Saints stun champions City with brilliant win

Daily Echo: Saints stun champions City with brilliant win Saints stun champions City with brilliant win

Saints produced the most stunning result since their return to the Premier League as they defeated champions Manchester City 3-1 at St Mary’s.

The win was a first for Mauricio Pochettino since taking over from Nigel Adkins and, on a day when Saints’ relegation rivals all lost, lifted them six points clear of the relegation zone.

It was a stirring display from Saints against a lacklustre and, frankly, wretched City side who gifted them all three goals.

Jason Puncheon gave Saints an early lead which was doubled by Steven Davis before Edin Dzeko pulled one back.

However, that was the only high point for Roberto Mancini’s men as a Gareth Barry own goal gave Saints the cushion they needed to record a memorable and valuable three points.

Inexplicable mistakes by Joe Hart and Gareth Barry gave Manchester City's Barclays Premier League title hopes a potentially decisive blow.

City goalkeeper Hart admitted in the build-up that anything but victory at St Mary's would all but end any their hopes of retaining the title, with leaders Manchester United already boasting a nine-point cushion.

Roberto Mancini's side simply did not look like a side in need of a victory , conceding after just seven minutes when Jason Puncheon slotted home.

Hart could have possibly done better with the shot that led to the opener, but there was no doubting his culpability for Southampton's second.

Excellent team interplay put through Rickie Lambert, whose fierce drive squirmed through the England international's grasp, allowing Steven Davis to bundle home.

Edin Dzeko reduced the deficit as half-time approached, although a two-goal lead could have been restored on the stroke of half-time had referee Martin Atkinson not waved away Jay Rodriguez's penalty appeals.

That was soon forgotten, though, as Barry passed into his own goal unchallenged to put Saints on course for a first win since Pochettino replaced Nigel Adkins at the helm.

On the opening day of the season the newly-promoted side were valiant in a 3-2 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

It was a similarly end-to-end encounter this evening, with Saints dominating the proceedings early on and netting a seventh-minute opener.

After Barry was dispossessed, Puncheon burst down the right flank and played through the unmarked Rodriguez. Hart managed to deny the winger but the ball fell kindly for Puncheon, who slotted home calmly in front of the Northam End.

City were struggling to deal with Southampton's attacking intent in an opening 15 minutes in which a tame Sergio Aguero effort was all they had to show for their efforts.

They eventually began to settle but were soon rocked by a second Southampton goal in the 22nd minute.

Lambert collected the ball on the right and played a neat one-two with Puncheon, before cutting back and firing a shot that Hart let slip through from his midriff, allowing Davis to poke home.

Saints fans ironically bellowed 'England No.1' after the gaffe, before directing their attention at referee Atkinson.

First they took umbrage with his decision to book Lambert for hauling back Joleon Lescott, before he then awarded a foul on the edge of the box after Dzeko took a tumble.

Rodriguez saw a right-foot effort go just inches wide of Hart's far post as the home side pressed for a third, with Nathaniel Clyne seeing a strike deflect behind.

Pablo Zabaleta floated ball to the back post just evaded Aguero as City looked for a goal, which came six minutes before half-time.

The Bosnian striker got himself in the way of terrible Saints corner, before bursting up the field and tucking home a Zabaleta cross.

It was harsh on the hosts, who felt hard done by in stoppage-time when Rodriguez was brought to ground in the area by Yaya Toure, captaining the side on his return from the African Nations Cup.

Atkinson awarded a corner instead of a spot-kick much to the home fans' frustrations - but they were celebrating soon after the restart.

After Puncheon hammered over moments into the second half, the winger could then not quite latch onto a Lambert pullback, which Barry inexplicably passed into his own goal.

Gael Clichy was booked soon after as City's frustrations became evident, with Saints pushing for a fourth.

The visitors were having to defend with all they had and hope for a chance on the counter, with Artur Boruc reacting well to palm away an Aguero strike wide when they did voyage forward.

James Milner, on moments earlier for Samir Nasri, shot wide from the resulting corner but City were soon back on the defence.

Toure was booked for a foul on substitute Adam Lallana soon after, before Fox limped off to be replaced by Frazer Richardson.

Aleksandar Kolarov and Maicon were City's final introductions, with the latter soon denied from close range by Boruc.

James Ward-Prowse replaced Davis for what a nervy final 10 minutes in which City were kept at bay, meaning United could go 12 points clear at the top should they beat Everton tomorrow.

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7:49pm Sat 9 Feb 13

hdfw09 says...

Amazing win. Saints were brilliant.

I'm traveling from Texas to see the QPR game. Any tips on the best seats? Where to go before and after the game?

Hdfw09@yahoo.com
Amazing win. Saints were brilliant. I'm traveling from Texas to see the QPR game. Any tips on the best seats? Where to go before and after the game? Hdfw09@yahoo.com hdfw09

7:50pm Sat 9 Feb 13

gladbachsaint says...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS - get out the beers :-)
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS - get out the beers :-) gladbachsaint

7:51pm Sat 9 Feb 13

skiptonsaint says...

this has been coming !

i was harsh last week after wigan

this was massive

we can get to mid table now and get some pressure off

what a team and without shaw and ramirez

this is the game where jrod , yoshida , davis really started their seasons

delighted

other teams will not want to play us now

coyr !
this has been coming ! i was harsh last week after wigan this was massive we can get to mid table now and get some pressure off what a team and without shaw and ramirez this is the game where jrod , yoshida , davis really started their seasons delighted other teams will not want to play us now coyr ! skiptonsaint

7:52pm Sat 9 Feb 13

magnette says...

One Nic Cortese...there's only one Nic Cortese....etc...etc
One Nic Cortese...there's only one Nic Cortese....etc...etc magnette

7:54pm Sat 9 Feb 13

West Cork Saiint says...

Epic win lads! St Mary must have been rocking!
Epic win lads! St Mary must have been rocking! West Cork Saiint

7:58pm Sat 9 Feb 13

apm1954 says...

have a thought for the skates
have a thought for the skates apm1954

8:04pm Sat 9 Feb 13

SaintMax says...

skiptonsaint wrote:
this has been coming !

i was harsh last week after wigan

this was massive

we can get to mid table now and get some pressure off

what a team and without shaw and ramirez

this is the game where jrod , yoshida , davis really started their seasons

delighted

other teams will not want to play us now

coyr !
Great post, great win! This has been coming since arsenal draw, but really gathered momentum under Mau.
Someone was gonna get well beaten, and we saved it for the premiership champions!!
[quote][p][bold]skiptonsaint[/bold] wrote: this has been coming ! i was harsh last week after wigan this was massive we can get to mid table now and get some pressure off what a team and without shaw and ramirez this is the game where jrod , yoshida , davis really started their seasons delighted other teams will not want to play us now coyr ![/p][/quote]Great post, great win! This has been coming since arsenal draw, but really gathered momentum under Mau. Someone was gonna get well beaten, and we saved it for the premiership champions!! SaintMax

8:05pm Sat 9 Feb 13

RedArmy1 says...

STUN - (that's what we do !!!)

WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON.

:O) - KNOCKED the stuffing out of citeh today and secured the HOME WIN.

RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY
.
COYR.
STUN - (that's what we do !!!) WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON. :O) - KNOCKED the stuffing out of citeh today and secured the HOME WIN. RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY . COYR. RedArmy1

8:09pm Sat 9 Feb 13

costa gaz says...

....WOW !!!

Great result, city didn't play badly, Saints never let them play.
Rickie Lambert was immense tonight, but the whole team did fantastic.
Other sides will take notice of us now and try to work out how we can be stopped.
....WOW !!! Great result, city didn't play badly, Saints never let them play. Rickie Lambert was immense tonight, but the whole team did fantastic. Other sides will take notice of us now and try to work out how we can be stopped. costa gaz

8:09pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Tirau Dan says...

FANTASTIC WIN
THANK YOU NICOLA
WELL DONE SAINTS PLAYERS AND FANS.

THANK YOU DEAR ECHO THATS THE HEADLINE WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR....

sorry to yell.. I am slowly calming down here in NZ - good on you all have a great celebration.
FANTASTIC WIN THANK YOU NICOLA WELL DONE SAINTS PLAYERS AND FANS. THANK YOU DEAR ECHO THATS THE HEADLINE WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR.... sorry to yell.. I am slowly calming down here in NZ - good on you all have a great celebration. Tirau Dan

8:16pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Saintsteve7 says...

Great win. Great performance. Anyone fancy 11th place?? Coyr
Great win. Great performance. Anyone fancy 11th place?? Coyr Saintsteve7

8:17pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Sally Hamilton Original says...

Come you skates... Lets hear it ?....what's that?....oh I didn't think you said anything! Well done saints and yes, as with the previous poster, we are never going to look back! There is only one NC! Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh pompey
Come you skates... Lets hear it ?....what's that?....oh I didn't think you said anything! Well done saints and yes, as with the previous poster, we are never going to look back! There is only one NC! Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh pompey Sally Hamilton Original

8:18pm Sat 9 Feb 13

LeTissiersEarLobe says...

MoPo is immense
MoPo is immense LeTissiersEarLobe

8:20pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Well, thank goodness - like Chelsea and Arsenal before them since the turn of the year - City chose the game against Saints to play so badly. If they had all played better, we'd be 5 points worse off by now and be right in the poo! :)

As said on the other thread, I wonder what Hanson and Lawro will make of it.
Well, thank goodness - like Chelsea and Arsenal before them since the turn of the year - City chose the game against Saints to play so badly. If they had all played better, we'd be 5 points worse off by now and be right in the poo! :) As said on the other thread, I wonder what Hanson and Lawro will make of it. Strasbourg Saint

8:22pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

hdfw09 wrote:
Amazing win. Saints were brilliant.

I'm traveling from Texas to see the QPR game. Any tips on the best seats? Where to go before and after the game?

Hdfw09@yahoo.com
Good on yer! I'll email some thoughts later.

Now it's dinner time and a celebratory glass of wine.
[quote][p][bold]hdfw09[/bold] wrote: Amazing win. Saints were brilliant. I'm traveling from Texas to see the QPR game. Any tips on the best seats? Where to go before and after the game? Hdfw09@yahoo.com[/p][/quote]Good on yer! I'll email some thoughts later. Now it's dinner time and a celebratory glass of wine. Strasbourg Saint

8:24pm Sat 9 Feb 13

SnapperSaint says...

WE CLIMBING UP, WE ARE CLIMBING UP!!!
So great to be a Saints fan right now...
WE CLIMBING UP, WE ARE CLIMBING UP!!! So great to be a Saints fan right now... SnapperSaint

8:24pm Sat 9 Feb 13

SnapperSaint says...

SnapperSaint wrote:
WE CLIMBING UP, WE ARE CLIMBING UP!!!
So great to be a Saints fan right now...
Update:
WE ARE CLIMBING UP, WE ARE CLIMBING UP!!!
So great to be a Saints fan right now...
[quote][p][bold]SnapperSaint[/bold] wrote: WE CLIMBING UP, WE ARE CLIMBING UP!!! So great to be a Saints fan right now...[/p][/quote]Update: WE ARE CLIMBING UP, WE ARE CLIMBING UP!!! So great to be a Saints fan right now... SnapperSaint

8:26pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Proud from LIVERPOOL says...

Congratulations for an amazing win !!
Congratulations for an amazing win !! Proud from LIVERPOOL

8:26pm Sat 9 Feb 13

hates the skates says...

skunts? oh dear u not out to night? ptid your usually vocal? got nothing to say? ha ha, what a win. coyr.
skunts? oh dear u not out to night? ptid your usually vocal? got nothing to say? ha ha, what a win. coyr. hates the skates

8:27pm Sat 9 Feb 13

warrens 76 says...

What a difference a new manager makes! Our whole approach is so much more positive, with players making runs, greater variation in how we distribute the ball and we play at a quicker tempo. I'm glad to see we're pressing more and looking to unsettle the opposition.

All of these factors suit the players we have in our squad, I still don't understand why Nigel didn't play a more attacking varied game. When we have the ball we now play with the intention of making our possession pay off and not just playing keep ball. You can see that the players are still adapting but it's starting to come good!

To all the Nigel Sycophants how are you enjoying your humble pie?
BbB spot on my son...our friends Osprey, velliety, Slugger and be clear they are our friends do not always recognise WUMs from genuine observation...

I have pretty much agreed with your observations and you mine all season...

...funnily enough now Saints are doing what we were DEMANDING it's truly coming up roses..

