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Saints Said To Be In Favour Of Project Restart
at 10:09:46

Personally, I don't care if it's free entry - I won't be going until I've had a jab. Do I want to watch the EPL matches played on TV in empty stadiums on a sunny summer's day - nope. Football is way down my current list of priorities.
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Football Fans To Return To The Stadiums In October
at 19:32:24

I wonder how many subscribers to this website would willingly go into St Marys in October or indeed any time before there is a preventative jab available?
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Premier League Pencil In Date For A Return To Action
at 13:54:52

Money, money, money! They all want the TV payouts. Trouble is a lot of ST holders might feel a better football investment is a subscription to Sky, BT, Virgin or Amazon especially if their employers or their personal investments are on the rocks. Although we are all missing live entertainment and social contact, football pales into insignificance in the light of what is happening to our world.
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Saints Still Need One More Win
at 14:28:27

Although I hate to say it, I don't think the Norwich game is a gimme. They came close at Sheff U, drew with Spurs and beat Leicester. Only their defeat at Wolves saw them outclassed. Our performance against Newcastle was awful and, at the weekend, the team which wants it most is likely to win. This season relegation will be a tight affair and anyone who thinks Saints are already safe is tempting fate.
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Saints V Newcastle United The Verdict
at 15:58:06

This was a really poor performance with neither of our centre backs anywhere near where they should have been for Newcastle's numerous shots at goal. It's not just the central defence though. Shelvey completely dominated the midfield and all we did was huff and puff with no end result looking likely. Ings was starved of opportunities and Long had to work as hard as two others just to keep the opposition occupied. Redmond frustrates me but, at least he does add a threat of sorts going forward. Without Armstrong's creativity we look devoid of ideas and our distinct lack of height outside of Bednarek and Stephens sees us waste most of our corners and free kicks. To be honest, Saints now look like live relegation candidates. It shouldn't have happened but, with today's news it could drift along for a lot longer.
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Saints Need To Follow Anfield Blueprint
at 17:34:42

It's only the continued loyalty of fans like myself in the face of disappointing performances on the pitch and in the boardroom over the past three seasons (including this one) that provides any home atmosphere at St Marys. The air of negativity on the terraces has festered as a result of disjointed selections and lacklustre second halves where we consistently throw any advantage away by conceding soft goals. We don't seem to be moving forwards, the board fails to communicate and some of our obviously talented players look beaten before they start. Ralph remains upbeat but, why is it that his is the only voice we ever hear. Much of our problem is the lack of a statement of intent from on high.
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Hojbjerg Transfer Rumours Will Fuel New Contract Talks
at 17:10:18

PEH showed lots of promise, some ability and plenty of enthusiasm up to the end of last season. In my opinion he deserved to be captain. Steven Davis had gone and Ryan Bertrand seemed disinterested whereas Hojbjerg was talking to other players and encouraging them. This season he has not developed or, more precisely, he has under-performed, perhaps due to the weight of being captain. Having said that, I can recall him saying last season "I will not let Saints be relegated" and we weren't, largely due to his driving the team on the pitch. I believe he is worth another contract, but he does need to show he's worth it over our remaining games.
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Saints At West Ham United The Verdict
at 11:29:21

Every time we come up against an aggressive forward we seem to capitulate. Anyone who saw Antonio against Liverpool would have seen this coming. It's happened in the recent past with Glen Murray and Andy Carroll, for example. Of our two centre backs one needs to be a hard man and the other quick and efficient. Bednarek and Stephens are willing but neither of those things. I agree with others that playing JWP out of position was foolhardy. Not only did that reduce our creativity it weakened our midfield defensively. Even so, JWP was no match for a full steam Antonio. Who knows what's come over McCarthy, once again a resident Saints goalkeeper seemingly losing his nerve whilst the on-loan Forster is playing out of his skin. Maddening.
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Will West Ham Protests Work For Or Against Saints On Saturday
at 10:23:20

