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Post  SFC Forever on Fri 20 Apr 2018, 4:23 pm

We haven't been able to sell all of the tickets so luke warm could well be right. Our players may well be tired after the Leicester game as we do not have the squad to be able to keep switching the team around.
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Post  matty07uk on Fri 20 Apr 2018, 8:19 pm

the problem of selling the tickets is yet again down to the clowns that run the club. Never known such a protracted criteria to buy, wouldn't allow any of ST to buy more than one, loads of parents wanted more to take their kids, no offer to schools for unsold tickets. The ticket office have been pretty poor for a few years now and unfortunately have got worse not better, another sign of the "Southampton Way" has lost its way, we aren't very good both on or off the pitch.

I think they might surprise us on the pitch, many of the players will be their last chance to get to a final so think they might raise the game, will need a bit of luck and for once a referee that is willing to give decisions against the big clubs but we could pull it off, we know that last week for 60+ minutes we were the better team.
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Post  SFC Forever on Fri 20 Apr 2018, 9:33 pm

Plus the failure to issue a red card could have been the difference between victory and defeat.
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Post  SFC Forever on Sun 22 Apr 2018, 9:24 am

Well today we will see if our players have any fight left in them. Plus, if they have whether they still have at the end of the match. I hope they put up a good performance first hoping for a win and the chance of revenge against Utd in the final.
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Post  matty07uk on Mon 23 Apr 2018, 6:16 pm

Well they didn't play to bad, needed that bit of luck and didn't get that. Solid first half performance though didn't create to many chances but after a nervy start were able to contain Chelsea. So annoying to concede straight after the second half, but ball was bouncing around and just fell nicely for Hazard who set up Giroud, thought Lemina should have done better in making a tackle. We did have chances though Long only had to poke the ball forward when 1 on 1 as Cabellero had committed, instead usual poor touch meant the chance was gone, think we should have had a penalty with a handball from a corner, that bit of luck which you know if at the other end would have been given. Redmond had a decent shot that again Caberello didn't have much idea about, and could easily have spun into the goal and Austin never touched Caberello when he went up for the ball, you know that 9 times out of 10 a foul will be given but that time a ref actually watches the contact and gives it then it wont to be team playing a top six team. Second goal was to be expected pushing for the equaliser, Hoedt lost his man again and not for the first time Cedric failed to pick up a player at the far post for a header.

So back to the league and while winning 3 out of 4 is possible it is extremely unlikely.

McCarthy 6 did okay not sure if he could do much about the goals
Cedric 5, thought he had a poor game, often cut back after getting to by line and his defending on crosses is poor.
Hoedt 6 think at fault for the second goal but had a fairly good game that aside
Yoshida 8 played his heart out and never gave up, made couple of crucial tackles. Should be our captain next year
Bedanek 7 another good game beginning to look might be a decent prospect
Bertrand 5 didn't get forward enough when we had 5 at the back,
Romeau 7 back to his old form and covered a lot of ground
Lemina 5 had spells in the game when looked good but others where he was out of position, jogged back a couple of time when Chelsea were attacking
Hojberg 7 another determined display, hope we can keep him if we go down.
Long 6 certainly works hard but his poor touch cost us an equalizer
Austin 7 won quite a few balls and has to be our main hope of goals in the last few games.

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Tadic 6 did okay
Redmond 6 did seem to be more direct
Gabbadini 5 think we should give up on Gabbi and try Carillo, doesn't look like scoring a goal again so may as well try something different.

While a few will no doubt be on the first flight out at the end of the season if we go down if we can keep Yoshida Bedanek,, Roemau, Hojberg , with youngsters such as Sims, Targett, McQueen, Gallagher, Hesketh and some experience with Davis, Austin McCarthy and JWP then I would be quite optimistic. desperately need 1/2 Right backs

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Post  SFC Forever on Tue 24 Apr 2018, 9:00 am

Bedanek has been a big plus for us as he gives us hope for the future. We may just have found a good CB pairing with Yoshida. Both able to operate in back 3 as well so hope we can keep them both.
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Post  Pete from Oz on Tue 24 Apr 2018, 9:50 am

Thanks Matty, a nice report as usual.
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Post  SaintMike on Tue 28 Aug 2018, 10:03 am

Away to Brighton.....looks like a defeat to me!

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Post  matty07uk on Tue 28 Aug 2018, 7:32 pm

Well suspect the battle of the reserves and see the team has plenty of changes as I thought would be the case with Gunn, Bedanek, Targett Yoshsida, Gabbadini all starting and Gallagher on the bench.

I am going for us to win on penalties, no extra time, with Gunn being the hero!
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Post  matty07uk on Wed 29 Aug 2018, 6:55 pm

Well close to penalties and would have backed Gunn. My brother is a Brighton ST holder and said we had to much experience for them and deserved to win though left it late. Yoshida, Gunn, Ward Prowse impressed him. Hopefully the players that did well get the chance to keep their places away to Palace would be disappointed if some are not picked. I would expect Yoshida to replace Hoedt, Bedanek or Stephens to replace Cedric and Ward Prowse to keep a place in the midfield.


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Post  matty07uk on Thu 30 Aug 2018, 9:56 pm

Away to Everton the reward😡 not having much luck and Bournemouth another easy home tie. At least the fringe players are getting proper games to keep match fit.
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Post  SaintMike on Fri 31 Aug 2018, 9:07 am

Trouble is we will probably go out against Everton..... and that will bring an end to the chance to test the fringe players.

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Post  matty07uk on Sun 16 Sep 2018, 8:44 pm

After Everton's performance today against West Ham we may have a chance!
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Post  SaintMike on Mon 01 Oct 2018, 2:49 pm

Everton will I'm sure pick a reserve team, not sure how many changes Hughes will make. Difficult to predict.....but Saints need to develop a clinical touch.....and determination in front of goal

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Post  SaintMike on Wed 03 Oct 2018, 4:40 pm

Relieved to get through this one.... and hopefully get some confidence for the next few games.

Not shown on TV, but listening to the commentary on Radio Merseyside it seemed that Targett, Redmond and Gunn had specially good games, while Ings, Lemina and Yoshida also played well.

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