Relentless Saints wear down City

Jack Cork

Jack Cork

by Gordon Simpson , Senior Sports Reporter Updated on in Sport

There was a moment towards the end of this game that summed up just how utterly and comprehensively Saints had beaten Manchester City.

With the score 3-1 and little more than three minutes of normal time remaining, Jack Cork found himself deep in City territory, down by one of the corner flags.

Under pressure from Gael Clichy, he attempted to hit the ball out of play via the leg of the defender, only to see him jump out of the way.

The ball trickled into the area, straight to the feet of Javi Garcia.

The centre half had time and options aplenty. Pass it to Joe Hart, send it out to the wing where Aleksander Kolarov was free, or simply clear it down field.

Instead, he dallied, looked around desperately for help, and turned towards his own goal.

Saints striker Rickie Lambert began bearing down on him from behind and, in a state of either panic or frustration – or both – the £15.8m defender simply booted the ball out of play for a throw in, before chucking an arm up in the air in disgust.

It wasn’t exactly clear whether that was at himself, or his teammates. None of them put up much of a defence, though.

City, by this point, were both mentally and physically beaten.

Saints’ relentless pressing of them throughout the match had simply worn down the Premier League champions.

The style of play employed by Mauricio Pochettino – pressing both constantly and as high up the pitch as possible – completely unsettled their opponents from the very start.

City were never allowed to move the ball out of their half with any ease, and Saints’ opening goal came from Jason Puncheon winning the ball off Gareth Barry in City territory.

Barry will certainly have nightmares about this one.

After Joe Hart’s howler had gifted Saints a 2-0 lead, Barry committed an inexplicable error early in the second half to make it 3-1, nonchalantly stroking Lambert’s tame low cross into the bottom corner of his own net.

Perhaps the relentless press that the home side had utilised preyed on his mind and he simply panicked.

If so, what an endorsement for Saints’ approach.

They turned the champions of England – never easy beasts to unsettle – into a team that looked distinctly average for long spells.

Under the embryonic reign of Pochettino, they have done similar to both Everton and Manchester United.

As the Saints players consistently mention, it is the intense level of pressing that has been the biggest change from the Nigel Adkins’ era.

It is a tactic that Pochettino used to good effect at Espanyol.

His greatest influence, Athletic Bilbao’s revered coach Marcelo Bielsa, is famous for it.

Under Adkins it was not an alien concept. The former boss occasionally spoke of an “attacking-third press”.

Often, though, he would instead utilise his “mid-third” or “defensive-third” press.

Under Pochettino, it is an all-out approach.

Saints swarmed over City so effectively that, at times, their opponents must have wondered if the home side had their entire 18-man matchday squad on the pitch.

The new manager is fortunate in some ways, of course. One, that he took over a team who were playing at a high level and were also very well organised. Two, that he inherited a group of exceptionally fit and hard-working players.

Morgan Schneiderlin’s propensity to run for more than seven miles in a match is just one example of that.

So Pochettino has not had to go searching for the tools necessary to complete the job.

But that should not detract from just how encouraging the opening few performances have been under him.

Hopefully Saints can continue this intense approach under him, and avoid fading.

If so, the climb up the Premier League table only looks likely to continue.

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11:18am Mon 11 Feb 13 throatwarbler says…

Pompey blah...history..FA cup..blah blah...best fans ever...blah....sing even when we're losing....blah blah....no ambition....no future....worst team on the south coast...blah...blah five braincells between us....blab.

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11:30am Mon 11 Feb 13 jerseysaint says…

I love the way we are playing. We are making multi million players make mistakes and look ordinary. And we have some players to come back from injury. Not sure i like the slagging of Fox i thought he put some great crosses in.

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11:36am Mon 11 Feb 13 Confucious says…

Great news - at last I've actually had a reply to one of my e mails to St Marys. I e mailed Mauricio on Friday to tell him not to just use Adkins' attacking third press, but also the mid third and defensive third press. Also not to confuse all this with the fact that Nicola banned the press from St Marys, including the Echo. Anyhow, Mauricio himself has replied ...."Muchas gracias. Por favor se pierden ahora te idiota." I'll have to get it translated of course, but top man for responding.

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11:37am Mon 11 Feb 13 aldermoorboy says…

One of our best performances in our history. We made a class side look average, by a work rate not often seen. Well done Saints, Nigel will be proud of you.

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11:38am Mon 11 Feb 13 SO50 Saint says…

Javi Garcia 15.8 million no wonder Man City were so bad. He was absolutely dreadful the worst player for them but pushed close by England's central midfielder Barry and England's 'Number 1' Joe Hart. That's enough about them though we were absolutely fantastic. Each player played there part and we fully deserved the 3 points also starting to hear some positive remarks from pundits and quite looking forward to watching Neville's reaction on MNF tonight. What made it better was the mancs thought they were just gonna show up to win and absolutely hated it at the final whistle which always makes a seat at the back of the Northam more enjoyable.

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11:38am Mon 11 Feb 13 Sally Hamilton Original says…

A great positive article from the echo ! At last! .... And no mention of Le Tissier v Cortese!

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11:51am Mon 11 Feb 13 allsaintsnocurves says…

This is about Southampton we don't need to waste our energy talking about those up the road unless it is about Eastleigh or Totton or even Bournemouth whose every success can be congratulated and supported. Saints are now playing a style of football that is exciting to watch and more importantly bringing results on the pitch. The players seem to enjoy playing it and know that it will create many attacking chances when we will have numerical advantage in many cases. Onwards and upwards...together as one!

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11:52am Mon 11 Feb 13 shakespearesaint says…

http://news.bbc.co.u k/sport1/hi/football /eng_prem/predictor/ default.stm Anyone tried the rest of the season predictions recently? I did, tried not to be biased and put in the odd shock. Saints finish on 43 points and safe. Relegated are Wigan, Reading and FULHAM!

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12:00pm Mon 11 Feb 13 CB FRY LIVES says…

shakespearesaint wrote…

http://news.bbc.co.u k/sport1/hi/football /eng_prem/predictor/ default.stm Anyone tried the rest of the season predictions recently? I did, tried not to be biased and put in the odd shock. Saints finish on 43 points and safe. Relegated are Wigan, Reading and FULHAM!

wouldn't suprise me if west ham or norwich went down.QPR have got to go some if they are to avoid the drop and i think it is about time wigan went down. mind you we can't rest on our laurels.we have to keep on winning our home matches and avoid defeat on the road. COYR

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12:02pm Mon 11 Feb 13 St Retford says…

What a nice article. Well played, Gordon.

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12:06pm Mon 11 Feb 13 insane saint says…

for anyone want to watch saints perfect day* slugger, and bad boy bill http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=t5LzMh4uY xc&feature=youtu.be

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12:16pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Dickosfc says…

Absolutely buzzing this morning!! The lads deserve all the credit they get. Their work rate was immense, every single player. They look like a team that have a solid bond and that’s what I love to see. Not overpaid superstars who only look out for themselves. Onwards and upwards now Saints. What a platform to build on.

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12:24pm Mon 11 Feb 13 mack chinnon says…

Got my QPR ticket. Looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about. Come on Hartlepool.

