|Southampton 1 v 2 Watford|
Barclays Premier League
Sunday, 13th March 2022 Kick-off 14:00
|wibbersda added 08:53 - Mar 14|
SaintPaulVW added 09:00 - Mar 14
When other side's get the ball they hit us quickly on the break because 3 of our defenders are up the pitch. For the last 2 games Salisu hasn't performed well for most of the first half, so good chances have been created and goals scored against us.
Given the lack of funding over the last few seasons and poor recruitment prior to that, we still don't have the deepest of squads. So, to make further progress this season, we need to adapt our game plan. That's life!
vanmans added 09:25 - Mar 14
vanmans added 09:26 - Mar 14
saint901 added 09:42 - Mar 14
RH is correct when he says that the PL has to deal with teams adopting these tactics. Perhaps allowing the trainers on without being instructed and stopping play only if it goes near a player being treated. A player being treated who makes a miraculous recovery to join the game coming near him = yellow card and free kick.
The team as a whole was leaden and lacked intensity. True, building up a head of steam and pressure was not possible, but even when we had the ball we did little with it.
Their first goal was a comedy. All the defenders and keeper can take the blame for that.
The FBs were probably our best players on the day. Even the changes in formation (baffling) did not prevent them going forward. The midfield was poor with way too much going sideways. When Ely and SA did make a run forward, it was not rewarded with a pass.
Che Adams did his best but Smallbone in the first half was lost and Broja was ineffective when he came on.
Worst player on the pitch by a margin was Salisu. His positioning and timing was way off and he could not pass the ball 10 yards. I would have replaced him at half time as well.
RH has a confidence building job to do because otherwise I can see a record QF score against us.
Bawdrip added 10:43 - Mar 14
I_would added 12:17 - Mar 14
I_would added 12:39 - Mar 14
Block8 added 13:17 - Mar 14
Biggest concern for me is that when teams don't allow our full backs space behind them we seem to have no ideas and resort to our sideways and backwards style. Lets not over work in training this week because we need to be a bit more on it for Sunday!
TimSaint added 14:45 - Mar 14
An absolute abortion from everyone.
Complacent team, no urgency, can't pass and full of unforced errors.
Why 1 up front against a team that just conceded 4 ?
RH obviously experimenting for his formation for the Q Final.
It backfired against Watford, so v City is will be another disaster.
Sali and FF had absolute shockers, the rest weren't far behind.
Both goals were so avoidable, but again we are the gift that keeps on giving.
Even for the 2nd goal, Perraud had TWO men to mark in the box, but decided to watch it go over his head and leave a man free at the far post.
We were lucky not to concede a couple more.
I've never seen us give the ball away so much through bad passing and unforced errors.
Despite all that, how was it not a penalty ? Arm is well above the head in an unnatural position. Arsenal get given a pen when it clips the guys fingers FFS.
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