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Saints Need To Put Capital One Cup Negativity In The Past
at 11:18:41

That's a very cruel assumption! Especially as I predicted they would be 2nd by Xmas! And put money on it!
However, as you point out, the teams sheet is thicker this year for the reasons I said, and there is some reasonable cover and adjustments can be made, but that would still leave a weakened side, but not not a very weakened side like last year.
However, saying that MP never changed anything, and they say he put out weakened sides in Cup games is a bit of contradiction. Surely then ,he must have been a 2 trick pony?
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Saints Need To Put Capital One Cup Negativity In The Past
at 10:29:15

I don't think MP treated the cups as a "distraction" more that having only a paper thin squad a few injuries would decimate it. As indeed happened during the Xmas period and Saints dropped out of the top 6, if I recall.
Having sold the has-beens and overrated and bought well, the squad is now 2 sheets of paper thick and now it might be worth the risk of putting out half a team. If Clyne and Pelle and Tadic got injured over the next couple of cup games the team would slide down the table into mediocrity. And worse, come Jan no one is gonna want to join a team heading south and it will be impossible to strengthen the team with quality. One or two slips ups and Saints will be as quickly be perceived, incorrectly, by "the experts", as a flash-in-the-pan as they, indeed were as, "relegation fodder" at the beginning of the season. Let's hope Ronko makes the "right" team selection under these new circumstance as indeed MP did under his, and resist the pressure from baying, myopic fans as MP did.
I would put the core of the team on the bench, for "emergencies" and give the under-used and younger players a shot. No doubt Stoke won't have their best out either.
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Saints V Stoke City The Verdict
at 10:29:31

Not only 2nd but effectively 3 points clear!
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Fair Play To Garry Monk For Standing Firm, There Is A Simple Solution !
at 19:15:08

I think that it is thought that the professional game needs to be mirrored in the amateur game so expensive cures with extra officials which cause breaks in the game will not be considered. My suggestion is that in FIFA guidance for referees any player so fouled must be seen to be making a reasonable attempt to stay on his feet. A sight trip is not a foul and the referee must be able to judge how "slight" it is, and cannot if the player does an unnecessary swallow dive. If that doesn't clear it up then at least the acting will get better.
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Hull City Away Sold Out
at 13:01:20

For those who can't get a ticket, I suggest you support Sunderland away - much better value for money!
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I Have Eaten Xmas Dinner With Less Points Than We Have Now
at 13:06:48

Good game...good game...

Tadic 9 vs Lallana 5
Pelle 9 vs Lambert 6
Bertand 8 vs Shaw 7
Alderweireld 7 vs Lovren 7
Clyne 8 vs Chambers 4

Koeman 16 vs Pochettino 17
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I Have Eaten Xmas Dinner With Less Points Than We Have Now
at 12:16:01

I think impetus is another name for momentum which is a concept in physics for mass times velocity and probably has no impact in football except to pad out dodgy reasoning by so-called press pundits. What does make football easier is playing rubbish teams.

http://bwinbetting.com/leagues/premier-league/southampton-reality-check-commence

2nd by Xmas!
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I Have Eaten Xmas Dinner With Less Points Than We Have Now
at 10:31:39

The results against the same teams played so far but last year yielded 1 point more that Saints have this season. So Ronko's gonna have to squeeze a bit more out of this team than MP did to ensure you enjoy your turkey more than last year.
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Saints So Near To Premier League Record Win
at 11:50:45

Well, that gives them something to aim for next week!
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Saints V Sunderland The Verdict
at 11:41:39

The difference between Sunderland and Southampton was that Sunderland had their chances and took 'em!
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What Will Ronald Koeman Have Up His Sleeve This Weekend
at 23:38:38

You should turn predictive text off, every time you type Pochettino it comes out as one trick pony!
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Saints At Tottenham Hotspur The Verdict
at 09:43:58

I was gonna write something but schatfield has already said it.
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The Truth Is Now Coming Out ! The Article That Every Saints Fan Should Read
at 13:52:01

He was paid to write a load of negative tripe about the club in the summer and now he's been paid to write a load positive tripe about the club. The only consistent thing in that statement is the word "tripe".
Tripe is edible but best not swallowed whole, especially when you find out where it comes from.
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Southampton At Tottenham Hotspur The Preview
at 11:10:34

A more balanced article than of late, well done. For those who think they should react negatively to MP or are unsure, I suggest you watch how Ronko receives him and take your lead from that.
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EA Sports Player Performance Index Saints V Tottenham Hotspur
at 21:22:52

I think it is offensive that you keep calling them North London Soccer Chickens. Close examination of the badge clearly reveals it not to be a chicken but a cock?
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Time To Make Players Honour Their Official Club Calendar Commitments
at 09:04:28

This is all bonkers.
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Music In The City 2014
at 00:02:43

Punk, eh? Any Plastic Bertrand?
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First Big Test Of Season At Spurs
at 15:37:14

I haven't seen Spurs playing the "Pochettino" style, I think the players do what they want to and he hasn't the power there to make them do anything else; I think the same has happened at Man U (last season esp) and Liverpool. Player power has become too great at some clubs, England included, and team performances suffer as a result no matter how great the individuals. Saints are reaping the benefit of that at the moment and so too Chelsea. If I'm right the top for will be Chelsea, Saints, Man C and Arsenal(?). This season is interesting!
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First Big Test Of Season At Spurs
at 13:36:46

How do you know it'll be MP that will be the manager? - I mean to say, he's been there ages, now?!

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Can Saints Go One Better Than The Class Of 83/84
at 16:17:38

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all...

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/what-lallana-shaw-co-common-4338892?
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