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I just have no idea how we are going to play this season!!! Will we get stuffed or has JP found the right mixture of good young uns and old uns to take us far. Pre-season results aren't everything but we have been playing well. Sorry to see Saga go although he has never been the same since he was playing for his contract and scoring fantastic hat tricks against Wolves!!!

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No its not just you definitely crashed. Shame an own goal lost it for us will be interesting to hear from those that went about first half. Also defence will be a lot stronger with Svensson & Davies in, Lest hope they can stay fit.

 

Lets pray they stay fit, more like!

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Funny how a team with the likes of John, BWP, Wotton, Dyer, etc are now considered the 'second' team. Have to wait and see how well the team played in the 1st half but im getting more confident with every passing day that we'll at least be able to hold our own in this league and finish mid-table or higher.

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I'm getting increasingly encouraged here.

 

Does anyone know where I can get the best odds for Saints to get promoted - not top, just promoted?

 

Betdaq have got 13-1. Dont know if that is still best - try oddschecker.com

 

edit William Hill at 14-1 http://www.willhill.com/iibs/EN/buildcoupon.asp?couponchoice=FB2191987&aff=doddscheck

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From Stokes offical site

Southampton 2 Stoke City 3

Posted on: Tue 05 Aug 2008

 

City continued their impressive pre-season form after ousting Southampton 3-2 in a competitive friendly at St Mary's.

 

Dave Kitson put the Potters ahead on two minutes, before David McGoldrick squared things up on 32 minutes.

 

Vincent Pericard stroked home a screamer to put the Potters back in to the lead in the second half, before Stern John pegged City back for a second time just a minute later.

 

However, with just ten minutes remaining, Tony Pulis' side chalked up their fifth win from six thanks to an own goal from Saints defender Jamie Hatch, after more good work from the impressive Pericard.

 

Tony Pulis handed Seyi Olofinjana his first start for the club following his £3,000,000 move from Wolves, while Denmark number one Thomas Sorensen made his first appearance as a second half substitute.

 

Leon Cort returned to the starting line up after recovering from a minor thigh strain which he picked up in Austria, while Kitson continued up front partnering Mamady Sidibe.

 

Liam Lawrence wasn't involved in the squad for the game, despite travelling with the squad to the South coast.

 

A frantic start to the game could have seen the hosts ahead after just 17 seconds. McGoldrick burst in to the box from the kick off but drilled his effort over the bar.

 

However, just 60 seconds later it was the Potters who drew first blood. Kitson met Sidibe's neat flick on with aplomb and smashed home his first goal for the Potters, much to the delight of the travelling 223 City supporters.

 

The visitors continued to dominate the early proceedings with Anthony Pulis warming the palms of Kelvin Davis with a long range effort.

 

Former Sunderland stopper Davis was then forced to produce an outstanding save minutes later to thwart Pulis, who went even closer with a strike which was expertly tipped around the post.

 

A combination of Simonsen and Cort denied Adam Lallana the chance to equalise in the 17th minute, after the Saints striker looked set to level from close range, before the City pair cleared the danger.

 

Carl D**kinson was forced off shortly after, having fallen awkwardly under a challenge from a Southampton midfielder.

 

Malian international Sidibe could have doubled the advantage for the visitors mid way through the first half, but after latching on to Olofinjana's clever header, his effort was well blocked by former City defender Wayne Thomas.

 

Jan Poortvliet's side went close just after the half hour through Lallana, who after beating two defenders drilled a 25-yard effort inches wide of the right hand post.

 

Pulis shuffled things about a bit with a change in the 34th minute, replacing Cresswell with former Southampton loanee Vincent Pericard.

 

The hosts pressure paid off in the 37th minute as McGoldrick cleverly controlled and turned in the penalty area before flashing his effort across Simonsen and in to the bottom left hand corner.

 

Simonsen had to be alert on several occasions before the end of the first half, firstly to thwart Lallana and then to save from the impressive Jake Thomson.

 

Both managers made wholesale changes during the half time interval, with the hosts lining up a totally different eleven, while City welcomed Sorensen, Salif Diao, Jon Parkin and Danny Pugh to the field.

 

Saints youngster Jamie White gave former Aston Villa keeper Sorensen his first taste of action in the 61st minute, with a thunderous effort which the City keeper superbly reacted to.

 

Lewis Buxton was next to be brought on, with Cort making way for the former Portsmouth youngster.

 

The hosts almost found themselves 2-1 up mid-way through the second half, after Sorensen let the ball slip through his palms, only for Grzegorz Rasiak to have his effort cleared off the line by Wilkinson.

 

It was City though who would take the lead with just over 15 minutes remaining.

 

Pericard picked the ball up 40-yards out, danced past a defender and launched a thunderous effort which dipped beyond the outstretched hands of Bartosz Bailkowski and in to the top left hand corner.

 

The lead lasted barely two minutes though, as last seasons top goalscorer John headed home unmarked from 6-yards.

 

An injury to Shawcross in the 79th minute led to Cort making his way back on to the field in bizarre circumstances.

 

With the game looking likely to end all square, City snatched a deserved victory late on after Pericard, who impressed, beat three defenders, rounded the keeper and then watched Jamie Hatch knock the ball in to his own net after trying to clear the ball away from danger.

 

CITY: Simonsen (Sorensen 46); Griffin ©, Cort (Buxton 63), Shawcross, D**kinson (Wilkinson 28); Delap, Olofinjana (Diao 49), Pulis, Cresswell (Pericard 34); Sidibe (Pugh 49), Kitson (Parkin 49). Subs: Whelan

 

SAINTS (1st Half): Davis; James, Perry ©, Thomas, Surman; Thomson, Schneiderlin, Gullett, Holmes; Lallana, McGoldrick.

 

SAINTS (2nd Half): Bialkowski; Hatch, Thomas, Racine, Mills; Dyer, White, Wotton ©, Wright-Phillips; John, Rasiak.

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Pericard, who impressed, beat three defenders, rounded the keeper and then watched Jamie Hatch knock the ball in to his own net after trying to clear the ball away from danger.

 

What the **** is that?

 

im sure people at the game will have a different view on the goal. the bit about stoke getting a deserved winner made me laugh

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"Pericard picked the ball up 40-yards out, danced past a defender and launched a thunderous effort which dipped beyond the outstretched hands of Bartosz Bailkowski and in to the top left hand corner."

 

How about this for praising one of their own up.

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"Pericard picked the ball up 40-yards out, danced past a defender and launched a thunderous effort which dipped beyond the outstretched hands of Bartosz Bailkowski and in to the top left hand corner."

 

How about this for praising one of their own up.

 

Very much extremely incredible.

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What was the crowd?

 

just over 5000..

 

 

just got back, no where near as good as we were v west ham, and we looked a little bit light weight v there bigger players, worryingly as that is the sort we are going to come up against this season. As for Stoke, they are going to get smashed in the premiership

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just over 5000..

 

 

just got back, no where near as good as we were v west ham, and we looked a little bit light weight v there bigger players, worryingly as that is the sort we are going to come up against this season. As for Stoke, they are going to get smashed in the premiership

 

To be fair most teams would look lightweight against Stoke, any particularly good/weak performances? Good goal for DMG?

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To be fair most teams would look lightweight against Stoke, any particularly good/weak performances? Good goal for DMG?

 

am very impressed with spiderman, and holmes takes up some good positions. DMG worked hard, didnt see his goal as was in toilet!!

 

I am still worried about our full back situation, if that lot are all we have them im very worried

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