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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by saintjf at 10:31:51
We are staying up, we are staying up! We are making very hard work of it and may just need something from the Huddersfield game to survive. That was Newcastle we lost too. They are not very good either.
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by SaintBrock at 09:57:01
Too many of our players thinking of the beach. Ralph's team selection all wrong again. Glad when this miserable season is over. Hard to pick a man of the match as nobody played well or as if they even cared about the outcome. Feel sorry for the 1700 who gave up their weekend to watch this dross.
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by darthvader at 09:24:11
I did worry beforehand about playing jwp in that position . We looked lightweight.
At least we went for it in the second half played a lot better and could have nicked a point with a bit of luck and better finishing .
Rather lose 3-1 if we have at least had a go, than 2-0 damage limitation .
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by KriSaint at 23:25:03
Bad defending for the first 2 goals in a shitty first half performance by Saints, where we couldn´t get foot hold and keep the ball in the team.. Much better second half and - in particular - an inspirational second half performance by substitute and goal scorer Mario Lemina. We created good chances in the second half but couldn´t convert them.
On the whole a disappointing afternoon after 5 good matches with 3 wins and narrow defeats to Man. U. and Liverpool. Our 4 man midfield (PEH, Romeu, JWP and Bertrand) totally lost the midfield battle in the first half..
We missed Valery, JWP didn´t have a good game as RWB. We also missed Vestergaard who would have been a bigger task for Rondon than Stephens.
We should have decoded our opponent better beforehand and played Stephens as RB and played Lemina from the start with a very solid , physical midfield.
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by Boris1977 at 22:59:11
4-4-2 v Newcastle from the first minute. We don't have the playing staff to understand anything but 4-4-4-2. Leave the experiments to pre season. Disappointed, but not surprised. Post season will bring a few new signings. Right?
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by janecook at 22:55:10
Total shambles. We missed Vestergaard today Stephens was useless.
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by janecook at 22:55:01
Total shambles. We missed Vestergaard today Stephens was useless.
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by codge at 22:43:29
Thought in the first half that It was going to be like last year there. Second half we finally showed up l thought Lemina was great along with Armstrong but to many others back to old ways especially JWP and thought Hojbjerg was way of his game getting caught with the ball to much.And why do we take for ever to take a throw in every game, Going forward in the first half was awful to watch the good news Ralph saw the problems and fixed it for the second half shame we started so bad.
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by vanmans at 22:37:46
AS soon as I saw that Stephens was in the starting line up I feared the worst. Sims is not ready to start games but should be used as a late sub. Against Watford we need to start Armstrong and Lemina and drop Prowse. Prowse has gone back to his old ways and has been bad in the last 3 games. You cant have a player in the team just incase you get a freekick just outside the penalty area.
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Queens Park Rangers v Blackburn Rovers Your Report added by Geoff78 at 15:55:18
Oh well. We all knew Swansea was a false dawn. But why, when getting in Swansea's faces from the kick off clearly works doing we play today as if we're too busy slapping on the sun lotion in the Easter sunshine?

I don't believe the players don't care - I know that does take a huge leap of faith sometimes, but I do think they care.

Is it the failure of the manager to prepare them properly? But if so what did he do so spectacularly different last week? Or is there a malaise at the club, a dysfunction, that distracts too many and uses up too much mental energy so nothing is left for Saturday?

I know Blackburn looked better organised than Swansea, but Swansea have a better record.

Probably we were just lucky against the Swans.

And did no one think it might be worth marking Armstrong or giving poor Manning summer help? Aaarrghhh!!
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Queens Park Rangers v Blackburn Rovers Your Report added by Geoff78 at 19:01:38
Oh well. We all knew Swansea was a false dawn. But why, when getting in Swansea's faces from the kick off clearly works doing we play today as if we're too busy slapping on the sun lotion in the Easter sunshine?

I don't believe the players don't care - I know that does take a huge leap of faith sometimes, but I do think they care.

