Saints comeback stuns Chelsea

Jason Puncheon equalises for Saints.

Jason Puncheon equalises for Saints.

First published in Saints News

Chelsea suffered another case of the Stamford Bridge stutters as they threw away a two-goal lead to Saints.

Demba Ba, with his 14th Premier League strike of the season, and Eden Hazard had put Chelsea in firm control at the break and they seemed to be cruising to a first home victory since before Christmas.

But Rickie Lambert pulled Southampton back into the game with a header three minutes after being sent on and Jason Puncheon then equalised with a brilliant volley.

Since their 8-0 rout of Aston Villa on December 23, Chelsea have lost at home to QPR and Swansea and now drawn with Saints.

There had been no audible boos of Rafael Benitez before kick-off, perhaps because he chose to start with Ba ahead of Fernando Torres and with Frank Lampard in midfield.

But hours after Pep Guardiola announced he was taking charge of Bayern Munich, the dissent towards Benitez on the final whistle was clear.

The point for Southampton, unexpected given they were thumped 5-1 by Chelsea in the FA Cup just 11 days ago, lifts them three points above the relegation zone and they have the best goal difference in the bottom six.

In addition to starting with Ba and Lampard, Benitez brought Oscar and Gary Cahill into the side that beat Stoke 4-0.

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Southampton also featured two changes, with Guly do Prado and Steven Davis coming into a five-man midfield and the Saints initially proved hard for Chelsea to break down.

There were some nice touches from the Blues but they lacked any real penetration, with Oscar shooting wide after a neat build-up from Hazard, Ba and Juan Mata.

Ramires released Ba in the wide right channel and his cross took three deflections before going behind for a corner, with Artur Boruc panicking the ball might sneak inside his post.

Chelsea began to find their rhythm but another promising build-up, started by a break from Hazard, ended with Cesar Azpilicueta shanking his shot high and wide.

Southampton engineered a chance for Jason Puncheon, who rose above Ashley Cole but he only managed a soft header back across goal before Chelsea took a grip on the game.

Almost inevitably, Lampard played a key role and Ba, who had marked his Chelsea debut with two goals in the FA Cup tie, finished.

The Chelsea captain beat Luke Shaw as he jinked his way into the box before laying the ball back for Azpilicueta to curl the cross in.

Oscar and Jos Hooiveld both went for the header and the ball deflected up for Ba, who executed an acrobatic volley to beat Boruc yet again.

Chelsea survived a scare when Jay Rodriguez pulled a long-ball out of the air with a delightful first touch and teed up Davies, who side-footed his shot wide from the edge of the box.

That scare jolted Chelsea into action. Some intricate one-touch football released Hazard down the left but Lampard saw his shot blocked before he fired wide after being teed up Mata.

Ba then headed back to Lampard, who lifted the ball into the box towards Hazard and Oscar, who got in a muddle but still forced Boruc to tip it round the post for a corner.

And when Southampton made a hash of clearing their lines, Chelsea pounced for the second. Ramires rifled a shot off the post but Hazard followed up to drill a left-footed shot past Boruc.

The second half started in stalemate. Southampton may have feared a repeat of their FA Cup drubbing and were keeping things tight and Chelsea were comfortable in the lead.

But the onus was on the visitors and manager Nigel Adkins threw on Lambert for Rodriguez after 55 minutes. Three minutes later he had scored.

Nathaniel Clyne escaped the attentions of Hazard down the right and swung in a deep cross for Lambert, who found space between three Chelsea defenders to head past Petr Cech for his 10th league goal of the season. No Englishman has scored more.

Chelsea suddenly looked a bit nervous at the back. The Blues had chances to wrap up the game but Ba rifled a spectacular volley over the top and Lampard curled a free-kick wide.

And then, with 15 minutes remaining, Southampton equalised.

Luke Shaw charged 50 yards down the left and pulled the cross back for Puncheon, who teed the ball up with his first touch and powered a volley past Cech with his second.

Chelsea sent Torres on for Lampard to a chorus of boos. The Spaniard rifled one good chance wide and then lofted a cross straight behind for a goal-kick.

The crowd's reaction to him was echoed by their reaction to Benitez. All is not well at Chelsea.

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10:01pm Wed 16 Jan 13

saintforever says...

well done you saints- a great point.
well done to nigel adkins - great team selection and substitutions .
well done you saints- a great point. well done to nigel adkins - great team selection and substitutions . saintforever
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10:02pm Wed 16 Jan 13

mushrooms says...

Who's next?
Who's next? mushrooms
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10:03pm Wed 16 Jan 13

SaintMax says...

Saints comeback stuns WUMS and skates!...

Imagine what this will do to the confidence in the dressing room.. Immeasurable..
Saints comeback stuns WUMS and skates!... Imagine what this will do to the confidence in the dressing room.. Immeasurable.. SaintMax
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10:06pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Stroppy_gramps says...

Superb.

And with the possibility of players like Forren coming into the setup we can hope for more of the same.

Like I said in the game thread, the team walking off the pitch should be our starting eleven.
As soon as Lambo got on, it changed the whole attitude of our team.
Great to see, great result.
Superb. And with the possibility of players like Forren coming into the setup we can hope for more of the same. Like I said in the game thread, the team walking off the pitch should be our starting eleven. As soon as Lambo got on, it changed the whole attitude of our team. Great to see, great result. Stroppy_gramps
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10:12pm Wed 16 Jan 13

SUPER SAINT says...

dave merrington slated adkins for swapping lambert for jay.how wrong was he
dave merrington slated adkins for swapping lambert for jay.how wrong was he SUPER SAINT
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10:13pm Wed 16 Jan 13

sisaydo says...

We are Southampton, we are coming for you, coming for you yeah

We are Southampton, we are coming for you.
We are Southampton, we are coming for you, coming for you yeah We are Southampton, we are coming for you. sisaydo
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10:19pm Wed 16 Jan 13

saintforever says...

think the team selection was spot on tonight - not always starting with rickie and bringing him off the bench is a great substitution.
rumour is that foran signed after the game - was spotted at the game with his agent - fingers crossed thats true
think the team selection was spot on tonight - not always starting with rickie and bringing him off the bench is a great substitution. rumour is that foran signed after the game - was spotted at the game with his agent - fingers crossed thats true saintforever
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10:22pm Wed 16 Jan 13

hedge end bob says...

Well your jobs safe for another week Nigel !!!!!!!!!

Thought i would say it before one of the WUMS. Expect it will be quiet on here tonight , lovely.

Great point lads , that's a point a game so far. Much better picture than after the first ten games.
Well your jobs safe for another week Nigel !!!!!!!!! Thought i would say it before one of the WUMS. Expect it will be quiet on here tonight , lovely. Great point lads , that's a point a game so far. Much better picture than after the first ten games. hedge end bob
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10:25pm Wed 16 Jan 13

redsnapper says...

Slugger was right when he got off the match thread. Chock full of sad does who now look like fools after the super saints comeback!

Well done lads and brilliant shaw and punch!,,
Slugger was right when he got off the match thread. Chock full of sad does who now look like fools after the super saints comeback! Well done lads and brilliant shaw and punch!,, redsnapper
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10:26pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Ok.... It's not a win... But, by God, it feels like one soooooo.......

