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Ralph Happy After 3-1 Win At Feyenoord
Monday, 29th Jul 2019 11:41

Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was happy with the way things are progressing in pre season after the win against Feyenoord.

Speaking after the game the Saints boss is pleased with the way things are going and the way Saints are going, however he also spoke of how the game highlighted to him certain areas that need improving.

“It was exactly the test I expected. It showed us where we have improved very well, but it also showed us where we still have weaknesses in our game.

“Not every player is on the same level in the moment, which is also normal because not everyone started at the same time.

“We have another two weeks and it was a good test, a very good test and again I tried to give everybody the chance to play. It was important the impressions I have got today.”

“I think the pressing was very good in the first half. We won a lot of balls and they gave us the chance to do so,” reflected Hasenhuttl.

“On the other hand, we gave a few chances away because deep defending and long balls we didn’t defend very well.

“Finally, two good goals. We could have scored more often because we had a lot of chances in the first half.

“Second half it was a different shape with the younger guys. I think what they can show they showed me. We haven’t been as dominant as in the first half sometimes but it was a good test, I saw a lot of good things and a few bad things which is ok.”

Although Ralph has not said anything that is groundbreaking here, he has shown that he is well aware of Saints shortcomings and what is needed to rectify them.

He has spoken recently about the need to still bring in new faces and that at the moment there is no need to panic, little business is done in transfer windows till the final week or so, saying that though Saints have done so good business so far, but now is when they need to land a couple of key players who can be the difference between a 14-15th place finish or top 10 which is where the Austrian has said we are aiming for.

At this stage there is no need to panic, the club are looking at strengthening, but that isn't always as easy as said as done.

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codge added 12:32 - Jul 29
Shortcomings have been there for 3yrs and are not being fixed, by the time they are IF they are we would of been wasting a lot of time to get them in and will take a while to gel with the rest of the team.Personally l am not to confident that it will happen but l surely hope so as Ralph has got it mostly correct.

bstokesaint added 12:50 - Jul 29
The words “no need to panic” make me panic on the basis that we normally hear this expression a few weeks before we do need to panic, at which point we don’t panic and instead we do nothing! Our defence is a shambles. It is Championship at best. I’d keep Yoshida, as I maintain he’s okay with at least one other better partnering defender. However you’re not going to raise your hand playing alongside Stephens and Hoedt. I saw we allegedly got turned down by PSG for a 20-year old on a loan signing. Why are we messing around with loan signings? It’s fine if we have permanent moves planned and this is in addition to, but we need some quality signings who will stick around and resolve our issues at the back.

bstokesaint added 12:53 - Jul 29
And I just looked at my calendar and noted it’s August this week so we have days and not weeks to bed new players in. So yes we really should be panicking. Our “record” amount of season ticket holders are going to be feeling pretty mugged off otherwise. On the flipside I still maintain Adams might be deal of the century.

SaintBrock added 15:44 - Jul 29
I'm not sure he was at all happy but obviously he wasn't going to reveal his true feelings to Adam in the post-match press call but he didn't look particularly chuffed.

The "first stringers" deserved and probably got a bollocking at HT whilst the "second stringers" were rather more impressive than their more illustrious first half counterparts. A few egos about to be dented methinks and perhaps some unlikely team selections may greet us at Burnley.

Cedric, Hoedt, Reed did very well, worked hard and were effective with few errors. Boufal once again demonstrated his very special talent and we must all hope that Hutch possesses the key to unlock his magic.

WoolstonSaint2 added 20:07 - Jul 29
Saints are currently playing like a bottom 6 team ie just like last season. Anyone who thinks we are heading for the top 10 is deluded. We desperately need a decent defender or two, and a CM who can screen to the back 4 (God help us if we keep playing a back 3 with our current squad).

KriSaint added 22:42 - Aug 1
Let´s try not to panic. We have decent keepers and full backs and pretty capable midfielders, wingers and forwards. I believe RH has improved the CBs that we have, bombarding them with videos of all the 67 goals we conceded in the league last season..

Leicester won the PL title with the slowest CB pair in PL history, Wes Morgan and Robert Huth; and those of You my age or older (50+) will remember that Leeds won the title in 1992 with the standards of Chris Fairclough and Eric Young as their CBs..


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