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Saints show European form

7:00am Friday 18th January 2013

Saints show European form

Saints have shown European form to turn around their torrid start to life back in the Premier League.

Statistics produced by the Daily Echo show just how far Saints have come after a tough baptism following their return to the top flight.

After 11 games of the season Saints sat second from bottom of the Premier League with just five points and a depressing goal difference of -14.

But since then Nigel Adkins and his men have turned things around to dramatic effect.

The Premier League table for the last 11 games see Saints in seventh place with an impressive 17 points and a goal difference of plus four.

“This is new to all of us,” reflected Adkins.

“We have been used to winning games over the last few years and the baptism when we came into the Barclays Premier League when you look at this first four or fixtures they were tough games. We were in them but they were tough games.

“The first ten games I think we only picked up four points so we talk about how we’ve improved, how the players have grown in confidence and how we’re finding ways to pick up points.

“To come away from home (at Chelsea) and to show a resolve and character to come from 2-0 behind and get something from the game, which is very rare, is great credit to the players and the character that they are showing.”

Comments(23)

Comments(23)

Puddletown Saint says...
7:15am Fri 18 Jan 13

Next season - only three good signings and we are top 10 and looking up. COYR.

SaintMax says...
7:35am Fri 18 Jan 13

We are evolving throughout the club, learning how to deal with the EPL. keep up this form and as you say Puddletown, with a few good investments we could really kick on next season.

m@t says...
7:41am Fri 18 Jan 13

Before we get too carried away it is important to consider the fixtures. Apart from the recent glorious point against Chelsea the rest of our points have come against lowly opposition as opposed to our start against the big teams.
With that in mind take a look at our next few matches and tell me if we will maintain 'Europe' form:

Everton (h)
Man Utd (a)
Wigan (a)
Man City (h)
Newcastle (a)

classof'77 says...
7:44am Fri 18 Jan 13

I said, in face of the doubters and the moaners at the early results, that we supporters would have to continue to grit our teeth for a while. It was for a bit longer than even I anticipated, but we really do seem to have turned the corner now, and a couple of strategic signings now should see us comfortably into the safety zone.

Puddletown Saint says...
7:50am Fri 18 Jan 13

m@t wrote:
Before we get too carried away it is important to consider the fixtures. Apart from the recent glorious point against Chelsea the rest of our points have come against lowly opposition as opposed to our start against the big teams.
With that in mind take a look at our next few matches and tell me if we will maintain 'Europe' form:

Everton (h)
Man Utd (a)
Wigan (a)
Man City (h)
Newcastle (a)
Ba Hum Bug Remember every team has to play each twice. Any points from those first four games is a better return than the first half of the season !!!!!!

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...
8:20am Fri 18 Jan 13

m@t wrote:
Before we get too carried away it is important to consider the fixtures. Apart from the recent glorious point against Chelsea the rest of our points have come against lowly opposition as opposed to our start against the big teams.
With that in mind take a look at our next few matches and tell me if we will maintain 'Europe' form:

Everton (h)
Man Utd (a)
Wigan (a)
Man City (h)
Newcastle (a)
Well Wigan and Newcastle are the obvious two. And a win at Wigan is far more precious than a win at Man Utd. Win those two and it's more than a point a game from these 5 fixtures. Personally I have hopes of something against Everton too.

SaintinCanada says...
8:37am Fri 18 Jan 13

m@t wrote:
Before we get too carried away it is important to consider the fixtures. Apart from the recent glorious point against Chelsea the rest of our points have come against lowly opposition as opposed to our start against the big teams.
With that in mind take a look at our next few matches and tell me if we will maintain 'Europe' form:

Everton (h)
Man Utd (a)
Wigan (a)
Man City (h)
Newcastle (a)
As NA would say "one game at a time". Let's focus on Everton on Monday. 3 points from that and a bunch of draws from those around us would be fantastic.

Rising_Son says...
8:38am Fri 18 Jan 13

classof'77 wrote:
I said, in face of the doubters and the moaners at the early results, that we supporters would have to continue to grit our teeth for a while. It was for a bit longer than even I anticipated, but we really do seem to have turned the corner now, and a couple of strategic signings now should see us comfortably into the safety zone.
Actually, we won't get the points to see us into the safety zone just for signings, strategic or otherwise. We'll only get them if we win or draw matches. I think we can do that with the players we have, although a decent signing wouldn't hurt, of course.