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YOUR BOYS TOOK ONE HELL OF A FRIGHT....
A HELL OF A FRIGHT!!!!
Ok.... It's not a win... But, by God, it feels like one soooooo....... Lord Richard Attenborough - Film Director (Life President of the Club) Sir Jeremy Isaacs - Actor/Producerr Gabriel Byrne - Actor (Usual Suspects) Joseph Fiennes - Actor (Shakespeare in Love) Sir Michael Caine - Actor (The Italian Job) Naveen Andrews - Actor (Lost) Simon Pegg - Actor (Shaun of the Dead) Art Malik - Actor (Upstairs Downstairs) Johhny Vaughan - Radio/TV presenter Tim Lovejoy - TV presenter David Baddiel - Comedian/Writer Michael Crawford - Actor (Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em) Jeremy Clarkson - Presenter (Top Gear) Dennis Waterman - Actor (Minder) Bill Oddie - Comedian/Twitcher Rodney Bewes - Actor (Likely Lads) Andrea Catherwood - ITN newsreader Trevor Eve - Actor (Waking the Dead) Chris Barrie - Actor/Comedian (Red Dwarf) Michael Greco - Actor (Eastenders) Gemma Bissix - Actress (Eastenders) James Forde - Actor (Eastenders) Charlie Brooks - Actress (Janine in Eastenders) Michael Higgs - Actor (Andy Hunter in Eastenders) Bryan Adams - Musician Suggs - Lead Singer with Madness Woody - Drummer with Madness Madonna (her husband is) - Singer Paul Cook - Sex Pistols Steve Jones - Sex Pistols Morten Harket - A-Ha Jimmy Page - Led Zepplin John Taylor - Duran Duran Alan McGee - Head of Creation Records (Oasis) Andy Fletcher - Depeche Mode Dave Gahan - Depeche Mode Justin Chancellor - Tool Lloyd Cole - Musician Billy Idol - Musician Nik Kershaw - 80's Pop star Busta Rhymes - US Rap star Gary Numan - 80's Popstar Geri Halliwell - Singer Danni Minogue - Singer Martine McCutcheon - Singer/Actress (lived at Stamford Bridge for a bit) Andy Cairns - Lead Singer with Therapy Ed Ball - Musician Ben Watt - Everything but the Girl Tracey Thorn - Everything but the Girl Charlie Harper - UK Subs Alex Paterson - ORB Paul Hardcastle - '19' Recording Artist John O'Neill - Undertones Neneh Cherry - Singer Lil Wayne - Singer Paul Oakenfold - DJ/Producer Trevor Nelson - "DJ, Radio 1" Jeff Young - DJ ................brea the..........., Lord Sebastian Coe - Ex-MP/Athlete/London Olympic chief Sir Steven Redgrave - Olympic Rower Ben Ainslie - Olympic Sailor Paul Merson - Football Paul McGrath - Football Mark Wright - Football Peter Crouch - Football Gary Stevens - Football Sean Davis - Football Kenny Sansom - Football Sir Clive Woodward - Rugby (England) Laurence Dallagio - Rugby (England) Brian Moore - Rugby (England) Ian Williams - Rugby (NZ) Michael Dods - Rugby (Scotland) Kevin Garnett - Basketball (USA) Alec Stewart - Cricket Graham Thorpe - Cricket Shane Warne - Cricket Shoaib Akhtar - Cricket Chris Cairns - Cricket Chris Cowdrey - Cricket David Smith - Cricket Jimmy White - Snooker Tony Drago - Snooker Neil Robertson - Snooker Johnny Herbert - Motor Racing Daley Thompson - Decathlete Eric Bristow - Darts Joe Calzaghe - Boxing Boris Becker - Tennis Pat Cash - Tennis Peter Fleming - Tennis Dick Francis - Horse Racing (Jockey & Writer) John Major - Former Prime Minister David Mellor - Ex-MP Peter Hain - MP Peter Bottomley - MP Ed Vaizey - MP Bill Clinton - Ex-President of the USA (watched Chelsea while at Oxford in the 60's) Vidal Sassoon - Hairdresser Gordon Ramsey - Chef Nigella Lawson - Chef Sir Laurence Olivier - Actor Sir John Mills - Actor Tony Banks - Former MP Sir George Robey - Music Hall Star Joe Strummer - The Clash Ted Rodgers - 321 Man Sidney Taffler - Actor Dermot Morgan - Actor (Father Ted) ..... ..... ..... ..... YOUR BOYS TOOK ONE HELL OF A FRIGHT.... A HELL OF A FRIGHT!!!! Norwegian Saint
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10:30pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Puddletown Saint says...

Fantastic point today. Can only look to the future. Imagine this against Everton:

Boruc Clyne Fonte Forren Shaw
Punch Cork Spider Adam
Rickie Gaston

Davis Yos Fox Davis JWP Jay Guly

Totally buzzing COYR
Fantastic point today. Can only look to the future. Imagine this against Everton: Boruc Clyne Fonte Forren Shaw Punch Cork Spider Adam Rickie Gaston Davis Yos Fox Davis JWP Jay Guly Totally buzzing COYR Puddletown Saint
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10:33pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Disappointed at you Daily Echo...
Did you copy n paste this article from a London paper?
"Chelsea threw away a two goal lead"?!!! How about, Lambert and Punch earn a deserved point for OUR Saints?
Very poor DE... Sorry... But really poor
Disappointed at you Daily Echo... Did you copy n paste this article from a London paper? "Chelsea threw away a two goal lead"?!!! How about, Lambert and Punch earn a deserved point for OUR Saints? Very poor DE... Sorry... But really poor Norwegian Saint
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10:35pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Stroppy_gramps wrote:
Superb.

And with the possibility of players like Forren coming into the setup we can hope for more of the same.

Like I said in the game thread, the team walking off the pitch should be our starting eleven.
As soon as Lambo got on, it changed the whole attitude of our team.
Great to see, great result.
Precisely. The most exciting thing is we are only going to get better.
[quote][p][bold]Stroppy_gramps[/bold] wrote: Superb. And with the possibility of players like Forren coming into the setup we can hope for more of the same. Like I said in the game thread, the team walking off the pitch should be our starting eleven. As soon as Lambo got on, it changed the whole attitude of our team. Great to see, great result.[/p][/quote]Precisely. The most exciting thing is we are only going to get better. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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10:36pm Wed 16 Jan 13

SaintMax says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Disappointed at you Daily Echo...
Did you copy n paste this article from a London paper?
"Chelsea threw away a two goal lead"?!!! How about, Lambert and Punch earn a deserved point for OUR Saints?
Very poor DE... Sorry... But really poor
Your right Norwegian saint we earnt the draw, QPR stole away after taking a battering and got a goal.
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Disappointed at you Daily Echo... Did you copy n paste this article from a London paper? "Chelsea threw away a two goal lead"?!!! How about, Lambert and Punch earn a deserved point for OUR Saints? Very poor DE... Sorry... But really poor[/p][/quote]Your right Norwegian saint we earnt the draw, QPR stole away after taking a battering and got a goal. SaintMax
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10:37pm Wed 16 Jan 13

spirit of 66 says...

In Nigel We Trust, Onwards and Upwards.
In Nigel We Trust, Onwards and Upwards. spirit of 66
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10:39pm Wed 16 Jan 13

arthur boutfaith says...