...our football is sublime.. like Barca except more interesting...

Cortese will probably never quite get the credit he is due because my town Southampton has a bit of a problem with success and envy..

..seriously it is an issue and many who do not like him are more motivated because he was a banker than his results..

..I myself have had issues with individuals because i have done a little too well, it is the one black spot on 'some' of our citizens and i worry that certain idiots might one day kill the golden goose....however today is a great day..of course for Sky City, Mufco, Everton, Chelsea, Wigan all had off days ALL??
Yeah I don't get why some fans have it in for Cortese. I think you hit on it with the banker theory, some sort of inverted snobbery. As you say I hope that minority doesn't ruin it!

What we both wanted for the club is coming together. We seem to have a purpose to our play, no more aimless short passes.

I have nothing against the happy clappers, although I did when I first came on here! Their Nigel's s*** doesn't stink routine was graiting, but the likes of OSPers and even Bill and Seed took the mature approach over Nigel's ousting and talked a few fans off the ledge! It's great to see fans like yourself who speak sense on this site and get where the club is going. Up the Saints! Btw Slugger's sound!
Actually BbB they are all sound...why, because we are all Saints unlike certain idiot posters who do not know what they are!¨kent, Gloryhole etc..

Any way you summed it up..purpose of play..excellent phrase..i used to say to my staff " if you don't know were your going don't be suprised if you don't get there" that was us in many earlier games..

...now apart from some occasional memory loss our team KNOW were they are going ...

...and it's blöödy marvellous!
What a difference a new manager makes! Our whole approach is so much more positive, with players making runs, greater variation in how we distribute the ball and we play at a quicker tempo. I'm glad to see we're pressing more and looking to unsettle the opposition. All of these factors suit the players we have in our squad, I still don't understand why Nigel didn't play a more attacking varied game. When we have the ball we now play with the intention of making our possession pay off and not just playing keep ball. You can see that the players are still adapting but it's starting to come good! To all the Nigel Sycophants how are you enjoying your humble pie? BbB spot on my son...our friends Osprey, velliety, Slugger and be clear they are our friends do not always recognise WUMs from genuine observation... I have pretty much agreed with your observations and you mine all season... ...funnily enough now Saints are doing what we were DEMANDING it's truly coming up roses.. ...our football is sublime.. like Barca except more interesting... Cortese will probably never quite get the credit he is due because my town Southampton has a bit of a problem with success and envy.. ..seriously it is an issue and many who do not like him are more motivated because he was a banker than his results.. ..I myself have had issues with individuals because i have done a little too well, it is the one black spot on 'some' of our citizens and i worry that certain idiots might one day kill the golden goose....however today is a great day..of course for Sky City, Mufco, Everton, Chelsea, Wigan all had off days ALL?? Yeah I don't get why some fans have it in for Cortese. I think you hit on it with the banker theory, some sort of inverted snobbery. As you say I hope that minority doesn't ruin it! What we both wanted for the club is coming together. We seem to have a purpose to our play, no more aimless short passes. I have nothing against the happy clappers, although I did when I first came on here! Their Nigel's s*** doesn't stink routine was graiting, but the likes of OSPers and even Bill and Seed took the mature approach over Nigel's ousting and talked a few fans off the ledge! It's great to see fans like yourself who speak sense on this site and get where the club is going. Up the Saints! Btw Slugger's sound! Actually BbB they are all sound...why, because we are all Saints unlike certain idiot posters who do not know what they are!¨kent, Gloryhole etc.. Any way you summed it up..purpose of play..excellent phrase..i used to say to my staff " if you don't know were your going don't be suprised if you don't get there" that was us in many earlier games.. ...now apart from some occasional memory loss our team KNOW were they are going ... ...and it's blöödy marvellous! warrens 76

8:29pm Sat 9 Feb 13

SnapperSaint says...

apm1954 wrote:
have a thought for the skates
..... ok done that now let's move on and celebrate our win...wildly!!!
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: have a thought for the skates[/p][/quote]..... ok done that now let's move on and celebrate our win...wildly!!! SnapperSaint

8:30pm Sat 9 Feb 13

saint in dordogne says...

I support saints in france i know a saints supporter in new z, australia and america. SAINTS becoming one of the greats in football and today has proven that we will get there.
COYR
I support saints in france i know a saints supporter in new z, australia and america. SAINTS becoming one of the greats in football and today has proven that we will get there. COYR saint in dordogne

8:31pm Sat 9 Feb 13

warrens 76 says...

Come on Kent, Gloryhole..were are you..show yourself skuntish ones..
Come on Kent, Gloryhole..were are you..show yourself skuntish ones.. warrens 76

8:31pm Sat 9 Feb 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Just got home, those WUMs can say and do what they like, they aren't gonna wipe the stupid, smug grin off my face tonight, that was a doozy, it was coming but I didn't expect the Champions to be the victim.
Just got home, those WUMs can say and do what they like, they aren't gonna wipe the stupid, smug grin off my face tonight, that was a doozy, it was coming but I didn't expect the Champions to be the victim. OSPREYSAINT

8:33pm Sat 9 Feb 13

St. Case says...

hdfw09 wrote:
Amazing win. Saints were brilliant.

I'm traveling from Texas to see the QPR game. Any tips on the best seats? Where to go before and after the game?

Hdfw09@yahoo.com
I'm travelling from Norway, and will be at King Alfred pub before the QPR match. Last time I was there was in League one against Bristol Rovers (1-0 win).
[quote][p][bold]hdfw09[/bold] wrote: Amazing win. Saints were brilliant. I'm traveling from Texas to see the QPR game. Any tips on the best seats? Where to go before and after the game? Hdfw09@yahoo.com[/p][/quote]I'm travelling from Norway, and will be at King Alfred pub before the QPR match. Last time I was there was in League one against Bristol Rovers (1-0 win). St. Case

8:33pm Sat 9 Feb 13

gladbachsaint says...

apm1954 wrote:
have a thought for the skates
Good idea - now I am enjoying my beer even more - LMFAO :-)
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: have a thought for the skates[/p][/quote]Good idea - now I am enjoying my beer even more - LMFAO :-) gladbachsaint

8:34pm Sat 9 Feb 13

thomasupton says...

Just got back, what a fantastic performance.
Just got back, what a fantastic performance. thomasupton

8:35pm Sat 9 Feb 13

hdfw09 says...

St. Case wrote:
hdfw09 wrote:
Amazing win. Saints were brilliant.

I'm traveling from Texas to see the QPR game. Any tips on the best seats? Where to go before and after the game?

Hdfw09@yahoo.com
I'm travelling from Norway, and will be at King Alfred pub before the QPR match. Last time I was there was in League one against Bristol Rovers (1-0 win).
Great! I watched the last match of the prior season (Coventry) from the King Alfred. Could not secure tickets. But I stormed the pitch upon promotion!
[quote][p][bold]St. Case[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hdfw09[/bold] wrote: Amazing win. Saints were brilliant. I'm traveling from Texas to see the QPR game. Any tips on the best seats? Where to go before and after the game? Hdfw09@yahoo.com[/p][/quote]I'm travelling from Norway, and will be at King Alfred pub before the QPR match. Last time I was there was in League one against Bristol Rovers (1-0 win).[/p][/quote]Great! I watched the last match of the prior season (Coventry) from the King Alfred. Could not secure tickets. But I stormed the pitch upon promotion! hdfw09

8:36pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Costa Baz says...

Everton were out of sorts/jaded/uncharac
teristically slow to the ball etc

Man Utd were out of sorts/jaded/leaden legged etc

Man Citeh were out of sorts/jaded/tired etc

Wigan were outplayed by a Southampton team playing a high tempo game, allied to skilful football when in possession.

Come on pundits. We have outplayed ALL of them and will continue to do so, if we continue playing like this, until the end of the season.

Can't wait to see us start converting the pressure into more goals.

Southampton have arrived in the Premier League AND WE ARE STAYING HERE!!!
Everton were out of sorts/jaded/uncharac teristically slow to the ball etc Man Utd were out of sorts/jaded/leaden legged etc Man Citeh were out of sorts/jaded/tired etc Wigan were outplayed by a Southampton team playing a high tempo game, allied to skilful football when in possession. Come on pundits. We have outplayed ALL of them and will continue to do so, if we continue playing like this, until the end of the season. Can't wait to see us start converting the pressure into more goals. Southampton have arrived in the Premier League AND WE ARE STAYING HERE!!! Costa Baz

8:36pm Sat 9 Feb 13

SnapperSaint says...

Tirau Dan wrote:
FANTASTIC WIN
THANK YOU NICOLA
WELL DONE SAINTS PLAYERS AND FANS.

THANK YOU DEAR ECHO THATS THE HEADLINE WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR....

sorry to yell.. I am slowly calming down here in NZ - good on you all have a great celebration.
There are shouts for Southampton from all over the country and all over the world tonight Dan, so go ahead and SHOUT!!!
[quote][p][bold]Tirau Dan[/bold] wrote: FANTASTIC WIN THANK YOU NICOLA WELL DONE SAINTS PLAYERS AND FANS. THANK YOU DEAR ECHO THATS THE HEADLINE WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR.... sorry to yell.. I am slowly calming down here in NZ - good on you all have a great celebration.[/p][/quote]There are shouts for Southampton from all over the country and all over the world tonight Dan, so go ahead and SHOUT!!! SnapperSaint

8:37pm Sat 9 Feb 13

warrens 76 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Just got home, those WUMs can say and do what they like, they aren't gonna wipe the stupid, smug grin off my face tonight, that was a doozy, it was coming but I didn't expect the Champions to be the victim.
Neither did I!! however we were better than Everton, Mufco, Wigan and City...so it's more a surprise that something has at last gone our way than the actual football..winning is a habit let's get one..
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Just got home, those WUMs can say and do what they like, they aren't gonna wipe the stupid, smug grin off my face tonight, that was a doozy, it was coming but I didn't expect the Champions to be the victim.[/p][/quote]Neither did I!! however we were better than Everton, Mufco, Wigan and City...so it's more a surprise that something has at last gone our way than the actual football..winning is a habit let's get one.. warrens 76

8:37pm Sat 9 Feb 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Come on Norway where are you?
Come on Norway where are you? OSPREYSAINT

8:40pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Snooky says...

Come on where is the credit from the pundits and media, lacklustre is a word I have read too much in reports of our opposition. We have made them play that way and look that ordinary.

If they had seen the previous games, they would see that we do this every game since MP took over. Well done boys.

We need to get Morgan signed up to a long term contract and mann of the match deserved by Jay.
Come on where is the credit from the pundits and media, lacklustre is a word I have read too much in reports of our opposition. We have made them play that way and look that ordinary. If they had seen the previous games, they would see that we do this every game since MP took over. Well done boys. We need to get Morgan signed up to a long term contract and mann of the match deserved by Jay. Snooky

8:43pm Sat 9 Feb 13

warrens 76 says...

Costa Baz wrote:
Everton were out of sorts/jaded/uncharac

teristically slow to the ball etc

Man Utd were out of sorts/jaded/leaden legged etc

Man Citeh were out of sorts/jaded/tired etc

Wigan were outplayed by a Southampton team playing a high tempo game, allied to skilful football when in possession.

Come on pundits. We have outplayed ALL of them and will continue to do so, if we continue playing like this, until the end of the season.

Can't wait to see us start converting the pressure into more goals.

Southampton have arrived in the Premier League AND WE ARE STAYING HERE!!!
Yes yes we are..spoke to a genuine Mufco fan (from manchester) in Costa Rica tonight he said that other than Tottenham we play the best football in the league...and he has watched most of our games through ESPN..so there it is....
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Everton were out of sorts/jaded/uncharac teristically slow to the ball etc Man Utd were out of sorts/jaded/leaden legged etc Man Citeh were out of sorts/jaded/tired etc Wigan were outplayed by a Southampton team playing a high tempo game, allied to skilful football when in possession. Come on pundits. We have outplayed ALL of them and will continue to do so, if we continue playing like this, until the end of the season. Can't wait to see us start converting the pressure into more goals. Southampton have arrived in the Premier League AND WE ARE STAYING HERE!!![/p][/quote]Yes yes we are..spoke to a genuine Mufco fan (from manchester) in Costa Rica tonight he said that other than Tottenham we play the best football in the league...and he has watched most of our games through ESPN..so there it is.... warrens 76

8:45pm Sat 9 Feb 13

SaintMax says...