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12:38pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Winman says…

A good article, but I would challenge it slightly. MP is not 'fortunate'. Let's give credit where it is due: Cortese appointed the right man for the team at the right time. Nigel did a great job to that point, but MP was available and, lo and behold, his approach to management fits a system (the so-called 'Southampton way') which relies less on the short-term approach of most managers and more on the development of a team- building strategy to move up further through the levels. Compare this with what SAF has done at MU and what Stuart Lancaster is doing with the England rugby team. It's no coincidence that Barcelona and The All Blacks have been doing this for years. It's also fair to say that Cortese has encouraged the signing of players with a positive attitude towards the team and a willingness to use the excellent facilities (more investment at Marchwood) to get 'super-fit). That's why we should continue beating teams that are thrown together with big wages and the pressure of big-talking agents, e.g Cetah.

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12:39pm Mon 11 Feb 13 st1halo says…

Glad to see so much optomism today. Me... not so much. Man U reached 65 pts yesterday which means Saints cannot win the Premiership this season and we will have to settle for a CL spot. Oh,well maybe next year! STID

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12:45pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Southampton boy says…

Come away from St Mary's with a spring in my step, played city of the park and if this is the signs of things to come then bring it on loved it, I just wonder about their manager talking about the number of players that were away on International duties! hay we had some of these and they could not play on saturday due to being injuried so come admit it you where beaten by the better side COYR's more of teh same please

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12:48pm Mon 11 Feb 13 milton road says…

A great article echo, more of the same please. Never going to knock NA cos he will always be mustard in my book. Yet I love the way we play now, its refreshing and relentless. Jack and Morgan cost around 1 million each, they have been awesome. You can understand why Mauricio is rated by Pep and the perfect one. Some teams sit back and play, Mauricio's hunt you down. Rodriguez and Davies seem to be coming into their own now. Fox I thought played well Saturday. No Shaw, Fonte, Ramirez, Llana still coming back to fitness and Forren looking for match fitness. Wow impressive display team. I would suppose it would have to be one of the greats, because of how hard the season has been. Yet I remember the eighties when we would stick 4 past the likes of Arsenal, Utd Liverpool and co for fun and regularly. I really would love those days to come back again. In the early eighties the biggest away crowds were where we played. People could not get tickets for anything, everyone wanted to see us. Everyone clocked their highest gates against us. If you are too young to remember I cannot explain that feeling, You expected to win every game and against the best.

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12:50pm Mon 11 Feb 13 saint Compo says…

What a refreshingly perceptive and positive article from a Daily Echo journalist. This is what we should get from the Echo and, who knows, one day Cortese may invite you back into his confidence. Well done, Gordon. COYR

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12:52pm Mon 11 Feb 13 insane saint says…

st1halo wrote…

Glad to see so much optomism today. Me... not so much. Man U reached 65 pts yesterday which means Saints cannot win the Premiership this season and we will have to settle for a CL spot. Oh,well maybe next year! STID

sack the manager CL spot not good enough we wanted top spot. after a win like that and a performance i think the next level is now needed anyone for Jose Mourinho lol bring on Newcastle and one of our old managers AP will suffer the at the hand of MPS (Mauricio Potentino's Saints)

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12:57pm Mon 11 Feb 13 circa 66 saint says…

milton road wrote…

A great article echo, more of the same please. Never going to knock NA cos he will always be mustard in my book. Yet I love the way we play now, its refreshing and relentless. Jack and Morgan cost around 1 million each, they have been awesome. You can understand why Mauricio is rated by Pep and the perfect one. Some teams sit back and play, Mauricio's hunt you down. Rodriguez and Davies seem to be coming into their own now. Fox I thought played well Saturday. No Shaw, Fonte, Ramirez, Llana still coming back to fitness and Forren looking for match fitness. Wow impressive display team. I would suppose it would have to be one of the greats, because of how hard the season has been. Yet I remember the eighties when we would stick 4 past the likes of Arsenal, Utd Liverpool and co for fun and regularly. I really would love those days to come back again. In the early eighties the biggest away crowds were where we played. People could not get tickets for anything, everyone wanted to see us. Everyone clocked their highest gates against us. If you are too young to remember I cannot explain that feeling, You expected to win every game and against the best.

milton exactly how i felt after the match, some were saying it was like the times under G.S. but to be honest it was like the 80's when we were top notch

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12:57pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Velleity says…

Thank heavens someone agrees with me about the own goal: "Perhaps the relentless press that the home side had utilised preyed on his mind and he simply panicked. " That's exactly how I saw it. He was close to doing an involuntary Puncheon as he heard Morgan bearing down on him and he just plain panicked. I felt even as it happened that it was a forced error.

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1:00pm Mon 11 Feb 13 DisplacedFan says…

Watched the game from San Diego. I was very impressed because we really took it to them. In most areas we were all over them. However, Zabaleta still had too much room on our left, but with key injuries that is to be expected. Once back to full strength we will terrorize any team and after this performance the French connection and all will be shaking as we move north. It's like "Shock and Awe". Can't wait for the next victim!!!

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1:10pm Mon 11 Feb 13 RedArmy1 says…

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. WE FIGHT-WE WIN. UP TO NEWCASTLE WE GO !!! RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY . COYR. P.S. WE H8 POMPEY

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1:10pm Mon 11 Feb 13 RedArmy1 says…

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. WE FIGHT-WE WIN. UP TO NEWCASTLE WE GO !!! RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY . COYR. P.S. WE H8 POMPEY

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1:17pm Mon 11 Feb 13 magnette says…

Adkins' headless chickens have been trained into a relentless pack of wild dogs. Harrying the prey till they are exhausted, chasing down the stragglers, cutting off any options to escape till there's nothing left but to roll over and die - proper football at last! Well done team, well done the manager. Proper football, proper tactics, proper manager, proper chairman; it's all in place now, Saints will win every game till the end of the season.

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1:19pm Mon 11 Feb 13 2getheras1 says…

St Retford wrote…

What a nice article. Well played, Gordon.

Agreed. Nicely worded.

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1:24pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Bring back Branfoot says…

magnette wrote…

Adkins' headless chickens have been trained into a relentless pack of wild dogs. Harrying the prey till they are exhausted, chasing down the stragglers, cutting off any options to escape till there's nothing left but to roll over and die - proper football at last! Well done team, well done the manager. Proper football, proper tactics, proper manager, proper chairman; it's all in place now, Saints will win every game till the end of the season.

Proper football at last indeed!

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1:28pm Mon 11 Feb 13 saint Compo says…

Pochettino for Pope? Though, as a Saint, is he over-qualified? COYR

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1:30pm Mon 11 Feb 13 batesieboy says…

This style is not new...Sacchi employed it first for Parma, then for the AC Milan of Gullit, Van Basten, Rijkaard, Baresi, Evani, Donadoni etc.just choked the opposition with a tactic borrowed from basketball. You have to have super-fit players though.

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1:31pm Mon 11 Feb 13 allsaintsnocurves says…

Saints made exactly the right decision on not making anymore signings in January. The whole squad is up for it and itching to get into the team...even Richardson is getting game time to cover for Shaw and Hooiveld is looking solid next to the impressive Yoshida! How things have changed from the start of the season. Finally no more debate on Saints' number one either. There's forwards like Lee and Mayuka who could still play a part between now and the end of the season too!

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1:39pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Taoboy says…

magnette wrote…

Adkins' headless chickens have been trained into a relentless pack of wild dogs. Harrying the prey till they are exhausted, chasing down the stragglers, cutting off any options to escape till there's nothing left but to roll over and die - proper football at last! Well done team, well done the manager. Proper football, proper tactics, proper manager, proper chairman; it's all in place now, Saints will win every game till the end of the season.