We love Southampton, we do.
We love Southampton, we do.
We love Southampton, we do.
Oh Southampton we love you.
We love Southampton, we do. We love Southampton, we do. We love Southampton, we do. Oh Southampton we love you. arthur boutfaith
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10:39pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Puddletown Saint wrote:
Fantastic point today. Can only look to the future. Imagine this against Everton:

Boruc Clyne Fonte Forren Shaw
Punch Cork Spider Adam
Rickie Gaston

Davis Yos Fox Davis JWP Jay Guly

Totally buzzing COYR
I do think that the Hoover played very well today but I am hoping that is the last time Guly wears a Saints shirt. Also J-Rod needs to start playing a lot better... He has been the biggest disappointment for us.
But... We got a point at the champions of Europe!!!!
Get in!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Puddletown Saint[/bold] wrote: Fantastic point today. Can only look to the future. Imagine this against Everton: Boruc Clyne Fonte Forren Shaw Punch Cork Spider Adam Rickie Gaston Davis Yos Fox Davis JWP Jay Guly Totally buzzing COYR[/p][/quote]I do think that the Hoover played very well today but I am hoping that is the last time Guly wears a Saints shirt. Also J-Rod needs to start playing a lot better... He has been the biggest disappointment for us. But... We got a point at the champions of Europe!!!! Get in!!!! Norwegian Saint
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10:39pm Wed 16 Jan 13

arthur boutfaith says...

We love Southampton, we do.
We love Southampton, we do.
We love Southampton, we do.
Oh Southampton we love you.
We love Southampton, we do. We love Southampton, we do. We love Southampton, we do. Oh Southampton we love you. arthur boutfaith
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10:48pm Wed 16 Jan 13

slugger says...

redsnapper wrote:
Slugger was right when he got off the match thread. Chock full of sad does who now look like fools after the super saints comeback!

Well done lads and brilliant shaw and punch!,,
Slugger is seldom wrong ;o).......COYR !!
[quote][p][bold]redsnapper[/bold] wrote: Slugger was right when he got off the match thread. Chock full of sad does who now look like fools after the super saints comeback! Well done lads and brilliant shaw and punch!,,[/p][/quote]Slugger is seldom wrong ;o).......COYR !! slugger
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10:49pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Saintjock says...

Silence of saintly branfoot et al on here is deafening.Long may it continue.
COYR!
Silence of saintly branfoot et al on here is deafening.Long may it continue. COYR! Saintjock
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10:49pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Puddletown Saint wrote:
Fantastic point today. Can only look to the future. Imagine this against Everton:

Boruc Clyne Fonte Forren Shaw
Punch Cork Spider Adam
Rickie Gaston

Davis Yos Fox Davis JWP Jay Guly

Totally buzzing COYR
I do think that the Hoover played very well today but I am hoping that is the last time Guly wears a Saints shirt. Also J-Rod needs to start playing a lot better... He has been the biggest disappointment for us.
But... We got a point at the champions of Europe!!!!
Get in!!!!
Norgie, I think you and Warrens should wind it in a bit with your views on Guly. You're entitled to them, of course, but it's getting very repetitive and is totally unbalanced. From what I saw, I think that may have been his worst game of the season, but he still worked his socks off to protect Shaw.

Why are you not having a go at Davis? I won't, I don't do 'have a go at Saints players', but I thought this evening he was (and generally has been all season) our poorest player.

Anyway, moving on, a question for everyone. If we're not supposed to get too high when we win or too low when we lose, how are we supposed to feel when we draw, after fighting back for a well-earned point away to the European Champions?
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Puddletown Saint[/bold] wrote: Fantastic point today. Can only look to the future. Imagine this against Everton: Boruc Clyne Fonte Forren Shaw Punch Cork Spider Adam Rickie Gaston Davis Yos Fox Davis JWP Jay Guly Totally buzzing COYR[/p][/quote]I do think that the Hoover played very well today but I am hoping that is the last time Guly wears a Saints shirt. Also J-Rod needs to start playing a lot better... He has been the biggest disappointment for us. But... We got a point at the champions of Europe!!!! Get in!!!![/p][/quote]Norgie, I think you and Warrens should wind it in a bit with your views on Guly. You're entitled to them, of course, but it's getting very repetitive and is totally unbalanced. From what I saw, I think that may have been his worst game of the season, but he still worked his socks off to protect Shaw. Why are you not having a go at Davis? I won't, I don't do 'have a go at Saints players', but I thought this evening he was (and generally has been all season) our poorest player. Anyway, moving on, a question for everyone. If we're not supposed to get too high when we win or too low when we lose, how are we supposed to feel when we draw, after fighting back for a well-earned point away to the European Champions? Strasbourg Saint
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10:50pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Norwegian Saint says...

On another note... No Bookings... Sooo... We are top of the fair play league!!!
Also... BBC report that in 90 games Chelsea have only thrown away a two goal lead 3 times!
Brilliant Saints!!!
On another note... No Bookings... Sooo... We are top of the fair play league!!! Also... BBC report that in 90 games Chelsea have only thrown away a two goal lead 3 times! Brilliant Saints!!! Norwegian Saint
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10:57pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Norwegian Saint wrote:
Puddletown Saint wrote:
Fantastic point today. Can only look to the future. Imagine this against Everton:

Boruc Clyne Fonte Forren Shaw
Punch Cork Spider Adam
Rickie Gaston

Davis Yos Fox Davis JWP Jay Guly

Totally buzzing COYR
I do think that the Hoover played very well today but I am hoping that is the last time Guly wears a Saints shirt. Also J-Rod needs to start playing a lot better... He has been the biggest disappointment for us.
But... We got a point at the champions of Europe!!!!
Get in!!!!
Norgie, I think you and Warrens should wind it in a bit with your views on Guly. You're entitled to them, of course, but it's getting very repetitive and is totally unbalanced. From what I saw, I think that may have been his worst game of the season, but he still worked his socks off to protect Shaw.

Why are you not having a go at Davis? I won't, I don't do 'have a go at Saints players', but I thought this evening he was (and generally has been all season) our poorest player.

Anyway, moving on, a question for everyone. If we're not supposed to get too high when we win or too low when we lose, how are we supposed to feel when we draw, after fighting back for a well-earned point away to the European Champions?
Strass....
If you see a quote on the game thread I mentioned that I have very... very rarely slagged Guly off... But that was like playing with 10 men until he went off... Corner kicks... Terrible... Free kick into the box... A joke... Just an embarrassment... But he is a Saint and I want to see him change it around like Puncheon has... although I don't think he can.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Puddletown Saint[/bold] wrote: Fantastic point today. Can only look to the future. Imagine this against Everton: Boruc Clyne Fonte Forren Shaw Punch Cork Spider Adam Rickie Gaston Davis Yos Fox Davis JWP Jay Guly Totally buzzing COYR[/p][/quote]I do think that the Hoover played very well today but I am hoping that is the last time Guly wears a Saints shirt. Also J-Rod needs to start playing a lot better... He has been the biggest disappointment for us. But... We got a point at the champions of Europe!!!! Get in!!!![/p][/quote]Norgie, I think you and Warrens should wind it in a bit with your views on Guly. You're entitled to them, of course, but it's getting very repetitive and is totally unbalanced. From what I saw, I think that may have been his worst game of the season, but he still worked his socks off to protect Shaw. Why are you not having a go at Davis? I won't, I don't do 'have a go at Saints players', but I thought this evening he was (and generally has been all season) our poorest player. Anyway, moving on, a question for everyone. If we're not supposed to get too high when we win or too low when we lose, how are we supposed to feel when we draw, after fighting back for a well-earned point away to the European Champions?[/p][/quote]Strass.... If you see a quote on the game thread I mentioned that I have very... very rarely slagged Guly off... But that was like playing with 10 men until he went off... Corner kicks... Terrible... Free kick into the box... A joke... Just an embarrassment... But he is a Saint and I want to see him change it around like Puncheon has... although I don't think he can. Norwegian Saint
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11:01pm Wed 16 Jan 13

SaintsCroatia says...

