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Southampton v Stoke City Your Report added by TimSaint at 11:57:43
Another game - another blank !! I think everyone thought this would be 0-0, but from a Saints perspective, at least over 31,000 turned up to see it.

Same old story. We create chances, don't score and then get sucker-punched.

Good to see Charlie back and he actually did a lot more running than I expected and oh how different the game may have been if he had converted a chance or two - still he is rustier than most !! Redmond should have scored though, but hit the bar, Gabi, JWP and Davis all had great chances but a combination of poor finishing and great keeping meant another blank.

Stoke rarely threatened though and seemed more intent on wasting as much time as possible. Especially Butland taking goal kicks and Shaqiri going down at every opportunity. Bizarre that we left Crouch at the far post with just Cedric marking him. Jack or Yosh should have picked him up - or as it was in the 6 yard box, FF should have come and punched !!

Upon reflection, at least we tried a bit more to score than we have in our last 4 or 5 games, but it was still a game with no urgency, directness or determination - the players are still on the beach and have been for many weeks now, since we got to 38/40 points. This I fear is down to the manager and his motivational skills - followed up with truly awful post match press conferences.

How we stumbled to 8th I will never know, but the reality is, we finished above Bournemouth on goal difference. West Ham had an awful season in their new stadium, but finished ONE point behind us !! The same can be said for Leicester who were in a relegation fight for a lot of the season and were only 2 points behind us !! Swansea were in the bottom 3 all season and had 3 managers and were only 5 points below is !! Everton were so far in front of us it is embarrassing !!

Yes we got to a Cup Final, but didn't win it, didn't take Europa seriously (I went to homes plus Milan and Prague away), threw ourselves on our own sword in the FA Cup and with so many changes throughout the whole season, ruined our chances of qualifying for Europe again. Extremely disappointing, something must be done to address this - but regardless I've renewed and will still give the boys my support !!

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Southampton v Stoke City Your Report added by SaintGeorge at 09:15:04
A summer with no Euros or WC and a welcome break from rubbish football - that was one of the dullest seasons I can remembe
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Southampton v Stoke City Your Report added by bigrob68 at 22:59:48
boring
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Southampton v Stoke City Your Report added by saintandy11 at 21:03:58
Dull, boring and insipid. We have gone from a team that last season took Arsenal and Man City apart to a team that was out played by Hull!!!!!!!!!!
Only positive I can find is that the roadworks will be finished before the start of the next season (hopefully)
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Southampton v Stoke City Your Report added by Crodney999 at 19:22:15
Too many players not up for it. Not playing for the manager?
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Southampton v Stoke City Your Report added by codge at 19:20:08
Just stuck for words to describe this season at least nothing that you can put in print.A season on paper looking at 8th in the league and a cup final dosn't really tell the whole story of how disappointing this campaign has really been. Positions that were so obvious to have been filled were left and never were, if ever a team needs a new direction it's my beloved Saints, 46 points 8th place is not a success.
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Southampton v Stoke City Your Report added by SaintBrock at 19:14:27
Awful end to an awful season.
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Southampton v Stoke City Your Report added by petedoors1 at 18:53:41
After that total crap today it must be PUEL OUT. He is clueless. Just dosent know how to motivate the team or change to a different system. Just does like for like substitutions.
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Southampton v Stoke City Your Report added by DPeps at 18:24:51
Cow's backside, banjo, etc.
How have we finished 8th? Best league in the world?!
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Southampton v Stoke City Your Report added by SanMarco at 18:09:08
The last thing Puel needed was another nil. I have given up worrying whose fault the lack of goals is but I do expect we will be looking for a new manager come early next week...
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Southampton v Stoke City Your Report added by larry12 at 17:25:16
Claude will be out tomorrow. The problem is now Vice Chairman and Ralph Kreuger is an imbecile. You could not make it up. 450+ mins with no goals. To be continued in mid August.
Luckily I will save myself £570.
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Southampton v Stoke City Your Report added by pete_boggs at 17:15:57
Thank god for that the season's over!
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Southampton v Manchester United Your Report added by SaintBrock at 14:44:01
Poor first half, better second. Tired, end of season performance, does nobody care anymore? Disturbing touchline bust-up betrayed behind the scenes turmoil. End of an era, surely. Hope Ryan's absence was a groin strain as Puel suggested.
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Southampton v Manchester United Your Report added by TimSaint at 11:29:30
Missing the early pen took the sting out of our approach and the game was played at training session speed thereafter.
United were there for the taking and clearly didn't want to be there, or care about the result, as all they are focused on is the Europa final. So no surprise that we created some chances and even less of a surprise that we didn't manage to score.
Very frustrating night yet again. Not only from the referee checking all the Man U players were ok after tackles, but Bailly wasting at least 10 mins on his own and Saints stooping to their level.
I don't know what they are told to do at training, but the emphasis seems very much on not conceding, rather than gambling even in the last 10 mins or so, to try and win the game. It was almost played like both managers had pre-agreed a 0-0. Why no urgency or direct play ? This can only come from one place !! The fans were crying out for some attacks !!
18 league games at home, 17 goals scored (9 v Palace, Burnley and Leicester) so that is 8 in the other 15 games. Goals not only change, but win games and our chances to goals conversion rate is the worst in the league.
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Southampton v Manchester United Your Report added by Bettwsresident at 09:37:10
I had read and heard this am that this was a boring tedious 0-0. Not so, first half was quiet but the second half was edge of the seat as we played some superb football and created chance after chance. Romero pulled off 2 world class saves and Jay rod missed a golden opportunity. The game got stretched in teh 2nd half as both sides tried to win it and Stephens was superb in mopping up, snuffing out all but 1 counter attack.
This stat summed it up from the BBC site
"Southampton had six shots on target - only Tottenham (seven on Sunday) have had more in a match against Manchester United this season in all competitions"

