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|Ward Prowse Nets Winner For England|
Agree entirely the England managers have long been a source of national disgrace. Must say I do rate Foden though. Sterling was far too greedy and Lingard is just not up to it despite success at WHU.
|Southampton At Bournemouth The FA Cup Verdict|
I have to confess that not having seen the team ahead of kick off my heart sank a little when I saw the team. I thought my fears would be confirmed when Redmond failed to play in Che Adams and then misplaced a back pass that could have been costly. However after that he turned in a masterclass doing exactly what he has failed to do in recent games running at opponents and placing perfect passes. Well done lad for turning it around. All told the team were good but a special shout out to Stuart Armstrong, he seemed to have endless energy and was a constant threat.
I hope we can carry this confidence into the league games, not sure who I would want in the next round but it would be good to repay Leicester or MU for their referee assisted thrashings.
|Southampton V Brighton The Verdict|
Will Danny Ings make a difference or is head already somewhere else ? Not sure we can rely on Theo Walcott either, seems to do well when things are going well but not otherwise. Agree fully with Nick’s article, a shocking lack of urgency although I did think Ff should have been down faster for their first.
|Southampton At Manchester City The Verdict|
That game last night was terrific entertainment. Yes we made careless mistakes and I couldn’t believe how the ball appeared to be glued to their feet as they waltzed through our defence but give me that kind of game anytime rather than the park the bus Burnley or Mourinhio approach. Tremendous spirit and much to admire if we can cut out the mistakes we will have no trouble going forward. Reminded me of the good old days when football was about entertainment first.
Hope Djenepo’s injury is not serious he is a star in the making.
|Southampton At Sheffield United The Verdict|
Agree with most of what is said above. One other point I would make though is how impressive Jan Bednarak’s positioning is, I have lost count of how many times he has cut out dangerous crosses. I think someone said he has the highest number of interceptions in the European leagues. Given that I can forgive the odd unlucky old goal. Hopefully on to a good show against Man City, doesn’t one of our strikers like scoring wonder goals against them ?
|Hasenhuttl Hopeful On The Injury Front For Sheffield United Trip|
I think Djenepo has been one of our best, if not our best player in the last few games. Scandalous that he does not receive the same protection from referees that the ‘big team’ players do. Few supporters should be eating humble pie given comments on him previously.
|Southampton At Everton The Verdict|
I have always been a big supporter of Ralph but even I am seriously starting to question his common sense. Jan Bednarak is arguably already an exceptional centre back but he is no right back. After the disaster at Leeds was there anyone other than Ralph who thought that Kayne Ramsay should not have been given a chance last night. I agree that Armstrong had another very good game but the problem with playing him so deep is that most of our creativity goes out of the window, badly need Diallo back and fit. I am very loath to criticise our players but to be kind Nathan Redmond needs a rest to sort himself out, he was again woeful last night and Tella's introduction was way too late.
Thought the referee was awful last night (again), shouldn't play have been stopped ahead of their goal to check that Salisu did not have a serious head injury. All Everton had to do to win a free kick was to throw themselves to the ground for him to blow his whistle. Serious foul play, like Calvin Lewin stomping on Moussa Djenepo's ankle was however ignored. Djenepo must be fed up of seeing the likes of Kante, Werner and KL getting away with possibly career threatening challenges without punishment whilst our players only need to look at a member of the opposition to pick up a yellow card.
I am also starting to question Danny Ings commitment. Yes he trys on the pitch (although arguably last night he should have stepped aside for Djenepo to shoot) and doesnt have great service but a huge psychological boost would come from him signing a new contract but he has so far failed to do so. Given that we took a huge risk when we rescued him when his career was stalling at Liverpool I would have thought it was the least he could do. I am of course greatful for his efforts earlier in the season that could be responsible for keeping us up but I am afraid something mopre is needed.
So on to Sheffield United where we really do need to get back on track by scoring some goals.
|Southampton V Chelsea The Verdict|
Agree with most of this Nick, half way through the first half I exchanged messages with another Saints fan saying we were awful, unable to hold onto possession (missing Adams ?) but as things went on we got better. In the end it was a very good battling performance.
