Saints beaten in Austria

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Saints slipped to their first pre-season defeat as two second half defensive errors saw them beaten 2-0 by Schalke in Austria.

The game was a massive step up in opposition for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, whose previous two summer matches had been against Spanish minnows.

Schalke finished fourth in last season’s Bundesliga and boast a striker that has moved for combined transfer fees of more than £50m over his career in the shape of Klass-Jan Huntelaar.

For all that though it was Saints that were marginally the better team in a first half of few chances.

Rickie Lambert headed at the keeper, Lloyd Isgrove lashed wide while Jason Puncheon got an effort on target and swung in a corner that needed turning away.

Kelvin Davis in the Saints goal only had one save to make, and that was also routine from Michel Bastos.

Both teams made three changes at the break, and that included the introduction of Huntelaar.

It changed the game almost immediately.

Suddenly Schalke looked far more threatening, and the Saints defence under a lot more pressure.

Kelvin Davis had to save a Huntelaar header five minutes after the restart but there was no let off on 58 minutes as the Dutch striker gave his side the lead.

Jose Fonte was caught out and Christian Clemens got in behind the Saints backline.

Davis did well to save his initial effort but there was nothing that he could do to stop Huntelaar forcing home the rebound.

Lambert had a rare Saints chance in the second half but uncharacteristically turned Adam Lallana’s good ball in over the bar from close range.

Some more lacklustre defending from Saints was punished on 69 minutes as Schalke scored a second and wrapped up the win.

They failed to clear a high cross from the right and Saints were made to pay the price as Joel Matip lashed in a half volley.

The game was still a useful exercise with both Dejan Lovren and Puncheon playing the full 90 minutes.

Saints now have two clear days before taking on Besitkas at the same ground.

Guly do Prado, who missed the Schalke game through injury, and Maya Yoshida and Gaston Ramirez, yet to be used in pre-season after their time at the Confederations Cup, could all be involved.

Saints: K Davis (Gazzaniga 64), Chambers (Clyne 64), Lovren, Hooiveld (Fonte 45), Shaw (Fox 64), S Davis (Schneiderlin 45), Wanyama (Cork 64), Isgrove (Lallana 45), Puncheon, Rodriguez (Ward-Prowse 64), Lambert (Mayuka 64).

Schalke: Hildebrand, Uchida, Ayhan (Matip 45), Höwedes (Hoogland 62), Fuchs, Goretzka, Jones (Neustadter 74), Barnetta (Clemens 45), Draxler (Huntelaar 45), Bastos (Meyer 62), Szalai (Pukki 62).

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6:58pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Baddesley Bill says...

Plenty for MP to ponder...we are still awaiting that cutting edge up front when we have control of possession. I'm confident we have the bodies in defence to make good.

I fear Fonte and Adam might struggle for a starting line up this season.
Plenty for MP to ponder...we are still awaiting that cutting edge up front when we have control of possession. I'm confident we have the bodies in defence to make good. I fear Fonte and Adam might struggle for a starting line up this season. Baddesley Bill
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7:00pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Saintsayer II says...

Not much you can say about that It's obviously a work in progress still
I found it to be prety sterile
Not much you can say about that It's obviously a work in progress still I found it to be prety sterile Saintsayer II
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7:02pm Wed 24 Jul 13

SFCOLDBOY says...

Good work out for the boys.
Early days but we appeared to lack penetration at times.
A few good passing moves but a tendancy to lack the precise pass to the forwards.
Saints shaded the first half but were pushed back more in the second,as Shalke took more control.
I think Saints would have learned a lot from this loss,time to move on match fitness first,the quality will come.
COYS
Good work out for the boys. Early days but we appeared to lack penetration at times. A few good passing moves but a tendancy to lack the precise pass to the forwards. Saints shaded the first half but were pushed back more in the second,as Shalke took more control. I think Saints would have learned a lot from this loss,time to move on match fitness first,the quality will come. COYS SFCOLDBOY
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7:11pm Wed 24 Jul 13

THEirishSAINT says...

after watching the game live on stream,, an i must say that was pretty awful(not nice to say but true)... we lacked imagination and that bit of patience to break down a good schalke team.. i think we had 1 good effort and that was rickies chance which he blazed over the bar in the same fashion the match went,, our 2 new signings did well....,,victor more so than dejan,, i dont think hes going to sure up our defence on his own still looked very wobbly every now and then,,, good work out for the lads now onto the next 1
after watching the game live on stream,, an i must say that was pretty awful(not nice to say but true)... we lacked imagination and that bit of patience to break down a good schalke team.. i think we had 1 good effort and that was rickies chance which he blazed over the bar in the same fashion the match went,, our 2 new signings did well....,,victor more so than dejan,, i dont think hes going to sure up our defence on his own still looked very wobbly every now and then,,, good work out for the lads now onto the next 1 THEirishSAINT
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7:13pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Dickosfc says...

Before anyone contemplates chucking themselves off the Itchen Bridge, remember there wasn't a single period where our strongest team was on the pitch. This will give Poch a good idea of who makes the cut. Isgrove sounds a positive
Before anyone contemplates chucking themselves off the Itchen Bridge, remember there wasn't a single period where our strongest team was on the pitch. This will give Poch a good idea of who makes the cut. Isgrove sounds a positive Dickosfc
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7:17pm Wed 24 Jul 13

John Shuttleworth says...

We're doomed, doomed,I tell ye.
We're doomed, doomed,I tell ye. John Shuttleworth
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7:18pm Wed 24 Jul 13

THEirishSAINT says...

Dickosfc wrote:
Before anyone contemplates chucking themselves off the Itchen Bridge, remember there wasn't a single period where our strongest team was on the pitch. This will give Poch a good idea of who makes the cut. Isgrove sounds a positive
must say callum chambers looked pretty decent for 60 mins.. got up and down the pitch very well in the first half
[quote][p][bold]Dickosfc[/bold] wrote: Before anyone contemplates chucking themselves off the Itchen Bridge, remember there wasn't a single period where our strongest team was on the pitch. This will give Poch a good idea of who makes the cut. Isgrove sounds a positive[/p][/quote]must say callum chambers looked pretty decent for 60 mins.. got up and down the pitch very well in the first half THEirishSAINT
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7:27pm Wed 24 Jul 13

DisplacedFan says...

The wheels are off the bus! We can't hope to compete against those other high-powered teams on the South coast!
The wheels are off the bus! We can't hope to compete against those other high-powered teams on the South coast! DisplacedFan
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7:30pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Littleton-Saint says...

This highlights why we need to buy a decent striker. Lambert is 32 and J-Rod is just not Premiership standard.
This highlights why we need to buy a decent striker. Lambert is 32 and J-Rod is just not Premiership standard. Littleton-Saint
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7:39pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Santa Retfordia says...

Innit. We need a fox in the box asap.
Innit. We need a fox in the box asap. Santa Retfordia
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7:40pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Clever Dick says...

DisplacedFan wrote:
The wheels are off the bus! We can't hope to compete against those other high-powered teams on the South coast!
You're so right. How are we ever going to compete. After all they've announced another huge signing from the Premier league today. That would be the very famous Ryan Bird from Burnham fc. Currently in the Calor premier league. I'm soooooooo jealous.
[quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: The wheels are off the bus! We can't hope to compete against those other high-powered teams on the South coast![/p][/quote]You're so right. How are we ever going to compete. After all they've announced another huge signing from the Premier league today. That would be the very famous Ryan Bird from Burnham fc. Currently in the Calor premier league. I'm soooooooo jealous. Clever Dick
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7:46pm Wed 24 Jul 13

THE12THMAN says...

DisplacedFan wrote:
The wheels are off the bus! We can't hope to compete against those other high-powered teams on the South coast!
I think your wheels have been off for a long time couldn't even beat the mighty Bournemouth last night.
[quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: The wheels are off the bus! We can't hope to compete against those other high-powered teams on the South coast![/p][/quote]I think your wheels have been off for a long time couldn't even beat the mighty Bournemouth last night. THE12THMAN
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7:46pm Wed 24 Jul 13

THE12THMAN says...

DisplacedFan wrote:
The wheels are off the bus! We can't hope to compete against those other high-powered teams on the South coast!
I think your wheels have been off for a long time couldn't even beat the mighty Bournemouth last night.
[quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: The wheels are off the bus! We can't hope to compete against those other high-powered teams on the South coast![/p][/quote]I think your wheels have been off for a long time couldn't even beat the mighty Bournemouth last night. THE12THMAN
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7:49pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Saintsno1fan says...

That was a great work out, good passing the ball, but we do need a striker come on NC you have not let us down yet. Up the saints.
That was a great work out, good passing the ball, but we do need a striker come on NC you have not let us down yet. Up the saints. Saintsno1fan
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7:50pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Clever Dick wrote:
DisplacedFan wrote:
The wheels are off the bus! We can't hope to compete against those other high-powered teams on the South coast!
You're so right. How are we ever going to compete. After all they've announced another huge signing from the Premier league today. That would be the very famous Ryan Bird from Burnham fc. Currently in the Calor premier league. I'm soooooooo jealous.
If I was a fish, I'd be a bit scared having a bird swooping about on the pitch in front of me.

As for the match, it was a decent work out. The youngsters got a run, the new boys got a run and, most of the time, we held our own against one of the best German sides.

As others said, though, we have to do something about turning promising possession into clear cut chances, and clear cut chances into goals.

It'll come, it'll come.
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: The wheels are off the bus! We can't hope to compete against those other high-powered teams on the South coast![/p][/quote]You're so right. How are we ever going to compete. After all they've announced another huge signing from the Premier league today. That would be the very famous Ryan Bird from Burnham fc. Currently in the Calor premier league. I'm soooooooo jealous.[/p][/quote]If I was a fish, I'd be a bit scared having a bird swooping about on the pitch in front of me. As for the match, it was a decent work out. The youngsters got a run, the new boys got a run and, most of the time, we held our own against one of the best German sides. As others said, though, we have to do something about turning promising possession into clear cut chances, and clear cut chances into goals. It'll come, it'll come. Strasbourg Saint
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7:59pm Wed 24 Jul 13

saint Compo says...

Same old, same old.

MP will have been able to assess where the shortcomings still are: in defence despite the Lovren acquisition and missed scoring chances from an attack which still lacks a cutting edge.

Still pre-season and only a warm-up game with a lot of team changes during the match and the hope of more signings to strengthen the side.

COYR
Same old, same old. MP will have been able to assess where the shortcomings still are: in defence despite the Lovren acquisition and missed scoring chances from an attack which still lacks a cutting edge. Still pre-season and only a warm-up game with a lot of team changes during the match and the hope of more signings to strengthen the side. COYR saint Compo
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8:06pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Confucious says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Clever Dick wrote:
DisplacedFan wrote:
The wheels are off the bus! We can't hope to compete against those other high-powered teams on the South coast!
You're so right. How are we ever going to compete. After all they've announced another huge signing from the Premier league today. That would be the very famous Ryan Bird from Burnham fc. Currently in the Calor premier league. I'm soooooooo jealous.
If I was a fish, I'd be a bit scared having a bird swooping about on the pitch in front of me.

As for the match, it was a decent work out. The youngsters got a run, the new boys got a run and, most of the time, we held our own against one of the best German sides.

As others said, though, we have to do something about turning promising possession into clear cut chances, and clear cut chances into goals.

It'll come, it'll come.
For whatever reason, we began to really struggle to score towards the end of last season. I hope it was just one of those phases that teams go through - but it's still niggling at me.

It seems pretty obvious to all of us that we need to add to our options up front - so presumably that's exactly what the club is trying to do.

It'll be a relief when it happens.