Costa Baz wrote:
Everton were out of sorts/jaded/uncharac

teristically slow to the ball etc

Man Utd were out of sorts/jaded/leaden legged etc

Man Citeh were out of sorts/jaded/tired etc

Wigan were outplayed by a Southampton team playing a high tempo game, allied to skilful football when in possession.

Come on pundits. We have outplayed ALL of them and will continue to do so, if we continue playing like this, until the end of the season.

Can't wait to see us start converting the pressure into more goals.

Southampton have arrived in the Premier League AND WE ARE STAYING HERE!!!
Your dead right Baz.

Quite impressive how Mau has been able to effect how the team plays so quickly..

And why did we run out of steam so often under NA playing a slower tempo? Perhaps it's all to do with sharing the work load, ALL the players chasing, closing and doing their job.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Everton were out of sorts/jaded/uncharac teristically slow to the ball etc Man Utd were out of sorts/jaded/leaden legged etc Man Citeh were out of sorts/jaded/tired etc Wigan were outplayed by a Southampton team playing a high tempo game, allied to skilful football when in possession. Come on pundits. We have outplayed ALL of them and will continue to do so, if we continue playing like this, until the end of the season. Can't wait to see us start converting the pressure into more goals. Southampton have arrived in the Premier League AND WE ARE STAYING HERE!!![/p][/quote]Your dead right Baz. Quite impressive how Mau has been able to effect how the team plays so quickly.. And why did we run out of steam so often under NA playing a slower tempo? Perhaps it's all to do with sharing the work load, ALL the players chasing, closing and doing their job. SaintMax

8:47pm Sat 9 Feb 13

SaintMax says...

Proud from LIVERPOOL wrote:
Congratulations for an amazing win !!
Cheers mate, good luck for your season.
[quote][p][bold]Proud from LIVERPOOL[/bold] wrote: Congratulations for an amazing win !![/p][/quote]Cheers mate, good luck for your season. SaintMax

9:02pm Sat 9 Feb 13

denniss says...

gladbachsaint wrote:
apm1954 wrote: have a thought for the skates
Good idea - now I am enjoying my beer even more - LMFAO :-)
I had a thought for them in the first half today, I just wished we were playing them. We may have got a good cricket score, we were that good.
[quote][p][bold]gladbachsaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: have a thought for the skates[/p][/quote]Good idea - now I am enjoying my beer even more - LMFAO :-)[/p][/quote]I had a thought for them in the first half today, I just wished we were playing them. We may have got a good cricket score, we were that good. denniss

9:04pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Stroppy_gramps says...

can't wait to see what they say on MOTD.
really hacks me off how the pundits have written Saints off this season.
can't wait to see what they say on MOTD. really hacks me off how the pundits have written Saints off this season. Stroppy_gramps

9:08pm Sat 9 Feb 13

apm1954 says...

i live 2miles from dean court thank christ they have gone home still smells of fish
i live 2miles from dean court thank christ they have gone home still smells of fish apm1954

9:10pm Sat 9 Feb 13

warrens 76 says...

apm1954 wrote:
i live 2miles from dean court thank christ they have gone home still smells of fish
Was it messy...portsmuff scum will trash anything nice and even kings park qualifies as uber wealth to fratton rats.
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: i live 2miles from dean court thank christ they have gone home still smells of fish[/p][/quote]Was it messy...portsmuff scum will trash anything nice and even kings park qualifies as uber wealth to fratton rats. warrens 76

9:15pm Sat 9 Feb 13

2getheras1 says...

Pochettino has won me over. He has earned his Falklands passport.
Pochettino has won me over. He has earned his Falklands passport. 2getheras1

9:17pm Sat 9 Feb 13

skiptonsaint says...

we were great in so many areas

but gotta say the defence was really impressive

especially missing shaw and fonte and looking better and better each game

hope shaw can get back with next weeks break for newcastle game
we were great in so many areas but gotta say the defence was really impressive especially missing shaw and fonte and looking better and better each game hope shaw can get back with next weeks break for newcastle game skiptonsaint

9:37pm Sat 9 Feb 13

mikeyg2108 says...

skiptonsaint wrote:
we were great in so many areas

but gotta say the defence was really impressive

especially missing shaw and fonte and looking better and better each game

hope shaw can get back with next weeks break for newcastle game
I thought Yoshida was man of the match today. Absolutely outstanding!
[quote][p][bold]skiptonsaint[/bold] wrote: we were great in so many areas but gotta say the defence was really impressive especially missing shaw and fonte and looking better and better each game hope shaw can get back with next weeks break for newcastle game[/p][/quote]I thought Yoshida was man of the match today. Absolutely outstanding! mikeyg2108

9:44pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

mikeyg2108 wrote:
skiptonsaint wrote:
we were great in so many areas

but gotta say the defence was really impressive

especially missing shaw and fonte and looking better and better each game

hope shaw can get back with next weeks break for newcastle game
I thought Yoshida was man of the match today. Absolutely outstanding!
I agree.

I think Yos answered a few critics today.

He and Jos both did well when you consider who they were against and the costly errors from last week.

Mind you, Cork and Schneiderlin were, again, superb, with, of the two, Cork shading it this week.
[quote][p][bold]mikeyg2108[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skiptonsaint[/bold] wrote: we were great in so many areas but gotta say the defence was really impressive especially missing shaw and fonte and looking better and better each game hope shaw can get back with next weeks break for newcastle game[/p][/quote]I thought Yoshida was man of the match today. Absolutely outstanding![/p][/quote]I agree. I think Yos answered a few critics today. He and Jos both did well when you consider who they were against and the costly errors from last week. Mind you, Cork and Schneiderlin were, again, superb, with, of the two, Cork shading it this week. Strasbourg Saint

9:49pm Sat 9 Feb 13

mikeyg2108 says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
mikeyg2108 wrote:
skiptonsaint wrote:
we were great in so many areas

but gotta say the defence was really impressive

especially missing shaw and fonte and looking better and better each game

hope shaw can get back with next weeks break for newcastle game
I thought Yoshida was man of the match today. Absolutely outstanding!
I agree.

I think Yos answered a few critics today.

He and Jos both did well when you consider who they were against and the costly errors from last week.

Mind you, Cork and Schneiderlin were, again, superb, with, of the two, Cork shading it this week.
Actually thinking about it again I think we could make an argument for each and every one of them to be man of the match!

Rickie was immense - how he cannot make the England squad baffles me!
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mikeyg2108[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skiptonsaint[/bold] wrote: we were great in so many areas but gotta say the defence was really impressive especially missing shaw and fonte and looking better and better each game hope shaw can get back with next weeks break for newcastle game[/p][/quote]I thought Yoshida was man of the match today. Absolutely outstanding![/p][/quote]I agree. I think Yos answered a few critics today. He and Jos both did well when you consider who they were against and the costly errors from last week. Mind you, Cork and Schneiderlin were, again, superb, with, of the two, Cork shading it this week.[/p][/quote]Actually thinking about it again I think we could make an argument for each and every one of them to be man of the match! Rickie was immense - how he cannot make the England squad baffles me! mikeyg2108

9:52pm Sat 9 Feb 13

saintlysoul says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
mikeyg2108 wrote:
skiptonsaint wrote:
we were great in so many areas

but gotta say the defence was really impressive

especially missing shaw and fonte and looking better and better each game

hope shaw can get back with next weeks break for newcastle game
I thought Yoshida was man of the match today. Absolutely outstanding!
I agree.

I think Yos answered a few critics today.

He and Jos both did well when you consider who they were against and the costly errors from last week.

Mind you, Cork and Schneiderlin were, again, superb, with, of the two, Cork shading it this week.
Difficult to really pick a man of the match as they all played really well but on balance I agree Cork was absolutely outstanding!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mikeyg2108[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skiptonsaint[/bold] wrote: we were great in so many areas but gotta say the defence was really impressive especially missing shaw and fonte and looking better and better each game hope shaw can get back with next weeks break for newcastle game[/p][/quote]I thought Yoshida was man of the match today. Absolutely outstanding![/p][/quote]I agree. I think Yos answered a few critics today. He and Jos both did well when you consider who they were against and the costly errors from last week. Mind you, Cork and Schneiderlin were, again, superb, with, of the two, Cork shading it this week.[/p][/quote]Difficult to really pick a man of the match as they all played really well but on balance I agree Cork was absolutely outstanding!!!!! saintlysoul

9:54pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Tony Robertson says...

Watched it. Loved it. At last, we are playing positive footie. Our new manager "PocketRocket" seems to have got them motivated, and above all, enjoying themselves.
Can't wait for the Newcastle game, I'll be there too.
COYS
Watched it. Loved it. At last, we are playing positive footie. Our new manager "PocketRocket" seems to have got them motivated, and above all, enjoying themselves. Can't wait for the Newcastle game, I'll be there too. COYS Tony Robertson

10:03pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Costa Baz says...

mikeyg2108 wrote:
skiptonsaint wrote:
we were great in so many areas

but gotta say the defence was really impressive

especially missing shaw and fonte and looking better and better each game

hope shaw can get back with next weeks break for newcastle game
I thought Yoshida was man of the match today. Absolutely outstanding!
Yoshida's reading of the game is immense.

On 2 or 3 occasions, when Citeh were hitting the ball long towards Aguero/Dzeko, he was stepping out of defence and cutting off the supply so easily.
Don't understand why, in recent threads, some still don't rate him.
He has a calmness, that spreads throughout the defence.

Something else I noticed, in the first half, was Saints midfield players, having over committed themselves, carefully stopping the run of an opponent, by obstructing them, preventing them running into space.
Something else that MP may have brought in.
[quote][p][bold]mikeyg2108[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skiptonsaint[/bold] wrote: we were great in so many areas but gotta say the defence was really impressive especially missing shaw and fonte and looking better and better each game hope shaw can get back with next weeks break for newcastle game[/p][/quote]I thought Yoshida was man of the match today. Absolutely outstanding![/p][/quote]Yoshida's reading of the game is immense. On 2 or 3 occasions, when Citeh were hitting the ball long towards Aguero/Dzeko, he was stepping out of defence and cutting off the supply so easily. Don't understand why, in recent threads, some still don't rate him. He has a calmness, that spreads throughout the defence. Something else I noticed, in the first half, was Saints midfield players, having over committed themselves, carefully stopping the run of an opponent, by obstructing them, preventing them running into space. Something else that MP may have brought in. Costa Baz

10:12pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Tony Robertson wrote:
Watched it. Loved it. At last, we are playing positive footie. Our new manager "PocketRocket" seems to have got them motivated, and above all, enjoying themselves.
Can't wait for the Newcastle game, I'll be there too.
COYS
See you there, Tony.
[quote][p][bold]Tony Robertson[/bold] wrote: Watched it. Loved it. At last, we are playing positive footie. Our new manager "PocketRocket" seems to have got them motivated, and above all, enjoying themselves. Can't wait for the Newcastle game, I'll be there too. COYS[/p][/quote]See you there, Tony. Strasbourg Saint

10:18pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Message to BbB and Warrens:

I hate to get controversial on such a great day but I think you're both being a bit harsh regarding us so-called ‘happy clappers’.

Speaking for myself, first of all, my support is and always has been for the club. Not FOR or AGAINST any one person involved in its running. While Nigel was a part of that, I supported him and there was no difference with Pards before him. There was nothing sycophantic about it.

Second, don’t let your opposition to Nigel cloud your memory. He did, after all, mastermind two promotions.

Third, don’t you think that just a tiny bit of credit for this win should go to Nigel and his coaching team? They (and Pards) built that team and had it playing a pretty attractive game and, with a tad more luck and a little less on-field and off-field naivety, we might have gained a win or two more.

Nigel has gone and MoPo has carried things forward – taken us to the next level; he had my support from the moment he was appointed – nothing to do with his achievements so far.

