|SaintBrock added 21:48 - Aug 19|
Redmond was poor apart from his early assist that flattered to deceive, otherwise Zabaletta had him in his pocket all afternoon. How can he be preferred over Boufal is beyond me. Bertrand just couldn't be rrsed to get up to speed, in fact he looked hacked off all afternoon and clearly wasn't concentrating on his job for their first goal. Cedric was getting a right battering from the ex-Stoke thug who was sent off and didn't seem to settle after that.
Yoshida, Tadic and Romeu were our best and most determined players and Forster had a decent game.
Too much whistle from the ref who just seemed to want to intervene even on robust but otherwise fair tackles. The lino called the red card incident and both pens.
aceofthebase added 22:35 - Aug 19
sidsaint added 07:59 - Aug 20
SaintNick added 10:21 - Aug 20
Lemina in the side will help that and get Hoedt in and it will make a big difference, get Van Dijk in as well and we will be a decent side
Consigliere added 10:26 - Aug 20
Had that been the scenario then I suspect that the conclusion would have been exactly as SaintBrock and Ace have set out, namely that far too much side passing and allowing the other side to reorganise their defence whilst we tried this way and that to get through the wall had cost us the game. This was never going to work against a big, physical and pretty dirty team like W Ham especially with their ever present threat on the counter with Antonio. There is no point in playing pretty football (and there is no doubt, some of it was easy on the eye) if you don't open up the other side's defence.
Even so, there were still a few glimmers of light towards the latter part of the second half especially after Long came on, with some racy attacks down the flanks and a more direct style, but it took the efforts of Yoshida (who I noticed went up front several times in the last 10 minutes to try to boost the attack) to get us over the line. A bit of a soft penalty but that is hardly the point, he and JWP combined to make the sort of direct attack that should have unlocked this game (against 10 men) a lot sooner.
larry12 added 11:58 - Aug 20
No midfield as ad infinitum. Dreary borefest. Redmond, Tadic dog awful. Clasie and Hojberg ARE better than Mr Plod and Davis and Pelligreno is a moron for not seeing that. Stephens was constantly ball watching and is therefore not good enough to start at all. Yoshida doing the job of the forwards. Cedric shoots and misses til 2050. Saints do not get that pass quite right by 3000 times. Need 3 more Lemina's. As said Bertrand? I hope Cedric and Bertrand end up at Chelsea. At least Plug and Mcqueen try. Compared with that rubbish yesterday, I am looking forward to hitting my little toe against some furniture.
RogerToye added 16:52 - Aug 20
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