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Mark Hughes Appointed As Saints Boss
at 12:34:33

He deserves a chance. After all most Saints managers only last 2 years so I hope he makes the most of it in his short stint or exceeds expectations and stays for long term success.
2017/18 Season Review - Maya Yoshida
at 07:23:27

I just think that all players make mistakes. Look at the 15 -20 mistakes made each game at the other end. The pressure our guys at the back must have faced for the last few seasons playing in a team that couldn't score must have been immense. No player would fail to make mistakes if they had to play every game like they were trying to keep it at nil-nil.

Had we been able to score then the errors you mention would not have been so costly.

Yoshi showed the spirit to carry on when we were 4 points into the relegation zone. I really don't see him as performing any worse than any of the other CB's and certainly no worse than Hoedt.
2017/18 Season Review - Jack Stephens
at 07:14:07

I think this is a bit harsh. Can take years to make a good centre back. He's still quite young for a CB and needs to do a bit of work on the areas that you mention to really progress though.
Time For Siege Mentality Against Bournemouth
at 10:14:24


That is all.
Saints Need Their Luck To Change !
at 10:13:34

Whatever happens luckily the black box bollox is now over.

Team needs a fixed long term spine not a rotating cast of short term players promised a stepping stone to bigger clubs.
Saints Cannot Attack And Defend
at 14:45:41

Hughes was clearly trying to blitz West Ham and get early goals. Playing with a new partnership upfront was risky. Playing with an attacking midfield was risky. It didn't pay off. He's only been given 8 games to save us, so he clearly decided on a shot or bust strategy for this game. It failed. Moyes had clearly whipped up his players to show the fans something and one in particular to get one over on his old manager again.

I seem to recall someone stating repeatedly that Hoedt was better than Yoshida but this seems to have been forgotten now. Our faliure over the last 2 seasons still to my mind comes down to not being able to put an attack together, shoot or score. All teams let in goals.

In short on the face of the last 2 league games we have no chance of staying up. However looking at the premier league table we still have a good chance. Hughes needs to learn fast and have a bit of luck. Fingers crossed.

Saints At Newcastle United The Verdict
at 11:58:01

'Man Utd' not 'Man its'
Saints At Newcastle United The Verdict
at 11:56:37

Just awful. The only reason I can give for them not sacking Mo is that he is the fall guy they are hiding behind to blame at the end of the season.

Still cannot fathom why Nick is obsessed with centre of defence.

We cannot score is our No1 problem.

We haven't been able to score freely for almost 2 years now. Even top teams let goals in, Look at Man City, Man It's Real all let goals in. The difference is the defenders know the attacking players have the ability to score. We don't. That affects all players and to my mind it clearly showed yesterday.

Mo has lost the dressing room and the fans but he's being used as a shield by the board. Not sure we'll survive but bring on the championship! COYR
When Does The Panic Button Get Pressed ?
at 22:05:36

Clearly the guy was appointed with best intentions, is a lovely chap but it hasn't worked. The board need to act now and make a change of we are to stand any chance of staying up. Today was pitiful to watch. Enough is enough.
The Players Need To Step Up To The Plate !
at 18:28:25

Agree the sentiment but totally disagree with pointing the finger at the defence. We are where we are because our attacking play has been poor for almost 2 seasons.
Only One Course Of Action Left !
at 13:44:07

Zero action and a strategy of draws until the end of the season. Sell off a few players in the summer. Can this really be what the board and silent owners are endorsing?

I'm not convinced it isn't.
Saints V Stoke City The Verdict
at 11:24:27

Would have preferred Gabbi to start and try to win this one. Redmond and Sims were good. Great to see Sims knocking balls through for players to run onto and doing the same for others.

Our big problem is that after 2 years of flipping dull possession stuff we have no idea how to structure an attack. The obsession with the Central defenders has been fiddling while Rome burns.