One thing I fail to get is this idea some have that you MUST be 100% for or against, NC or Nigel or MoPo or whatever. It’s like the Le Tiss thing. We’re allowed to be critical of him if we think he is wrong without that meaning that we don’t still love what he did on the pitch. You know, it's quite okay to be behind someone and critical of some of their actions or ideas. Hell, I might even be critical of MoPo if we don't win the league next year :)
Message to BbB and Warrens: I hate to get controversial on such a great day but I think you're both being a bit harsh regarding us so-called ‘happy clappers’. Speaking for myself, first of all, my support is and always has been for the club. Not FOR or AGAINST any one person involved in its running. While Nigel was a part of that, I supported him and there was no difference with Pards before him. There was nothing sycophantic about it. Second, don’t let your opposition to Nigel cloud your memory. He did, after all, mastermind two promotions. Third, don’t you think that just a tiny bit of credit for this win should go to Nigel and his coaching team? They (and Pards) built that team and had it playing a pretty attractive game and, with a tad more luck and a little less on-field and off-field naivety, we might have gained a win or two more. Nigel has gone and MoPo has carried things forward – taken us to the next level; he had my support from the moment he was appointed – nothing to do with his achievements so far. One thing I fail to get is this idea some have that you MUST be 100% for or against, NC or Nigel or MoPo or whatever. It’s like the Le Tiss thing. We’re allowed to be critical of him if we think he is wrong without that meaning that we don’t still love what he did on the pitch. You know, it's quite okay to be behind someone and critical of some of their actions or ideas. Hell, I might even be critical of MoPo if we don't win the league next year :) Strasbourg Saint

10:40pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Saintsayer II says...

warrens 76 wrote:
What a difference a new manager makes! Our whole approach is so much more positive, with players making runs, greater variation in how we distribute the ball and we play at a quicker tempo. I'm glad to see we're pressing more and looking to unsettle the opposition.

All of these factors suit the players we have in our squad, I still don't understand why Nigel didn't play a more attacking varied game. When we have the ball we now play with the intention of making our possession pay off and not just playing keep ball. You can see that the players are still adapting but it's starting to come good!

To all the Nigel Sycophants how are you enjoying your humble pie?
BbB spot on my son...our friends Osprey, velliety, Slugger and be clear they are our friends do not always recognise WUMs from genuine observation...

I have pretty much agreed with your observations and you mine all season...

...funnily enough now Saints are doing what we were DEMANDING it's truly coming up roses..

...our football is sublime.. like Barca except more interesting...

Cortese will probably never quite get the credit he is due because my town Southampton has a bit of a problem with success and envy..

..seriously it is an issue and many who do not like him are more motivated because he was a banker than his results..

..I myself have had issues with individuals because i have done a little too well, it is the one black spot on 'some' of our citizens and i worry that certain idiots might one day kill the golden goose....however today is a great day..of course for Sky City, Mufco, Everton, Chelsea, Wigan all had off days ALL??
Yeah I don't get why some fans have it in for Cortese. I think you hit on it with the banker theory, some sort of inverted snobbery. As you say I hope that minority doesn't ruin it!

What we both wanted for the club is coming together. We seem to have a purpose to our play, no more aimless short passes.

I have nothing against the happy clappers, although I did when I first came on here! Their Nigel's s*** doesn't stink routine was graiting, but the likes of OSPers and even Bill and Seed took the mature approach over Nigel's ousting and talked a few fans off the ledge! It's great to see fans like yourself who speak sense on this site and get where the club is going. Up the Saints! Btw Slugger's sound!
Actually BbB they are all sound...why, because we are all Saints unlike certain idiot posters who do not know what they are!¨kent, Gloryhole etc..

Any way you summed it up..purpose of play..excellent phrase..i used to say to my staff " if you don't know were your going don't be suprised if you don't get there" that was us in many earlier games..

...now apart from some occasional memory loss our team KNOW were they are going ...

...and it's blöödy marvellous!
What a wind bag All that and nothing reall said
[quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: What a difference a new manager makes! Our whole approach is so much more positive, with players making runs, greater variation in how we distribute the ball and we play at a quicker tempo. I'm glad to see we're pressing more and looking to unsettle the opposition. All of these factors suit the players we have in our squad, I still don't understand why Nigel didn't play a more attacking varied game. When we have the ball we now play with the intention of making our possession pay off and not just playing keep ball. You can see that the players are still adapting but it's starting to come good! To all the Nigel Sycophants how are you enjoying your humble pie? BbB spot on my son...our friends Osprey, velliety, Slugger and be clear they are our friends do not always recognise WUMs from genuine observation... I have pretty much agreed with your observations and you mine all season... ...funnily enough now Saints are doing what we were DEMANDING it's truly coming up roses.. ...our football is sublime.. like Barca except more interesting... Cortese will probably never quite get the credit he is due because my town Southampton has a bit of a problem with success and envy.. ..seriously it is an issue and many who do not like him are more motivated because he was a banker than his results.. ..I myself have had issues with individuals because i have done a little too well, it is the one black spot on 'some' of our citizens and i worry that certain idiots might one day kill the golden goose....however today is a great day..of course for Sky City, Mufco, Everton, Chelsea, Wigan all had off days ALL?? Yeah I don't get why some fans have it in for Cortese. I think you hit on it with the banker theory, some sort of inverted snobbery. As you say I hope that minority doesn't ruin it! What we both wanted for the club is coming together. We seem to have a purpose to our play, no more aimless short passes. I have nothing against the happy clappers, although I did when I first came on here! Their Nigel's s*** doesn't stink routine was graiting, but the likes of OSPers and even Bill and Seed took the mature approach over Nigel's ousting and talked a few fans off the ledge! It's great to see fans like yourself who speak sense on this site and get where the club is going. Up the Saints! Btw Slugger's sound! Actually BbB they are all sound...why, because we are all Saints unlike certain idiot posters who do not know what they are!¨kent, Gloryhole etc.. Any way you summed it up..purpose of play..excellent phrase..i used to say to my staff " if you don't know were your going don't be suprised if you don't get there" that was us in many earlier games.. ...now apart from some occasional memory loss our team KNOW were they are going ... ...and it's blöödy marvellous![/p][/quote]What a wind bag All that and nothing reall said Saintsayer II

10:51pm Sat 9 Feb 13

warrens 76 says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Message to BbB and Warrens:

I hate to get controversial on such a great day but I think you're both being a bit harsh regarding us so-called ‘happy clappers’.

Speaking for myself, first of all, my support is and always has been for the club. Not FOR or AGAINST any one person involved in its running. While Nigel was a part of that, I supported him and there was no difference with Pards before him. There was nothing sycophantic about it.

Second, don’t let your opposition to Nigel cloud your memory. He did, after all, mastermind two promotions.

Third, don’t you think that just a tiny bit of credit for this win should go to Nigel and his coaching team? They (and Pards) built that team and had it playing a pretty attractive game and, with a tad more luck and a little less on-field and off-field naivety, we might have gained a win or two more.

Nigel has gone and MoPo has carried things forward – taken us to the next level; he had my support from the moment he was appointed – nothing to do with his achievements so far.

One thing I fail to get is this idea some have that you MUST be 100% for or against, NC or Nigel or MoPo or whatever. It’s like the Le Tiss thing. We’re allowed to be critical of him if we think he is wrong without that meaning that we don’t still love what he did on the pitch. You know, it's quite okay to be behind someone and critical of some of their actions or ideas. Hell, I might even be critical of MoPo if we don't win the league next year :)
I will be critical of Mo Po if we do not win the European cup in 3!!

Seriously Strassie I have and never will be anti Nigel, to decent a guy for that HOWEVER the technical deficiencies were eveident at this level, the players did not become superb overnight their respective talents were there for a long while...

...the BUT lies in how to get them to believe and not panic something that they have only achieved continuously since MoPo..

...in this respect BbB and me me me called it right.. we showed we could do it occasssionally under Nige now it's almost 90 minutes...big jump up..what can I say or BbB..
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: Message to BbB and Warrens: I hate to get controversial on such a great day but I think you're both being a bit harsh regarding us so-called ‘happy clappers’. Speaking for myself, first of all, my support is and always has been for the club. Not FOR or AGAINST any one person involved in its running. While Nigel was a part of that, I supported him and there was no difference with Pards before him. There was nothing sycophantic about it. Second, don’t let your opposition to Nigel cloud your memory. He did, after all, mastermind two promotions. Third, don’t you think that just a tiny bit of credit for this win should go to Nigel and his coaching team? They (and Pards) built that team and had it playing a pretty attractive game and, with a tad more luck and a little less on-field and off-field naivety, we might have gained a win or two more. Nigel has gone and MoPo has carried things forward – taken us to the next level; he had my support from the moment he was appointed – nothing to do with his achievements so far. One thing I fail to get is this idea some have that you MUST be 100% for or against, NC or Nigel or MoPo or whatever. It’s like the Le Tiss thing. We’re allowed to be critical of him if we think he is wrong without that meaning that we don’t still love what he did on the pitch. You know, it's quite okay to be behind someone and critical of some of their actions or ideas. Hell, I might even be critical of MoPo if we don't win the league next year :)[/p][/quote]I will be critical of Mo Po if we do not win the European cup in 3!! Seriously Strassie I have and never will be anti Nigel, to decent a guy for that HOWEVER the technical deficiencies were eveident at this level, the players did not become superb overnight their respective talents were there for a long while... ...the BUT lies in how to get them to believe and not panic something that they have only achieved continuously since MoPo.. ...in this respect BbB and me me me called it right.. we showed we could do it occasssionally under Nige now it's almost 90 minutes...big jump up..what can I say or BbB.. warrens 76

10:53pm Sat 9 Feb 13

warrens 76 says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
warrens 76 wrote:
What a difference a new manager makes! Our whole approach is so much more positive, with players making runs, greater variation in how we distribute the ball and we play at a quicker tempo. I'm glad to see we're pressing more and looking to unsettle the opposition.

All of these factors suit the players we have in our squad, I still don't understand why Nigel didn't play a more attacking varied game. When we have the ball we now play with the intention of making our possession pay off and not just playing keep ball. You can see that the players are still adapting but it's starting to come good!

To all the Nigel Sycophants how are you enjoying your humble pie?
BbB spot on my son...our friends Osprey, velliety, Slugger and be clear they are our friends do not always recognise WUMs from genuine observation...

I have pretty much agreed with your observations and you mine all season...

...funnily enough now Saints are doing what we were DEMANDING it's truly coming up roses..

...our football is sublime.. like Barca except more interesting...

Cortese will probably never quite get the credit he is due because my town Southampton has a bit of a problem with success and envy..

..seriously it is an issue and many who do not like him are more motivated because he was a banker than his results..

..I myself have had issues with individuals because i have done a little too well, it is the one black spot on 'some' of our citizens and i worry that certain idiots might one day kill the golden goose....however today is a great day..of course for Sky City, Mufco, Everton, Chelsea, Wigan all had off days ALL??
Yeah I don't get why some fans have it in for Cortese. I think you hit on it with the banker theory, some sort of inverted snobbery. As you say I hope that minority doesn't ruin it!

What we both wanted for the club is coming together. We seem to have a purpose to our play, no more aimless short passes.

I have nothing against the happy clappers, although I did when I first came on here! Their Nigel's s*** doesn't stink routine was graiting, but the likes of OSPers and even Bill and Seed took the mature approach over Nigel's ousting and talked a few fans off the ledge! It's great to see fans like yourself who speak sense on this site and get where the club is going. Up the Saints! Btw Slugger's sound!
Actually BbB they are all sound...why, because we are all Saints unlike certain idiot posters who do not know what they are!¨kent, Gloryhole etc..

Any way you summed it up..purpose of play..excellent phrase..i used to say to my staff " if you don't know were your going don't be suprised if you don't get there" that was us in many earlier games..

...now apart from some occasional memory loss our team KNOW were they are going ...