(Sorry for the grammatical errors, after all english is not my native language)


We got ourselfes a point, that's the most important thing.

Great preformance by Schneiderlin, he was amazing. Both Clyne and Shaw played a great role with the assists. Must say - Davis is a bit of a dissapointment, correct me if i'm wrong, but isn't he pretty much the only player in the squad with premier league experience, yet he plays like an amateur, gives away possesion, lacks iniciative and confidence. I've expected more from him.

Boruc was good, really couldn't save those shots, but had two superb interventions.

And what can I say for the magnificent RICKIE LAMBERT, he is a true and genuine football genius!!!!

Maybe Adkins should've played him from the beginning, you could see the rise in confidence throughout the team when he came on, he gives so much to the team.


COYR!!!!!
(Sorry for the grammatical errors, after all english is not my native language) We got ourselfes a point, that's the most important thing. Great preformance by Schneiderlin, he was amazing. Both Clyne and Shaw played a great role with the assists. Must say - Davis is a bit of a dissapointment, correct me if i'm wrong, but isn't he pretty much the only player in the squad with premier league experience, yet he plays like an amateur, gives away possesion, lacks iniciative and confidence. I've expected more from him. Boruc was good, really couldn't save those shots, but had two superb interventions. And what can I say for the magnificent RICKIE LAMBERT, he is a true and genuine football genius!!!! Maybe Adkins should've played him from the beginning, you could see the rise in confidence throughout the team when he came on, he gives so much to the team. COYR!!!!! SaintsCroatia
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11:10pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

I see the headline on The News is 'Whittingham thinking long-term'. Must be applying for jobs then.
I see the headline on The News is 'Whittingham thinking long-term'. Must be applying for jobs then. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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11:11pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Norwegian Saint wrote:
Puddletown Saint wrote:
Fantastic point today. Can only look to the future. Imagine this against Everton:

Boruc Clyne Fonte Forren Shaw
Punch Cork Spider Adam
Rickie Gaston

Davis Yos Fox Davis JWP Jay Guly

Totally buzzing COYR
I do think that the Hoover played very well today but I am hoping that is the last time Guly wears a Saints shirt. Also J-Rod needs to start playing a lot better... He has been the biggest disappointment for us.
But... We got a point at the champions of Europe!!!!
Get in!!!!
Norgie, I think you and Warrens should wind it in a bit with your views on Guly. You're entitled to them, of course, but it's getting very repetitive and is totally unbalanced. From what I saw, I think that may have been his worst game of the season, but he still worked his socks off to protect Shaw.

Why are you not having a go at Davis? I won't, I don't do 'have a go at Saints players', but I thought this evening he was (and generally has been all season) our poorest player.

Anyway, moving on, a question for everyone. If we're not supposed to get too high when we win or too low when we lose, how are we supposed to feel when we draw, after fighting back for a well-earned point away to the European Champions?
Strass....
If you see a quote on the game thread I mentioned that I have very... very rarely slagged Guly off... But that was like playing with 10 men until he went off... Corner kicks... Terrible... Free kick into the box... A joke... Just an embarrassment... But he is a Saint and I want to see him change it around like Puncheon has... although I don't think he can.
Guly had a bad game. As you say, his corner and free kick (I think he only took one of each) were very poor; normally he is one of our better crossers of the ball. He also gave the ball away too much, although some times that was when the other player moved in the wrong diection. Today, he contributed very little in the final third. However, as I said, he helped Shaw out a lot - did Chelsea get one cross in from their right?

As for Punch, he scored a cracker. However, his corners and distribution weren't that good either and, overall, he wasn't at his best. He did offer more in the final third, but a lot of the time he was wasteful. He helped Clyne out, but not as much as Guly helped out Shaw.

Ramirez was lively, but how many silly free kicks did he give away.

The point is, Guly gets bashed so much compared to others. It's just so unbalanced. That's all!
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Puddletown Saint[/bold] wrote: Fantastic point today. Can only look to the future. Imagine this against Everton: Boruc Clyne Fonte Forren Shaw Punch Cork Spider Adam Rickie Gaston Davis Yos Fox Davis JWP Jay Guly Totally buzzing COYR[/p][/quote]I do think that the Hoover played very well today but I am hoping that is the last time Guly wears a Saints shirt. Also J-Rod needs to start playing a lot better... He has been the biggest disappointment for us. But... We got a point at the champions of Europe!!!! Get in!!!![/p][/quote]Norgie, I think you and Warrens should wind it in a bit with your views on Guly. You're entitled to them, of course, but it's getting very repetitive and is totally unbalanced. From what I saw, I think that may have been his worst game of the season, but he still worked his socks off to protect Shaw. Why are you not having a go at Davis? I won't, I don't do 'have a go at Saints players', but I thought this evening he was (and generally has been all season) our poorest player. Anyway, moving on, a question for everyone. If we're not supposed to get too high when we win or too low when we lose, how are we supposed to feel when we draw, after fighting back for a well-earned point away to the European Champions?[/p][/quote]Strass.... If you see a quote on the game thread I mentioned that I have very... very rarely slagged Guly off... But that was like playing with 10 men until he went off... Corner kicks... Terrible... Free kick into the box... A joke... Just an embarrassment... But he is a Saint and I want to see him change it around like Puncheon has... although I don't think he can.[/p][/quote]Guly had a bad game. As you say, his corner and free kick (I think he only took one of each) were very poor; normally he is one of our better crossers of the ball. He also gave the ball away too much, although some times that was when the other player moved in the wrong diection. Today, he contributed very little in the final third. However, as I said, he helped Shaw out a lot - did Chelsea get one cross in from their right? As for Punch, he scored a cracker. However, his corners and distribution weren't that good either and, overall, he wasn't at his best. He did offer more in the final third, but a lot of the time he was wasteful. He helped Clyne out, but not as much as Guly helped out Shaw. Ramirez was lively, but how many silly free kicks did he give away. The point is, Guly gets bashed so much compared to others. It's just so unbalanced. That's all! Strasbourg Saint
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11:13pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

SaintsCroatia wrote:
(Sorry for the grammatical errors, after all english is not my native language)


We got ourselfes a point, that's the most important thing.

Great preformance by Schneiderlin, he was amazing. Both Clyne and Shaw played a great role with the assists. Must say - Davis is a bit of a dissapointment, correct me if i'm wrong, but isn't he pretty much the only player in the squad with premier league experience, yet he plays like an amateur, gives away possesion, lacks iniciative and confidence. I've expected more from him.

Boruc was good, really couldn't save those shots, but had two superb interventions.

And what can I say for the magnificent RICKIE LAMBERT, he is a true and genuine football genius!!!!

Maybe Adkins should've played him from the beginning, you could see the rise in confidence throughout the team when he came on, he gives so much to the team.


