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Southampton At Cardiff City The Preview
by IanRC at 09:39:16

Onwards and upwards hopefully
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A Look At The Vital Games Elsewhere In What Could Be A Pivotal Weekend
by Bowlercow at 15:33:09

The Cardiff fans may concentrate on slagging off Russell Martin instead of encouraging their team That could work in our favour
A repeat of Tuesday's performance would be great and give him a second half chance to rest players for Tuesday in
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A Look At The Vital Games Elsewhere In What Could Be A Pivotal Weekend
by DellBoyWally at 14:22:08

I can see Middlesbrough taking something from Leeds. Michael Carrick isn't the sort to let his team drift. Plus the cudos of beating Leeds.
Leicester v WBA? Difficult one this. 33% on each result!
But we have to do the job at Caerdydd first. We took on Liverpool Boys, totally outplayed them for much of the match, should have been 3 or 4 nil up, and got thrashed. OK Cardiff isn't Liverpool but this is the kind of game we do mess up. Huddersfield and Rotherham come to mind.
Go there with the same attitude as against PNE, Leeds even waaaaay back when. Get the goals under our belt and relax (but not too much!!) Get the win sorted then maybe a few more goals for the GD. I'll settle for 5-0!!
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Alex McCarthy Or Joe Lumley That Is The Question For Russell Martin
by highfield49 at 14:19:44

I'm not a fan of McCarthy, too many unforced errors for a player of his experience. However, even though Preston didn't put him under any significant pressure, I thought his ability on the ball was much improved. Admittedly nowhere near Bazunu's footwork but he distributed the ball with some accuracy and control.
I could almost cut and paste most of the above in respect of Jack Stephens. Jack has also looked more comfortable on the ball in recent weeks and I can only presume that the coaches work with every player in order to raise their confidence and control whilst in possession.
Whatever the reality of the above I think Lumley should be selected for the remaining fixtures, unless there are underlying reasons why he didn't play against Preston.
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A Look At The Vital Games Elsewhere In What Could Be A Pivotal Weekend
by ElSanto at 13:58:49

The league that keeps on giving.
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Alex McCarthy Or Joe Lumley That Is The Question For Russell Martin
by Farlow at 11:28:27

With each game a cup final i think experience is key,so its Macarthy for me.It was no coincidence we played so well the other night,we did not tip tap at the back so much
cause i guess the players arent as confident in Macarthy,s skill with his feet.
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Alex McCarthy Or Joe Lumley That Is The Question For Russell Martin
by Monksway at 11:16:34

Good points about game time and relative experience. I'd personally commit to Lumley as he will be here next year whether we go up or not. However, I expect RM's decision will be primarily determined by his goalkeeping coaches who work closely with them every day.
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Alex McCarthy Or Joe Lumley That Is The Question For Russell Martin
by PatfromPoole at 11:10:16

McCarthy for me.

Has more big-match experience and less likely to be fazed by the big games we are about to face.

Remember his performances for us towards the end of the 2017/18 season in big atmosphere games when we stayed up by the skin of our teeth. Boscombe at home, Swansea away, he was excellent.
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Saints Announce New Season Ticket Details- Good For Some A Kick In The Teeth For Others
by AgrellaSFC at 11:00:15

I sit Kingsland North and it does my head in when I see a lot of the Northam not getting involved in songs as I think those seats should be for the more 'expressive' passionate fans. It's hard to create an atmosphere because everything is disjointed and quite frankly embarrassing as seen Tuesday when we are chasing promotion, winning 3:0 and still struggling for an atmosphere throughout most of the game. Once the away fans move, the Itchen North will move into the Northam and I think the atmosphere will be electric or at least better. Not bothered by the inconvenience to those who are forced to move due to the away fans moving as I didn't see anyone stand or clap when we all started 'stand up if you love the saints'. This team needs atmosphere not people who can't be arsed to stand and clap for one minute. UTS
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Alex McCarthy Or Joe Lumley That Is The Question For Russell Martin
by Flamingbankers at 10:48:31

Martin had to have a good reason for playing McCarthy over Lumley but he didn't because Martin said he just wanted to see how McCarthy 'got on'. An unprofessional decision, in my humble opinion, considering we needed to win the game against a play-off contender. That for me was a risk too far and totally unwarranted. Although Saints played well, Martin got lucky as Preston might as well not have turned up. It'll be different against Cardiff on Saturday.
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Saints Announce New Season Ticket Details- Good For Some A Kick In The Teeth For Others
by dirk_doone at 10:17:03