J7junctionseven says...
8:51am Fri 18 Jan 13

Everton - W
Man Utd - L
Wigan - W
Man City - D
Newcastle - D

8 points from 15 will do us COYR

Mush On The Beach says...
9:14am Fri 18 Jan 13

I here a cold snap over there is threatening the Everton game, will it go ahead?

jerseysaint says...
9:15am Fri 18 Jan 13

J7junctionseven wrote:
Everton - W Man Utd - L Wigan - W Man City - D Newcastle - D 8 points from 15 will do us COYR
i think we can beat Everton.
Man u i think is a loss
Wigan a draw
Man City i think we could draw.
Newcastle a win.

arm chair fan says...
9:26am Fri 18 Jan 13

J7junctionseven wrote:
Everton - W
Man Utd - L
Wigan - W
Man City - D
Newcastle - D

8 points from 15 will do us COYR
realisticly would take 5 points from this! that continues us on a point a game. then easier games to follow!!!

SaintMax says...
9:26am Fri 18 Jan 13

Mush On The Beach wrote:
I here a cold snap over there is threatening the Everton game, will it go ahead?
Aren't we apparently the only team in the league without under pitch heating..? We have a bubble and blower system which didn't help against Hull a couple of years ago..

Strasbourg Saint says...
9:32am Fri 18 Jan 13

Rising_Son wrote:
classof'77 wrote:
I said, in face of the doubters and the moaners at the early results, that we supporters would have to continue to grit our teeth for a while. It was for a bit longer than even I anticipated, but we really do seem to have turned the corner now, and a couple of strategic signings now should see us comfortably into the safety zone.
Actually, we won't get the points to see us into the safety zone just for signings, strategic or otherwise. We'll only get them if we win or draw matches. I think we can do that with the players we have, although a decent signing wouldn't hurt, of course.
Hey RS, just read your comment on the 'Rickie' thread. Does that mean you'll be over for St James's Park?

As for Europe, will we still be allowed into the Champions League if the UK Govt. eurosceptics get their way and Cameron pulls us out of the EU?

I'm looking forward to driving to places like Milan and Munich in a couple of years' time. :)

Bungy53 says...
9:36am Fri 18 Jan 13

SaintMax wrote:
Mush On The Beach wrote:
I here a cold snap over there is threatening the Everton game, will it go ahead?
Aren't we apparently the only team in the league without under pitch heating..? We have a bubble and blower system which didn't help against Hull a couple of years ago..
No need to worry Mush the snow really isn't that bad as I look out of my window, and I live within hearing distance of the stadium when we score.

The other bit from Saint Max, well, the Daily Smail has printed its' usual anti-saints stuff, pointing out the fact you're stated.
As I look out of my window, there is a couple of inches on the ground which, according to the local wheather, is likely to thaw by Monday. I hope so, since it's a 2 mile walk for me to the stadium.COYR

Mush On The Beach says...
9:37am Fri 18 Jan 13

SaintMax wrote:
Mush On The Beach wrote:
I here a cold snap over there is threatening the Everton game, will it go ahead?
Aren't we apparently the only team in the league without under pitch heating..? We have a bubble and blower system which didn't help against Hull a couple of years ago..
Fingers crossed, I wonder how much it will cost to sort that out for the future.

Rising_Son says...
9:44am Fri 18 Jan 13

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
classof'77 wrote:
I said, in face of the doubters and the moaners at the early results, that we supporters would have to continue to grit our teeth for a while. It was for a bit longer than even I anticipated, but we really do seem to have turned the corner now, and a couple of strategic signings now should see us comfortably into the safety zone.
Actually, we won't get the points to see us into the safety zone just for signings, strategic or otherwise. We'll only get them if we win or draw matches. I think we can do that with the players we have, although a decent signing wouldn't hurt, of course.
Hey RS, just read your comment on the 'Rickie' thread. Does that mean you'll be over for St James's Park?

As for Europe, will we still be allowed into the Champions League if the UK Govt. eurosceptics get their way and Cameron pulls us out of the EU?

I'm looking forward to driving to places like Milan and Munich in a couple of years' time. :)
Stras, I'm looking forward to meeting you and others at Newcastle next month and places like Milan and Munich in the not to distant future. Just hope Cameron doesn't negotiate us out of visa-free European travel.

Strasbourg Saint says...
10:25am Fri 18 Jan 13

SaintMax wrote:
Mush On The Beach wrote:
I here a cold snap over there is threatening the Everton game, will it go ahead?
Aren't we apparently the only team in the league without under pitch heating..? We have a bubble and blower system which didn't help against Hull a couple of years ago..
I thought that, but someone told me recently that we DO have it, but that we have never needed to use it. Most under-pitch heating is kept on 24/7, so it's expensive. I suppose, if it is there, it could be switched on on Sunday and would do the job. Anyone know for sure?

