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Manchester City v Southampton Your Report added at 17:43:53
We were unlucky not to win that. Nearly all the incisive attacking football came from us. City didn't have a single shot on target until the 90th minute.
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Southampton v Leeds United Your Report added at 10:44:15
We nearly always fall apart in the last half hour of games and it's just a question of how many goals the oppostion will score then. So our only hope of getting a draw would have been to have Ings on in the first half, when we were playing well, to give us a lead. Surely, we can't continue with McCarthy next season. He is just too hesitant and erratic. He must be the only Premier League goalkeeper who lets in goals from such narrow angles when he is at his near post. Top flight goalkeepers should never be beaten there but opposition players know about McCarthy's weakness and capitalise on it.

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AFC Bournemouth v Southampton Your Report added at 11:39:57
Shots on target:

Bournemouth 5-5 Saints

A shout out to Fraser Forster for making some fine saves as he closes in on his 200th clean sheet, which will hopefully be in the FA Cup Final.
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Manchester City v Southampton Your Report added at 00:49:55
Elijah, the reason everyone is 'going on' about McCarthy is that this is obvious to everyone else but you haven't noticed it or, at least, pretend not to:

In his last 6 games Forster has let in 1 goal

In his last 6 games McCarthy has let in 23 goals
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Everton v Southampton Your Report added at 13:06:13
Forster has let in 1 goal in his last 5 games, which have mostly been against top teams: Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton.

McCarthy has let in 18 goals in his last 5 games and according to Opta stats, he is the worst hoalkeeper in the Premier League with the poorest save per shot percentage. He saves almost nothing, and there were 2 saves Forster made v Everton which McCarthy wouldn't have. If he'd been playing, we'd have lost 3-0.
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Leeds United v Southampton Your Report added at 20:36:35
Our last 2 winning teams:

The team that beat Wolves 2-0 in the FA Cup:

44Forster
2Walker-Peters
35Bednarek
22Salisu
3Bertrand
17Armstrong
8Ward-Prowse
6Romeu
12Djenepo
11Redmond
9Ings

The team that beat Arsenal 1-0 in the FA Cup

44Forster
2Walker-Peters
35Bednarek
5Stephens
3Bertrand
17Armstrong
8Ward-Prowse
27Diallo
32Walcott
9Ings
10Adams

Those first 2 names in the lineups are what we were missing today. Let's hope Walker-Peters recovers quickly but there is absolutely no excuse for picking McCarthy ahead of Fraser Clean Sheet Forster. He hasn't let a single goal in this season. What more can he do?
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Southampton v Aston Villa Your Report added at 23:04:40
Make that Lee Mason and Mike Dean (VAR) + the linesmen. That was possibly the worst team of officials we have ever had to suffer at St Mary's.
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Southampton v Manchester City Your Report added at 17:51:16
I gave Vestergaard 10/10. How anyone could give him less than 9 for a Man of the Match performance like that, I do not know. It was like watching a bigger version of Beckenbauer.

Good performance from Saints. The key difference was that Redmond fluffed a chance for us that Sterling would have scored from.
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Southampton v Newcastle United Your Report added at 13:29:47
Superb team performance. A special mention for Jack Stephens who playing on his 'wrong side' at left back did everything that was asked of him against a team who have exposed the frailties of full backs like Valery and Targett in the past.

Captain Fantastic, James Ward-Prowse, is looking more and more like a future England captain. They were all good but Armstrong and Adams also deserve a special mention. What well-taken goals they were.

A six-match unbeaten run now. Let's just keep that going. and see what happens. We're already nearly a quarter of the way through the season.
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Southampton v Everton Your Report added at 07:35:16
Our form since the restart last season:

P 15 W 8 D 4 L 2

Over a whole season that would leave us with 71 points, which would usually be good enough for top 4.
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Oldham Athletic v Salford City Your Report added at 17:26:28
Battling first half performance not helped by the officials. We might easily have gone in 1-0 up at half-time. But in the last quarter the game it became very one-sided and it looked like Liverpool would score every time they attacked.

Our settled back four was like a house of cards. Take one card out and the whole thing collapses. We missed Cedric BADLY. I know he couldn't have played because of injury anyway but we have really shot ourselves in the foot for the remainder of the season. Without Cedric our defence is once again looking like a leaky sieve. Because he had to fill in at right-back, we also missed Ward-Prowse in midfield.
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Oldham Athletic v Salford City Your Report added at 18:12:41
There are two players in the middle of our defence and midfield, Vestergaard & Ward-Prowse, who are an open invitation to the opposition to score goals and as long as Ralph keeps selecting them, that's exactly what opposition teams are going to keep on doing, even ones as bad as Everton.
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Oldham Athletic v Salford City Your Report added at 10:24:47
As we're talking about player ratings here, there were some shocking performances from several Saints players but I never want to see Vestergaard in a Saints shirt again (unfortunately we probably will).

