Do we not have some trickeryists?

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rocketone 4:13pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Woefull finishing lets Saints off the hook.
Need to get a move on Saints

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One Heart....One Vision 4:16pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Come on Saints....my foul language turretts are coming back.

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LJSaint 4:22pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Nice to see Sharp banging them in. Hang on....we need goals!

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Tirau Dan 4:29pm Wed 26 Dec 12

midsomernortonsaint wrote…


BracknellSaint wrote…


Why is watching Saints so frustrating?!
Just like the Sunderland game here..Opposition have done nothing, but we've gifted another bloody soft goal out of nothing, and despite the nice build up, we're not cutting it in the final third...Waiting too long to shoot, or not slipping the ball in to the danger zone.
Need more urgency and thrust in the final 30 yards in this second half..
Still think Fulham are there for the takin here, if our front boys have a bit more confidence...
totally agree we over play it in the last third

Rickie is great behind a fox in the box striker but as a lone striker he isn;t quick enough and never gets in position to take a pass - if we aren't playing crosses in the middle whats the point of a big heavy slow striker? Punch always takes it a few paces to far rather than unloading his cross. JWP and Jayrod needed back in the game. too many little short passes going no where. Mix it up a bit, bang in a few crosses.

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rocketone 4:43pm Wed 26 Dec 12

N ever doubted Ricky!
1 - 1 come on Saints . . . . Go for it!

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Strasbourg Saint 4:43pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Get in Rickie!

Thank you Chris Baird! A great Saint.

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midsomernortonsaint 4:44pm Wed 26 Dec 12

get in lambert

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st bevois 4:45pm Wed 26 Dec 12

At last. A pen! Long overdue, even if a bit dubious. So many poor decisions against us in last half a dozen games. Nice to get one our way.

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Tirau Dan 4:50pm Wed 26 Dec 12

well root by boot sideways in the rain we are getting a bit of luck

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rocketone 4:54pm Wed 26 Dec 12

A. Point away!
I'll take that!
We are in a scrap and another 1 at Stoke would be fantasticable

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Rising_Son 4:58pm Wed 26 Dec 12

It wasn't luck, Dan. We've not been given a penalty for so long, it just feels like luck.

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rocketone 5:01pm Wed 26 Dec 12

And Pompey lose.
Want them to survive court so they can get relegated properly.

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mack chinnon 5:13pm Wed 26 Dec 12

We were shocking.

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OSPREYSAINT 5:15pm Wed 26 Dec 12

There you go, get rid of the negativity and you get a point, all you moaners, get lost.

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Rising_Son 5:17pm Wed 26 Dec 12

mack chinnon wrote…


We were shocking.

Surely, we weren't that bad! Not at our best, definitely, but 'shocking', no.

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Strasbourg Saint 5:18pm Wed 26 Dec 12

st bevois wrote…


At last. A pen! Long overdue, even if a bit dubious. So many poor decisions against us in last half a dozen games. Nice to get one our way.

Dubious? Were you watching? The only query is whether Baird, while he was deliberately palming the ball away, could have had a foul given his way; not because there was a foul but because defenders usually get so much more protection than forwards.

Of course, I take full credit for the fact that a ref finally gave a penalty our way. Had I not popped into Fatima .......

As for the game and the performance, heaving missed the first half, it's hard for me to comment. However, had we not got something (and we nearly didn't), I would have been worried. Fulham looked a total mess. Even worse than they were at SMS, and I thought they looked pants that day.

If we can't finish above them (and at lest 4 others), it won't say much for us.

Still, let's take the point and hope we play somewhat better in the next 2 games - we'll need to.

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Rising_Son 5:19pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Rising_Son wrote…


mack chinnon wrote…


We were shocking.
Surely, we weren't that bad! Not at our best, definitely, but 'shocking', no.

We also came back from a goal down and got a point, which is not to be sniffed at.

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Bring back Branfoot 5:28pm Wed 26 Dec 12

We weren’t shocking, but we were poor.

Nigel Adkins probably won’t be with us by the summer, defiantly not by this time next year. The Liebherr family don’t strike me as fools, they’re not going to bankroll a manager in the manner they have with Nigel, to see performances like we have seen this season.

Now the happy clappers will cough up their usual glib comments following a poor performance, such as, onwards and upwards, bring on Stoke and Arsenal! While desperately trying to prove their loyalty to the club, they are sweeping under the carpet the obvious, our build up play is way too slow allowing opposition defenses to always keep their shape and competently deal with our attacks. We wasted the chance to properly strengthen the squad in the summer and we have a manager who is out of his depth. He couldn’t even settle on a keeper in pre season, trying three in the first seven games of the season, incredible!

Now, it’s understandable that after back to back promotions, fans feel that he is due the opportunity to turn things round, and quite right! But I doubt after the war chest they gave NA, our club will ever get the chance to spend so much in such a short period of time without seeing results. We are missing the chance to establish ourselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League, vying for a Europa cup place. Which a club of our size and potential, should be doing!

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Tirau Dan 5:31pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Rising_Son wrote…


It wasn't luck, Dan. We've not been given a penalty for so long, it just feels like luck.

The pen was good.. lucky the ref saw it and lucky gave it. lucky sidders shot missed.. it was a sizzler.

Not a shocker for us.. better than last game but still loads work to do..

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Rising_Son 5:32pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We weren’t shocking, but we were poor.

Nigel Adkins probably won’t be with us by the summer, defiantly not by this time next year. The Liebherr family don’t strike me as fools, they’re not going to bankroll a manager in the manner they have with Nigel, to see performances like we have seen this season.

Now the happy clappers will cough up their usual glib comments following a poor performance, such as, onwards and upwards, bring on Stoke and Arsenal! While desperately trying to prove their loyalty to the club, they are sweeping under the carpet the obvious, our build up play is way too slow allowing opposition defenses to always keep their shape and competently deal with our attacks. We wasted the chance to properly strengthen the squad in the summer and we have a manager who is out of his depth. He couldn’t even settle on a keeper in pre season, trying three in the first seven games of the season, incredible!

Now, it’s understandable that after back to back promotions, fans feel that he is due the opportunity to turn things round, and quite right! But I doubt after the war chest they gave NA, our club will ever get the chance to spend so much in such a short period of time without seeing results. We are missing the chance to establish ourselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League, vying for a Europa cup place. Which a club of our size and potential, should be doing!

You seem to have a problem with people disagreeing with you. Why is that?

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Strasbourg Saint 5:32pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Rising_Son wrote…


Rising_Son wrote…


mack chinnon wrote…


We were shocking.
Surely, we weren't that bad! Not at our best, definitely, but 'shocking', no.
We also came back from a goal down and got a point, which is not to be sniffed at.

Fair point, and Mack, I think the weather (as last Saturday) probably didn't help.

So, 3 positives:
1. We faught back in difficult conditions to get a (deserved) point
2. The centre-back pairing looks better and better (although I'm with those who want a top CB brought in during the window) So .......
3. The transfer window should bring some movement in and out.

The negative
1. We have struggled to beat two average teams over Christmas and conceded another poor goal today (okay, that's 2 negs, but I'm working on the theory that 2 negs make a positive)

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J7junctionseven 5:34pm Wed 26 Dec 12

We needed something today after the Sunderland defeat who incidentally beat Man City today. I'm happy with a point and the fact we have finally been awarded another penalty.
Crawley winning has also put a big smile on my face.
COYR FOADP....yo ho ho

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Strasbourg Saint 5:35pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Rising_Son wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We weren’t shocking, but we were poor.

Nigel Adkins probably won’t be with us by the summer, defiantly not by this time next year. The Liebherr family don’t strike me as fools, they’re not going to bankroll a manager in the manner they have with Nigel, to see performances like we have seen this season.

Now the happy clappers will cough up their usual glib comments following a poor performance, such as, onwards and upwards, bring on Stoke and Arsenal! While desperately trying to prove their loyalty to the club, they are sweeping under the carpet the obvious, our build up play is way too slow allowing opposition defenses to always keep their shape and competently deal with our attacks. We wasted the chance to properly strengthen the squad in the summer and we have a manager who is out of his depth. He couldn’t even settle on a keeper in pre season, trying three in the first seven games of the season, incredible!

Now, it’s understandable that after back to back promotions, fans feel that he is due the opportunity to turn things round, and quite right! But I doubt after the war chest they gave NA, our club will ever get the chance to spend so much in such a short period of time without seeing results. We are missing the chance to establish ourselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League, vying for a Europa cup place. Which a club of our size and potential, should be doing!
You seem to have a problem with people disagreeing with you. Why is that?

Shhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!
!!!!!

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Rising_Son 5:37pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Tirau Dan wrote…


Rising_Son wrote…


It wasn't luck, Dan. We've not been given a penalty for so long, it just feels like luck.
The pen was good.. lucky the ref saw it and lucky gave it. lucky sidders shot missed.. it was a sizzler.

Not a shocker for us.. better than last game but still loads work to do..

Somehow we seem to have lost the attacking flare that we had at the beginning of the season. It would be nice if we could get it back. (PS Unlucky that Rickie's volley missed. It was also a sizzler.)

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Bring back Branfoot 5:37pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Rising_Son wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We weren’t shocking, but we were poor.

Nigel Adkins probably won’t be with us by the summer, defiantly not by this time next year. The Liebherr family don’t strike me as fools, they’re not going to bankroll a manager in the manner they have with Nigel, to see performances like we have seen this season.

Now the happy clappers will cough up their usual glib comments following a poor performance, such as, onwards and upwards, bring on Stoke and Arsenal! While desperately trying to prove their loyalty to the club, they are sweeping under the carpet the obvious, our build up play is way too slow allowing opposition defenses to always keep their shape and competently deal with our attacks. We wasted the chance to properly strengthen the squad in the summer and we have a manager who is out of his depth. He couldn’t even settle on a keeper in pre season, trying three in the first seven games of the season, incredible!

Now, it’s understandable that after back to back promotions, fans feel that he is due the opportunity to turn things round, and quite right! But I doubt after the war chest they gave NA, our club will ever get the chance to spend so much in such a short period of time without seeing results. We are missing the chance to establish ourselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League, vying for a Europa cup place. Which a club of our size and potential, should be doing!
You seem to have a problem with people disagreeing with you. Why is that?

I have no problem with people disagreeing. At the end of the day we'll see who will be proved right. If I'm wrong and NA turns it around, I'll gladly shout it from the roofs, that I got it badly wrong!

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Bring back Branfoot 5:39pm Wed 26 Dec 12

We have a UEFA four star stadium, some of the best training facilities in the land, a support base catchment area which is generous to say the least, a club owned by a family with considerable financial clout and a youth academy which in recent years has been nothing short of prolific! All of these act as an excellent springboard to help the club establish itself as a Premiership club.

Nigel spent a significant amount in the summer, affording him the chance to add quality players to a squad already containing some very talented players, and in the process, to secure our Premiership status. The results and performances tell their own story as to his success in this area.

As for the happy clappers, I’ve heard of seeing the glass half full, but your posts take it to the extreme! How can you look at the facts and still pretend that we haven’t missed an excellent opportunity to see the club taken to the next level. These chances appear rarely and fleetingly for a club such as ours. Maybe you don’t share the same high opinion and belief in the club that I have!

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warrens 76 5:41pm Wed 26 Dec 12

We have just finsihed a christmas dinner with friends in Montreux....I had my mac on stream for the game and convienently positioned myself to view the proceedings can honestly say no player was fouled as often as i was, my wife kicked the 5hit out of me..i bought a red xmas card to the table bit instead of leaving she kicked the ref (me again).
The shout when we equalised deafened and frightened the (rap out out of them...game up..the spare room looks nice!

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Rising_Son 5:48pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We have a UEFA four star stadium, some of the best training facilities in the land, a support base catchment area which is generous to say the least, a club owned by a family with considerable financial clout and a youth academy which in recent years has been nothing short of prolific! All of these act as an excellent springboard to help the club establish itself as a Premiership club.

Nigel spent a significant amount in the summer, affording him the chance to add quality players to a squad already containing some very talented players, and in the process, to secure our Premiership status. The results and performances tell their own story as to his success in this area.

As for the happy clappers, I’ve heard of seeing the glass half full, but your posts take it to the extreme! How can you look at the facts and still pretend that we haven’t missed an excellent opportunity to see the club taken to the next level. These chances appear rarely and fleetingly for a club such as ours. Maybe you don’t share the same high opinion and belief in the club that I have!

Could you be more concrete about this 'excellent opportunity' that you refer to? Who, for example?

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Strasbourg Saint 5:50pm Wed 26 Dec 12

warrens 76 wrote…


We have just finsihed a christmas dinner with friends in Montreux....I had my mac on stream for the game and convienently positioned myself to view the proceedings can honestly say no player was fouled as often as i was, my wife kicked the 5hit out of me..i bought a red xmas card to the table bit instead of leaving she kicked the ref (me again).
The shout when we equalised deafened and frightened the (rap out out of them...game up..the spare room looks nice!

Well, as stated earlier, I got dragged round Fatima, causing me to miss the first half.

Still, I've packed her and her mum off to the Lisbon sales, so not all is lost at this end.

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J7junctionseven 5:51pm Wed 26 Dec 12

warrens 76 wrote…


We have just finsihed a christmas dinner with friends in Montreux....I had my mac on stream for the game and convienently positioned myself to view the proceedings can honestly say no player was fouled as often as i was, my wife kicked the 5hit out of me..i bought a red xmas card to the table bit instead of leaving she kicked the ref (me again).
The shout when we equalised deafened and frightened the (rap out out of them...game up..the spare room looks nice!

It's early yet. More alcohol needed and the spare room may not be required....hopefull
y. Enjoy!

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Bring back Branfoot 5:53pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Strasbourg Saint wrote…


Rising_Son wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We weren’t shocking, but we were poor.

Nigel Adkins probably won’t be with us by the summer, defiantly not by this time next year. The Liebherr family don’t strike me as fools, they’re not going to bankroll a manager in the manner they have with Nigel, to see performances like we have seen this season.

Now the happy clappers will cough up their usual glib comments following a poor performance, such as, onwards and upwards, bring on Stoke and Arsenal! While desperately trying to prove their loyalty to the club, they are sweeping under the carpet the obvious, our build up play is way too slow allowing opposition defenses to always keep their shape and competently deal with our attacks. We wasted the chance to properly strengthen the squad in the summer and we have a manager who is out of his depth. He couldn’t even settle on a keeper in pre season, trying three in the first seven games of the season, incredible!

Now, it’s understandable that after back to back promotions, fans feel that he is due the opportunity to turn things round, and quite right! But I doubt after the war chest they gave NA, our club will ever get the chance to spend so much in such a short period of time without seeing results. We are missing the chance to establish ourselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League, vying for a Europa cup place. Which a club of our size and potential, should be doing!
You seem to have a problem with people disagreeing with you. Why is that?
Shhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

!!!!!

It’s not worth entering into any sort of dialogue with the likes of the you. Your posts about Saints tend to contain little substance, usually stating the obvious and containing a lot of mind numbing small talk. Why you and the rest of your little clique can’t just exchange emails and bore each other directly is beyond me. Cut out the middle man, so to speak!

Try making an astute observation about the team, once in a while!

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Rising_Son 5:55pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Strasbourg Saint wrote…


warrens 76 wrote…


We have just finsihed a christmas dinner with friends in Montreux....I had my mac on stream for the game and convienently positioned myself to view the proceedings can honestly say no player was fouled as often as i was, my wife kicked the 5hit out of me..i bought a red xmas card to the table bit instead of leaving she kicked the ref (me again).
The shout when we equalised deafened and frightened the (rap out out of them...game up..the spare room looks nice!
Well, as stated earlier, I got dragged round Fatima, causing me to miss the first half.

Still, I've packed her and her mum off to the Lisbon sales, so not all is lost at this end.

Late night kickoffs here. Luckily, she doesn't complain except when I react to a Saints goal.

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Pooley 5:56pm Wed 26 Dec 12

With respect Fulham are an average or below average side whereas Saints are technically superior generally but we have performed below average the last two games. Main problems I'm afraid are the keeper position in general and I notice we are very narrow in our play; 65 per cent of attacking play in the central channel. Most teams concede when the opposition have wide play. This is NA's decision.

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Rising_Son 5:59pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Bring back Branfoot wrote…


Strasbourg Saint wrote…


Rising_Son wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We weren’t shocking, but we were poor.

Nigel Adkins probably won’t be with us by the summer, defiantly not by this time next year. The Liebherr family don’t strike me as fools, they’re not going to bankroll a manager in the manner they have with Nigel, to see performances like we have seen this season.

Now the happy clappers will cough up their usual glib comments following a poor performance, such as, onwards and upwards, bring on Stoke and Arsenal! While desperately trying to prove their loyalty to the club, they are sweeping under the carpet the obvious, our build up play is way too slow allowing opposition defenses to always keep their shape and competently deal with our attacks. We wasted the chance to properly strengthen the squad in the summer and we have a manager who is out of his depth. He couldn’t even settle on a keeper in pre season, trying three in the first seven games of the season, incredible!