I wish. However I do agree that nobody and no one will enjoy the prospect of facing Saints for the rest of the season. A privilege to be there on Saturday, it at least equalled the best performances from the sixties seventies and eighties. Enjoyable and refreshing to watch. More of the same please. Newcastle have already tasted this and might well think being prepared will help. Saints Chi is good and strong, are the Geordies the same? Cmon you Saints.

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1:39pm Mon 11 Feb 13 El Santo says…

Confucious wrote…

Great news - at last I've actually had a reply to one of my e mails to St Marys. I e mailed Mauricio on Friday to tell him not to just use Adkins' attacking third press, but also the mid third and defensive third press. Also not to confuse all this with the fact that Nicola banned the press from St Marys, including the Echo. Anyhow, Mauricio himself has replied ...."Muchas gracias. Por favor se pierden ahora te idiota." I'll have to get it translated of course, but top man for responding.

Thanks for keeping an eye on Mauricio. Next time reply with a polite "Vayase a tomar por el culo" which is, translated, "Best regards to you and your family". I am sure that your friendship will thrive!

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1:42pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Outside of the Box says…

Great result after a great team performance on Saturday, after 4 games the team although the virtually the some players seem to want it more Did Cortese get it right getting rid of NA?

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1:42pm Mon 11 Feb 13 saintkenny says…

allsaintsnocurves wrote…

Saints made exactly the right decision on not making anymore signings in January. The whole squad is up for it and itching to get into the team...even Richardson is getting game time to cover for Shaw and Hooiveld is looking solid next to the impressive Yoshida! How things have changed from the start of the season. Finally no more debate on Saints' number one either. There's forwards like Lee and Mayuka who could still play a part between now and the end of the season too!

in reality mp had 10 days to look at the squad maybe he watched forren .but he never had enough time .maybe he told nc that he could use the squad better .2 players that look different aleady is jay and steve d .they in my view were going threw the motions .with jay you can nowv see why we forked out 7 million .like you say mayuka may benefit to and lee .good post

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1:43pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Outside of the Box says…

allsaintsnocurves wrote…

Saints made exactly the right decision on not making anymore signings in January. The whole squad is up for it and itching to get into the team...even Richardson is getting game time to cover for Shaw and Hooiveld is looking solid next to the impressive Yoshida! How things have changed from the start of the season. Finally no more debate on Saints' number one either. There's forwards like Lee and Mayuka who could still play a part between now and the end of the season too!

Apart Vegard Forren of course

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1:48pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says…

milton road wrote…

A great article echo, more of the same please. Never going to knock NA cos he will always be mustard in my book. Yet I love the way we play now, its refreshing and relentless. Jack and Morgan cost around 1 million each, they have been awesome. You can understand why Mauricio is rated by Pep and the perfect one. Some teams sit back and play, Mauricio's hunt you down. Rodriguez and Davies seem to be coming into their own now. Fox I thought played well Saturday. No Shaw, Fonte, Ramirez, Llana still coming back to fitness and Forren looking for match fitness. Wow impressive display team. I would suppose it would have to be one of the greats, because of how hard the season has been. Yet I remember the eighties when we would stick 4 past the likes of Arsenal, Utd Liverpool and co for fun and regularly. I really would love those days to come back again. In the early eighties the biggest away crowds were where we played. People could not get tickets for anything, everyone wanted to see us. Everyone clocked their highest gates against us. If you are too young to remember I cannot explain that feeling, You expected to win every game and against the best.

Happy days indeed Milton Road! Me and a load of mates used to travel up on the train from Poole every home game and go to as many away games as we could. We did think we could beat anyone back then. Could those days be about to return?

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2:05pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Winman says…

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child wrote…

milton road wrote…

A great article echo, more of the same please. Never going to knock NA cos he will always be mustard in my book. Yet I love the way we play now, its refreshing and relentless. Jack and Morgan cost around 1 million each, they have been awesome. You can understand why Mauricio is rated by Pep and the perfect one. Some teams sit back and play, Mauricio's hunt you down. Rodriguez and Davies seem to be coming into their own now. Fox I thought played well Saturday. No Shaw, Fonte, Ramirez, Llana still coming back to fitness and Forren looking for match fitness. Wow impressive display team. I would suppose it would have to be one of the greats, because of how hard the season has been. Yet I remember the eighties when we would stick 4 past the likes of Arsenal, Utd Liverpool and co for fun and regularly. I really would love those days to come back again. In the early eighties the biggest away crowds were where we played. People could not get tickets for anything, everyone wanted to see us. Everyone clocked their highest gates against us. If you are too young to remember I cannot explain that feeling, You expected to win every game and against the best.
Happy days indeed Milton Road! Me and a load of mates used to travel up on the train from Poole every home game and go to as many away games as we could. We did think we could beat anyone back then. Could those days be about to return?

I reckon they already have!

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2:08pm Mon 11 Feb 13 scorpioeyes says…

Winman wrote…

A good article, but I would challenge it slightly. MP is not 'fortunate'. Let's give credit where it is due: Cortese appointed the right man for the team at the right time. Nigel did a great job to that point, but MP was available and, lo and behold, his approach to management fits a system (the so-called 'Southampton way') which relies less on the short-term approach of most managers and more on the development of a team- building strategy to move up further through the levels. Compare this with what SAF has done at MU and what Stuart Lancaster is doing with the England rugby team. It's no coincidence that Barcelona and The All Blacks have been doing this for years. It's also fair to say that Cortese has encouraged the signing of players with a positive attitude towards the team and a willingness to use the excellent facilities (more investment at Marchwood) to get 'super-fit). That's why we should continue beating teams that are thrown together with big wages and the pressure of big-talking agents, e.g Cetah.

spot on winman-as far as i can see,NC hasnt put a foot wrong,from the time he recommended us to ML... the criticism of him is ludicrous

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2:21pm Mon 11 Feb 13 El Santo says…

Winman wrote…

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child wrote…

milton road wrote…

A great article echo, more of the same please. Never going to knock NA cos he will always be mustard in my book. Yet I love the way we play now, its refreshing and relentless. Jack and Morgan cost around 1 million each, they have been awesome. You can understand why Mauricio is rated by Pep and the perfect one. Some teams sit back and play, Mauricio's hunt you down. Rodriguez and Davies seem to be coming into their own now. Fox I thought played well Saturday. No Shaw, Fonte, Ramirez, Llana still coming back to fitness and Forren looking for match fitness. Wow impressive display team. I would suppose it would have to be one of the greats, because of how hard the season has been. Yet I remember the eighties when we would stick 4 past the likes of Arsenal, Utd Liverpool and co for fun and regularly. I really would love those days to come back again. In the early eighties the biggest away crowds were where we played. People could not get tickets for anything, everyone wanted to see us. Everyone clocked their highest gates against us. If you are too young to remember I cannot explain that feeling, You expected to win every game and against the best.
Happy days indeed Milton Road! Me and a load of mates used to travel up on the train from Poole every home game and go to as many away games as we could. We did think we could beat anyone back then. Could those days be about to return?
I reckon they already have!

My only concern (sorry!) is... are we going to keep this physical form until the end of the season? I hope so, and I think we do have the players to do so... but I have seen too many teams running out of steam before and just hope we are not like that.

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2:48pm Mon 11 Feb 13 El Santo says…

By the way.. did anyone notice the change in from that Jay-Rod has gone through under MP? Maybe his type of football, "pacier"?