I just hope and pray that our luck in front of goal turns and we batter stoke to finish off what has been a stop start, but very memorable season in style.
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Southampton v Manchester United Your Report added by codge at 22:36:10
How we can be so bad taking penalties l don't know, we used to have the best in lambo and le Tiss now we can't hit one to save our lives.Do they practice taking them or not surely they do and why not JWP to take them.
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Middlesbrough v Southampton Your Report added by codge at 00:31:17
Was glad to see Caceres and Pied thought they pled very well, as a whole considering 7 changes a decent result.Hope we see more of them in the last two games, glad for Jay to get on the score board again.Redmond showed what he can do all we need is some consistency although a little late for it now, overall a good result let's keep it going wednesday night.
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Middlesbrough v Southampton Your Report added by aceofthebase at 19:41:22
I wouldn'tmind the same team starting for the next two games. Pied and Caceras fitted in well and always a chance that Boufal will mesmerise the opposition with Redmond on as needed. Good one Puel. What is it about our spot kickers?
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by pete_boggs at 13:59:07
Puel was supplied a squad when he arrived by Les.

Puel tried to play his way (diamond) but the squad did not have the technical ability.

Puel has not got a squad of decent players has tried all methods but players have failed.

Puel will be off as soon as he is paid off.

Next manager will be exactly the same.

Reed is the problem. Retire ASAP before you take us down next season.
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Southampton v Arsenal Your Report added by Consigliere at 13:45:01
A false dichotomy is when you are asked to choose between two unacceptable alternatives: For example it is sometimes said that "T'is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees". In football terms we often hear that "Its better to draw a game playing boringly than to lose playing excitingly". Both however represent the position of mediocrity and lack of ambition and in the end, both will kill you. The true test is that is better to live on your feet than to die on your knees, and better to win playing exciting football than to lose playing safe. The route to living rather than death and the route to winning not losing is being prepared to aim for success (even at the risk of failure). Ambition never killed anybody.

So, I took quite a few positives from this match (and not just because I suffered the borefest that was the Hull game and therefore start from a very low base). The team played well overall and there was a clear statement of intent to try to win. We had more shots in the first half than for several of our last games, and drew a fine save Cech. It was a very open game and with rather better finishing we should have scored two or three times. We were playing against a very serious and well-organised opponent and they scored one excellent and one world-class goal against us. True it is that we rather ran out of puff towards the end of the second half, and that there were some uncharacteristic mistakes from the likes of Romeu but the overall set-up and performance was quite good.

For me, the jury is indeed still out on Puel but if he hopes to win over the fans, performances like this rather than the negativity of the play against Hull and Chelsea is a start.
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