COMMENT: Bad night for Saints and their forgotten trio of Cork, Yoshida and Gazzaniga

Basingstoke Gazette: Delph scores Villa's third goal. Delph scores Villa's third goal.

This was not a great night for Saints, or for their forgotten men. Paulo Gazzaniga, Maya Yoshida and Jack Cork all featured heavily in the club’s first home defeat of the season. None of them did their hopes of progressing beyond the role of fringe player any significant good, though. At one stage last season, Yoshida appeared to have emerged as the club’s number-one choice at centre half. However, he has since slipped down the order. Surprisingly handed his first league start of the season here, in place of José Fonte, he was afforded a rare opportunity to re-establish himself. Yet the ease with which he allowed Gabriel Agbonlahor to turn him for the game’s opening goal will have done little to increase Mauricio Pochettino’s faith in him. Neither, perhaps, will his backing off ahead of Fabian Delph’s stunning winner. Yoshida’s was not the only costly error, though. Cork, who came on at half-time, also committed a crucial mistake that led to a Villa goal, letting Karim El Ahmadi dispossess him cheaply out wide in the build-up to the visitors’ second. The midfielder is a popular figure among the fanbase, having played an important part not just in promotion from the Championship, but also in the team’s enormous improvement last season after the club endured such a dismal start to the campaign. But Pochettino has not been so keen on him, instead preferring £12.5m summer signing Victor Wanyama. Cork’s slip-up here will not have helped his cause. In the build-up to this game, it was Gazzaniga who had been under the spotlight the most, though. The 21-year-old keeper, once described by Nigel Adkins as “the future of this football club”, had seemingly been consigned to the past. Yet injuries to Artur Boruc and Kelvin Davis meant a first start in over a year for the young Argentine stopper. Despite conceding three times, it was not as dreadful a night as it might have sounded for Gazzaniga. There was certainly little he could have done about Villa’s first goal, and nothing about their third. But questions might be asked about their second. Could he have come to collect El Ahmadi’s cross, rather than staying on his line, and should he have done better with Libor Kozak’s close-range header, which squirmed through his raised hands? Gazzaniga did not appear overawed, and indeed showed flashes of confidence – none more so than when he coolly lobbed a pass over Kozak in the second half. But he is still facing an uphill battle to force his way past either Davis or Boruc when all of the club’s keepers are fit.

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10:11pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Santa Retfordia says...

It's City I feel sorry for. They're going to pay for this on Saturday.
It's City I feel sorry for. They're going to pay for this on Saturday. Santa Retfordia

10:16pm Wed 4 Dec 13

derek james says...

try cody cropper or whatever his name is!
try cody cropper or whatever his name is! derek james

10:18pm Wed 4 Dec 13

SOULJACKER says...

derek james wrote:
try cody cropper or whatever his name is!
I said this the other day......Codie has gotta be worth a try fo sho :D
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: try cody cropper or whatever his name is![/p][/quote]I said this the other day......Codie has gotta be worth a try fo sho :D SOULJACKER

10:22pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

12.5 games with Boruc, 7 conceded. 1.5 games with a different last line, 6 goals conceded. Up against the highest scoring team, we've lost the last three... yes I'm worried, but we are 8th!
Hope Clyne is fit... And Spider... And Wanyama... And Boruc... And JWP... And Guly....
Come on you Saints!!!
12.5 games with Boruc, 7 conceded. 1.5 games with a different last line, 6 goals conceded. Up against the highest scoring team, we've lost the last three... yes I'm worried, but we are 8th! Hope Clyne is fit... And Spider... And Wanyama... And Boruc... And JWP... And Guly.... Come on you Saints!!! Norwegian Saint

10:40pm Wed 4 Dec 13

saint Compo says...

Crazy team selection.

When you've got a rookie goalkeeper and also lost a key defensive midfielder to injury, it's barmy to break up your central defence pairing and put in Yoshida for his first league start of the season. Cork should have taken Schneiderlin's place.

Were JWP and Wanyama substituted due to injury - if so, we have yet more problems. If not, why?! Why bring on Osvaldo for JWP - a forward for a midfielder ater 38 minutes and thereby weaken the midfied.

And Fonte for Clyne? Another injury?

We are on the slide. 8 goals conceded in 3 games. Too early to panic but the lack of strong back-up players is beginning to show.

Get rid of Ramirez and probably Osvaldo too in January and get some English players in.