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3:03pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Strasbourg Saint says…

st1halo wrote…

Glad to see so much optomism today. Me... not so much. Man U reached 65 pts yesterday which means Saints cannot win the Premiership this season and we will have to settle for a CL spot. Oh,well maybe next year! STID

It'll be all Nigel's fault when we finish second - AGAIN! :(

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3:09pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Dave Juson says…

El Santo wrote…

Confucious wrote…

Great news - at last I've actually had a reply to one of my e mails to St Marys. I e mailed Mauricio on Friday to tell him not to just use Adkins' attacking third press, but also the mid third and defensive third press. Also not to confuse all this with the fact that Nicola banned the press from St Marys, including the Echo. Anyhow, Mauricio himself has replied ...."Muchas gracias. Por favor se pierden ahora te idiota." I'll have to get it translated of course, but top man for responding.
Thanks for keeping an eye on Mauricio. Next time reply with a polite "Vayase a tomar por el culo" which is, translated, "Best regards to you and your family". I am sure that your friendship will thrive!

Ignorant though I am of Spanish, especially as it is used in Argentina, I would imagine that there is no higher complement from one footballing genius to another than “idiota”. And while I’m complimenting Confucius on his long overdue breakthrough with the powers that be at St Mary’s, allow me, please, to say a big hello! To all the other idiotas out there following this thread.

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3:15pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Costa Baz says…

El Santo wrote…

Confucious wrote…

Great news - at last I've actually had a reply to one of my e mails to St Marys. I e mailed Mauricio on Friday to tell him not to just use Adkins' attacking third press, but also the mid third and defensive third press. Also not to confuse all this with the fact that Nicola banned the press from St Marys, including the Echo. Anyhow, Mauricio himself has replied ...."Muchas gracias. Por favor se pierden ahora te idiota." I'll have to get it translated of course, but top man for responding.
Thanks for keeping an eye on Mauricio. Next time reply with a polite "Vayase a tomar por el culo" which is, translated, "Best regards to you and your family". I am sure that your friendship will thrive!

You naughty boy. Translates more like "Go and take it up the @rse".

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3:15pm Mon 11 Feb 13 insane saint says…

some one tell puncheon not to go down the road problem with the toilets http://www.portsmout h.co.uk/news/politic s/outcry-over-plans- to-scrap-almost-half -of-portsmouth-s-loo s-1-4775589

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3:25pm Mon 11 Feb 13 MGRA says…

shakespearesaint wrote…

http://news.bbc.co.u k/sport1/hi/football /eng_prem/predictor/ default.stm Anyone tried the rest of the season predictions recently? I did, tried not to be biased and put in the odd shock. Saints finish on 43 points and safe. Relegated are Wigan, Reading and FULHAM!

i keep getting QPR, Reading and Norwich.

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3:30pm Mon 11 Feb 13 El Santo says…

Costa Baz wrote…

El Santo wrote…

Confucious wrote…

Great news - at last I've actually had a reply to one of my e mails to St Marys. I e mailed Mauricio on Friday to tell him not to just use Adkins' attacking third press, but also the mid third and defensive third press. Also not to confuse all this with the fact that Nicola banned the press from St Marys, including the Echo. Anyhow, Mauricio himself has replied ...."Muchas gracias. Por favor se pierden ahora te idiota." I'll have to get it translated of course, but top man for responding.
Thanks for keeping an eye on Mauricio. Next time reply with a polite "Vayase a tomar por el culo" which is, translated, "Best regards to you and your family". I am sure that your friendship will thrive!
You naughty boy. Translates more like "Go and take it up the @rse".

Oh... does it? My apologies!

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3:34pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Confucious says…

Dave Juson wrote…

El Santo wrote…

Confucious wrote…

Great news - at last I've actually had a reply to one of my e mails to St Marys. I e mailed Mauricio on Friday to tell him not to just use Adkins' attacking third press, but also the mid third and defensive third press. Also not to confuse all this with the fact that Nicola banned the press from St Marys, including the Echo. Anyhow, Mauricio himself has replied ...."Muchas gracias. Por favor se pierden ahora te idiota." I'll have to get it translated of course, but top man for responding.
Thanks for keeping an eye on Mauricio. Next time reply with a polite "Vayase a tomar por el culo" which is, translated, "Best regards to you and your family". I am sure that your friendship will thrive!
Ignorant though I am of Spanish, especially as it is used in Argentina, I would imagine that there is no higher complement from one footballing genius to another than “idiota”. And while I’m complimenting Confucius on his long overdue breakthrough with the powers that be at St Mary’s, allow me, please, to say a big hello! To all the other idiotas out there following this thread.

Cheers guys - very encouraging. I may consult you before penning my next pre-match tactical advice. The last Spanish speaking bloke I talked to was hopeless at English and didn't even know the difference between fat chance and slim chance. Anyhow, one thing I can do is help Puncheon with his English. I heard he's having a lot of trouble with his vowels.

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3:41pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Confucious says…

El Santo wrote…

Costa Baz wrote…

El Santo wrote…

Confucious wrote…

Great news - at last I've actually had a reply to one of my e mails to St Marys. I e mailed Mauricio on Friday to tell him not to just use Adkins' attacking third press, but also the mid third and defensive third press. Also not to confuse all this with the fact that Nicola banned the press from St Marys, including the Echo. Anyhow, Mauricio himself has replied ...."Muchas gracias. Por favor se pierden ahora te idiota." I'll have to get it translated of course, but top man for responding.
Thanks for keeping an eye on Mauricio. Next time reply with a polite "Vayase a tomar por el culo" which is, translated, "Best regards to you and your family". I am sure that your friendship will thrive!
You naughty boy. Translates more like "Go and take it up the @rse".
Oh... does it? My apologies!

No it doesn't. I've already used it in fact in an e mail advising Mauricio to ensure Luke isn't unsettled by Wenger's lot trying to poach him ie by taking it up with the Arsenal. Haven't heard back yet though.

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3:43pm Mon 11 Feb 13 miltonarcher says…

Great performance. The only thing that concerns me about the high intensity, pressing up the pitch game is some of our players looked absolutley shattered mid-way through the second half. We have thrown away points from a winning position is this down to fitness? Can we sustain this level of effort?If we can, brilliant, onwards and upwards. By the way, rubbish ref on Saturday.

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3:43pm Mon 11 Feb 13 insane saint says…

MGRA wrote…

shakespearesaint wrote…

http://news.bbc.co.u k/sport1/hi/football /eng_prem/predictor/ default.stm Anyone tried the rest of the season predictions recently? I did, tried not to be biased and put in the odd shock. Saints finish on 43 points and safe. Relegated are Wigan, Reading and FULHAM!
i keep getting QPR, Reading and Norwich.

wigan, villa, qpr are the ones i get

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3:51pm Mon 11 Feb 13 angus mc coatup says…

See,If we had got in a decent keeper,and two proper central defenders. and stopped playing fox and rodriguez ( cos they aint prem quality). we would be beating the top sides like man cit.........oh ! hang on.......; o )

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4:11pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Norwegian Saint says…

Noticed this remarkable coincidence today... ARSEnal have ARSEne Wenger... MANChester Citeh have MANCini... When is Danny SHITTO joining POOpey?!!! Ooooooo.... My sides are aching after that one!

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4:12pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Meribelsaint says…

insane saint wrote…

MGRA wrote…

shakespearesaint wrote…

http://news.bbc.co.u k/sport1/hi/football /eng_prem/predictor/ default.stm Anyone tried the rest of the season predictions recently? I did, tried not to be biased and put in the odd shock. Saints finish on 43 points and safe. Relegated are Wigan, Reading and FULHAM!
i keep getting QPR, Reading and Norwich.
wigan, villa, qpr are the ones i get

Reading, Wigan and QPR for me. Fulham staying up on GD. Us in 11th on 44 points.