...and it's blöödy marvellous!
What a wind bag All that and nothing reall said
It's two posts di(khead.
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: What a difference a new manager makes! Our whole approach is so much more positive, with players making runs, greater variation in how we distribute the ball and we play at a quicker tempo. I'm glad to see we're pressing more and looking to unsettle the opposition. All of these factors suit the players we have in our squad, I still don't understand why Nigel didn't play a more attacking varied game. When we have the ball we now play with the intention of making our possession pay off and not just playing keep ball. You can see that the players are still adapting but it's starting to come good! To all the Nigel Sycophants how are you enjoying your humble pie? BbB spot on my son...our friends Osprey, velliety, Slugger and be clear they are our friends do not always recognise WUMs from genuine observation... I have pretty much agreed with your observations and you mine all season... ...funnily enough now Saints are doing what we were DEMANDING it's truly coming up roses.. ...our football is sublime.. like Barca except more interesting... Cortese will probably never quite get the credit he is due because my town Southampton has a bit of a problem with success and envy.. ..seriously it is an issue and many who do not like him are more motivated because he was a banker than his results.. ..I myself have had issues with individuals because i have done a little too well, it is the one black spot on 'some' of our citizens and i worry that certain idiots might one day kill the golden goose....however today is a great day..of course for Sky City, Mufco, Everton, Chelsea, Wigan all had off days ALL?? Yeah I don't get why some fans have it in for Cortese. I think you hit on it with the banker theory, some sort of inverted snobbery. As you say I hope that minority doesn't ruin it! What we both wanted for the club is coming together. We seem to have a purpose to our play, no more aimless short passes. I have nothing against the happy clappers, although I did when I first came on here! Their Nigel's s*** doesn't stink routine was graiting, but the likes of OSPers and even Bill and Seed took the mature approach over Nigel's ousting and talked a few fans off the ledge! It's great to see fans like yourself who speak sense on this site and get where the club is going. Up the Saints! Btw Slugger's sound! Actually BbB they are all sound...why, because we are all Saints unlike certain idiot posters who do not know what they are!¨kent, Gloryhole etc.. Any way you summed it up..purpose of play..excellent phrase..i used to say to my staff " if you don't know were your going don't be suprised if you don't get there" that was us in many earlier games.. ...now apart from some occasional memory loss our team KNOW were they are going ... ...and it's blöödy marvellous![/p][/quote]What a wind bag All that and nothing reall said[/p][/quote]It's two posts di(khead. warrens 76

10:55pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Taoboy says...

Wonderful justification for my season ticket. What afun thing it is to be able to a game not feeling nervous.
Played like the champions today, with that attitude, all things become possible.
Great to be a saints fan.
COYS.
Wonderful justification for my season ticket. What afun thing it is to be able to a game not feeling nervous. Played like the champions today, with that attitude, all things become possible. Great to be a saints fan. COYS. Taoboy

11:06pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Bermondsey boy says...

saintlysoul wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
mikeyg2108 wrote:
skiptonsaint wrote:
we were great in so many areas

but gotta say the defence was really impressive

especially missing shaw and fonte and looking better and better each game

hope shaw can get back with next weeks break for newcastle game
I thought Yoshida was man of the match today. Absolutely outstanding!
I agree.

I think Yos answered a few critics today.

He and Jos both did well when you consider who they were against and the costly errors from last week.

Mind you, Cork and Schneiderlin were, again, superb, with, of the two, Cork shading it this week.
Difficult to really pick a man of the match as they all played really well but on balance I agree Cork was absolutely outstanding!!!!!
Hard to pick, but Cork was just immense.
[quote][p][bold]saintlysoul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mikeyg2108[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skiptonsaint[/bold] wrote: we were great in so many areas but gotta say the defence was really impressive especially missing shaw and fonte and looking better and better each game hope shaw can get back with next weeks break for newcastle game[/p][/quote]I thought Yoshida was man of the match today. Absolutely outstanding![/p][/quote]I agree. I think Yos answered a few critics today. He and Jos both did well when you consider who they were against and the costly errors from last week. Mind you, Cork and Schneiderlin were, again, superb, with, of the two, Cork shading it this week.[/p][/quote]Difficult to really pick a man of the match as they all played really well but on balance I agree Cork was absolutely outstanding!!!!![/p][/quote]Hard to pick, but Cork was just immense. Bermondsey boy

11:09pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

warrens 76 wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Message to BbB and Warrens:

I hate to get controversial on such a great day but I think you're both being a bit harsh regarding us so-called ‘happy clappers’.

Speaking for myself, first of all, my support is and always has been for the club. Not FOR or AGAINST any one person involved in its running. While Nigel was a part of that, I supported him and there was no difference with Pards before him. There was nothing sycophantic about it.

Second, don’t let your opposition to Nigel cloud your memory. He did, after all, mastermind two promotions.

Third, don’t you think that just a tiny bit of credit for this win should go to Nigel and his coaching team? They (and Pards) built that team and had it playing a pretty attractive game and, with a tad more luck and a little less on-field and off-field naivety, we might have gained a win or two more.

Nigel has gone and MoPo has carried things forward – taken us to the next level; he had my support from the moment he was appointed – nothing to do with his achievements so far.

One thing I fail to get is this idea some have that you MUST be 100% for or against, NC or Nigel or MoPo or whatever. It’s like the Le Tiss thing. We’re allowed to be critical of him if we think he is wrong without that meaning that we don’t still love what he did on the pitch. You know, it's quite okay to be behind someone and critical of some of their actions or ideas. Hell, I might even be critical of MoPo if we don't win the league next year :)
I will be critical of Mo Po if we do not win the European cup in 3!!

Seriously Strassie I have and never will be anti Nigel, to decent a guy for that HOWEVER the technical deficiencies were eveident at this level, the players did not become superb overnight their respective talents were there for a long while...

...the BUT lies in how to get them to believe and not panic something that they have only achieved continuously since MoPo..

...in this respect BbB and me me me called it right.. we showed we could do it occasssionally under Nige now it's almost 90 minutes...big jump up..what can I say or BbB..
Yep, fair comment.

Together as one :)

Getting late, so off to bed now .... perchance to dream.
[quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: Message to BbB and Warrens: I hate to get controversial on such a great day but I think you're both being a bit harsh regarding us so-called ‘happy clappers’. Speaking for myself, first of all, my support is and always has been for the club. Not FOR or AGAINST any one person involved in its running. While Nigel was a part of that, I supported him and there was no difference with Pards before him. There was nothing sycophantic about it. Second, don’t let your opposition to Nigel cloud your memory. He did, after all, mastermind two promotions. Third, don’t you think that just a tiny bit of credit for this win should go to Nigel and his coaching team? They (and Pards) built that team and had it playing a pretty attractive game and, with a tad more luck and a little less on-field and off-field naivety, we might have gained a win or two more. Nigel has gone and MoPo has carried things forward – taken us to the next level; he had my support from the moment he was appointed – nothing to do with his achievements so far. One thing I fail to get is this idea some have that you MUST be 100% for or against, NC or Nigel or MoPo or whatever. It’s like the Le Tiss thing. We’re allowed to be critical of him if we think he is wrong without that meaning that we don’t still love what he did on the pitch. You know, it's quite okay to be behind someone and critical of some of their actions or ideas. Hell, I might even be critical of MoPo if we don't win the league next year :)[/p][/quote]I will be critical of Mo Po if we do not win the European cup in 3!! Seriously Strassie I have and never will be anti Nigel, to decent a guy for that HOWEVER the technical deficiencies were eveident at this level, the players did not become superb overnight their respective talents were there for a long while... ...the BUT lies in how to get them to believe and not panic something that they have only achieved continuously since MoPo.. ...in this respect BbB and me me me called it right.. we showed we could do it occasssionally under Nige now it's almost 90 minutes...big jump up..what can I say or BbB..[/p][/quote]Yep, fair comment. Together as one :) Getting late, so off to bed now .... perchance to dream. Strasbourg Saint

11:12pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Bermondsey boy says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Message to BbB and Warrens:

I hate to get controversial on such a great day but I think you're both being a bit harsh regarding us so-called ‘happy clappers’.

Speaking for myself, first of all, my support is and always has been for the club. Not FOR or AGAINST any one person involved in its running. While Nigel was a part of that, I supported him and there was no difference with Pards before him. There was nothing sycophantic about it.

Second, don’t let your opposition to Nigel cloud your memory. He did, after all, mastermind two promotions.

Third, don’t you think that just a tiny bit of credit for this win should go to Nigel and his coaching team? They (and Pards) built that team and had it playing a pretty attractive game and, with a tad more luck and a little less on-field and off-field naivety, we might have gained a win or two more.

Nigel has gone and MoPo has carried things forward – taken us to the next level; he had my support from the moment he was appointed – nothing to do with his achievements so far.

One thing I fail to get is this idea some have that you MUST be 100% for or against, NC or Nigel or MoPo or whatever. It’s like the Le Tiss thing. We’re allowed to be critical of him if we think he is wrong without that meaning that we don’t still love what he did on the pitch. You know, it's quite okay to be behind someone and critical of some of their actions or ideas. Hell, I might even be critical of MoPo if we don't win the league next year :)
What a great post. I so agree.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: Message to BbB and Warrens: I hate to get controversial on such a great day but I think you're both being a bit harsh regarding us so-called ‘happy clappers’. Speaking for myself, first of all, my support is and always has been for the club. Not FOR or AGAINST any one person involved in its running. While Nigel was a part of that, I supported him and there was no difference with Pards before him. There was nothing sycophantic about it. Second, don’t let your opposition to Nigel cloud your memory. He did, after all, mastermind two promotions. Third, don’t you think that just a tiny bit of credit for this win should go to Nigel and his coaching team? They (and Pards) built that team and had it playing a pretty attractive game and, with a tad more luck and a little less on-field and off-field naivety, we might have gained a win or two more. Nigel has gone and MoPo has carried things forward – taken us to the next level; he had my support from the moment he was appointed – nothing to do with his achievements so far. One thing I fail to get is this idea some have that you MUST be 100% for or against, NC or Nigel or MoPo or whatever. It’s like the Le Tiss thing. We’re allowed to be critical of him if we think he is wrong without that meaning that we don’t still love what he did on the pitch. You know, it's quite okay to be behind someone and critical of some of their actions or ideas. Hell, I might even be critical of MoPo if we don't win the league next year :)[/p][/quote]What a great post. I so agree. Bermondsey boy

11:16pm Sat 9 Feb 13

warrens 76 says...

Bermondsey boy wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Message to BbB and Warrens:

I hate to get controversial on such a great day but I think you're both being a bit harsh regarding us so-called ‘happy clappers’.

Speaking for myself, first of all, my support is and always has been for the club. Not FOR or AGAINST any one person involved in its running. While Nigel was a part of that, I supported him and there was no difference with Pards before him. There was nothing sycophantic about it.

Second, don’t let your opposition to Nigel cloud your memory. He did, after all, mastermind two promotions.

Third, don’t you think that just a tiny bit of credit for this win should go to Nigel and his coaching team? They (and Pards) built that team and had it playing a pretty attractive game and, with a tad more luck and a little less on-field and off-field naivety, we might have gained a win or two more.

Nigel has gone and MoPo has carried things forward – taken us to the next level; he had my support from the moment he was appointed – nothing to do with his achievements so far.

One thing I fail to get is this idea some have that you MUST be 100% for or against, NC or Nigel or MoPo or whatever. It’s like the Le Tiss thing. We’re allowed to be critical of him if we think he is wrong without that meaning that we don’t still love what he did on the pitch. You know, it's quite okay to be behind someone and critical of some of their actions or ideas. Hell, I might even be critical of MoPo if we don't win the league next year :)
What a great post. I so agree.
We are all as one..great times ahead...we will never forget Pardew.stop loving ADKINS...or the fantastic vision which is Nicola Cortese..
[quote][p][bold]Bermondsey boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: Message to BbB and Warrens: I hate to get controversial on such a great day but I think you're both being a bit harsh regarding us so-called ‘happy clappers’. Speaking for myself, first of all, my support is and always has been for the club. Not FOR or AGAINST any one person involved in its running. While Nigel was a part of that, I supported him and there was no difference with Pards before him. There was nothing sycophantic about it. Second, don’t let your opposition to Nigel cloud your memory. He did, after all, mastermind two promotions. Third, don’t you think that just a tiny bit of credit for this win should go to Nigel and his coaching team? They (and Pards) built that team and had it playing a pretty attractive game and, with a tad more luck and a little less on-field and off-field naivety, we might have gained a win or two more. Nigel has gone and MoPo has carried things forward – taken us to the next level; he had my support from the moment he was appointed – nothing to do with his achievements so far. One thing I fail to get is this idea some have that you MUST be 100% for or against, NC or Nigel or MoPo or whatever. It’s like the Le Tiss thing. We’re allowed to be critical of him if we think he is wrong without that meaning that we don’t still love what he did on the pitch. You know, it's quite okay to be behind someone and critical of some of their actions or ideas. Hell, I might even be critical of MoPo if we don't win the league next year :)[/p][/quote]What a great post. I so agree.[/p][/quote]We are all as one..great times ahead...we will never forget Pardew.stop loving ADKINS...or the fantastic vision which is Nicola Cortese.. warrens 76

11:23pm Sat 9 Feb 13

bluewhiteandred says...