Strasbourg Saint says...
10:27am Fri 18 Jan 13

Mush On The Beach wrote:
SaintMax wrote:
Mush On The Beach wrote:
I here a cold snap over there is threatening the Everton game, will it go ahead?
Aren't we apparently the only team in the league without under pitch heating..? We have a bubble and blower system which didn't help against Hull a couple of years ago..
Fingers crossed, I wonder how much it will cost to sort that out for the future.
Which is better, Mush, -10 (UK/France) or +46 (Sydney)?

Strasbourg Saint says...
10:40am Fri 18 Jan 13

Rising_Son wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
classof'77 wrote:
I said, in face of the doubters and the moaners at the early results, that we supporters would have to continue to grit our teeth for a while. It was for a bit longer than even I anticipated, but we really do seem to have turned the corner now, and a couple of strategic signings now should see us comfortably into the safety zone.
Actually, we won't get the points to see us into the safety zone just for signings, strategic or otherwise. We'll only get them if we win or draw matches. I think we can do that with the players we have, although a decent signing wouldn't hurt, of course.
Hey RS, just read your comment on the 'Rickie' thread. Does that mean you'll be over for St James's Park?

As for Europe, will we still be allowed into the Champions League if the UK Govt. eurosceptics get their way and Cameron pulls us out of the EU?

I'm looking forward to driving to places like Milan and Munich in a couple of years' time. :)
Stras, I'm looking forward to meeting you and others at Newcastle next month and places like Milan and Munich in the not to distant future. Just hope Cameron doesn't negotiate us out of visa-free European travel.
I guess the question is, if the UK pulls out of Europe, will Portsea Island pull out of the UK? Here's hoping!

As for Newcastle, great. Seed's turing it into something of a lost weekend, I believe, although I'll be with the little Strassies, so won't be doing the 'full tour' so to speak.

Anyway, the trains and Seaton Burn Travelodge (10 miles north of town) are booked. Just need to secure the tickets when they go on sale. Let me know if you want me to arrange one (or more) for you. I'm hoping my nephew can get them at SMS because he passes there on his way to work.

Taunton Saint says...
10:52am Fri 18 Jan 13

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
classof'77 wrote:
I said, in face of the doubters and the moaners at the early results, that we supporters would have to continue to grit our teeth for a while. It was for a bit longer than even I anticipated, but we really do seem to have turned the corner now, and a couple of strategic signings now should see us comfortably into the safety zone.
Actually, we won't get the points to see us into the safety zone just for signings, strategic or otherwise. We'll only get them if we win or draw matches. I think we can do that with the players we have, although a decent signing wouldn't hurt, of course.
Hey RS, just read your comment on the 'Rickie' thread. Does that mean you'll be over for St James's Park?

As for Europe, will we still be allowed into the Champions League if the UK Govt. eurosceptics get their way and Cameron pulls us out of the EU?

I'm looking forward to driving to places like Milan and Munich in a couple of years' time. :)
Stras, I'm looking forward to meeting you and others at Newcastle next month and places like Milan and Munich in the not to distant future. Just hope Cameron doesn't negotiate us out of visa-free European travel.
I guess the question is, if the UK pulls out of Europe, will Portsea Island pull out of the UK? Here's hoping!

As for Newcastle, great. Seed's turing it into something of a lost weekend, I believe, although I'll be with the little Strassies, so won't be doing the 'full tour' so to speak.

Anyway, the trains and Seaton Burn Travelodge (10 miles north of town) are booked. Just need to secure the tickets when they go on sale. Let me know if you want me to arrange one (or more) for you. I'm hoping my nephew can get them at SMS because he passes there on his way to work.
Stassie / Rising,

I am staying in the City itself, I will be with the Mrs, so like you Strassie, will only meet up for a more social beer or three at some point

Back to thread - I would take 2 points from the home games (but think we will turn Everton over) and 4 from the away in that run.

We will have blips before the end, but really do see us staying up and before the last game as well.

Rising_Son says...
11:07am Fri 18 Jan 13

Stras, I can get my own ticket. (I bought a season ticket for my now quite grown up son.) I have to be in Edinburgh on Friday. I need to think about travel plans. Thanks for telling me about Seaton Burn Travelodge. It's an option. My major problem is the journey back to Southampton. See you there.

dadofmy3sons says...
11:12am Fri 18 Jan 13

This is a much more positive story than the codswallop of Nigel's job being under threat.
Cannot understand the logic behind the office of sports at D.E., is there a warring faction there?
One story full of carp and then a story with a positive slant.
As Saints fans we know that we are not going to get an easy ride, even two seasons of success were tinged with an element of suspense.
If results go in our favour over the weekend we could start Monday night with the possibility of moving further away from a relegation dogfight and into the mire of mid-able mediocrity with nothing to play for!
We all know how much we would love that and then kid ourselves "next year in Jerusalem" or the football equivalent!
EUROPE!

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