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Did Charlie Austin Have A Point !
at 13:06:10

Nick, as for possibly offending Gao and giving him reasons not to dip into his pockets, I don’t think we will ever witness this.
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Did Charlie Austin Have A Point !
at 12:43:19

It’s not fair just to blame the supporters, but more the modern game. I’d agree social media is often vile and gives a voice to idiots, who are better off not being heard. I left Twitter when I starting panicking that it was a representation of the people of this country. It’s a dark prospect and I have to say I’m glad I’m not a kid again growing up with all the hate and anger.

The main problem though is the massive wedge of cash that continues to increase and separates those who have to make sacrifices to afford a season ticket and those who struggle to spend what they earn! You can see why resentment exists and it’s not unique to Southampton FC. I still think that Saints’ poor home form is more to do with how the team sets up then the moaners around the ground.

As for Charlie he did a job for us, but clearly wasn’t suited to our style of play. The high press was not really his game! He’s also another footballer who thrives off being controversial, whilst at the same time not being particularly bright. It’s a bad combination for someone in the public eye. He might do well to avoid social media too!
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Saints At Tottenham Hotspur The Verdict
at 17:10:00

I’m gutted, I thought a good cup run and top half finish might turn out to be the miracle conclusion to the season. We have yet again messed up the chance to strengthen and will now rely pretty much on good fortune that no one else gets injured. We can’t keep winging this.

On a separate note VAR is a proper joke. Why on earth is it there for anything apart from the controversial? Who cares if a striker’s nose is offside?! You can dive and cheat and still get away with it. All the gear and no idea. Second game in a row we’ve been done.
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Saints Transfer Window ! Good Or Bad
at 13:23:37

Just a thought, but we wouldn't even have to have this discussion if we used the few months at the end of the season effectively. So maybe mugs do pay over-inflated prices, but I'm not sure what's worse being a mug or being so arrogant/greedy that you think you can keep turning pennies into pounds and keeping everyone happy and the club in the PL. We were told we might get 3-4 players in the window to strengthen us. What a load of carp.
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Yoshida An Appreciation
at 13:14:51

Nick, you failed to mention his award for club defender of the season when he had a consistent run in the team. VVD is a world class defender, but not perfect, we can't say what would have happened in the cup because as per the norm those days we were up against 12 players on the day. Also our other "better" defenders had much better defensive cover in front of them. Yoshi should be given more credit for being made a scapegoat for other failings within the club and for his versatility in times of need.
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Saints At Liverpool The Verdict
at 13:20:51

That was a complete sucker punch of a result. And it’s a shame VAR wasn’t used as it should have been, i.e. to cancel the Liverpool goal, book their player and give us a pen. Good to see the technology not being used. It certainly would have been a different game then, but hey this is Liverpool and it feels like we should just accept it because it’s ‘their turn’. Whatever.

It’s a shame we’ve ‘used’ the window too to effectively weaken ourselves. Is it just arrogance or naivety? It’s a very worrying trend, and once again is proof we have no money. How are we ever going to improve if we insist on hampering ourselves?

On a final note, where’s the thank you Yoshida article? What a class professional and club man. I still maintain he is underplayed. If he’d had the run our other players have had he’d probably be playing now. I wish him all the best at his new club.
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Everton After Hojbjerg ! Cash Or Swap Deal to Bring Ex Saint Home ?
at 13:17:55

I have to admit I was one of Hojbjerg's biggest fans when we first arrived. I thought he looked a class above at the time, but his performances of late seem to have less brilliant. I think I’d say the same of Romeu, who has progressively got worse in my opinion. Both seem to be prone to an error and a few bad passes (and lots of pointless passes). £35m would be silly money provided we were able to find a replacement or a youth team player ready to step up to the plate.

More controversially I’d love to see Morgan back if he fancied it. He’d have something to prove to the Premier League and he could be the leader we look for on the pitch. Along with Lambert they are two of the best players we’ve brought into the club in terms of what we paid for them. I certainly don’t hold it against Morgan that in an era where it felt everyone in the squad was looking to jump ship, that he felt some entitlement to the big time after 7 excellent years’ service and he didn’t refuse to play like others or make long-term commitments to the club, which he would later go on to break. He’s had his chance now and if he wants another one to prove he’s still got it then this could be it. It’s not a situation to dissimilar to Bertrand. He was at Chelski and sampled the CL, but he wanted regular football and found somewhere where he can do that. Having ambition doesn’t necessarily make you the bad guy. Only when you’re a completely disrespectful **** in the way you go about it.
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Leicester City Want Vestergaard
at 19:13:54