2getheras1 wrote:
Pochettino has won me over. He has earned his Falklands passport.
Think what you have just said a friend of mine had is guts blown out in the falklands on HMS sheffield and many people died in the falklands remember the falklands islanders wish it to be ours not Argentina s .
[quote][p][bold]2getheras1[/bold] wrote: Pochettino has won me over. He has earned his Falklands passport.[/p][/quote]Think what you have just said a friend of mine had is guts blown out in the falklands on HMS sheffield and many people died in the falklands remember the falklands islanders wish it to be ours not Argentina s . bluewhiteandred

11:58pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Buddy SFC says...

Yeeehaaaaaa !!!

The perfect day !! and welcome to our new South Coast rivals , The Cherries stuffing Poopey !!!
Yeeehaaaaaa !!! The perfect day !! and welcome to our new South Coast rivals , The Cherries stuffing Poopey !!! Buddy SFC

12:02am Sun 10 Feb 13

megacycle says...

just seen the highlights on MOTD. brilliant! Puncheon was awesome, Lambert sublime and the whole team superb. should've had a penalty, but Hart generously let the ball slip through both hands and legs for Davis to tap in, and we momentarily had a 12th man on the pitch in a blue shirt with Barry on it- what a howler! LMFAO :))
City's worst league defeat in nearly two years, Saints best result of the season against the champions.well done lads, if you can beat them you can beat anyone- keep it up!!
just seen the highlights on MOTD. brilliant! Puncheon was awesome, Lambert sublime and the whole team superb. should've had a penalty, but Hart generously let the ball slip through both hands and legs for Davis to tap in, and we momentarily had a 12th man on the pitch in a blue shirt with Barry on it- what a howler! LMFAO :)) City's worst league defeat in nearly two years, Saints best result of the season against the champions.well done lads, if you can beat them you can beat anyone- keep it up!! megacycle

12:23am Sun 10 Feb 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Ryan Adams, The Cardinals,
Jon Christos, Tenor
Ian Curtis, Joy Division, lead vocalist and lyricist
Billy Duffy, The Cult
Liam Gallagher, Oasis
Noel Gallagher, Oasis
Max George, The Wanted
Jim Glennie, James
Damon Gough, Badly Drawn Boy
Mike Joyce, The Smiths
Johnny Marr, The Smiths, guitar
Jason Orange, Take That
Reni, The Stone Roses, drummer
Mark E. Smith, The Fall, lead singer
Rick Wakeman
Andy Williams, Doves
Jez Williams, Doves
Nigel Bond, Snooker
Toby Booth, Rugby union
Liam Broady, Tennis
Shaun Edwards, Rugby league
Andy Farrell, Rugby league, Rugby union
Andrew Flintoff, Cricket
James Goddard, Swimming
Michael Gomez, Boxing
Will Greenwood, Rugby union
Ricky Hatton, Boxing
James Hickman, Swimming
Bob Willis, Cricket
Nancy Dell'Olio,
Nick Leeson, Trader, responsible for the collapse of Barings Bank
Martin Lewis, Money saving expert
Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair
Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief executive of Manchester City Council
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council
Alan Carr,
Eddie Large,
Jason Manford,
Bernard Manning
L.S. Lowry
Amanda Barrie – Alma Halliwell in Coronation Street,
Dirk Benedict, The A-Team
Hollie-Jay Bowes – Michaela McQueen in Hollyoaks
Craig Cash – Dave Best in The Royle Family, Writer and director
Warren Clarke of Dalziel and Pascoe and various other roles
Timothy Dalton, Actor, notably played James Bond
Simon Gregson, Steve McDonald in Coronation street
Jeff Hordley, Cain Dingle in Emmerdale
Bruce Jones, Les Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street
Gerard Kearns, Ian Gallagher in Shameless.
Michelle Keegan, Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street
Archie Kelly,Kenny Senior in Phoenix Nights
Kevin Kennedy, Curly Watts in Coronation Street
Sally Lindsay, Shelley Unwin in Coronation Street
Adam Rickitt, Nick Tilsley in Coronation Street
Marsha Thomason, Lost, Las Vegas
Ian Cheeseman, Radio sports commentator
Stuart Hall, Football commentator, It's a Knockout
Steve Penk,Radio DJ
Natalie Pike,Model
Mark Radcliffe, Radio 2 DJ
Marco Pierre White,
John Stapleton, News presenter, GMTV
Mike Wedderburn, Sky Sports presenter
Bryan Appleyard, Journalist
......
......
......
"YOUR BOYS TOOK ONE HELLLLLL OF A BEATING.....
A HELLLLLLL OF A BEATING!!!!!!!"
Ryan Adams, The Cardinals, Jon Christos, Tenor Ian Curtis, Joy Division, lead vocalist and lyricist Billy Duffy, The Cult Liam Gallagher, Oasis Noel Gallagher, Oasis Max George, The Wanted Jim Glennie, James Damon Gough, Badly Drawn Boy Mike Joyce, The Smiths Johnny Marr, The Smiths, guitar Jason Orange, Take That Reni, The Stone Roses, drummer Mark E. Smith, The Fall, lead singer Rick Wakeman Andy Williams, Doves Jez Williams, Doves Nigel Bond, Snooker Toby Booth, Rugby union Liam Broady, Tennis Shaun Edwards, Rugby league Andy Farrell, Rugby league, Rugby union Andrew Flintoff, Cricket James Goddard, Swimming Michael Gomez, Boxing Will Greenwood, Rugby union Ricky Hatton, Boxing James Hickman, Swimming Bob Willis, Cricket Nancy Dell'Olio, Nick Leeson, Trader, responsible for the collapse of Barings Bank Martin Lewis, Money saving expert Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief executive of Manchester City Council Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council Alan Carr, Eddie Large, Jason Manford, Bernard Manning L.S. Lowry Amanda Barrie – Alma Halliwell in Coronation Street, Dirk Benedict, The A-Team Hollie-Jay Bowes – Michaela McQueen in Hollyoaks Craig Cash – Dave Best in The Royle Family, Writer and director Warren Clarke of Dalziel and Pascoe and various other roles Timothy Dalton, Actor, notably played James Bond Simon Gregson, Steve McDonald in Coronation street Jeff Hordley, Cain Dingle in Emmerdale Bruce Jones, Les Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street Gerard Kearns, Ian Gallagher in Shameless. Michelle Keegan, Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street Archie Kelly,Kenny Senior in Phoenix Nights Kevin Kennedy, Curly Watts in Coronation Street Sally Lindsay, Shelley Unwin in Coronation Street Adam Rickitt, Nick Tilsley in Coronation Street Marsha Thomason, Lost, Las Vegas Ian Cheeseman, Radio sports commentator Stuart Hall, Football commentator, It's a Knockout Steve Penk,Radio DJ Natalie Pike,Model Mark Radcliffe, Radio 2 DJ Marco Pierre White, John Stapleton, News presenter, GMTV Mike Wedderburn, Sky Sports presenter Bryan Appleyard, Journalist ...... ...... ...... "YOUR BOYS TOOK ONE HELLLLLL OF A BEATING..... A HELLLLLLL OF A BEATING!!!!!!!" Norwegian Saint

12:51am Sun 10 Feb 13

Galapagos Saint says...

Hello. What a supersonic, champagne supernova performance. Some might say that little by little we are seeing MoPo’s masterplan. All around the world people are celebrating with cigarettes and alcohol. Citeh fans…don’t look back in anger and Po**ey fans…stop crying your heart out, where did it all go wrong…Put yer money where yer mouth is. As for the WUMs, whats the story morning glory(hole)… I can see a liar, d’you know what I mean.
Hello. What a supersonic, champagne supernova performance. Some might say that little by little we are seeing MoPo’s masterplan. All around the world people are celebrating with cigarettes and alcohol. Citeh fans…don’t look back in anger and Po**ey fans…stop crying your heart out, where did it all go wrong…Put yer money where yer mouth is. As for the WUMs, whats the story morning glory(hole)… I can see a liar, d’you know what I mean. Galapagos Saint

12:53am Sun 10 Feb 13

st1halo says...

warrens 76 wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Message to BbB and Warrens:

I hate to get controversial on such a great day but I think you're both being a bit harsh regarding us so-called ‘happy clappers’.

Speaking for myself, first of all, my support is and always has been for the club. Not FOR or AGAINST any one person involved in its running. While Nigel was a part of that, I supported him and there was no difference with Pards before him. There was nothing sycophantic about it.

Second, don’t let your opposition to Nigel cloud your memory. He did, after all, mastermind two promotions.

Third, don’t you think that just a tiny bit of credit for this win should go to Nigel and his coaching team? They (and Pards) built that team and had it playing a pretty attractive game and, with a tad more luck and a little less on-field and off-field naivety, we might have gained a win or two more.

Nigel has gone and MoPo has carried things forward – taken us to the next level; he had my support from the moment he was appointed – nothing to do with his achievements so far.

One thing I fail to get is this idea some have that you MUST be 100% for or against, NC or Nigel or MoPo or whatever. It’s like the Le Tiss thing. We’re allowed to be critical of him if we think he is wrong without that meaning that we don’t still love what he did on the pitch. You know, it's quite okay to be behind someone and critical of some of their actions or ideas. Hell, I might even be critical of MoPo if we don't win the league next year :)
I will be critical of Mo Po if we do not win the European cup in 3!!

Seriously Strassie I have and never will be anti Nigel, to decent a guy for that HOWEVER the technical deficiencies were eveident at this level, the players did not become superb overnight their respective talents were there for a long while...

...the BUT lies in how to get them to believe and not panic something that they have only achieved continuously since MoPo..

...in this respect BbB and me me me called it right.. we showed we could do it occasssionally under Nige now it's almost 90 minutes...big jump up..what can I say or BbB..
There are a few others that called it right warrens :-)


STID
[quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: Message to BbB and Warrens: I hate to get controversial on such a great day but I think you're both being a bit harsh regarding us so-called ‘happy clappers’. Speaking for myself, first of all, my support is and always has been for the club. Not FOR or AGAINST any one person involved in its running. While Nigel was a part of that, I supported him and there was no difference with Pards before him. There was nothing sycophantic about it. Second, don’t let your opposition to Nigel cloud your memory. He did, after all, mastermind two promotions. Third, don’t you think that just a tiny bit of credit for this win should go to Nigel and his coaching team? They (and Pards) built that team and had it playing a pretty attractive game and, with a tad more luck and a little less on-field and off-field naivety, we might have gained a win or two more. Nigel has gone and MoPo has carried things forward – taken us to the next level; he had my support from the moment he was appointed – nothing to do with his achievements so far. One thing I fail to get is this idea some have that you MUST be 100% for or against, NC or Nigel or MoPo or whatever. It’s like the Le Tiss thing. We’re allowed to be critical of him if we think he is wrong without that meaning that we don’t still love what he did on the pitch. You know, it's quite okay to be behind someone and critical of some of their actions or ideas. Hell, I might even be critical of MoPo if we don't win the league next year :)[/p][/quote]I will be critical of Mo Po if we do not win the European cup in 3!! Seriously Strassie I have and never will be anti Nigel, to decent a guy for that HOWEVER the technical deficiencies were eveident at this level, the players did not become superb overnight their respective talents were there for a long while... ...the BUT lies in how to get them to believe and not panic something that they have only achieved continuously since MoPo.. ...in this respect BbB and me me me called it right.. we showed we could do it occasssionally under Nige now it's almost 90 minutes...big jump up..what can I say or BbB..[/p][/quote]There are a few others that called it right warrens :-) STID st1halo

12:57am Sun 10 Feb 13

st1halo says...

Galapagos Saint wrote:
Hello. What a supersonic, champagne supernova performance. Some might say that little by little we are seeing MoPo’s masterplan. All around the world people are celebrating with cigarettes and alcohol. Citeh fans…don’t look back in anger and Po**ey fans…stop crying your heart out, where did it all go wrong…Put yer money where yer mouth is. As for the WUMs, whats the story morning glory(hole)… I can see a liar, d’you know what I mean.
An Oasis of joy is where we are!
Next week, a different toon!

STID
[quote][p][bold]Galapagos Saint[/bold] wrote: Hello. What a supersonic, champagne supernova performance. Some might say that little by little we are seeing MoPo’s masterplan. All around the world people are celebrating with cigarettes and alcohol. Citeh fans…don’t look back in anger and Po**ey fans…stop crying your heart out, where did it all go wrong…Put yer money where yer mouth is. As for the WUMs, whats the story morning glory(hole)… I can see a liar, d’you know what I mean.[/p][/quote]An Oasis of joy is where we are! Next week, a different toon! STID st1halo

1:59am Sun 10 Feb 13

Tirau Dan says...

hdfw09 wrote:
Amazing win. Saints were brilliant.