He can't run, he can't jump but what was worst of all in this game, he hardly even tried to tackle or block. Watch him in the replays of the Leicester goals. He just gave up.
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Oldham Athletic v Salford City Your Report added at 09:27:27
We drew the 2nd half and probably would have drawn the game if we'd started it with the same formation that we finished with and if Bertrand had come on for Vestergaard instead of Danso, we probably would have won it. Beat Pompey and all is forgiven.

But, there are recurring flaws in team selection. Vestergaard has 1 solid game to every 5 poor ones. We cannot persist with him any more.

A back four of Bertrand, Danso/Yoshida, Bednarek, Cedric is the best we currently have available. The only hard choice is between Danso and Yoshida. It's difficult to judge how good a central defender Danso is yet as he has been played out of position. But, it has to be 2 out of Bednarek, Danso and Yoshida in the centre of defence because Vestergaard is a weak link.

Another weak link is Ward-Prowse in midfield. He just doesn't offer enough at this level, which stretches the players around him, which was the same thing that happened when Clasie played. As for JWP's corners and free-kicks, they nearly all go straight to opposition players or miss the goal. I'd like to see Boufal or Djenepo take them instead. A midfield of Romeu, HĂžjbjerg, Djenepo & Boufal would be best, with Redmond and Adams/Ings in front of them.

We need one of our strikers to start scoring regularly. Hopefully, Adams and/or Ings will start doing that at Fratton Park on Tuesday. And, of course, Obafemi is another option.

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Oldham Athletic v Salford City Your Report added at 17:11:28
Overall, a good team performance. United looked disorganised and shambolic at times and until Danso was sent off I thought we looked the more likely winners.

That was easily the best Vestergaard has played for us. I'd never rated him until today but a back 4 seems to suit him. Kevin Danso was very good. Pity about the red card.

As has been mentioned, our only real weak link was Ward-Prowse. The game just seemed to pass him by. I don't agree with the criticism of Hojbjerg. He had twice as many touches and tackles as Ward-Prowse, for whom he was trying to cover a lot of the time. I definitely would not play Ward-Prowse v Pompey. Hopefully, we'll have Djenepo back by then.
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Oldham Athletic v Salford City Your Report added at 13:36:45
Ali, in fact the man we need is currently the captain of a team which is 2nd in the French League and plays for a national team which has reached the semi-finals of the European Nations League. How we could do with a captain and central defender of that class right now.
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Oldham Athletic v Salford City Your Report added at 23:24:58
KriSaint, McQueen might be a good call. Pity we can't get Hesketh back as well. The players we have spent tens of millions of pounds on lately, like Carrillo and Vestergaard, are utter tosh and, as Stephens has shown recently, we'd probably be better off giving our academy products games.
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Oldham Athletic v Salford City Your Report added at 23:19:40
One bright spot was the performance of Jack Stephens. When he plays we usually keep a clean sheet. Our academy seems to have produced another good player, although the credit for that must go to scouts and coaches who have since been replaced.
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Oldham Athletic v Salford City Your Report added at 09:41:10
Avoiding defeat at Bournemouth was a good result for us. One big change in the centre of our defence was the key to that.

I know he has been written off by many but the man of the match for me and many of the media pundits was Jack Stephens. He's always looked a very promising footballer but he's finally developing into a fine centre back, which is something that takes time. Remember John Stones in his first season at Man City? I'd definitely pick Stephens ahead of Vestergaard and I hope that Hughes continues to do that.
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Oldham Athletic v Salford City Your Report added at 11:23:33
For those who bleat, it's not fair, we can't hope to compete with the top 6, I'd like to point out that one of the top 6 is Bournemouth but you are probably right theirs is a far better run club than ours with a better manager and owners.

Some results so far this season:

West Ham 3 Man Utd 1

West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

Wolves 1 Man City 1

Man Utd 1 Wolves 1

Watford 2 Spurs 1

We used to get results like that but everyone at the club now seems to have given up and settled for 2nd best: 17th place if we're lucky and relegation if we're not.

Make no mistake about it, our club is currently poorly owned and managed but it has the potential to do so much better with better management and recruitment.

Right now, the club is full of very expensive dead wood, from top to bottom, including Kat, Gao, Les, Ralph, Hughes and most of the players. The board have got rid of the people who really brought us success, the managers, coaches, scouts and players, and tried to claim the credit for themselves.

As for player performance, the worst performers seem to be the ones we've spent a fortune on in the last 2 or 3 years. About 100 million has been wasted on players who aren't up to Premier League standard, often because they are simply too slow to play at this level. That is pathetically incompetent recruitment. That's why we can't compete with the top teams like we used to 3 ago.

Almost exactly 3 years ago we beat a Chelsea side with Hazard et al 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. Since then our board has seen off the manager we had then, Koeman, and most of the players who played that day, Pelle, Fonte, Tadic, Wanyama, van Dijk, Mane etc, and wasted any money we got for them on duds like Pellegrino, Hughes, Carrillo, Boufal, Elyounoussi, Hoedt and Vestergaard.




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