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Pellegrino Will Field Strong Side For The FA Cup
Friday, 16th Feb 2018 09:32

Mauricio Pellegrino will once again field a strong side for the FA Cup game against West Bromwich Albion, in what will be the second trip to the Hawthorns in a fortnight.

Mauricio Pellegrino has revealed that he will once again be putting out a strong side in the FA Cup, although he does have an injury problem that will hamper his thinking.

Shane Long has picked up a hamstring injury so is unlikely to be risked, but apart from that and long term caualty Charlie Austin, Pellegrino has a full squad to choose from as he said in the pre match press conference, although he did add a little codacil that he might try something different.

"Maybe Shane will have problems to be ready for this game, It's his hamstring, it's a little bit tight, but we will decide on Friday."

"Shane and Charlie are the only two players who are outside of the group right now."

"We have an amazing opportunity in the FA Cup to move forward,"

"We want to use this competition for many reasons, to try to put some players who didn't play too much, to try to improve as a team, and also because we want to go forward."

"I will prepare the game to try to win. If I give the opportunity to somebody it is because I feel that he is really well prepared and deserves to be there on the pitch."

"I will not give anything for free. I want to put out the players who I feel will represent our club in the best way."

But it is the statement below that is a little puzzling.

IF I GIVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SOMEBODY IT IS BECAUSE I FEEL HE IS REALLY WELL PREPARED AND DESERVES TO BE ON THE PITCH.

Surely that should be the case at all times and it hints that although he might well play the core of the team, that he might try something a little different and that we could see one of the younger players given a chance.

Saints fans want to have a bit of good news, the wins in the first two games of the competition have given a little momentum and the opportunity to gain confidence through an unbeaten run that culminated in the win at the Hawthorns two weeks ago, meeting Liverpool last week was possibly the wrong game at the wrong time, but Saints were never going to go the rest of the season unbeaten and therefore have to put that defeat behind them and start a run again, this game is an ideal opportunity to do so.

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Sanguin added 10:21 - Feb 16
We have a strong side we can field? Where've they been all season?!?
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SAINTSNIL added 10:33 - Feb 16
😂😂😂Exactly what I was thinking!!!
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simmo400 added 10:40 - Feb 16
Blah blah blah if we loose it will be the league is most important heard it all before BORED.
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saintmark1976 added 10:45 - Feb 16
" I will prepare the game to try and win ". That's a start I suppose as compared to what appears to have been his mantra for months now of trying not to lose. Hope springs eternal.
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BaselSaint added 11:41 - Feb 16
I lIterally don't give a f uck about the FA Cup when we are facing relegation. Gao and Kat - Sack the manager and sack the board NOW!!
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bstokesaint added 12:17 - Feb 16
As much as I always want to see us win I can't enjoy the cup until our precarious league position improves.
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bstokesaint added 12:17 - Feb 16
As much as I always want to see us win I can't enjoy the cup until our precarious league position improves.
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KriSaint added 12:19 - Feb 16
My line-up:
McCarthy
Soares, Hoedt, Stevens, Bertrand
Lemina, Hojbjerg, Davis, Boufal, Ward-P
Carrillo

Bench: Forster, Yoshida, Redmond, Gabbiadini, Romeu, Long (Obafemi), Tadic
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saintmark1976 added 12:26 - Feb 16
BaselSaint. It's not going to happen


Why not? Because the owners appear to be quite relaxed as to the direction the club is going and have been so for many months now. With no share holders to account to they control the agenda.
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BoondockSaint added 13:38 - Feb 16
"I will prepare the game to try to win. If I give the opportunity to somebody it is because I feel that he is really well prepared and deserves to be there on the pitch."

Nick, you must have accidentally left out the next thing he said, which must have been:

"But if he scores a goal, I will sub him off for a defender and bench him the next game!"
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DPeps added 13:47 - Feb 16
Do we know when Austin is back?
(Depressing when your survival partly depends on Austin's fitness!)
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IanRC added 14:37 - Feb 16
I want to see Carrillo and Gabbi on the pitch together but I doubt this manager has the balls to do it.
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SaintBrock added 14:53 - Feb 16
HAVE WE BROUGHT SOME PLAYERS IN OVERNIGHT THAT I D'ONT KNOW ABOUT THEN?

Sorry cap lock on and can't be bothered to re-type it
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dirk_doone added 15:20 - Feb 16
Obviously we can't field a strong team by Premier League standards as we don't have the players left any more but I guess the big hope is that we can scrape together a team slightly stronger than the West Brom one which is currently 5 points adrift at the bottom of the league.
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wibbersda added 16:43 - Feb 16
Can't agree KriSaint as Yoshida should be in ahead of Hoedt who seems to be akin to Yoshida of 3 seasons ago.
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