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4:22pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Malcy says…

El Santo you are very naughty!! Your translation is not correct and you know it, It's f off and stick it where the Sun doesn't shine, this is why I love reading comments in The Echo, they vary and get challenged, the humour is so good I have my Laptop on my lap it's amazing it doesn't fall on the floor, thank you everyone and to my only Team I support Southampton, City were stuffed todo arriba ahi culo

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4:24pm Mon 11 Feb 13 milton road says…

Wigan have the worst form over last 10 games followed by Fulham and Villa. Then funnily enough WBA. West Ham are not picking up a lot of points now, nor Norwich. I think one team above us will drop into the fight. We know how to fight and so do reading, that was one championship race last year. I think that will be a big assett for both clubs. I think QPR, Wigan, maybe Villa or Fulham, outsiders West Ham. Lol and hopefully not us.

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4:27pm Mon 11 Feb 13 warrens 76 says…

Lets get it over with and stuff Newk astle..as like pet. Strassie , well that was 112 chuffs down the drain..booked last night did'nt consider game had been moved to sunday so had to pay 56 each way to blöödy change.. Were are you staying again?

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4:38pm Mon 11 Feb 13 saintshorse101 says…

well if we attack against Newcastle in the same way we did against mancity then we will stuff them, after all we all know that the French are prone to surrender when they come up against a strong attacking force!!

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4:38pm Mon 11 Feb 13 warrens 76 says…

milton road wrote…

A great article echo, more of the same please. Never going to knock NA cos he will always be mustard in my book. Yet I love the way we play now, its refreshing and relentless. Jack and Morgan cost around 1 million each, they have been awesome. You can understand why Mauricio is rated by Pep and the perfect one. Some teams sit back and play, Mauricio's hunt you down. Rodriguez and Davies seem to be coming into their own now. Fox I thought played well Saturday. No Shaw, Fonte, Ramirez, Llana still coming back to fitness and Forren looking for match fitness. Wow impressive display team. I would suppose it would have to be one of the greats, because of how hard the season has been. Yet I remember the eighties when we would stick 4 past the likes of Arsenal, Utd Liverpool and co for fun and regularly. I really would love those days to come back again. In the early eighties the biggest away crowds were where we played. People could not get tickets for anything, everyone wanted to see us. Everyone clocked their highest gates against us. If you are too young to remember I cannot explain that feeling, You expected to win every game and against the best.

Too true...and we aere everyones 'other' team..best football in the land..silly games cost us the title.. Remember drawing at Ipswich one fine spring evening we lost it that night..

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4:56pm Mon 11 Feb 13 warrens 76 says…

Bring back Branfoot wrote…

magnette wrote…

Adkins' headless chickens have been trained into a relentless pack of wild dogs. Harrying the prey till they are exhausted, chasing down the stragglers, cutting off any options to escape till there's nothing left but to roll over and die - proper football at last! Well done team, well done the manager. Proper football, proper tactics, proper manager, proper chairman; it's all in place now, Saints will win every game till the end of the season.
Proper football at last indeed!

Yes, great for us and the players to be rewarded for their inherent talent with fear in the opponents eyes..not ours.

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4:59pm Mon 11 Feb 13 St Retford says…

saintshorse101 wrote…

well if we attack against Newcastle in the same way we did against mancity then we will stuff them, after all we all know that the French are prone to surrender when they come up against a strong attacking force!!

*Whispers* Pssst, our best player is sort of French. We quite like them now.

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5:39pm Mon 11 Feb 13 BracknellSaint says…

Cracking performance and result. Was a bit angry when Adkins got the chop, but from what I've seen already, MoPo is going to become pretty popular at St Mary's. Agree that Yoshida is starting to really settle in, and J-Rod is looking faster and more confident-taking on players now which is great. He just needs to work on being clinical-just seems to need that extra fraction of a second to get a shot off, which results in him missing a chance that a true top striker would perhaps bury just that bit earlier. Fox did his best in Shaw's absence, but I did feel that Citeh knew his weaknesses, and they seemed to have plenty of room to play on that side, although Morgan and Jack were snapping away, and giving him protection. Boruc has really gone up in my estimations now, as he seems also more confident and focussed. Looking good with the first 11, and still think that Chappers,Lee and Mayuka will all at some point play a key role somewhere between now and end of the season....

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5:46pm Mon 11 Feb 13 st1halo says…

miltonarcher wrote…

Great performance. The only thing that concerns me about the high intensity, pressing up the pitch game is some of our players looked absolutley shattered mid-way through the second half. We have thrown away points from a winning position is this down to fitness? Can we sustain this level of effort?If we can, brilliant, onwards and upwards. By the way, rubbish ref on Saturday.

Welcome back to the fold milton, a much better post than this one: miltonarcher says... 4:39pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Over and out. Thank you Saints for many years of fantastic football. Its been a roller coaster ride but for me the sacking of Nigel Adkins is the final straw. NC, you are a disgrace, you have lost this supporter for ever. SFC RIP Don't worry mate, won't post it again but couldn't resist! Good to have you back STID

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5:47pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Confucious says…

St Retford wrote…

saintshorse101 wrote…

well if we attack against Newcastle in the same way we did against mancity then we will stuff them, after all we all know that the French are prone to surrender when they come up against a strong attacking force!!
*Whispers* Pssst, our best player is sort of French. We quite like them now.

With a name like Morgan Schneiderlin I think we can safely assume Spiderman's of German stock in that border area. So until we sign a proper Froggie, I think they're fair game. I think when we play Newcastle, the lads will find they're up against a bunch of sissies who eat snails and and cheese and whose breath smells like bad feet - and who just gibber even when you ask them a simple question in their own wimpy language. As for cowards, as my great granddad wrote in his diary in 1917: "Them Francarses is all pansies. You can always tell froggie infantrymen cos theys always got sunburnt armpits. Fighting with them's like 'unting tigers with an accordion." Not that I approve of xenophobia myself of course - so I certainly won't be joining in.

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5:48pm Mon 11 Feb 13 SO50 Saint says…

Thats quality st1halo i'm sure miltonarcher is not the only one

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5:56pm Mon 11 Feb 13 El Santo says…

Malcy wrote…

El Santo you are very naughty!! Your translation is not correct and you know it, It's f off and stick it where the Sun doesn't shine, this is why I love reading comments in The Echo, they vary and get challenged, the humour is so good I have my Laptop on my lap it's amazing it doesn't fall on the floor, thank you everyone and to my only Team I support Southampton, City were stuffed todo arriba ahi culo

Hmmm... I might have used the wrong translator... or should I say interpreter? I have always used this polite sentence in funerals, baptisms, weddings and even catholic communions. It may explain why I was never again invited.

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6:01pm Mon 11 Feb 13 st1halo says…

Confucious wrote…

St Retford wrote…

saintshorse101 wrote…

well if we attack against Newcastle in the same way we did against mancity then we will stuff them, after all we all know that the French are prone to surrender when they come up against a strong attacking force!!
*Whispers* Pssst, our best player is sort of French. We quite like them now.
With a name like Morgan Schneiderlin I think we can safely assume Spiderman's of German stock in that border area. So until we sign a proper Froggie, I think they're fair game. I think when we play Newcastle, the lads will find they're up against a bunch of sissies who eat snails and and cheese and whose breath smells like bad feet - and who just gibber even when you ask them a simple question in their own wimpy language. As for cowards, as my great granddad wrote in his diary in 1917: "Them Francarses is all pansies. You can always tell froggie infantrymen cos theys always got sunburnt armpits. Fighting with them's like 'unting tigers with an accordion." Not that I approve of xenophobia myself of course - so I certainly won't be joining in.