We must be getting closer to the new season because I can feel that tension about Saints bubbling up again!
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: The wheels are off the bus! We can't hope to compete against those other high-powered teams on the South coast![/p][/quote]You're so right. How are we ever going to compete. After all they've announced another huge signing from the Premier league today. That would be the very famous Ryan Bird from Burnham fc. Currently in the Calor premier league. I'm soooooooo jealous.[/p][/quote]If I was a fish, I'd be a bit scared having a bird swooping about on the pitch in front of me. As for the match, it was a decent work out. The youngsters got a run, the new boys got a run and, most of the time, we held our own against one of the best German sides. As others said, though, we have to do something about turning promising possession into clear cut chances, and clear cut chances into goals. It'll come, it'll come.[/p][/quote]For whatever reason, we began to really struggle to score towards the end of last season. I hope it was just one of those phases that teams go through - but it's still niggling at me. It seems pretty obvious to all of us that we need to add to our options up front - so presumably that's exactly what the club is trying to do. It'll be a relief when it happens. We must be getting closer to the new season because I can feel that tension about Saints bubbling up again! Confucious
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8:07pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Hawkinsguy says...

I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans
I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans Hawkinsguy
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8:11pm Wed 24 Jul 13

ghk230473 says...

Reality checks are good, and you get more out of losing friendlies than winning them. I'd rather lose, see our weaknesses early and strengthen the team early, no point in winning friendlies then being p1ss poor thru the season!
We are not and never were going to break into the European positions in the prem easy. Fact, lambert has been tremendous in his time or us and can still play his part but he's 32, and isn't even international class let alone world class which we need to compete at that level. Our next striking option, j-rod is young and in experienced. That is just the attack but you could go thru the whole team. We are about 10 years behind Chelsea and manure and a few good years behind the rest, I'll be happy with a little improvement on last year, lets continue to lay sound foundations with our youth.
Reality checks are good, and you get more out of losing friendlies than winning them. I'd rather lose, see our weaknesses early and strengthen the team early, no point in winning friendlies then being p1ss poor thru the season! We are not and never were going to break into the European positions in the prem easy. Fact, lambert has been tremendous in his time or us and can still play his part but he's 32, and isn't even international class let alone world class which we need to compete at that level. Our next striking option, j-rod is young and in experienced. That is just the attack but you could go thru the whole team. We are about 10 years behind Chelsea and manure and a few good years behind the rest, I'll be happy with a little improvement on last year, lets continue to lay sound foundations with our youth. ghk230473
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8:31pm Wed 24 Jul 13

upwherewebelong says...

think it just goes to show that there is still a lot of work to be done. Surely now MP will HAVE to act in the transfer market once he isn't busy in Austria. I am concerned that Ricky just doesn't seem to be scoring anymore I know it is only pre-season but he hasn't really fired under MP. Wonder if there is an issue between them.
think it just goes to show that there is still a lot of work to be done. Surely now MP will HAVE to act in the transfer market once he isn't busy in Austria. I am concerned that Ricky just doesn't seem to be scoring anymore I know it is only pre-season but he hasn't really fired under MP. Wonder if there is an issue between them. upwherewebelong
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8:39pm Wed 24 Jul 13

jonnyP says...

Do not worry......the future is mainly red ....................
.........
We will hit the new Prem season running!!
COYS
Do not worry......the future is mainly red [with a bit of white trimming].................... ......... We will hit the new Prem season running!! COYS jonnyP
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8:39pm Wed 24 Jul 13

worried of n e hampshire says...

we all know we need a fast striker with that killer instinct nothing new there but not easy to find, all the top prem teams are in the same boat,
I'm sure we have been loking for ages now
keep the faith!
we all know we need a fast striker with that killer instinct nothing new there but not easy to find, all the top prem teams are in the same boat, I'm sure we have been loking for ages now keep the faith! worried of n e hampshire
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8:40pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Baddesley Bill says...

ghk230473 wrote:
Reality checks are good, and you get more out of losing friendlies than winning them. I'd rather lose, see our weaknesses early and strengthen the team early, no point in winning friendlies then being p1ss poor thru the season!
We are not and never were going to break into the European positions in the prem easy. Fact, lambert has been tremendous in his time or us and can still play his part but he's 32, and isn't even international class let alone world class which we need to compete at that level. Our next striking option, j-rod is young and in experienced. That is just the attack but you could go thru the whole team. We are about 10 years behind Chelsea and manure and a few good years behind the rest, I'll be happy with a little improvement on last year, lets continue to lay sound foundations with our youth.
Totally agree...slowly slowly catchy monkey...

...a fifth year of improvement would be a huge achievement in anyone's books.
[quote][p][bold]ghk230473[/bold] wrote: Reality checks are good, and you get more out of losing friendlies than winning them. I'd rather lose, see our weaknesses early and strengthen the team early, no point in winning friendlies then being p1ss poor thru the season! We are not and never were going to break into the European positions in the prem easy. Fact, lambert has been tremendous in his time or us and can still play his part but he's 32, and isn't even international class let alone world class which we need to compete at that level. Our next striking option, j-rod is young and in experienced. That is just the attack but you could go thru the whole team. We are about 10 years behind Chelsea and manure and a few good years behind the rest, I'll be happy with a little improvement on last year, lets continue to lay sound foundations with our youth.[/p][/quote]Totally agree...slowly slowly catchy monkey... ...a fifth year of improvement would be a huge achievement in anyone's books. Baddesley Bill
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8:40pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Confucious says...

Hawkinsguy wrote:
I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans
You can spot them a mile off. They haven't got one of the brilliant new shirts.
[quote][p][bold]Hawkinsguy[/bold] wrote: I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans[/p][/quote]You can spot them a mile off. They haven't got one of the brilliant new shirts. Confucious
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8:43pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Saintsincethe60s says...

Lets not forget we only had the second and third choice goalkeepers playing?
Lets not forget we only had the second and third choice goalkeepers playing? Saintsincethe60s
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8:45pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Saintsincethe60s says...

Confucious wrote:
Hawkinsguy wrote:
I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans
You can spot them a mile off. They haven't got one of the brilliant new shirts.
Nice one - or they haven't got £50 quid to waste
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hawkinsguy[/bold] wrote: I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans[/p][/quote]You can spot them a mile off. They haven't got one of the brilliant new shirts.[/p][/quote]Nice one - or they haven't got £50 quid to waste Saintsincethe60s
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8:52pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Baddesley Bill says...

To be fair...Schalke can't be that shabby...they finished fourth in the Bundersleague...and two of the three teams above them were in the Champions League final....

...which (coincidently), is where we will be in a few years if we continue our current progression ;O)
To be fair...Schalke can't be that shabby...they finished fourth in the Bundersleague...and two of the three teams above them were in the Champions League final.... ...which (coincidently), is where we will be in a few years if we continue our current progression ;O) Baddesley Bill
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8:56pm Wed 24 Jul 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

You just have to blame Guly for being injured, obvious.
You just have to blame Guly for being injured, obvious. OSPREYSAINT
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9:05pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Santa Retfordia says...

You know, the important thing to bear in mind is that the more I see pictures of the new kit in action the more I love it. I mean, I can understand why the shirt on its own might have underwhelmed people but when you see a group of players in full kit hunting in packs we look cool as fcuk. We look proper menacing. It's like how Bill Shankly must have felt after changing to all-red. He did alright.
You know, the important thing to bear in mind is that the more I see pictures of the new kit in action the more I love it. I mean, I can understand why the shirt on its own might have underwhelmed people but when you see a group of players in full kit hunting in packs we look cool as fcuk. We look proper menacing. It's like how Bill Shankly must have felt after changing to all-red. He did alright. Santa Retfordia
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9:09pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Egomaniac says...

Last season MP got the Saints playing a different style to that which we oldies are familiar! The new style was very effective and the overall quality and ability improved. However, over the last few games of the season, we seemed to reach a plateau where we stuck! Goals dried up! Nevertheless the new way got us over the line to Premiership survival.

It seems to me that - from this game tonight - we still are not able to go above that plateau. The problem was up front, and that problem still exists.

Unless NC and MP can strengthen the strike force - and soon - we will struggle next season.

I really do hate to say it, but Lambert is 'off colour', and I really do wonder if he fits into MP's required style of play, or even indeed if he can adapt to that style.

Whatever, a couple of class strikers/poachers is a priority in my humble opinion.

We must keep the faith that NC and MP can attract the quality to the Club.
Last season MP got the Saints playing a different style to that which we oldies are familiar! The new style was very effective and the overall quality and ability improved. However, over the last few games of the season, we seemed to reach a plateau where we stuck! Goals dried up! Nevertheless the new way got us over the line to Premiership survival. It seems to me that - from this game tonight - we still are not able to go above that plateau. The problem was up front, and that problem still exists. Unless NC and MP can strengthen the strike force - and soon - we will struggle next season. I really do hate to say it, but Lambert is 'off colour', and I really do wonder if he fits into MP's required style of play, or even indeed if he can adapt to that style. Whatever, a couple of class strikers/poachers is a priority in my humble opinion. We must keep the faith that NC and MP can attract the quality to the Club. Egomaniac
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9:17pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Santa Retfordia says...

Egomaniac wrote:
Last season MP got the Saints playing a different style to that which we oldies are familiar! The new style was very effective and the overall quality and ability improved. However, over the last few games of the season, we seemed to reach a plateau where we stuck! Goals dried up! Nevertheless the new way got us over the line to Premiership survival.

It seems to me that - from this game tonight - we still are not able to go above that plateau. The problem was up front, and that problem still exists.

Unless NC and MP can strengthen the strike force - and soon - we will struggle next season.

I really do hate to say it, but Lambert is 'off colour', and I really do wonder if he fits into MP's required style of play, or even indeed if he can adapt to that style.

Whatever, a couple of class strikers/poachers is a priority in my humble opinion.

We must keep the faith that NC and MP can attract the quality to the Club.
At the end of last season we were quite deliberately set up as a team knowing a few draws would see us over the line and, in a way, it's good to know we have in our locker the ability to play like that when needed. But next season we'll kick off playing to win and win in style. The first couple of months under MoPo were the best I've ever seen us play (I'm too young to remember the early 80s) and that's what we have to look forward to. I really wouldn't read too much into the result here.

That said, I do agree a top class striker to slot in ahead of Rickie and feed off scraps would be a godsend.
[quote][p][bold]Egomaniac[/bold] wrote: Last season MP got the Saints playing a different style to that which we oldies are familiar! The new style was very effective and the overall quality and ability improved. However, over the last few games of the season, we seemed to reach a plateau where we stuck! Goals dried up! Nevertheless the new way got us over the line to Premiership survival. It seems to me that - from this game tonight - we still are not able to go above that plateau. The problem was up front, and that problem still exists. Unless NC and MP can strengthen the strike force - and soon - we will struggle next season. I really do hate to say it, but Lambert is 'off colour', and I really do wonder if he fits into MP's required style of play, or even indeed if he can adapt to that style. Whatever, a couple of class strikers/poachers is a priority in my humble opinion. We must keep the faith that NC and MP can attract the quality to the Club.[/p][/quote]At the end of last season we were quite deliberately set up as a team knowing a few draws would see us over the line and, in a way, it's good to know we have in our locker the ability to play like that when needed. But next season we'll kick off playing to win and win in style. The first couple of months under MoPo were the best I've ever seen us play (I'm too young to remember the early 80s) and that's what we have to look forward to. I really wouldn't read too much into the result here. That said, I do agree a top class striker to slot in ahead of Rickie and feed off scraps would be a godsend. Santa Retfordia
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9:24pm Wed 24 Jul 13

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH says...

This was a REAL test.

Significantly not the defensive slip ups -but lack of STRIKE and goals.

INVEST IN STRIKE (£20mill) to progress in the League. Get the extra centre back that we were tracking to get the strong defensive pairing and get genuine cover for competition for both left and right back positions.

GET YOUR SAINTS SHIRTS ON AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

We easily outshine the blue few at the Ageas Bowl.... ticking over before the First Away Game where we mean business.

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON.

RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY
This was a REAL test. Significantly not the defensive slip ups -but lack of STRIKE and goals. INVEST IN STRIKE (£20mill) to progress in the League. Get the extra centre back that we were tracking to get the strong defensive pairing and get genuine cover for competition for both left and right back positions. GET YOUR SAINTS SHIRTS ON AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. We easily outshine the blue few at the Ageas Bowl.... ticking over before the First Away Game where we mean business. WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY REDARMYRULETHESOUTH
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9:25pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Egomaniac says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
Egomaniac wrote:
Last season MP got the Saints playing a different style to that which we oldies are familiar! The new style was very effective and the overall quality and ability improved. However, over the last few games of the season, we seemed to reach a plateau where we stuck! Goals dried up! Nevertheless the new way got us over the line to Premiership survival.

It seems to me that - from this game tonight - we still are not able to go above that plateau. The problem was up front, and that problem still exists.

Unless NC and MP can strengthen the strike force - and soon - we will struggle next season.

I really do hate to say it, but Lambert is 'off colour', and I really do wonder if he fits into MP's required style of play, or even indeed if he can adapt to that style.

Whatever, a couple of class strikers/poachers is a priority in my humble opinion.

We must keep the faith that NC and MP can attract the quality to the Club.
At the end of last season we were quite deliberately set up as a team knowing a few draws would see us over the line and, in a way, it's good to know we have in our locker the ability to play like that when needed. But next season we'll kick off playing to win and win in style. The first couple of months under MoPo were the best I've ever seen us play (I'm too young to remember the early 80s) and that's what we have to look forward to. I really wouldn't read too much into the result here.

That said, I do agree a top class striker to slot in ahead of Rickie and feed off scraps would be a godsend.
Overall I agree with your comments. Can't help feeling though that in the new set-up Lambert will struggle.

Having said that, we have to admit he has been a godsend for SFC, and without him we probably would not have achieved the successive promotions. However, sad though it is, I think his time as our main striker is over. Also sadly, there can be no sentiments at this level of the game.
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Egomaniac[/bold] wrote: Last season MP got the Saints playing a different style to that which we oldies are familiar! The new style was very effective and the overall quality and ability improved. However, over the last few games of the season, we seemed to reach a plateau where we stuck! Goals dried up! Nevertheless the new way got us over the line to Premiership survival. It seems to me that - from this game tonight - we still are not able to go above that plateau. The problem was up front, and that problem still exists. Unless NC and MP can strengthen the strike force - and soon - we will struggle next season. I really do hate to say it, but Lambert is 'off colour', and I really do wonder if he fits into MP's required style of play, or even indeed if he can adapt to that style. Whatever, a couple of class strikers/poachers is a priority in my humble opinion. We must keep the faith that NC and MP can attract the quality to the Club.[/p][/quote]At the end of last season we were quite deliberately set up as a team knowing a few draws would see us over the line and, in a way, it's good to know we have in our locker the ability to play like that when needed. But next season we'll kick off playing to win and win in style. The first couple of months under MoPo were the best I've ever seen us play (I'm too young to remember the early 80s) and that's what we have to look forward to. I really wouldn't read too much into the result here. That said, I do agree a top class striker to slot in ahead of Rickie and feed off scraps would be a godsend.[/p][/quote]Overall I agree with your comments. Can't help feeling though that in the new set-up Lambert will struggle. Having said that, we have to admit he has been a godsend for SFC, and without him we probably would not have achieved the successive promotions. However, sad though it is, I think his time as our main striker is over. Also sadly, there can be no sentiments at this level of the game. Egomaniac
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9:29pm Wed 24 Jul 13

ian redhill says...

I am really worried now, Confucious is actually making sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!
I am really worried now, Confucious is actually making sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! ian redhill
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9:33pm Wed 24 Jul 13

business-guru says...

Baddesley Bill wrote:
Plenty for MP to ponder...we are still awaiting that cutting edge up front when we have control of possession. I'm confident we have the bodies in defence to make good.

I fear Fonte and Adam might struggle for a starting line up this season.
pretty much exactly what I thought.
[quote][p][bold]Baddesley Bill[/bold] wrote: Plenty for MP to ponder...we are still awaiting that cutting edge up front when we have control of possession. I'm confident we have the bodies in defence to make good. I fear Fonte and Adam might struggle for a starting line up this season.[/p][/quote]pretty much exactly what I thought. business-guru
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9:37pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Sally Hamilton Original says...

If we go for that Damiao guy then we won't have pace up front, yes a VERY good striker but scores more from 6 yards... Not seen any pace or ability to take a few men on
If we go for that Damiao guy then we won't have pace up front, yes a VERY good striker but scores more from 6 yards... Not seen any pace or ability to take a few men on Sally Hamilton Original
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9:39pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Confucious says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
You know, the important thing to bear in mind is that the more I see pictures of the new kit in action the more I love it. I mean, I can understand why the shirt on its own might have underwhelmed people but when you see a group of players in full kit hunting in packs we look cool as fcuk. We look proper menacing. It's like how Bill Shankly must have felt after changing to all-red. He did alright.
I just have to say that your posts about the new shirts are excellent.

At first I thought that the red and gold might be appealing to you (as a bit of a Bolshie) because it reminds you of the old Soviet flag. But no longer - you obviously have great taste and expertise in this area.

I just hope that in time you can win over the four people who aren't keen on the new design.

Santa REDfordia!
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: You know, the important thing to bear in mind is that the more I see pictures of the new kit in action the more I love it. I mean, I can understand why the shirt on its own might have underwhelmed people but when you see a group of players in full kit hunting in packs we look cool as fcuk. We look proper menacing. It's like how Bill Shankly must have felt after changing to all-red. He did alright.[/p][/quote]I just have to say that your posts about the new shirts are excellent. At first I thought that the red and gold might be appealing to you (as a bit of a Bolshie) because it reminds you of the old Soviet flag. But no longer - you obviously have great taste and expertise in this area. I just hope that in time you can win over the four people who aren't keen on the new design. Santa REDfordia! Confucious
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9:40pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Santa Retfordia says...

Egomaniac wrote:
Santa Retfordia wrote:
Egomaniac wrote:
Last season MP got the Saints playing a different style to that which we oldies are familiar! The new style was very effective and the overall quality and ability improved. However, over the last few games of the season, we seemed to reach a plateau where we stuck! Goals dried up! Nevertheless the new way got us over the line to Premiership survival.

It seems to me that - from this game tonight - we still are not able to go above that plateau. The problem was up front, and that problem still exists.

Unless NC and MP can strengthen the strike force - and soon - we will struggle next season.

I really do hate to say it, but Lambert is 'off colour', and I really do wonder if he fits into MP's required style of play, or even indeed if he can adapt to that style.

Whatever, a couple of class strikers/poachers is a priority in my humble opinion.

We must keep the faith that NC and MP can attract the quality to the Club.
At the end of last season we were quite deliberately set up as a team knowing a few draws would see us over the line and, in a way, it's good to know we have in our locker the ability to play like that when needed. But next season we'll kick off playing to win and win in style. The first couple of months under MoPo were the best I've ever seen us play (I'm too young to remember the early 80s) and that's what we have to look forward to. I really wouldn't read too much into the result here.

That said, I do agree a top class striker to slot in ahead of Rickie and feed off scraps would be a godsend.
Overall I agree with your comments. Can't help feeling though that in the new set-up Lambert will struggle.

Having said that, we have to admit he has been a godsend for SFC, and without him we probably would not have achieved the successive promotions. However, sad though it is, I think his time as our main striker is over. Also sadly, there can be no sentiments at this level of the game.
We'll see I guess. I agree there should be no sacred cows but Rickie is one of those strikers whose effect can't be judged on goals alone. He scares defenders and sucks them in, thus freeing up space for other players to run in on goal. Trouble is we don't have anyone who is remotely as natural a goal scorer as him to cash in on this.

Obviously Suarez is out of the question but a striker with something approaching his level of craft and guile (and minus his level of racism and 'bitey-ness') would be worth about 8 places in the league table.
[quote][p][bold]Egomaniac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Egomaniac[/bold] wrote: Last season MP got the Saints playing a different style to that which we oldies are familiar! The new style was very effective and the overall quality and ability improved. However, over the last few games of the season, we seemed to reach a plateau where we stuck! Goals dried up! Nevertheless the new way got us over the line to Premiership survival. It seems to me that - from this game tonight - we still are not able to go above that plateau. The problem was up front, and that problem still exists. Unless NC and MP can strengthen the strike force - and soon - we will struggle next season. I really do hate to say it, but Lambert is 'off colour', and I really do wonder if he fits into MP's required style of play, or even indeed if he can adapt to that style. Whatever, a couple of class strikers/poachers is a priority in my humble opinion. We must keep the faith that NC and MP can attract the quality to the Club.[/p][/quote]At the end of last season we were quite deliberately set up as a team knowing a few draws would see us over the line and, in a way, it's good to know we have in our locker the ability to play like that when needed. But next season we'll kick off playing to win and win in style. The first couple of months under MoPo were the best I've ever seen us play (I'm too young to remember the early 80s) and that's what we have to look forward to. I really wouldn't read too much into the result here. That said, I do agree a top class striker to slot in ahead of Rickie and feed off scraps would be a godsend.[/p][/quote]Overall I agree with your comments. Can't help feeling though that in the new set-up Lambert will struggle. Having said that, we have to admit he has been a godsend for SFC, and without him we probably would not have achieved the successive promotions. However, sad though it is, I think his time as our main striker is over. Also sadly, there can be no sentiments at this level of the game.[/p][/quote]We'll see I guess. I agree there should be no sacred cows but Rickie is one of those strikers whose effect can't be judged on goals alone. He scares defenders and sucks them in, thus freeing up space for other players to run in on goal. Trouble is we don't have anyone who is remotely as natural a goal scorer as him to cash in on this. Obviously Suarez is out of the question but a striker with something approaching his level of craft and guile (and minus his level of racism and 'bitey-ness') would be worth about 8 places in the league table. Santa Retfordia
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9:41pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Egomaniac says...

Hawkinsguy wrote:
I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans
I think that's a bit hard Hawksy! I think it's interesting how different contributors have analysed tonight's game and drawn their own conclusions - right or wrong, it doesn't matter. I do not detect any sign of panicking - yet!

We are all true Saints' fans really, and the fact that we try and contribute sensible opinions about our beloved Saints says it all!!

Imagine being a Pompey supporter ...........!! Doesn't bear thinking about, does it?!

Love the new home kit, by the way.
[quote][p][bold]Hawkinsguy[/bold] wrote: I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans[/p][/quote]I think that's a bit hard Hawksy! I think it's interesting how different contributors have analysed tonight's game and drawn their own conclusions - right or wrong, it doesn't matter. I do not detect any sign of panicking - yet! We are all true Saints' fans really, and the fact that we try and contribute sensible opinions about our beloved Saints says it all!! Imagine being a Pompey supporter ...........!! Doesn't bear thinking about, does it?! Love the new home kit, by the way. Egomaniac
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9:41pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Confucious wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Clever Dick wrote:
DisplacedFan wrote:
The wheels are off the bus! We can't hope to compete against those other high-powered teams on the South coast!
You're so right. How are we ever going to compete. After all they've announced another huge signing from the Premier league today. That would be the very famous Ryan Bird from Burnham fc. Currently in the Calor premier league. I'm soooooooo jealous.
If I was a fish, I'd be a bit scared having a bird swooping about on the pitch in front of me.

As for the match, it was a decent work out. The youngsters got a run, the new boys got a run and, most of the time, we held our own against one of the best German sides.

As others said, though, we have to do something about turning promising possession into clear cut chances, and clear cut chances into goals.

It'll come, it'll come.
For whatever reason, we began to really struggle to score towards the end of last season. I hope it was just one of those phases that teams go through - but it's still niggling at me.

It seems pretty obvious to all of us that we need to add to our options up front - so presumably that's exactly what the club is trying to do.

It'll be a relief when it happens.

We must be getting closer to the new season because I can feel that tension about Saints bubbling up again!
I think that tension is caused by the sauerkraut you were on about earlier.