COYR!!!!!
Good post. Can't fault your English or your opinions.
[quote][p][bold]SaintsCroatia[/bold] wrote: (Sorry for the grammatical errors, after all english is not my native language) We got ourselfes a point, that's the most important thing. Great preformance by Schneiderlin, he was amazing. Both Clyne and Shaw played a great role with the assists. Must say - Davis is a bit of a dissapointment, correct me if i'm wrong, but isn't he pretty much the only player in the squad with premier league experience, yet he plays like an amateur, gives away possesion, lacks iniciative and confidence. I've expected more from him. Boruc was good, really couldn't save those shots, but had two superb interventions. And what can I say for the magnificent RICKIE LAMBERT, he is a true and genuine football genius!!!! Maybe Adkins should've played him from the beginning, you could see the rise in confidence throughout the team when he came on, he gives so much to the team. COYR!!!!![/p][/quote]Good post. Can't fault your English or your opinions. Strasbourg Saint
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11:20pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Tirau Dan says...

I really enjoy a good battling game of footy and I enjoyed it today.
Only One Nigel Adkins
Hate the boo boys and faithless.
Saints Away Fans Bossed yet another ground.. Amazing.


Best run and cross from Luke since terry Paine and superbly banged away by Punch a la Rod Wallace
I really enjoy a good battling game of footy and I enjoyed it today. Only One Nigel Adkins Hate the boo boys and faithless. Saints Away Fans Bossed yet another ground.. Amazing. Best run and cross from Luke since terry Paine and superbly banged away by Punch a la Rod Wallace Tirau Dan
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11:22pm Wed 16 Jan 13

iswhite10 says...

So, so, so so, so so, SO proud tonight.
Just amazing lads.
We have come so far in such a short time.
I doubted Nige during the early season slump but oh my did he and the boys pull it off tonight.
We love you Nigel!
So, so, so so, so so, SO proud tonight. Just amazing lads. We have come so far in such a short time. I doubted Nige during the early season slump but oh my did he and the boys pull it off tonight. We love you Nigel! iswhite10
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11:25pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

I'm so happy I'm going to have a clap!
I'm so happy I'm going to have a clap! Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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11:31pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Baddesley Bill says...

Has anyone heard from Saintlysoul or Bringbackbranfoot lately?

...I'm guessing they must be working nights in the fish factory.
Has anyone heard from Saintlysoul or Bringbackbranfoot lately? ...I'm guessing they must be working nights in the fish factory. Baddesley Bill
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11:39pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Folkestone Saint says...

We restricted the champions of europe to 3 shots on target in their own back yard, that speaks volumes to me as to how far we have come in 3 years, happy to be a happy clapper
We restricted the champions of europe to 3 shots on target in their own back yard, that speaks volumes to me as to how far we have come in 3 years, happy to be a happy clapper Folkestone Saint
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11:40pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Baddesley Bill wrote:
Has anyone heard from Saintlysoul or Bringbackbranfoot lately?

...I'm guessing they must be working nights in the fish factory.
We disagree from time to time but true Saints fans don't slag each other off. All Saints fans are chuffed with our best point of the season so far - even if they wouldn't pick Gully or want to see JWP play, Rickie to start etc. They are not Saints fans.
[quote][p][bold]Baddesley Bill[/bold] wrote: Has anyone heard from Saintlysoul or Bringbackbranfoot lately? ...I'm guessing they must be working nights in the fish factory.[/p][/quote]We disagree from time to time but true Saints fans don't slag each other off. All Saints fans are chuffed with our best point of the season so far - even if they wouldn't pick Gully or want to see JWP play, Rickie to start etc. They are not Saints fans. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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11:46pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Thornhill Saint says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Norwegian Saint wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Norwegian Saint wrote:
Puddletown Saint wrote:
Fantastic point today. Can only look to the future. Imagine this against Everton:

Boruc Clyne Fonte Forren Shaw
Punch Cork Spider Adam
Rickie Gaston

Davis Yos Fox Davis JWP Jay Guly

Totally buzzing COYR
I do think that the Hoover played very well today but I am hoping that is the last time Guly wears a Saints shirt. Also J-Rod needs to start playing a lot better... He has been the biggest disappointment for us.
But... We got a point at the champions of Europe!!!!
Get in!!!!
Norgie, I think you and Warrens should wind it in a bit with your views on Guly. You're entitled to them, of course, but it's getting very repetitive and is totally unbalanced. From what I saw, I think that may have been his worst game of the season, but he still worked his socks off to protect Shaw.

Why are you not having a go at Davis? I won't, I don't do 'have a go at Saints players', but I thought this evening he was (and generally has been all season) our poorest player.

Anyway, moving on, a question for everyone. If we're not supposed to get too high when we win or too low when we lose, how are we supposed to feel when we draw, after fighting back for a well-earned point away to the European Champions?
Strass....
If you see a quote on the game thread I mentioned that I have very... very rarely slagged Guly off... But that was like playing with 10 men until he went off... Corner kicks... Terrible... Free kick into the box... A joke... Just an embarrassment... But he is a Saint and I want to see him change it around like Puncheon has... although I don't think he can.
Guly had a bad game. As you say, his corner and free kick (I think he only took one of each) were very poor; normally he is one of our better crossers of the ball. He also gave the ball away too much, although some times that was when the other player moved in the wrong diection. Today, he contributed very little in the final third. However, as I said, he helped Shaw out a lot - did Chelsea get one cross in from their right?

As for Punch, he scored a cracker. However, his corners and distribution weren't that good either and, overall, he wasn't at his best. He did offer more in the final third, but a lot of the time he was wasteful. He helped Clyne out, but not as much as Guly helped out Shaw.

Ramirez was lively, but how many silly free kicks did he give away.

The point is, Guly gets bashed so much compared to others. It's just so unbalanced. That's all!
I'd agree with Strasbourg saint. It's as repetetive as it is disproportionate.

According to Merington, Guly did a job today tracking back and protecting Shaw and he did it well. Can't see Ramirez doing that.

Also it was a good bit of skill winning the ball against two players and began the moves which led to the first goal. I would welcome Lallana back but Guly is a good squad player and works hard, He has had a couple of good games before this one, and generally gets a bit too much stick.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Puddletown Saint[/bold] wrote: Fantastic point today. Can only look to the future. Imagine this against Everton: Boruc Clyne Fonte Forren Shaw Punch Cork Spider Adam Rickie Gaston Davis Yos Fox Davis JWP Jay Guly Totally buzzing COYR[/p][/quote]I do think that the Hoover played very well today but I am hoping that is the last time Guly wears a Saints shirt. Also J-Rod needs to start playing a lot better... He has been the biggest disappointment for us. But... We got a point at the champions of Europe!!!! Get in!!!![/p][/quote]Norgie, I think you and Warrens should wind it in a bit with your views on Guly. You're entitled to them, of course, but it's getting very repetitive and is totally unbalanced. From what I saw, I think that may have been his worst game of the season, but he still worked his socks off to protect Shaw. Why are you not having a go at Davis? I won't, I don't do 'have a go at Saints players', but I thought this evening he was (and generally has been all season) our poorest player. Anyway, moving on, a question for everyone. If we're not supposed to get too high when we win or too low when we lose, how are we supposed to feel when we draw, after fighting back for a well-earned point away to the European Champions?[/p][/quote]Strass.... If you see a quote on the game thread I mentioned that I have very... very rarely slagged Guly off... But that was like playing with 10 men until he went off... Corner kicks... Terrible... Free kick into the box... A joke... Just an embarrassment... But he is a Saint and I want to see him change it around like Puncheon has... although I don't think he can.[/p][/quote]Guly had a bad game. As you say, his corner and free kick (I think he only took one of each) were very poor; normally he is one of our better crossers of the ball. He also gave the ball away too much, although some times that was when the other player moved in the wrong diection. Today, he contributed very little in the final third. However, as I said, he helped Shaw out a lot - did Chelsea get one cross in from their right? As for Punch, he scored a cracker. However, his corners and distribution weren't that good either and, overall, he wasn't at his best. He did offer more in the final third, but a lot of the time he was wasteful. He helped Clyne out, but not as much as Guly helped out Shaw. Ramirez was lively, but how many silly free kicks did he give away. The point is, Guly gets bashed so much compared to others. It's just so unbalanced. That's all![/p][/quote]I'd agree with Strasbourg saint. It's as repetetive as it is disproportionate. According to Merington, Guly did a job today tracking back and protecting Shaw and he did it well. Can't see Ramirez doing that. Also it was a good bit of skill winning the ball against two players and began the moves which led to the first goal. I would welcome Lallana back but Guly is a good squad player and works hard, He has had a couple of good games before this one, and generally gets a bit too much stick. Thornhill Saint
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11:50pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Snebs says...