Your great grandad was certainly correct. I'm sure from a historical point of view, the Frenchies were issued white flags as part of their standard kit!

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6:01pm Mon 11 Feb 13 El Santo says…

Confucious wrote…

El Santo wrote…

Costa Baz wrote…

El Santo wrote…

Confucious wrote…

Great news - at last I've actually had a reply to one of my e mails to St Marys. I e mailed Mauricio on Friday to tell him not to just use Adkins' attacking third press, but also the mid third and defensive third press. Also not to confuse all this with the fact that Nicola banned the press from St Marys, including the Echo. Anyhow, Mauricio himself has replied ...."Muchas gracias. Por favor se pierden ahora te idiota." I'll have to get it translated of course, but top man for responding.
Thanks for keeping an eye on Mauricio. Next time reply with a polite "Vayase a tomar por el culo" which is, translated, "Best regards to you and your family". I am sure that your friendship will thrive!
You naughty boy. Translates more like "Go and take it up the @rse".
Oh... does it? My apologies!
No it doesn't. I've already used it in fact in an e mail advising Mauricio to ensure Luke isn't unsettled by Wenger's lot trying to poach him ie by taking it up with the Arsenal. Haven't heard back yet though.

Phew! I thought I was wrong. Thanks, Confucious. I am sure Mauricio is taking more time because he is trying to match your e-mail with an adequately polite and exquisite expression.

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6:02pm Mon 11 Feb 13 saintlysoul says…

What I like about the team at the moment is how every player seems to have upped their game under MP. Lambert, Rodriguez and Hoovield appear to be working so much harder now and were immense on Saturday along with the midfield. Clyne did well Yoshida was outstanding and I thought Fox did really well. When the substitutes came on they all grafted. This is great to see as a supporter your team each giving a hundred per cent. You only have to look at training galleries on the saints website to see how the players are enjoying themselves. I've a good feeling we will win at Newcastle and get a win against QPR! The season is looking up and long may this continue..

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6:03pm Mon 11 Feb 13 saintlysoul says…

I'm sorry I left out Boruc who's beginning to look world class!

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6:06pm Mon 11 Feb 13 El Santo says…

saintlysoul wrote…

What I like about the team at the moment is how every player seems to have upped their game under MP. Lambert, Rodriguez and Hoovield appear to be working so much harder now and were immense on Saturday along with the midfield. Clyne did well Yoshida was outstanding and I thought Fox did really well. When the substitutes came on they all grafted. This is great to see as a supporter your team each giving a hundred per cent. You only have to look at training galleries on the saints website to see how the players are enjoying themselves. I've a good feeling we will win at Newcastle and get a win against QPR! The season is looking up and long may this continue..

I am particularly happy to see Jay-Rod improving with the new system. He is a hard working lad and I am sure he is relishing the chance he is been given. Lambert doesn't really need extra mention. Everyone at work, Saint or not, are impressed with the guy. And to think that some said that he wasn't even good for the Championship!!!!

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6:06pm Mon 11 Feb 13 warrens 76 says…

El Santo wrote…

Malcy wrote…

El Santo you are very naughty!! Your translation is not correct and you know it, It's f off and stick it where the Sun doesn't shine, this is why I love reading comments in The Echo, they vary and get challenged, the humour is so good I have my Laptop on my lap it's amazing it doesn't fall on the floor, thank you everyone and to my only Team I support Southampton, City were stuffed todo arriba ahi culo
Hmmm... I might have used the wrong translator... or should I say interpreter? I have always used this polite sentence in funerals, baptisms, weddings and even catholic communions. It may explain why I was never again invited.

Difficult to be invited back to a funeral El Santo, people tend to have only one... ..baptisms and communions are pretty much the same so I would not blame yourself none of us have ever been invited back to any of them. Marriages can be messy affairs were the original guests are considered an embarresment 2nd time round, so relax. ..ergo I think your language is not an issue indeed I would suggest that maybe you need to mix a little more, get your face seen and so on then i am sure the invites will pour in.

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6:12pm Mon 11 Feb 13 skiptonsaint says…

Going to be a really interesting last 3 months and to be playing like this in the prem after these last few years is way beyond any of our dreams really isnt it. With a bit if luck we could get into the top half and as i went into the bookies at the start of the season and the bloke actually laughed at me and made sone comment about not worrying about losig the slip makes it even more exciting personally. For the record i got 20 to 1. We are now 5s But really I would just be happy to be safe two Or three games frOm the end and then see what we do in the summer in the transfer market. A bit of strenghtening and a better fixture list at the start and we could have an interesting year. MOmentum this time of year and being out the cups could suit our game. Alot of teams still playing midweek in the prem But the one position i worry about an injury sending us back into the mix is lambert. J rod is looking good because of his pace and that make him a very different player but he is slight and gets knocked off the ball. The rest of the squad have shown they can cover and we have good options to shuffle in midfield and defence Anyway What a season Coyr

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6:12pm Mon 11 Feb 13 El Santo says…

warrens 76 wrote…

El Santo wrote…

Malcy wrote…

El Santo you are very naughty!! Your translation is not correct and you know it, It's f off and stick it where the Sun doesn't shine, this is why I love reading comments in The Echo, they vary and get challenged, the humour is so good I have my Laptop on my lap it's amazing it doesn't fall on the floor, thank you everyone and to my only Team I support Southampton, City were stuffed todo arriba ahi culo
Hmmm... I might have used the wrong translator... or should I say interpreter? I have always used this polite sentence in funerals, baptisms, weddings and even catholic communions. It may explain why I was never again invited.
Difficult to be invited back to a funeral El Santo, people tend to have only one... ..baptisms and communions are pretty much the same so I would not blame yourself none of us have ever been invited back to any of them. Marriages can be messy affairs were the original guests are considered an embarresment 2nd time round, so relax. ..ergo I think your language is not an issue indeed I would suggest that maybe you need to mix a little more, get your face seen and so on then i am sure the invites will pour in.

Thanks for the advice. I will try that. I love free food. I have even a sentence for "Can I eat more chicken, please?" but I prefer not to say here, just in case... the direct translation in google is "Can I please eat female chicken?"

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6:12pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Clever Dick says…

SO50 Saint wrote…

Thats quality st1halo i'm sure miltonarcher is not the only one

Judging by the number of empty seats Saturday it's looking like everybody is back. Fantastic performance all round. 3 wins and 3 draws should now be enough and we have every chance of doing a lot better than that. QPR, Wigan and Villa or Reading for me. Reading still have Everton, Manure and Ars. awayfrom home and Liverpool and ManC at home. And they also have the best teamj in the league. Namely the mighty Saints.Villa have Ars and Manure away and ManC Liverpool and Chelski at home. We have less top teams to play. There could easily be two or three teams finishing in the mid thirties.

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6:15pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Northam Block 40 says…

Can still hear the Northam and Kingsland corner singing now! what a game!!! COYR!!!!!!!!

