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Southampton v Liverpool Your Report added at 00:26:30
Pitiful stuff. Liverpool B team strolled around and had it all there own way. We were pathetic from start to finish. I hadn't realised Elyounoussi was playing until his near-post flick on that set up the winner. I reckon we could do with getting rid of most of the players I saw tonight (not that we will get much for them), KWP the honourable exception. Also, sadly, I have totally lost confidence in the manager. He really does seem clueless. Let's get someone in able to deal with the players he actually has rather than those in this fantasy football squad. Pretty awful night to be a Saint.
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Brentford v Southampton Your Report added at 22:47:32
Ralph is now on very thin ice. Something seems seriously wrong. To all the 'In Ralph We Trust' comrades I ask the simple question: What is so special about him that he can get away with serving up this dross? No other manager would have got away with it. Why him?
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Brighton and Hove Albion v Southampton Your Report added at 21:12:15
Fingers crossed for Tino.

There will be high bids for JWP in the summer.

Good point from a pretty self-inflicted 0-2...
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Southampton v Chelsea Your Report added at 18:14:52
This happens too often under this manager. We were VERY, VERY lucky it was ONLY six today. The matches at Liverpool and Villa were also fiascos that could have easily been a lot, lot worse. Was the embarrassment today worth it? Does Ralph contribute so much that it is worth these humiliations? Ralph is more than happy to take the plaudits after good results so he has to explain to us why, for at least the fifth time under him, we have ended up praying for the end before the half time whistle has even blown.

That was a virtually full strength team today and there was no early sending off. So, for me, it is shameful and if Ralph feels it is wholly the players' fault then he needs some new players pretty quickly. I can honestly see us conceding double figures one day under this man.
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Aston Villa v Southampton Your Report added at 22:56:17
Hopefully just one of those they played well and we had an off day things. Stephens instead of Salisu makes us appreciably weaker at the back but it shouldn't make the whole team (FF aside) so poor. I wonder if Ralph's chirp in the build-up this weak stirred up the Villa players - certainly did nothing for our lot. Newcastle is now a lot tougher match that it would have been when it should have been played. I will be happy with 4 points from the next 2 and then pray that Salisu is fit for the big one vs Man C.
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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton Your Report added at 21:05:07
Clear and obvious error? All four words in the sentence are simple ones. What it doesn't mean is: bloke in the VAR booth would have given it and has a stronger personality/is senior to the man on the field and therefore leans on him. The idiots in charge of the EPL need to sort VAR out. Make the officials keep to the rules - it is clear and obvious.

Having got four last time I suppose there was always a good chance we would miss our chances today. A shame because we should have got something from the game. Tella and barn doors + Forster and crosses sum up the day for me, oh, and did I mention clear and obvious errors??
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Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur Your Report added at 00:11:16
Great fighting performance - a well-deserved point.

The ref was poor in the first half and certainly was keener to flash yellow at us than at them but no complaints over Salisu going. Silly decision - Son wasn't sure to score and even if he had 1-1 with 11 was surely preferable (unless you remember last year's match against this lot!!)

To all the Spuds whining about refereeing decisions in the second half I point out a simple fact: Kane should have been watching that game from the stand, suspended after a straight red vs Liverpool. Also, all teams have suffered these marginal offsides - that's the way it goes. As for the FF incident, it was a 50-50 and fortunately for us the ref gave us the only decision he did all day. The worst refereeing decision of the whole game was the 'advantage' he played after the foul just outside our penalty area. A free kick and a ten second breather was to our advantage - not our man with nowhere to go surrounded by Spuds.

A pretty impressive Christmas double for Ralph and the boys. Happy New Year to everyone on here!!

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Crystal Palace v Southampton Your Report added at 12:17:13
Bank the point and (if Saturday not postponed) move on I say. Deplorable first ten minutes. First goal came from our attack where we had a chance to cross and instead went back to the halfway line - I thought the Hughes tackle was a foul but even so...

Once we got through the early storm I thought the game was pretty even. Yes - home side looked more like getting a winner but, still, a deserved point. Of course this game will reignite the question of whether our biggest problem is attack or defence. Two away from home is reasonable at a fairly decent Palace side - the two conceded were both avoidable and, let's face it Palace could, and perhaps should have made it 2-0.

