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Saints Have Injury Doubts For Trip To Newcastle
by LoisDeem at 09:53:53

Perhaps we should have saved Danny, as his magnificent performance proved a waste of time. We missed a couple of sitters and then sat back, once again proving that we delude ourselves by apparently 'controlling' the game. We're running out of time, so shooting boots on, along with defensive awareness. If only we had the best performing goal keeper in the British Isles on our books -doh!
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All To Play For This Weekend For Saints
by KriSaint at 00:26:36

We lost 2-1 unfortunately. We played well and should have won but missed too many chances. Extremely agonising. But well played, Saints.
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Huddersfield Date Confirmed In FA Cup
by luffy22 at 19:28:58

The1st Saturday in January is the best sporting day in the calendar in my view, it should be left to play the FA cup 3rd round, every FA cup game 3pm on the Saturday. I would even go as to say no TV cameras are allowed that day it should be left for the fans who attend matches. Ever since I was a small lad it’s the day I looked forward to most, when the biggest teams join into the greatest cup competition in the world.
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Huddersfield Date Confirmed In FA Cup
by saintmark1976 at 12:37:53

I really hope that the club make a sensible decision in regard to pricing this game. More than £10 and £5 for concessions with kids at £1 and they could well have an almost embarrassing attendance. Let those who struggle to afford to be able to attend Premiership games have an opportunity.
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Saints V Newcastle United The Preview
by aceofthebase at 19:48:50

Why isn't Valery the first choice right back?
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Saints Have Injury Doubts For Trip To Newcastle
by robcoe5 at 18:24:28

You would of noticed Ings tweaked his hamstring when he volleyed in the second half. I would expect he will be rested to prevent a long term injury
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Saints Have Injury Doubts For Trip To Newcastle
by 1970 at 18:03:48

We need to play two up top against the toon if we start backing off we will get overrun like we did a few seasons ago, a point would be a small success I think coys
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Saints Have Injury Doubts For Trip To Newcastle
by halftimeorange at 17:06:51

I'm not sure that starting without your main attacking threat (Ings) is a good idea although I can understand the need to nurse him for future outings. I'd rather see him on and giving us the chance of a poacher's goal than see him thrown on to try and drag Saints back into it. My feeling is that Adams isn't up to it but, if he can feed off Long's ball-winning ability then maybe he will get that elusive first goal. Despite what RH is suggesting about freshening things up it would surely be folly to tamper with what is becoming a settled starting eleven.
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All To Play For This Weekend For Saints
by Colburn at 14:43:36

In addition, considering the injuries to Djenepo, Boufal and Redmond have damaged our scoring potential so far this season, we can look forward with positivity if we avoid a loss on Sunday. Although maybe a bit contraversial, we could consider resting Ings for the first half, keep him fresh, he's our biggest player. Adams and Long can run them ragged. Che looks good.
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All To Play For This Weekend For Saints
by Colburn at 14:31:32

A point would be great, especially after the two home wins. We look better as a team with 4 at the back, agreed.. I think confidence is a bigger issue than ability for our centre backs. I know an error led to the Norwich goal but overall our CB's played very well, interceptions, winning headers and even a perfect 70yard pass from Stephens.. Fair is fair and we highlight their errors more than other players and heap less praise when its due too. For a couple of nervous pressure games at home, they stuck to their task and helped us to two much needed wins...
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All To Play For This Weekend For Saints
by bstokesaint at 13:13:23

Yeah, stay positive please Ralph. Another win would be massive and take the pressure of us and more on our rivals. I'm certainly not holding out for a January miracle signing. Things are looking better than they were but we are still fragile.
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All To Play For This Weekend For Saints
by LoisDeem at 13:01:31

Plus, a gentleman can still spread his handkerchief across most of our rivals in the table, with 'everybody capable of beating everybody', as proved by Newcastle at Sheffield and Brighton doing what we couldn't at Arsenal.
It's now becoming more obvious that two central defenders needn't be gung ho, Ralph.
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All To Play For This Weekend For Saints
by Block8 at 11:08:22

We can get something from this game of Ralph fights his urge to play 5 at the back.
I honestly believe it weakens our defence as was shown Wednesday against Norwich, when Yoshida was introduced. We are an error waiting to happen with 3 CB's & a lot weaker going forward too!
We know where we are weakest but have real options going forward, so let's maintain the move the ball forward quickly philosophy we have adopted.
There is strength on the bench for us in this style of football.
It's also far better to watch in my opinion 😇😇
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All To Play For This Weekend For Saints
by perazi at 10:06:18

