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Southampton At Liverpool The Verdict
at 12:22:54

I think Ralph probably agrees with a lot of comments on here.

It was a free hit. However, if you are going for a defensive approach, you probably wanted KWP on for Tino, who looked like a guy in his first season and frequently left Robertson unmarked.

It sounds like Diallo was injured, so that probably brought Broja into the mix. Really needed another defensive midfielder. Redmond or Stu Armstrong, again injured tho, maybe to try to run at Liverpool.

This all left us with an odd mismatch of a formation 5:2:3 in defence or 3:4:3 in attack but usually 7:3 or 3:7 with no midfield in sight.

I was pleased to see the usual classic move against Liverpool which we seem to do every season. Everyone goes up for a free kick. Liverpool get the ball break quickly and get a gilt edged 3 on 1 chance, usually converted. Do we never learn or just rely on Liverpool missing?

We did have several good chances tho. All of which were squandered with one too many touches, not passing and damp squib shots.

Tella looked good. Deserves more time.

Oh well, pick ourselves up and aim for 4 points in this week's games.

COYR
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Happy Birthday Mike Channon
at 11:56:21

Legend
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Southampton At Norwich City The Verdict
at 11:18:16

10 Pts out of 15 seems an acceptable return to me. Going to get ups and downs over a run of games. Sadly this was a down.

It was a poor performance from several players and I do wonder if some of the young players in particular now need a bit of rotation to keep them fresh.

As someone has said above we often bounce back against all odds, so hopefully Liverpool who seem untouchable ATM are due a bit of Premier League inconsistency.

COYR!
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Can Saints Make It A Rare Three Wins On The Bounce In The Premier League
at 17:31:03

Spoiler: No
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It's Football Again So It's Dean Smith Again ! Three Points At Carrow Road !
at 15:29:50

PS. One thing that could also be fun to watch in this match is Brandon Williams v Tino
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Jesse Lingard For Southampton ? I Don't Think So !
at 15:24:39

Wages. Nope.
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It's Football Again So It's Dean Smith Again ! Three Points At Carrow Road !
at 15:24:08

Brentford seemed to be off the boil when they played Norwich. We seem to be building up a head of steam.

Although I wish Dean Smith well, I hope the only smile on his face on Saturday is following Ralph's one liner when they shake hands before the game.
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Ralph Hasenhuttl On Aston Villa And Norwich Radar But Why Would He Go To Either !
at 10:48:55

Lol Gao in!
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Southampton May Try To Land Championship Star In January
at 10:47:28

I can't see him being allowed to leave West Brom in the Jan window unless it's for serious money. What is a prem league place worth these days 100m?

If West Ham are interested they seem a better fit with an older keeper as competition for the no 1 spot and possibly more chance of European football being on offer.

Also Newcastle are going to be looking to spend to stay up. All 3 of their keepers are unimpressive. However West Ham and Saints have better back fours.

In our favour Martin and Ralph pulled a blinder in selling the club's ambition to Tino, Simeu and Thierry, so it could happen.

As always - will money triumph?
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Can Jack Stephens Be The Come Back Kid Again for Southampton
at 19:45:34

A player as good as Salisu will be picked by Ghana. He isn't going to say no.
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Southampton Youngsters Chomping At The Bit
at 11:33:59

Think we are inevitably going to have to sell a few to make a bit of room. Having great players in the squad allows this to happen. However it can generate an outcry about being a selling club. Not sure there is any option tho. Tino left Chelsea because he had no game time, we could face a similar issue if good up and coming talent has no place to go within the club. Good problem to have tho!
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Can Jack Stephens Be The Come Back Kid Again for Southampton
at 11:30:11

Always admired his attitude but I concede that Stephens tends to be great in short bursts. Seems to lose concentration if he is in the team too long.

More choice at CB is good and will be vital during Africa Nations cup when Salisu is off for a month or so. So good that he is back early.
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Aston Villa Target Hasenhuttl And Steven Gerrard To Replace Dean Smith
at 11:27:20

Were they available, RH and Gerrard would be sensible choices for AV. However I don't think Ralph is so AV can jog on!

As has been said above unless we have all been sold a pup, Ralph is in on a long term project that has given him stability. This provided him with reassurance during the big downswing of last season.

