The New Den, Millwall. January 16th, 2010.
A late-late goal by Liam Trotter deprived Saints of a last minute victory. The equaliser in injury time coming only 30 seconds after Rickie Lambert had put us ahead, a bitter blow in our efforts to chase down a place in the play-offs after overcoming a 10 point deduction in our first season in league one. Another few points lost in the grind of this ugly division, an introduction to life at Saints for three debutants, Jon Otsemobor, Dan
The jokes are coming thick and fast now, 5-a-side friendlies against Blackpool. Liverpool renaming themselves Scousehampton. The best one was of Tottenham bidding for a player who couldn't possibly pass a medical.... Oh.
After five years of progress it surely couldn't have continued forever, our home-grown players making the England squad, Our best ever Premier League finish and widespread acclaim for our playing style and ethos. What is unacceptable though is the speed that things
Oh the media, where there is a story to be told (or even contrived) they will do so. After such a wonderful season can anyone be surprised that a lot of our stars are being linked away? With stories intensifying regarding Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw in particular the future appears uncertain, how will our team look next season if the worst case scenario unfolds? For the sake of this I am going to assume the following:
1) Even if Mauricio Pochettino goes to Tottenham our tactics will
Well, that escalated quickly! Within 48 hours of the news of Nicola Cortese's potential departure breaking he has indeed gone, reports of chaos in our playing and coaching staff have broken only for this to be rounded off by Mauricio Pochettino thankfully not following through with his summer threats of leaving should Cortese depart and committing himself to the cause... for the short term at least.
Those who achieve the most often do so with a trail of enmity in their wake, certainly
It's been so long since I could look at the Premier League table and see Saints in absolute, complete mid-table obscurity. Six points adrift from eighth and four points ahead of tenth it really doesn't get lonelier then this, recent form notwithstanding I also am not too concerned about us sinking too far down the table, it really has been a very difficult run of fixtures and the extra-ordinary results at home against the bigger clubs that we experienced last year simply cannot be something to base