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6:16pm Mon 11 Feb 13 warrens 76 says…

El Santo wrote…

warrens 76 wrote…

El Santo wrote…

Malcy wrote…

El Santo you are very naughty!! Your translation is not correct and you know it, It's f off and stick it where the Sun doesn't shine, this is why I love reading comments in The Echo, they vary and get challenged, the humour is so good I have my Laptop on my lap it's amazing it doesn't fall on the floor, thank you everyone and to my only Team I support Southampton, City were stuffed todo arriba ahi culo
Hmmm... I might have used the wrong translator... or should I say interpreter? I have always used this polite sentence in funerals, baptisms, weddings and even catholic communions. It may explain why I was never again invited.
Difficult to be invited back to a funeral El Santo, people tend to have only one... ..baptisms and communions are pretty much the same so I would not blame yourself none of us have ever been invited back to any of them. Marriages can be messy affairs were the original guests are considered an embarresment 2nd time round, so relax. ..ergo I think your language is not an issue indeed I would suggest that maybe you need to mix a little more, get your face seen and so on then i am sure the invites will pour in.
Thanks for the advice. I will try that. I love free food. I have even a sentence for "Can I eat more chicken, please?" but I prefer not to say here, just in case... the direct translation in google is "Can I please eat female chicken?"

Nothing wrong with that as long as she is not wearing wings!

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6:30pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Clever Dick says…

It was hilarious to hear Harry moaning about goalkeeping mistakes costing them the game and Big Sam moaning about how opposing keepers keep having blinders against them. Isn't it great having a good solid keeper who everybody loves!! And havn't all of the moaners gone quiet on Hoover, Yosh, Fox , J-Rod, Gaston etc etc. It's not just the new manager making these guys play, it's a huge ration of self belief.

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6:37pm Mon 11 Feb 13 slugger says…

If anyone else recorded the game on ESPN I highly recommend you watch it again ....... I just have and when sober we looked even better , Cork is now my MOTM , awesome ........... COYR !!!!

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7:18pm Mon 11 Feb 13 redsnapper says…

All that endless passing sideways and back and sideways and a little bit forward and then sideways and then back seems like a distant memory. Nigel did us proud taking us from the depths of Div 1 but ever since August it has been blatantly obvious that the difference between the Prem and the Championship is huge c.w. the difference Cship and Div1. Yesterdays performance is a credit to Marcus,Nigel, Nicola and to Mauricio who has raised the bar to the next level in a few short weeks.

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7:29pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Baddesley Bill says…

Northam Block 40 wrote…

Can still hear the Northam and Kingsland corner singing now! what a game!!! COYR!!!!!!!!

The Itchen South enclave were giving their all (apart from Puppysaint who may well have "thrown the towel in" due to female related outside infuences) ;O)

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7:35pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Strasbourg Saint says…

warrens 76 wrote…

Lets get it over with and stuff Newk astle..as like pet. Strassie , well that was 112 chuffs down the drain..booked last night did'nt consider game had been moved to sunday so had to pay 56 each way to blöödy change.. Were are you staying again?

Just got back in, sorry for delay. Bad luck on the ticket, just glad you noticed now and not on the Saturday. We're at the Travelodge in Seaton Burn. How about you?

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7:36pm Mon 11 Feb 13 rocketone says…

We are Southampton, we're taking the p1ss. Whilst in the midst of a lengthy passing phase. My favourite chant for some time. And of course the Jason one made me smile. Saturday it was a pleasure to be a Saints fan. Remember though ..........we don't do easy! Just cannot see us losing with that form. Then again it was only Man City, I remember them being relegated and being really **** before.

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7:40pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Strasbourg Saint says…

St Retford wrote…

saintshorse101 wrote…

well if we attack against Newcastle in the same way we did against mancity then we will stuff them, after all we all know that the French are prone to surrender when they come up against a strong attacking force!!
*Whispers* Pssst, our best player is sort of French. We quite like them now.

(whispers) Pssst, he's Alsatian, it doesn't count. :)

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7:46pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Strasbourg Saint says…

skiptonsaint wrote…

Going to be a really interesting last 3 months and to be playing like this in the prem after these last few years is way beyond any of our dreams really isnt it. With a bit if luck we could get into the top half and as i went into the bookies at the start of the season and the bloke actually laughed at me and made sone comment about not worrying about losig the slip makes it even more exciting personally. For the record i got 20 to 1. We are now 5s But really I would just be happy to be safe two Or three games frOm the end and then see what we do in the summer in the transfer market. A bit of strenghtening and a better fixture list at the start and we could have an interesting year. MOmentum this time of year and being out the cups could suit our game. Alot of teams still playing midweek in the prem But the one position i worry about an injury sending us back into the mix is lambert. J rod is looking good because of his pace and that make him a very different player but he is slight and gets knocked off the ball. The rest of the squad have shown they can cover and we have good options to shuffle in midfield and defence Anyway What a season Coyr

Skipton, are you going to Newcastle?

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7:49pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Confucious says…

The Pope has resigned and they said on the telly that he's always had a big thing about the Saints. Could it be that he wants to attend our matches and not be tied up all the time with those papal duties - especially now we have the odd Sunday fixture? I've e mailed Nicola to break with his usual rules and offer him a free pass. We can make him a glassed Saint-Mobile and he can do a round of the pitch before each match. We can then all chant "We love Popey, We love Popey." He must be a good bloke too. People go all the way to Rome to kiss his ring.

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7:51pm Mon 11 Feb 13 saintshorse101 says…

st1halo wrote…

Confucious wrote…

St Retford wrote…

saintshorse101 wrote…

well if we attack against Newcastle in the same way we did against mancity then we will stuff them, after all we all know that the French are prone to surrender when they come up against a strong attacking force!!
*Whispers* Pssst, our best player is sort of French. We quite like them now.
With a name like Morgan Schneiderlin I think we can safely assume Spiderman's of German stock in that border area. So until we sign a proper Froggie, I think they're fair game. I think when we play Newcastle, the lads will find they're up against a bunch of sissies who eat snails and and cheese and whose breath smells like bad feet - and who just gibber even when you ask them a simple question in their own wimpy language. As for cowards, as my great granddad wrote in his diary in 1917: "Them Francarses is all pansies. You can always tell froggie infantrymen cos theys always got sunburnt armpits. Fighting with them's like 'unting tigers with an accordion." Not that I approve of xenophobia myself of course - so I certainly won't be joining in.
Your great grandad was certainly correct. I'm sure from a historical point of view, the Frenchies were issued white flags as part of their standard kit!

i have long held the belief that morgan would be a member of the free french or the french resistance and would have fight in him, viva la resistance!! viva la spiderman

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8:03pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Bring back Branfoot says…

warrens 76 wrote…

Bring back Branfoot wrote…

magnette wrote…

Adkins' headless chickens have been trained into a relentless pack of wild dogs. Harrying the prey till they are exhausted, chasing down the stragglers, cutting off any options to escape till there's nothing left but to roll over and die - proper football at last! Well done team, well done the manager. Proper football, proper tactics, proper manager, proper chairman; it's all in place now, Saints will win every game till the end of the season.
Proper football at last indeed!
Yes, great for us and the players to be rewarded for their inherent talent with fear in the opponents eyes..not ours.

Exactly! The feedback I have got from supporters of other teams regarding Saturday's has been completely positive. They can't believe our current league position. Onwards and upwards!

