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Charlie Austin
at 20:18 20 Mar 2020

Unlike that fat lump to actually break into a sweat.
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PEH
at 14:48 17 Mar 2020

I think there is a certain natural element to it. Lots of our players seem unable to remain clam in a goalscoring position whereas the very best seem much more in control.
Redmond can do it sometimes, but often tries to hit the top corners and fires over. Also you can sense his anxiety with one on ones and he usually shoots way too early. (yuk).

PEH is clearly not a natural goalscorer and as TCM says he is using "throw enough mud and eventually something will stick" method.
Long is another who doesn't seem to think clearly and snatches at chances. He has so much experience you really would think he's used to being in that position by now. But if he's in a 1 on 1 you wouldn't put your house on him would you....
Armstrong on the other hand has scored a few and you can actually see him aiming for a corner not just lashing at it wildly.
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PEH
at 13:16 17 Mar 2020

Agreed. How many times does Redmond cut inside only to sail his shot over the bar?

With PEH I'd be saying "Don't shoot. Give it to someone else".
If you have 41 shots and don't score then there really isn't a lot of point trying number 42 is there.
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PEH
at 11:44 17 Mar 2020

I just read on a rolling news story on the homepage that PEH has had the most shots in the PL this season without scoring a goal. 41.
41. Let that sink in.

Now clearly he isn't in the side to score goals but in reality he not only didn't score he gave away possession 41 times. He also bought those attacks to an end. Knowing that stat, what would you say to him if you were Ralph?
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My holiday to Tenerife
at 11:39 17 Mar 2020

My friend is on La Gomera and is in the same position. Had 4 good days now confined to his room for the last three days. All amenities are off limits and there's a fine is you are caught wandering about apparently.
Flight home cancelled but like the above there is some sort of emergency flight on Thursday though he doesn't know if he's on it.
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Ralph Admits Defensive Problems
at 14:49 11 Mar 2020

Maybe Nick is referring to my comments the other day re our forwards.
We have games where we have 25 shots and lose 2-0.

Yes our defence is poor but if you can't defend then convert a couple of those chances!

And let's get it right, we have tried to address the centre of our defence. We haven't ignored it. We just spent the thick end of 50 million on Vestergaard and Hoedt both of whom appear to be a total waste of money.
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Southampton clubs & pubs from the past
at 09:34 11 Mar 2020

It's still there and still very much a student/kids pub.
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Southampton clubs & pubs from the past
at 15:05 10 Mar 2020

Boogies and Street Level from years ago....
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Southampton clubs & pubs from the past
at 11:53 10 Mar 2020

The Painted Wagon was where the Stage Door or whatever it's called now is.
I remember wandering in one day and a guy came running out being chased by a lad who was beating him with a pool cue. I just stood to one side, then went in and got a beer.
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Southampton clubs & pubs from the past
at 11:01 10 Mar 2020

Oh yeah I'd totally forgotten that.
There was another place down St Mary's called the West Indian Club that used to play a lot of good music.

I also remember a shop called Squires which was one of the first to sell Pods, and there was McQueens run by a famously effeminate bloke.
And of course bondage in general next to the Gaumont. Sold some mad clothes back in the day most of which fell apart by the time you got home.
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Southampton clubs & pubs from the past
at 10:31 10 Mar 2020

I have vague memories of a shabeen called Blues.
Odd place. Someone's front room with a pile of cans in the corner. Absolute dump but at that age it seemed really exciting to be somewhere in the small hours. drinking illegal booze.
Plus the clientele were always err interesting.
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Defensive errors
at 13:40 9 Mar 2020

Basically we aren't a very strong team physically or mentally.

Physically we can be bullied. Look at Antonio and Haller from West Ham. Absolutely smashed us twice this season. St Maxim was much the same.
The frailness of the defence must affect thew whole team as we are simply waiting to gift chances.
I'd also say that we don't put away our own chances either. How many games have we dominated in terms of shots and not won? Recently I can think of Spurs and even Liverpool where we have loads of chances and didn't put them away.
Even Villa at home we had what, 27 shots and scored twice.
If we were to put just a couple of those away we could probably take the pressure off the defence a bit.
That's part of the problem I have with sticking with Shane Long. He doesn't convert which ends up being costly.
Leaky defence and wasteful forwards usually equals trouble.
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Saints up for sale
at 11:52 9 Mar 2020

What does "looking for investment" mean?

My guess is that Gao either does not have any more to put into the club so he's looking for others to come in and take a share to lessen his exposure.
It also suggests that whilst KL still has her 20% she isn't interested in growing that share.

I'd just like to stick up for Nick a bit. A lot of this thread seems to be having a pop at Nick for things he's said. He doesn't speak for the club so all he's done is offer his own opinion on Gao and the ownership. If you don't agree fair enough, but to slate him as if he's an official spokesperson of the club is plain wrong.
This is a forum for different opinions. People should remember that cos if I were Nick I'd wonder why I bother.
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The difference between us and the opposition for the last two games?
at 18:14 7 Mar 2020

Agree with that.

I also think ralph is getting off lightly. I couldnt stand puel, and criticised him when I thought it was merited. Seems to me the crowd are now happy to blame the team but Ralph is teflon. Nothing is his fault.
Hes had a long time to work with our defence and we are no better than when he arrived. Surely agood coach gets a little improvement? In fact i am struggling to think of one player hes improved. Possibly Redmond and JWP. I want him to stay, i just think he should be held to account like previous managers.
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Flybe
at 10:12 5 Mar 2020

Virgin and others bought them out in January didn't they so they avoided going bust for a while but I think it was tied to geting a loan from the government of 100 million which never materialised.

@Winchester I guess you could flog your match ticket to get some of your money back
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What would you do with a big bid for Hojbjerg?
at 10:09 5 Mar 2020

I'd assume it was a joke.
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Flybe
at 08:51 5 Mar 2020

Must be horrible if you work at the airport. 95% of flight were Flybe. Are they still sponsoring football teams?

I'm not sure why Greta gets so much grief. She's a kid who has gone from nowhere to being the poster girl for climate awareness. I can't see how that is anything but a good thing. I can barely get my kids to do anything at all !
Surely provoking discussions at a global level to protect future generations can only be a good thing. She's doing what the politicians fail to do. The fact that protests and rallies attract so many people shows that the message resonates with people. Or is it that old people think that Greta is just trying to stop them flying to Spain for their holidays??
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Saints Need To Follow Anfield Blueprint
at 10:05 3 Mar 2020

I think most of us would agree with this as long as the club do actually take action in the summer to address some long running issues. Even then the jury is out. There is a huge list of players in the last three years that we've bought in and virtually none have claimed a place in the team and I include Djenepo and Adams in that. So waiting for the summer is no guarantee of successful rebuilding.
I'm also not convinced by Ralph. Yes he's good at chest thumping and doing little dances in front of the fans, but for me he is not tactically astute in the way Koeman or Poch was. Team selections are often erratic too.
But overall Nick you're right, too much change is bad. Let's see what we can do with some stability.
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Two right backs
at 14:07 29 Feb 2020

Seems odd to have JWP at right back with 2 right backs on the bench.
Let's wait and see. If it works then it's a good move.
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Score prediction
at 14:04 29 Feb 2020

Another weird Ralph tactic that he has to reverse at half time - or a clever plan? We'll see....
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