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  1. So... it's been a common pattern since the start of the season. We go all out first half with our high-press game and have often stunned teams into conceding. But we always pay a price. The team isn't able to sustain it over 90 minutes. So it's no accident that we're among the best for first half goals, and worst for second half. This is core to Ralph's strategy. And in a league where many teams have vastly more to spend on their players, you can make a strong case for it. Blitz them. Surprise them. Take a lead. And then fight like hell to maintain it. It worked pretty grea
  2. It's going to take an absolutely massive defensive effort now. Hopefully the ref has taken a look at Djen's being hacked to death and will be less lax second half. Holding on to a win would be incredible for us....
  3. LOL. For one thing he's not a New York Saint. I am.
  4. Yes, I believe they can. All the money is in place for current offer. And longer term they have access to further funding sources, both private and public.
  5. I've spoken with DaGrosa several times and I've concluded he's actually a really smart investor with a compelling plan for Southampton's future. The fundamental problem clubs of our size have is how to compete against much deeper pocketed owners. DaGrosa's plan finds a way to build long-term value for the club via a network of academies, and satellite clubs around the world. Instead of only buying and selling players, we develop them, and at a scale few other clubs can match. It's ingenious, building on Southampton's academy reputation, and seeking to turn that into a global brand. But it w
  6. I'm going for 1-3 to Saints, Minamino with a key assist. Che Adams to get at least one. Pride restored.
  7. Without defending the tackle one iota, I do think the red card rule is ridiculous. One moment of madness by one kid, and the entire game is ruined as a spectacle... for both teams. There are so many better ways to deal with this. Send off the player, and ban him for three games, fine the club, whatever... but allow a substitute so the game can be 11 v 11. Or allow a substitute after 10 mins. No need to ruin the game. I've held this view when red cards have been in our favor. It's one thing when it's the end of the game. But in the first few mins... makes no sense. I hope, one day, th
  8. I don't think there's been a game this season where we haven't been strong in the first half. Even against Spurs. Our high press is terrifying for so many teams. But we burn a lot of energy. Second half is usually another story. Here's hoping we can find another goal....
  9. Brilliant. My number 12. "Southampton's back-line caught napping there from the free kick..."
  10. The pace of that half was astonishing. I hope we have the legs to stay as competitive for next 45... We deserve at least a draw... Really great to see Smallbone so strong. The confidence of our passing is pretty incredible.
  11. Long's done nothing. Wd love to bring on Djenepo or Redmond instead. Can't believe it will be as dull second half... Diallo looking v promising to me. But has ended up wasting most of his hard-fought gains in possession. We'll sneak it 1-0 with Adams.
  12. Big picture. We're up against one of the world's best teams... and for 44 mins of the half every bit as good as them. My worry is second half... less energy, two midfielders booked. Hope Ings is OK.
  13. Also, how good was Che's assist for the goal...? His ability to receive the ball, hold off defenders, and turn, is something we're seeing every game.
  14. The sustained high quality of our football is such a joy to see. Without the ball as much as with it. The coordinated instigation of panic. We are one hard team to play against. ...and so happy for Walcott.
  15. So great to see Che Adams shine. Pretty sure he's going to become a Saints legend. Our dominance has been almost comical. And yet such is football, the score could easily have been 0-1. A couple of goals early in the half pls!
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