One who should be singled out is Djenepo who I thought was great getting all over the park and generally putting himself about. Coupled with that some great skill as when he left Alonso looking like an idiot on the wing or that incredible dribble through the middle when he beat three players around him, needless to say the media preferred to focus on Mount.
If a Saints player had tackled someone like Kante did Djenepo I have no doubt he would have been sent off for at least as dangerous a tackle as Jankewitz against McTominay, Werner’s tackle was much better. Both were serious dangerous play and VAR again refused to act against a big team. Couldn’t believe when the referee eventually brought out a yellow for Alonso’s pull back on Djenepo.
All told very encouraging but we need a result against Leeds, hopefully Armstrong will be fit.
|Southampton V Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict|
I agree Foster should have started McCarthy really should not have conceded from such a narrow angle. Thought Romeu’s unnecessary early booking was a big factor as he was consequently less combative than we would have liked in the second half when there was more of a need to break up the Wolves play.
I find it astonishing that you fail to mention the handball at the other end of the pitch in your report Nick. Whilst opinions may differ on whether Bertrand’s was a penalty offence (corner of the penalty area ball travelling quickly in the general direction of the goal) there was no excuse for VAR not giving a penalty against Wolves (ball hit arm right in the centre of the penalty area with numerous players close by) and even less so with the Cash Villa penalty where the defender moved his arm to stop a ball that was travelling goalwards. It is the inconsistency and the favouring of certain teams in decisions that is driving me mad.
All that said we have issues. We appear to fail to understand that one goal ahead is not enough and often in the second half of games we retreat into our shell and let teams come at us. Whilst Redmond’s link up play was better I still think Adams is far better, do you recall the superb balls he was putting through to Ings when things were going well earlier in the season. To my mind jury is very much out on Walcott poor after initial impact and Minamino, virtually non existent yesterday. Armstrong as usual was great but we need someone else too who has that creative spark. For a long time I thought that was Djenepo but his reluctance to take on his man yesterday was a great disappointment. I do wish when we are chasing the game that we pushed the ball forward faster kick and rush is not pretty but it can be effective when there are only 10 minutes left and defenders are tiring.
Hopefully defensively we will be better now with Vestergaard and Salisu fit, hope KWP isn’t out for too long.
|Southampton At Manchester United The Verdict|
Is Mike Dean the most corrupt referee in the game. No complaints about the first red card but what followed was a string of decisions favouring the home side, culminating in the farcical sending off of a player who was trying to avoid fouling an opponent. This follows from his failure to send off Cash in the Villa game for a clear handball that prevented the ball travelling towards the goal and involved movement towards the ball. I despair.
|Minamino Deal A Real Coup For Southampton|
If he gives us another option for Walcott it can only be a good thing. Not sure what we are going to do about full backs if there are more injuries.
|Southampton V Aston Villa The Verdict|
I agree with Colburn, if the penalty event had occured for MU or L'pool does anyone doubt that Villa would have been down to 10 men ?. Mason and Dean penalised us for not being a 'big' team in their eyes. Unfortunately the PL is now full of these little cheats that give just enough advantage to the media darlings. A disgrace but there you are.
|Southampton V Arsenal The Verdict|
Plus side, Armstrong was fantastic, although he does struggle to keep up the intensity late on (not surprising given what he gets through). Diallo too looks a great player but as a midfielder not a full back. I thought Bednarak too played very well given the chaos around him. Valery too looked good going forward. I disagree with others about Che Adams, he is good at holding up the ball up and plays some delicious through balls. Just needs a goal for confidence.
Stephen’s was woeful last night having played much better recently, couldn’t believe his pass to them for their first goal. Vokins is young but on last nights performance has much to do if he is to come through. Hope the pressure from Fraser Foster isn’t unsettling McCarthy. Walcott had a shocker (again), we may want to reconsider making him a permanent addition if this keeps up. Redmond and Ings will take a little time to be fully fit and operational and personally I think Djenepo as well as Vestergaard of course are big misses for us.
Hope KWP and Bertrand are back for Villa, one win from seven games is not at all satisfactory.
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