Now, it’s understandable that after back to back promotions, fans feel that he is due the opportunity to turn things round, and quite right! But I doubt after the war chest they gave NA, our club will ever get the chance to spend so much in such a short period of time without seeing results. We are missing the chance to establish ourselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League, vying for a Europa cup place. Which a club of our size and potential, should be doing!
You seem to have a problem with people disagreeing with you. Why is that?
Shhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!


!!!!!
It’s not worth entering into any sort of dialogue with the likes of the you. Your posts about Saints tend to contain little substance, usually stating the obvious and containing a lot of mind numbing small talk. Why you and the rest of your little clique can’t just exchange emails and bore each other directly is beyond me. Cut out the middle man, so to speak!

Try making an astute observation about the team, once in a while!

If 'it's not worth entering into any sort of dialogue with the likes of' Stras, why did you respond?

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redsnapper 6:06pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Gaston on the left DOES NOT WORK.
I hear Merrington was going bonkers that it took Nigel so long to adjust from long ball to the stranded and isolated Ricki, to putting Gaston back in the hole and replacing the mundane Davis with JRod.

As for the other Davies, his time is up hugely at fault for the Fulham opener.

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Bring back Branfoot 6:06pm Wed 26 Dec 12

And a note to NA. The slow, short passing game is only of use if you’re the 82 Brazil team or seeing out a game that you are winning. Let’s mix up our play a bit and keep the opposition defense on its toes. We are way too predictable. We shouldn’t be allowing defenses to always keep their shape. In the final third, let’s be more decisive. Play some direct stuff, some longer passes for the forwards to run onto. Get the players to make some telling runs! And don’t resort to the long ball when all else fails.

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Norwegian Saint 6:10pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Oh well... Just got back and seen the result, that's an ok point.
Six easy points next up... Stoke are rubbish at home and Arse'nal were lucky at the emirates with six dodgy decisions!
Also could have been so much worse... could've been a Poopey fan! Crawley... WTF!? Crawley at home... My god, how funny is that!

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J7junctionseven 6:11pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Pooley wrote…


With respect Fulham are an average or below average side whereas Saints are technically superior generally but we have performed below average the last two games. Main problems I'm afraid are the keeper position in general and I notice we are very narrow in our play; 65 per cent of attacking play in the central channel. Most teams concede when the opposition have wide play. This is NA's decision.

No Lallana is also a major problem which NA and the team have to contend with I'm afraid and may contribute to your observations. We don't seem to click so well when he's missing as some of our players are asked to play in positions that in my opinion they are not comfortable in whichhampers our style of play.

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slugger 6:12pm Wed 26 Dec 12

i'll take that , happy with a point .

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Ted Rogers 6:14pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We weren’t shocking, but we were poor.

Nigel Adkins probably won’t be with us by the summer, defiantly not by this time next year. The Liebherr family don’t strike me as fools, they’re not going to bankroll a manager in the manner they have with Nigel, to see performances like we have seen this season.

Now the happy clappers will cough up their usual glib comments following a poor performance, such as, onwards and upwards, bring on Stoke and Arsenal! While desperately trying to prove their loyalty to the club, they are sweeping under the carpet the obvious, our build up play is way too slow allowing opposition defenses to always keep their shape and competently deal with our attacks. We wasted the chance to properly strengthen the squad in the summer and we have a manager who is out of his depth. He couldn’t even settle on a keeper in pre season, trying three in the first seven games of the season, incredible!

Now, it’s understandable that after back to back promotions, fans feel that he is due the opportunity to turn things round, and quite right! But I doubt after the war chest they gave NA, our club will ever get the chance to spend so much in such a short period of time without seeing results. We are missing the chance to establish ourselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League, vying for a Europa cup place. Which a club of our size and potential, should be doing!

You need a dose of reality and a little more patience.
Two promotions and you think we should be setting the world alight.
Ever heard of continuity? Most team's primary goal in this league is survival followed by the compilation of a squad to make that goal easier year on year.
Adkins and the board have had a single transfer window - what are you expecting? You talk about potential, but you want it instantly; don't be so naive.
Two seasons ago league 1 after being on the brink of extinction; be thankful that you're watching us play against Man U et al instead of teams like Crawley, Bournemouth and Accrington Stanley.
Up the Saints.

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J7junctionseven 6:16pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Norwegian Saint wrote…


Oh well... Just got back and seen the result, that's an ok point.
Six easy points next up... Stoke are rubbish at home and Arse'nal were lucky at the emirates with six dodgy decisions!
Also could have been so much worse... could've been a Poopey fan! Crawley... WTF!? Crawley at home... My god, how funny is that!

Gives you a nice feeling inside and makes the point we got seem even better doesn't it.
Smiling like a Cheshire Cat

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J7junctionseven 6:18pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Ted..don't bother wasting you time on that mate
COYR

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Strasbourg Saint 6:21pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Pooley wrote…


With respect Fulham are an average or below average side whereas Saints are technically superior generally but we have performed below average the last two games. Main problems I'm afraid are the keeper position in general and I notice we are very narrow in our play; 65 per cent of attacking play in the central channel. Most teams concede when the opposition have wide play. This is NA's decision.

I generally agree about both Fulham and our lack of wide play. However, re our current tendency to play through the middle, if you watch, say, Spain (not a bad example), unlike, say, England (not a good one), the play tends to be much more central, with the wings being used more sparingly and, thus, less predictably so as have a much greater effect.

The trouble with English football (and I speak as an old winger, so I'm as guilty as anyone) is that, with the Wimbledon/Watford hoofball exceptions (for which there's very little excuse), it's all so boringly predictable. Win the ball, play it wide, hang a cross into the box and ........

I'd be interested to watch a video of every England goal from open play of the past 50 years and see how many didn't involve route one, a shot from distance, a bit of individual flair or play down the wings. In short, THAT goal (the third or fourth) against Holland in '96.

The future is clearly more about holding onto the ball and moving it about so as to vary the options. It's just that we've not yet perfected it; but with the current coaching set up, you can see the progress we're making.

After all, least we forget, we've come rapidly through the leagues, it's our first year back in the Prem, and new (hopefully better) players are slowly being added and are being bedded in.

It takes time but the signs are, over all, very good.

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Scarborosaint 6:24pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Plenty of doomers and gloomers as usual , point away is decent disappointing display Saturday but we have tightened up look harder to beat and maybe a player or 2 in window will be required to take us to next level , definitely better than earlier season , hard game at Stoke but they are beatable , need big games from yoshi, fonte and rickie from set plays, KD may have to come for a few things too

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Strasbourg Saint 6:26pm Wed 26 Dec 12

J7junctionseven wrote…


Ted..don't bother wasting you time on that mate
COYR

Spot on J7 ..... as indeed was Ted.

P.S. New name, J7? You been a naughty boy?

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Scarborosaint 6:28pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Any idea what colour we will wear Saturday guys taking son to brittania and knowing our luck we will be in yellow after both getting red+white shirts for Xmas !!!

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redsnapper 6:29pm Wed 26 Dec 12

KD should be dropped he blundered against Sunderland (nearly let the ball squirt though his legs) and today he gifted the ball to Berbatov..

Great and professional servant but not up to Prem standard.

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Rising_Son 6:42pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Scarborosaint wrote…


Any idea what colour we will wear Saturday guys taking son to brittania and knowing our luck we will be in yellow after both getting red+white shirts for Xmas !!!

Yellow.

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saintkenny 6:42pm Wed 26 Dec 12

redsnapper wrote…


KD should be dropped he blundered against Sunderland (nearly let the ball squirt though his legs) and today he gifted the ball to Berbatov..

Great and professional servant but not up to Prem standard.

then again like the sunderland game the winger is not closed down.able to cross freely .gazz made mistakes .not up to the premier league yet either.so either you play borac .or wait till january to get a premier keeper .maybe that is what he his doing

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warrens 76 6:43pm Wed 26 Dec 12

J7junctionseven wrote…


warrens 76 wrote…


We have just finsihed a christmas dinner with friends in Montreux....I had my mac on stream for the game and convienently positioned myself to view the proceedings can honestly say no player was fouled as often as i was, my wife kicked the 5hit out of me..i bought a red xmas card to the table bit instead of leaving she kicked the ref (me again).
The shout when we equalised deafened and frightened the (rap out out of them...game up..the spare room looks nice!
It's early yet. More alcohol needed and the spare room may not be required....hopefull

y. Enjoy!

Working on it!!

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st bevois 6:46pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Strasbourg Saint wrote…


st bevois wrote…


At last. A pen! Long overdue, even if a bit dubious. So many poor decisions against us in last half a dozen games. Nice to get one our way.
Dubious? Were you watching? The only query is whether Baird, while he was deliberately palming the ball away, could have had a foul given his way; not because there was a foul but because defenders usually get so much more protection than forwards.

Of course, I take full credit for the fact that a ref finally gave a penalty our way. Had I not popped into Fatima .......

As for the game and the performance, heaving missed the first half, it's hard for me to comment. However, had we not got something (and we nearly didn't), I would have been worried. Fulham looked a total mess. Even worse than they were at SMS, and I thought they looked pants that day.

If we can't finish above them (and at lest 4 others), it won't say much for us.

Still, let's take the point and hope we play somewhat better in the next 2 games - we'll need to.

Didn't see it. Going by radio comments. If it was a clear pen, who's complaining? Just glad a ref got it our way. RL could have been into double figs by now if you go by some of the missed decisions in recent weeks. Have to say though, it looks like another massive 2 points dropped; even if we did rescue 1point. Fulham looked there for the taking. Everyone knows exactly how we are going to set ourselves out now. The only open book was "who would replace AL in his position on left. Surprise, surprise let's put Ramirez out there. Just like Sunderland. Even when subs come on they are expected to take up a place in the same pattern.

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warrens 76 6:50pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Bring back Branfoot wrote…


And a note to NA. The slow, short passing game is only of use if you’re the 82 Brazil team or seeing out a game that you are winning. Let’s mix up our play a bit and keep the opposition defense on its toes. We are way too predictable. We shouldn’t be allowing defenses to always keep their shape. In the final third, let’s be more decisive. Play some direct stuff, some longer passes for the forwards to run onto. Get the players to make some telling runs! And don’t resort to the long ball when all else fails.

Preaching to the choir BbB...we hold the ball and to what end...hold the ball forever if that is required but do not repeat do not hoof it to the opposition and pleeese think ahead and cut them up ..how many teams have ahd one or two efforts all game and come away with three points...in other words SFC when you pass it around have a point...happy with 'the' point.

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Scarborosaint 6:50pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Rising_Son wrote…


Scarborosaint wrote…


Any idea what colour we will wear Saturday guys taking son to brittania and knowing our luck we will be in yellow after both getting red+white shirts for Xmas !!!
Yellow.

Cheers mate will go with the red in that case and get my singing voice on

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warrens 76 6:53pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Ted Rogers wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We weren’t shocking, but we were poor.

Nigel Adkins probably won’t be with us by the summer, defiantly not by this time next year. The Liebherr family don’t strike me as fools, they’re not going to bankroll a manager in the manner they have with Nigel, to see performances like we have seen this season.

Now the happy clappers will cough up their usual glib comments following a poor performance, such as, onwards and upwards, bring on Stoke and Arsenal! While desperately trying to prove their loyalty to the club, they are sweeping under the carpet the obvious, our build up play is way too slow allowing opposition defenses to always keep their shape and competently deal with our attacks. We wasted the chance to properly strengthen the squad in the summer and we have a manager who is out of his depth. He couldn’t even settle on a keeper in pre season, trying three in the first seven games of the season, incredible!

Now, it’s understandable that after back to back promotions, fans feel that he is due the opportunity to turn things round, and quite right! But I doubt after the war chest they gave NA, our club will ever get the chance to spend so much in such a short period of time without seeing results. We are missing the chance to establish ourselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League, vying for a Europa cup place. Which a club of our size and potential, should be doing!
You need a dose of reality and a little more patience.
Two promotions and you think we should be setting the world alight.
Ever heard of continuity? Most team's primary goal in this league is survival followed by the compilation of a squad to make that goal easier year on year.
Adkins and the board have had a single transfer window - what are you expecting? You talk about potential, but you want it instantly; don't be so naive.
Two seasons ago league 1 after being on the brink of extinction; be thankful that you're watching us play against Man U et al instead of teams like Crawley, Bournemouth and Accrington Stanley.
Up the Saints.

Accrington Stanley, who the fück are dey!

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warrens 76 6:55pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Rising_Son wrote…


Scarborosaint wrote…


Any idea what colour we will wear Saturday guys taking son to brittania and knowing our luck we will be in yellow after both getting red+white shirts for Xmas !!!
Yellow.

Yellow and blue, yellow and blue, bells are still ringing for the yellow and blue.

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mack chinnon 7:06pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Rising_Son wrote…


Rising_Son wrote…

mack chinnon wrote…

We were shocking.
Surely, we weren't that bad! Not at our best, definitely, but 'shocking', no.
We also came back from a goal down and got a point, which is not to be sniffed at.

True. But we were very predictable.

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saintlysoul 7:11pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Just got back from the game and although we managed a point it was a very disappointing performance from a mediocre Saints side.

Our midfield was IMO very poor. Spider and Davis were non-existant; Cork was erratic and Gaston I'm afraid is an absolute waste of space and money. He does the odd bit of fancy foot work but no end product.

Clyne was poor; Yoshida awful; Fonte seems to want to hoof everything and Shaw today apart from doing a couple of good runs made mistakes in defending no doubt he's tiring having played a lot recently.

Lambert again looks lazy, overweight and his body language says 'its all too much bother.'

Puncheon has gone off following recent good displays he would be so much better if he could use his right foot.

NA appears not to have a clue. He waited and waited until he brought two subs on Rodriguez and Guly. Why?

Why oh why when the mid field are so poor will NA not use JWP? He was on the bench! E couldn't have done any worse than Spider, Davis and Ramirez!!!! I think as far as JWP is concerned there are probably political reasons as to why he's not playing if that is the case it's a disgrace.

I noticed that Fox travelled today. No doubt he will replace Shaw against Stoke and NA will rearrange the bench - his way of 'utilising the squad over the festive season'.

I'm very concerned at this rate Saints are going one way - down. I hope I'm wrong. Cortèse needs to spend in January!

Finally 10 / 10 to the Saint fans today they sung their hearts out in the second half - excellent!!!!!

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Strasbourg Saint 7:27pm Wed 26 Dec 12

saintlysoul wrote…


Just got back from the game and although we managed a point it was a very disappointing performance from a mediocre Saints side.

Our midfield was IMO very poor. Spider and Davis were non-existant; Cork was erratic and Gaston I'm afraid is an absolute waste of space and money. He does the odd bit of fancy foot work but no end product.

Clyne was poor; Yoshida awful; Fonte seems to want to hoof everything and Shaw today apart from doing a couple of good runs made mistakes in defending no doubt he's tiring having played a lot recently.

Lambert again looks lazy, overweight and his body language says 'its all too much bother.'

Puncheon has gone off following recent good displays he would be so much better if he could use his right foot.

NA appears not to have a clue. He waited and waited until he brought two subs on Rodriguez and Guly. Why?

Why oh why when the mid field are so poor will NA not use JWP? He was on the bench! E couldn't have done any worse than Spider, Davis and Ramirez!!!! I think as far as JWP is concerned there are probably political reasons as to why he's not playing if that is the case it's a disgrace.

I noticed that Fox travelled today. No doubt he will replace Shaw against Stoke and NA will rearrange the bench - his way of 'utilising the squad over the festive season'.

I'm very concerned at this rate Saints are going one way - down. I hope I'm wrong. Cortèse needs to spend in January!

Finally 10 / 10 to the Saint fans today they sung their hearts out in the second half - excellent!!!!!

It's always good to read comments from fans who were at the match. I assume the tube strike did go ahead, didn't it? So, yes, well done to you and all the travelling fans who made it there today. You could be heard loud and clear on the Internet link.

How were the conditions? They looked awful; maybe that played a part today, no?

Can't agree with your player assessments, though. I watched only the second half, but Fonte and Yoshida looked very solid and Spiderman and Cork ran the second half. Shaw looked poor today but he's allowed an off day, just as anyone is.

My bigger gripe today would be that we didn't seem to be able to penetrate a very poor Fulham defence with more telling effect.

I also thought Nigel should have changed things earlier but, in the end, it's a point in London. My guess is, earlier in the seaosn, we would have been 2 or 3 down before the penalty. So, let's at least take that as a sign of progress, eh?

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SaintMax 7:31pm Wed 26 Dec 12

saintlysoul wrote…


Just got back from the game and although we managed a point it was a very disappointing performance from a mediocre Saints side.

Our midfield was IMO very poor. Spider and Davis were non-existant; Cork was erratic and Gaston I'm afraid is an absolute waste of space and money. He does the odd bit of fancy foot work but no end product.

