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Post  SaintMike on Sun 11 Dec 2016, 2:36 am

I don't think Saints have to worry as much about Middlesbrough as they do about their own failings. They now have to find some confidence from somewhere and create some team spirit.

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Re: HOME TO MIDDLESBROUGH

Post  matty07uk on Sun 11 Dec 2016, 10:55 am

Bound to happen for Ramerez to score though he can make some rash tackles so don't rule out a red card either. Traore for them looks good and a worry for me he comes from deep and we back off teams so will give hime room, hopefully Puel will be aware but doubt he will change anything. For me would be 3 at the back (Virgil, Fonte and Bertrand) 5 midfield with Cedric and McQueen as wing backs, 2 up front, Long and Boufal with Hojberg or Davies as one of the 3 midfield played in an attacking midfield positon just behind front 2.

Yes that would mean no 433, and no Redmond so it wont happen
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Post  matty07uk on Sun 11 Dec 2016, 7:46 pm

Well at least 3 points which was important. Well he played Martina and McQueen at full back, brought in Classie, JRod and Tadic. A pretty dire first half little movement, and rarely looked like scoring really wasn't in the game and clearly worried about his injury, JRod hardly won anything Boufal some occasional flashes of brilliance but generally out wide and unable to do the simple thing like cross the ball once he had beaten his man. McQueen played well, Martina poor, his first touch always letting him down and stopping any quick movement. At the back Fonte was awful in the first 5 minutes gave the ball away, passed to players that were marked and I thought he was trying to lose us the game.

Some awful defending nearly gifted Boro a goal but Virgil recovered to push the player wide then Forster blocked the shot. McQueen got down the left and a decent cross that JRod shot at goalie with not a lot of power. A mistake by Ward Prowse again allowed Boro a chance but from a tight angle Fonte was on the line to block. Players were booed off at half time by quite a big section, think more aimed at Puel as he sets out tactics players just keep to what he tells them.

Second half Redmond came on fro Tadic, who had also picked up a needless booking, and we did seem to have a little more urgency, Boufal had a shot blocked then completely out of keeping with the game Boufal scored a great goal. he licked up the ball around 25 yards out moved out of his feet and let fly, ball started going to the right then swerved opposite way with goalie rooted to spot as flew past. Saints had more pressure without clear cut chances, Davies came on for Boufal who was tiring and made sense, scary that for once Puel mad a sub I was suggesting. Boros main threat was from crosses and also wayward defending from Martina. Forster actually came for a couple of crosses and punched clear. Was a penalty shout for hand ball that if had been for saints I would have been screaming to be given. We did more likely to score and finished strongly Redmond on a good run in the box delivered a ball though was going in but JRod sliding in managed to scoop over the bar, one to watch on MOTD as not sure how he missed.

So 3 points and a clean sheet, Boufal showing some more promise but still lots to work on, When we brought off Boufal and had 4 in midfield we looked good, please note Puel who scared us all with 10 minute left taking off Classie who had a good game to bring on Long, what he was thinking no idea. Thankfully Boror did not have Ramerez or their main stiorker, Rhodes was poor, Traore left on the bench for most of the game and more negative than we were.

Forster 6 solid enough but again his kicking poor
Martina 6, poor defensively and would have been lower but got forward more second half
Fonte 6 poor start but finished the game strongly
Virgil 6 made a few errors which he cleared up but maybe getting a little complacent
MacQueen 7 one of our better players
Romeau 7 another strong game
Classie 7, why he hasn't played in recent weeks a mystery worked tirelessly with Romeau
Ward Prowse 7 made a bad error which nearly lead to a goal but put in some hard work.
Tadic 5 poor game a couple of flashes but not much contribution
JRod 6 worked hard but never looked like scoring
Boufal 7 some neat flashes great goal, but never going to track back, should play no 10

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Davies 7 did well when he came on
Redmond 6 frustrating but he did add m ore than Tadic
Long 6 odd being brought on for a midfield player when 1 up with 10 minutes left.

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Post  Pete from Oz on Mon 12 Dec 2016, 4:46 am

Thanks for that Matty.
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Post  SaintMike on Mon 12 Dec 2016, 9:54 am

Yep, thanks Matty.

I am guessing Cedric is injured? Sims too?? I am hoping Sims has not been made a scapegoat for Euro exit as he had been a breath of fresh air to the side

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Post  matty07uk on Mon 12 Dec 2016, 5:50 pm

I think both Sims and Cedric were rested as opposed injured, Hojberg was also not in squad yet had played last 5 games. Arguably he got it right as Boro were not the most attacking so a good time to rest the full backs though think McQueen would be starting in most premiership sides. Surprised though the Boro had Downing on the bench and playing Rhodes would have put him on against Martina.

We have a strong midfield so with the stirker problems he could play 4 in midfield.

Will be interesting to see if JRod gets better having [played a full game now, he did keep going which is good but Long needs to be given a try, he showed last season he can lead the line

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Post  Pete from Oz on Tue 13 Dec 2016, 5:13 am

Jrod and Log aside, any thoghts on a potential tall striker signing (transfer or loan) in January ?
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Post  matty07uk on Wed 14 Dec 2016, 7:21 pm

No real clue Pete. Don't think bringing back Gallagher is the answer, a different style. If we could get Sturridge on loan that would be fine for me as think he would fit in the formation but sure others will offer more in salary. We don't normally spend much in the January window so would be surprised if we spend much, maybe Fonte will be used as a bargaining chip for someone
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