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Watt View - Can Home Form Concerns Be Put To Bed ?
at 13:38:20

Part of it is the style of play, they definitely look happier defending deeper and breaking fast. A lot harder for that to be effective at home, that is a challenge for Ralph to tweak the home style a bit which was koeman’s biggest strength in our most successful recent season.
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Spurs Daylight Robbery Offer About To Be Accepted
at 13:23:14

Seems reasonable enough to me. Spurs have probably come down a bit on what they wanted for Walker Peters to get it through, everyone saves a few quid on VAT, the clubs get the players they want and the players the transfers they want. Pierre has done a decent job and put a shift in and the club has still made a small profit overall. I don’t see what all the criticism of the club is about here, particularly when they clearly would have preferred him jus to sign a new deal.




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Shane Long Signs New Two Year Deal
at 21:41:52

Saints’ 6th highest ever premier league goal scorer
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Lallana Mooted For St Mary's Return
at 11:47:46

A truly glorious footballer. One of the best I have ever seen in a saints shirt.
I still wish I got Lambert on the back of my England top for the Brazil world cup though.
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Whats The Issue With Yan Valery ?
at 17:55:56

I'm still firmly behind him.
Don't hassle the hut.
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Pompey's Top Fan Refused Entry To St Mary's
at 17:04:45

A good while back I went with a couple of mates to Sunderland to watch England U21 vs Brazil U21.
One of my mates took his coat off with his Newcastle shirt underneath, within a second or two a steward said "son, I would cover that shite up or you will get chinned before I have the chance to fing boot you out." Good advice I thought.
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Saints V Manchester United The Preview
at 20:50:12

It was fifteen years ago today, James Beattie showed the mancs how to play
We've been going in and out of style, but we've got the best team we've had for a while
So may I introduce to you
The man to bring back the glory days
It's hassenhutel's lonely hearts club band
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Why Kevin Danso Has To Play Against Liverpool
at 14:12:48

I'm not too certain about the reasoning behind that argument. Chuck in someone who has never played a premier league game, while he is still learning his team mates' names, against a team that hammered Barcelona 4-0 a couple of months ago? What if we ship 6 and it destroys the kid's confidence and the crowd are on his case? Realistically this is a game saints are unlikely to win, it would be incredibly short term thinking to throw him in at the deep end.
Unless Ralph thinks he's ready of course, in which case I'm al for it.
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Saints At Burnley The Verdict
at 17:05:08

Southern softies don't like it up em on a cold and windy day? Burnley is over 150 miles south of where I'm from. That's how hard I am!!! Can we just forget about this week and start again next week please?
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Countdown To Opening Day -1988 West Ham United
at 12:32:29

I did a coaching course for a week that was led by paul rideout. He was a thoroughly nice bloke.
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Will Saints Get £10 Million For Charlie Austin !
at 13:28:54

He knows where the net is, feed him and he will score, assuming he is fit. if someone like Carillo who is totally unproven cost 20 mill then Charlie has got to be worth somewhere in the region of 8-10.
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Keegan Backs Danny Ings To Succeed At Saints.
at 13:06:04

Seems to be primarily hamstring troubles which is bound to happen as that is where they usually take the graft from for a cruciate reconstruction. Remember he didn't have a proper pre season with us last year and was constantly rushing back because of the precarious position. Hopefully with the right level of rest and prep he will be good to go in august. Too player.
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2018/19 Season Review - The Goalkeepers
at 11:01:50

Gunn's distribution seems the best of the lot from what I have seen. If we are going to play a counter attacking style then that is essential. For FF this is undoubtedly one of the poorest aspects of his game. McArthy has generally been pretty decent in my opinion though.
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Celta Vigo Want Permanent Boufal Deal But Not At The Agreed Price
at 13:46:09

Obviously boufal is an incredibly talented individual. It is just that he can't tackle or head the ball, won't pass it or put in any effort whatsoever in terms of tracking back and wouldn't warm up when told to. Ignore that and he is a world beater.
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If Only Ralph Had Been Here At The Start Of This Season !
at 12:27:32

Assuming we stay up, which is looking pretty good now, the summer could be interesting. There is so much dead wood to be trimmed which could really free up the wage bill and a few quid transfer money. You would imagine Ralph having a bit more success with his players coming in than certainly Puel and Pellegrino did. Some of the young players will get more of a shout too. We actually look like we have a plan and some team spirit for the first time in a while.
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No Place For Ward Prowse in England Squad
at 18:55:00

Ah come on, fair enough he has been on fire lately but moaning Ross Barkley has only started 10 games. Has jwp started more? He never even had a look in until Christmas and saints fans on here were saying 'what is he for' ? If he plays like that until the end of the season he will get a chance
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Clean Sheet Needed
at 13:21:51

Really? Fair enough I had a few jars before the match but as I stated in the match report I thought Stephen's use of the ball was excellent throughout. For me he is a proper footballer who with a small improvement could be a top player. That ball through for Redmond against Derby was orgasmic, more of that please.
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Saints At Burnley The Verdict
at 13:42:12

I was sat in the Burnley end because my mate sorted free tickets and I was right behind the linesman. That was absolutely a penalty all day long and fundamentally the ref had an absolute mare.

I don't get the negativity around Stephens. Fair enough it was a soft pen but he didn't actually handle the ball, it was headed against his hand so it was pretty unlucky from that point of view. Throughout the game I though he was excellent, particularly his willingness to receive and distribute the ball. He is the main man in that system as he has a real pedigree with the ball, the way he can step out of the back three and create space by driving forward is instrumental to the way saints are playing.

I also can't understand the negativity from some posters. You would think saints had lost five in a row, not gone five without defeat. It is always disappointing to let in a late goal like that but any away point in the premier league is a half decent result and a draw was a fair outcome.
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Saints At Burnley The Preview
at 19:56:49

Krisaint, "are you Blackburn in disguise?"
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Barren Transfer Window Doesn't Mean Disaster For Saints
at 12:19:43

I for one feel very optimistic about the strategy that is being implemented. In reality the squad is not smaller, it is just that it is the young lads who are being considered rather than the established players who have been pretty abject over the past couple of seasons. The young lads need to be blooded if they are going to make it and they are clearly more suited to a high energy game. They are also going to fully buy into the coaching they get from Ralph.

Last year we broke our transfer record and look how that turned out. Also consider the players who have gone.
Cedric, good player, been a good buy but behind Valery now anyway.
Gabbiadini, class player but really what has he done since his one golden month, wasn't going to play.
Hoedt, has been pretty poor at times, was clearly not going to play
Davis, been a great saint but legs have gone a bit and was not going to play

Are any of them really going to be missed? I doubt it. Fair enough it would have been good to have beaten Palace but City thought the same thing. 8 points from the last 4 games has been a great return and I feel pretty confident about Burnley tomorrow. The manager knows what he is doing and if it all works out well we will have had a load of young players who have broken into the team. I can also see Bertrand playing left side of a back 3 when he is back so there is another defensive option.

Keep calm and carry on. The real changes will occur in the summer.
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