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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by RogerToye at 16:52:08
should put games to bed however scored more than we shipped
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by larry12 at 11:58:50
Shiite lineup to start. Davis is now not good enough even for the bench.
No midfield as ad infinitum. Dreary borefest. Redmond, Tadic dog awful. Clasie and Hojberg ARE better than Mr Plod and Davis and Pelligreno is a moron for not seeing that. Stephens was constantly ball watching and is therefore not good enough to start at all. Yoshida doing the job of the forwards. Cedric shoots and misses til 2050. Saints do not get that pass quite right by 3000 times. Need 3 more Lemina's. As said Bertrand? I hope Cedric and Bertrand end up at Chelsea. At least Plug and Mcqueen try. Compared with that rubbish yesterday, I am looking forward to hitting my little toe against some furniture.
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by Consigliere at 10:26:04
In my view, the way to analyse this game is to first consider the situation if we hadn't been given a penalty award in the last moments of the game.

Had that been the scenario then I suspect that the conclusion would have been exactly as SaintBrock and Ace have set out, namely that far too much side passing and allowing the other side to reorganise their defence whilst we tried this way and that to get through the wall had cost us the game. This was never going to work against a big, physical and pretty dirty team like W Ham especially with their ever present threat on the counter with Antonio. There is no point in playing pretty football (and there is no doubt, some of it was easy on the eye) if you don't open up the other side's defence.

Even so, there were still a few glimmers of light towards the latter part of the second half especially after Long came on, with some racy attacks down the flanks and a more direct style, but it took the efforts of Yoshida (who I noticed went up front several times in the last 10 minutes to try to boost the attack) to get us over the line. A bit of a soft penalty but that is hardly the point, he and JWP combined to make the sort of direct attack that should have unlocked this game (against 10 men) a lot sooner.
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by SaintNick at 10:21:29
If you are going to press high up the field and commit players to attack then you have to be confident of being able to defend against teams that can come at you at sped on the counter, can we say we are confident of that at the moment ?

Lemina in the side will help that and get Hoedt in and it will make a big difference, get Van Dijk in as well and we will be a decent side
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Queens Park Rangers v Hull City Your Report added by Harbour at 09:50:58
A very enjoyable game and we were very unlucky to go a goal down first half had freeman taken that well worked opportunity and they were a bit lucky for their goal. Great second half performance and superb subs from OH got the result we deserved and could have been 3 if connor had taken chance at the end credit to Lua Lua playing after his father died very brave. On Lua Lua not sure how he won so many free kicks he just went over and the ref blew . Great performance from perch and Luongo . Hull look like a team in trouble
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Queens Park Rangers v Hull City Your Report added by QPRski at 08:14:44
An entertaining match that demonstrated the new character and determination of the team. There should be a score for the manager, as Ollie's substitutions were key to the result. I am not sure if they were planned or simply improvised, but they were effective and got the result. Well done to Ollie and the whole team.
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by sidsaint at 07:59:21
Typical game against the hammers who lived up to their name. Noble should also have been sent off and we were lucky that Jack's hand ball wasn't penalised. Disappointed so far after 2 games with Redmond and Bertrand who are off the boil compared to last season. Gabby tries to find the gaps Cedric's shooting is dire and I wish we had a poacher like Fernandes. Can't see much evidence of high pressing game but some nice football played in the build up. All in all 6 out of ten so far. Interested in team selection for Wednesday.
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by aceofthebase at 22:35:09
SaintBrock that's a fair description of the game and players performances. The only point is I saw no evidence of 'Pellegrinos preferred style of fast forward attacking'. That is maybe what the fans want to see but we saw a slow build-up again and again, sideways backwards and then exasperation as they face a perfectly organised defence.
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by SaintBrock at 21:48:00
Tedious, scrappy affair spoilt by incessant stoppages for fouls, injuries and players squaring up to each other. What was obvious is that we do not have the players to work Pellegrino's preferred style of fast forward attacking play. We were outclassed in the air at the back and in their penalty area and for pace today and one or two players had stinkers.

Redmond was poor apart from his early assist that flattered to deceive, otherwise Zabaletta had him in his pocket all afternoon. How can he be preferred over Boufal is beyond me. Bertrand just couldn't be rrsed to get up to speed, in fact he looked hacked off all afternoon and clearly wasn't concentrating on his job for their first goal. Cedric was getting a right battering from the ex-Stoke thug who was sent off and didn't seem to settle after that.

Yoshida, Tadic and Romeu were our best and most determined players and Forster had a decent game.

Too much whistle from the ref who just seemed to want to intervene even on robust but otherwise fair tackles. The lino called the red card incident and both pens.
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Southampton v Swansea City Your Report added by SaintBrock at 10:12:58
Good start, enjoyable to watch. We look sharper and quicker than last season. Swansea looked poor and a class below us.
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Southampton v Swansea City Your Report added by pete_boggs at 01:06:21
Zzzzzzzzz
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Southampton v Swansea City Your Report added by Letiss7 at 19:29:43
A really solid performance, marred by some wayward finishing by the Saints. We moved the ball around well, with plenty of of the play switching from one side to the other. The higher pressing we employed from the first minute onwards, unsettled Swansea from playing from the back with any real effect . The were many turnarounds of play for Saints, due to this continual pressing, therefore preventing the Swansea players any time to get into a rhythm of any sorts.
Individually Jack Stephens continues to improve with each game, and as most fans are now realising is a class act. A promising start, and nine times of of ten we would have won comfortably.
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Rochdale v Scunthorpe United Your Report added by geraldo at 18:56:25
Boring game and 2 points dropped First half poor mainly because of Hills team selection. Davies enlivened things up when he came on but why take Rathbone off and leave Brown on - he is not good enough for this level
What has happened to our star signing ( Williams)?
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Queens Park Rangers v Reading Your Report added by francisbowles at 11:56:46
Amazingly open and at times end to end game. More entertainment in the first eight mins than we have seen in a long time. Some important covering by Ned early on, on another day we could have been in a spot more bother. Don't want to put a dampener on it though, a very good performance all 'round and a great start.

Midfield pressing, in particular was excellent kept winning the ball back and pushing forward. Top marks to Ollie for getting this selection spot on. Mackie, Washington and Wsolek just need to shoot/ cross a little quicker but that should come with confidence.
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Portsmouth v Rochdale Your Report added by calvinw123 at 23:45:02
Tight game. Dale looked like they were controlling it until Keane was sent off. A few players weren't at their best today whilst others, especially Kgosi played very well. Lapse of concentration in the 46th minute and a good quality goal at the death the only difference between the team's - May have been very different without Keane's sending off.
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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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