Yes, a point for Saints would do nicely.
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Saints V Norwich City The Verdict
by Billeewithers at 22:28:57

I agree with those who said the subs were a little late …. the signs were already evident that the momentum was ebbing.
I also think that the extra defender was confusing and would only draw Norwich forward. which it did. Ralph seems to have a weak spot with his subs. not the first … even Alf Ramsey had his moments. They worked in that we got a result. I think strengthening further forward would have stopped Norwich from being able to create on the halfway line and given us a chance to rebound into their area. This would have been in keeping with how Saints had been playing and what has shown to already be effective for us. In their faces and in their half.
Whilst centre half is a concern, the fact that we do not really have consistent penetrative presence going into the opposition area is a glaring weakness. We need players who carry a persistent goal threat. Without these kinds of players it is easier for teams to mark us out of the area.
Having said that the two goals today go some way to showing we have promise on that front.
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Saints V Norwich City The Verdict
by perazi at 21:37:57

Priceless 6 points v Watford/Norwich - a little bit of luck helped too.....often missing this season. We still looked like a struggling Club, light on in quality, and a midfield two, in front of our defence is going to cost us against better sides - Romeu on was a critical move Ralph got right - taking off Djenepo robbed us off counter-attacking speed which in turn emboldened the Norwich midfield (Tetty especially).

Two players I don't rate did very well, particularly in the first half. Shane Long provided the press and harassment of the Norwich defence and his flick on header for Bertrand was a lovely skill. JWP's free kick and corners in the first half were spot on - led to the goals and confirmed that in a struggling side you need your set pieces to count. I still thing that WP in a two man midfield is going to catch up with us defensively - and it showed in the second half. Not much mention of PEH, but his holding and box-to-box midfield efforts were crucial.

Great to see the reaction from Ralph and team at the final whistle - he certainly hasn't lost the dressing room. Crucial in January that CB and CM is strengthened, though I'm not holding my breath that it happens.
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Saints Fans Were Magnificent !
by TripleNiemi at 20:30:54

Must admit with work, train strikes and stress levels at present i really struggled to muster enthusiasm before the game yesterday, but boy was i glad i made the effort and simply didnt take the easy way out and head home from work.

The support was spot on last night and before certain factions could start to get on the teams back, i think others sensed this to get the support going, and loudly.

We can do it, just a shame our song repetoire is shite although some tried to get the new Ingsy ditty going.
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Saints Fans Were Magnificent !
by WalkingRosie at 20:07:36

Patrick is our leader
Patrick is our leader
La, la, la, la
La, la, la, la
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Saints V Norwich City The Verdict
by underweststand at 19:32:20

well......we scored one goal more than the opposition and got tyhe three points..that's it.
but 15 points has never looked so good as it did last night.

It was hardly the game of the season (technically or skill wise), but once again Ings and Ward-Prowse did the business, and we 're clear of the drop zone for a while anyway. Stephens and Bednarek look to be forming a better CB pair than any other combination we tried so far, but it's a long way from perfection.
Djenepo is exciting to watch, but now realises that he's getting the "special treatment " that all new boys are given when they come to the Prem.

Newcastle has hardly been a happy-hunting ground for Saints ..(and I can say that going back to Div.2 days in the 1960's.).but if we can play as we did against Arsenal then we may get a result for once, as the Geordies are hardly upto Arsenal standard (talentwise)

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Saints V Norwich City The Verdict
by Consigliere at 19:17:44

What we saw yesterday was (a) good Saints then (b) bad Saints followed by (c) good Saints again, and in opposition to us we saw (d) this season's Saints. To explain, (a) is what we have waited to see all season, defending from the front, running at the opposition and firing shots on target, (b) is failing to pay attention and backing off the incoming attacker and (d) - well that was Norwich playing like we have all season. Almost every time they got the ball it went backwards or sidewards until it seemed to me as though we were watching Saints in disguise! Our players should watch this match over and over and learn that until this week, they played like the men in green.

In terms of individual performances, Ings, Long and Djenepo were the standout performers but in fairness to Redmond, who is obviously low in confidence, I thought that he had a good game and was linking up well with the front line. I suspect that all it needs is for him to score one goal to restore his faith in himself.

I know that all that has happened over the last week is that we have beaten the two worst teams in the league but until now I feared we couldn't even do that. Confucious says that a journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step...
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