brilliant just two new center backs and cover for Lallana please Nigel then we should be set to climb the EPL to the very top.
brilliant just two new center backs and cover for Lallana please Nigel then we should be set to climb the EPL to the very top. Snebs
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1:39am Thu 17 Jan 13

murfmeister says...

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2:03am Thu 17 Jan 13

Croydon Saint says...

Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.
Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters. Croydon Saint
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5:48am Thu 17 Jan 13

aldermoorboy says...

Well done to all at Saints, Nigel 10 more years.
Well done to all at Saints, Nigel 10 more years. aldermoorboy
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6:11am Thu 17 Jan 13

Saintjock says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Norwegian Saint wrote:
Puddletown Saint wrote:
Fantastic point today. Can only look to the future. Imagine this against Everton:

Boruc Clyne Fonte Forren Shaw
Punch Cork Spider Adam
Rickie Gaston

Davis Yos Fox Davis JWP Jay Guly

Totally buzzing COYR
I do think that the Hoover played very well today but I am hoping that is the last time Guly wears a Saints shirt. Also J-Rod needs to start playing a lot better... He has been the biggest disappointment for us.
But... We got a point at the champions of Europe!!!!
Get in!!!!
Norgie, I think you and Warrens should wind it in a bit with your views on Guly. You're entitled to them, of course, but it's getting very repetitive and is totally unbalanced. From what I saw, I think that may have been his worst game of the season, but he still worked his socks off to protect Shaw.

Why are you not having a go at Davis? I won't, I don't do 'have a go at Saints players', but I thought this evening he was (and generally has been all season) our poorest player.

Anyway, moving on, a question for everyone. If we're not supposed to get too high when we win or too low when we lose, how are we supposed to feel when we draw, after fighting back for a well-earned point away to the European Champions?
Strass....
If you see a quote on the game thread I mentioned that I have very... very rarely slagged Guly off... But that was like playing with 10 men until he went off... Corner kicks... Terrible... Free kick into the box... A joke... Just an embarrassment... But he is a Saint and I want to see him change it around like Puncheon has... although I don't think he can.
It was Guly who started the first goal - showed tenacity and skill. Granted didn't have the best of matches, but let's be fair to him.
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Puddletown Saint[/bold] wrote: Fantastic point today. Can only look to the future. Imagine this against Everton: Boruc Clyne Fonte Forren Shaw Punch Cork Spider Adam Rickie Gaston Davis Yos Fox Davis JWP Jay Guly Totally buzzing COYR[/p][/quote]I do think that the Hoover played very well today but I am hoping that is the last time Guly wears a Saints shirt. Also J-Rod needs to start playing a lot better... He has been the biggest disappointment for us. But... We got a point at the champions of Europe!!!! Get in!!!![/p][/quote]Norgie, I think you and Warrens should wind it in a bit with your views on Guly. You're entitled to them, of course, but it's getting very repetitive and is totally unbalanced. From what I saw, I think that may have been his worst game of the season, but he still worked his socks off to protect Shaw. Why are you not having a go at Davis? I won't, I don't do 'have a go at Saints players', but I thought this evening he was (and generally has been all season) our poorest player. Anyway, moving on, a question for everyone. If we're not supposed to get too high when we win or too low when we lose, how are we supposed to feel when we draw, after fighting back for a well-earned point away to the European Champions?[/p][/quote]Strass.... If you see a quote on the game thread I mentioned that I have very... very rarely slagged Guly off... But that was like playing with 10 men until he went off... Corner kicks... Terrible... Free kick into the box... A joke... Just an embarrassment... But he is a Saint and I want to see him change it around like Puncheon has... although I don't think he can.[/p][/quote]It was Guly who started the first goal - showed tenacity and skill. Granted didn't have the best of matches, but let's be fair to him. Saintjock
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6:27am Thu 17 Jan 13

sledgerite says...

well done saints great battling performance but nigel if hes fit please start ricky lambert our team look up to him,opponents fear him,immense player for us coyr
well done saints great battling performance but nigel if hes fit please start ricky lambert our team look up to him,opponents fear him,immense player for us coyr sledgerite
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6:49am Thu 17 Jan 13

costa gaz says...

That felt like a victory.... superb second half effort.
I am thinking that it could have been even better if team selection had been different from the start.
I have seen the whole 90 mins of every game this season and my opinion is that Guly has become a waste of a shirt.
Last season he was out of his depth, and even more so this year, time to accept that he is just not good enough.
(imho)
Anyway feeling very proud of the team right now.
That felt like a victory.... superb second half effort. I am thinking that it could have been even better if team selection had been different from the start. I have seen the whole 90 mins of every game this season and my opinion is that Guly has become a waste of a shirt. Last season he was out of his depth, and even more so this year, time to accept that he is just not good enough. (imho) Anyway feeling very proud of the team right now. costa gaz
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8:15am Thu 17 Jan 13

jerseysaint says...

i thought our passing for a lot of the game was far better than Chelseas.
Puncheon is in fantastic form and we must renew his contract.
Luke Shaw's value is going up game by game and an England call up cant be far away.
i thought our passing for a lot of the game was far better than Chelseas. Puncheon is in fantastic form and we must renew his contract. Luke Shaw's value is going up game by game and an England call up cant be far away. jerseysaint
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8:42am Thu 17 Jan 13

El Santo says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
SaintsCroatia wrote:
(Sorry for the grammatical errors, after all english is not my native language)


We got ourselfes a point, that's the most important thing.

Great preformance by Schneiderlin, he was amazing. Both Clyne and Shaw played a great role with the assists. Must say - Davis is a bit of a dissapointment, correct me if i'm wrong, but isn't he pretty much the only player in the squad with premier league experience, yet he plays like an amateur, gives away possesion, lacks iniciative and confidence. I've expected more from him.

Boruc was good, really couldn't save those shots, but had two superb interventions.

And what can I say for the magnificent RICKIE LAMBERT, he is a true and genuine football genius!!!!