Is it the failure of the manager to prepare them properly? But if so what did he do so spectacularly different last week? Or is there a malaise at the club, a dysfunction, that distracts too many and uses up too much mental energy so nothing is left for Saturday?

I know Blackburn looked better organised than Swansea, but Swansea have a better record.

Probably we were just lucky against the Swans.

And did no one think it might be worth marking Armstrong or giving poor Manning summer help? Aaarrghhh!!
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Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers Your Report added by KriSaint at 19:37:07
Interesting change in team selection and formation (3-4-3) with Simsy coming into the team in stead of Romeu. Sims certainly made us more goal seeking and threatening, and a third attacker in the team gave Ings the opportunity to show us how great he is in build up play and combining in the final part of the pitch getting a role similar to for instance Firminos role in Liverpools team. We had significantly more finishing than usually, which was nice.
Tough luck for Romeu, sacrificed on the table of tactics, but I´m sure he understands and accepts the value of tactical speculation and versatility.
It feels great to have a manager who so obviously seems to do his job very well in every department of managing.
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Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers Your Report added by TimSaint at 19:25:57
Scored too early, so naturally sat back and played into their hands with their possession game. Too much panic and poor passing gifted Wolves good chances, but at least we showed spirit and got straight back into the lead once Wolves drew level.
Despite Wolves dominance, we still created great chances and Sims gave me nightmares with that miss !! Left foot shot first time, or go round the keeper FFS. Ings was quite instrumental in creating our chances, including the assist for Redmond's 2nd, but he seemed off the pace. Likewise Valery seemed jaded and JWP shoes us he is not a holding midfielder.
The 2nd half subs changed the game for us. Rom immediately bossed the centre of the park and this allowed Hoj to have a bit more freedom and JWP look much more comfortable in a more attacking role (he covered an impressive match high 7.8 miles). Long put in a great shift and harassed the wolves defence for half an hour and was rewarded with his goal - which looked off side but TV showed he was on - so he is now in the prolific category !! :-)

Just a shame we couldn't add to the goal tally and how Yoshi's close range effort was saved, was unbelievable. I fancied a hatrick from Redmond too !! Never mind, we held out even with some indifferent defending, especially in the 1st half, but 3 points thank you and now we're virtually safe.

Maybe the board knew we would win and were justified in issuing the season ticket renewal details early ? Hopefully they will allow Ralf a major overhaul in the summer and we can avoid a 3rd straight relegation fight.
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Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City Your Report added by Paddyhoops at 12:42:55
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Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers Your Report added by SaintBrock at 09:58:34
A poor match but a good result. Lots of huff and puff about Wolves but no real threat yesterday other than corners. Great to have a right winger with speed and guile at last. Should start over the dreadful Ward Prowse for the rest of the season.
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Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers Your Report added by BlackAngel at 09:52:14
Overall, I was pleased with the team performance. The plan seemed to be not to try to compete to keep possession but to try to hit them on the break. It worked.

Ings, Redmond and Sims linked up surprisingly well, and although Ings did not score, he linked up our pacy pair very well, and despite not having much possession we could have scored a hatful of goals.

Yet again great game management from Ralph, and a great result against a very talented Wolves team.
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Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers Your Report added by janecook at 09:35:36
Why Ward Prowse did stay on the pitch for the whole game? He hardly touched the ball in the whole ninety minutes and should have come off instead of Sims. Still good result.
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Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers Your Report added by codge at 23:30:16
Have to get over giving the ball away so much,puts our defense under so much pressure.Agree Ward Prowse was to lightweight in this game back to bad habits.Still will take the win even if it was not pretty 3pts is all that matters right now.
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Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers Your Report added by saintjf at 21:07:43
Great result. Wolves clearly have some gifted players but a great Saints performance. JWP was not great but delivered some excellent dead balls. Romeu made a difference when he came on. Stability. Ings a worry. So happy for Long. Back 3 looking OK. Not so sure about our full backs who had a busy afternoon. Gunn is improving and has some authority. Still grinning...
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