Under MP even if we stay up it isnt going to be pretty. I see a lot of sitting back, I'm settled in for a lot of agony.
Saints At Burnley The Verdict
at 15:20:23

Pretty dull scrappy game. Did our usual and dominated for a patch, failed to convert and then fell apart and let one in.

However, I'll say this for the team they don't panic. Pulled it back together and got a well worked goal. Mo got the subs right.

I agree we should start with Gabbi on the pitch. Josh Simms must be playing his way into the team as well. He's looked superb in his short bursts. For me start with these 2 rather than JWP and Tadic.

Redmond seems to have found his form again. Carillo looks a solid if not spectacular purchase.

I just cannot get used to this playing the ball back when we are attacking though. It's like we're trying to be a poundshop Man City. I have to say JWP is the worst culprit in my eyes for this. He ignores players in an advanced position and looks to pass back. For all the good stuff he does, and he has been good lately this really irritates me.

The Stoke game is important but given how tight the table is it's going to be high pressure stuff every game now until the end. We seem to be hitting some stuttering form so hopefully that will make life easier in Life or death March.

Perhaps we all needed a reality check after the last few seasons. The squad's good, they're aren't too many injuries, mo seems to be learning and we've got to get less points than the 4 teams below us. Things could be worse. COYS
Saints V West Bromwich Albion The Verdict
at 18:05:18

Thought we played fairly well yesterday but WBA again so who knows. Just praying for a decent run of results in March. It's clear Mo's here for the season, so just need the results now. Never been easy being a Saints fan COYR!
Van Dijk Not Worried About Boo Boys
at 18:48:55

Going a bit Yoda, 'In football never say something to someone on the pitch or shut you up they will'

Saints At West Bromwich Albion The Verdict
at 13:32:31

Great game of football to watch. Credit to the Saints fans for the Cyrille Regis tribute.

Lemina was immense. I'm a big Davis fan but imo he hasn't played that well recently and I worry he may be just over the hill, so Lemina is coming good at the right yime.

Hoedt and Stephens are ball playing centre halves but are don't seem as solid as traditional centre backs. So life could be interesting. Carillo did OK

Boufal and Tadic played well still bloody annoying when they give the ball away easily though.

JWP seems to finally be coming of age. The spat/makeup with Boufal shows a bit of grit I'm the team.

Fitting Gabbi in and playing 2 from Romeo, PEH and Lemina is a lovely problem to have.

MP did OK yesterday. Hopefully he is up to speed on the EPL now and we can expect rational sides to be picked and intelligent substitutions.

In short we are still in the sh** but there is strong hope we can survive.

Still seemed a lot of love in the squad for JRod at the end and it possibly was a penalty when Bertrand crashed into him but the ref seemed to even it up with a few dodgy decisions he'd made the baggies way earlier.

Overall very pleased and just hope we can carry that spirit and MP rationality into the Liverpool game. COYR
Saints Need Their Supporters In A Vital Week !
at 19:24:31

I'm looking at March being a vital month. If we take 12 points then we'll be okay.

Day 15 Urgent Action Needed
at 02:48:45

Agree with this. I don't actively dislike MP, I just want him to learn a lot quicker.

The board and owners also need to play their part and back him with the right players to give his preferred style of play a chance to work. We need a CF, midfield playmaker and ideally a solid CB fast.
It Was 46 Years Ago Today !
at 02:42:18

Great stuff.

Southampton FC A Fan's Perspective
at 09:34:22

I agree my biggest concern is that Saints don't care what I think anymore as a fan. I think a large part of this is down to them, as with other foreign owned clubs, now just being effectively an investment vehicle to grab a share of TV money.

I think this could be resolved if the big 6 teams split off and join a European league. Teams like Saints thrive on their connection to their fans, which I feel is being lost, big 6 teams are national 'brands' with national fan bases.

Unless we are going to spend the money to be a national brand, which we plainly aren't. This is the only way that I can see a long term future that doesn't comprise endless mid table cup shot years, given that the majority of the TV money will up and follow the bigger teams. A more sustainable league filled with teams of a similar size seems a far better idea going forward.
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