He was a top defender in the Bundesliga, but he’s very clearly not in the mould of player we need. Therefore this seems like a great deal for both sides.
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Josh Sims Returns To New York Red Bulls
at 06:32:03

Shame. He always looked to have decent potential.
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Saints V Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
at 19:39:26

It hurts. It did yesterday at 5pm and it still does now, especially after carving out a decent lead and seeing other results go fortuitously our way. It feels a little like that season where Leicester won the league. You have one team winning week in, week out (this time the Scouse) and beyond them places are up for grabs. With a little bit of investment in a show of ambition a number of teams could pick up a really decent league spot. Unfortunately that won’t be us under the current administration. The only positive is it’s obvious we can’t keep papering over the cracks and we do need some leadership and competition for places. Ralph is being let down.
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Saints V Wolverhampton Wanderers The Preview
at 20:30:27

They’re there for the taking. Although a point wouldn’t be a disaster, as others have said it’s games like this where we really to push on up.
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Leeds Sources Claim Che Adams Move To Elland Road Is On
at 12:37:04

I’d be extremely disappointed if we let a young prospect go so easily. I’d like to think Che would be very disappointed in himself too, as he doesn’t strike me as a quitter. Sometimes you have to learn your trade and I, like many other fans, are prepared to give the younger players more time to prove themselves. If he was loaned out to rebuild his confidence that wouldn’t be the end of the world, but as you say Nick that would leave us with little cover. Like all strikers, a goal or two changes everything and you can tell he’s giving it everything.
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Yoshida Unlikely To Get New Contract
at 19:51:43

To be fair to Maya when he had a proper run in the side he won the club’s Defensive Player of the Year award. I’m not sure he’s worse than Jan and Jack, but they’ve been given a chance to form a partnership. I wish him well whatever the outcome.
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Saints At Leicester City The Verdict
at 19:46:04

Like others I am struggling to see where this resurgence has come from, other than a manager who has stopped over coaching and stuck with consistent team selections. I like Ralph the person and I liked Ralph the manager, and then I didn’t and now he’s won me back over again. I hope he realises how lucky he is because in this day and age it’s very rare to escape a sacking after just a defeat of that magnitude, let alone the run preceding it. That should have been the icing on the cake. But it wasn’t, whether that was penny pinching luck or just good foresight who knows, but it’s worked out well for us and the players look happy again and are working their socks off. Ings is just incredible. I’d still like to see us bolster the squad though. We’re playing well, but we’re paper thin cover wise in some positions. And there’s no room for complacency.
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Saints At Leicester City The Preview
at 13:31:39

I'd love to see that smile wiped off that smug ******* Brendan's face. I'm really hoping that complacency takes over in Leicester's game. We were awful that night but it was a freak result nonetheless. I've seen worst performances from many a side go less punished. We need to focus on the way we have played in the last 7-8 games and Ings has been on fire.
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Saints V Huddersfield The Verdict
at 12:48:15

Vestergaard is not up to scratch. We’ve known that for a while. And we know Yoshida can cover adequately. I suspect the rise of Bednarak and Stephens is as much to do with a constant formation and consistent selection as anything else. We need a new centre back to challenge them, not just cover. Playing Danso out of position tells us nothing. About as much playing Boufal in a weakened team. Only other thing we learnt is we have some youngsters that might be up for moving up the pecking order. Fingers crossed for a good 5th round draw.
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Will Saints Spend £35 Million In January Transfer Window ?
at 20:38:59

We’ll never spend anywhere near that, if anything, although the sudden optimism does concern me a little. I’m all for letting the current centre back partnership develop, as it’s the most successful this season to date, but not more than a month ago we were a club in crisis. I can’t help feel that we’re only a couple of injuries from falling back again. I’d also be very concerned if Ings was to pick up an injury. There are numerous positions in the team where cover is sparse.
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No Class Mourinho
at 13:01:59

My personal favourite comment related to our “well coached boy boys” (in the art of time wasting). What a jerk.
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Saints V Tottenham Hotspur The Verdict
at 23:00:22

On a related note, I know VAR is still up there chasing Ings for POTS, but it had a shocker today. A “natural position” for the hand of the Spurs’ player my ass.
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Saints V Tottenham Hotspur The Verdict
at 22:58:13

Wow, didn’t see 7 points from those 3 games. Credit where it’s due Ralph has got the boys up for a fight. Something‘s clicked pretty much overnight. Let’s just hope we can bolster the squad and push on instead of just being content. The turnaround is miraculous but an Ings’ injury would be a massive concern. That goal, I thought it was a bit LeTissesque.
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