It plays havoc with your inners in this heat.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: The wheels are off the bus! We can't hope to compete against those other high-powered teams on the South coast![/p][/quote]You're so right. How are we ever going to compete. After all they've announced another huge signing from the Premier league today. That would be the very famous Ryan Bird from Burnham fc. Currently in the Calor premier league. I'm soooooooo jealous.[/p][/quote]If I was a fish, I'd be a bit scared having a bird swooping about on the pitch in front of me. As for the match, it was a decent work out. The youngsters got a run, the new boys got a run and, most of the time, we held our own against one of the best German sides. As others said, though, we have to do something about turning promising possession into clear cut chances, and clear cut chances into goals. It'll come, it'll come.[/p][/quote]For whatever reason, we began to really struggle to score towards the end of last season. I hope it was just one of those phases that teams go through - but it's still niggling at me. It seems pretty obvious to all of us that we need to add to our options up front - so presumably that's exactly what the club is trying to do. It'll be a relief when it happens. We must be getting closer to the new season because I can feel that tension about Saints bubbling up again![/p][/quote]I think that tension is caused by the sauerkraut you were on about earlier. It plays havoc with your inners in this heat. Strasbourg Saint
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9:41pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Mister E says...

Saintsincethe60s wrote:
Confucious wrote:
Hawkinsguy wrote:
I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans
You can spot them a mile off. They haven't got one of the brilliant new shirts.
Nice one - or they haven't got £50 quid to waste
But, had the team been wearing stripes...........

Though it is "only" a friendly, more will have been learnt/ understood from this defeat!

Don't despair!

We'll get our target(s), improving the squad, then it's onwards and upwards for the Saints!

Now, again, about them stripes......
[quote][p][bold]Saintsincethe60s[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hawkinsguy[/bold] wrote: I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans[/p][/quote]You can spot them a mile off. They haven't got one of the brilliant new shirts.[/p][/quote]Nice one - or they haven't got £50 quid to waste[/p][/quote]But, had the team been wearing stripes........... Though it is "only" a friendly, more will have been learnt/ understood from this defeat! Don't despair! We'll get our target(s), improving the squad, then it's onwards and upwards for the Saints! Now, again, about them stripes...... Mister E
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9:45pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

ian redhill wrote:
I am really worried now, Confucious is actually making sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!
Not only that but Bill's agreeing with GHK and Guru's agreeing with Bill.

I'm waiting for Tabourba to come on and highlight that, under Mauricio, this pre-season has already been a million times better than anything Pards or Nigel managed.
[quote][p][bold]ian redhill[/bold] wrote: I am really worried now, Confucious is actually making sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!![/p][/quote]Not only that but Bill's agreeing with GHK and Guru's agreeing with Bill. I'm waiting for Tabourba to come on and highlight that, under Mauricio, this pre-season has already been a million times better than anything Pards or Nigel managed. Strasbourg Saint
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9:46pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Egomaniac says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
Egomaniac wrote:
Santa Retfordia wrote:
Egomaniac wrote:
Last season MP got the Saints playing a different style to that which we oldies are familiar! The new style was very effective and the overall quality and ability improved. However, over the last few games of the season, we seemed to reach a plateau where we stuck! Goals dried up! Nevertheless the new way got us over the line to Premiership survival.

It seems to me that - from this game tonight - we still are not able to go above that plateau. The problem was up front, and that problem still exists.

Unless NC and MP can strengthen the strike force - and soon - we will struggle next season.

I really do hate to say it, but Lambert is 'off colour', and I really do wonder if he fits into MP's required style of play, or even indeed if he can adapt to that style.

Whatever, a couple of class strikers/poachers is a priority in my humble opinion.

We must keep the faith that NC and MP can attract the quality to the Club.
At the end of last season we were quite deliberately set up as a team knowing a few draws would see us over the line and, in a way, it's good to know we have in our locker the ability to play like that when needed. But next season we'll kick off playing to win and win in style. The first couple of months under MoPo were the best I've ever seen us play (I'm too young to remember the early 80s) and that's what we have to look forward to. I really wouldn't read too much into the result here.

That said, I do agree a top class striker to slot in ahead of Rickie and feed off scraps would be a godsend.
Overall I agree with your comments. Can't help feeling though that in the new set-up Lambert will struggle.

Having said that, we have to admit he has been a godsend for SFC, and without him we probably would not have achieved the successive promotions. However, sad though it is, I think his time as our main striker is over. Also sadly, there can be no sentiments at this level of the game.
We'll see I guess. I agree there should be no sacred cows but Rickie is one of those strikers whose effect can't be judged on goals alone. He scares defenders and sucks them in, thus freeing up space for other players to run in on goal. Trouble is we don't have anyone who is remotely as natural a goal scorer as him to cash in on this.

Obviously Suarez is out of the question but a striker with something approaching his level of craft and guile (and minus his level of racism and 'bitey-ness') would be worth about 8 places in the league table.
Actually, if Saints bid £40,000,002 for Suarez, we'd be outbidding Arsenal!

Well it's a thought.

I agree your valid points about Lambert, bit I still have that niggling worry that he doesn't fit in with MC's plans somehow.

Would love to be wrong, but ........
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Egomaniac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Egomaniac[/bold] wrote: Last season MP got the Saints playing a different style to that which we oldies are familiar! The new style was very effective and the overall quality and ability improved. However, over the last few games of the season, we seemed to reach a plateau where we stuck! Goals dried up! Nevertheless the new way got us over the line to Premiership survival. It seems to me that - from this game tonight - we still are not able to go above that plateau. The problem was up front, and that problem still exists. Unless NC and MP can strengthen the strike force - and soon - we will struggle next season. I really do hate to say it, but Lambert is 'off colour', and I really do wonder if he fits into MP's required style of play, or even indeed if he can adapt to that style. Whatever, a couple of class strikers/poachers is a priority in my humble opinion. We must keep the faith that NC and MP can attract the quality to the Club.[/p][/quote]At the end of last season we were quite deliberately set up as a team knowing a few draws would see us over the line and, in a way, it's good to know we have in our locker the ability to play like that when needed. But next season we'll kick off playing to win and win in style. The first couple of months under MoPo were the best I've ever seen us play (I'm too young to remember the early 80s) and that's what we have to look forward to. I really wouldn't read too much into the result here. That said, I do agree a top class striker to slot in ahead of Rickie and feed off scraps would be a godsend.[/p][/quote]Overall I agree with your comments. Can't help feeling though that in the new set-up Lambert will struggle. Having said that, we have to admit he has been a godsend for SFC, and without him we probably would not have achieved the successive promotions. However, sad though it is, I think his time as our main striker is over. Also sadly, there can be no sentiments at this level of the game.[/p][/quote]We'll see I guess. I agree there should be no sacred cows but Rickie is one of those strikers whose effect can't be judged on goals alone. He scares defenders and sucks them in, thus freeing up space for other players to run in on goal. Trouble is we don't have anyone who is remotely as natural a goal scorer as him to cash in on this. Obviously Suarez is out of the question but a striker with something approaching his level of craft and guile (and minus his level of racism and 'bitey-ness') would be worth about 8 places in the league table.[/p][/quote]Actually, if Saints bid £40,000,002 for Suarez, we'd be outbidding Arsenal! Well it's a thought. I agree your valid points about Lambert, bit I still have that niggling worry that he doesn't fit in with MC's plans somehow. Would love to be wrong, but ........ Egomaniac
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9:50pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Santa Retfordia says...

Confucious wrote:
Santa Retfordia wrote:
You know, the important thing to bear in mind is that the more I see pictures of the new kit in action the more I love it. I mean, I can understand why the shirt on its own might have underwhelmed people but when you see a group of players in full kit hunting in packs we look cool as fcuk. We look proper menacing. It's like how Bill Shankly must have felt after changing to all-red. He did alright.
I just have to say that your posts about the new shirts are excellent.

At first I thought that the red and gold might be appealing to you (as a bit of a Bolshie) because it reminds you of the old Soviet flag. But no longer - you obviously have great taste and expertise in this area.

I just hope that in time you can win over the four people who aren't keen on the new design.

Santa REDfordia!
Heh. It's interesting, actually, how the Bolsheviks weren't that keen on gold. It was Lenin who said "When we are victorious on a world scale we shall use gold for the purpose of building public lavatories."

Of course, what he meant was that after the revolution the riches of the elite would be spread among the workers, but our new shirt sends out a similar message: the gold is scarcely visible against the red of our shirt, which means things like the commercial world of sponsors and even the badge that bears our name become as nothing next to the red that represents something deeper and more potent: our collective will.

(I've been drinking.)
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: You know, the important thing to bear in mind is that the more I see pictures of the new kit in action the more I love it. I mean, I can understand why the shirt on its own might have underwhelmed people but when you see a group of players in full kit hunting in packs we look cool as fcuk. We look proper menacing. It's like how Bill Shankly must have felt after changing to all-red. He did alright.[/p][/quote]I just have to say that your posts about the new shirts are excellent. At first I thought that the red and gold might be appealing to you (as a bit of a Bolshie) because it reminds you of the old Soviet flag. But no longer - you obviously have great taste and expertise in this area. I just hope that in time you can win over the four people who aren't keen on the new design. Santa REDfordia![/p][/quote]Heh. It's interesting, actually, how the Bolsheviks weren't that keen on gold. It was Lenin who said "When we are victorious on a world scale we shall use gold for the purpose of building public lavatories." Of course, what he meant was that after the revolution the riches of the elite would be spread among the workers, but our new shirt sends out a similar message: the gold is scarcely visible against the red of our shirt, which means things like the commercial world of sponsors and even the badge that bears our name become as nothing next to the red that represents something deeper and more potent: our collective will. (I've been drinking.) Santa Retfordia
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9:51pm Wed 24 Jul 13

gr8saint says...

Time for MP to go get Osvaldo!
Roma only want £6.8m for him. He might be a little aggressive, but MP got him under control at Espanyol. Would be good for the competition for places.

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Time for MP to go get Osvaldo! Roma only want £6.8m for him. He might be a little aggressive, but MP got him under control at Espanyol. Would be good for the competition for places. http://www.express.c o.uk/sport/football/ 417150/Spurs-and-Sou thampton-set-to-be-d isappointed-as-Fulha m-edge-ahead-for-Pab lo-Osvaldo?utm_sourc e=feedburner&utm_med ium=feed&utm_campaig n=Feed%3A+daily-expr ess-sport-news+(Dail y+Express+%3A%3A+Spo rt+Feed) gr8saint
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9:52pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Baddesley Bill says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
ian redhill wrote:
I am really worried now, Confucious is actually making sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


!!!
Not only that but Bill's agreeing with GHK and Guru's agreeing with Bill.

I'm waiting for Tabourba to come on and highlight that, under Mauricio, this pre-season has already been a million times better than anything Pards or Nigel managed.
Agreed ;O)
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ian redhill[/bold] wrote: I am really worried now, Confucious is actually making sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!![/p][/quote]Not only that but Bill's agreeing with GHK and Guru's agreeing with Bill. I'm waiting for Tabourba to come on and highlight that, under Mauricio, this pre-season has already been a million times better than anything Pards or Nigel managed.[/p][/quote]Agreed ;O) Baddesley Bill
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9:56pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Baddesley Bill wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
ian redhill wrote:
I am really worried now, Confucious is actually making sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



!!!
Not only that but Bill's agreeing with GHK and Guru's agreeing with Bill.

I'm waiting for Tabourba to come on and highlight that, under Mauricio, this pre-season has already been a million times better than anything Pards or Nigel managed.
Agreed ;O)
I don't!
[quote][p][bold]Baddesley Bill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ian redhill[/bold] wrote: I am really worried now, Confucious is actually making sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!![/p][/quote]Not only that but Bill's agreeing with GHK and Guru's agreeing with Bill. I'm waiting for Tabourba to come on and highlight that, under Mauricio, this pre-season has already been a million times better than anything Pards or Nigel managed.[/p][/quote]Agreed ;O)[/p][/quote]I don't! Strasbourg Saint
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9:59pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Stnana says...

