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Southampton At Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
by davidargyll at 15:38:31

Why is it - apart from the fact they can’t bear to be proved wrong - that some people on here persist in always blaming Ralph when we lose a well fought match. I for one am getting heartily sick of all these “Ralph is no good” comments. If you don’t like what’s going on at the Saints, why don’t you just bugger off and go and support somebody else, like Pompey?
Because as has been pointed out numerous times, football is a game of fine margins and on another day we’d have scored three more goals, but on this occasion luck wasn’t with us and we didn’t. But that doesn’t mean we played badly or that Ralph was somehow responsible for us not hitting the back of the net mote than once. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles.
My own view was that I thought that three games in a short space of time just looked as if it was catching up with the squad, and they seemed to be just a tad off the pace at times, none more so than Broja. Hopefully by next weekend they would have got some if their puff back.
So I remain as happy and confident as ever that we are going to have a good second half of the season and more than anything else we will continue to see GOOD ENTERTAINING FOOTBALL AT ST MARY’S and I don’t see what more could we possibly ask for.
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Last Couple Of Hundred Tickets Left For Southampton V Manchester City.
by felly1 at 15:07:19

Got to say, im far more excited in the thought of watching Saints play Man City than some of the more dour unglamorous opponents.
We also got a well deserved draw against them away from home already.
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Last Couple Of Hundred Tickets Left For Southampton V Manchester City.
by felly1 at 15:07:18

Got to say, im far more excited in the thought of watching Saints play Man City than some of the more dour unglamorous opponents.
We also got a well deserved draw against them away from home already.
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Southampton At Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
by Whatsforpud at 14:21:53

JWP scores with the strike of the season, and no one (apart from Nick) has even mentioned it!
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Last Couple Of Hundred Tickets Left For Southampton V Manchester City.
by WestSussexSaint at 13:45:27

When I read the article my reaction was exactly as Highfield commented. As a ST holder I watch every opposition and of course want Saints to win every game. But also witnessing some of the best players on the planet is also part of the experience. If our lads can be competitive against the leagues best then so much the better.
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Last Couple Of Hundred Tickets Left For Southampton V Manchester City.
by dirk_doone at 12:30:57

We drew away to Man City in the league this season and beat them at St Mary's in the league in 2020. I'm looking forward to another competitive league game against them, the same as the majority of the capacity crowd will do.
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Last Couple Of Hundred Tickets Left For Southampton V Manchester City.
by SaintNick at 10:50:46

In recent years we have struggled to beat City, in the last 5 seasons plus this season, we have beaten them just once in 12 games in both the league and cup, we have conceded 29 goals and scored just 8.

The gap is widening, even in our one win we were absolutely battered and scored with literally our only real attempt, they had 74% of the ball.

Personally I want to watch games of football that are competitive in a league that is competitive
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Last Couple Of Hundred Tickets Left For Southampton V Manchester City.
by highfield49 at 10:39:43

in my view Nick it's another nail in the coffin of your relentless support for a European Superleague, or whatever you want to call it. The game is not always about winning and, thankfully, not about drab afternoons watching the likes of Burnley churning out their version of the sport. Why wouldn't we want to say that we saw the greats of the game other than on a tv screen? As much as I have my indelible memories of Paine, Davies, Channon, Ball, Shilton, Keegan, LeTiss etc, etc, etc I also treasure watching the greats of Man Utd, Arsenal, and a few others, even when we were on the losing end. You think it's strange but to me it's no different to any other live experience in sport or music, in other words "I was there" and let's not forget we do actually beat the Uniteds and Cities. Personally, a result against City brings more of a glow than points against teams who I struggle to recognise most of the names on the team sheet.
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Southampton At Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
by Boris1977 at 23:02:29

100% San Marco that var is not being utilised correctly.
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Southampton At Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
by SanMarco at 17:58:34

I am not blaming VAR for our defeat beynali73 - I am just pointing out that it is not working properly...
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Southampton At Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
by A1079 at 17:20:50

Overall a fair assessment Nick.

Wolves are very astute tactically and "streetwise" as well as being effective and efficient in what they do.

We were not bad but failure to take our chances, plus the errors and some naivety on our part and then add in the poor decisions by the officials all culminated in our defeat.

I kind of feel (again) that we just need to get across the line and hopefully build in the summer so that we can challenge at a higher level in the league. I know some are already arguing we are safe but after last years second half of the season I will not assume we are until we actually are.
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Southampton At Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
by JoeEgg at 16:56:36

Wolves are a Premier League team that just do not score goals. On Saturday they scored THREE times. You can shout and scream VAR, Penalty decisions, divers or inevitably, poor referees, but it was almost bound to be the weekend the Wolves suddenly discovered the ability to hit the back of the net. Our team is playing immeasurably better now than two months ago, but under the direction and leadership of Pochettino this is the kind of game we would have won and won impressively. We have the players to be a first class Premier League side and we should all know by now how Wolves play - so I still question the ability of our present manager to set out our team appropriately and then make the best use of the substitutes available. I am a great fan of JWP who once again was left wondering why he was left on the bench. An appalling error in team selection. Tella and Diallo are players with enormous potential but being asked to perform out of position and roles they are unsuited to. If only Ralph has someone alongside him to assist in getting things right from team selection to team substitutions, we would already be watching the best Saintq side for many many years.
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Southampton At Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
by TeamCortese at 15:59:03

For me it was great match with terrible refereeing. On the balance a draw would have been fair. Hopefully Ralph can clean up the backroom staff and get a true number 2 to challenge his team selection in future.