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Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 12:29:43
Interesting that De Bruyna's every bit as bad yellow wasn't overturned in midweek.

The key question over the red (according to what I understand are SUPPOSED to be the rules at the moment) is was it a 'clear and obvious error' to give a yellow instead of a red? In fact it is the ONLY question (just like that pen vs Man C.).

We are not performing badly at the moment but as others mention: where are the goals coming from? Ings got 12 last season (low by his standards) - will Adams and A. Armstrong get that between them this season? I don't think so either.
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Everton v Southampton Your Report added at 20:12:20
What are you doing Ralph? Great - you are an eccentric manager but selections, tactics, substitutions have to be sensible. We have all seen that Saints performance before, many times, under you. I fear a very long and difficult season ahead. Yes, it is only one game but we conceded three to a powder-puff Everton. If JS is first choice after all this time then something is very wrong.
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Liverpool v Southampton Your Report added at 10:36:07
Sadly I have to agree on Walcott, he does very little and even on a free doesn't look like he can offer a swan song couple of years. We had 4 attacking players on there with, I think, 2 league goals betwwen them since the new year. Let's be brutally honest - without Ings the sensible first goal bet is JWP, Armstrong or one of the big lads at the back. Che works hard but to not put one of those golden chances in tells me he can't be our main striker (I think he has had long enough now). I thought Redmond was good in the first half but, again, when the great chance came - straight at the keeper.

These types of matches, like the recent Spuds one, are difficult to access because the "Big Six" team were not playing well. Newcastle managed the late equalizer at Anfield, we did not. We looked good going forward and defended well apart from the first goal where Stephens headed weakly and then ambled across with no real intent to stop the cross. FF played well but if you look at where Mane was could he not have come out for the cross?

So, not for the first time, encouraging in parts, great chances missed, one or two lapses in an otherwise decent defensive performance and no points. If Fulham get at least a point tomorrow the Palace game suddenly has more significance than we want it to have. I don't want to have to cheer on Manure against Fulham in a couple of weeks.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton Your Report added at 00:19:55
Spuds there for the taking and let's be brutally honest most decent teams would have been more than one up at half time. The second half fade was depressingly predictable and Spuds beat us without moving out of second gear. Bringing Diallo on was the turning point as it was around then that it got easier for Spuds and the game was up. Stupid lunge by Djenepo, until then we could have claimed we just about deserved a point against half-interested opposition.

We are unbelievably lightweight. Surely a good match to try to play on Spuds' injury fears with a couple of hefty tackles (Big Sam had his boys do it to us) but no. Our lack of stamina is laughable but is not helped by carrying passengers like Walcott. He must have been playing because I saw him substituted - but did he contribute?

Another thoroughly dispiriting game. Big changes are needed because this squad WILL go down next season. I refuse to cross to the 'Ralph Out' camp but I'd certainly say that we need to bring half a dozen players in - including a couple of big strong lads.
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Leicester City v Southampton Your Report added at 22:42:45
I actually thought Ralph got it right in the first half. Dull, edgy, poor match with Leicester hardly creating chance after chance. Semis aren't about entertainment so we should have done the same for the second half. Instead we push forward and within 5 mins we lose the ball up the pitch and down the wing Vardey goes, game over (courtesy of a lucky rebound). The longer that game went on as an edgy, nervy, 0-0 the more chance we had.

If you'd asked Rodgers at half time what he would like the Saints to do at the start of the second half he would have chosen exactly what we did do. I know what I am saying is boring and unentertaining but at half time I had a sneaky feeling that as long as we kept it tight (or as tight as we are capable of) we might just have a chance. Instead we opened our vulnerable flank up and lost the game.

Appalling ref - Diallo yellow card and then five Leicester fouls just as bad with nothing at all then not giving their guy a second yellow for that assault on Ings.
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AFC Bournemouth v Southampton Your Report added at 16:16:52
What a difference good finishing makes! Alright Bournemouth were poor but that is largely irrelevant in the moment before the shot.

