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|Oriol Romeu Happy At Southampton As Contract Talks Loom|
IMO the best defensive midfielder we have had in a very long time. Always makes himself available for an outball from the defenders, always knows where the ball is going to go before it reaches him (like Bally) and is a very accurate/sympathetic passer. Wanyama might have been better in the tackle, but couldn't pass for toffee and his touch was poor. Hojberg might have been a better box to box player but his touch was never as assured as Ori and passes often went astray. Spider not as strong at holding off players. Only thing he lacks is pace, if he did have more pace he would have been at one of the big 6 clubs. Perfect for us.
|Mind The Gap ! Saints V City Highlights The Huge Difference Between Premier League Have And Have Not|
We have been 'also-rans' for many years now, along with the likes of Palace, West Ham and Burnley. As you say nick, we need to cast off the big 6/7 and start again with a new PL. Trouble is, that will see a load of owners/'investors' pull out of clubs and the Sky etc money will fall off a cliff. Then some of the also rans will go out of business...........not what the fans wished for.
|Southampton At Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict|
Few people have made much of the fact that the ref was refereeing only his second PL match and Wolves players really targetted him. Was it a pen? Possibly, but after 2 1/2 minutes of VAR scrutiny, a clear error by the ref? Likewise the Romeu pen call. Seen them given, but should it be overturned as a clear error? No and no!
|A Rough Guide To Wolverhampton Wanderers|
It is indeed a grim away day. We went very early last time and couldn't get in any pubs at all except the nominated Premier Inn, even the real ale pubs had doormen. The Premier Inn is very ordinary too. Instead of travelling by train this weekend we are driving and not bothering with more than a couple of pints. Been there a few times for gigs and thought it would be a good day out........
|Happy Birthday Mike Channon|
He was always quick, but what made him especially effective at the Dell was the fact that he could sprint to the dead ball line and stop before smashing into the concrete wall, whilst defenders daren't take it that close............or at least that was the memory of a small lad from those days.
|Some Saints Fans Need To Forget The Last Three Months And Enjoy Sunday|
I think fans were entitled to feel down about Monday's performance (I did) - it was abysmal. Most of them (and me) are gradually building up excitement for Sunday Nick.
One thing you have forgotten to mention is that staying in the PL is a fantastic achievement for any club of our size. The big 6, Everton and now I suppose Leicester have no threat of relegation. That leaves 14 teams to avoid the 3 relegation spots. That's pretty tight, especially after a few seasons. Yet we have managed it for 8 seasons and plenty of other, better backed have not. I live in Nottingham and Forest have had backers that have put much more money into their club than ours (even Markus). Yet, somehow Forest have languished in the Championship for 20 years.
Staying in the PL for 8 years alone is a mighty achievement.
|Southampton At West Browmwich Albion The Verdict|
1. It says a lot when the two players who IMO deserved the highest 'ratings' were our centre backs and we lost 3-0.
2. My son stating, "We must be the most inconsistent team in the PL." Prompting the question, which team will show up on Sunday?
|Saints At Bournemouth The Verdict|
I don't know if JWP was injured, but Pied was left exposed by him in the first half. I thought bringing on Redmond was a tactical change that gave Pied more support and allowed us to move forward more quickly, both of which certainly helped our second half performance.
The last three games have 'felt' much more like Saints performances of the Poch and Koeman eras than the last season and a bit. What I have really missed is giving the 'big' 6 a scare every time we meet them and Wednesday was definately back to that .
Squad management has been clever. Hjoberg was superb last Saturday, Davis rested on Wednesday, Romeu coming back from a game off and Lemina working back to full fitness. Yesterday Hjoberg was rested and Romeu and Davis did the really hard graft in central midfield. Lots of games coming up in the next few weeks and Pellegrino is setting them up to be as fresh as possible.
|Saints Can Look At Top Six Finish After A Solid Start To Season.|
My memory of 2015/16 is of a fair % of games where we were by far the better side and being unlucky not to come away with 3 points. Couple that with really pushing the ultra rich big 6 each time we met them and feeling aggrieved not to get more out of those games. There were a few poor performances in between of course but then it all came together for the run in and what a great season it became. That's a far cry from this season's early form.
I get the point that we can look forward (when our glass is half full) to a mid table finish, in itself a not a bad thing as we build a stronger and stronger base over the years, but to intimate that we can emulate that Koeman season is really stretching it.
I keep coming back to the point about how many sides out of our first season back up in the Premiership have consistently stayed there. Only 5 of us outside the big 6 and Everton. Saints, WBA, Swansea, West Ham and Stoke should all consider it a great achievement to still be there after 5 seasons as there is a turnover of 3 out of 13 every year given that the big 6 and Everton never go down. Where Saints stand out above those 'also-rans' is that only ourselves (twice) and Leicester (once) have finished in the top 7 in those years
|Vote For The Ultimate Saints Team|
Nicky Holmes. Lost count of how many positions he could play in/cover and so the formation of your 11 can be varied.
|Saints Guaranteed Record Breaking Season|
Let's put Saints in the Premiership in perspective. In the 5 seasons Saints have been back in the top division, Man U, Man C, Liverhampton, Arse, Chelski, Everton and Spurs have been the top 7 every year except for the previous two seasons when Saints broke into the top 7 twice and (obviously) Leicester once.
The only clubs that have remained with Saints from that 2012/13 season apart from the mega rich 7 are West Brom, Swansea, West Ham and Stoke. In other words just staying in the Premiership is a fantastic achievement in itself - the turnover in non-mega rich clubs is enormous.
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