Should've kept Billy Sharp !!
Should've kept Billy Sharp !! Stnana
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10:00pm Wed 24 Jul 13

business-guru says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
ian redhill wrote:
I am really worried now, Confucious is actually making sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


!!!
Not only that but Bill's agreeing with GHK and Guru's agreeing with Bill.

I'm waiting for Tabourba to come on and highlight that, under Mauricio, this pre-season has already been a million times better than anything Pards or Nigel managed.
I am in a good mood... I have my bar sorted out to watch the Saints-Sunderland match in the Vendee... Also I happen to agree the new shirt does looks good with the team wearing it.. I still am not keen on it as a stand-alone but it does look different on the lads...
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ian redhill[/bold] wrote: I am really worried now, Confucious is actually making sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!![/p][/quote]Not only that but Bill's agreeing with GHK and Guru's agreeing with Bill. I'm waiting for Tabourba to come on and highlight that, under Mauricio, this pre-season has already been a million times better than anything Pards or Nigel managed.[/p][/quote]I am in a good mood... I have my bar sorted out to watch the Saints-Sunderland match in the Vendee... Also I happen to agree the new shirt does looks good with the team wearing it.. I still am not keen on it as a stand-alone but it does look different on the lads... business-guru
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10:09pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Baddesley Bill says...

I feel a group hug coming on...

...come on Tebourba...you can do it!

COYR :O)
I feel a group hug coming on... ...come on Tebourba...you can do it! COYR :O) Baddesley Bill
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10:11pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Santa Retfordia says...

Stnana wrote:
Should've kept Billy Sharp !!
I love Billy but I'm not sure he's the answer.
[quote][p][bold]Stnana[/bold] wrote: Should've kept Billy Sharp !![/p][/quote]I love Billy but I'm not sure he's the answer. Santa Retfordia
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10:20pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Santa Retfordia says...

Alison5487 wrote:
my buddy's ex-wife makes $74/hr on the internet. She has been unemployed for 7 months but last month her paycheck was $16024 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more on this web site... www.Day37.cℴm
Right, I know you're a piece of software but who in the name of buggery knows anything about the finances of their "buddy's ex-wife"? Unless, of course, she left him for you in which case you're a home-wrecking piece of software sh1t. And that's the worst kind of software.
[quote][p][bold]Alison5487[/bold] wrote: my buddy's ex-wife makes $74/hr on the internet. She has been unemployed for 7 months but last month her paycheck was $16024 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more on this web site... www.Day37.cℴm[/p][/quote]Right, I know you're a piece of software but who in the name of buggery knows anything about the finances of their "buddy's ex-wife"? Unless, of course, she left him for you in which case you're a home-wrecking piece of software sh1t. And that's the worst kind of software. Santa Retfordia
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10:28pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Puddletown Saint says...

In short I believe the first part of pre season should be fitness - match fitness and the second part about tactics and formation. MP must start playing the first XI so they are used to each other and the way they play. Then subs later as per a Prem match. All this chopping and changing cannot be good.

My team for Besitkas:

Boruc
Clyne Lovern Yos Shaw
Spider Wanyama Cork
Gaston Adam
Jay

Then have a tinker after 60mins

COYR
In short I believe the first part of pre season should be fitness - match fitness and the second part about tactics and formation. MP must start playing the first XI so they are used to each other and the way they play. Then subs later as per a Prem match. All this chopping and changing cannot be good. My team for Besitkas: Boruc Clyne Lovern Yos Shaw Spider Wanyama Cork Gaston Adam Jay Then have a tinker after 60mins COYR Puddletown Saint
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10:28pm Wed 24 Jul 13

deepheat says...

It's not that bad, honestly.

Aston Villa lost 2-0 to Luton.

Spurs lost 3-1 to Sunderland.

Man U lost 3-2 to Yokohama

Manchester City lost 2-1 to Amazulu FC

Norwich lost 1-0 to San Jose Earthquakes

West Brom lost 1-2 to Hannover 96

West Ham lost 4-1 to Mainz

Nothing to worry about .
It's not that bad, honestly. Aston Villa lost 2-0 to Luton. Spurs lost 3-1 to Sunderland. Man U lost 3-2 to Yokohama Manchester City lost 2-1 to Amazulu FC Norwich lost 1-0 to San Jose Earthquakes West Brom lost 1-2 to Hannover 96 West Ham lost 4-1 to Mainz Nothing to worry about . deepheat
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10:28pm Wed 24 Jul 13

miltonarcher says...

Get them back in stripes, sorted!
Get them back in stripes, sorted! miltonarcher
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10:32pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

business-guru wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
ian redhill wrote:
I am really worried now, Confucious is actually making sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



!!!
Not only that but Bill's agreeing with GHK and Guru's agreeing with Bill.

I'm waiting for Tabourba to come on and highlight that, under Mauricio, this pre-season has already been a million times better than anything Pards or Nigel managed.
I am in a good mood... I have my bar sorted out to watch the Saints-Sunderland match in the Vendee... Also I happen to agree the new shirt does looks good with the team wearing it.. I still am not keen on it as a stand-alone but it does look different on the lads...
Bill's right, group hugs all round. We'll be in Vendee mid-August (La Roche, Pouzauges, Fontenay-le-Comte ....) but heading over to the UK before Sunderland.

Glad you sorted your bar; hope you'll be wearing your new shirt during the Sunderland match.

Bumped into one of my ex-students last week. He said, 'I always think of you when I watch English football. You're a Sunderland fan aren't you?

Little s0d! He can remember everything I taught him about the 3rd conditional but (here's the clever bit) if he had listened more in class, he would have known that I was a Saint not a Macken.
[quote][p][bold]business-guru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ian redhill[/bold] wrote: I am really worried now, Confucious is actually making sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!![/p][/quote]Not only that but Bill's agreeing with GHK and Guru's agreeing with Bill. I'm waiting for Tabourba to come on and highlight that, under Mauricio, this pre-season has already been a million times better than anything Pards or Nigel managed.[/p][/quote]I am in a good mood... I have my bar sorted out to watch the Saints-Sunderland match in the Vendee... Also I happen to agree the new shirt does looks good with the team wearing it.. I still am not keen on it as a stand-alone but it does look different on the lads...[/p][/quote]Bill's right, group hugs all round. We'll be in Vendee mid-August (La Roche, Pouzauges, Fontenay-le-Comte ....) but heading over to the UK before Sunderland. Glad you sorted your bar; hope you'll be wearing your new shirt during the Sunderland match. Bumped into one of my ex-students last week. He said, 'I always think of you when I watch English football. You're a Sunderland fan aren't you? Little s0d! He can remember everything I taught him about the 3rd conditional but (here's the clever bit) if he had listened more in class, he would have known that I was a Saint not a Macken. Strasbourg Saint
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10:35pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Santa Retfordia says...

deepheat wrote:
It's not that bad, honestly.

Aston Villa lost 2-0 to Luton.

Spurs lost 3-1 to Sunderland.

Man U lost 3-2 to Yokohama

Manchester City lost 2-1 to Amazulu FC

Norwich lost 1-0 to San Jose Earthquakes

West Brom lost 1-2 to Hannover 96

West Ham lost 4-1 to Mainz

Nothing to worry about .
It's cool. Only an idiot cares about results in July.
[quote][p][bold]deepheat[/bold] wrote: It's not that bad, honestly. Aston Villa lost 2-0 to Luton. Spurs lost 3-1 to Sunderland. Man U lost 3-2 to Yokohama Manchester City lost 2-1 to Amazulu FC Norwich lost 1-0 to San Jose Earthquakes West Brom lost 1-2 to Hannover 96 West Ham lost 4-1 to Mainz Nothing to worry about .[/p][/quote]It's cool. Only an idiot cares about results in July. Santa Retfordia
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10:49pm Wed 24 Jul 13

swesaint says...

Puddletown Saint wrote:
In short I believe the first part of pre season should be fitness - match fitness and the second part about tactics and formation. MP must start playing the first XI so they are used to each other and the way they play. Then subs later as per a Prem match. All this chopping and changing cannot be good.

My team for Besitkas:

Boruc
Clyne Lovern Yos Shaw
Spider Wanyama Cork
Gaston Adam
Jay

Then have a tinker after 60mins

COYR
Really, but united chop and change in pre season and win the league?
How many pre seasons have you been in charge of?
[quote][p][bold]Puddletown Saint[/bold] wrote: In short I believe the first part of pre season should be fitness - match fitness and the second part about tactics and formation. MP must start playing the first XI so they are used to each other and the way they play. Then subs later as per a Prem match. All this chopping and changing cannot be good. My team for Besitkas: Boruc Clyne Lovern Yos Shaw Spider Wanyama Cork Gaston Adam Jay Then have a tinker after 60mins COYR[/p][/quote]Really, but united chop and change in pre season and win the league? How many pre seasons have you been in charge of? swesaint
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10:55pm Wed 24 Jul 13

business-guru says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
business-guru wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
ian redhill wrote:
I am really worried now, Confucious is actually making sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




!!!
Not only that but Bill's agreeing with GHK and Guru's agreeing with Bill.

I'm waiting for Tabourba to come on and highlight that, under Mauricio, this pre-season has already been a million times better than anything Pards or Nigel managed.
I am in a good mood... I have my bar sorted out to watch the Saints-Sunderland match in the Vendee... Also I happen to agree the new shirt does looks good with the team wearing it.. I still am not keen on it as a stand-alone but it does look different on the lads...
Bill's right, group hugs all round. We'll be in Vendee mid-August (La Roche, Pouzauges, Fontenay-le-Comte ....) but heading over to the UK before Sunderland.

Glad you sorted your bar; hope you'll be wearing your new shirt during the Sunderland match.

Bumped into one of my ex-students last week. He said, 'I always think of you when I watch English football. You're a Sunderland fan aren't you?

Little s0d! He can remember everything I taught him about the 3rd conditional but (here's the clever bit) if he had listened more in class, he would have known that I was a Saint not a Macken.
I have been to F-le-C , but can't remember when, why or what's there... may pop over there again to see whats what. I only ever wear my lucky saints cap when watching Saints overseas... it works farily well.... ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]business-guru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ian redhill[/bold] wrote: I am really worried now, Confucious is actually making sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!![/p][/quote]Not only that but Bill's agreeing with GHK and Guru's agreeing with Bill. I'm waiting for Tabourba to come on and highlight that, under Mauricio, this pre-season has already been a million times better than anything Pards or Nigel managed.[/p][/quote]I am in a good mood... I have my bar sorted out to watch the Saints-Sunderland match in the Vendee... Also I happen to agree the new shirt does looks good with the team wearing it.. I still am not keen on it as a stand-alone but it does look different on the lads...[/p][/quote]Bill's right, group hugs all round. We'll be in Vendee mid-August (La Roche, Pouzauges, Fontenay-le-Comte ....) but heading over to the UK before Sunderland. Glad you sorted your bar; hope you'll be wearing your new shirt during the Sunderland match. Bumped into one of my ex-students last week. He said, 'I always think of you when I watch English football. You're a Sunderland fan aren't you? Little s0d! He can remember everything I taught him about the 3rd conditional but (here's the clever bit) if he had listened more in class, he would have known that I was a Saint not a Macken.[/p][/quote]I have been to F-le-C , but can't remember when, why or what's there... may pop over there again to see whats what. I only ever wear my lucky saints cap when watching Saints overseas... it works farily well.... ;-) business-guru
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10:57pm Wed 24 Jul 13

MiltonRoad says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
deepheat wrote:
It's not that bad, honestly.

Aston Villa lost 2-0 to Luton.

Spurs lost 3-1 to Sunderland.