WHU are in a false position for a team boasting much talent, some of which was there to see against Liverpool. They have several players who have previously undone the Saints in Antonio, Snodgrass, Noble and the returning Anderson. Despite our improvements and the Hammers disgruntled fans I think Saints will be hard-pressed to come away with a point. Having said that I'd rather attend games at the poorly sited St Mary's than the ill-judged vacuum that is the London Stadium.
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Saints V Aston Villa The Verdict
at 12:29:13

It could be a film title, couldn't it - "The Life & Times Of A Saints Supporter" but, would it be a comedy, a tragedy or a disaster movie? Unfortunately the plot never comes together until the final scene so, I guess it's a mystery. Yesterday we had all four probabilities over various sections of the game but, the mystery part was why Saints weren't cantering by halftime. Do our stars actually practice shooting (notwithstanding that Pepe Raina is an accomplished 'keeper). Danny Ings for one must still be shaking his head at missed possibilities. The Villa defence, Tyrone Mings apart, is the worst seen at St Marys this season including our own. For the Saints JWP was outstanding, even coping with the theatrical plunging of the otherwise talented Grealish who seemed bent on giving a Tom Daly impersonation. I should also mention the very efficient Smallbone who certainly earned more game time this season and, for me, the man of the match was Stuart Armstrong. The speed he showed in trying to stop the ball going out for a Villa throw near our penalty area showed what an engine he has and that was replicated when he latched onto Che Adams's pinpoint pass and showed the chasing pack a clean pair of heels before sliding the ball home. In film terms, it wasn't quite a thriller but, all the same decent family entertainment.
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Saints V Burnley The Verdict
at 10:42:51

I found it incredible that Saints collectively ran out of steam after the break. I don't think the reshuffling after Walker-Peters was removed as JWP was largely occupied with defensive duties and that negated our creativity, such as it was. As far as Djenepo was concerned, I thought that Bertrand was often at fault for not passing the ball in front of him to run onto and, also, Bertrand's reluctance to use his right foot caused him to move the ball backwards. If he had a poor game that is nothing to compare with the lack of central marking for Burnley's second goal. Although Ralph seems to have go Vestergaard to jump, he hasn't got his brain into gear as yet and he is a liability. He doesn't have Stephens ability to drive forward which makes me think that Stephens might be better employed in midfield next season. Boufal was having one of his best games for Saints and Walker-Peters not only showed a trick or two when he settled down after the calamitous start but, he also conversed with JWP in the first period so that there was a promising early understanding of which of them were going where. These were plus points but, we'll need more against Villa who showed a lot of spirit going down to Spurs. Overall, Saints did not show enough fight. Putting Adams on for a few minutes is a waste of time. He must be low on confidence so expecting him to get up to the pace of the game and be lucky in a cameo appearance smacks of desperation on Ralph's part. I went home soggy and disappointed that we were patently out thought and outplayed after 45 minutes.
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Lallana Mooted For St Mary's Return
at 18:03:53

I can't see this happening. True, Lallana is or has been a gifted player but, if I recall correctly, he didn't move on when the likes of Walcott, McGoldrick, Best et al went as Lallana had a medical problem - a hole-in-the heart thing and bigger clubs did not want to take the risk at that time, he needed to prove his durability. Now, he's more of a sick-note than reliable older head and he will be aware that too many supporters don't want to see him donning a Saints shirt ever again. His glorified deays here are behind him.
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Good Weekend For Saints Or Not ?
at 11:08:13

I'm of the opinion that Aston Villa will join Norwich in being relegated with one of Brighton or Bournemouth to go down with them. As for Saints - well, it's anyone's guess. The next six games are all conceivably winnable or, at the very least, could yield one or more points. If we pick up wins against Burnley and Villa we should be looking up and the bookies seem to see it that way, too and they're rarely wrong.
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Saints At Tottenham Hotspur The Verdict
at 15:35:13

We don't want any defensive howlers against Burnley. That's for sure.
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Saints Transfer Window ! Good Or Bad
at 16:26:16

