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Southampton At Sheffield United The Verdict
at 14:27:42

Good article, Nick. Congrats to the players, Ralph and the staff and us supporters, especially those who took the travel to Bramall Lane.
Great that Salisu and Diallo scored their first goals!
Let's hope for a good draw in the next round. I do love the League Cup competition.
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Eddie Howe Holding Out For Southampton Job But Ralph Is Still The Man !
at 14:09:28

And so we did! YEEEEEEEEEEEES, and had it not been for Jon f*cking Moss' scandalous overturning of a stone wall penalty decision + red card against Man. Etihad, we would have been 1-0 up against 10 men with 40 minutes left to play - injury time included.
COYS <3
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Take The Coach To Sheffield United With Southampton Away Travel
at 07:24:29

Well done to the boys, coming away with a win on penalties. Bring on Wolves.
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Southampton At Manchester City The Verdict
at 09:32:10

The 2 outfield players who deserve special praise are Romeu, who played in a very deep DM'er role and looked back to his best, and Kyle Walker-Peters, who is just a brilliant, quick, clever defender both defensively and offensively. No dis-respect to Romain Perraud, but Kyle W-P should start every PL match, and with Livramento playing so well as RB, KWP should be our first choice LB for now in my opinion.
Alex McCarthy - what a fantastic save (from Citys one finish at target). Foden connected perfectly with the cross and headed hard and downwards and the ball bounced at the goal line just inside Maccas right post - and was going in - when Macca flew to the right and kept the ball out milliseconds after the goal line bounce.
Reminds me a little of Gordon Banks famous save from Peles header.
Superb, and I'm happy that Macca is showing some class and has 2 clean sheets in a row now. Must boost his confidence, and he looks fitter and braver than ever. Also when it comes to dealing with crosses. Good!
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Barcelona Have Mohammed Salisu In Their Radar
at 18:11:35

Why sidestep back to a Spanish club? ;)
Barcelona will need a no. of years to rebuild. Saints is a healthier club in a more exciting league.
Thanks for the interest Ronny, but no thanx.
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Eddie Howe Holding Out For Southampton Job But Ralph Is Still The Man !
at 17:16:37

I like Nicks conclusion (No thnx to Howe & Cooper/yes to Ralph continuing), but the article I try to forget.
Howe & Cooper are not needed and not wanted in a time where Ralph has finally succeeded in getting rid of dead wood and strengthening our squad (despite having to accept Ings & Vesty leaving).
We are unbeaten in 4 league and cup games, got a clean sheet vs WH,
and City conceded 3 times yesterday evening while - at least - 3 of the goals they scored themselves were gifts (amazing own goal, stupid penalty and some really, really bad defending).
Citys defense will without doubt get rotated, but same goalkeeper, who looked quite off yesterday.
COYS - put out a physically strong team with nasty skills & tactics and surprise that disgraceful, financial-fairplay-f*cking kingdom-*slam-owned-elite-business-club, who probably used their power to get Jon f*cking Moss as ref. in this match; the 2nd worst ref. in the PL.
Send them home crying because they couldn't get 3 points at "The Etihad" - probably the ugliest name for a stadium in the world of football.
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Southampton V West Ham United The Verdict
at 00:18:00

I agree with most of the above mentioned. It was definitely a 4-1-4-1 formation with a back four, one 6 (Romeu) two 8's (JWP & Moi), two 10's (Djenepo & Redmond) - with defensive duties, which worked fine - and one no. 9 (A.A.). Ok performance, especially from our defense and Macca. Acceptable result. Nice with the clean sheet.

4-1-4-1 might be a fine formation against the top 8 teams, but the personel should be changed a little, I think. We need Stuey's creativity, a stronger lone striker, and I'd like to see KWP restored as our no. 1 RB. He's too good to be out of the team. If Ralph is in love with Tino, play him in front of KWP.

I hope and think JWP and Oriol will come good soon, and they have to play matches to get fitter and better. We don't have serious, better alternatives in their positions, so we need these two, and we need them to step up!

Broja looks like a hell of a striker, who is in great form. I'd start with Che vs City, though, because it's probably too big a task to ask young Broja to play from the start vs this ridiculously good team. I dream that we can - somehow - keep City from scoring and bring hot shot big man Broja on with 20 minutes left...
Alternatively, why not ask Broja to play from the start?, and let Che play in stead of Redmond. Two hit men on the pitch!, and there's a non-existing risk that Che will play worse than Redders as a no.10 in the system.