Clyne was poor; Yoshida awful; Fonte seems to want to hoof everything and Shaw today apart from doing a couple of good runs made mistakes in defending no doubt he's tiring having played a lot recently.

Lambert again looks lazy, overweight and his body language says 'its all too much bother.'

Puncheon has gone off following recent good displays he would be so much better if he could use his right foot.

NA appears not to have a clue. He waited and waited until he brought two subs on Rodriguez and Guly. Why?

Why oh why when the mid field are so poor will NA not use JWP? He was on the bench! E couldn't have done any worse than Spider, Davis and Ramirez!!!! I think as far as JWP is concerned there are probably political reasons as to why he's not playing if that is the case it's a disgrace.

I noticed that Fox travelled today. No doubt he will replace Shaw against Stoke and NA will rearrange the bench - his way of 'utilising the squad over the festive season'.

I'm very concerned at this rate Saints are going one way - down. I hope I'm wrong. Cortèse needs to spend in January!

Finally 10 / 10 to the Saint fans today they sung their hearts out in the second half - excellent!!!!!

But other than that you are pretty optimistic about our chances of staying up? What a negative post..
People also on here complaining about where is the attacking flair we showed in the first few games?...
We can't have it all ways.. If you are at the bottom end of the table and playing away from home you need to not concede goals and grind out results. Open up and play with attacking flair and we get caught on the break and concede.
I'll take 1 - 1, that's a result.

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J7junctionseven 7:32pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Strasbourg Saint wrote…


J7junctionseven wrote…


Ted..don't bother wasting you time on that mate
COYR
Spot on J7 ..... as indeed was Ted.

P.S. New name, J7? You been a naughty boy?

Allegedly....a mate of mine used my lap top when we had a bit of a Christmas get together a few days ago. We were worst for wear the next day..and I'd been well and truly stitched up. Had a laugh about it though.

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angus mc coatup 7:32pm Wed 26 Dec 12

well, as far results go it aint been a bad day for us.aston villa got smashed
4-0 at home tonight.

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saintlysoul 7:36pm Wed 26 Dec 12

SaintMax wrote…


saintlysoul wrote…


Just got back from the game and although we managed a point it was a very disappointing performance from a mediocre Saints side.

Our midfield was IMO very poor. Spider and Davis were non-existant; Cork was erratic and Gaston I'm afraid is an absolute waste of space and money. He does the odd bit of fancy foot work but no end product.

Clyne was poor; Yoshida awful; Fonte seems to want to hoof everything and Shaw today apart from doing a couple of good runs made mistakes in defending no doubt he's tiring having played a lot recently.

Lambert again looks lazy, overweight and his body language says 'its all too much bother.'

Puncheon has gone off following recent good displays he would be so much better if he could use his right foot.

NA appears not to have a clue. He waited and waited until he brought two subs on Rodriguez and Guly. Why?

Why oh why when the mid field are so poor will NA not use JWP? He was on the bench! E couldn't have done any worse than Spider, Davis and Ramirez!!!! I think as far as JWP is concerned there are probably political reasons as to why he's not playing if that is the case it's a disgrace.

I noticed that Fox travelled today. No doubt he will replace Shaw against Stoke and NA will rearrange the bench - his way of 'utilising the squad over the festive season'.

I'm very concerned at this rate Saints are going one way - down. I hope I'm wrong. Cortèse needs to spend in January!

Finally 10 / 10 to the Saint fans today they sung their hearts out in the second half - excellent!!!!!
But other than that you are pretty optimistic about our chances of staying up? What a negative post..
People also on here complaining about where is the attacking flair we showed in the first few games?...
We can't have it all ways.. If you are at the bottom end of the table and playing away from home you need to not concede goals and grind out results. Open up and play with attacking flair and we get caught on the break and concede.
I'll take 1 - 1, that's a result.

You may perceive it as a negative post. We're you at the match? I'm not going to say Saints were fantastic when they weren't. If you can't accept criticism of the Saints then perhaps it's better you don't read the posts!!!!

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saintlysoul 7:39pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Strasbourg Saint wrote…


saintlysoul wrote…


Just got back from the game and although we managed a point it was a very disappointing performance from a mediocre Saints side.

Our midfield was IMO very poor. Spider and Davis were non-existant; Cork was erratic and Gaston I'm afraid is an absolute waste of space and money. He does the odd bit of fancy foot work but no end product.

Clyne was poor; Yoshida awful; Fonte seems to want to hoof everything and Shaw today apart from doing a couple of good runs made mistakes in defending no doubt he's tiring having played a lot recently.

Lambert again looks lazy, overweight and his body language says 'its all too much bother.'

Puncheon has gone off following recent good displays he would be so much better if he could use his right foot.

NA appears not to have a clue. He waited and waited until he brought two subs on Rodriguez and Guly. Why?

Why oh why when the mid field are so poor will NA not use JWP? He was on the bench! E couldn't have done any worse than Spider, Davis and Ramirez!!!! I think as far as JWP is concerned there are probably political reasons as to why he's not playing if that is the case it's a disgrace.

I noticed that Fox travelled today. No doubt he will replace Shaw against Stoke and NA will rearrange the bench - his way of 'utilising the squad over the festive season'.

I'm very concerned at this rate Saints are going one way - down. I hope I'm wrong. Cortèse needs to spend in January!

Finally 10 / 10 to the Saint fans today they sung their hearts out in the second half - excellent!!!!!
It's always good to read comments from fans who were at the match. I assume the tube strike did go ahead, didn't it? So, yes, well done to you and all the travelling fans who made it there today. You could be heard loud and clear on the Internet link.

How were the conditions? They looked awful; maybe that played a part today, no?

Can't agree with your player assessments, though. I watched only the second half, but Fonte and Yoshida looked very solid and Spiderman and Cork ran the second half. Shaw looked poor today but he's allowed an off day, just as anyone is.

My bigger gripe today would be that we didn't seem to be able to penetrate a very poor Fulham defence with more telling effect.

I also thought Nigel should have changed things earlier but, in the end, it's a point in London. My guess is, earlier in the seaosn, we would have been 2 or 3 down before the penalty. So, let's at least take that as a sign of progress, eh?

I respect your opinion as to those players albeit I don't agree!!!! There was a tube strike I'm told and yes in fairness to both sides the conditions were awful - torrential rain at times during the game.

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J7junctionseven 7:39pm Wed 26 Dec 12

saintlysoul wrote…


Just got back from the game and although we managed a point it was a very disappointing performance from a mediocre Saints side.

Our midfield was IMO very poor. Spider and Davis were non-existant; Cork was erratic and Gaston I'm afraid is an absolute waste of space and money. He does the odd bit of fancy foot work but no end product.

Clyne was poor; Yoshida awful; Fonte seems to want to hoof everything and Shaw today apart from doing a couple of good runs made mistakes in defending no doubt he's tiring having played a lot recently.

Lambert again looks lazy, overweight and his body language says 'its all too much bother.'

Puncheon has gone off following recent good displays he would be so much better if he could use his right foot.

NA appears not to have a clue. He waited and waited until he brought two subs on Rodriguez and Guly. Why?

Why oh why when the mid field are so poor will NA not use JWP? He was on the bench! E couldn't have done any worse than Spider, Davis and Ramirez!!!! I think as far as JWP is concerned there are probably political reasons as to why he's not playing if that is the case it's a disgrace.

I noticed that Fox travelled today. No doubt he will replace Shaw against Stoke and NA will rearrange the bench - his way of 'utilising the squad over the festive season'.

I'm very concerned at this rate Saints are going one way - down. I hope I'm wrong. Cortèse needs to spend in January!

Finally 10 / 10 to the Saint fans today they sung their hearts out in the second half - excellent!!!!!

Wow.....glad I didn't go today. ......
On a positive note.....other than the fans being excellent, which they are normally at every away game, especially in London, we did get point and the skunts got beat and I had cold meat and mash etc.
COYR Merry Christmas

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saintlysoul 7:42pm Wed 26 Dec 12

J7junctionseven wrote…


saintlysoul wrote…


Just got back from the game and although we managed a point it was a very disappointing performance from a mediocre Saints side.

Our midfield was IMO very poor. Spider and Davis were non-existant; Cork was erratic and Gaston I'm afraid is an absolute waste of space and money. He does the odd bit of fancy foot work but no end product.

Clyne was poor; Yoshida awful; Fonte seems to want to hoof everything and Shaw today apart from doing a couple of good runs made mistakes in defending no doubt he's tiring having played a lot recently.

Lambert again looks lazy, overweight and his body language says 'its all too much bother.'

Puncheon has gone off following recent good displays he would be so much better if he could use his right foot.

NA appears not to have a clue. He waited and waited until he brought two subs on Rodriguez and Guly. Why?

Why oh why when the mid field are so poor will NA not use JWP? He was on the bench! E couldn't have done any worse than Spider, Davis and Ramirez!!!! I think as far as JWP is concerned there are probably political reasons as to why he's not playing if that is the case it's a disgrace.

I noticed that Fox travelled today. No doubt he will replace Shaw against Stoke and NA will rearrange the bench - his way of 'utilising the squad over the festive season'.

I'm very concerned at this rate Saints are going one way - down. I hope I'm wrong. Cortèse needs to spend in January!

Finally 10 / 10 to the Saint fans today they sung their hearts out in the second half - excellent!!!!!
Wow.....glad I didn't go today. ......
On a positive note.....other than the fans being excellent, which they are normally at every away game, especially in London, we did get point and the skunts got beat and I had cold meat and mash etc.
COYR Merry Christmas

Ha ha yes as you say it was a point. Hope you enjoyed your grub!!! Merry Christmas!

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J7junctionseven 7:43pm Wed 26 Dec 12

angus mc coatup wrote…


well, as far results go it aint been a bad day for us.aston villa got smashed
4-0 at home tonight.

QPR lost at home, Wigan and Newcastle lost and Reading drew.
So not to bad really.....oh and don't forget that the mighty Crawley Town won away

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J7junctionseven 7:43pm Wed 26 Dec 12

angus mc coatup wrote…


well, as far results go it aint been a bad day for us.aston villa got smashed
4-0 at home tonight.

QPR lost at home, Wigan and Newcastle lost and Reading drew.
So not to bad really.....oh and don't forget that the mighty Crawley Town won away

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rossofficial10 8:07pm Wed 26 Dec 12

when is lallana back? that would be a lovely present! great if hes back for the tough arsenal fixture! he's the heartbeat of the team.

can't replace lambert or lallana as their the heartbeat of the team. maybe we can get some more key players in the jan window sales!


i see we got the mighty saints rejects (stoke) this saturday!
lets hope we can stop kenwyn and crouch!

on a serious note, why is guly still around? prefer billy sharpe whos banging them in!

crazy nigel decisions!

good point today! roll on saturday!

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loosehead 8:10pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Now I do feel that the transfer window could be the making or the breaking of Adkins, chose wisely shore up our defence start beating teams like Fulham & he'll be okay go the other way & I can't see him surviving.
the problem is he could be a great manager but as in the past if the team can't raise their game against Sunderland at home what can he do?
start kicking arse?
Well done today & the commentators were praising Fulhams keeper for saving them

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Jesus_02 8:12pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Bring back Branfoot wrote…


And a note to NA. The slow, short passing game is only of use if you’re the 82 Brazil team or seeing out a game that you are winning. Let’s mix up our play a bit and keep the opposition defense on its toes. We are way too predictable. We shouldn’t be allowing defenses to always keep their shape. In the final third, let’s be more decisive. Play some direct stuff, some longer passes for the forwards to run onto. Get the players to make some telling runs! And don’t resort to the long ball when all else fails.

I'm sure he reads these comments and will be quoting you at training first thing tomorrow morning

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saintlysoul 8:19pm Wed 26 Dec 12

rossofficial10 wrote…


when is lallana back? that would be a lovely present! great if hes back for the tough arsenal fixture! he's the heartbeat of the team.

can't replace lambert or lallana as their the heartbeat of the team. maybe we can get some more key players in the jan window sales!


i see we got the mighty saints rejects (stoke) this saturday!
lets hope we can stop kenwyn and crouch!

on a serious note, why is guly still around? prefer billy sharpe whos banging them in!

crazy nigel decisions!

good point today! roll on saturday!

Lalana wont be back until late February / March 2013! Medial ligament damage to knee!!!!!

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saintmicky 8:43pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Ted Rogers wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We weren’t shocking, but we were poor.

Nigel Adkins probably won’t be with us by the summer, defiantly not by this time next year. The Liebherr family don’t strike me as fools, they’re not going to bankroll a manager in the manner they have with Nigel, to see performances like we have seen this season.

Now the happy clappers will cough up their usual glib comments following a poor performance, such as, onwards and upwards, bring on Stoke and Arsenal! While desperately trying to prove their loyalty to the club, they are sweeping under the carpet the obvious, our build up play is way too slow allowing opposition defenses to always keep their shape and competently deal with our attacks. We wasted the chance to properly strengthen the squad in the summer and we have a manager who is out of his depth. He couldn’t even settle on a keeper in pre season, trying three in the first seven games of the season, incredible!

Now, it’s understandable that after back to back promotions, fans feel that he is due the opportunity to turn things round, and quite right! But I doubt after the war chest they gave NA, our club will ever get the chance to spend so much in such a short period of time without seeing results. We are missing the chance to establish ourselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League, vying for a Europa cup place. Which a club of our size and potential, should be doing!
You need a dose of reality and a little more patience.
Two promotions and you think we should be setting the world alight.
Ever heard of continuity? Most team's primary goal in this league is survival followed by the compilation of a squad to make that goal easier year on year.
Adkins and the board have had a single transfer window - what are you expecting? You talk about potential, but you want it instantly; don't be so naive.
Two seasons ago league 1 after being on the brink of extinction; be thankful that you're watching us play against Man U et al instead of teams like Crawley, Bournemouth and Accrington Stanley.
Up the Saints.

THAT!!

COYRS

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Confucious 8:49pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Before the match we were out of the bottom three on goal difference. Now we are a point clear.

I'm nearly very happy with that.

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Nicole23 8:55pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Another brace for Billy Sharp today, glad results went our way but still 5 points dropped.
I see Sunderland played the same game against City.
We need to get Billy back, do not sell him, Gaston put some nice balls in but nobody has the vision or skill to get on the end of them.

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Fatty x Ford Worker 9:01pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Well earned point.
Pompey, Who beat them.
I am well stuffed.
Happy New Year to all
Bring back Billy another 2 goals Today.

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batesieboy 9:11pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We weren’t shocking, but we were poor.

Nigel Adkins probably won’t be with us by the summer, defiantly not by this time next year. The Liebherr family don’t strike me as fools, they’re not going to bankroll a manager in the manner they have with Nigel, to see performances like we have seen this season.

Now the happy clappers will cough up their usual glib comments following a poor performance, such as, onwards and upwards, bring on Stoke and Arsenal! While desperately trying to prove their loyalty to the club, they are sweeping under the carpet the obvious, our build up play is way too slow allowing opposition defenses to always keep their shape and competently deal with our attacks. We wasted the chance to properly strengthen the squad in the summer and we have a manager who is out of his depth. He couldn’t even settle on a keeper in pre season, trying three in the first seven games of the season, incredible!

Now, it’s understandable that after back to back promotions, fans feel that he is due the opportunity to turn things round, and quite right! But I doubt after the war chest they gave NA, our club will ever get the chance to spend so much in such a short period of time without seeing results. We are missing the chance to establish ourselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League, vying for a Europa cup place. Which a club of our size and potential, should be doing!

You really are boring, and know nothing about about football. Thanks for your contribution.

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saintlysoul 9:31pm Wed 26 Dec 12

batesieboy wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We weren’t shocking, but we were poor.

Nigel Adkins probably won’t be with us by the summer, defiantly not by this time next year. The Liebherr family don’t strike me as fools, they’re not going to bankroll a manager in the manner they have with Nigel, to see performances like we have seen this season.

Now the happy clappers will cough up their usual glib comments following a poor performance, such as, onwards and upwards, bring on Stoke and Arsenal! While desperately trying to prove their loyalty to the club, they are sweeping under the carpet the obvious, our build up play is way too slow allowing opposition defenses to always keep their shape and competently deal with our attacks. We wasted the chance to properly strengthen the squad in the summer and we have a manager who is out of his depth. He couldn’t even settle on a keeper in pre season, trying three in the first seven games of the season, incredible!

Now, it’s understandable that after back to back promotions, fans feel that he is due the opportunity to turn things round, and quite right! But I doubt after the war chest they gave NA, our club will ever get the chance to spend so much in such a short period of time without seeing results. We are missing the chance to establish ourselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League, vying for a Europa cup place. Which a club of our size and potential, should be doing!
You really are boring, and know nothing about about football. Thanks for your contribution.

This is an embarrassing response to what was a thoughtful and insightful post. Why when people don't agree with a post do they have to be gratuitous and personal? It reflects bad on them. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and not everyone will agree with it, but for God sake respect a persons right to express themself!!!!!!!

