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Southampton 1 v 4 Chelsea
Barclays Premier League
Sunday, 6th October 2019 Kick-off 14:00
forallthesaints added 23:11 - Oct 6
Oh dear! I don't think I've seen a poorer Saints performance since the capitulation at Anfield two years ago. I was worried to see Boufal on the bench as the midfield is hard-working but not creative. JWP and PEH were both very poor today giving the ball away so many times but also not being able to move it quickly. Romeu did okay but there were also no options and so the ball went backwards or square far too often. Teams like City, Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool play out of defence well, using the keeper to pass back and forth, draw the forwards on to them and then take them out of the game with a clever pass upfield. We can't do it and always look nervy and like we're going to lose the ball - today we did, almost every time. And then we resort to hoofing it up the field and instantly losing possession as big centre backs tidy it up.
Today, Long played with his usual effort and speed and won a lot of headers but there was never anyone there to get hold of them.
Twice at 3-1, Gunn got the ball and with some swift movement two or three players could have been open but the whole team just sauntered out and he had no one in space to give it to. And throw-ins... For the last three or four seasons we seem to have become incapable of making anything out of a throw-in. How often do we see Bertrand or Valery/Cedric just standing there waiting for someone to give them something?
The real shame of it today was that for the first 10-15 minutes we were in their faces, rattling the defence and winning the ball more often than not and a good effort by Redmond (not such a good one from PEH - as soon as he lined himself up it was just a question of just how high it would go). Then JWP gave the ball away and they pop down and get the lucky first. It completely took any wind out of Saints' sails and from that minute the game was always lost.
It must be time for Armstrong to get a run of games and prove one way or another if he's up to it - and Boufal may be a luxury player but at least he tries things and his attitude this season has been exemplary.
Che Adams looks out of his depth and in the earlier games this season he seems to fall behind play and not be in the middle for a cross. I really hope he doesn't turn out to be another Charlie Austin.
Sorry for the waffle but needed to unload a bit.
Horrible game to watch while suffering a major hangover.

the_saint added 08:11 - Oct 7
Team v wolves
Mcarthy Cedric bednarek danso bertie
Romeu Armstrong slattery
Ings Redmond boufal

Jwp gunn and peh have been awful
Gunn cost us again leave it to the centre backs but on saying that maybe hes lost confidence in the defence

wibbersda added 09:53 - Oct 7
RH, the "Austrian Klopp"... the "Austrian Flop" more like. Devoid of ideas, weird selections, continually backing poor players (JWP, EH). Once again we are left with Season-long fight hoping that there are 3 worst teams.

sandywelsh added 13:08 - Oct 7
Its getting as bad as it was when Rupert Lowe was here. No top class players and to many young kids.

djtsaints123 added 21:12 - Oct 7
The only good news on Sunday was virgin media went off line losing the sky broadcast from about 55 mins in so missed woeful second half and fourth goal. What is seriously worrying Chelsea did not play well in first half but were deservedly 3 1 up. I bet Frank could not believe how bad defensively we were and even when Chelsea made serious defensive mistakes we didn't or couldn't take advantage. The reality is we have one defender, bednarek, and one midfielder romeo and one attacker ings , peh off form but the rest are not premiership players you can survive with one or two learning we have a big problem and maybe time in championship might help, but equally would we get back. the truth is six points came from very lucky away results not great play in next six matches I see between 1 and 4 points , the championship looks like not to be a choice.

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