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    Ralph. Please do some miracle working

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    Stephens & Bednarek at centre back pls.
    Also like to see Davis in for Romeu.
    Ideally Obafemi is fit with Austin back to being a 20 minute sub man.

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    Mustafi & Sokratis both suspended.

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    No points, more misery, propping up the league by the end.

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    Arsenal 21 without defeat, Saints 14 without a win. More misery ahead.
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    Game over

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    A) Arsenal play their strongest team for some fun / target practice / improve their goal difference...we play like we did today 0-6
    B) Arsenal play their B team expecting a stroll, HH works his magic in a week, players show up and gel...2-0 shock win for Saints breaking /Arsenal's run

    or...

    C) We play well...hit the underside of the bar three times...two blatant penalties denied...a winner at the death denied for a wrong-call offside...Arsenal breakaway and score in the third minute of extra time ...0-1

    You just know it's not B)

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    A better performance would be nice. We can't really play much worse though.

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    Utter tonking. Six or seven nil to Arsenal


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    McCarthy
    Cedric Stephens Bednarek Bertrand
    Lemina PEH
    Redmond Armstrong Elyounoussi
    Ings

    Honestly how I miss the likes of VVD, Fonte, Tadic and Mane...

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    6 each half for them if we defend like today

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALWAYS_SFC View Post
    6 each half for them if we defend like today
    Are we going to get ruined pal?

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    How long is it since we defeated a top six team?

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    RH next training sesh

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    We badly need Bertrand, Cedric and Ings back. Obafemi too.

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    Stephens and Bednarek at CB, if the usual full backs are fit.

    Otherwise Stephens at RB, me at LB with Yoshida in the middle.

    The rest stay the same.

    It ain't perfect but it's our best hope until the January window.

    Welcome Ralph...!!

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    We'll probably play quite well but lose due to defensive errors. Same old same old

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSAINT View Post
    Mustafi & Sokratis both suspended.
    Shame, they’re both terrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appy View Post
    Shame, they’re both terrible.
    Holding is out and koscielny has not played from a long term injury.

    Trouble is, they will score 3 or so and that will be that

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    Expecting a loss, we all know this ship is going to take time to turn but I am hoping for a better performance, more energy, intensity and sharpishness.

    This month is a steep learning curve for Ralph, we need to hit the ground running in 2019.

    A draw would be great and a win would be amazing.

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    My starting XI:

    McCarthy
    Soares bednarek Stephens Bertrand
    Romeu
    hojberg lemina
    Armstrong Redmond
    Obafemi

    Obviously depends on obafemi being fit. Otherwise start with Gabbi on the basis that Austin can't run for more than 20 mins as evidenced by yesterday's performance.


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    No disrespect to Obafemi (or Valery) but I would be concerned about playing them in an important Championship game as they are, frankly, not up to the required standard at the moment.

    That said it puts our lack of suitable striking options into sharp focus and also the lack of management foresight in not signing cover at Right back when the services of Pied were dispensed with, even though he was barely adequate for the Prem.

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    Is it dress like santa day for this one Fat Shurlock was wearing his at Cardiff so he`s in..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baird of the land View Post
    Stephens & Bednarek at centre back pls.
    Also like to see Davis in for Romeu.
    Ideally Obafemi is fit with Austin back to being a 20 minute sub man.
    I agree with your first and third points, but Davis in for Romeu? What have you been smoking?

    Romeu was our second best player yesterday (behind Lemina), and Davis has never shown any evidence of being able to play that role. It would be suicide to play him there against Arsenal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALWAYS_SFC View Post
    Is it dress like santa day for this one Fat Shurlock was wearing his at Cardiff so he`s in..
    Why not, no doubt our players will come loaded with presents for their players.

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    We are going to win this

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    This game will mark 951 days since we last beat a top 6 side in the league.

    Got a funny feeling we will pinch this one*

    *cheeky insurance bet placed just in case



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bexy View Post
    I agree with your first and third points, but Davis in for Romeu? What have you been smoking?

    Romeu was our second best player yesterday (behind Lemina), and Davis has never shown any evidence of being able to play that role. It would be suicide to play him there against Arsenal.
    Romeu was not our second best player yesterday and Davis played excellently in the deep role against spurs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micky View Post
    Why not, no doubt our players will come loaded with presents for their players.

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    Some goals will be the best presents we can get, preferably more than they get

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baird of the land View Post
    Romeu was not our second best player yesterday and Davis played excellently in the deep role against spurs.
    Exactly, Romeu was dreadful, as he has been for 18 months.