Maybe Adkins should've played him from the beginning, you could see the rise in confidence throughout the team when he came on, he gives so much to the team.


COYR!!!!!
Good post. Can't fault your English or your opinions.
Remember "Lambert is not a striker for the Championship" Where are all those WUMs now? I mean, if I had made such a comment I would not feel entitled to make any comment about football in my life...
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintsCroatia[/bold] wrote: (Sorry for the grammatical errors, after all english is not my native language) We got ourselfes a point, that's the most important thing. Great preformance by Schneiderlin, he was amazing. Both Clyne and Shaw played a great role with the assists. Must say - Davis is a bit of a dissapointment, correct me if i'm wrong, but isn't he pretty much the only player in the squad with premier league experience, yet he plays like an amateur, gives away possesion, lacks iniciative and confidence. I've expected more from him. Boruc was good, really couldn't save those shots, but had two superb interventions. And what can I say for the magnificent RICKIE LAMBERT, he is a true and genuine football genius!!!! Maybe Adkins should've played him from the beginning, you could see the rise in confidence throughout the team when he came on, he gives so much to the team. COYR!!!!![/p][/quote]Good post. Can't fault your English or your opinions.[/p][/quote]Remember "Lambert is not a striker for the Championship" Where are all those WUMs now? I mean, if I had made such a comment I would not feel entitled to make any comment about football in my life... El Santo
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9:01am Thu 17 Jan 13

Alicesdad says...

I predict a riot
I predict a riot Alicesdad
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9:10am Thu 17 Jan 13

st.athan saint says...

Croydon Saint wrote:
Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.
your last sentence says it all
[quote][p][bold]Croydon Saint[/bold] wrote: Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.[/p][/quote]your last sentence says it all st.athan saint
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9:13am Thu 17 Jan 13

El Santo says...

st.athan saint wrote:
Croydon Saint wrote:
Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.
your last sentence says it all
"Fails every time" I thought that the meaning of that sentence implied that we failed yesterday? Or maybe I am reading wrong? or maybe, not winning in Stamford Bridge is an epic fail?
[quote][p][bold]st.athan saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Croydon Saint[/bold] wrote: Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.[/p][/quote]your last sentence says it all[/p][/quote]"Fails every time" I thought that the meaning of that sentence implied that we failed yesterday? Or maybe I am reading wrong? or maybe, not winning in Stamford Bridge is an epic fail? El Santo
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9:37am Thu 17 Jan 13

BracknellSaint says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Disappointed at you Daily Echo...
Did you copy n paste this article from a London paper?
"Chelsea threw away a two goal lead"?!!! How about, Lambert and Punch earn a deserved point for OUR Saints?
Very poor DE... Sorry... But really poor
It is a direct copy and paste from th Daily Mail...
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Disappointed at you Daily Echo... Did you copy n paste this article from a London paper? "Chelsea threw away a two goal lead"?!!! How about, Lambert and Punch earn a deserved point for OUR Saints? Very poor DE... Sorry... But really poor[/p][/quote]It is a direct copy and paste from th Daily Mail... BracknellSaint
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9:43am Thu 17 Jan 13

miltonarcher says...

DE sports reporter inconsolable after the stunning comeback last night rendered his prepared article unusable. “Sources report Nigel Adkins position untenable after thrashing at Stamford Bridge. Christian Gross, Jimmy Quinn, Mark Hughes, Roy Keene, Ian Branfoot, Kevin Bond and various obscure foreign managers currently out of a job all being considered by the club to replace NA.

Under pressure Adkins said after the thrashing, we take the positives from this, draw a line under it and move on.”
DE sports reporter inconsolable after the stunning comeback last night rendered his prepared article unusable. “Sources report Nigel Adkins position untenable after thrashing at Stamford Bridge. Christian Gross, Jimmy Quinn, Mark Hughes, Roy Keene, Ian Branfoot, Kevin Bond and various obscure foreign managers currently out of a job all being considered by the club to replace NA. Under pressure Adkins said after the thrashing, we take the positives from this, draw a line under it and move on.” miltonarcher
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9:46am Thu 17 Jan 13

miltonarcher says...

Croydon Saint wrote:
Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.
**** it, just wasted 20 seconds of my life reading this drivel.
[quote][p][bold]Croydon Saint[/bold] wrote: Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.[/p][/quote]**** it, just wasted 20 seconds of my life reading this drivel. miltonarcher
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10:01am Thu 17 Jan 13

thesotonsaint says...

miltonarcher wrote:
Croydon Saint wrote:
Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.
**** it, just wasted 20 seconds of my life reading this drivel.
Agree MiltonArcher, totally pointess post, and why point out you were in Spain to watch it, what bearing does that have on the result, or your ability to support the Saints? People all over the world were watching it. Nigel is naive and inept because he has never managed at this level, however if this is what he has done on his first attempt in the top flight, and things are to only get better then I for one am totally behind him (and I confess to being dubious about him at the start of the season).

As a supporter of the club for 30 years I am totally excited about what is going on and so are most genuine saints fans. If we finish 17th on GD this season, it's mission accomplished; avoid relegation. We have to build for the future not expect to have someone who is going to lead us to thumpings of every big club on their own ground after 5 months back in the top flight.

Get with the plot, get unified and cheer for the Saints, COYR!
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Croydon Saint[/bold] wrote: Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.[/p][/quote]**** it, just wasted 20 seconds of my life reading this drivel.[/p][/quote]Agree MiltonArcher, totally pointess post, and why point out you were in Spain to watch it, what bearing does that have on the result, or your ability to support the Saints? People all over the world were watching it. Nigel is naive and inept because he has never managed at this level, however if this is what he has done on his first attempt in the top flight, and things are to only get better then I for one am totally behind him (and I confess to being dubious about him at the start of the season). As a supporter of the club for 30 years I am totally excited about what is going on and so are most genuine saints fans. If we finish 17th on GD this season, it's mission accomplished; avoid relegation. We have to build for the future not expect to have someone who is going to lead us to thumpings of every big club on their own ground after 5 months back in the top flight. Get with the plot, get unified and cheer for the Saints, COYR! thesotonsaint
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10:03am Thu 17 Jan 13

DazP71 says...

Watched the game on foreign streaming site and had to endure Tony Gale struggling to say anythng decent about us, aren't so called pundits supposed to offer unbiased views and not just put it down to the current European Champions having an 'off night'?????
Our unbeaten away run is showing people that we are not just going to turn up and get beat, we have strong characters in our side and good honest workers who will put the graft in. Well done lads, keep it up!

P.S. LUUUUUUUUUKE !!
Another England left back rolls off our unending academy production line.
Watched the game on foreign streaming site and had to endure Tony Gale struggling to say anythng decent about us, aren't so called pundits supposed to offer unbiased views and not just put it down to the current European Champions having an 'off night'????? Our unbeaten away run is showing people that we are not just going to turn up and get beat, we have strong characters in our side and good honest workers who will put the graft in. Well done lads, keep it up! P.S. LUUUUUUUUUKE !! Another England left back rolls off our unending academy production line. DazP71
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3:32pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Velleity says...

Croydon Saint wrote:
Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.
NA's "naivety and lack of tactical nous" has us on 14 points from our last ten games, ninth highest in the Premiership.

"fails every time" is also rather odd given that fact.

"saved Nigel's arse" makes it sound like he had no part in putting them on the pitch at a time he chose.