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8:10pm Mon 11 Feb 13 warrens 76 says…

Strasbourg Saint wrote…

warrens 76 wrote…

Lets get it over with and stuff Newk astle..as like pet. Strassie , well that was 112 chuffs down the drain..booked last night did'nt consider game had been moved to sunday so had to pay 56 each way to blöödy change.. Were are you staying again?
Just got back in, sorry for delay. Bad luck on the ticket, just glad you noticed now and not on the Saturday. We're at the Travelodge in Seaton Burn. How about you?

Not sure yet..think we will pop in and say hello but bro and I will probably stay in town..what time are you getting there?

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8:14pm Mon 11 Feb 13 warrens 76 says…

Confucious wrote…

The Pope has resigned and they said on the telly that he's always had a big thing about the Saints. Could it be that he wants to attend our matches and not be tied up all the time with those papal duties - especially now we have the odd Sunday fixture? I've e mailed Nicola to break with his usual rules and offer him a free pass. We can make him a glassed Saint-Mobile and he can do a round of the pitch before each match. We can then all chant "We love Popey, We love Popey." He must be a good bloke too. People go all the way to Rome to kiss his ring.

I your last sentance think that may be why he resigned....

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8:18pm Mon 11 Feb 13 hedge end bob says…

Northam Block 40 wrote…

Can still hear the Northam and Kingsland corner singing now! what a game!!! COYR!!!!!!!!

You boys in the Northam are great but youre not the only ones singing. It's just when your stood amoungst it thats all you hear, For the Newcastle game i moved from my season ticket seat in Itchen north, who are also vocal, to the Chapel. From there you can hear all three sides of the ground at once. Your great but not alone, it's a pity the club and the police dont move the away supporters to the Chapel end so that the three main singing stands could all be joined together. Although i think you could say on SATURDAY ST MARY'S WAS ROCKING.

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8:29pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Buddy SFC says…

Confucious wrote…

The Pope has resigned and they said on the telly that he's always had a big thing about the Saints. Could it be that he wants to attend our matches and not be tied up all the time with those papal duties - especially now we have the odd Sunday fixture? I've e mailed Nicola to break with his usual rules and offer him a free pass. We can make him a glassed Saint-Mobile and he can do a round of the pitch before each match. We can then all chant "We love Popey, We love Popey." He must be a good bloke too. People go all the way to Rome to kiss his ring.

Quality !! Mind I sit front rown by the corner flag with my lad and I thought on Saturday I was going to have to kiss Punch's ring !!

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8:31pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Buddy SFC says…

Hark ?????????? Shhhhhhhh ............ utter silence ??? Are they gone already ????

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8:33pm Mon 11 Feb 13 Confucious says…

Buddy SFC wrote…

Confucious wrote…

The Pope has resigned and they said on the telly that he's always had a big thing about the Saints. Could it be that he wants to attend our matches and not be tied up all the time with those papal duties - especially now we have the odd Sunday fixture? I've e mailed Nicola to break with his usual rules and offer him a free pass. We can make him a glassed Saint-Mobile and he can do a round of the pitch before each match. We can then all chant "We love Popey, We love Popey." He must be a good bloke too. People go all the way to Rome to kiss his ring.
Quality !! Mind I sit front rown by the corner flag with my lad and I thought on Saturday I was going to have to kiss Punch's ring !!

Oh no! Bit like the top of a sauce bottle methinks.

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8:45pm Mon 11 Feb 13 hedge end bob says…

Confucious wrote…

Buddy SFC wrote…

Confucious wrote…

The Pope has resigned and they said on the telly that he's always had a big thing about the Saints. Could it be that he wants to attend our matches and not be tied up all the time with those papal duties - especially now we have the odd Sunday fixture? I've e mailed Nicola to break with his usual rules and offer him a free pass. We can make him a glassed Saint-Mobile and he can do a round of the pitch before each match. We can then all chant "We love Popey, We love Popey." He must be a good bloke too. People go all the way to Rome to kiss his ring.
Quality !! Mind I sit front rown by the corner flag with my lad and I thought on Saturday I was going to have to kiss Punch's ring !!
Oh no! Bit like the top of a sauce bottle methinks.

Is that why its called DADDIES???

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9:14pm Mon 11 Feb 13 mikeyg2108 says…

Anyone remember the bad old days when we never wanted to be live on TV as we always seemed to lose??

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9:29pm Mon 11 Feb 13 rednwhite72 says…

Confucious wrote…

The Pope has resigned and they said on the telly that he's always had a big thing about the Saints. Could it be that he wants to attend our matches and not be tied up all the time with those papal duties - especially now we have the odd Sunday fixture? I've e mailed Nicola to break with his usual rules and offer him a free pass. We can make him a glassed Saint-Mobile and he can do a round of the pitch before each match. We can then all chant "We love Popey, We love Popey." He must be a good bloke too. People go all the way to Rome to kiss his ring.

A statement from Nicola has arrived and I quote "Although I do recognise what Benedict has done for the Saints over the years, we have policies and guidelines at the club which must be upheld for the future well-being and aim of our current ambitions. Therefore the club cannot offer any one a 'free' ticket at anytime. This was made clear to 'le god' and I am surprised that with his current, or now previous post he did not already know this, as I presume that he speaks with him every day." and before you ask...jesus is a paid emloyee and therefore is required to attend every game to carry out his duties to his disciples!

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9:31pm Mon 11 Feb 13 rednwhite72 says…

opps! nearly forgot: Amen!

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9:57pm Mon 11 Feb 13 2getheras1 says…

Coutinho must be brilliant, he's just come off the bench and the Baggies score 2 straight away... oh, I forgot, he went to Liverpool. Thank God!!

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2:26am Tue 12 Feb 13 classof'77 says…

I too remember the days when we'd thump Liverpool and Man U 4-1 at home, but they were also the days when we'd go and lose at home to lowly teams. Over the years, consistency has not been a hallmark of SFC. The one exception was the 83-84 season, when we finished runners-up to Liverpool, on the back of a lot of 1-0s. At the end of that campaign I remember Bob Paisley saying, to the utter surprise of most of the pundits, that Southampton was the team he had feared most that season. So let's enjoy the euphoria of a great win, but it would be wise not to get too carried away at this stage: there's a lot of hard work still to be done.

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10:38am Tue 12 Feb 13 Beer Monster says…

2getheras1 wrote…

Coutinho must be brilliant, he's just come off the bench and the Baggies score 2 straight away... oh, I forgot, he went to Liverpool. Thank God!!

Hehehehe, that made me laugh - the Scousers had 90% of the game but Foster had a blinder, and nothing was going to get past him. Go Hartlepool :-)

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11:19am Tue 12 Feb 13 right back in the bar says…

classof'77 wrote…

I too remember the days when we'd thump Liverpool and Man U 4-1 at home, but they were also the days when we'd go and lose at home to lowly teams. Over the years, consistency has not been a hallmark of SFC. The one exception was the 83-84 season, when we finished runners-up to Liverpool, on the back of a lot of 1-0s. At the end of that campaign I remember Bob Paisley saying, to the utter surprise of most of the pundits, that Southampton was the team he had feared most that season. So let's enjoy the euphoria of a great win, but it would be wise not to get too carried away at this stage: there's a lot of hard work still to be done.

There speaks the voice of experience. That was a superb team with a strong spine right through the middle. If this class could emulate their defensive solidity then we could again be a real force in the premiership.

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3:20pm Tue 12 Feb 13 El Santo says…

2getheras1 wrote…

Coutinho must be brilliant, he's just come off the bench and the Baggies score 2 straight away... oh, I forgot, he went to Liverpool. Thank God!!

Was thinking exactly the same, this morning...

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