Man U lost 3-2 to Yokohama

Manchester City lost 2-1 to Amazulu FC

Norwich lost 1-0 to San Jose Earthquakes

West Brom lost 1-2 to Hannover 96

West Ham lost 4-1 to Mainz

Nothing to worry about .
It's cool. Only an idiot cares about results in July.
Agreed. The result is irrelevant but the lack of creativity isn't. I didn't see the game tonight but based on the report and what others are saying, we didn't create that much. That is consistent with the end to last season. So I am not sure a new striker is the only answer. We certainly do need to strengthen but we have players that were consistently scoring in the early part of last season. Problem was when we were scoring, we leaked goals even quicker half the time. We need to get the right balance between being solid when we don't have the ball and creative when we do. It is not clear where are there yet.

On the subject of shirts I would like to spice up the discussion a bit. I was reliably told, but can't confirm, that NC hates red. His favourite colour is black and the new second strip is just a stepping stone to it becoming our new 'colour'. Can't confirm that but where else can you have fun with a rumour like that.
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]deepheat[/bold] wrote: It's not that bad, honestly. Aston Villa lost 2-0 to Luton. Spurs lost 3-1 to Sunderland. Man U lost 3-2 to Yokohama Manchester City lost 2-1 to Amazulu FC Norwich lost 1-0 to San Jose Earthquakes West Brom lost 1-2 to Hannover 96 West Ham lost 4-1 to Mainz Nothing to worry about .[/p][/quote]It's cool. Only an idiot cares about results in July.[/p][/quote]Agreed. The result is irrelevant but the lack of creativity isn't. I didn't see the game tonight but based on the report and what others are saying, we didn't create that much. That is consistent with the end to last season. So I am not sure a new striker is the only answer. We certainly do need to strengthen but we have players that were consistently scoring in the early part of last season. Problem was when we were scoring, we leaked goals even quicker half the time. We need to get the right balance between being solid when we don't have the ball and creative when we do. It is not clear where are there yet. On the subject of shirts I would like to spice up the discussion a bit. I was reliably told, but can't confirm, that NC hates red. His favourite colour is black and the new second strip is just a stepping stone to it becoming our new 'colour'. Can't confirm that but where else can you have fun with a rumour like that. MiltonRoad
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10:58pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Baddesley Bill says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
business-guru wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
ian redhill wrote:
I am really worried now, Confucious is actually making sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




!!!
Not only that but Bill's agreeing with GHK and Guru's agreeing with Bill.

I'm waiting for Tabourba to come on and highlight that, under Mauricio, this pre-season has already been a million times better than anything Pards or Nigel managed.
I am in a good mood... I have my bar sorted out to watch the Saints-Sunderland match in the Vendee... Also I happen to agree the new shirt does looks good with the team wearing it.. I still am not keen on it as a stand-alone but it does look different on the lads...
Bill's right, group hugs all round. We'll be in Vendee mid-August (La Roche, Pouzauges, Fontenay-le-Comte ....) but heading over to the UK before Sunderland.

Glad you sorted your bar; hope you'll be wearing your new shirt during the Sunderland match.

Bumped into one of my ex-students last week. He said, 'I always think of you when I watch English football. You're a Sunderland fan aren't you?

Little s0d! He can remember everything I taught him about the 3rd conditional but (here's the clever bit) if he had listened more in class, he would have known that I was a Saint not a Macken.
You need to wear the new socks in class...

...everyone loves the new socks. I think they will unify the Saints traditionalists with the Saints radicals...

Lets all wear the new socks to SMS.

COYRNWS! :O)
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]business-guru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ian redhill[/bold] wrote: I am really worried now, Confucious is actually making sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!![/p][/quote]Not only that but Bill's agreeing with GHK and Guru's agreeing with Bill. I'm waiting for Tabourba to come on and highlight that, under Mauricio, this pre-season has already been a million times better than anything Pards or Nigel managed.[/p][/quote]I am in a good mood... I have my bar sorted out to watch the Saints-Sunderland match in the Vendee... Also I happen to agree the new shirt does looks good with the team wearing it.. I still am not keen on it as a stand-alone but it does look different on the lads...[/p][/quote]Bill's right, group hugs all round. We'll be in Vendee mid-August (La Roche, Pouzauges, Fontenay-le-Comte ....) but heading over to the UK before Sunderland. Glad you sorted your bar; hope you'll be wearing your new shirt during the Sunderland match. Bumped into one of my ex-students last week. He said, 'I always think of you when I watch English football. You're a Sunderland fan aren't you? Little s0d! He can remember everything I taught him about the 3rd conditional but (here's the clever bit) if he had listened more in class, he would have known that I was a Saint not a Macken.[/p][/quote]You need to wear the new socks in class... ...everyone loves the new socks. I think they will unify the Saints traditionalists with the Saints radicals... Lets all wear the new socks to SMS. COYRNWS! :O) Baddesley Bill
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11:05pm Wed 24 Jul 13

business-guru says...

MiltonRoad wrote:
Santa Retfordia wrote:
deepheat wrote:
It's not that bad, honestly.

Aston Villa lost 2-0 to Luton.

Spurs lost 3-1 to Sunderland.

Man U lost 3-2 to Yokohama

Manchester City lost 2-1 to Amazulu FC

Norwich lost 1-0 to San Jose Earthquakes

West Brom lost 1-2 to Hannover 96

West Ham lost 4-1 to Mainz

Nothing to worry about .
It's cool. Only an idiot cares about results in July.
Agreed. The result is irrelevant but the lack of creativity isn't. I didn't see the game tonight but based on the report and what others are saying, we didn't create that much. That is consistent with the end to last season. So I am not sure a new striker is the only answer. We certainly do need to strengthen but we have players that were consistently scoring in the early part of last season. Problem was when we were scoring, we leaked goals even quicker half the time. We need to get the right balance between being solid when we don't have the ball and creative when we do. It is not clear where are there yet.

On the subject of shirts I would like to spice up the discussion a bit. I was reliably told, but can't confirm, that NC hates red. His favourite colour is black and the new second strip is just a stepping stone to it becoming our new 'colour'. Can't confirm that but where else can you have fun with a rumour like that.
Prem league rules stated that no team can register a 1st (home) kit in black....unless that rule has been changed then it may be a hairy hand story....
[quote][p][bold]MiltonRoad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]deepheat[/bold] wrote: It's not that bad, honestly. Aston Villa lost 2-0 to Luton. Spurs lost 3-1 to Sunderland. Man U lost 3-2 to Yokohama Manchester City lost 2-1 to Amazulu FC Norwich lost 1-0 to San Jose Earthquakes West Brom lost 1-2 to Hannover 96 West Ham lost 4-1 to Mainz Nothing to worry about .[/p][/quote]It's cool. Only an idiot cares about results in July.[/p][/quote]Agreed. The result is irrelevant but the lack of creativity isn't. I didn't see the game tonight but based on the report and what others are saying, we didn't create that much. That is consistent with the end to last season. So I am not sure a new striker is the only answer. We certainly do need to strengthen but we have players that were consistently scoring in the early part of last season. Problem was when we were scoring, we leaked goals even quicker half the time. We need to get the right balance between being solid when we don't have the ball and creative when we do. It is not clear where are there yet. On the subject of shirts I would like to spice up the discussion a bit. I was reliably told, but can't confirm, that NC hates red. His favourite colour is black and the new second strip is just a stepping stone to it becoming our new 'colour'. Can't confirm that but where else can you have fun with a rumour like that.[/p][/quote]Prem league rules stated that no team can register a 1st (home) kit in black....unless that rule has been changed then it may be a hairy hand story.... business-guru
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11:10pm Wed 24 Jul 13

hedge end bob says...

Confucious wrote:
Hawkinsguy wrote:
I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans
You can spot them a mile off. They haven't got one of the brilliant new shirts.
YOURE DOING IT AGAIN Confucious.
I have been watching SAINTS for 62 years, MAINLY WEARING RED AND WHITE STRIPES FFS.
Now if you fancy dan's want to wear the new shirt , fine your choice.
My choice RED AND WHITE STRIPES that dont make either of us better fans than the other.
If you consider yourself better because you have bought the new shirt i will make you an offer.
You meet me outside the stadium by the statue of TED BATES with FIFTY QID IN YOUR HAND AND I WILL MATCH IT .WITH THE HUNDRED WE WILL BUY RAFFLE TICKETS AND ANY WINNINGS AT HALF TIME WE WILL GIVE BACK TO THE CLUB.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hawkinsguy[/bold] wrote: I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans[/p][/quote]You can spot them a mile off. They haven't got one of the brilliant new shirts.[/p][/quote]YOURE DOING IT AGAIN Confucious. I have been watching SAINTS for 62 years, MAINLY WEARING RED AND WHITE STRIPES FFS. Now if you fancy dan's want to wear the new shirt , fine your choice. My choice RED AND WHITE STRIPES that dont make either of us better fans than the other. If you consider yourself better because you have bought the new shirt i will make you an offer. You meet me outside the stadium by the statue of TED BATES with FIFTY QID IN YOUR HAND AND I WILL MATCH IT .WITH THE HUNDRED WE WILL BUY RAFFLE TICKETS AND ANY WINNINGS AT HALF TIME WE WILL GIVE BACK TO THE CLUB. hedge end bob
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11:17pm Wed 24 Jul 13

DisplacedFan says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Confucious wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Clever Dick wrote:
DisplacedFan wrote:
The wheels are off the bus! We can't hope to compete against those other high-powered teams on the South coast!
You're so right. How are we ever going to compete. After all they've announced another huge signing from the Premier league today. That would be the very famous Ryan Bird from Burnham fc. Currently in the Calor premier league. I'm soooooooo jealous.
If I was a fish, I'd be a bit scared having a bird swooping about on the pitch in front of me.

As for the match, it was a decent work out. The youngsters got a run, the new boys got a run and, most of the time, we held our own against one of the best German sides.

As others said, though, we have to do something about turning promising possession into clear cut chances, and clear cut chances into goals.

It'll come, it'll come.
For whatever reason, we began to really struggle to score towards the end of last season. I hope it was just one of those phases that teams go through - but it's still niggling at me.

It seems pretty obvious to all of us that we need to add to our options up front - so presumably that's exactly what the club is trying to do.

It'll be a relief when it happens.

We must be getting closer to the new season because I can feel that tension about Saints bubbling up again!
I think that tension is caused by the sauerkraut you were on about earlier.

It plays havoc with your inners in this heat.
Then you need an emetic distilled from the artesian springs under Farton Park. I heard it goes through you faster than Harry goes through someone else's money. I heard it's so recommended that has the five trophy award for effectiveness.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: The wheels are off the bus! We can't hope to compete against those other high-powered teams on the South coast![/p][/quote]You're so right. How are we ever going to compete. After all they've announced another huge signing from the Premier league today. That would be the very famous Ryan Bird from Burnham fc. Currently in the Calor premier league. I'm soooooooo jealous.[/p][/quote]If I was a fish, I'd be a bit scared having a bird swooping about on the pitch in front of me. As for the match, it was a decent work out. The youngsters got a run, the new boys got a run and, most of the time, we held our own against one of the best German sides. As others said, though, we have to do something about turning promising possession into clear cut chances, and clear cut chances into goals. It'll come, it'll come.[/p][/quote]For whatever reason, we began to really struggle to score towards the end of last season. I hope it was just one of those phases that teams go through - but it's still niggling at me. It seems pretty obvious to all of us that we need to add to our options up front - so presumably that's exactly what the club is trying to do. It'll be a relief when it happens. We must be getting closer to the new season because I can feel that tension about Saints bubbling up again![/p][/quote]I think that tension is caused by the sauerkraut you were on about earlier. It plays havoc with your inners in this heat.[/p][/quote]Then you need an emetic distilled from the artesian springs under Farton Park. I heard it goes through you faster than Harry goes through someone else's money. I heard it's so recommended that has the five trophy award for effectiveness. DisplacedFan
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11:17pm Wed 24 Jul 13

bigfella777 says...