Yu're welcome to your opinion, I just see it as odd.
[quote][p][bold]Croydon Saint[/bold] wrote: Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.[/p][/quote]NA's "naivety and lack of tactical nous" has us on 14 points from our last ten games, ninth highest in the Premiership. "fails every time" is also rather odd given that fact. "saved Nigel's arse" makes it sound like he had no part in putting them on the pitch at a time he chose. Yu're welcome to your opinion, I just see it as odd. Velleity
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3:41pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Velleity says...

*You're welcome...
*You're welcome... Velleity
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1:59am Fri 18 Jan 13

Croydon Saint says...

Velleity wrote:
Croydon Saint wrote:
Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.
NA's "naivety and lack of tactical nous" has us on 14 points from our last ten games, ninth highest in the Premiership.

"fails every time" is also rather odd given that fact.

"saved Nigel's arse" makes it sound like he had no part in putting them on the pitch at a time he chose.

Yu're welcome to your opinion, I just see it as odd.
My point may seem odd. We will see come the end of the season. I hope and pray I am wrong but if I am left frustrated with NA's tactics, then this is a good place to vent my feelings. When I get to the stadium, I never show any negativity and cannot tolerate the boo boys/girls as it just doesn't help the cause. I am glad that there are other posts under different subject headings suggesting that we got a result in spite of Adkins' decisions. Lambert and Ramirez are not impact subs. I doubt he had a word with them both before the match saying that he plans to use them late in the game as we will likely be 2-0 down so you'll both come on and get me a draw. He got lucky and he knows it. If fit, you play your best players in every premiership game regardless of the opposition. This gives them the opportunity to gel and much needed continuity. You should always start with Ricky and you should never take him off. Even if he is absolutely spent, he's still more effective than anyone else. Adkins brings on fresh legs and the players still punt the ball up as if Ricky was there. Quality wise, we have a limited squad. Adkins needs to keep it simple, play his best eleven, get the points on the board and then he can experiment when we are safe.
[quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Croydon Saint[/bold] wrote: Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.[/p][/quote]NA's "naivety and lack of tactical nous" has us on 14 points from our last ten games, ninth highest in the Premiership. "fails every time" is also rather odd given that fact. "saved Nigel's arse" makes it sound like he had no part in putting them on the pitch at a time he chose. Yu're welcome to your opinion, I just see it as odd.[/p][/quote]My point may seem odd. We will see come the end of the season. I hope and pray I am wrong but if I am left frustrated with NA's tactics, then this is a good place to vent my feelings. When I get to the stadium, I never show any negativity and cannot tolerate the boo boys/girls as it just doesn't help the cause. I am glad that there are other posts under different subject headings suggesting that we got a result in spite of Adkins' decisions. Lambert and Ramirez are not impact subs. I doubt he had a word with them both before the match saying that he plans to use them late in the game as we will likely be 2-0 down so you'll both come on and get me a draw. He got lucky and he knows it. If fit, you play your best players in every premiership game regardless of the opposition. This gives them the opportunity to gel and much needed continuity. You should always start with Ricky and you should never take him off. Even if he is absolutely spent, he's still more effective than anyone else. Adkins brings on fresh legs and the players still punt the ball up as if Ricky was there. Quality wise, we have a limited squad. Adkins needs to keep it simple, play his best eleven, get the points on the board and then he can experiment when we are safe. Croydon Saint
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1:39am Sat 19 Jan 13

Croydon Saint says...

miltonarcher wrote:
Croydon Saint wrote:
Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.
**** it, just wasted 20 seconds of my life reading this drivel.
Mmmm drivel eh? My opinion isn't important, I know that. Though it seems that our chairman's is. You should have seen it coming, then you wouldn't have been so dismissive. COYR
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Croydon Saint[/bold] wrote: Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.[/p][/quote]**** it, just wasted 20 seconds of my life reading this drivel.[/p][/quote]Mmmm drivel eh? My opinion isn't important, I know that. Though it seems that our chairman's is. You should have seen it coming, then you wouldn't have been so dismissive. COYR Croydon Saint
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2:18am Sat 19 Jan 13

Croydon Saint says...

thesotonsaint wrote:
miltonarcher wrote:
Croydon Saint wrote:
Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.
**** it, just wasted 20 seconds of my life reading this drivel.
Agree MiltonArcher, totally pointess post, and why point out you were in Spain to watch it, what bearing does that have on the result, or your ability to support the Saints? People all over the world were watching it. Nigel is naive and inept because he has never managed at this level, however if this is what he has done on his first attempt in the top flight, and things are to only get better then I for one am totally behind him (and I confess to being dubious about him at the start of the season).

As a supporter of the club for 30 years I am totally excited about what is going on and so are most genuine saints fans. If we finish 17th on GD this season, it's mission accomplished; avoid relegation. We have to build for the future not expect to have someone who is going to lead us to thumpings of every big club on their own ground after 5 months back in the top flight.

Get with the plot, get unified and cheer for the Saints, COYR!
Looks like I got with the plot. I'm not being sarcastic but I'd heard a rumour so just feeling really positive about the new appointment. I hope we do unify and cheer on our team. Oh, by the way... I mentioned Spain because 1) I was absolutely chuffed it was on normal Spanish TV in my hotel. 2) Our overseas office is only a 2 mins drive from Espanyol's ground. You do the math. COYR!
[quote][p][bold]thesotonsaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Croydon Saint[/bold] wrote: Watched the game live on TV out in Spain and have been to quite a few matches this season. Don't wish to be negative but the credit Adkins seems to get from a lot of people on this forum, based solely on his performances this season, just simply doesn't stack up. I am very appreciative of what he has done for my club over the previous 2 seasons but yet again, tonight highlighted his naivety and lack of tactical nouse (at this level). To gamble on it staying at 0-0 until late into the second half (against the European champions) and then bring on your best players to pinch a goal, shows how inept he is. Its as if he wants to desperately be a maverick type and show everyone how astute he really is but fails every time. We looked very comfortable for the first 20 minutes until we got over the halfway line, then we didn't have a clue. 2 quality players came on and saved Nigel's arse. In NC I trust. In Nigel....well, nice bloke, would love to have a drink with him but not a Premiership manager. Great result though and I guess that's what matters.[/p][/quote]**** it, just wasted 20 seconds of my life reading this drivel.[/p][/quote]Agree MiltonArcher, totally pointess post, and why point out you were in Spain to watch it, what bearing does that have on the result, or your ability to support the Saints? People all over the world were watching it. Nigel is naive and inept because he has never managed at this level, however if this is what he has done on his first attempt in the top flight, and things are to only get better then I for one am totally behind him (and I confess to being dubious about him at the start of the season). As a supporter of the club for 30 years I am totally excited about what is going on and so are most genuine saints fans. If we finish 17th on GD this season, it's mission accomplished; avoid relegation. We have to build for the future not expect to have someone who is going to lead us to thumpings of every big club on their own ground after 5 months back in the top flight. Get with the plot, get unified and cheer for the Saints, COYR![/p][/quote]Looks like I got with the plot. I'm not being sarcastic but I'd heard a rumour so just feeling really positive about the new appointment. I hope we do unify and cheer on our team. Oh, by the way... I mentioned Spain because 1) I was absolutely chuffed it was on normal Spanish TV in my hotel. 2) Our overseas office is only a 2 mins drive from Espanyol's ground. You do the math. COYR! Croydon Saint
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