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Saints At Liverpool The Verdict
at 17:44:21

Hi SanMarco
Remember last year? With his team well out in front, late in the match, just needing to see the game out, he used all 3 of his subs to put ex Saints players on so that all 5 of our former players were on the pitch.

It was a nasty bit of business that I can't see any other manager doing (they usually have some sort of respect for each other). I can't recall him doing it to any other team.

Mind you, if the Skates did it, I would be OK with it, and have a laugh, since we like winding each other up. But this was just a rich club showing off it's monetary muscle and kicking sand in the little club's face.

One of these days he will irritate the wrong team, one that has a bit of pride, is losing, tired, and frustrated, and they will (wrongly) retaliate against his players-and then he will go crying to the media.






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Saints At Liverpool The Verdict
at 16:42:16

No surprises:
We were lucky Mane wasn't playing or score would have been higher.
Everyone saw the last goal coming-as soon as Boufal touched the ball, you knew he was going to hand it over.
Lallana subbed on with 2 minutes left in a 4-0 game just to rub the salt in. Say what you like about any other manager, he's the only one who goes out of his way to humiliate the opposition. Can't wait for him to try that on the wrong team.
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Hasenhuttl Admits There Is No Need To Panic Buy Now !
at 15:17:42

You could see this coming once Saints won a game or two (we've seen this film before).

Another couple of wins in the next few weeks, and the headline will be: "Ralph Is Satisfied With The Squad He Has & Will Look To Strengthen It In The Summer Window."

Let's just hope it's a negotiating tactic, a hint to agents that he won't overpay.
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Legendary Saints Goalscorer George O'Brien Is Still With Us
at 14:28:48

Unfortunately, another example of the state of journalism today: Publish the story without checking with his family-"click bait" on the net is more important than facts or the feelings of his loved ones.
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Hoedt Reveals Permanent Transfer Option At Antwerp.
at 14:46:35

But every prick has a point-his being: No matter how crap the rest of the team played, he was never given a proper run of games. And he's not he only one.....
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Saints Target For Second Half Of The Season Is Realistic And Achievable.
at 16:51:06

Glad we are doing well. But I must admit, i am sort of worried: Seeing how our 5-plan (or whatever it is called now) seems to be doing just enough to stay in the league, that means Saints recent run of success will result in no new players coming in the next window.

Hope i am wrong We still need an experienced defender-not only for his skills, but to teach the youngsters.
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Saints V Crystal Palace The Verdict
at 15:47:51

How many goals has Ings got from mistakes by defenders or goal keepers this year?
I reckon at least 4. This is a result of his work rate, always ready to pounce (and he knows where the goal is-unlike others)......Hope this rubs off on the rest of the team.
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Saints At Chelsea The Verdict
at 22:41:12

What a difference playing 2 up front and going after other teams defenders makes!
Keep up the good work!
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Danny Ings Is The King Of The Scummers !
at 16:50:26

By the way, Merry Christmas to everyone- all the Happy Clappers, Bed Wetters, Rose-Tinted Glasses Wearers, Glass Half Fulls, Glass Half Empties, The ^ Clickers and The v Clickers and my fellow Sarcastic Cynics on this site who make it one of the few on the internet where civility still exists.

And a special thanks to St. Nick for this work and patience (Hope Father Christmas brings him a Yoshi shirt) and Sammy for standing in all types of weather and then posting right after games so we can a true sense of the game that we never get from the "pundits" within hours.




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Danny Ings Is The King Of The Scummers !
at 16:41:28

Along with bstokesaint, I was/am one of "those" who questioned the 20 million/no option deal. No other team in the league would have paid that much. Especially since he was a talented player and then all of a sudden, the Scouse want to dump him and his contract while making a 10 million profit? That had to raise warning flags. Any other team would have only done a loan with an option to buy and still would not have paid as much.

HOWEVER, so far, so good, and maybe the Scouse are not as crafty as they think they are!

As many have said, he is one of a handful of players who actually look like they want to play for the Saints and is the only one who knows what direction the goal is! (It would be great if we had a play maker to feed him more!)

If we are lucky enough to avoid relegation, it will be because of his goals, and I will then say he is not worth 20 million, but rather his weight in gold!
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Hasenhuttl Confirms January Transfer Intentions
at 15:08:25

Well this is no surprise to any of us. Posters have been crying out for 2CBs and a FB since back in the Koeman days, But the club never does anything.

We should be in the market for a SD (Sugar Daddy) .
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Saints Looking To Land Two Long Term Targets In January
at 14:32:13

"it was a nice proposal from a big club in a big competition"?

He must have confused us with someone else!

