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Birmingham Away ticket available
at 10:16 24 Feb 2024

Dear Saints

I am now unable to attend the above game and my ticket is available at face value for anyone interested. I will take the first person interested. Given the time I would want to post it to the person Monday or Tuesday at the latest.

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No room for error or complacency
at 18:50 17 Feb 2024

As if we did not know already, but today has shown again that if for one second we take our foot off the pedal, show any sign of complacency or just get it wrong Leeds and Ipswich are more than capable of capitalising on it. Leeds (I hate to say, because I really dislike them in every respect) in particular seem unstoppable, arguably more so than Leicester at the moment. That win last night was so important because if we hadn't a small gap would have been created.

The game in hand on Tuesday becomes very important now - though it probably was anyway.
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The football today
at 23:46 13 Jan 2024

I was kind of apprehensive about today. I did feel that this was a game where we might come unstuck, but I needn't have been apprehensive because, apart from a couple of rash moments near the beginning where it looked like we wanted to give the opposition a head start we were superb today in just about every department - and even our vocal support was not that bad - still patchy at times but not bad.

At times our football certainly at this level was sublime. The interaction, the passing, the understanding and the effort was all there. At the risk of nit picking, if I had one complaint it is how wasteful we were at the numerous corners we had. For some reason we did not work out that they had 2 central defenders of height who met just about every cross into the box so why did we persist in it?

But,. that is one negative in a long list of positives. I did not actually think Sheff Wed were that bad it was just that we were streets ahead and this despite some play acting by the opposition and an official who seemed hell bent on not clamping down on that.

Fraser was brilliant today but you could have picked almost anyone as being a major positive contribution.

Thoroughly enjoyed it today. It is darn typical that this season there are 3 or 4 clubs who seem to be able to keep with the pace. We now have 4 games away from home and we are going to have to repeat some of our home performances away because to date they have cost us some points. Well done Saints though. It has been a while since I have gained pleasure in watching our football but right now I am. I know at some point this will end but when it does, lets hope that that end is a blip and this football continues to win through.
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Jurgen Klopp
at 19:20 7 Jan 2024

I know this is completely irrational and makes no sense whatsoever but for some strange reason I just cannot abide seeing the guy on TV or hearing him. I am just dying for someone to knock that grin off his face.

Well thats, that off my chest. I just felt the need to share it.

Thanks for listening
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Tonight's results
at 23:02 28 Nov 2023

Purely an observation, but alot of goals scored in the championship tonight with some free high scoring sides, apart from West Brom who got a 1-0 win away and go 3rd for the time being. We have the worst goal difference of the top 6.
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Sometimes it feels like we have gone back to the Puel era
at 00:01 26 Nov 2023

Were we arrogant or complacent today? we did what we so often seem to do - when we have a chance to capitalise on teams around us we seem to disappoint. When we play teams of limited capability we seem to give them a helping hand.

Today's game was a painful watch.

The first half was dull - so dull I was bored to the point it reminded me of the Puel era. Yes, we had loads of possession but did so little with it against a very poor Huddersfield team - but, we went in at half time 1-0 up and you felt that despite the dullness of the half the end justified the means and surely against such poor opposition we would push on - but this team doesn't - we rely so heavily on scoring so few goals - when is the last time we took a team to the sword or put a team to bed when we are clearly on top?

The second half was a woeful performance by us. Yes, 77% possession again but we didn't lay a glove on Huddersfield and to be fair they created more chances, dug in and managed to conjure a goal and get a draw that their endeavour probably deserved. Only in the dying minutes of time added on did we seem to wake up and try to offer some meaningful attack. I am not sure what it is about half time, but yet again we had a poor second half and that has been the case in other games.

9 games unbeaten is not to be sniffed at but in that 9 there have been games we got away with it - today we didn't. Today we lacked creativity, intensity, too slow and pedestrian and for some strange reason we seem to enjoy messing around our own box. When it looked like a forward pass was clearly on, we opted to go sideways and back. Too many players were off today and the subs again seemed late and made little difference. Why Bree was replaced by Manning and what they thought that would achieve was odd. Smallbone was poor today - lightweight and easily brushed off under the slightest pressure and offered little going forward. Downes to be fair covered alot of ground and A Armstrong worked hard though offered little as a striking threat - indeed no one offered a striking threat. S. Armstrong was not as influential as you would expect and Fraser appears better as a sub/impact player than a starter.

Little was great about today's game. There was no atmosphere at the ground and even the Saints away contingent attempt to get something going faded as it was clear the Saints Players were not really up for this. I struggle with RM's arguments about being tired - we have a large squad and we were playing a side with a limited squad - if they are tired now, heaven knows how they are going to cope with December!
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Our support at Millwall
at 08:48 5 Nov 2023

It was simply on another level. It was not just the numbers it was the level of vocal support throughout and pure madness when we scored and for a long while after the game. It was not just because we won because the vocal support was there during a poor unimpressive first half and a frustrating second half when we were on top possession wise but lacking a clinical finish.

As for the game itself. The first half was fairly dull and neither side was offering that much as an attacking force apart from a couple of half chances on our part and a Millwall header that hit the bar. The second half we were much better and really we had ample opportunities to put the game to bed without the fear that the opposition may snatch an undeserved winner. We should also have had a penalty and we were facing a goalkeeper in Bialkowski who was their man of the match. The substitutions actually seemed to upset the balance of the team and I feared we had made too many subs at the same period and the momentum we had was briefly lost. But, we got the winner again in the dying seconds of the game and the fantastic support and amount of possession in play we had got the outcome it should have had much earlier. Millwall were strong in defending our threats but you have to be honest and say, that we really want to challenge the top 2 we have got to find a way of being more clinical. Yesterday it seemed we always wanted an extra touch.

The Ref was very much swayed by the home side and there were several decisions that went the way of the home side when they clearly shouldn't have or he let things go when we should have got a decision the worst of all was the clear penalty.

Getting to the ground was difficult and getting out was even harder. That said the latter gave a rare opportunity to extend the party atmosphere with the players that came out after the game to run off. Probably the best away view that I have had for a long time - upper tier in line with the goal - couldn't have asked for better.

A great away day all round probably one of the best for a long time. Not because the game was great and our performance in the first half should have been better and we need to find a way of punishing teams by being clinical and taking them to the sword but you cannot fault the spirit, desire and not giving up right to the final whistle - that in itself is a big improvement on previous recent seasons. A big game next week at home. If our home vocal support could be half as good as our away vocal support St Marys could be a special place!
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