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warrens 76 9:37pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Strasbourg Saint wrote…


Pooley wrote…


With respect Fulham are an average or below average side whereas Saints are technically superior generally but we have performed below average the last two games. Main problems I'm afraid are the keeper position in general and I notice we are very narrow in our play; 65 per cent of attacking play in the central channel. Most teams concede when the opposition have wide play. This is NA's decision.
I generally agree about both Fulham and our lack of wide play. However, re our current tendency to play through the middle, if you watch, say, Spain (not a bad example), unlike, say, England (not a good one), the play tends to be much more central, with the wings being used more sparingly and, thus, less predictably so as have a much greater effect.

The trouble with English football (and I speak as an old winger, so I'm as guilty as anyone) is that, with the Wimbledon/Watford hoofball exceptions (for which there's very little excuse), it's all so boringly predictable. Win the ball, play it wide, hang a cross into the box and ........

I'd be interested to watch a video of every England goal from open play of the past 50 years and see how many didn't involve route one, a shot from distance, a bit of individual flair or play down the wings. In short, THAT goal (the third or fourth) against Holland in '96.

The future is clearly more about holding onto the ball and moving it about so as to vary the options. It's just that we've not yet perfected it; but with the current coaching set up, you can see the progress we're making.

After all, least we forget, we've come rapidly through the leagues, it's our first year back in the Prem, and new (hopefully better) players are slowly being added and are being bedded in.

It takes time but the signs are, over all, very good.

he that knoweth his failings can as a wise man seek to avoid them...
Fools are determined to repeat their mistakes and expect a different outcome!

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RedArmy1 9:39pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Nicole23 wrote…


Another brace for Billy Sharp today, glad results went our way but still 5 points dropped.
I see Sunderland played the same game against City.
We need to get Billy back, do not sell him, Gaston put some nice balls in but nobody has the vision or skill to get on the end of them.

Back from the game !!

You're right everyone seems to get muscled out in the final third !

THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON would be above wet spam in the table if we had a Top Quality Keeper ...

Kelvin is not good enough - Gazza has cost us points - Boruc is the same

INVEST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Against Fulham - after the softest goal you will ever see that we conceded - we had to chase the game and only the Crowd in the second half and a phenomenal effort by the Players saved the Day.

The sooner Nigel acknowledges this - the sooner Southampton will move to mid table safety.

Kelvin talks a good job and can spend all day training and catching simple balls - but it counts for nothing !!

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR.

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Saintjock 9:41pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We weren’t shocking, but we were poor.

Nigel Adkins probably won’t be with us by the summer, defiantly not by this time next year. The Liebherr family don’t strike me as fools, they’re not going to bankroll a manager in the manner they have with Nigel, to see performances like we have seen this season.

Now the happy clappers will cough up their usual glib comments following a poor performance, such as, onwards and upwards, bring on Stoke and Arsenal! While desperately trying to prove their loyalty to the club, they are sweeping under the carpet the obvious, our build up play is way too slow allowing opposition defenses to always keep their shape and competently deal with our attacks. We wasted the chance to properly strengthen the squad in the summer and we have a manager who is out of his depth. He couldn’t even settle on a keeper in pre season, trying three in the first seven games of the season, incredible!

Now, it’s understandable that after back to back promotions, fans feel that he is due the opportunity to turn things round, and quite right! But I doubt after the war chest they gave NA, our club will ever get the chance to spend so much in such a short period of time without seeing results. We are missing the chance to establish ourselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League, vying for a Europa cup place. Which a club of our size and potential, should be doing!

Boring repetitive and ignorant. Despite denials you are a WUM or Skunt, you continue to display the mindset of someone who wants to appear to have the interests of Saints at heart but to have the right to express anti Liebherr and Adkins comments, without any evidence to back it up. I only occasionally come on this board now because of posters like you. Adkins - 4 promotions in 6 seasons. Liebherr/Cortese - longterm investment in players, academy and infrastructure.

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OSPREYSAINT 9:49pm Wed 26 Dec 12

saintlysoul wrote…


Just got back from the game and although we managed a point it was a very disappointing performance from a mediocre Saints side.

Our midfield was IMO very poor. Spider and Davis were non-existant; Cork was erratic and Gaston I'm afraid is an absolute waste of space and money. He does the odd bit of fancy foot work but no end product.

Clyne was poor; Yoshida awful; Fonte seems to want to hoof everything and Shaw today apart from doing a couple of good runs made mistakes in defending no doubt he's tiring having played a lot recently.

Lambert again looks lazy, overweight and his body language says 'its all too much bother.'

Puncheon has gone off following recent good displays he would be so much better if he could use his right foot.

NA appears not to have a clue. He waited and waited until he brought two subs on Rodriguez and Guly. Why?

Why oh why when the mid field are so poor will NA not use JWP? He was on the bench! E couldn't have done any worse than Spider, Davis and Ramirez!!!! I think as far as JWP is concerned there are probably political reasons as to why he's not playing if that is the case it's a disgrace.

I noticed that Fox travelled today. No doubt he will replace Shaw against Stoke and NA will rearrange the bench - his way of 'utilising the squad over the festive season'.

I'm very concerned at this rate Saints are going one way - down. I hope I'm wrong. Cortèse needs to spend in January!

Finally 10 / 10 to the Saint fans today they sung their hearts out in the second half - excellent!!!!!

Thanks for reporting back, I was listening on Solent (as a dedicated Happy Clapper) from their commentatory the impression was somewhat different, they gave great credit to Spider and Corky, no real criticism of Yosh or Jose, they did pick up on a couple of errors by Shaw, most uncharacteristic, maybe down to the conditons, they did hint that KD was at fault for their goal, making the wrong choice of clearance, but give Berbatov the credit for a snappy finish. They seem to think that Lambo was given absolutely no service where it counted, his work when he did get the ball was excellent. They said Puncheon only looked good during the period when he went wide left. Ramirez showed flashes of his talent during the last fifteen minutes when he went in to the "hole", should have been there all of the time. They did wonder at the timing of the substitutions too, JRod could have been on earlier. They did state that we were the better team for the last quarter. The Saints supporters were very loud and consistent throughout, well done them, they deserved to get something from the game. Stoke have just beaten Liverpool 3 - 1 and look a good side, but may have picked up a vital yellow card or two? I don't fancy Mayuka v Crouch, that is a bit of a mismatch. Trying hard not to be negative, it is not easy. You are right, some decent signings could be the turning point, but being one point above the relegation line is better than I expected 3 weeks ago. No bookings for us again, that is impressive but are we being too nice?

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Seedhouse the Unrepentant 9:53pm Wed 26 Dec 12

saintlysoul wrote…


batesieboy wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We weren’t shocking, but we were poor.

Nigel Adkins probably won’t be with us by the summer, defiantly not by this time next year. The Liebherr family don’t strike me as fools, they’re not going to bankroll a manager in the manner they have with Nigel, to see performances like we have seen this season.

Now the happy clappers will cough up their usual glib comments following a poor performance, such as, onwards and upwards, bring on Stoke and Arsenal! While desperately trying to prove their loyalty to the club, they are sweeping under the carpet the obvious, our build up play is way too slow allowing opposition defenses to always keep their shape and competently deal with our attacks. We wasted the chance to properly strengthen the squad in the summer and we have a manager who is out of his depth. He couldn’t even settle on a keeper in pre season, trying three in the first seven games of the season, incredible!

Now, it’s understandable that after back to back promotions, fans feel that he is due the opportunity to turn things round, and quite right! But I doubt after the war chest they gave NA, our club will ever get the chance to spend so much in such a short period of time without seeing results. We are missing the chance to establish ourselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League, vying for a Europa cup place. Which a club of our size and potential, should be doing!
You really are boring, and know nothing about about football. Thanks for your contribution.
This is an embarrassing response to what was a thoughtful and insightful post. Why when people don't agree with a post do they have to be gratuitous and personal? It reflects bad on them. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and not everyone will agree with it, but for God sake respect a persons right to express themself!!!!!!!

Of course everyone has the right to their opinion.

Unfortunately some one who calls themselves 'Bring back Branfoot' after the most hated manager we've ever had isn't off to a good start. With someone else it could be just humour but his appearance co-incided with the banning of a couple of skunts and therefore looked like a re-appearance. Then he immediately sided with skunts against Saints fans, something I've never ever seen before. It's a credibility issue not an opinion issue.

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Saintjock 9:55pm Wed 26 Dec 12

saintlysoul wrote…


Just got back from the game and although we managed a point it was a very disappointing performance from a mediocre Saints side.

Our midfield was IMO very poor. Spider and Davis were non-existant; Cork was erratic and Gaston I'm afraid is an absolute waste of space and money. He does the odd bit of fancy foot work but no end product.

Clyne was poor; Yoshida awful; Fonte seems to want to hoof everything and Shaw today apart from doing a couple of good runs made mistakes in defending no doubt he's tiring having played a lot recently.

Lambert again looks lazy, overweight and his body language says 'its all too much bother.'

Puncheon has gone off following recent good displays he would be so much better if he could use his right foot.

NA appears not to have a clue. He waited and waited until he brought two subs on Rodriguez and Guly. Why?

Why oh why when the mid field are so poor will NA not use JWP? He was on the bench! E couldn't have done any worse than Spider, Davis and Ramirez!!!! I think as far as JWP is concerned there are probably political reasons as to why he's not playing if that is the case it's a disgrace.

I noticed that Fox travelled today. No doubt he will replace Shaw against Stoke and NA will rearrange the bench - his way of 'utilising the squad over the festive season'.

I'm very concerned at this rate Saints are going one way - down. I hope I'm wrong. Cortèse needs to spend in January!

Finally 10 / 10 to the Saint fans today they sung their hearts out in the second half - excellent!!!!!

Was there too and if that was your view of the match then I doubt we saw the same match. Cork was our MoM, Yoshida had good second half, Fonte had Berbatov in his pocket second half. Davis and Spider non-existent?! You must have been in the pie queue most of the match.

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bluewhiteandred 10:00pm Wed 26 Dec 12

saintmicky wrote…


Ted Rogers wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We weren’t shocking, but we were poor.

Nigel Adkins probably won’t be with us by the summer, defiantly not by this time next year. The Liebherr family don’t strike me as fools, they’re not going to bankroll a manager in the manner they have with Nigel, to see performances like we have seen this season.

Now the happy clappers will cough up their usual glib comments following a poor performance, such as, onwards and upwards, bring on Stoke and Arsenal! While desperately trying to prove their loyalty to the club, they are sweeping under the carpet the obvious, our build up play is way too slow allowing opposition defenses to always keep their shape and competently deal with our attacks. We wasted the chance to properly strengthen the squad in the summer and we have a manager who is out of his depth. He couldn’t even settle on a keeper in pre season, trying three in the first seven games of the season, incredible!

Now, it’s understandable that after back to back promotions, fans feel that he is due the opportunity to turn things round, and quite right! But I doubt after the war chest they gave NA, our club will ever get the chance to spend so much in such a short period of time without seeing results. We are missing the chance to establish ourselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League, vying for a Europa cup place. Which a club of our size and potential, should be doing!
You need a dose of reality and a little more patience.
Two promotions and you think we should be setting the world alight.
Ever heard of continuity? Most team's primary goal in this league is survival followed by the compilation of a squad to make that goal easier year on year.
Adkins and the board have had a single transfer window - what are you expecting? You talk about potential, but you want it instantly; don't be so naive.
Two seasons ago league 1 after being on the brink of extinction; be thankful that you're watching us play against Man U et al instead of teams like Crawley, Bournemouth and Accrington Stanley.
Up the Saints.
THAT!!

COYRS

Well we will play them for you . Will saints now take avantage of aston villa s more dramatic fall from grace 12 goals conceded in two games i thought pompey was bad ! . Stoke wont be so easy.
Happy new Year saints

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Puddletown Saint 10:02pm Wed 26 Dec 12

I am a NA fan but he really has got so much wrong this season Square pegs into round holes is an under statement

Gaston just must play in the hole behind Rickie. Fox and Punch in the wide roles - getting in the crosses. And Spider/Corky have go to be quicker with the distribution.

Saints play best with a 4411. Lets keep in simple - If Adam is out it is Fox If Rickie is on the side then it is Jay If Spider is suspended then JWP.

You get me drift.

Love the Saints but Barca we are not (yet)

In short - play the players in best positions, support Rickie and get some crosses in from the wings

Come on you Reds

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OSPREYSAINT 10:04pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Time for Football First Screen 3.

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Saintjock 10:14pm Wed 26 Dec 12

saintlysoul wrote…


rossofficial10 wrote…


when is lallana back? that would be a lovely present! great if hes back for the tough arsenal fixture! he's the heartbeat of the team.

can't replace lambert or lallana as their the heartbeat of the team. maybe we can get some more key players in the jan window sales!


i see we got the mighty saints rejects (stoke) this saturday!
lets hope we can stop kenwyn and crouch!

on a serious note, why is guly still around? prefer billy sharpe whos banging them in!

crazy nigel decisions!

good point today! roll on saturday!
Lalana wont be back until late February / March 2013! Medial ligament damage to knee!!!!!

Lallana could be back v Stoke, more likely Arsenal. Spoke to him after the match on his way to his car, and he said his knee was good. Why are you saying otherwise?

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Seedhouse the Unrepentant 10:16pm Wed 26 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT wrote…


Time for Football First Screen 3.

Watching it. Why do the players have black arm bands on? I've obviously missed the death of someone.

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promised land 10:16pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Saintlysoul ? Certainly not heartysoul everyone who played except the keeper was bad. I think the way your comments read even if JWP had been on the pitch as you suggested, you would have complained about him too. I'm currently 10000 miles away in Australia so can't really comment as I've not yet seen the game but going by the account you've given I have to ask why didn't Fulham score double figures ?

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slugger 10:18pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Saintjock wrote…


saintlysoul wrote…


rossofficial10 wrote…


when is lallana back? that would be a lovely present! great if hes back for the tough arsenal fixture! he's the heartbeat of the team.

can't replace lambert or lallana as their the heartbeat of the team. maybe we can get some more key players in the jan window sales!


i see we got the mighty saints rejects (stoke) this saturday!
lets hope we can stop kenwyn and crouch!

on a serious note, why is guly still around? prefer billy sharpe whos banging them in!

crazy nigel decisions!

good point today! roll on saturday!
Lalana wont be back until late February / March 2013! Medial ligament damage to knee!!!!!
Lallana could be back v Stoke, more likely Arsenal. Spoke to him after the match on his way to his car, and he said his knee was good. Why are you saying otherwise?

He's a stealth wum , spreading negativity , best to ignore .

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OSPREYSAINT 10:24pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Right, watched the highlights of the first half, and Rickie was certainly not lazy and set up a series of five different passes to other players who all wasted their opportunities, Puncheon and Ramirez the main culprits, not taking shots when the opportunity was given to them. Yes KD did play pat a cake with the clearance to Berbatov, but Fonte was "napping", a stronger CB would have crunched him, as I said earlier, we are too nice, and boy did it rain just before half time.

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angus mc coatup 10:24pm Wed 26 Dec 12

slugger wrote…


Saintjock wrote…


saintlysoul wrote…


rossofficial10 wrote…


when is lallana back? that would be a lovely present! great if hes back for the tough arsenal fixture! he's the heartbeat of the team.

can't replace lambert or lallana as their the heartbeat of the team. maybe we can get some more key players in the jan window sales!


i see we got the mighty saints rejects (stoke) this saturday!
lets hope we can stop kenwyn and crouch!

on a serious note, why is guly still around? prefer billy sharpe whos banging them in!

crazy nigel decisions!

good point today! roll on saturday!
Lalana wont be back until late February / March 2013! Medial ligament damage to knee!!!!!
Lallana could be back v Stoke, more likely Arsenal. Spoke to him after the match on his way to his car, and he said his knee was good. Why are you saying otherwise?
He's a stealth wum , spreading negativity , best to ignore .

he's not a saintlysoul,he's a very naughty boy.

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OSPREYSAINT 10:31pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


Time for Football First Screen 3.
Watching it. Why do the players have black arm bands on? I've obviously missed the death of someone.

There was a minutes applause before the start, I thinkit was for Ian Black a goalkeeper who recently died aged 88 on 17th December who had played for both teams.

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SaintPC 10:41pm Wed 26 Dec 12

saintlysoul wrote…


Just got back from the game and although we managed a point it was a very disappointing performance from a mediocre Saints side.

Our midfield was IMO very poor. Spider and Davis were non-existant; Cork was erratic and Gaston I'm afraid is an absolute waste of space and money. He does the odd bit of fancy foot work but no end product.

Clyne was poor; Yoshida awful; Fonte seems to want to hoof everything and Shaw today apart from doing a couple of good runs made mistakes in defending no doubt he's tiring having played a lot recently.

Lambert again looks lazy, overweight and his body language says 'its all too much bother.'

Puncheon has gone off following recent good displays he would be so much better if he could use his right foot.

NA appears not to have a clue. He waited and waited until he brought two subs on Rodriguez and Guly. Why?