I'm traveling from Texas to see the QPR game. Any tips on the best seats? Where to go before and after the game?

Hdfw09@yahoo.com
Say hello in the echo saints forum group on fb .. several locals will look after you and help in that dept.. also meet you for a pint etc.. I had a great time.. and so have several others from around the world on return pilgrimages. Enjoy.

I loved it up in the corner of the Kingland near the Northam.. Noisiest part of the ground.
[quote][p][bold]hdfw09[/bold] wrote: Amazing win. Saints were brilliant. I'm traveling from Texas to see the QPR game. Any tips on the best seats? Where to go before and after the game? Hdfw09@yahoo.com[/p][/quote]Say hello in the echo saints forum group on fb .. several locals will look after you and help in that dept.. also meet you for a pint etc.. I had a great time.. and so have several others from around the world on return pilgrimages. Enjoy. I loved it up in the corner of the Kingland near the Northam.. Noisiest part of the ground. Tirau Dan

2:37am Sun 10 Feb 13

SaintinCanada says...

bluewhiteandred wrote:
2getheras1 wrote:
Pochettino has won me over. He has earned his Falklands passport.
Think what you have just said a friend of mine had is guts blown out in the falklands on HMS sheffield and many people died in the falklands remember the falklands islanders wish it to be ours not Argentina s .
Bluewhiteandred:

You have every right to comment on somebody,s inapproriate statement. As an active serviceman at that time I have ignored those comments along with everybody else on here.

You attempted to spill the same rallying sentiment on the News site - notice that there were no replies there either.

By the way - for once I find myself in total agreement with what you are trying to say.....

However, judging by your previous posts I doubt very much if you are old enough to have such a mate. If you did you wouldn't be bringing it up on a football thread.
[quote][p][bold]bluewhiteandred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2getheras1[/bold] wrote: Pochettino has won me over. He has earned his Falklands passport.[/p][/quote]Think what you have just said a friend of mine had is guts blown out in the falklands on HMS sheffield and many people died in the falklands remember the falklands islanders wish it to be ours not Argentina s .[/p][/quote]Bluewhiteandred: You have every right to comment on somebody,s inapproriate statement. As an active serviceman at that time I have ignored those comments along with everybody else on here. You attempted to spill the same rallying sentiment on the News site - notice that there were no replies there either. By the way - for once I find myself in total agreement with what you are trying to say..... However, judging by your previous posts I doubt very much if you are old enough to have such a mate. If you did you wouldn't be bringing it up on a football thread. SaintinCanada

9:29am Sun 10 Feb 13

warrens 76 says...

st1halo wrote:
Galapagos Saint wrote:
Hello. What a supersonic, champagne supernova performance. Some might say that little by little we are seeing MoPo’s masterplan. All around the world people are celebrating with cigarettes and alcohol. Citeh fans…don’t look back in anger and Po**ey fans…stop crying your heart out, where did it all go wrong…Put yer money where yer mouth is. As for the WUMs, whats the story morning glory(hole)… I can see a liar, d’you know what I mean.
An Oasis of joy is where we are!
Next week, a different toon!

STID
We were mad for it..
[quote][p][bold]st1halo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Galapagos Saint[/bold] wrote: Hello. What a supersonic, champagne supernova performance. Some might say that little by little we are seeing MoPo’s masterplan. All around the world people are celebrating with cigarettes and alcohol. Citeh fans…don’t look back in anger and Po**ey fans…stop crying your heart out, where did it all go wrong…Put yer money where yer mouth is. As for the WUMs, whats the story morning glory(hole)… I can see a liar, d’you know what I mean.[/p][/quote]An Oasis of joy is where we are! Next week, a different toon! STID[/p][/quote]We were mad for it.. warrens 76

9:29am Sun 10 Feb 13

warrens 76 says...

st1halo wrote:
Galapagos Saint wrote:
Hello. What a supersonic, champagne supernova performance. Some might say that little by little we are seeing MoPo’s masterplan. All around the world people are celebrating with cigarettes and alcohol. Citeh fans…don’t look back in anger and Po**ey fans…stop crying your heart out, where did it all go wrong…Put yer money where yer mouth is. As for the WUMs, whats the story morning glory(hole)… I can see a liar, d’you know what I mean.
An Oasis of joy is where we are!
Next week, a different toon!

STID
We were mad for it..
[quote][p][bold]st1halo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Galapagos Saint[/bold] wrote: Hello. What a supersonic, champagne supernova performance. Some might say that little by little we are seeing MoPo’s masterplan. All around the world people are celebrating with cigarettes and alcohol. Citeh fans…don’t look back in anger and Po**ey fans…stop crying your heart out, where did it all go wrong…Put yer money where yer mouth is. As for the WUMs, whats the story morning glory(hole)… I can see a liar, d’you know what I mean.[/p][/quote]An Oasis of joy is where we are! Next week, a different toon! STID[/p][/quote]We were mad for it.. warrens 76

9:52am Sun 10 Feb 13

Paul Lucas says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Message to BbB and Warrens:

I hate to get controversial on such a great day but I think you're both being a bit harsh regarding us so-called ‘happy clappers’.

Speaking for myself, first of all, my support is and always has been for the club. Not FOR or AGAINST any one person involved in its running. While Nigel was a part of that, I supported him and there was no difference with Pards before him. There was nothing sycophantic about it.

Second, don’t let your opposition to Nigel cloud your memory. He did, after all, mastermind two promotions.

Third, don’t you think that just a tiny bit of credit for this win should go to Nigel and his coaching team? They (and Pards) built that team and had it playing a pretty attractive game and, with a tad more luck and a little less on-field and off-field naivety, we might have gained a win or two more.

Nigel has gone and MoPo has carried things forward – taken us to the next level; he had my support from the moment he was appointed – nothing to do with his achievements so far.

One thing I fail to get is this idea some have that you MUST be 100% for or against, NC or Nigel or MoPo or whatever. It’s like the Le Tiss thing. We’re allowed to be critical of him if we think he is wrong without that meaning that we don’t still love what he did on the pitch. You know, it's quite okay to be behind someone and critical of some of their actions or ideas. Hell, I might even be critical of MoPo if we don't win the league next year :)
Well said Stras!!
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: Message to BbB and Warrens: I hate to get controversial on such a great day but I think you're both being a bit harsh regarding us so-called ‘happy clappers’. Speaking for myself, first of all, my support is and always has been for the club. Not FOR or AGAINST any one person involved in its running. While Nigel was a part of that, I supported him and there was no difference with Pards before him. There was nothing sycophantic about it. Second, don’t let your opposition to Nigel cloud your memory. He did, after all, mastermind two promotions. Third, don’t you think that just a tiny bit of credit for this win should go to Nigel and his coaching team? They (and Pards) built that team and had it playing a pretty attractive game and, with a tad more luck and a little less on-field and off-field naivety, we might have gained a win or two more. Nigel has gone and MoPo has carried things forward – taken us to the next level; he had my support from the moment he was appointed – nothing to do with his achievements so far. One thing I fail to get is this idea some have that you MUST be 100% for or against, NC or Nigel or MoPo or whatever. It’s like the Le Tiss thing. We’re allowed to be critical of him if we think he is wrong without that meaning that we don’t still love what he did on the pitch. You know, it's quite okay to be behind someone and critical of some of their actions or ideas. Hell, I might even be critical of MoPo if we don't win the league next year :)[/p][/quote]Well said Stras!! Paul Lucas

10:55am Sun 10 Feb 13

MiltonRoad says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
warrens 76 wrote:
What a difference a new manager makes! Our whole approach is so much more positive, with players making runs, greater variation in how we distribute the ball and we play at a quicker tempo. I'm glad to see we're pressing more and looking to unsettle the opposition.

All of these factors suit the players we have in our squad, I still don't understand why Nigel didn't play a more attacking varied game. When we have the ball we now play with the intention of making our possession pay off and not just playing keep ball. You can see that the players are still adapting but it's starting to come good!

To all the Nigel Sycophants how are you enjoying your humble pie?
BbB spot on my son...our friends Osprey, velliety, Slugger and be clear they are our friends do not always recognise WUMs from genuine observation...

I have pretty much agreed with your observations and you mine all season...

...funnily enough now Saints are doing what we were DEMANDING it's truly coming up roses..

...our football is sublime.. like Barca except more interesting...

Cortese will probably never quite get the credit he is due because my town Southampton has a bit of a problem with success and envy..

..seriously it is an issue and many who do not like him are more motivated because he was a banker than his results..

..I myself have had issues with individuals because i have done a little too well, it is the one black spot on 'some' of our citizens and i worry that certain idiots might one day kill the golden goose....however today is a great day..of course for Sky City, Mufco, Everton, Chelsea, Wigan all had off days ALL??
Yeah I don't get why some fans have it in for Cortese. I think you hit on it with the banker theory, some sort of inverted snobbery. As you say I hope that minority doesn't ruin it!

What we both wanted for the club is coming together. We seem to have a purpose to our play, no more aimless short passes.

I have nothing against the happy clappers, although I did when I first came on here! Their Nigel's s*** doesn't stink routine was graiting, but the likes of OSPers and even Bill and Seed took the mature approach over Nigel's ousting and talked a few fans off the ledge! It's great to see fans like yourself who speak sense on this site and get where the club is going. Up the Saints! Btw Slugger's sound!
Actually BbB they are all sound...why, because we are all Saints unlike certain idiot posters who do not know what they are!¨kent, Gloryhole etc..

Any way you summed it up..purpose of play..excellent phrase..i used to say to my staff " if you don't know were your going don't be suprised if you don't get there" that was us in many earlier games..

...now apart from some occasional memory loss our team KNOW were they are going ...

...and it's blöödy marvellous!
What a wind bag All that and nothing reall said
Unbelievable. It was the best win and best performance for a long, long time. Yet, instead of celebrating that you come on here with some almost incoherent 'I told you so' post.
MP has played 4 won 1, drawn 2 and lost 1. I, for one, am right behind him. But he still has much to prove. This is still Nigel's team, Nigel's style and Nigel's ethic. Your comments about our attacking style are laughable.
Let's celebrate the success we had under Nigel Adkins and thank him for everything he did. Most of us true supporters were doing that whilst he was manager, not trying to undermine what he was trying to achieve. But now he has gone, we move. And hope to celebrate even more success under MP. I would take staying up as a starting point.
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: What a difference a new manager makes! Our whole approach is so much more positive, with players making runs, greater variation in how we distribute the ball and we play at a quicker tempo. I'm glad to see we're pressing more and looking to unsettle the opposition. All of these factors suit the players we have in our squad, I still don't understand why Nigel didn't play a more attacking varied game. When we have the ball we now play with the intention of making our possession pay off and not just playing keep ball. You can see that the players are still adapting but it's starting to come good! To all the Nigel Sycophants how are you enjoying your humble pie? BbB spot on my son...our friends Osprey, velliety, Slugger and be clear they are our friends do not always recognise WUMs from genuine observation... I have pretty much agreed with your observations and you mine all season... ...funnily enough now Saints are doing what we were DEMANDING it's truly coming up roses.. ...our football is sublime.. like Barca except more interesting... Cortese will probably never quite get the credit he is due because my town Southampton has a bit of a problem with success and envy.. ..seriously it is an issue and many who do not like him are more motivated because he was a banker than his results.. ..I myself have had issues with individuals because i have done a little too well, it is the one black spot on 'some' of our citizens and i worry that certain idiots might one day kill the golden goose....however today is a great day..of course for Sky City, Mufco, Everton, Chelsea, Wigan all had off days ALL?? Yeah I don't get why some fans have it in for Cortese. I think you hit on it with the banker theory, some sort of inverted snobbery. As you say I hope that minority doesn't ruin it! What we both wanted for the club is coming together. We seem to have a purpose to our play, no more aimless short passes. I have nothing against the happy clappers, although I did when I first came on here! Their Nigel's s*** doesn't stink routine was graiting, but the likes of OSPers and even Bill and Seed took the mature approach over Nigel's ousting and talked a few fans off the ledge! It's great to see fans like yourself who speak sense on this site and get where the club is going. Up the Saints! Btw Slugger's sound! Actually BbB they are all sound...why, because we are all Saints unlike certain idiot posters who do not know what they are!¨kent, Gloryhole etc.. Any way you summed it up..purpose of play..excellent phrase..i used to say to my staff " if you don't know were your going don't be suprised if you don't get there" that was us in many earlier games.. ...now apart from some occasional memory loss our team KNOW were they are going ... ...and it's blöödy marvellous![/p][/quote]What a wind bag All that and nothing reall said[/p][/quote]Unbelievable. It was the best win and best performance for a long, long time. Yet, instead of celebrating that you come on here with some almost incoherent 'I told you so' post. MP has played 4 won 1, drawn 2 and lost 1. I, for one, am right behind him. But he still has much to prove. This is still Nigel's team, Nigel's style and Nigel's ethic. Your comments about our attacking style are laughable. Let's celebrate the success we had under Nigel Adkins and thank him for everything he did. Most of us true supporters were doing that whilst he was manager, not trying to undermine what he was trying to achieve. But now he has gone, we move. And hope to celebrate even more success under MP. I would take staying up as a starting point. MiltonRoad

11:50am Sun 10 Feb 13

warrens 76 says...