Nick: I still hold onto my original view a few years ago that we should have signed Adama Traore. At the time we opted for Guido Carrillo...do I need to say anymore??? (smh)

Traore is among the best if not best dribbler in Europe (statistically) and would have created a ridiculous amount of space our team as whole when attacking on the counter---not to mention more freekick opportunities for JWP! It's a shame but it's too late now.
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Southampton At Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
by underweststand at 15:02:25

You summed it up well in your first paragraph (Nick).
KWP might have played, but Ralph had a good win v. Brentford and might have been reluctant to change a winning side, and kept the same personnel.
That formation required Tella to play as full back, not a good position for him as (like Livramento)... he is better going forward than he is defending.
The penalty (?) .most of us seem to think it was harsh on Bednarek. A tackle that didn't come off with the Wolves player falling one way, and the ball going in the opposite direction and JB stuck in the middle. I've seen a lot worse that weren't given.

As several pointed out Podence was worth more than one yellow card throughout the game, but instead got the "Oscar for Best Dive " in the match. Totally Unprofessional but you can be pretty sure he'll get away with a lot more during this season.
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My 50th Year Anniversary Of Watching Saints Today
by zonehead at 14:24:45

Congratulations Nick, my first ever match was Fratton Park cos my mates were skates against Man City a pre season friendly 0-2 the great Colin Bell next week I went to the Dell again against Man City (2-3) but the atmosphere the smoke, the smell of beer (I was 14) meant I couldn’t go back to Fratton and it was Saints for ever.
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Southampton At Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
by beynali73 at 14:22:12

Not a surprising result against a team who have a well defined shape and purpose. As things stand Wolves are a better team than us but we are a work in progress.

We need to stop blaming VAR as we cannot control that and as much as ifs and buts are understandable the bottom line is we are an average team with the potential to be a decent team on our day but we have a manager that does not know his best team, is too random in his selections (which must confuse the players), and is in dire need of a strong man number two to advise and challenge him. My concern is that when we have a full squad to choose from Ralph's selections will become stranger. He's very lucky to still have a job (for better or worse) and I do not think he is a long term solution for this club as he does not learn from one week to the other what works and who is best in a given role.

COYR
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Southampton At Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
by SanMarco at 13:15:18

We should definitely have got something from this game. Not playing KWP on the right was stupid. Their keeper was superb while ours made a match-losing error. Forster has his good points but crosses expose him time and time again. Our finishing was back to its pre-Brentford standards.

The vital point about VAR is that we were told at the start of the season that the ref's decision would be stayed with unless there was 'a clear and obvious error'. Fair enough ElijahK if you think it was such a bad decision from the ref that it had to be overturned. I disagree. If an error is obvious it is spotted straightaway. If the VAR man needs over two minutes then it is not obvious. Full stop. People are moaning (not just us as this keeps happening across the EPL) because the rules are CLEAR. What happened yesterday and away vs Man City shows the two officials coming to a decision that has nothing to do with a 'clear and obvious error'. The VAR man's view prevailed - two people had differing views on whether a pretty 50-50 decision was a penalty and we lost out because those two people did NOT follow the clear rules. If the man in the VAR box has a stronger personality or is senior to the on-field man then this is bound to happen. It is the CLEAR rules that should stop this happening. Or, of course, change the rules again... or just make it up as you go along which seems to be the EPL's preferred way (the recent postponement farce is another). Rant over...
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Southampton At Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
by TimSaint at 13:06:47

In Podence, Wolves have the biggest diving, cheating t0sser of all. WAC.

We played well, but it was back to the same old Saints. Don't take our chances when on top, then gift the opposition chances and goals.

Tella needlessly lost possession for the 1st goal. It was never ever a penalty - just like their pen a couple of seasons ago in the 1-1 draw, their player dived. Perhaps KWP wasn't fully fit, following his bout of Covid, so Tella got the nod at RWB ? At least RH kept a winning side.

Everything has already been said about the 2nd goal, but I'll add that the annoying thing for me was the way FF just stood there after it went over him. Had he tried to get back, he probably would have got to it after it hit the post.

I couldn't believe some of the chances we missed, especially Tella and Sali x 2, but a simply sublime free kick from JWP go us back into it and we could and should have got that equaliser from Perraud.

Trigger the diving and time wasting, just like Wolves did at St Marys. I thought it may ease once Jimenez went off - as he was the main instigator before, but no. We don't help ourselves though. Wolves deliberately orchestrated a melee after a foul to waste time and we duly bit. Fvck knows how long that wasted, but the players don't seem to get it. Walk away and let's get on with it. It was our time after all, as we were 2-1 down. Instead we just played into their hands.

Horrible team. We owe them big time and will hopefully do the double of them next season to even it up a little !!
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Southampton At Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
by wrathoftazz at 12:59:35

The problem, yet again, wasn't VAR because we know how that is and how dodgy it can be... but it was due to Ralph being out thought again. Wolves made him look a fool, yet again... sad, but that's the story of his tenure
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Southampton At Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
by SaintNick at 12:50:09

I didnt say he had a bad game, I just dont think he has the engine to be a wing back
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