Plenty to consider for Ralphy :-D

COYS <3
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Southampton V West Ham United The Preview
at 10:55:39

Livramento was benched for the England U21 national team, and I think it is his time to rotate him out on the bench vs West Ham - meaning KWP (one of the best right backs outside the England senior squad) starts in his best position. Perraud got a knock vs Man.U. but has had a small break, and I'd like to see him play left back.
Central defence: Jan B (good game for Poland vs England) + Salisu
Central midfield: Oriol + JWP. (I'd like to see Oriol play his first good game of the season).
No. 10s: Elyounouissi + Djenepo
Strikers: A & A
Keeper: McCarthy

Bench: FF, Lyanco, Diallo, Tella, Redmond, Broja, Stephens
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Southampton Need To Sort Out Central Defence Pairing For West Ham Clash
at 00:01:42

Bednarek & Salisu for me vs WH.
Jan B. played very well for Poland vs England the other night, and he is physically stronger than Stephens which will have an impact against the likes of Antonio and Soucek, the latter loving to get into the box from midfield.

McCarthy
KWP, Jan B., Salisu, Perraud
Elyounouissi, JWP, Romeu, Djenepo
A & A

Bench:
Forster
Stephens
Livramento
Diallo
Broja
Redmond
Walcott
(Assuming Stuey is still not fit)
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Southampton At Newcastle United The Verdict
at 12:30:45

@UgandaSaint

Thank you very much for pointing this out! I was going to myself.
I have the actual audio downloaded on my phone - as proof that Mike Dean (not Reid) does indeed NOT like us Saints. (Hate is such a strong word, but yeah, he does probably hate us). Here are the exact words that Mike Dean - watching the game in some official role? - said on a direct line to the head phones of Rob Green and his fellow match commentator of N'Castle - Saints, AFTER the incident had been shown in slow motion several times:
"Lascelles did a genuine attempt to get the ball".....

THE most obvious VAR decision of the season as Lascelles CLEARLY got the MAN (Armstrong), NOT the BALL.
And Mike DEAN said THAT?????????
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Why Is Carlton Palmer Suddenly The World's Expert On Southampton FC
at 18:28:48

@I_Would
Wrong. Again.
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Why Is Carlton Palmer Suddenly The World's Expert On Southampton FC
at 18:27:39

Carlton who?
The long legged DM who had a handful of decent games for Saints and a lot of crappy games and left the club and was never heard of ever since?
I would never click on any articles related to him.
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Southampton Linked With West Brom Keeper
at 18:13:46

Good article.
A 29-year old keeper who is in his prime and is selected for England and who wouldn't 'blast the bank'. He would only sign for a PL team where he would be expected to hit the ground running as the no. 1 keeper, and why not Saints? I don't see many other clubs better/bigger than Saints moving for Johnstone as their 'to be' preferred keeper, because the top 8 clubs are pretty covered in the goalkeeper position.

Remember how fond we became of Paul Jones and Annti Niemi, neither of whom were younger than Johnstone. Jones was 30 when he came from....... League 2! (Promoted to League 1).

I hope the idea materializes. No offence meant towards McCarthy & Forster.
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Farewell To Michael Obafemi
at 19:06:48

There is no confirmation (yet) that the deal has gone through on BBCs website.
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Transfer Deadline Day Is Here But Who Will Be In Or Out At Southampton
at 20:35:18

(Celtics Ryan Christie signed by Bournemouth)
- BBC
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Transfer Deadline Day Is Here But Who Will Be In Or Out At Southampton
at 20:31:32

Wouldn't John Fleck or Sander Berge from Sheffield United fit the bill as a central MF cover? I don't think either of them is on Saints' radar, though.
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Southampton At Newport County The Preview
at 18:31:14

It'll be exciting to see how Saints line up in a game I consider important, as do Nick (and many others, I imagine. It's a Cup game <3 )
Anyone knows how to watch it on tv? I normally and successfully use vipleaguedotcc, where I for example, yesterday, saw Everton - with a lot of luck - beat Huddersfield, but Newport - Saints is, oddly, not on their menu.
Help, please :)
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Southampton V Manchester United The Verdict
at 18:16:30

Solskjaer said that our tactics were to kick his players?????
I used to kinda sympathize with the dude, but that loser statement really p*sses me off.
F*ck *ff Ole Gunnar!
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Saints Bring In Defender From Everton
at 20:48:03

@PaleRider & @DellBoyWally
I like your comments, thank you, and I sympathize with you both. This comes from a Danish lad who has supported Saints for 41½ years. I was at the Dell for the first time in Easter 1985, 17 years old, when I saw Saints loose 1-2 to Everton. George Lawrence missed a penalty and Joe Jordan scored our 1-2 consolation goal. Kevin Richardson, a youngster at the time, scored both Evertons goals. Peter Shilton, one of my big heroes, was my man of the match. My favourite out-field player no. 1 at the time, Steve Moran, didn't play because of an injury, unfortunately, and it turned out I would never get to watch him play as he had moved to Leicester (or Sheff. Wednesday?) when I went to the South Coast again to watch the team I'm proud to have supported for so many years.
COYS <3
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Saints Bring In Defender From Everton
at 13:45:38

We needed this signing, but it probably also brings up the question whether Yan Valery is going to stay.
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