I am frankly disappointed as this looks like ST holders are being taken for a ride - possibly a ride down to the Championship. It would give us some reassurance if we were told that in the summer the club will look at all options and make some funds available for strengthening where it is needed but, no, the board's policy seems to be keeping their mouths shut and their wallets closed. In the meantime, we have to hope that Ralph's tactical nous and lack of injuries keep the Saints somewhere between the bottom three and mid-table however, I don't think that's the level of expectation that most supporters can be satisfied with. Instead of scraps from the table it would be good to be occasionally fed a piece of pie.
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Saints At Liverpool The Preview
at 13:46:29

I cannot believe that in the build-up to our game against the runaway league leaders, followed by an important cup replay, Saints transfer business is such that with any additional injuries to key players we could easily find ourselves dragged down into the relegation dogfight. We have no apparent cover for RB, LB or central defence, nor creativity in midfield and that's supposed to be securing our status! The club communicates nothing and the beleaguered Ralph changes his statements. In addition, our captain is being feted and probably unsettled by a wealthier rival and our board appear to be sitting on their hands. It'll be truly astonishing if Saints finish mid-table and Ralph is still with us next season. More astonishing, in fact, than us beating Liverpool or Spurs.
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Saints At Crystal Palace The Verdict
at 09:05:51

I'm not sure I want Saints players tired by playing for England as we don't have the strength in depth. I'm not a Redmond fan but I can't fault his effort last night and, as for JWP, where has this player been for the past couple of seasons. The key to last night's victory was winding up their best player consequently reducing his threat. After Saturday an amazing turnaround and I am so pleased to see Armstrong going from strength to strength. Somebody at Saints knew what they were doing when we signed him.
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Bednarek Major Doubt For Palace Trip ! Who Should Replace Him ?
at 09:38:20

Whoever plays we'll be lucky if we manage a shut out. I'd probably go for Yoshida as he's likely to play wholeheartedly, although prone to at least one game-changing error. He is 6'2" whereas Romeu is 6'0" and Bertrand a mere 5'10" and we are generally short of height on the pitch. Danso should've been blooded more than he has been and is hardly likely to form an instant partnership with Stephens and Vestergaard's shortcomings in respect of pace and inability to jump are well documented. What Ralph needs to do is keep morale high. A bad defeat tonight and a thrashing by Liverpool could well see the start of a slide back into the mire. If we can get a point that would do but, after the effort expended on Saturday it's no gimme. Another thing, Djenepo ran Palace ragged in our home game during the last quarter and with him we should have won. If the first half is a low-scoring battle he should be introduced early in the second half. I hope Ralph doesn't go all defensive and replace Armstrong from the start with Romeu. We need all the creativity we can get.
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Ignore The Rumours ! Sit Back And Wait !
at 15:40:28

I agree with much of what has been said above but was Carillo really given a chance at Saints? He played in seven league games for us. Redmond has played in 126. Frankly I'd swap them. We would at least have some height in attack and Carillo can't be that bad, scoring on average once in every 4/5 games. I'd like to see some of the players shipped out tried with RH's current method of coaching which, despite Saturday's capitulation, seems to be paying dividends.
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Saints At Leicester City The Verdict
at 10:42:03

Taking a different perspective, this season's EPL is rather like a game of Snakes & Ladders - currently we are wriggling ourselves up to midway safety whilst the Cherries have slid into relegation territory. This shows that nothing is guaranteed. No-one can deny that Eddie Howe has done a good job at Bournemouth and, despite some earlier misgivings, Ralph has our players on board and believing in the system he requires them to play but, Saints have few injuries whereas Howe must be worried sick as he has even fewer resources to call on. As the lead article has pointed out, we ourselves don't have enough strength in depth in terms of quality. A central defender is a must but, there is also no realistic goalscoring back-up if Danny Ings is injured or, like Callum Wilson becomes injured and/or loses his form. The form of Stuart Armstrong and Jack Stephens is another factor in our resurging performances plus overall improving fitness recently - a contributing element to our previous habit of leaking late goals. This is all very uplifting for us fans and a couple of shrewd signings now would surely seal our place in football's elite league next season. Yesterday's performance was the best, in my opinion, by a Saints team since the heady days of Lambert and Lallana. I'm actually quite looking forward to Wolves.
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