When are they going to spend some money, the likes of Arsenal are bidding 40 mill for Suarez and Saints are still relying on a league one striker, ridiculous.
When are they going to spend some money, the likes of Arsenal are bidding 40 mill for Suarez and Saints are still relying on a league one striker, ridiculous. bigfella777
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11:19pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Santa Retfordia says...

hedge end bob wrote:
Confucious wrote:
Hawkinsguy wrote:
I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans
You can spot them a mile off. They haven't got one of the brilliant new shirts.
YOURE DOING IT AGAIN Confucious.
I have been watching SAINTS for 62 years, MAINLY WEARING RED AND WHITE STRIPES FFS.
Now if you fancy dan's want to wear the new shirt , fine your choice.
My choice RED AND WHITE STRIPES that dont make either of us better fans than the other.
If you consider yourself better because you have bought the new shirt i will make you an offer.
You meet me outside the stadium by the statue of TED BATES with FIFTY QID IN YOUR HAND AND I WILL MATCH IT .WITH THE HUNDRED WE WILL BUY RAFFLE TICKETS AND ANY WINNINGS AT HALF TIME WE WILL GIVE BACK TO THE CLUB.
Why not buy the socks and roll them up to knee level over your trousers? They only cost a tenner.
[quote][p][bold]hedge end bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hawkinsguy[/bold] wrote: I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans[/p][/quote]You can spot them a mile off. They haven't got one of the brilliant new shirts.[/p][/quote]YOURE DOING IT AGAIN Confucious. I have been watching SAINTS for 62 years, MAINLY WEARING RED AND WHITE STRIPES FFS. Now if you fancy dan's want to wear the new shirt , fine your choice. My choice RED AND WHITE STRIPES that dont make either of us better fans than the other. If you consider yourself better because you have bought the new shirt i will make you an offer. You meet me outside the stadium by the statue of TED BATES with FIFTY QID IN YOUR HAND AND I WILL MATCH IT .WITH THE HUNDRED WE WILL BUY RAFFLE TICKETS AND ANY WINNINGS AT HALF TIME WE WILL GIVE BACK TO THE CLUB.[/p][/quote]Why not buy the socks and roll them up to knee level over your trousers? They only cost a tenner. Santa Retfordia
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11:21pm Wed 24 Jul 13

north wales saint 2 says...

I know it,s only pre season friendlies and they don,t matter that much and also I don,t particularly like people having a go at our players but I have to break my rule and question why Dan Fox is still in the equation.Please let us have better back up for Luke than this
I know it,s only pre season friendlies and they don,t matter that much and also I don,t particularly like people having a go at our players but I have to break my rule and question why Dan Fox is still in the equation.Please let us have better back up for Luke than this north wales saint 2
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11:26pm Wed 24 Jul 13

MiltonRoad says...

business-guru wrote:
MiltonRoad wrote:
Santa Retfordia wrote:
deepheat wrote:
It's not that bad, honestly.

Aston Villa lost 2-0 to Luton.

Spurs lost 3-1 to Sunderland.

Man U lost 3-2 to Yokohama

Manchester City lost 2-1 to Amazulu FC

Norwich lost 1-0 to San Jose Earthquakes

West Brom lost 1-2 to Hannover 96

West Ham lost 4-1 to Mainz

Nothing to worry about .
It's cool. Only an idiot cares about results in July.
Agreed. The result is irrelevant but the lack of creativity isn't. I didn't see the game tonight but based on the report and what others are saying, we didn't create that much. That is consistent with the end to last season. So I am not sure a new striker is the only answer. We certainly do need to strengthen but we have players that were consistently scoring in the early part of last season. Problem was when we were scoring, we leaked goals even quicker half the time. We need to get the right balance between being solid when we don't have the ball and creative when we do. It is not clear where are there yet.

On the subject of shirts I would like to spice up the discussion a bit. I was reliably told, but can't confirm, that NC hates red. His favourite colour is black and the new second strip is just a stepping stone to it becoming our new 'colour'. Can't confirm that but where else can you have fun with a rumour like that.
Prem league rules stated that no team can register a 1st (home) kit in black....unless that rule has been changed then it may be a hairy hand story....
You are very likely right. But that would be something to get excited about!
I prefer stripes but have nothing against the new kit although Addidas haven't made much effort with the design. Almost identical to new Forest and Hearts kits.
[quote][p][bold]business-guru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MiltonRoad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]deepheat[/bold] wrote: It's not that bad, honestly. Aston Villa lost 2-0 to Luton. Spurs lost 3-1 to Sunderland. Man U lost 3-2 to Yokohama Manchester City lost 2-1 to Amazulu FC Norwich lost 1-0 to San Jose Earthquakes West Brom lost 1-2 to Hannover 96 West Ham lost 4-1 to Mainz Nothing to worry about .[/p][/quote]It's cool. Only an idiot cares about results in July.[/p][/quote]Agreed. The result is irrelevant but the lack of creativity isn't. I didn't see the game tonight but based on the report and what others are saying, we didn't create that much. That is consistent with the end to last season. So I am not sure a new striker is the only answer. We certainly do need to strengthen but we have players that were consistently scoring in the early part of last season. Problem was when we were scoring, we leaked goals even quicker half the time. We need to get the right balance between being solid when we don't have the ball and creative when we do. It is not clear where are there yet. On the subject of shirts I would like to spice up the discussion a bit. I was reliably told, but can't confirm, that NC hates red. His favourite colour is black and the new second strip is just a stepping stone to it becoming our new 'colour'. Can't confirm that but where else can you have fun with a rumour like that.[/p][/quote]Prem league rules stated that no team can register a 1st (home) kit in black....unless that rule has been changed then it may be a hairy hand story....[/p][/quote]You are very likely right. But that would be something to get excited about! I prefer stripes but have nothing against the new kit although Addidas haven't made much effort with the design. Almost identical to new Forest and Hearts kits. MiltonRoad
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11:28pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Santa Retfordia says...

north wales saint 2 wrote:
I know it,s only pre season friendlies and they don,t matter that much and also I don,t particularly like people having a go at our players but I have to break my rule and question why Dan Fox is still in the equation.Please let us have better back up for Luke than this
It's a hard sell to bring in players to play second fiddle to an 18-year-old. I think Foxy might be as good as we'll get, given priorities elsewhere.

Whereabouts in North Wales are you btw? I keep going camping there and expecting to see a guy in a Saints kit on the outskirts of Rhyll.
[quote][p][bold]north wales saint 2[/bold] wrote: I know it,s only pre season friendlies and they don,t matter that much and also I don,t particularly like people having a go at our players but I have to break my rule and question why Dan Fox is still in the equation.Please let us have better back up for Luke than this[/p][/quote]It's a hard sell to bring in players to play second fiddle to an 18-year-old. I think Foxy might be as good as we'll get, given priorities elsewhere. Whereabouts in North Wales are you btw? I keep going camping there and expecting to see a guy in a Saints kit on the outskirts of Rhyll. Santa Retfordia
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11:49pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Ganja Jungle says...

bigfella777 wrote:
When are they going to spend some money, the likes of Arsenal are bidding 40 mill for Suarez and Saints are still relying on a league one striker, ridiculous.
That league 1 player scored more then any Arsenal player last season.

I am much more worried about the defence issue, we need more depth back there. I watched the stream and thought we had some good moment's and boy can Isgrove shift.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: When are they going to spend some money, the likes of Arsenal are bidding 40 mill for Suarez and Saints are still relying on a league one striker, ridiculous.[/p][/quote]That league 1 player scored more then any Arsenal player last season. I am much more worried about the defence issue, we need more depth back there. I watched the stream and thought we had some good moment's and boy can Isgrove shift. Ganja Jungle
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12:25am Thu 25 Jul 13

north wales saint 2 says...

Santa retfordia your camping trips must take you far and wide as Rhyll is in the state of Victoria Australia and I certainly do not live there
Santa retfordia your camping trips must take you far and wide as Rhyll is in the state of Victoria Australia and I certainly do not live there north wales saint 2
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3:53am Thu 25 Jul 13

FindAndDestroy says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
You know, the important thing to bear in mind is that the more I see pictures of the new kit in action the more I love it. I mean, I can understand why the shirt on its own might have underwhelmed people but when you see a group of players in full kit hunting in packs we look cool as fcuk. We look proper menacing. It's like how Bill Shankly must have felt after changing to all-red. He did alright.
shame, the sponsor and team logos are barely visible"...why are the sponsor so blind to see that their logo isn't clear enough on the shirt, i mean they should have a say for something they are paying for, if they had printed white on red-it would be a little bit acceptable, but gold on red is tasteless...
I guess Adidas thought we are so cheap we can take anything they give us...
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: You know, the important thing to bear in mind is that the more I see pictures of the new kit in action the more I love it. I mean, I can understand why the shirt on its own might have underwhelmed people but when you see a group of players in full kit hunting in packs we look cool as fcuk. We look proper menacing. It's like how Bill Shankly must have felt after changing to all-red. He did alright.[/p][/quote]shame, the sponsor and team logos are barely visible"...why are the sponsor so blind to see that their logo isn't clear enough on the shirt, i mean they should have a say for something they are paying for, if they had printed white on red-it would be a little bit acceptable, but gold on red is tasteless... I guess Adidas thought we are so cheap we can take anything they give us... FindAndDestroy
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6:42am Thu 25 Jul 13

DBTM says...

Watched most of the game on live stream.
I know it was only a friendly but the pattern is the same as the last few games of the season.
We pass the ball nicely but are too slow going forward, if going forward at all. And we still look dodgy at the back.
We definitely need a goal scorer but if we don't get the ball to him, it'll be a waste of money and if we think that getting a new CB is all we need to sort our defense out we're fooling ourselves.
At this point in time, I still remain to be convinced that we should expect much more than a relegation battle.
Watched most of the game on live stream. I know it was only a friendly but the pattern is the same as the last few games of the season. We pass the ball nicely but are too slow going forward, if going forward at all. And we still look dodgy at the back. We definitely need a goal scorer but if we don't get the ball to him, it'll be a waste of money and if we think that getting a new CB is all we need to sort our defense out we're fooling ourselves. At this point in time, I still remain to be convinced that we should expect much more than a relegation battle. DBTM
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6:53am Thu 25 Jul 13

Bring back Branfoot says...

Not concerned as this this is a pre-season game. This is a chance for Poch to try ideas, players and tactics out. Better to find out what or who won't work now than in the season.
Not concerned as this this is a pre-season game. This is a chance for Poch to try ideas, players and tactics out. Better to find out what or who won't work now than in the season. Bring back Branfoot
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8:09am Thu 25 Jul 13

Stnana says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
Stnana wrote:
Should've kept Billy Sharp !!
I love Billy but I'm not sure he's the answer.
Maybe not but we could've done a deal for a proven Premiership striker who scored 12 goals ( same as Rooney ) last season, even though he only played an average of 44 minutes a match, is English, so no language or settling problems as he only lives up the road, aged between Jay and Rickie, and would only cost £3 million, less if we gave Billy in exchange !
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stnana[/bold] wrote: Should've kept Billy Sharp !![/p][/quote]I love Billy but I'm not sure he's the answer.[/p][/quote]Maybe not but we could've done a deal for a proven Premiership striker who scored 12 goals ( same as Rooney ) last season, even though he only played an average of 44 minutes a match, is English, so no language or settling problems as he only lives up the road, aged between Jay and Rickie, and would only cost £3 million, less if we gave Billy in exchange ! Stnana
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9:20am Thu 25 Jul 13

Pompeyplayup says...

