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Dressing Room Unrest Never Ends Well
at 12:52:03

Who was it said that losing football matches often becomes a habit. It certainly seems to have become a regular practice for the Saints. The board has brought in new coaches. I cannot believe that already they are saying Ralph ignores them. Ralph can't possibly be coaching all of our squad on his own. It may well be that our failure to dispose of dead wood or faces that no longer fit influences the dressing room and the board should be addressing that. There are a lot of new faces to fit into the system. That will take some time. Some leeway must be allowed for transition. The real problems are no leader in defence and nobody opposition teams fear upfront. These weaknesses have been apparent to all of us for some time. Why this situation has been allowed to drag on is not Ralph's fault. You can't fix any problem without access to the right tools. If we had Ings and Fonte in the side and this was happening we should be screaming for Ralph's head. In the meantime, Ralph will continue to shuffle his pack. For the moment good luck to him.
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Saints Squad In Better Shape Than This Time Last Year
at 15:59:52

The best we can hope for is a Brentford-type season where we play entertaining football and keep clear of real trouble. The fact is Brentford's no star players side played together for a couple of seasons in the Championship and largely stayed together for their first foray in the EPL. Saints, however, played dire football for the last part of last season in the EPL and only stayed away from the drop by early points earned and have added mainly youngsters to an inadequate bloated group of players. This one hell of a gamble. No doubt about it, we look flimsy at best up front and at the centre back. Whether the investment in coaching staff will bring about stronger showings in the league remains to be seen but, it's a big ask.
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Striker And Central Defender Still On Southampton Radar
at 13:43:53

It's difficult to ship out even relatively low-salaried Premiership players when nobody's interested in them . Why - because they're mediocre, even by Championship standards. If he's still here in August, I can see Redmond starting every game as there is no-one better in the squad. Saints are still three or four decent established players short of giving us a fighting chance of EPL survival. Things look bleak even with arrival of some promising young talent.
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Saints Becoming Man City's Feeder Club ! Who Will Become Ours ?
at 10:30:48

I can't argue with any of this philosophy in respect of forward planning but, I am concerned that unless the new set-up secures a solid first eleven for next season, we might not prove to be an attractive stepping stone for promising youngsters whose career progression have been stymied by few chances at their parent clubs. I see a few building blocks in place but not the defensive wall or convincing attack that will give supporters like me more confidence than I have right now. Am I alone and unreasonable in thinking that similar clubs to us - Brentford and Brighton, for example, have stolen a march on us and are looking more settled and stable than we are at this time. July trading for Saints will be of great interest.
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Saints Confirm That Shane Long Has Left The Club.
at 18:56:43

Although he had certain limitations, if many of his teammates had shown the same resolution and effort as Shane, we would have been much harder to beat. I begrudge him nothing.
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Saints Fan In Court Charged With Optimism !
at 15:01:00

If the case is found not proven then the prosecution counsel should serve several seasons watching real crime at Fratton Park.
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Danny Ings Linked With A Return To St Mary's
at 10:13:53

He might just keep us up. At the moment we don't have much to look forward to.
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Minamino In Talks For St Mary's Return
at 13:51:34

Oh, great! Can you imagine Minamino and Adam Armstrong leading our attack? What would our attacking tactics be - running through defenders legs, standing on each others shoulders for corners. Talk of this transfer plus the retained list makes me wonder if Saints see themselves as an EPL club in the future.
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Saints Said To Have Completed Move For Ex Pompey Loanee Keeper
at 15:51:11

I can hear the boo boys on his back already due to the Portsmouth connection.
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Pope In Line For Goalkeeping Job At St Mary's
at 12:18:40

Nick Pope would be a good signing and his inability to play out from the back seems like a clincher to me. Why on earth we try to do it baffles me and invariably our defence, too. He was used to feeding a tall CF in Chris Wood. If we can get an attacker taller than our usual shortie that would be a bonus.
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Nottingham Forest Enquire About Will Smallbone
at 09:17:35

Will Smallbone reminds me of Jack Cork - a busy and reliable player but, not in the "star" category. He is, in my opinion, the sort of player who would benefit now from aggressive direction from an experienced defensive captain. Unfortunately, we don't have that man in our ranks yet.
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New Era Begins At Southampton Football Club
at 15:18:03

By giving up the ghost after they perceived we were safe, both players and Ralph cost us £13.2M - as we would've received £26.4M for the 9th place we were looking at rather than £13.2M for finishing 15th. Who amongst us is satisfied with that? Who at the club can be satisfied with that?
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What Does Next Season Hold For Armando Broja
at 13:33:34

If he stays or goes I'm sure Broja will be a big hit in due course. His decline in form mirrors that in Saints overall. As for Adam Armstrong well, he reminds me of Billy Sharp who also wasn't given enough game time. Sharp, however, wasn't so easily knocked off the ball. I don't think our forwards have been found out. No pair has successfully fashioned a partnership up front and we don't have a playmaker of the Lallana class. Stuart Armstrong is really gifted but, sadly inconsistent. We aren't able to make the opposition wary in the way we did when either Lallana or Lambert had the ball. I know we've said it before but, better coaching and scouting have to be the way forward.
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Southampton V Crystal Palace The Verdict
at 14:06:56