Now we need Sheffield to beat Chelsea. We get them in the semis and then piece of cake against Man C in the final!!!
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Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion Your Report added at 18:52:35
I think even the optimists are finding it hard to pick any positives out of that fiasco. I have no idea what our strategy for getting an equalizer was in that last half hour - the players clearly didn't know either, did Ralph?

We are at the end of the road of thinking that a few minutes high press and lots of fancy playing out from the back is going to get results. Opposition managers do not have to be tactical geniuses to do well against us. Brighton kept us quiet early on and then waited for the mistakes. Lallana was given the freedom of the park to create that winner.

We look lightweight and clueless. Ralph has now got to prove his management skills by working out some tactics that work with the players he has. The law of averages says we will sneak a few more points out of the last nine - will that be enough? If it is then there needs to be a fundamental rethink in the summer. Ralph's approach is not working with these players. We have squabbled about 'plan Bs' in recent weeks but what we now need is an effective plan A - depressingly, I have no idea what that would be.
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Manchester City v Southampton Your Report added at 23:21:50
I wasn't expecting to be disappointed after this match. We all expected or feared a thrashing and I think I would probably, at kick-off, have been happy enough to know we would 'only' lose by three. The truth though was that Man City were totally off-form and out of sorts in that first half. A good team would have exploited that. Instead we contrived to concede THREE goals, one for each of the times City ambled forward AND we were extremely lucky on that penalty/red card. If Foden had gone down it would have been pen and red card and an hour with 10. VAR wouldn't have reversed it.

Ralph's eccentric selections and positionings had nothing to do with the way City played - they were off form and we had a glimmer of a chance of getting close to a point. Instead we helped them gently play themselves back into a little bit of form. Make no mistake if they had been at the top of their game they would have mauled us in that second half. Very poor -if we play like that v Brighton we will lose.
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Sheffield United v Southampton Your Report added at 17:23:40
Sorry to add again but I forgot Tella and Forster as being worth a mention. FF caught everything and Tella was the 'thorn in the side' all game until replaced by Redmond.
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Sheffield United v Southampton Your Report added at 17:21:37
Sorry to add again but I forgot Tella and Forster as being worth a mention. FF caught everything and Tella was the 'thorn in the side' all game until replaced by Redmond.
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Sheffield United v Southampton Your Report added at 17:19:16
I was nervy until we got ahead and the second goal was a relief. After that 3-0 always more likely than 2-1. The returning players took a while to get going but I hope we have played ourselves into form in that last half hour. What is it with Redmond at the moment? He is usually labelled 'frustrating' because he does good things with no end result - now the good things have gone.

Centre-halves played very well as did Armstrong. I know Ings has been off form but I hope he isn't out too long as he is a match winner on his day. Talking of which - Adams does like Sheffield!! Let's hope that gives him some confidence.

Wednesday is obviously damage limitation. I hope Man C beat Manure tomorrow because to reverse Nick's logic in the preview - every win in a row leads you nearer to your next defeat!!
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Everton v Southampton Your Report added at 23:14:04
Depressing game - just like Leeds a tame defeat to a useful but not outstanding side who weren't even playing that well. The most worrying thing is that we didn't look like scoring until right at the end. We are beyond caring whether we 'deserve' a point - we just needed one of those to go in at the end.

I have been trying, in my old age, not to lay into players unless they are exceptionally appalling but I am afraid Redmond fitted that description tonight. The Bednarek 'experiment' at RB has to come to an end. He looks so uncomfortable. If that oaf Calvert-Lewin hasn't crippled him I would play Djenepo there until KWP is fit. I thought the bigger Everton players bullied us tonight, just at the edge of the law, and sometimes beyond it. We look terribly lightweight, and more so without Romeu. Even so it was a travesty that we ended up with two yellows to their none. I expect Sheffield to leave the old arm or foot in on Saturday.

We need KWP and Diallo back soon. Otherwise we are a light-weight team, easily bullied and prone to injury who look like conceding and don't look like scoring - AKA a relegation team. The fact that we got so many points early on will probably save us but with every defeat it becomes a closer run thing. Lose on Saturday and we are deep in it...
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