Ha ha scummers lost they really are the the most unskilled football team.
They should be ashamed of themselves
Ha ha scummers lost they really are the the most unskilled football team. They should be ashamed of themselves Pompeyplayup
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9:30am Thu 25 Jul 13

SaintJD says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
hedge end bob wrote:
Confucious wrote:
Hawkinsguy wrote:
I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans
You can spot them a mile off. They haven't got one of the brilliant new shirts.
YOURE DOING IT AGAIN Confucious.
I have been watching SAINTS for 62 years, MAINLY WEARING RED AND WHITE STRIPES FFS.
Now if you fancy dan's want to wear the new shirt , fine your choice.
My choice RED AND WHITE STRIPES that dont make either of us better fans than the other.
If you consider yourself better because you have bought the new shirt i will make you an offer.
You meet me outside the stadium by the statue of TED BATES with FIFTY QID IN YOUR HAND AND I WILL MATCH IT .WITH THE HUNDRED WE WILL BUY RAFFLE TICKETS AND ANY WINNINGS AT HALF TIME WE WILL GIVE BACK TO THE CLUB.
Why not buy the socks and roll them up to knee level over your trousers? They only cost a tenner.
Or better still just invest in a keyboard that doesn't have the caps lock stuck on.
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hedge end bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hawkinsguy[/bold] wrote: I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans[/p][/quote]You can spot them a mile off. They haven't got one of the brilliant new shirts.[/p][/quote]YOURE DOING IT AGAIN Confucious. I have been watching SAINTS for 62 years, MAINLY WEARING RED AND WHITE STRIPES FFS. Now if you fancy dan's want to wear the new shirt , fine your choice. My choice RED AND WHITE STRIPES that dont make either of us better fans than the other. If you consider yourself better because you have bought the new shirt i will make you an offer. You meet me outside the stadium by the statue of TED BATES with FIFTY QID IN YOUR HAND AND I WILL MATCH IT .WITH THE HUNDRED WE WILL BUY RAFFLE TICKETS AND ANY WINNINGS AT HALF TIME WE WILL GIVE BACK TO THE CLUB.[/p][/quote]Why not buy the socks and roll them up to knee level over your trousers? They only cost a tenner.[/p][/quote]Or better still just invest in a keyboard that doesn't have the caps lock stuck on. SaintJD
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9:59am Thu 25 Jul 13

andygoater1957 says...

Saintsincethe60s wrote:
Lets not forget we only had the second and third choice goalkeepers playing?
Yes no Artur Boruc again is there new goalkeeper coming,
[quote][p][bold]Saintsincethe60s[/bold] wrote: Lets not forget we only had the second and third choice goalkeepers playing?[/p][/quote]Yes no Artur Boruc again is there new goalkeeper coming, andygoater1957
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10:03am Thu 25 Jul 13

andygoater1957 says...

Pompeyplayup wrote:
Ha ha scummers lost they really are the the most unskilled football team.
They should be ashamed of themselves
We here you lot lost again to on Saturday and was told by one of your lot you were very ????.
[quote][p][bold]Pompeyplayup[/bold] wrote: Ha ha scummers lost they really are the the most unskilled football team. They should be ashamed of themselves[/p][/quote]We here you lot lost again to on Saturday and was told by one of your lot you were very ????. andygoater1957
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10:05am Thu 25 Jul 13

Beer Monster says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
deepheat wrote:
It's not that bad, honestly.

Aston Villa lost 2-0 to Luton.

Spurs lost 3-1 to Sunderland.

Man U lost 3-2 to Yokohama

Manchester City lost 2-1 to Amazulu FC

Norwich lost 1-0 to San Jose Earthquakes

West Brom lost 1-2 to Hannover 96

West Ham lost 4-1 to Mainz

Nothing to worry about .
It's cool. Only an idiot cares about results in July.
Try saying that to your average Hibs fan :-)
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]deepheat[/bold] wrote: It's not that bad, honestly. Aston Villa lost 2-0 to Luton. Spurs lost 3-1 to Sunderland. Man U lost 3-2 to Yokohama Manchester City lost 2-1 to Amazulu FC Norwich lost 1-0 to San Jose Earthquakes West Brom lost 1-2 to Hannover 96 West Ham lost 4-1 to Mainz Nothing to worry about .[/p][/quote]It's cool. Only an idiot cares about results in July.[/p][/quote]Try saying that to your average Hibs fan :-) Beer Monster
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10:37am Thu 25 Jul 13

Stroppy_gramps says...

Pompeyplayup wrote:
Ha ha scummers lost they really are the the most unskilled football team.
They should be ashamed of themselves
haha skates really are the most unskilled trolls. They should be ashamed of themselves
[quote][p][bold]Pompeyplayup[/bold] wrote: Ha ha scummers lost they really are the the most unskilled football team. They should be ashamed of themselves[/p][/quote]haha skates really are the most unskilled trolls. They should be ashamed of themselves Stroppy_gramps
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11:44am Thu 25 Jul 13

CB FRY LIVES says...

OK the result might not have been what SAINTS fans wanted but SCHALKE are a pretty useful outfit TOP 4 in the Bundesleague which has now overtaken the premiership as far as top quality teams are concerned.
The away match we must win is next month against WBA who lets face it hammered us twice last season.Firstly at the Hawthorns when NA was in charge and then later under MP at ST MARYS-Possibly the teams worsT league performance under our little argie chum.
COME ON YOU REDS
OK the result might not have been what SAINTS fans wanted but SCHALKE are a pretty useful outfit TOP 4 in the Bundesleague which has now overtaken the premiership as far as top quality teams are concerned. The away match we must win is next month against WBA who lets face it hammered us twice last season.Firstly at the Hawthorns when NA was in charge and then later under MP at ST MARYS-Possibly the teams worsT league performance under our little argie chum. COME ON YOU REDS CB FRY LIVES
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12:29pm Thu 25 Jul 13

hedge end bob says...

SaintJD wrote:
Santa Retfordia wrote:
hedge end bob wrote:
Confucious wrote:
Hawkinsguy wrote:
I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans
You can spot them a mile off. They haven't got one of the brilliant new shirts.
YOURE DOING IT AGAIN Confucious.
I have been watching SAINTS for 62 years, MAINLY WEARING RED AND WHITE STRIPES FFS.
Now if you fancy dan's want to wear the new shirt , fine your choice.
My choice RED AND WHITE STRIPES that dont make either of us better fans than the other.
If you consider yourself better because you have bought the new shirt i will make you an offer.
You meet me outside the stadium by the statue of TED BATES with FIFTY QID IN YOUR HAND AND I WILL MATCH IT .WITH THE HUNDRED WE WILL BUY RAFFLE TICKETS AND ANY WINNINGS AT HALF TIME WE WILL GIVE BACK TO THE CLUB.
Why not buy the socks and roll them up to knee level over your trousers? They only cost a tenner.
Or better still just invest in a keyboard that doesn't have the caps lock stuck on.
Nothing wrong with my keyboard.
IS THERE A RULE I MUST ONLY POST lower case????
Better tell red army, where is he lately???.
[quote][p][bold]SaintJD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hedge end bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hawkinsguy[/bold] wrote: I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans[/p][/quote]You can spot them a mile off. They haven't got one of the brilliant new shirts.[/p][/quote]YOURE DOING IT AGAIN Confucious. I have been watching SAINTS for 62 years, MAINLY WEARING RED AND WHITE STRIPES FFS. Now if you fancy dan's want to wear the new shirt , fine your choice. My choice RED AND WHITE STRIPES that dont make either of us better fans than the other. If you consider yourself better because you have bought the new shirt i will make you an offer. You meet me outside the stadium by the statue of TED BATES with FIFTY QID IN YOUR HAND AND I WILL MATCH IT .WITH THE HUNDRED WE WILL BUY RAFFLE TICKETS AND ANY WINNINGS AT HALF TIME WE WILL GIVE BACK TO THE CLUB.[/p][/quote]Why not buy the socks and roll them up to knee level over your trousers? They only cost a tenner.[/p][/quote]Or better still just invest in a keyboard that doesn't have the caps lock stuck on.[/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with my keyboard. IS THERE A RULE I MUST ONLY POST lower case???? Better tell red army, where is he lately???. hedge end bob
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2:58pm Thu 25 Jul 13

drkensta says...

What about buying Nicklas Bendtner as a striker? He is only 25 can score goals is fast and is very good in the air. This seemed to be an area of the game which the Saints failed to compete in when the ball was crossed above head high, certainly Ricky Lambert was never a threat to opposing defences. Also we could probably get him for around 5 Million Pounds or less.
What about buying Nicklas Bendtner as a striker? He is only 25 can score goals is fast and is very good in the air. This seemed to be an area of the game which the Saints failed to compete in when the ball was crossed above head high, certainly Ricky Lambert was never a threat to opposing defences. Also we could probably get him for around 5 Million Pounds or less. drkensta
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3:05pm Thu 25 Jul 13

Stroppy_gramps says...

hedge end bob wrote:
SaintJD wrote:
Santa Retfordia wrote:
hedge end bob wrote:
Confucious wrote:
Hawkinsguy wrote:
I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans
You can spot them a mile off. They haven't got one of the brilliant new shirts.
YOURE DOING IT AGAIN Confucious.
I have been watching SAINTS for 62 years, MAINLY WEARING RED AND WHITE STRIPES FFS.
Now if you fancy dan's want to wear the new shirt , fine your choice.
My choice RED AND WHITE STRIPES that dont make either of us better fans than the other.
If you consider yourself better because you have bought the new shirt i will make you an offer.
You meet me outside the stadium by the statue of TED BATES with FIFTY QID IN YOUR HAND AND I WILL MATCH IT .WITH THE HUNDRED WE WILL BUY RAFFLE TICKETS AND ANY WINNINGS AT HALF TIME WE WILL GIVE BACK TO THE CLUB.
Why not buy the socks and roll them up to knee level over your trousers? They only cost a tenner.
Or better still just invest in a keyboard that doesn't have the caps lock stuck on.
Nothing wrong with my keyboard.
IS THERE A RULE I MUST ONLY POST lower case????
Better tell red army, where is he lately???.
remember kids:

CAPS LOCK

IT'S CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL
[quote][p][bold]hedge end bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintJD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hedge end bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hawkinsguy[/bold] wrote: I wondered when everyone would start panicking schalke are a decent team so playing against these sort of teams will only help us progress yes we need maybe one or two more signings but before we start moaning about losing lets see how we start the season i swear half of you are not true saint fans[/p][/quote]You can spot them a mile off. They haven't got one of the brilliant new shirts.[/p][/quote]YOURE DOING IT AGAIN Confucious. I have been watching SAINTS for 62 years, MAINLY WEARING RED AND WHITE STRIPES FFS. Now if you fancy dan's want to wear the new shirt , fine your choice. My choice RED AND WHITE STRIPES that dont make either of us better fans than the other. If you consider yourself better because you have bought the new shirt i will make you an offer. You meet me outside the stadium by the statue of TED BATES with FIFTY QID IN YOUR HAND AND I WILL MATCH IT .WITH THE HUNDRED WE WILL BUY RAFFLE TICKETS AND ANY WINNINGS AT HALF TIME WE WILL GIVE BACK TO THE CLUB.[/p][/quote]Why not buy the socks and roll them up to knee level over your trousers? They only cost a tenner.[/p][/quote]Or better still just invest in a keyboard that doesn't have the caps lock stuck on.[/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with my keyboard. IS THERE A RULE I MUST ONLY POST lower case???? Better tell red army, where is he lately???.[/p][/quote]remember kids: CAPS LOCK IT'S CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL Stroppy_gramps
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3:12pm Thu 25 Jul 13

CB FRY LIVES says...

drkensta wrote:
What about buying Nicklas Bendtner as a striker? He is only 25 can score goals is fast and is very good in the air. This seemed to be an area of the game which the Saints failed to compete in when the ball was crossed above head high, certainly Ricky Lambert was never a threat to opposing defences. Also we could probably get him for around 5 Million Pounds or less.
Good shout.Has plenty of Premiership experience unlike a lot of these big time latin/hispanic charlies who we seem so keen to break the bank to sign.
[quote][p][bold]drkensta[/bold] wrote: What about buying Nicklas Bendtner as a striker? He is only 25 can score goals is fast and is very good in the air. This seemed to be an area of the game which the Saints failed to compete in when the ball was crossed above head high, certainly Ricky Lambert was never a threat to opposing defences. Also we could probably get him for around 5 Million Pounds or less.[/p][/quote]Good shout.Has plenty of Premiership experience unlike a lot of these big time latin/hispanic charlies who we seem so keen to break the bank to sign. CB FRY LIVES
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