COYR
Crazy team selection. When you've got a rookie goalkeeper and also lost a key defensive midfielder to injury, it's barmy to break up your central defence pairing and put in Yoshida for his first league start of the season. Cork should have taken Schneiderlin's place. Were JWP and Wanyama substituted due to injury - if so, we have yet more problems. If not, why?! Why bring on Osvaldo for JWP - a forward for a midfielder ater 38 minutes and thereby weaken the midfied. And Fonte for Clyne? Another injury? We are on the slide. 8 goals conceded in 3 games. Too early to panic but the lack of strong back-up players is beginning to show. Get rid of Ramirez and probably Osvaldo too in January and get some English players in. COYR saint Compo

10:49pm Wed 4 Dec 13

SaintAsh1964 says...

Lets not get carried away with the last couple of results, we were going to hit the buffers sooner or later.
Loosing away to Arsenal & Chelsea and probably Man City of Saturday should not surprise anyone that knows anything about football, we didnt get out just what we deserved tonight and thats football, and we are now picking up a couple of injuries too, so we need to keep our heads,re group and keep supporting the team that have done so well so far this season.
Lets not get carried away with the last couple of results, we were going to hit the buffers sooner or later. Loosing away to Arsenal & Chelsea and probably Man City of Saturday should not surprise anyone that knows anything about football, we didnt get out just what we deserved tonight and thats football, and we are now picking up a couple of injuries too, so we need to keep our heads,re group and keep supporting the team that have done so well so far this season. SaintAsh1964

10:54pm Wed 4 Dec 13

FindAndDestroy says...

On the positive note we really deserved something out of this game...77% to 23% possession and we still lose the game, unbelievable..

the entire game AV only had 3 shots on target and scored 3...

despite our style of play we never conceded more than once on the counterattack before...but tonight we conceded 3 in one game...

When 1 of 2 are missing from our starting XI especially from the MF and the back we become vulnerable.....

I am just hoping they all recover for the week end...otherwise city will hammer us....
On the positive note we really deserved something out of this game...77% to 23% possession and we still lose the game, unbelievable.. the entire game AV only had 3 shots on target and scored 3... despite our style of play we never conceded more than once on the counterattack before...but tonight we conceded 3 in one game... When 1 of 2 are missing from our starting XI especially from the MF and the back we become vulnerable..... I am just hoping they all recover for the week end...otherwise city will hammer us.... FindAndDestroy

11:06pm Wed 4 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

A bad night indeed, losing was cruel enough, but losing Victor, he left on crutches, Clyne, not sure what the problem was but it looked serious enough, and Dejan looked concussed, if that is the case he won't be there Saturday either. After that tackle on Luke it's lucky that he is still walking.
A bad night indeed, losing was cruel enough, but losing Victor, he left on crutches, Clyne, not sure what the problem was but it looked serious enough, and Dejan looked concussed, if that is the case he won't be there Saturday either. After that tackle on Luke it's lucky that he is still walking. OSPREYSAINT

11:14pm Wed 4 Dec 13

IanRC5 says...

Awful refereeing, clear penalty when Osvaldo was tripped in the box, the defender didn't even touch the ball, referee just stood and watched from 10 yards. Strange manager decisions again, why was Lallana pulled so deep in the second half. Yoshida had a mare, didn't think Cork did so bad, losing the ball on the wing is not normally fatal and he was instrumental in our first equalizer.

Need to get our act together for Saturday or we are in for a drubbing.
Awful refereeing, clear penalty when Osvaldo was tripped in the box, the defender didn't even touch the ball, referee just stood and watched from 10 yards. Strange manager decisions again, why was Lallana pulled so deep in the second half. Yoshida had a mare, didn't think Cork did so bad, losing the ball on the wing is not normally fatal and he was instrumental in our first equalizer. Need to get our act together for Saturday or we are in for a drubbing. IanRC5

11:15pm Wed 4 Dec 13

donni1437 says...

Rome was not built in a day so please don't panic folks, we have been spoilt so far this season and this was a real 'freak' result. This will be a good test for Poch and the team, the pressure is on a bit after a great run and we need to dig deep and push on.