Why oh why when the mid field are so poor will NA not use JWP? He was on the bench! E couldn't have done any worse than Spider, Davis and Ramirez!!!! I think as far as JWP is concerned there are probably political reasons as to why he's not playing if that is the case it's a disgrace.

I noticed that Fox travelled today. No doubt he will replace Shaw against Stoke and NA will rearrange the bench - his way of 'utilising the squad over the festive season'.

I'm very concerned at this rate Saints are going one way - down. I hope I'm wrong. Cortèse needs to spend in January!

Finally 10 / 10 to the Saint fans today they sung their hearts out in the second half - excellent!!!!!

what nonsense. I am pleased you have an idea and opinion on what is going on, but to slate everything every player is doing, plus the subs, and the formation, and the supposed politics.....cheer up Ebeneezer, we have to realise where we are in the evolution of this club, you cannot sign 12 new players and expect the club to have continuity, so we sign 4/5 and hope they gel and the others grow into the league.

Make no mistake, the aim this year is to survive. Nothing more. Build in January, build further in the summer, turn over the squad in a sensible period of time and continue to bring on the youth prospects. This plan has been outlined numerous times, by NA, by NC, and by most sensible Saints fans. So to expect something different is the sign of someone a little out of touch with the club.....COYR

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OSPREYSAINT 10:47pm Wed 26 Dec 12

OK no doubt about the handball for the penalty, and what a blaster from Rickie.

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Seedhouse the Unrepentant 10:47pm Wed 26 Dec 12

It wasn't lucky, it was a Pen and what a powerful strike!

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OSPREYSAINT 10:51pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Don't think Rambos shot crossed the line, but no camera on the line so can't tell. We were a much better team in the 2nd half, and deserved the point.

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Tirau Dan 10:57pm Wed 26 Dec 12

RedArmy1 wrote…


Nicole23 wrote…


Another brace for Billy Sharp today, glad results went our way but still 5 points dropped.
I see Sunderland played the same game against City.
We need to get Billy back, do not sell him, Gaston put some nice balls in but nobody has the vision or skill to get on the end of them.
Back from the game !!

You're right everyone seems to get muscled out in the final third !

THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON would be above wet spam in the table if we had a Top Quality Keeper ...

Kelvin is not good enough - Gazza has cost us points - Boruc is the same

INVEST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Against Fulham - after the softest goal you will ever see that we conceded - we had to chase the game and only the Crowd in the second half and a phenomenal effort by the Players saved the Day.

The sooner Nigel acknowledges this - the sooner Southampton will move to mid table safety.

Kelvin talks a good job and can spend all day training and catching simple balls - but it counts for nothing !!

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR.

basic marking errors at the back make us vulnerable to cross and shot especially as Kelv won't come out. that's two in two games easy goals unmarked strikers standing outside box in front of the left post.

Up front there is no one crossing or delivering the ball to Rickie and Rickie is way to slow to get onto loose ball or make gaps on his own at this level.

The quick little passing isn't getting through and isn't likely to. Even with Aguera Tevez Ba or Van Persie you still have to bang the ball in front of them for them to bang it in. We are not doing it for Rickie... but have to say Rickie was rarely in position to receive it he was off fluffing around in the wings or trying to be a midfielder. Tell me I'm wrong.. honestly.

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OSPREYSAINT 11:02pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Rickie seems to be trying to be three different players at the same time, his ground passes were good today, Senderos was giving him a hard time and the high balls were all being blown all over the place and difficult to control, but his defensive work was sound when needed..

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florida saint 11:03pm Wed 26 Dec 12

warrens 76 wrote…


We have just finsihed a christmas dinner with friends in Montreux....I had my mac on stream for the game and convienently positioned myself to view the proceedings can honestly say no player was fouled as often as i was, my wife kicked the 5hit out of me..i bought a red xmas card to the table bit instead of leaving she kicked the ref (me again).
The shout when we equalised deafened and frightened the (rap out out of them...game up..the spare room looks nice!

respect to you warrens, i go through similar situatios out here in florida.
the spare room might be a good idea to sleep the hangover off. seeing your name reminded me when millwall got the shock of their lifes coming into the warrens . u t s.

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Seedhouse the Unrepentant 11:03pm Wed 26 Dec 12

SaintPC wrote…


saintlysoul wrote…


Just got back from the game and although we managed a point it was a very disappointing performance from a mediocre Saints side.

Our midfield was IMO very poor. Spider and Davis were non-existant; Cork was erratic and Gaston I'm afraid is an absolute waste of space and money. He does the odd bit of fancy foot work but no end product.

Clyne was poor; Yoshida awful; Fonte seems to want to hoof everything and Shaw today apart from doing a couple of good runs made mistakes in defending no doubt he's tiring having played a lot recently.

Lambert again looks lazy, overweight and his body language says 'its all too much bother.'

Puncheon has gone off following recent good displays he would be so much better if he could use his right foot.

NA appears not to have a clue. He waited and waited until he brought two subs on Rodriguez and Guly. Why?

Why oh why when the mid field are so poor will NA not use JWP? He was on the bench! E couldn't have done any worse than Spider, Davis and Ramirez!!!! I think as far as JWP is concerned there are probably political reasons as to why he's not playing if that is the case it's a disgrace.

I noticed that Fox travelled today. No doubt he will replace Shaw against Stoke and NA will rearrange the bench - his way of 'utilising the squad over the festive season'.

I'm very concerned at this rate Saints are going one way - down. I hope I'm wrong. Cortèse needs to spend in January!

Finally 10 / 10 to the Saint fans today they sung their hearts out in the second half - excellent!!!!!
what nonsense. I am pleased you have an idea and opinion on what is going on, but to slate everything every player is doing, plus the subs, and the formation, and the supposed politics.....cheer up Ebeneezer, we have to realise where we are in the evolution of this club, you cannot sign 12 new players and expect the club to have continuity, so we sign 4/5 and hope they gel and the others grow into the league.

Make no mistake, the aim this year is to survive. Nothing more. Build in January, build further in the summer, turn over the squad in a sensible period of time and continue to bring on the youth prospects. This plan has been outlined numerous times, by NA, by NC, and by most sensible Saints fans. So to expect something different is the sign of someone a little out of touch with the club.....COYR

What a spot on post. Anyone thinking differently lacks realism.

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OSPREYSAINT 11:20pm Wed 26 Dec 12

angus mc coatup wrote…


slugger wrote…


Saintjock wrote…


saintlysoul wrote…


rossofficial10 wrote…


when is lallana back? that would be a lovely present! great if hes back for the tough arsenal fixture! he's the heartbeat of the team.

can't replace lambert or lallana as their the heartbeat of the team. maybe we can get some more key players in the jan window sales!


i see we got the mighty saints rejects (stoke) this saturday!
lets hope we can stop kenwyn and crouch!

on a serious note, why is guly still around? prefer billy sharpe whos banging them in!

crazy nigel decisions!

good point today! roll on saturday!
Lalana wont be back until late February / March 2013! Medial ligament damage to knee!!!!!
Lallana could be back v Stoke, more likely Arsenal. Spoke to him after the match on his way to his car, and he said his knee was good. Why are you saying otherwise?
He's a stealth wum , spreading negativity , best to ignore .
he's not a saintlysoul,he's a very naughty boy.

It is odd that when he first posted under this name I remember that I suggested he change "saintly" for an R but I can't remember what the issue was at the time except that it was a negative/derogatory posting.

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RedArmy1 11:57pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Tirau Dan wrote…


RedArmy1 wrote…


Nicole23 wrote…


Another brace for Billy Sharp today, glad results went our way but still 5 points dropped.
I see Sunderland played the same game against City.
We need to get Billy back, do not sell him, Gaston put some nice balls in but nobody has the vision or skill to get on the end of them.
Back from the game !!

You're right everyone seems to get muscled out in the final third !

THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON would be above wet spam in the table if we had a Top Quality Keeper ...

Kelvin is not good enough - Gazza has cost us points - Boruc is the same

INVEST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Against Fulham - after the softest goal you will ever see that we conceded - we had to chase the game and only the Crowd in the second half and a phenomenal effort by the Players saved the Day.

The sooner Nigel acknowledges this - the sooner Southampton will move to mid table safety.

Kelvin talks a good job and can spend all day training and catching simple balls - but it counts for nothing !!

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR.
basic marking errors at the back make us vulnerable to cross and shot especially as Kelv won't come out. that's two in two games easy goals unmarked strikers standing outside box in front of the left post.

Up front there is no one crossing or delivering the ball to Rickie and Rickie is way to slow to get onto loose ball or make gaps on his own at this level.

The quick little passing isn't getting through and isn't likely to. Even with Aguera Tevez Ba or Van Persie you still have to bang the ball in front of them for them to bang it in. We are not doing it for Rickie... but have to say Rickie was rarely in position to receive it he was off fluffing around in the wings or trying to be a midfielder. Tell me I'm wrong.. honestly.

Kelv should have done a lot better for the goal.

IT WAS A HOWLER !!

If the keepers continue to be error prone - they will send us down.

COYR

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OSPREYSAINT 12:07am Thu 27 Dec 12

RedArmy1 wrote…


Tirau Dan wrote…


RedArmy1 wrote…


Nicole23 wrote…


Another brace for Billy Sharp today, glad results went our way but still 5 points dropped.
I see Sunderland played the same game against City.
We need to get Billy back, do not sell him, Gaston put some nice balls in but nobody has the vision or skill to get on the end of them.
Back from the game !!

You're right everyone seems to get muscled out in the final third !

THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON would be above wet spam in the table if we had a Top Quality Keeper ...

Kelvin is not good enough - Gazza has cost us points - Boruc is the same

INVEST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Against Fulham - after the softest goal you will ever see that we conceded - we had to chase the game and only the Crowd in the second half and a phenomenal effort by the Players saved the Day.

The sooner Nigel acknowledges this - the sooner Southampton will move to mid table safety.

Kelvin talks a good job and can spend all day training and catching simple balls - but it counts for nothing !!

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR.
basic marking errors at the back make us vulnerable to cross and shot especially as Kelv won't come out. that's two in two games easy goals unmarked strikers standing outside box in front of the left post.

Up front there is no one crossing or delivering the ball to Rickie and Rickie is way to slow to get onto loose ball or make gaps on his own at this level.

The quick little passing isn't getting through and isn't likely to. Even with Aguera Tevez Ba or Van Persie you still have to bang the ball in front of them for them to bang it in. We are not doing it for Rickie... but have to say Rickie was rarely in position to receive it he was off fluffing around in the wings or trying to be a midfielder. Tell me I'm wrong.. honestly.
Kelv should have done a lot better for the goal.

IT WAS A HOWLER !!

If the keepers continue to be error prone - they will send us down.

COYR

Look at it a bit deeper, we lost possession too easily, Shaw didn't prevent the cross, the ball was greasy and not catchable, it fell fortunately to a very good finisher, Fonte was dozing and could have got a block in, it wasn't just KDs mistake, it was a lot more than that.

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Baddesley Bill 12:08am Thu 27 Dec 12

I'm thinking our possession game might do us well against Stoke on Saturday. I'd take a 0-0 draw tbh, but all three points will do nicely thanks (and the clean sheet please).

PS I'm glad I don't have to choose our goalie for the game....over to you NA!

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ghk230473 12:11am Thu 27 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT wrote…


RedArmy1 wrote…


Tirau Dan wrote…


RedArmy1 wrote…


Nicole23 wrote…


Another brace for Billy Sharp today, glad results went our way but still 5 points dropped.
I see Sunderland played the same game against City.
We need to get Billy back, do not sell him, Gaston put some nice balls in but nobody has the vision or skill to get on the end of them.
Back from the game !!

You're right everyone seems to get muscled out in the final third !

THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON would be above wet spam in the table if we had a Top Quality Keeper ...

Kelvin is not good enough - Gazza has cost us points - Boruc is the same

INVEST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Against Fulham - after the softest goal you will ever see that we conceded - we had to chase the game and only the Crowd in the second half and a phenomenal effort by the Players saved the Day.

The sooner Nigel acknowledges this - the sooner Southampton will move to mid table safety.

Kelvin talks a good job and can spend all day training and catching simple balls - but it counts for nothing !!

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR.
basic marking errors at the back make us vulnerable to cross and shot especially as Kelv won't come out. that's two in two games easy goals unmarked strikers standing outside box in front of the left post.

Up front there is no one crossing or delivering the ball to Rickie and Rickie is way to slow to get onto loose ball or make gaps on his own at this level.

The quick little passing isn't getting through and isn't likely to. Even with Aguera Tevez Ba or Van Persie you still have to bang the ball in front of them for them to bang it in. We are not doing it for Rickie... but have to say Rickie was rarely in position to receive it he was off fluffing around in the wings or trying to be a midfielder. Tell me I'm wrong.. honestly.
Kelv should have done a lot better for the goal.

IT WAS A HOWLER !!

If the keepers continue to be error prone - they will send us down.

COYR
Look at it a bit deeper, we lost possession too easily, Shaw didn't prevent the cross, the ball was greasy and not catchable, it fell fortunately to a very good finisher, Fonte was dozing and could have got a block in, it wasn't just KDs mistake, it was a lot more than that.

Osprey what you know about football can be written on the back of a stamp!
Go away and have a word with yourself. Davis has dived for it for Christ sake and completely fukced it up, like Jesus he doesn't like crosses

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OSPREYSAINT 12:13am Thu 27 Dec 12

Just watched MoTD and some better GKs than KD made some real howlers today, it is not a unique phenomenon!

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OSPREYSAINT 12:17am Thu 27 Dec 12

ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


RedArmy1 wrote…


Tirau Dan wrote…


RedArmy1 wrote…


Nicole23 wrote…


Another brace for Billy Sharp today, glad results went our way but still 5 points dropped.
I see Sunderland played the same game against City.
We need to get Billy back, do not sell him, Gaston put some nice balls in but nobody has the vision or skill to get on the end of them.
Back from the game !!

You're right everyone seems to get muscled out in the final third !

THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON would be above wet spam in the table if we had a Top Quality Keeper ...

Kelvin is not good enough - Gazza has cost us points - Boruc is the same

INVEST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Against Fulham - after the softest goal you will ever see that we conceded - we had to chase the game and only the Crowd in the second half and a phenomenal effort by the Players saved the Day.

The sooner Nigel acknowledges this - the sooner Southampton will move to mid table safety.

Kelvin talks a good job and can spend all day training and catching simple balls - but it counts for nothing !!

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR.
basic marking errors at the back make us vulnerable to cross and shot especially as Kelv won't come out. that's two in two games easy goals unmarked strikers standing outside box in front of the left post.

Up front there is no one crossing or delivering the ball to Rickie and Rickie is way to slow to get onto loose ball or make gaps on his own at this level.

The quick little passing isn't getting through and isn't likely to. Even with Aguera Tevez Ba or Van Persie you still have to bang the ball in front of them for them to bang it in. We are not doing it for Rickie... but have to say Rickie was rarely in position to receive it he was off fluffing around in the wings or trying to be a midfielder. Tell me I'm wrong.. honestly.
Kelv should have done a lot better for the goal.

IT WAS A HOWLER !!

If the keepers continue to be error prone - they will send us down.

COYR
Look at it a bit deeper, we lost possession too easily, Shaw didn't prevent the cross, the ball was greasy and not catchable, it fell fortunately to a very good finisher, Fonte was dozing and could have got a block in, it wasn't just KDs mistake, it was a lot more than that.
Osprey what you know about football can be written on the back of a stamp!
Go away and have a word with yourself. Davis has dived for it for Christ sake and completely fukced it up, like Jesus he doesn't like crosses

Not in my opinion.

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OSPREYSAINT 12:22am Thu 27 Dec 12

Baddesley Bill wrote…


I'm thinking our possession game might do us well against Stoke on Saturday. I'd take a 0-0 draw tbh, but all three points will do nicely thanks (and the clean sheet please).

PS I'm glad I don't have to choose our goalie for the game....over to you NA!

I would play Gazza, predominantly because his extra height would be useful against "tall" if he plays, not Davis because GHK doesn't rate him and he knows everything there is to know about football, pass me a stamp and I'll scribble what I know about football on it.

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ghk230473 12:22am Thu 27 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


RedArmy1 wrote…


Tirau Dan wrote…


RedArmy1 wrote…


Nicole23 wrote…


Another brace for Billy Sharp today, glad results went our way but still 5 points dropped.
I see Sunderland played the same game against City.
We need to get Billy back, do not sell him, Gaston put some nice balls in but nobody has the vision or skill to get on the end of them.
Back from the game !!

You're right everyone seems to get muscled out in the final third !

THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON would be above wet spam in the table if we had a Top Quality Keeper ...

Kelvin is not good enough - Gazza has cost us points - Boruc is the same

INVEST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Against Fulham - after the softest goal you will ever see that we conceded - we had to chase the game and only the Crowd in the second half and a phenomenal effort by the Players saved the Day.