The changes might not have worked but, anyone watching the first half knew they should've been made at halftime. There were no truly good performances yesterday from our lot. Tella showed that he hasn't had enough game time, Redmond showed that he's still a bottler when it comes to the hard tackle and his main contribution to any game is running after balls he can't possibly reach (and thereby avoiding any physical contact) and Che received no service (as usual). I am amazed, and not a little gratified, that we took points from Arsenal and Brighton, otherwise my earlier prediction that Saints might be hard pressed to collect any more points posted after the Leeds game could well have been right. If we are relegated it won't come as that much of a surprise after recent showings.
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Southampton V Crystal Palace The Preview
at 13:20:16

I, too, would like to see Adam Armstrong and Che Adams start. As for who plays in front of KWP they have to be ready to cover for him when he's marooned up the other end after one of his marauding runs should it fizzle out. My instinct tells me that Tella might get stuck in more than Redmond and irritate Zaha but, others might disagree. We'll also need to shut out Gallagher - a nice man to man job for Romeu!
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Southampton At Brighton The Verdict
at 10:52:31

Good to see Adams and Tella get meaningful game time and whilst Shane put in his usual shift but, how long we can rely on him to fill in when the cracks up front are showing remains to be seen. The coaching side really needs to be looked at. The two halves of this match further highlighted just how inconsistent a side we are. Stuart Armstrong is a prime example of a really gifted footballer who drifts in and out from one game to another. That really shouldn't be the case. Nathan Redmond is another. If Ralph is not the problem then his support staff must be culpable. Hopefully, the new regime will have highlighted this rectifiable shortcoming which has existed for several seasons.
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Southampton At Burnley The Verdict
at 14:59:15

The wrong formation for this opponent. For ten minutes Burnley were all at sea, a side desperate not to lose but, we send out a defensive set-up because it worked against Arsenal, a far more gifted and attack-minded team. Also, we start with a single front man who is currently out of form. I truly thought that Ralph would give Adam Armstrong and Che Adams starting berths against vulnerable opposition, especially as they're likely to be our front men at the beginning of next season. Neither will find their scoring touch sat on the bench (the same can be said for Tella). There are many ponderable over Ralph but, I won't list them again here save that an experienced Director of Football or coach to work with him might not go amiss. We got lucky against Arsenal thanks to Forster's performance but, overall our current form is dismal and not likely to improve any time soon. There has to be a big rethink this summer.
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Southampton V Arsenal The Verdict
at 09:57:23

My issue with Ralph is that his tactics are regularly unpredictable which seem to confuse us as much as it might our opponents. The omission of Perraud in so many games is one mysterious example, at least to me. Another is not trying KWP in front of either Livramento or Perraud. As for yesterday, I agree that the set-up was appropriate for the opposition we faced. Ralph got it right (notwithstanding Fraser's outstanding performance) but, it's not unreasonable to question when he gets it wrong. I noticed Lyanco directing defensive play yesterday and he looks like a captain in the making.
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Southampton V Chelsea The Verdict
at 10:19:44

It's unlikely but, not inconceivable that Saints might not add to their current 36 points before the season's end if they play as they did on Saturday which, in truth, was an embarrassment for all connected with the club including us supporters. It is not unreasonable to suppose that, on current form, Newcastle and Leeds will finish above Saints. Assuming Watford and Norwich are doomed, that leaves Everton and Burnley , both of whom could get to 36. We really need a win. I have postulated on here after the Watford loss that our players are either on the beach or confused or exhausted by Ralph's tactics. I think that training methods could be added to that list. I heard Ralph on Saturday morning's Radio Solent say that the whole week to prepare against such an opponent had been welcome but, the players would still have to be at their best. If Romeu wasn't fit why did he start? If Perraud was fit, where was he? Walker-Peters further upfield would have sharpened our threat. He was often marooned beyond the halfway line when Chelsea attacked. Salisu showed his inexperience and couldn't cope but, as the verdict states - they were all inadequate. We also missed Broja's height so, in his absence, where was Shane Long, who can still jump? Coming on the week when Saints launch their season tickets sale is ironic and won't attract much new business. The real question, though is why Saints have surrendered again in such a fashion. In this age of football haves and have-nots, one expects to see a few one-sided results but, it seems we have no fight at times and, dare I say it, no leadership on or off the pitch in the face of an incessant onslaught. Saturday was a sad, sad day.
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Saints Already Planning Central Midfield Transfer Strategy For Next Season
at 17:43:49

"Armstrong has not yet been a success, but he has not been a disaster either" - true, he's been invisible and, unlike the soon to depart Broja, he doesn't scare defenders, they just bundle him off the ball. As for JWP, he does frighten defenders and goalkeepers and, unlike Henderson, the skills he does possess would only enhance the England team, if only Harry Kane wasn't designated to take every free kick. We simply can't afford to lose the few "stars" we have.
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