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    Strange how Bertrand and ings were close to being fit just before Hughes got sacked but not heard updates on them since really. Is Bertrand really injured? Hughes said he had anxiety over back condition which sounded abit odd to me. We need both back as targett and Austin are woeful.

    No schedule on Obafemi injury either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasoneuelllfanclub View Post
    Strange how Bertrand and ings were close to being fit just before Hughes got sacked but not heard updates on them since really. Is Bertrand really injured? Hughes said he had anxiety over back condition which sounded abit odd to me. We need both back as targett and Austin are woeful.

    No schedule on Obafemi injury either.

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    From what I've read I suspect we won't see Bertrand back. Part of the problem, not the solution. No great loss, has been very poor this season and last.

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    Mad if anyone doesn’t want Bertrand back to be honest, head and shoulders above every other defender in the team. Their defence will be completely makeshift, if we can get Bertrand and one of our injured strikers back I feel we’re in a game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VectisSaint View Post
    From what I've read I suspect we won't see Bertrand back.
    Read where?

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    in our 2015-16 season think we were on a run of 5 without a win before we beat them on boxing day 4-0.

    wouldn't mind a plot twist like that again on Sunday

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    .....well the scoreline could be the same...

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    Quote Originally Posted by VectisSaint View Post
    From what I've read I suspect we won't see Bertrand back. Part of the problem, not the solution. No great loss, has been very poor this season and last.
    So what have you read? Are you a troll? Sorry to ask but one line posts laden with innuendo and biased opinion always make me think that you are on the inside of the club or simply on a wind up.

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    4-1 Arsenal.

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    Anyone who wouldn’t want Bertrand over Targett after witnessing the Cardiff game needs stronger meds.

    Bertie and Redmond at least look like they’ve got some idea of how to work together to get dangerous balls into the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaptopSaint View Post
    Anyone who wouldn’t want Bertrand over Targett after witnessing the Cardiff game needs stronger meds.

    Bertie and Redmond at least look like they’ve got some idea of how to work together to get dangerous balls into the box.
    This all the way. Bertie and Redmond work well together, and they provide some great width. I am hoping for

    McCarthy
    Cedric Stephens Bednarek Bertrand
    Romeu PEH
    Armstrong Lemina Redmond
    Long (Gabbi if Long injured)

    And please Ralph, push the team up the pitch, allow them to press, and encourage the likes of Armstrong, Lemina and Redmond to push forward at every opportunity. It would be great to take the game to the opposition for a change!

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    Bertrand doing a Van dijk to us. He’s not injured, he’s got the hump. Lost the armband. Without him if he decides so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFC-TID! View Post
    Bertrand doing a Van dijk to us. He’s not injured, he’s got the hump. Lost the armband. Without him if he decides so.
    That much is pretty obvious unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baird of the land View Post
    Romeu was not our second best player yesterday and Davis played excellently in the deep role against spurs.
    Davis did play quite well v Spurs but Romeu was good v Cardiff - I'd be surprised if he isn't in RH's plans, with Lemina pushed further forward in that PEH, Romeu, Lemina midfield.

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    Players already got the hump with the new training regime apparently. Being made to train at the same time as the game. So 4pm kick off the players are training at 4pm for that week. Not going down well at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFC-TID! View Post
    Bertrand doing a Van dijk to us. He’s not injured, he’s got the hump. Lost the armband. Without him if he decides so.
    No surprises with this. That guff over "anxiety" about an injury rang alarms bells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brett24 View Post
    Players already got the hump with the new training regime apparently. Being made to train at the same time as the game. So 4pm kick off the players are training at 4pm for that week. Not going down well at all.
    Good. The buggers need a shake up, and RH will sort them our although I can see a few dropping of as he decribes between now and the opening of the transfer window.

    Get the impression one or two may bring in letters from their mums (or agents more likely) with reasons why they should be excused from extra training.

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    Cedric Bednarek Stephens Bertrand
    Romeu Hojbjerg
    Lemina Armstrong
    Ings Austin


    I'm thinking he'll go straight for his 4-2-2-2 formation, Cedric and Bertrand asked to provide the width.

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    If we get Bertrand and Cedric back I’m thinking 3-0. If we get Ings back we may score a goal, but I doubt it. May be 4-0.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brett24 View Post
    Players already got the hump with the new training regime apparently. Being made to train at the same time as the game. So 4pm kick off the players are training at 4pm for that week. Not going down well at all.
    Unreal. Must be hard to work for a few hours a day, kicking a ball

    Partly their fault they are having to do so

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    Fulham should get a point at home to West Ham on Saturday so I expect we'll be bottom going into this match, and will remain so after 0-2 defeat.

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