The sooner Nigel acknowledges this - the sooner Southampton will move to mid table safety.

Kelvin talks a good job and can spend all day training and catching simple balls - but it counts for nothing !!

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR.
basic marking errors at the back make us vulnerable to cross and shot especially as Kelv won't come out. that's two in two games easy goals unmarked strikers standing outside box in front of the left post.

Up front there is no one crossing or delivering the ball to Rickie and Rickie is way to slow to get onto loose ball or make gaps on his own at this level.

The quick little passing isn't getting through and isn't likely to. Even with Aguera Tevez Ba or Van Persie you still have to bang the ball in front of them for them to bang it in. We are not doing it for Rickie... but have to say Rickie was rarely in position to receive it he was off fluffing around in the wings or trying to be a midfielder. Tell me I'm wrong.. honestly.
Kelv should have done a lot better for the goal.

IT WAS A HOWLER !!

If the keepers continue to be error prone - they will send us down.

COYR
Look at it a bit deeper, we lost possession too easily, Shaw didn't prevent the cross, the ball was greasy and not catchable, it fell fortunately to a very good finisher, Fonte was dozing and could have got a block in, it wasn't just KDs mistake, it was a lot more than that.
Osprey what you know about football can be written on the back of a stamp!
Go away and have a word with yourself. Davis has dived for it for Christ sake and completely fukced it up, like Jesus he doesn't like crosses
Not in my opinion.

He's got gloves on for a reason! No one around, he didn't need to commit himself but chose to and messed up.
You would have more luck defending jimmy saville

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ghk230473 12:25am Thu 27 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT wrote…


Baddesley Bill wrote…


I'm thinking our possession game might do us well against Stoke on Saturday. I'd take a 0-0 draw tbh, but all three points will do nicely thanks (and the clean sheet please).

PS I'm glad I don't have to choose our goalie for the game....over to you NA!
I would play Gazza, predominantly because his extra height would be useful against "tall" if he plays, not Davis because GHK doesn't rate him and he knows everything there is to know about football, pass me a stamp and I'll scribble what I know about football on it.

You can use my thick marker pen!

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OSPREYSAINT 12:27am Thu 27 Dec 12

ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


Baddesley Bill wrote…


I'm thinking our possession game might do us well against Stoke on Saturday. I'd take a 0-0 draw tbh, but all three points will do nicely thanks (and the clean sheet please).

PS I'm glad I don't have to choose our goalie for the game....over to you NA!
I would play Gazza, predominantly because his extra height would be useful against "tall" if he plays, not Davis because GHK doesn't rate him and he knows everything there is to know about football, pass me a stamp and I'll scribble what I know about football on it.
You can use my thick marker pen!

Thick for you marks the spot.

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OSPREYSAINT 12:28am Thu 27 Dec 12

Have you ever kept goal?

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OSPREYSAINT 12:31am Thu 27 Dec 12

ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


RedArmy1 wrote…


Tirau Dan wrote…


RedArmy1 wrote…


Nicole23 wrote…


Another brace for Billy Sharp today, glad results went our way but still 5 points dropped.
I see Sunderland played the same game against City.
We need to get Billy back, do not sell him, Gaston put some nice balls in but nobody has the vision or skill to get on the end of them.
Back from the game !!

You're right everyone seems to get muscled out in the final third !

THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON would be above wet spam in the table if we had a Top Quality Keeper ...

Kelvin is not good enough - Gazza has cost us points - Boruc is the same

INVEST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Against Fulham - after the softest goal you will ever see that we conceded - we had to chase the game and only the Crowd in the second half and a phenomenal effort by the Players saved the Day.

The sooner Nigel acknowledges this - the sooner Southampton will move to mid table safety.

Kelvin talks a good job and can spend all day training and catching simple balls - but it counts for nothing !!

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR.
basic marking errors at the back make us vulnerable to cross and shot especially as Kelv won't come out. that's two in two games easy goals unmarked strikers standing outside box in front of the left post.

Up front there is no one crossing or delivering the ball to Rickie and Rickie is way to slow to get onto loose ball or make gaps on his own at this level.

The quick little passing isn't getting through and isn't likely to. Even with Aguera Tevez Ba or Van Persie you still have to bang the ball in front of them for them to bang it in. We are not doing it for Rickie... but have to say Rickie was rarely in position to receive it he was off fluffing around in the wings or trying to be a midfielder. Tell me I'm wrong.. honestly.
Kelv should have done a lot better for the goal.

IT WAS A HOWLER !!

If the keepers continue to be error prone - they will send us down.

COYR
Look at it a bit deeper, we lost possession too easily, Shaw didn't prevent the cross, the ball was greasy and not catchable, it fell fortunately to a very good finisher, Fonte was dozing and could have got a block in, it wasn't just KDs mistake, it was a lot more than that.
Osprey what you know about football can be written on the back of a stamp!
Go away and have a word with yourself. Davis has dived for it for Christ sake and completely fukced it up, like Jesus he doesn't like crosses
Not in my opinion.
He's got gloves on for a reason! No one around, he didn't need to commit himself but chose to and messed up.
You would have more luck defending jimmy saville

Lots of players are wearing gloves these days and they ain't goalkeepers, just wimps whose puddies are cold.

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ghk230473 12:33am Thu 27 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT wrote…


Have you ever kept goal?

Jimmy saville is innocent!

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OSPREYSAINT 12:37am Thu 27 Dec 12

ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


Have you ever kept goal?
Jimmy saville is innocent!

That's appaling bad taste, you cannot defend the indefensible, get back to talking positives about the Club or get off the bus.

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ghk230473 12:40am Thu 27 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


Have you ever kept goal?
Jimmy saville is innocent!
That's appaling bad taste, you cannot defend the indefensible, get back to talking positives about the Club or get off the bus.

Any bus your on is full of window lickers!

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OSPREYSAINT 12:41am Thu 27 Dec 12

ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


Have you ever kept goal?
Jimmy saville is innocent!
That's appaling bad taste, you cannot defend the indefensible, get back to talking positives about the Club or get off the bus.
Any bus your on is full of window lickers!

Are you drunk again?

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ghk230473 12:46am Thu 27 Dec 12

I'd better have that pen back before you stab yourself in the eye!
Good luck with defending the indefensible Ruprect! Lmfao!

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Strasbourg Saint 12:48am Thu 27 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


RedArmy1 wrote…


Tirau Dan wrote…


RedArmy1 wrote…


Nicole23 wrote…


Another brace for Billy Sharp today, glad results went our way but still 5 points dropped.
I see Sunderland played the same game against City.
We need to get Billy back, do not sell him, Gaston put some nice balls in but nobody has the vision or skill to get on the end of them.
Back from the game !!

You're right everyone seems to get muscled out in the final third !

THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON would be above wet spam in the table if we had a Top Quality Keeper ...

Kelvin is not good enough - Gazza has cost us points - Boruc is the same

INVEST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Against Fulham - after the softest goal you will ever see that we conceded - we had to chase the game and only the Crowd in the second half and a phenomenal effort by the Players saved the Day.

The sooner Nigel acknowledges this - the sooner Southampton will move to mid table safety.

Kelvin talks a good job and can spend all day training and catching simple balls - but it counts for nothing !!

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR.
basic marking errors at the back make us vulnerable to cross and shot especially as Kelv won't come out. that's two in two games easy goals unmarked strikers standing outside box in front of the left post.

Up front there is no one crossing or delivering the ball to Rickie and Rickie is way to slow to get onto loose ball or make gaps on his own at this level.

The quick little passing isn't getting through and isn't likely to. Even with Aguera Tevez Ba or Van Persie you still have to bang the ball in front of them for them to bang it in. We are not doing it for Rickie... but have to say Rickie was rarely in position to receive it he was off fluffing around in the wings or trying to be a midfielder. Tell me I'm wrong.. honestly.
Kelv should have done a lot better for the goal.

IT WAS A HOWLER !!

If the keepers continue to be error prone - they will send us down.

COYR
Look at it a bit deeper, we lost possession too easily, Shaw didn't prevent the cross, the ball was greasy and not catchable, it fell fortunately to a very good finisher, Fonte was dozing and could have got a block in, it wasn't just KDs mistake, it was a lot more than that.
Osprey what you know about football can be written on the back of a stamp!
Go away and have a word with yourself. Davis has dived for it for Christ sake and completely fukced it up, like Jesus he doesn't like crosses
Not in my opinion.
He's got gloves on for a reason! No one around, he didn't need to commit himself but chose to and messed up.
You would have more luck defending jimmy saville
Lots of players are wearing gloves these days and they ain't goalkeepers, just wimps whose puddies are cold.

I'm with Osprey on this one. It's not that Kelv covered himself in glory, he made an error, but the point Osprey is correctly making is that others around him contributed to the goal.

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OSPREYSAINT 12:52am Thu 27 Dec 12

ghk230473 wrote…


I'd better have that pen back before you stab yourself in the eye!
Good luck with defending the indefensible Ruprect! Lmfao!

Lost me there, Ruprect? Bob Ruprecht perhaps, wasn't he a local Police Inspector who was involved in the Air Support Unit?

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Strasbourg Saint 12:53am Thu 27 Dec 12

ghk230473 wrote…


I'd better have that pen back before you stab yourself in the eye!
Good luck with defending the indefensible Ruprect! Lmfao!

Calm down, ghk, you're in danger of doing that Jekyll and Hyde impression again which pees many of us off.

Just stick to stating what you think and all will be well with the world.

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ghk230473 1:06am Thu 27 Dec 12

Strasbourg Saint wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


I'd better have that pen back before you stab yourself in the eye!
Good luck with defending the indefensible Ruprect! Lmfao!
Calm down, ghk, you're in danger of doing that Jekyll and Hyde impression again which pees many of us off.

Just stick to stating what you think and all will be well with the world.

Thought I was. Davis was to blame and osprey doesn't know much about football and on a bus licking windows, I took the pen off him.

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OSPREYSAINT 1:11am Thu 27 Dec 12

ghk230473 wrote…


Strasbourg Saint wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


I'd better have that pen back before you stab yourself in the eye!
Good luck with defending the indefensible Ruprect! Lmfao!
Calm down, ghk, you're in danger of doing that Jekyll and Hyde impression again which pees many of us off.

Just stick to stating what you think and all will be well with the world.
Thought I was. Davis was to blame and osprey doesn't know much about football and on a bus licking windows, I took the pen off him.

I said that Davis made a mistake, what don't you understand about that? I also said that others were culpable too, not too difficult to understand is it, yet you chose to accuse anyone that doesn't match your opinion are retards. I asked if you ever kept goal, no answer, so what experience have you got in the game?

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ghk230473 1:16am Thu 27 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


Strasbourg Saint wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


I'd better have that pen back before you stab yourself in the eye!
Good luck with defending the indefensible Ruprect! Lmfao!
Calm down, ghk, you're in danger of doing that Jekyll and Hyde impression again which pees many of us off.

Just stick to stating what you think and all will be well with the world.
Thought I was. Davis was to blame and osprey doesn't know much about football and on a bus licking windows, I took the pen off him.
I said that Davis made a mistake, what don't you understand about that? I also said that others were culpable too, not too difficult to understand is it, yet you chose to accuse anyone that doesn't match your opinion are retards. I asked if you ever kept goal, no answer, so what experience have you got in the game?

Alright, If you sit nicely you can have the pen back!

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OSPREYSAINT 1:17am Thu 27 Dec 12

ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


Strasbourg Saint wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


I'd better have that pen back before you stab yourself in the eye!
Good luck with defending the indefensible Ruprect! Lmfao!
Calm down, ghk, you're in danger of doing that Jekyll and Hyde impression again which pees many of us off.

Just stick to stating what you think and all will be well with the world.
Thought I was. Davis was to blame and osprey doesn't know much about football and on a bus licking windows, I took the pen off him.
I said that Davis made a mistake, what don't you understand about that? I also said that others were culpable too, not too difficult to understand is it, yet you chose to accuse anyone that doesn't match your opinion are retards. I asked if you ever kept goal, no answer, so what experience have you got in the game?
Alright, If you sit nicely you can have the pen back!

Don't tempt me, you know where you can stick your pen..........

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ghk230473 1:21am Thu 27 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


Strasbourg Saint wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


I'd better have that pen back before you stab yourself in the eye!
Good luck with defending the indefensible Ruprect! Lmfao!
Calm down, ghk, you're in danger of doing that Jekyll and Hyde impression again which pees many of us off.

Just stick to stating what you think and all will be well with the world.
Thought I was. Davis was to blame and osprey doesn't know much about football and on a bus licking windows, I took the pen off him.
I said that Davis made a mistake, what don't you understand about that? I also said that others were culpable too, not too difficult to understand is it, yet you chose to accuse anyone that doesn't match your opinion are retards. I asked if you ever kept goal, no answer, so what experience have you got in the game?
Alright, If you sit nicely you can have the pen back!
Don't tempt me, you know where you can stick your pen..........

So jimmy is innocent and it was you all along!

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Tirau Dan 1:28am Thu 27 Dec 12

Strasbourg Saint wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


RedArmy1 wrote…


Tirau Dan wrote…


RedArmy1 wrote…


Nicole23 wrote…


Another brace for Billy Sharp today, glad results went our way but still 5 points dropped.
I see Sunderland played the same game against City.
We need to get Billy back, do not sell him, Gaston put some nice balls in but nobody has the vision or skill to get on the end of them.
Back from the game !!

You're right everyone seems to get muscled out in the final third !

THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON would be above wet spam in the table if we had a Top Quality Keeper ...

Kelvin is not good enough - Gazza has cost us points - Boruc is the same

INVEST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Against Fulham - after the softest goal you will ever see that we conceded - we had to chase the game and only the Crowd in the second half and a phenomenal effort by the Players saved the Day.

The sooner Nigel acknowledges this - the sooner Southampton will move to mid table safety.

Kelvin talks a good job and can spend all day training and catching simple balls - but it counts for nothing !!

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR.
basic marking errors at the back make us vulnerable to cross and shot especially as Kelv won't come out. that's two in two games easy goals unmarked strikers standing outside box in front of the left post.

Up front there is no one crossing or delivering the ball to Rickie and Rickie is way to slow to get onto loose ball or make gaps on his own at this level.

The quick little passing isn't getting through and isn't likely to. Even with Aguera Tevez Ba or Van Persie you still have to bang the ball in front of them for them to bang it in. We are not doing it for Rickie... but have to say Rickie was rarely in position to receive it he was off fluffing around in the wings or trying to be a midfielder. Tell me I'm wrong.. honestly.
Kelv should have done a lot better for the goal.

IT WAS A HOWLER !!

If the keepers continue to be error prone - they will send us down.

COYR
Look at it a bit deeper, we lost possession too easily, Shaw didn't prevent the cross, the ball was greasy and not catchable, it fell fortunately to a very good finisher, Fonte was dozing and could have got a block in, it wasn't just KDs mistake, it was a lot more than that.
Osprey what you know about football can be written on the back of a stamp!
Go away and have a word with yourself. Davis has dived for it for Christ sake and completely fukced it up, like Jesus he doesn't like crosses
Not in my opinion.
He's got gloves on for a reason! No one around, he didn't need to commit himself but chose to and messed up.
You would have more luck defending jimmy saville
Lots of players are wearing gloves these days and they ain't goalkeepers, just wimps whose puddies are cold.
I'm with Osprey on this one. It's not that Kelv covered himself in glory, he made an error, but the point Osprey is correctly making is that others around him contributed to the goal.

whats done is done we have move on but the defence have to stop the easy cross and have to mark their strikers.. That is pretty basic. It is like a bowlers outswinger or quick ball.. once a game gets the result. we just have to learn to pick it and counter.
The blame game is bs.. doesn't do fans credit and doesn't help a bit.
Who's next?

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OSPREYSAINT 1:30am Thu 27 Dec 12

ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


Strasbourg Saint wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


I'd better have that pen back before you stab yourself in the eye!
Good luck with defending the indefensible Ruprect! Lmfao!
Calm down, ghk, you're in danger of doing that Jekyll and Hyde impression again which pees many of us off.

Just stick to stating what you think and all will be well with the world.
Thought I was. Davis was to blame and osprey doesn't know much about football and on a bus licking windows, I took the pen off him.
I said that Davis made a mistake, what don't you understand about that? I also said that others were culpable too, not too difficult to understand is it, yet you chose to accuse anyone that doesn't match your opinion are retards. I asked if you ever kept goal, no answer, so what experience have you got in the game?
Alright, If you sit nicely you can have the pen back!
Don't tempt me, you know where you can stick your pen..........
So jimmy is innocent and it was you all along!

Just plain stupid, go to bed.

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ghk230473 1:36am Thu 27 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


Strasbourg Saint wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


I'd better have that pen back before you stab yourself in the eye!
Good luck with defending the indefensible Ruprect! Lmfao!
Calm down, ghk, you're in danger of doing that Jekyll and Hyde impression again which pees many of us off.