AV have just panicked and sacked a manager after 5 games ignoring their own injury crisis. Unless the next manager is a faith healer then that's not going away soon and may even get worse.

Unless AV dangle a big pay packet and that is what is really attractive then I don't see a problem. However as always, Ings, Koeman etc that may be what someone is really after.
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Southampton V Aston Villa The Verdict
at 13:19:00

A couple of points.

While I agree that KWP was excellent, had he been left footed we could have had a mass of great crosses and been better able to build on our lead.

KWP was getting all sorts of space in the first half but constantly had to stop and run in field to get on his favoured foot. A left footed player would have had the speed to get behind Villa and cross back across goal.

I also felt that both Salisu and Tino by their high standards had poor games. I think it's important to remember that these are both young players who are still developing. Tino has been a wonderkid but overplaying him could risk injury and then an an enforced absence. Similarly Salisu barely played last season so a change for a few games may keep him fresh. Difficult choices ahead.

Lots of good stuff last night, the domination of the first half, the tricky start to the second counteracted by Ralph getting the subs right, McCarthy looking good and Adams and Armstrong combining for a goal. 10 points from 12, could well be 13 from the 15 must win 5 games. Ralph is doing well, just need to avoid boom and bust by resting a few players for some games.

Villa were fairly petulant at times and El Ghazi should have gone. I don't think I'm being biased to say that the ref got a lot wrong.

COYR
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Southampton At Watford The Verdict
at 19:33:51

We should have been 3-0 up at Burnley as well. Got a feeling in my waters that Adams and Armstrong are going to get on track soon and someone is in for a thumping. Ings missing today, I wonder if it could be Villa on Friday?

We seem to have sorted out our defence, KWP looked more settled at left back than earlier in the season but still remain vulnerable to the odd mistake. Bednarak is probably most likely to give game time to Lyanco atm. Redmond looks great in his free ranging role, a real threat. JWP looked better following his rest, hit lots of forward balls.

McCarthy was excellent yesterday, as said above there seems to be a lot of fight in all our players. Good range of subs on the bench. Good choices made yesterday.

7 from 9 in the 5 must wins. Not out of the question to now be 14 out of 15 points. Hopefully a slow build which we maintain this season rather than boom and bust last year.

B team is also on a roll now.

COYR



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Two Big Decisions For Ralph Hasenhuttl Ahead Of The Trip To Watford
at 17:29:28

I can't see Ralph making too many changes from the side that started against Burnley, possibly KWP for Perraud and Stu A for Theo.

Safety first at the 2 key defensive positions, so no change at CB or GK.

However, based on the performances last night, Lyanco and Forster deserve some game time soon.
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Southampton At Chelsea The Carabao Cup Verdict
at 07:34:43

Great performance, faced up to Chelsea and matched them on the pitch.

Can only echo that Lyanco was superb.

Valery - great return. We seem to have gone from famine to feast at fullback.

Roll on Watford

COYR





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Southampton V Burnley The Verdict
at 10:42:28

I enjoyed watching the game bit it should really have been all over at half time.

Diallo is looking really good at the minute. Seems to have got up to the speed of thought needed, become tougher to get the ball of and provides some absolutely superb forward passes into space.

I thought Perraud had an off game. Perhaps chalk it down to first game against this sort of team. Does the 'FPL' have a Burnley equivalent?

Be interesting to see how we do against Chelsea. If they decide to rest a few, given the way we have played so far with a bit more luck/focus we may be in with a good shout.

COYR
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Leeds Win Makes It A Solid Start For Saints
at 09:23:06

Got to take the wins where we can get them. After the necessary squad surgery, if we can get through this season, then barring any heads being turned, next season should see us competing for the Europa League places.

It does seem that aside from wonderkids like Tino players , particularly overseas and lower league, need a full season to bed in.

Hopefully this means Adam Armstrong will start to get up to speed late this season, early next.

We will be back in the player development cycle then and the inevitable sad departures can be balanced put with the next crop of good players coming through.
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Southampton Trial Former West Ham Prodigy In B Team Win
at 09:17:02

The B team won! Not sure if that says anything.

Hopefully George Weah isn't related.
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