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Great entertainment but frustrating as well
at 21:58 17 Sep 2018

If I was impartial I would have to say that was a tremendous, entertaining game of football by both sides. We were excellent in the first half and Brighton were no where to be seen but they were the better side in the 2nd half but we allowed them back into it again. A soft penalty to say the least to them. Long was profligate again and you could say his misses are as costly as our defensive errors.

But some great performances as well particularly by PEH, Ings, Lemina and Cedric.

So needed those 3 points and for all the good play and entertainment I end up feeling disappointed and frustrated and ever so slightly annoyed that we could not hang on.

Still, at least it was entertaining and not dull and that is not something we have been able to say too often in the last couple or so seasons.
Superb strike
at 20:44 17 Sep 2018

by PEH. He is fast becoming a key player to our team and midfield. Saw signs of last season. He also has passion and desire and determination.
Hope we do not pay for our missed chances
at 16:24 1 Sep 2018

Sounds like we have been mainly on top and deserve the lead, but Long misses from 6yds out and now we have a penalty saved. Our conversion rate of opportunities to goals over the last few seasons, really is shocking and all too often costly.

Hoping and crossing fingers and anything else that we can hold on to this lead and do not pay for the missed chances.
at 23:16 19 Aug 2018

Just watching various highlights of a whole range of games both last and this weekend, and if highlights are anything to go by, the teams that have started well and scoring goals have a good solid midfielder who drives forward and attacks the opposition defence consistently and provides telling passes to their forward line. It is something we have seriously lacked for over 2 seasons now. We show patches of it in a game, but not consistently enough.
In this day and age, is there ever a way back for a player that leaves the club?
at 15:40 6 Aug 2018

When I was young and youthful, I recall Mick Channon going to Man City and coming back. I was too young to recall the circumstances of him leaving and returning and one can only assume it was all on amicable terms. Mick Channon, to all intents of purposes was and remains my all time favourite Saints player, - technically not always the best, but for character, enthusiasm and simply drive to do the best he could was a great example to me.

I am sure, in the past, there are other players that have left and returned. But, now, you just cannot see it happening, even though, I sense, given the chance, one or two may have returned. After all, who amongst us, have not left for another employer and ended up wishing they hadn't?

Is it now virtually impossible for former players to return to the club? I think of Chambers and Schneiderlin, Oxlade and Walcott who (may be incorrectly) I had some impression that they may have returned given the opportunity. Even Lallana (who did not help himself), I wonder, if he had left under better circumstances and the vitriol was not there, would he now have looked for a way back?

Of course, who knows, but is there now too much pride and stubbornness for either party or parties (player, club, fans), to say, you know what, I got it wrong.

If any one of our players that have left the club (and are still playing) said they would like to come back, who would you welcome back or be prepared to forgive and forget for a return and the greater interests of the club? I am excluding Bale here, as I suspect there isn't a fan on earth who would not welcome him back with open arms and almost Keeganesque sense of excitement.
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South Coast investment
at 20:41 18 Jul 2018

To date, I have been pretty content with our close season, though, of the purchases we have made it is difficult to know how they may respond in the PL, but there is always a risk even if you purchase a so called big name. But, interesting to see that our neighbours Brighton and Bournemouth are not asleep in the transfer market and putting some real investment in, on the face of it some quality and long term prospects, so none of us can afford to be slow.

My one concern remains up front. I see no real sign of any movement (putting aside the Ings coverage which I don't think has that much in it and I am not sure anyway), but we seem reluctant to explore at prospects in the championship on league 1 etc. I accept PL is a big leap up but on the whole they are cheaper and potentially are a real investment if they turn good. I honestly don't think we can afford to rely on Austin, McQueen, Long and Gabbiadini. Austin will not play many games, McQueen may come good but he needs to now, Long - well, good team player and works hard but profligate in front of goal. Gabbiadini is our best hope but a lot to pin it all on one guy. I assume Hughes may be hoping for a better return from midfield and the wings and certainly that needs to improve.

Having said all that, some clubs, thus far, have been virtually comatose in the transfer market so far.
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