Just stick to stating what you think and all will be well with the world.
Thought I was. Davis was to blame and osprey doesn't know much about football and on a bus licking windows, I took the pen off him.
I said that Davis made a mistake, what don't you understand about that? I also said that others were culpable too, not too difficult to understand is it, yet you chose to accuse anyone that doesn't match your opinion are retards. I asked if you ever kept goal, no answer, so what experience have you got in the game?
Alright, If you sit nicely you can have the pen back!
Don't tempt me, you know where you can stick your pen..........
So jimmy is innocent and it was you all along!
Just plain stupid, go to bed.

You'd like that......... Hmmmm hmmmm
Night jimmy 2, til next time

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OSPREYSAINT 1:36am Thu 27 Dec 12

Tirau Dan wrote…


Strasbourg Saint wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


RedArmy1 wrote…


Tirau Dan wrote…


RedArmy1 wrote…


Nicole23 wrote…


Another brace for Billy Sharp today, glad results went our way but still 5 points dropped.
I see Sunderland played the same game against City.
We need to get Billy back, do not sell him, Gaston put some nice balls in but nobody has the vision or skill to get on the end of them.
Back from the game !!

You're right everyone seems to get muscled out in the final third !

THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON would be above wet spam in the table if we had a Top Quality Keeper ...

Kelvin is not good enough - Gazza has cost us points - Boruc is the same

INVEST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Against Fulham - after the softest goal you will ever see that we conceded - we had to chase the game and only the Crowd in the second half and a phenomenal effort by the Players saved the Day.

The sooner Nigel acknowledges this - the sooner Southampton will move to mid table safety.

Kelvin talks a good job and can spend all day training and catching simple balls - but it counts for nothing !!

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR.
basic marking errors at the back make us vulnerable to cross and shot especially as Kelv won't come out. that's two in two games easy goals unmarked strikers standing outside box in front of the left post.

Up front there is no one crossing or delivering the ball to Rickie and Rickie is way to slow to get onto loose ball or make gaps on his own at this level.

The quick little passing isn't getting through and isn't likely to. Even with Aguera Tevez Ba or Van Persie you still have to bang the ball in front of them for them to bang it in. We are not doing it for Rickie... but have to say Rickie was rarely in position to receive it he was off fluffing around in the wings or trying to be a midfielder. Tell me I'm wrong.. honestly.
Kelv should have done a lot better for the goal.

IT WAS A HOWLER !!

If the keepers continue to be error prone - they will send us down.

COYR
Look at it a bit deeper, we lost possession too easily, Shaw didn't prevent the cross, the ball was greasy and not catchable, it fell fortunately to a very good finisher, Fonte was dozing and could have got a block in, it wasn't just KDs mistake, it was a lot more than that.
Osprey what you know about football can be written on the back of a stamp!
Go away and have a word with yourself. Davis has dived for it for Christ sake and completely fukced it up, like Jesus he doesn't like crosses
Not in my opinion.
He's got gloves on for a reason! No one around, he didn't need to commit himself but chose to and messed up.
You would have more luck defending jimmy saville
Lots of players are wearing gloves these days and they ain't goalkeepers, just wimps whose puddies are cold.
I'm with Osprey on this one. It's not that Kelv covered himself in glory, he made an error, but the point Osprey is correctly making is that others around him contributed to the goal.
whats done is done we have move on but the defence have to stop the easy cross and have to mark their strikers.. That is pretty basic. It is like a bowlers outswinger or quick ball.. once a game gets the result. we just have to learn to pick it and counter.
The blame game is bs.. doesn't do fans credit and doesn't help a bit.
Who's next?

Regretfully, some people cannot forgive or forget. I have experienced the blame culture at work for years, it never solved a single problem.

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OSPREYSAINT 1:37am Thu 27 Dec 12

ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


Strasbourg Saint wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


I'd better have that pen back before you stab yourself in the eye!
Good luck with defending the indefensible Ruprect! Lmfao!
Calm down, ghk, you're in danger of doing that Jekyll and Hyde impression again which pees many of us off.

Just stick to stating what you think and all will be well with the world.
Thought I was. Davis was to blame and osprey doesn't know much about football and on a bus licking windows, I took the pen off him.
I said that Davis made a mistake, what don't you understand about that? I also said that others were culpable too, not too difficult to understand is it, yet you chose to accuse anyone that doesn't match your opinion are retards. I asked if you ever kept goal, no answer, so what experience have you got in the game?
Alright, If you sit nicely you can have the pen back!
Don't tempt me, you know where you can stick your pen..........
So jimmy is innocent and it was you all along!
Just plain stupid, go to bed.
You'd like that......... Hmmmm hmmmm
Night jimmy 2, til next time

No comment.

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saintlysoul 2:15am Thu 27 Dec 12

Saintjock wrote…


saintlysoul wrote…


rossofficial10 wrote…


when is lallana back? that would be a lovely present! great if hes back for the tough arsenal fixture! he's the heartbeat of the team.

can't replace lambert or lallana as their the heartbeat of the team. maybe we can get some more key players in the jan window sales!


i see we got the mighty saints rejects (stoke) this saturday!
lets hope we can stop kenwyn and crouch!

on a serious note, why is guly still around? prefer billy sharpe whos banging them in!

crazy nigel decisions!

good point today! roll on saturday!
Lalana wont be back until late February / March 2013! Medial ligament damage to knee!!!!!
Lallana could be back v Stoke, more likely Arsenal. Spoke to him after the match on his way to his car, and he said his knee was good. Why are you saying otherwise?

It was something I dreamt up whilst queuing for a pie!!!!!! If you believe that you're simple. The man has a medial ligament tear to his knee. It takes time to heal. End of February probably at the earliest!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!

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warrens 76 4:33am Thu 27 Dec 12

florida saint wrote…


warrens 76 wrote…


We have just finsihed a christmas dinner with friends in Montreux....I had my mac on stream for the game and convienently positioned myself to view the proceedings can honestly say no player was fouled as often as i was, my wife kicked the 5hit out of me..i bought a red xmas card to the table bit instead of leaving she kicked the ref (me again).
The shout when we equalised deafened and frightened the (rap out out of them...game up..the spare room looks nice!
respect to you warrens, i go through similar situatios out here in florida.
the spare room might be a good idea to sleep the hangover off. seeing your name reminded me when millwall got the shock of their lifes coming into the warrens . u t s.

Harry the dog down the stairs...I was there!
A certain DB moved to Florida..top bloke..is it you.

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Bring back Branfoot 6:38am Thu 27 Dec 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


saintlysoul wrote…


batesieboy wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We weren’t shocking, but we were poor.

Nigel Adkins probably won’t be with us by the summer, defiantly not by this time next year. The Liebherr family don’t strike me as fools, they’re not going to bankroll a manager in the manner they have with Nigel, to see performances like we have seen this season.

Now the happy clappers will cough up their usual glib comments following a poor performance, such as, onwards and upwards, bring on Stoke and Arsenal! While desperately trying to prove their loyalty to the club, they are sweeping under the carpet the obvious, our build up play is way too slow allowing opposition defenses to always keep their shape and competently deal with our attacks. We wasted the chance to properly strengthen the squad in the summer and we have a manager who is out of his depth. He couldn’t even settle on a keeper in pre season, trying three in the first seven games of the season, incredible!

Now, it’s understandable that after back to back promotions, fans feel that he is due the opportunity to turn things round, and quite right! But I doubt after the war chest they gave NA, our club will ever get the chance to spend so much in such a short period of time without seeing results. We are missing the chance to establish ourselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League, vying for a Europa cup place. Which a club of our size and potential, should be doing!
You really are boring, and know nothing about about football. Thanks for your contribution.
This is an embarrassing response to what was a thoughtful and insightful post. Why when people don't agree with a post do they have to be gratuitous and personal? It reflects bad on them. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and not everyone will agree with it, but for God sake respect a persons right to express themself!!!!!!!
Of course everyone has the right to their opinion.

Unfortunately some one who calls themselves 'Bring back Branfoot' after the most hated manager we've ever had isn't off to a good start. With someone else it could be just humour but his appearance co-incided with the banning of a couple of skunts and therefore looked like a re-appearance. Then he immediately sided with skunts against Saints fans, something I've never ever seen before. It's a credibility issue not an opinion issue.

You really think of this thread as a school playground, don't you. You bait the skates, thereby encouraging them to take this p out of you all, which they do in a more inventive fashion than any of you are capable of. And then you go crying to teacher!

As for credibility, have you lost the plot? You act like people have to prove themselves to the likes of you. Really?

No offense, but I could care less what the likes of you think. There are people on this thread that I'm genuinely interested in hearing their opinions. You and the rest of the Stepford wives, not being among them!

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Bring back Branfoot 6:41am Thu 27 Dec 12

warrens 76 wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


And a note to NA. The slow, short passing game is only of use if you’re the 82 Brazil team or seeing out a game that you are winning. Let’s mix up our play a bit and keep the opposition defense on its toes. We are way too predictable. We shouldn’t be allowing defenses to always keep their shape. In the final third, let’s be more decisive. Play some direct stuff, some longer passes for the forwards to run onto. Get the players to make some telling runs! And don’t resort to the long ball when all else fails.
Preaching to the choir BbB...we hold the ball and to what end...hold the ball forever if that is required but do not repeat do not hoof it to the opposition and pleeese think ahead and cut them up ..how many teams have ahd one or two efforts all game and come away with three points...in other words SFC when you pass it around have a point...happy with 'the' point.

Thank God we have fans like you who understand where we are going wrong! They don’t want to hear anything negative. Even when supporters of other teams, who have only seen us play a few times this season, are saying we’re way to slow in the final third.

The mantra, that they keep chanting to themselves is “Nigel’s doing a good job, he’ll turn it round’.

Slowly, some of then are admitting we were correct, but they hate having to concede that they didn’t identify a patently obvious weakness in our game play.

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Bring back Branfoot 6:45am Thu 27 Dec 12

mack chinnon wrote…


Rising_Son wrote…


Rising_Son wrote…

mack chinnon wrote…

We were shocking.
Surely, we weren't that bad! Not at our best, definitely, but 'shocking', no.
We also came back from a goal down and got a point, which is not to be sniffed at.
True. But we were very predictable.

Exactly what I've been saying for two months!

It beggars belief, how fans who CLAIM to attend home or away games, hadn’t noticed our slow build up play, earlier. A lot of fans who don’t post on here, along with myself, noticed it within a few weeks!

You happy clappers bang on about players individual performances, which a two year old could do, but the blatantly obvious problem with our attacking speed and decisiveness, you missed! Thank God this thread is not of a national newspaper, the embarrassment you would cause us all, would be immense!

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Bring back Branfoot 7:34am Thu 27 Dec 12

Rising_Son wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We have a UEFA four star stadium, some of the best training facilities in the land, a support base catchment area which is generous to say the least, a club owned by a family with considerable financial clout and a youth academy which in recent years has been nothing short of prolific! All of these act as an excellent springboard to help the club establish itself as a Premiership club.

Nigel spent a significant amount in the summer, affording him the chance to add quality players to a squad already containing some very talented players, and in the process, to secure our Premiership status. The results and performances tell their own story as to his success in this area.

As for the happy clappers, I’ve heard of seeing the glass half full, but your posts take it to the extreme! How can you look at the facts and still pretend that we haven’t missed an excellent opportunity to see the club taken to the next level. These chances appear rarely and fleetingly for a club such as ours. Maybe you don’t share the same high opinion and belief in the club that I have!
Could you be more concrete about this 'excellent opportunity' that you refer to? Who, for example?

What excellent opportunity do you think? Has any Southampton manager ever been given so much money to spend in a summer transfer window?

We already had players like, Cork, Lallana, Lambert. So why spend 7mill on Jrod? He will be offloaded & we will lose out financially on him. And Mayuka, I'm not sold on him.

If he had worked on strengthening the back a bit more we wouldn't have looked so susceptible to shipping soft goals. Credit where it's due, Clyne was a really good signing, but why not buy Butland and a decent CB and LB. Shaw is brilliant, but young. Also, an out & out ball winner in the middle of the park, would have been desirable.

We had the basis of a good team, but why did he spend so much on attacking players, Sharp, Jrod, Lee, Mayuka and Ramírez, whilst neglecting the back!

And the slow, predictable way he's got the team playing, has held us back from building on this "excellent opportunity". Concrete enough?

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OSPREYSAINT 8:14am Thu 27 Dec 12

Bring back Branfoot wrote…


Rising_Son wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We have a UEFA four star stadium, some of the best training facilities in the land, a support base catchment area which is generous to say the least, a club owned by a family with considerable financial clout and a youth academy which in recent years has been nothing short of prolific! All of these act as an excellent springboard to help the club establish itself as a Premiership club.

Nigel spent a significant amount in the summer, affording him the chance to add quality players to a squad already containing some very talented players, and in the process, to secure our Premiership status. The results and performances tell their own story as to his success in this area.

As for the happy clappers, I’ve heard of seeing the glass half full, but your posts take it to the extreme! How can you look at the facts and still pretend that we haven’t missed an excellent opportunity to see the club taken to the next level. These chances appear rarely and fleetingly for a club such as ours. Maybe you don’t share the same high opinion and belief in the club that I have!
Could you be more concrete about this 'excellent opportunity' that you refer to? Who, for example?
What excellent opportunity do you think? Has any Southampton manager ever been given so much money to spend in a summer transfer window?

We already had players like, Cork, Lallana, Lambert. So why spend 7mill on Jrod? He will be offloaded & we will lose out financially on him. And Mayuka, I'm not sold on him.

If he had worked on strengthening the back a bit more we wouldn't have looked so susceptible to shipping soft goals. Credit where it's due, Clyne was a really good signing, but why not buy Butland and a decent CB and LB. Shaw is brilliant, but young. Also, an out & out ball winner in the middle of the park, would have been desirable.

We had the basis of a good team, but why did he spend so much on attacking players, Sharp, Jrod, Lee, Mayuka and Ramírez, whilst neglecting the back!

And the slow, predictable way he's got the team playing, has held us back from building on this "excellent opportunity". Concrete enough?

As an opinion it is concrete enough, but some of us have a different view on it, that is our perogative, JRod was bought for the future, not the present, it was obvious from the rumour threads, that we were after a number of players, which for whatever reason didn't come to fruition, you say we already had Cork, Lallana and Lambert so we didn't need anyone else, have you forgotten that all three have been injured at some stage of the first half of the Season and it was when all three were playing that the results improved. Sorry I am not convinced that Butland is worth the ludicrous fee being demanded. We have another excellent opportunity in January to put things right, but I don't want to see good money spent on Prima Donnas that will upset the Dressing Room, you only have to look at QPR to see where that can go badly wrong. Your statement is valid but flawed.

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ghk230473 8:15am Thu 27 Dec 12

Bring back Branfoot wrote…


Rising_Son wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We have a UEFA four star stadium, some of the best training facilities in the land, a support base catchment area which is generous to say the least, a club owned by a family with considerable financial clout and a youth academy which in recent years has been nothing short of prolific! All of these act as an excellent springboard to help the club establish itself as a Premiership club.

Nigel spent a significant amount in the summer, affording him the chance to add quality players to a squad already containing some very talented players, and in the process, to secure our Premiership status. The results and performances tell their own story as to his success in this area.

As for the happy clappers, I’ve heard of seeing the glass half full, but your posts take it to the extreme! How can you look at the facts and still pretend that we haven’t missed an excellent opportunity to see the club taken to the next level. These chances appear rarely and fleetingly for a club such as ours. Maybe you don’t share the same high opinion and belief in the club that I have!
Could you be more concrete about this 'excellent opportunity' that you refer to? Who, for example?
What excellent opportunity do you think? Has any Southampton manager ever been given so much money to spend in a summer transfer window?

We already had players like, Cork, Lallana, Lambert. So why spend 7mill on Jrod? He will be offloaded & we will lose out financially on him. And Mayuka, I'm not sold on him.

If he had worked on strengthening the back a bit more we wouldn't have looked so susceptible to shipping soft goals. Credit where it's due, Clyne was a really good signing, but why not buy Butland and a decent CB and LB. Shaw is brilliant, but young. Also, an out & out ball winner in the middle of the park, would have been desirable.

We had the basis of a good team, but why did he spend so much on attacking players, Sharp, Jrod, Lee, Mayuka and Ramírez, whilst neglecting the back!

And the slow, predictable way he's got the team playing, has held us back from building on this "excellent opportunity". Concrete enough?

I think you've answered your own questions....... Shaw, lallana, clyne, cork, Ramirez, lambert, puncheon jwp, spiderman are probably all premier league class players be it some are in experienced. We just need to tinker in the transfer window.
Adkins has made a lot of mistakes IMO both tactically and financially but is it any good chopping and changing managers, he deserves this window at least to get things right. Qpr I seem to remember when promoted bought in almost a new squad and reportedly have no team spirit and look where they are.
Do agree we need to up the tempo to our play and have urgency, lallana has that and is missed. Take gerrard out of the liverpool team and you have the same.