As saintmark1976 points out, we could be destined for relegation in a few weeks, so it it is doubtful that any decent players will want to come here.
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The Itchen North Is Arising
at 18:53:12

Hi WalkingRosie.....uh I was being sarcastic.....People who watch on TV could be anywhere in the world or maybe can't afford tickets....it is not fair to tell them they are not fans. i am sure they go through all the same emotions while watching a game as someone in the stands.

The point of my post was that once you start excluding people using the criteria "I'm a better fan than you, because....." you wind up telling everyone they are not good enough. We need to attract and welcome more fans, not look down our nose at them.
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The Itchen North Is Arising
at 15:17:09

This just reeks of the snobbism that unfortunately permeates all fan bases of all kinds of sports/music/movies, etc..

Who the F*CK (thanks for the "3rd Party Pass" Nick!).gets to decide who is a REAL FAN???

Let's try to narrow the field down:

-Fed up with selling all the talented players? Sick of backwards passing? Don't you dare say anything! That's not the Southampton Way! You are the reason we are fighting relegation! You are not a fan!

-Only started following Saints in the last year? Get lost, we don't need you!

-Bought something at the team shop or online, hoping your money is used to build the team? Sorry only "plastic fans" shop there. Saints don't need you or your money-go follow some other team!

-Only watch games on TV or over the internet? Sorry, real fans attend games-watch someone else.

-Attend games, but not a season ticket holder? Sorry, you're too casual in your support-true fans buy season tickets.

-Only have season tickets since Saints moved to St. Mary's? Obviously a Glory Seeker.not a proper fan.

-Not born in Southampton? You're have no connection to the team, you can never be a "true fan".

-Of those of you left, sorry to say, but only those born within the shadow of The Dell can really make any claim to being a "True Fan".


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Saints January Transfer Window Needs To Concentrate On One Area Only !
at 14:59:32

You could just "Cut & Paste" this from previous years, but in our hearts we know Saints will not spend. We look to every transfer window for salvation, and yet either nothing happens, or the players just don't perform as we hoped.. As HythePeer points out, due to our table position, no player of quality is going to risk coming here.

When the window closes the next post will be: "Saints were not going to overpay and will wait until the summer. This is good business. Mr. Gao believes the club should be self-sustaining. That is the Southampton Way. The manager obviously feels he has the right squad, so we all need to get behind the players and cheer louder. If Saints lose, it will not be the players being out of position, or having no finishing skills, it will be the supporters fault! (and of course, Yoshi's)"
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Saints V Norwich The Preview
at 14:43:28

JWP deserves a place on the team mainly because the rest of the players are not much better.

Yes he has scored in the last few games-but he is like a golfer who scores a hole in one every few tournaments. You marvel at the shot, amazed at how he got it just right, but forget that his drives, approaches and putts are generally wide of the mark. So you just watch and hope he can catch the lightning in a bottle.

I am happy he was able to score on the follow-up after missing the penalty because he would have really heard it from the fans. But having said that, he should not have been taking it in the first place.

I prefer him not taking corners, but hanging around the top of the box and pouncing on the ball as it bounces around in the area. He seems more productive there.
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A Rough Guide To Arsenal
at 17:36:44

Nick, I for one am not offended......In fact I agree with you completely that laughing will soon be a crime....but unfortunately, there are people out there just looking for a fight and I would hate to see posters on this sight who are friendly and respectful discussing the Saints now start slagging each other just because of their differing non-football views. (That's what the forum is for!)

All the best and thanks for you work.
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A Rough Guide To Arsenal
at 20:17:17

Nick, you know this appears above the comment box?

"Please keep News Comments on topic. To make wider points, visit the forum. Do not post bad language or libellous content."

I for one like this site because you can get away from the political cr@p that infects the rest of the internet. (It's like a quiet pub where you can sit in the dark and cry into your pint while thinking about the Saints)

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Why Are Saints Only Putting Half The Aston Villa Tickets On Sale ?
at 13:20:27

Because based on past performance, the players will be putting in a Half-Arsed Effort
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Board Shake Up Needed
at 16:41:07

So Mr. Gao is not involved in the day to day running of the club, but he has time to read our comments on the uglyinside and bow to the "pressure" and get rid of Reed and Krueger???

"The big players in football ownership look at the big clubs with the potential to become a Big Six club, that means a big fan base that stays loyal whatever and turns up week in week out, because big fan bases generate big incomes."

Winning teams generate big fan bases (locally and worldwide).
As 1970 points out, the catchment area is a huge market with potential for a huge fan base and yet Saints have never been aggressive enough in going after that market. Now the other more successful south coast teams will be able to tap into it.

There have been good owners, average owners and downright dodgy owners in football (and other sports), but can you think of one that would have let that 9-0 thrashing at home go without a apology to the fans/public rant at the players and staff/staff shakeup?
I can't.


P.S. If the Saints want a Director of Football who won't let the players and staff get away with their "Can't be bothered" attitude, I nominate Sweary Mike!
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