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Saints Summer Transfer Window Assessed
at 16:32:23

Good summary Nick. The most obvious issue saints had to cope with was selling an exciting potentially cup winning team wholesale over 3 seasons. No club could expect to recover from that and it's a miracle we stayed up while constantly rebuilding. Fingers crossed the current board learn from that potentially ruinous excercise.
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Saints At Fulham The Verdict
at 00:59:39

So he's added tracking back to his game too? Blimey. Note to le tiss - should have tracked back more. Violinists and road sweepers etc.
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Should Sofiane Boufal Stay Or Go ?
at 11:03:09

Not sure Boufal is flavour of the month but he is one of, if not the, most naturtally gifted footballer at the club. His assist, including the classy turn which wrong footed the defender, is an extremely promising sign that he has possibly added looking/reading for the best option rather than just shooting from an impossible angle or taking on the same player(s) again with no end product. IF this part of his game has genuinely changed he'll be extremely dangerous.
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Saints At Brighton The Verdict
at 13:54:00

Saints are usually darlings of the guardian sports pages so when they pick up on the problems we face it's fair to assume this is a shared neutrals point of view.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2019/aug/26/premier-league-10-talking-
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Saints V Liverpool The Verdict
at 16:29:01

Good chances missed - check
Fall behind after having the better chances – check
Defensive errors – check

Much too early to panic but our most consistent player over the past years has been Deja-Vu and he’s carried on this season in the same form as the last few. Since Ralph arrived he has been trying to build confidence and rebuild the team – this is not an easy task while maintaining top flight status. I’m not sure what our identity is any longer it has been lost amongst the upheavals and failure of the past few years. This is yet another challenge Ralph is charged with rebuilding.

The fans have had it harder over the past three seasons than anyone connected to the club and are the ones who have to consistently brush ourselves down and remain as positive as possible. It’s really hard but what other choice do we have?

COYR’s
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Silence From The Club Irks The Fans
at 16:36:01

Swine fever spreads through China.

Football clubs have always looked to maximise profits through their customers but nowadays they have marketing teams to identify additional income streams. The barrel scraping items of merchandise available is embarrassing and mostly made up of plastics and related derivatives which brings its own issue of sustainability.

Cheers for keeping us in the loop Nick. 99.9% of us appreciate your hard work and genuine opinions. Here's to a better than average season.
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Saints V FC Koln The Verdict
at 11:51:37

Couldn't make the game but not particularly disappointed. The last two home games of last season left a very bitter taste and feeling of déjà vu and I had a feeling this practice match wouldn't answer any questions that we are already aware of. Hopefully our forwards can score one more than the opposition on a regular basis this coming season.
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Lemina Claims That His Stay At Saints Was A Two Year Plan
at 13:13:07

What a lovely character. I'm assuming he's his own agent after the glowing words he used above to describe himself. Very clinical and cynical. Once again gives an insight into the clubs mentality over the past few years. Like this specimen let's hope all that is behind us.
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Markus Liebherr 10th Anniversary
at 09:25:43

Great post Nick. Single handedly turned round our fortunes. Some very happy memories after a very dark slump. Not quite living in a Liebherr Wonderland but his part in Saints history is surpassed by nobody.
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New Contracts Just As Important As New Signings
at 18:16:07

Corillo should be given a chance under an inspirational manager like Ralph as I don't think he had much of an opportunity to show what he was about under Hughes and Pellegrino. From memory he showed willing in the short time he was with us. Boufal is, to use a well worn word to mean lazy, mercurial and but under a strong manager could hit the Sunderland/west brom moments more often. Can you imagine a boufal who knows when to pick a pass. Deadly. Need at least one very strong centre back within the next month too. Decisions need to be made for better or worse within the next 5 weeks to get working on playing strategies for next season. Hit the floor running and give city a run for their bags of money. Ps, I'm on Sicily drinking local wheat beer. PPS, don't try it it's not great. Stick to moretti.
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He Done It ! The £1 million Target Has Been Hit
at 10:42:08

Well said Nick. Proud of him as a player, proud of him as a pundit, proud of him as a Saints fan and o credibly proud of this latest amazing achievement. One of our own and hopefully see him on Sunday at the ground.
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Francis Benali The Man For Whom The Word Respect Was Invented.
at 08:47:09

Just checked the iron Fran website and he's gone through the £1,000,000 target. Excellent stuff
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Francis Benali The Man For Whom The Word Respect Was Invented.
at 16:58:50

My favourite player growing up and my admiration for this incredible gent is now off the scale. No amount of adjectives can emphasise what Franny has accomplished over the last 3 challenges. I'm pround of him as a Saint and what he has achieved in raising awareness and money for this charity.

Be a nice touch if the club contribute a £1 from each person through the turnstile on Sunday - or maybe the whole gate receipts.
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Saints At West Ham United The Verdict
at 22:53:46

Cheers for the good work throughout the nick, usually agree with most of your appraisals on the whole but it's often the difference of opinion that makes things more interesting.

I'm cautiously optimistic for next season on the condition that Ralph is given sufficient support to fix the issues. I think we're three solid signings from being an enjoyable, attractive and competitive team to watch again.
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Vote Rupert Lowe For The Euro Parliament
at 11:19:21

Good old simple wupert. 'Sometimes it is better to remain silent and appear stupid than open your mouth and remove all doubt.' Replace the word stupid with one of your choice.
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Five Minutes And You're Almost There !
at 17:26:22

This season has been another slog and full of disappointment with a few shining moments with Ralph being the main one and beating spuds the other. I'm a massive fan of Yoshi, we all know his limitations and how frustrating that is but he always gives everything he's got and never hides despite playing in a struggling team. He deserves our backing and respect. I can only imagine the vitriol Benali would have received of he played on the era of social media. Coyr. Yoshi to score the winner on Saturday.
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Hasenhuttl Is Thinking Positively For The Summer
at 16:29:31

My perfect cousin thinks we'll be fine, but he flicked to kick and I didnt know so I can't trust him.
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Now The Real Work Starts Now !
at 18:48:34

I don't think many saints fans are complacent. We are in the relegation fight and I hope the players are completely focused on this. Cardiff play to their strengths and I can see them getting at least 4pts in their next to games. And they will not lie down for Liverpool and I imagine an attempted break away by Liverpool would be stopped via a reducer on the half way line.

We are in a battle and it's going to be too close to call.
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Saints V Liverpool The Verdict
at 14:19:33

Note the positives and fully agree. It should be noted that we played well as we did against United but we still lost and we conceded 3 goals. Simply put we don't have the players to get the result the performance deserved.

The manager is doing his bit, the players on the whole are responding and the fans are doing their bit.

The off field staff need to step up and do their bit. Whatever happens in the summer will speak volumes. Let's hope it's a positive sound .
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Saints At Brighton The Verdict
at 12:21:15

A decent performance by saints I thought on the whole and just about deserved the PTS. Ralph H has done an incredible job building broken confidence in a short time without much change in personnel. I'm cautiously optimistic about the rest of the season but like others here won't relax until the maths cannot be overturned. With the wages which were off loaded in January the board need to look at how regularly our strikers play and beyond that score. As we know saints cannot afford to pay £20 million for a flop so the background staff need to do earn their money and work overtime to get around two very effective forward/strikers in. If we stick with Gallagher, Austin, ings and Long we will be in a very similar position next season. I'm not knocking their efforts, particularly Long and ings, but they are not up to fitness or skill levels required to succeed in top flight football. Of equal importance is keeping hold of all players saints wish to keep.
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