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OSPREYSAINT 8:44am Thu 27 Dec 12

Bring back Branfoot wrote…


Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


saintlysoul wrote…


batesieboy wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We weren’t shocking, but we were poor.

Nigel Adkins probably won’t be with us by the summer, defiantly not by this time next year. The Liebherr family don’t strike me as fools, they’re not going to bankroll a manager in the manner they have with Nigel, to see performances like we have seen this season.

Now the happy clappers will cough up their usual glib comments following a poor performance, such as, onwards and upwards, bring on Stoke and Arsenal! While desperately trying to prove their loyalty to the club, they are sweeping under the carpet the obvious, our build up play is way too slow allowing opposition defenses to always keep their shape and competently deal with our attacks. We wasted the chance to properly strengthen the squad in the summer and we have a manager who is out of his depth. He couldn’t even settle on a keeper in pre season, trying three in the first seven games of the season, incredible!

Now, it’s understandable that after back to back promotions, fans feel that he is due the opportunity to turn things round, and quite right! But I doubt after the war chest they gave NA, our club will ever get the chance to spend so much in such a short period of time without seeing results. We are missing the chance to establish ourselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League, vying for a Europa cup place. Which a club of our size and potential, should be doing!
You really are boring, and know nothing about about football. Thanks for your contribution.
This is an embarrassing response to what was a thoughtful and insightful post. Why when people don't agree with a post do they have to be gratuitous and personal? It reflects bad on them. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and not everyone will agree with it, but for God sake respect a persons right to express themself!!!!!!!
Of course everyone has the right to their opinion.

Unfortunately some one who calls themselves 'Bring back Branfoot' after the most hated manager we've ever had isn't off to a good start. With someone else it could be just humour but his appearance co-incided with the banning of a couple of skunts and therefore looked like a re-appearance. Then he immediately sided with skunts against Saints fans, something I've never ever seen before. It's a credibility issue not an opinion issue.
You really think of this thread as a school playground, don't you. You bait the skates, thereby encouraging them to take this p out of you all, which they do in a more inventive fashion than any of you are capable of. And then you go crying to teacher!

As for credibility, have you lost the plot? You act like people have to prove themselves to the likes of you. Really?

No offense, but I could care less what the likes of you think. There are people on this thread that I'm genuinely interested in hearing their opinions. You and the rest of the Stepford wives, not being among them!

You are very judgemental, pro skate, narrow minded, often abusive and fairly often incorrect, that is your right, those that disagree with you will say so, ad nauseum because we believe in being positive, we want to encourage the whole team, we want to forgive their shortcomings, we ask them to put it right as best as they can. We see little point in slagging any Saints player off when they get it wrong, because it will have no affect on the situation whatsoever. They (the players) are intelligent enough to know when they have got it wrong, they will try a lot harder knowing that we are behind them, no matter what. Our away crowd are amazing, they are the backbone of the Club, follow their example, not the members 20,000+ at home games who boo, jeer and criticise, walk out before the end, e.t.c., some of whom expected us to walk the Premier as soon as we got into it, conveniently forgetting that we got there before the plan had fully evolved. It is going to take time and some astute signings to make an impact on one of the best Leagues in the World. Patience is required, any lack of belief is damaging, make your point, but don't call me a retard because I have a different view, if you are a genuine Southampton fan, (and some are doubting you), you should get behind the Club, their Chairman and their Manager, if in time we fail, the time will come when change will happen and you will be quite right to say "I told you so". This is not the time to be weak hearted.

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OSPREYSAINT 8:51am Thu 27 Dec 12

ghk230473 wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


Rising_Son wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We have a UEFA four star stadium, some of the best training facilities in the land, a support base catchment area which is generous to say the least, a club owned by a family with considerable financial clout and a youth academy which in recent years has been nothing short of prolific! All of these act as an excellent springboard to help the club establish itself as a Premiership club.

Nigel spent a significant amount in the summer, affording him the chance to add quality players to a squad already containing some very talented players, and in the process, to secure our Premiership status. The results and performances tell their own story as to his success in this area.

As for the happy clappers, I’ve heard of seeing the glass half full, but your posts take it to the extreme! How can you look at the facts and still pretend that we haven’t missed an excellent opportunity to see the club taken to the next level. These chances appear rarely and fleetingly for a club such as ours. Maybe you don’t share the same high opinion and belief in the club that I have!
Could you be more concrete about this 'excellent opportunity' that you refer to? Who, for example?
What excellent opportunity do you think? Has any Southampton manager ever been given so much money to spend in a summer transfer window?

We already had players like, Cork, Lallana, Lambert. So why spend 7mill on Jrod? He will be offloaded & we will lose out financially on him. And Mayuka, I'm not sold on him.

If he had worked on strengthening the back a bit more we wouldn't have looked so susceptible to shipping soft goals. Credit where it's due, Clyne was a really good signing, but why not buy Butland and a decent CB and LB. Shaw is brilliant, but young. Also, an out & out ball winner in the middle of the park, would have been desirable.

We had the basis of a good team, but why did he spend so much on attacking players, Sharp, Jrod, Lee, Mayuka and Ramírez, whilst neglecting the back!

And the slow, predictable way he's got the team playing, has held us back from building on this "excellent opportunity". Concrete enough?
I think you've answered your own questions....... Shaw, lallana, clyne, cork, Ramirez, lambert, puncheon jwp, spiderman are probably all premier league class players be it some are in experienced. We just need to tinker in the transfer window.
Adkins has made a lot of mistakes IMO both tactically and financially but is it any good chopping and changing managers, he deserves this window at least to get things right. Qpr I seem to remember when promoted bought in almost a new squad and reportedly have no team spirit and look where they are.
Do agree we need to up the tempo to our play and have urgency, lallana has that and is missed. Take gerrard out of the liverpool team and you have the same.

Good morning GHK, sober now? That is a very good post, I agree with you 100%, and even with Gerrard in the side yesterday, Liverpool were beaten by a team that played honest football despite not having any real star names, it can be done. NA has made a fair number of tactical blunders this Season, it is almost all down to lack of Premier experience rather than ineptitude, but he is learning from his mistakes, he has to if we are to survive.

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Nicole23 8:55am Thu 27 Dec 12

Bring back Branfoot wrote…


Rising_Son wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We have a UEFA four star stadium, some of the best training facilities in the land, a support base catchment area which is generous to say the least, a club owned by a family with considerable financial clout and a youth academy which in recent years has been nothing short of prolific! All of these act as an excellent springboard to help the club establish itself as a Premiership club.

Nigel spent a significant amount in the summer, affording him the chance to add quality players to a squad already containing some very talented players, and in the process, to secure our Premiership status. The results and performances tell their own story as to his success in this area.

As for the happy clappers, I’ve heard of seeing the glass half full, but your posts take it to the extreme! How can you look at the facts and still pretend that we haven’t missed an excellent opportunity to see the club taken to the next level. These chances appear rarely and fleetingly for a club such as ours. Maybe you don’t share the same high opinion and belief in the club that I have!
Could you be more concrete about this 'excellent opportunity' that you refer to? Who, for example?
What excellent opportunity do you think? Has any Southampton manager ever been given so much money to spend in a summer transfer window?

We already had players like, Cork, Lallana, Lambert. So why spend 7mill on Jrod? He will be offloaded & we will lose out financially on him. And Mayuka, I'm not sold on him.

If he had worked on strengthening the back a bit more we wouldn't have looked so susceptible to shipping soft goals. Credit where it's due, Clyne was a really good signing, but why not buy Butland and a decent CB and LB. Shaw is brilliant, but young. Also, an out & out ball winner in the middle of the park, would have been desirable.

We had the basis of a good team, but why did he spend so much on attacking players, Sharp, Jrod, Lee, Mayuka and Ramírez, whilst neglecting the back!

And the slow, predictable way he's got the team playing, has held us back from building on this "excellent opportunity". Concrete enough?

I dont know what the answer is now but I think that more tinkering might not help, it could make things worse.
I still believe we had a winning team and pulled it apart somehow, you can say they were not good enough for the prem but they were a team.
30 mill has been spent, on what? You cant see it. Yes we should have spent big on 1 goalie, but I still think Boruc could have a a part to play with his experience, he is fiery so what and a top central defender or 2.
At the moment we dont need a midfield because we keep punting it up, why cant we keep posession?
Still think we will stay up though, but it will have to be seen if Adkins survives Jan, sorry to say it.

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Abbey Saint 8:59am Thu 27 Dec 12

Saints have the current owners and CEO until at least next season. We have the current squad until the end of this month and probably until near the end of January. Even then it will change only slightly with maybe 1/2 new players. We have Adkins until he or Cortese chooses otherwise.
Have we exceeded expectations since Adkins joined? Of course. Can we still improve? Undoubtedly. Are we more likely to improve with Adkins than anyone else who is either available or affordable? Probably. I don't buy the arguements of those who constantly advocate changes in management personnel and tactics as a means to improvement. I see Saints today as similar to Liverpool when they started their rise under Shankly - look it up if you don't know the story. Liverpool were an average second tier team and Shankly was a newish manager with no track record of managing 'big' teams in the big league of the day. He was allowed time to develop his knowledge and the team, and apply his methods and tactics. He stayed 15 years, winning the league 3 times and the FA cup twice.

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puppy saint 9:14am Thu 27 Dec 12

Some people work in football whilst others post about it on a local paper's forum. For some to provide advice to the others is a source of much amusement to me. Some people love the smell of their own f@rts.

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ghk230473 9:20am Thu 27 Dec 12

Interesting..... Shankly was witty, as sharp as a pin and very captivating. Not knocking Nigel but he is none of these, if you've heard 1 of his interviews you've heard em all, they consist of a lot of 'verys and hard workings! In fact every Nigel I know are quite boring.

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OSPREYSAINT 9:22am Thu 27 Dec 12

puppy saint wrote…


Some people work in football whilst others post about it on a local paper's forum. For some to provide advice to the others is a source of much amusement to me. Some people love the smell of their own f@rts.

The advice is free, you can't ask for your money back if it is wrong, but you can put up a reasonable argument for or against, that is what a Forum is for. What do your boffs smell like, don't you like them either? Those sprouts certainly did it for me, but not popular with others in the room, I just blamed the dog.

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OSPREYSAINT 9:24am Thu 27 Dec 12

ghk230473 wrote…


Interesting..... Shankly was witty, as sharp as a pin and very captivating. Not knocking Nigel but he is none of these, if you've heard 1 of his interviews you've heard em all, they consist of a lot of 'verys and hard workings! In fact every Nigel I know are quite boring.

I never found Nigel Kennedy boring, weird but never boring!

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ghk230473 9:38am Thu 27 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT wrote…


ghk230473 wrote…


Interesting..... Shankly was witty, as sharp as a pin and very captivating. Not knocking Nigel but he is none of these, if you've heard 1 of his interviews you've heard em all, they consist of a lot of 'verys and hard workings! In fact every Nigel I know are quite boring.
I never found Nigel Kennedy boring, weird but never boring!

He supports villa, how boring can u get?

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rocketone 10:45am Thu 27 Dec 12

Di Matteo sacked because fourth isn't good enough. Rafa only a temp!
Joe Hart dives over a shot?
Rob Green slaps the ball into his own net. Irish international centreback John O'Shea slides ball into own net. Darren Bent , England international cannot get into Villa team who cannot score.
And all the posters think Nigel hasn't a clue and they could all do it better!?!?
Funny old game football, the messiah who could have been(arry) has stopped the rot at QPR ? I don't think !
Stop grizzling.
All I wanted was to get back to the Prem and have a fighting chance.
We got it!

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Bring back Branfoot 10:51am Thu 27 Dec 12

Nicole23 wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


Rising_Son wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We have a UEFA four star stadium, some of the best training facilities in the land, a support base catchment area which is generous to say the least, a club owned by a family with considerable financial clout and a youth academy which in recent years has been nothing short of prolific! All of these act as an excellent springboard to help the club establish itself as a Premiership club.

Nigel spent a significant amount in the summer, affording him the chance to add quality players to a squad already containing some very talented players, and in the process, to secure our Premiership status. The results and performances tell their own story as to his success in this area.

As for the happy clappers, I’ve heard of seeing the glass half full, but your posts take it to the extreme! How can you look at the facts and still pretend that we haven’t missed an excellent opportunity to see the club taken to the next level. These chances appear rarely and fleetingly for a club such as ours. Maybe you don’t share the same high opinion and belief in the club that I have!
Could you be more concrete about this 'excellent opportunity' that you refer to? Who, for example?
What excellent opportunity do you think? Has any Southampton manager ever been given so much money to spend in a summer transfer window?

We already had players like, Cork, Lallana, Lambert. So why spend 7mill on Jrod? He will be offloaded & we will lose out financially on him. And Mayuka, I'm not sold on him.

If he had worked on strengthening the back a bit more we wouldn't have looked so susceptible to shipping soft goals. Credit where it's due, Clyne was a really good signing, but why not buy Butland and a decent CB and LB. Shaw is brilliant, but young. Also, an out & out ball winner in the middle of the park, would have been desirable.

We had the basis of a good team, but why did he spend so much on attacking players, Sharp, Jrod, Lee, Mayuka and Ramírez, whilst neglecting the back!

And the slow, predictable way he's got the team playing, has held us back from building on this "excellent opportunity". Concrete enough?
I dont know what the answer is now but I think that more tinkering might not help, it could make things worse.
I still believe we had a winning team and pulled it apart somehow, you can say they were not good enough for the prem but they were a team.
30 mill has been spent, on what? You cant see it. Yes we should have spent big on 1 goalie, but I still think Boruc could have a a part to play with his experience, he is fiery so what and a top central defender or 2.
At the moment we dont need a midfield because we keep punting it up, why cant we keep posession?
Still think we will stay up though, but it will have to be seen if Adkins survives Jan, sorry to say it.

I totally agree with you that more tinkering may not help.

I think for large chunks of the season we have been able to keep possession, but without an end result. But in recent games, as you say, we are long balling it.

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Bring back Branfoot 10:55am Thu 27 Dec 12

ghk230473 wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


Rising_Son wrote…


Bring back Branfoot wrote…


We have a UEFA four star stadium, some of the best training facilities in the land, a support base catchment area which is generous to say the least, a club owned by a family with considerable financial clout and a youth academy which in recent years has been nothing short of prolific! All of these act as an excellent springboard to help the club establish itself as a Premiership club.

Nigel spent a significant amount in the summer, affording him the chance to add quality players to a squad already containing some very talented players, and in the process, to secure our Premiership status. The results and performances tell their own story as to his success in this area.

As for the happy clappers, I’ve heard of seeing the glass half full, but your posts take it to the extreme! How can you look at the facts and still pretend that we haven’t missed an excellent opportunity to see the club taken to the next level. These chances appear rarely and fleetingly for a club such as ours. Maybe you don’t share the same high opinion and belief in the club that I have!
Could you be more concrete about this 'excellent opportunity' that you refer to? Who, for example?
What excellent opportunity do you think? Has any Southampton manager ever been given so much money to spend in a summer transfer window?

We already had players like, Cork, Lallana, Lambert. So why spend 7mill on Jrod? He will be offloaded & we will lose out financially on him. And Mayuka, I'm not sold on him.

If he had worked on strengthening the back a bit more we wouldn't have looked so susceptible to shipping soft goals. Credit where it's due, Clyne was a really good signing, but why not buy Butland and a decent CB and LB. Shaw is brilliant, but young. Also, an out & out ball winner in the middle of the park, would have been desirable.

We had the basis of a good team, but why did he spend so much on attacking players, Sharp, Jrod, Lee, Mayuka and Ramírez, whilst neglecting the back!

And the slow, predictable way he's got the team playing, has held us back from building on this "excellent opportunity". Concrete enough?
I think you've answered your own questions....... Shaw, lallana, clyne, cork, Ramirez, lambert, puncheon jwp, spiderman are probably all premier league class players be it some are in experienced. We just need to tinker in the transfer window.
Adkins has made a lot of mistakes IMO both tactically and financially but is it any good chopping and changing managers, he deserves this window at least to get things right. Qpr I seem to remember when promoted bought in almost a new squad and reportedly have no team spirit and look where they are.
Do agree we need to up the tempo to our play and have urgency, lallana has that and is missed. Take gerrard out of the liverpool team and you have the same.

I totally agree that changing managers, on a whim, is fruitless.And fair enough on your shout about giving him this transfer window to sort it. He did get us back to back promotions. But I hope he purchases players with the intention of them playing a regular first team role.

Out of all the signings NA has made in the last eleven months, only three are first team regulars, Clyne, Ramírez and Yoshida. And Ramirez, whilst a quality player, hasn’t, as yet, proved worthy of his price tag and that he can make the necessary impact we need him to this season. And Yoshy, looking better with every game, but!

The other seven, Sharp, Lee, Davis, Gazza, Boruc, Jrod and Mayuka, have been unable to establish themselves, in a team battling relegation! That’s a transfer success rate that doesn’t breed confidence! It’s the equivalent to trying different door handles and seeing which one opens.