The new setup looks ideal: a proper home end and away fans hidden away in a corner, instead of the current setup with our noisiest home fans hidden in a corner and away fans featured prominently on TV with a big empty space behind the goal, which looks ridiculous.

https://www.southamptonfc.com/en/faqs-mens-team-season-tickets-2024-25
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Alex McCarthy Or Joe Lumley That Is The Question For Russell Martin
by ElSanto at 09:36:01

"Reports that Russell Martin was seen in Sports Direct with Jack Stephens trying on goal keeping gloves are yet to be confirmed"

Hahaha, bit of craic
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Alex McCarthy Or Joe Lumley That Is The Question For Russell Martin
by SaintPaulVW at 09:25:54

Think now he's had a few days to set the team up, I'm expecting Lumley. Much better with his feet which suits the chosen style of play.

Take your point on people ignoring all the good work Bazunu does to focus on the negatives. If you watch him during games his footwork and positioning for cover is superb.

However virtually every team is missing supposedly key players at this point in the season.
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Saints Announce New Season Ticket Details- Good For Some A Kick In The Teeth For Others
by SaintPaulVW at 09:17:49

TBF prices were going to go up anyway. Not sure the idea that because prices rise in some parts of the ground those fans are subsidising fans in others. Tickets have several prices based on where you sit and what age you are now.

All in favour of as much safe standing as possible. These days I need something to lean on now and again!
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Alex McCarthy Or Joe Lumley That Is The Question For Russell Martin
by DellBoyWally at 09:15:56

Joe Lumley for me. Showed his stopping skills too when he played
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Saints Announce New Season Ticket Details- Good For Some A Kick In The Teeth For Others
by ItchenNorth at 21:31:41

I think St Mary's having a real home end and safe standing is really positive. However, I hear lots of fans say that they've sat in the same seat for years and this is forcing them to move. Well, as a season ticket holder in the Itchen North and someone who has sat/stood next to away fans at The Dell and St Marys for nearly 40 years (because I enjoy it more, not because I bait or any other of some people's stereotypes), I feel the club is unfairly incentivising fans to the Northam. I get it but, it sounds like if I move to say block 20 in the Chapel South to be next to the away end, they want to charge me more now !
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Saints Announce New Season Ticket Details- Good For Some A Kick In The Teeth For Others
by SWH1748 at 20:49:47

Saintmark1976, I am block 11 and reading all of the article I assume your ticket will rise 10 to 15% as it states it will in all other areas of the ground.
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Saints Announce New Season Ticket Details- Good For Some A Kick In The Teeth For Others
by Manhattan_Lynx at 20:00:24

£2 more per game (half a flat Fosters in the Lion) and they're ditching the pin badge/pack as well. It is an absolute scandal. We must protest on mass.
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Saints Announce New Season Ticket Details- Good For Some A Kick In The Teeth For Others
by saintmark1976 at 13:24:44

What is it with the management of our Club in regard to ticketing? Isn’t there any body with any common sense in a position of authority?

The current on line ticketing system is simply not fit for purpose and today the Club announce major changes to the pricing structure but appear only to give pricing details for the new all standing area.

According to the Southampton Echo those who don’t want to stand will need to wait until the end of the season to find out the additional cost of renewing their seat.

I freely admit I’m not particularly computer literate and if I’ve got the wrong end of the stick can anybody tell me what the cost of my O A P ticket in Block 11 will be please ?
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What Brought About Russell Martin U Turns Against Preston
by SaintEPW at 11:59:07

Agree with analysis ref 7 Cup Finals onetowatch - however 1st 6 games are across 32 days. You simply cannot just pick the " best 11 " and be smart with subs - That is simply not a strategy that can realistically work.

The players cannot cope with that level of mental and physical intensity. RM will be measuring the physical states of the players ( we do not get that info ) - we do already know that Downes is feeling the physical pressure; that Armstrong cannot cope with heavy game schedules; that goal-keeper who can play with his feet on the ball is now out of action; that Adam Armstrong was very tired v Blackburn and did not play as he usually does; that two of the games are with the Top teams in our league also going for it.

So he has to manage and tinker - and work out how the play has to change as he must bring enough players on to cope - including Stephens
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