MiltonRoad wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
warrens 76 wrote:
What a difference a new manager makes! Our whole approach is so much more positive, with players making runs, greater variation in how we distribute the ball and we play at a quicker tempo. I'm glad to see we're pressing more and looking to unsettle the opposition.

All of these factors suit the players we have in our squad, I still don't understand why Nigel didn't play a more attacking varied game. When we have the ball we now play with the intention of making our possession pay off and not just playing keep ball. You can see that the players are still adapting but it's starting to come good!

To all the Nigel Sycophants how are you enjoying your humble pie?
BbB spot on my son...our friends Osprey, velliety, Slugger and be clear they are our friends do not always recognise WUMs from genuine observation...

I have pretty much agreed with your observations and you mine all season...

...funnily enough now Saints are doing what we were DEMANDING it's truly coming up roses..

...our football is sublime.. like Barca except more interesting...

Cortese will probably never quite get the credit he is due because my town Southampton has a bit of a problem with success and envy..

..seriously it is an issue and many who do not like him are more motivated because he was a banker than his results..

..I myself have had issues with individuals because i have done a little too well, it is the one black spot on 'some' of our citizens and i worry that certain idiots might one day kill the golden goose....however today is a great day..of course for Sky City, Mufco, Everton, Chelsea, Wigan all had off days ALL??
Yeah I don't get why some fans have it in for Cortese. I think you hit on it with the banker theory, some sort of inverted snobbery. As you say I hope that minority doesn't ruin it!

What we both wanted for the club is coming together. We seem to have a purpose to our play, no more aimless short passes.

I have nothing against the happy clappers, although I did when I first came on here! Their Nigel's s*** doesn't stink routine was graiting, but the likes of OSPers and even Bill and Seed took the mature approach over Nigel's ousting and talked a few fans off the ledge! It's great to see fans like yourself who speak sense on this site and get where the club is going. Up the Saints! Btw Slugger's sound!
Actually BbB they are all sound...why, because we are all Saints unlike certain idiot posters who do not know what they are!¨kent, Gloryhole etc..

Any way you summed it up..purpose of play..excellent phrase..i used to say to my staff " if you don't know were your going don't be suprised if you don't get there" that was us in many earlier games..

...now apart from some occasional memory loss our team KNOW were they are going ...

...and it's blöödy marvellous!
What a wind bag All that and nothing reall said
Unbelievable. It was the best win and best performance for a long, long time. Yet, instead of celebrating that you come on here with some almost incoherent 'I told you so' post.
MP has played 4 won 1, drawn 2 and lost 1. I, for one, am right behind him. But he still has much to prove. This is still Nigel's team, Nigel's style and Nigel's ethic. Your comments about our attacking style are laughable.
Let's celebrate the success we had under Nigel Adkins and thank him for everything he did. Most of us true supporters were doing that whilst he was manager, not trying to undermine what he was trying to achieve. But now he has gone, we move. And hope to celebrate even more success under MP. I would take staying up as a starting point.
it's 3 posts that somehow became one if you read it...and for your info the post CLEARLY states that the players always had the ability, indeed they do not become more or less skilfull overnight....

... however our approach is dynamic and purposeful the fear factor almost wiped out....that can only be down to a different approach..yes it's NA's team BUT with a different style.
[quote][p][bold]MiltonRoad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: What a difference a new manager makes! Our whole approach is so much more positive, with players making runs, greater variation in how we distribute the ball and we play at a quicker tempo. I'm glad to see we're pressing more and looking to unsettle the opposition. All of these factors suit the players we have in our squad, I still don't understand why Nigel didn't play a more attacking varied game. When we have the ball we now play with the intention of making our possession pay off and not just playing keep ball. You can see that the players are still adapting but it's starting to come good! To all the Nigel Sycophants how are you enjoying your humble pie? BbB spot on my son...our friends Osprey, velliety, Slugger and be clear they are our friends do not always recognise WUMs from genuine observation... I have pretty much agreed with your observations and you mine all season... ...funnily enough now Saints are doing what we were DEMANDING it's truly coming up roses.. ...our football is sublime.. like Barca except more interesting... Cortese will probably never quite get the credit he is due because my town Southampton has a bit of a problem with success and envy.. ..seriously it is an issue and many who do not like him are more motivated because he was a banker than his results.. ..I myself have had issues with individuals because i have done a little too well, it is the one black spot on 'some' of our citizens and i worry that certain idiots might one day kill the golden goose....however today is a great day..of course for Sky City, Mufco, Everton, Chelsea, Wigan all had off days ALL?? Yeah I don't get why some fans have it in for Cortese. I think you hit on it with the banker theory, some sort of inverted snobbery. As you say I hope that minority doesn't ruin it! What we both wanted for the club is coming together. We seem to have a purpose to our play, no more aimless short passes. I have nothing against the happy clappers, although I did when I first came on here! Their Nigel's s*** doesn't stink routine was graiting, but the likes of OSPers and even Bill and Seed took the mature approach over Nigel's ousting and talked a few fans off the ledge! It's great to see fans like yourself who speak sense on this site and get where the club is going. Up the Saints! Btw Slugger's sound! Actually BbB they are all sound...why, because we are all Saints unlike certain idiot posters who do not know what they are!¨kent, Gloryhole etc.. Any way you summed it up..purpose of play..excellent phrase..i used to say to my staff " if you don't know were your going don't be suprised if you don't get there" that was us in many earlier games.. ...now apart from some occasional memory loss our team KNOW were they are going ... ...and it's blöödy marvellous![/p][/quote]What a wind bag All that and nothing reall said[/p][/quote]Unbelievable. It was the best win and best performance for a long, long time. Yet, instead of celebrating that you come on here with some almost incoherent 'I told you so' post. MP has played 4 won 1, drawn 2 and lost 1. I, for one, am right behind him. But he still has much to prove. This is still Nigel's team, Nigel's style and Nigel's ethic. Your comments about our attacking style are laughable. Let's celebrate the success we had under Nigel Adkins and thank him for everything he did. Most of us true supporters were doing that whilst he was manager, not trying to undermine what he was trying to achieve. But now he has gone, we move. And hope to celebrate even more success under MP. I would take staying up as a starting point.[/p][/quote]it's 3 posts that somehow became one if you read it...and for your info the post CLEARLY states that the players always had the ability, indeed they do not become more or less skilfull overnight.... ... however our approach is dynamic and purposeful the fear factor almost wiped out....that can only be down to a different approach..yes it's NA's team BUT with a different style. warrens 76

11:59am Sun 10 Feb 13

kinkyboots09 says...

Tirau Dan wrote:
hdfw09 wrote:
Amazing win. Saints were brilliant.

I'm traveling from Texas to see the QPR game. Any tips on the best seats? Where to go before and after the game?

Hdfw09@yahoo.com
Say hello in the echo saints forum group on fb .. several locals will look after you and help in that dept.. also meet you for a pint etc.. I had a great time.. and so have several others from around the world on return pilgrimages. Enjoy.

I loved it up in the corner of the Kingland near the Northam.. Noisiest part of the ground.
I see Gossie left the group cant be many left now
[quote][p][bold]Tirau Dan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hdfw09[/bold] wrote: Amazing win. Saints were brilliant. I'm traveling from Texas to see the QPR game. Any tips on the best seats? Where to go before and after the game? Hdfw09@yahoo.com[/p][/quote]Say hello in the echo saints forum group on fb .. several locals will look after you and help in that dept.. also meet you for a pint etc.. I had a great time.. and so have several others from around the world on return pilgrimages. Enjoy. I loved it up in the corner of the Kingland near the Northam.. Noisiest part of the ground.[/p][/quote]I see Gossie left the group cant be many left now kinkyboots09

12:31pm Sun 10 Feb 13

NC Fan4Life says...

Great Performance from Saints is being lost with people saying that Man City were bad. Yes we were lucky with two of the goals and we were overdue some luck but don't take that away from the players performance. The fact is we applied the right tactics by not letting City play and pressing them from the front.
The main reason for this improvement is simple - Tactics.
Unfortunately Nigel Atkins was found to be tactically nieve in the games upto mid-November which is when I for one was calling for a change, if not of manager then of the coaching staff. Agreed that NA had a difficult start and the players also had to learn but we could not risk waiting. NA was unlucky that he had started to learn but it was too late as Mauricio Pochettino had left his club and was already being set up to come. I am sure this is was when Nicola took the decision to make a Management change. The timing was probably due to getting him and his staff all sorted and available to make the change immediate.
Time will tell if this was a good decision but already we are seeing the same players perform better with the new tactics that Maurico and his staff have applied.
I thank Nigel Adkins for taking us to this level and wish him every success for the future.
Lets move on and hope Maurico can take us to an even higher level. The bus is still rolling !!
Come on you red & white pin-stripes !!
Great Performance from Saints is being lost with people saying that Man City were bad. Yes we were lucky with two of the goals and we were overdue some luck but don't take that away from the players performance. The fact is we applied the right tactics by not letting City play and pressing them from the front. The main reason for this improvement is simple - Tactics. Unfortunately Nigel Atkins was found to be tactically nieve in the games upto mid-November which is when I for one was calling for a change, if not of manager then of the coaching staff. Agreed that NA had a difficult start and the players also had to learn but we could not risk waiting. NA was unlucky that he had started to learn but it was too late as Mauricio Pochettino had left his club and was already being set up to come. I am sure this is was when Nicola took the decision to make a Management change. The timing was probably due to getting him and his staff all sorted and available to make the change immediate. Time will tell if this was a good decision but already we are seeing the same players perform better with the new tactics that Maurico and his staff have applied. I thank Nigel Adkins for taking us to this level and wish him every success for the future. Lets move on and hope Maurico can take us to an even higher level. The bus is still rolling !! Come on you red & white pin-stripes !! NC Fan4Life

3:15pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Texas Saint says...

Great win! I watched it and loved it, we made City play like Villa! Keep rolling Saints and play every team with that same passion and intensity and we are more than staying up, we are going to Europe soon!
Great win! I watched it and loved it, we made City play like Villa! Keep rolling Saints and play every team with that same passion and intensity and we are more than staying up, we are going to Europe soon! Texas Saint

5:20pm Sun 10 Feb 13

rednwhite72 says...

Well done Saints!
Perfect result with all the others losing their games yesterday and to top it off, the performance and effort from the boys was nothing short of outstanding. I think the tactics were just about perfect too, so hats off to MP and the coaches.
It could have so easily been 5-1...beautiful one touch football, back heels, pressing, tackling, and 110% effort from all, we had it all, picking a man of the match is so difficult today, the whole team played together as one and it just shows, that a team of world class stars isn't affective unless they play as a team, saints do that and it is reaping the rewards. With one transfer window signing yet to play it looks as though the decisions being made are good and they now exactly what they are doing and where they want to go...!
So I'm off to nurse my raging hangover after a fantastic day of football.
La la la, la la la, la la, la la, ....
Well done Saints! Perfect result with all the others losing their games yesterday and to top it off, the performance and effort from the boys was nothing short of outstanding. I think the tactics were just about perfect too, so hats off to MP and the coaches. It could have so easily been 5-1...beautiful one touch football, back heels, pressing, tackling, and 110% effort from all, we had it all, picking a man of the match is so difficult today, the whole team played together as one and it just shows, that a team of world class stars isn't affective unless they play as a team, saints do that and it is reaping the rewards. With one transfer window signing yet to play it looks as though the decisions being made are good and they now exactly what they are doing and where they want to go...! So I'm off to nurse my raging hangover after a fantastic day of football. La la la, la la la, la la, la la, .... rednwhite72

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