The fantastic start really is paying off as 3 defeats in a row and we're 8th, life aint that bad. I hope the folks injured recover quickly. COYR
Rome was not built in a day so please don't panic folks, we have been spoilt so far this season and this was a real 'freak' result. This will be a good test for Poch and the team, the pressure is on a bit after a great run and we need to dig deep and push on. The fantastic start really is paying off as 3 defeats in a row and we're 8th, life aint that bad. I hope the folks injured recover quickly. COYR donni1437

11:23pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Santa Retfordia says...

saint Compo wrote:
Crazy team selection. When you've got a rookie goalkeeper and also lost a key defensive midfielder to injury, it's barmy to break up your central defence pairing and put in Yoshida for his first league start of the season. Cork should have taken Schneiderlin's place. Were JWP and Wanyama substituted due to injury - if so, we have yet more problems. If not, why?! Why bring on Osvaldo for JWP - a forward for a midfielder ater 38 minutes and thereby weaken the midfied. And Fonte for Clyne? Another injury? We are on the slide. 8 goals conceded in 3 games. Too early to panic but the lack of strong back-up players is beginning to show. Get rid of Ramirez and probably Osvaldo too in January and get some English players in. COYR
Which English players do you suggest?
[quote][p][bold]saint Compo[/bold] wrote: Crazy team selection. When you've got a rookie goalkeeper and also lost a key defensive midfielder to injury, it's barmy to break up your central defence pairing and put in Yoshida for his first league start of the season. Cork should have taken Schneiderlin's place. Were JWP and Wanyama substituted due to injury - if so, we have yet more problems. If not, why?! Why bring on Osvaldo for JWP - a forward for a midfielder ater 38 minutes and thereby weaken the midfied. And Fonte for Clyne? Another injury? We are on the slide. 8 goals conceded in 3 games. Too early to panic but the lack of strong back-up players is beginning to show. Get rid of Ramirez and probably Osvaldo too in January and get some English players in. COYR[/p][/quote]Which English players do you suggest? Santa Retfordia

11:34pm Wed 4 Dec 13

FindAndDestroy says...

IanRC5 wrote:
Awful refereeing, clear penalty when Osvaldo was tripped in the box, the defender didn't even touch the ball, referee just stood and watched from 10 yards. Strange manager decisions again, why was Lallana pulled so deep in the second half. Yoshida had a mare, didn't think Cork did so bad, losing the ball on the wing is not normally fatal and he was instrumental in our first equalizer.

Need to get our act together for Saturday or we are in for a drubbing.
Danny was definitely tripped if he had gone down.. it would of been given but instead he chose to stay on his feet....So the ref thought it was very serious.....

if Suarez or Young were in Osvlado's shoe they would been licking their lips for sure, as soon as they feel a contact inside the box they always go down....

if many of our usually XI are out... i fear hammering from city...
[quote][p][bold]IanRC5[/bold] wrote: Awful refereeing, clear penalty when Osvaldo was tripped in the box, the defender didn't even touch the ball, referee just stood and watched from 10 yards. Strange manager decisions again, why was Lallana pulled so deep in the second half. Yoshida had a mare, didn't think Cork did so bad, losing the ball on the wing is not normally fatal and he was instrumental in our first equalizer. Need to get our act together for Saturday or we are in for a drubbing.[/p][/quote]Danny was definitely tripped if he had gone down.. it would of been given but instead he chose to stay on his feet....So the ref thought it was very serious..... if Suarez or Young were in Osvlado's shoe they would been licking their lips for sure, as soon as they feel a contact inside the box they always go down.... if many of our usually XI are out... i fear hammering from city... FindAndDestroy

11:37pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Dooorrrset saint says...

Get rid of osvaldo are you lot twisted in the head??? Gazza wasn't at fault for any of the goals, anyone that says different needs a quiet word with themselves! The only problem with this evening was team selection but after the last eleven months nobody can **** at our manager. Be realistic we aint gonna win the league.....this season, and were always gonna have a little blip. Just be thankfull that we don't support the spuds!
Get rid of osvaldo are you lot twisted in the head??? Gazza wasn't at fault for any of the goals, anyone that says different needs a quiet word with themselves! The only problem with this evening was team selection but after the last eleven months nobody can **** at our manager. Be realistic we aint gonna win the league.....this season, and were always gonna have a little blip. Just be thankfull that we don't support the spuds! Dooorrrset saint

11:45pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Santa Retfordia says...

Dooorrrset saint wrote:
Get rid of osvaldo are you lot twisted in the head??? Gazza wasn't at fault for any of the goals, anyone that says different needs a quiet word with themselves! The only problem with this evening was team selection but after the last eleven months nobody can **** at our manager. Be realistic we aint gonna win the league.....this season, and were always gonna have a little blip. Just be thankfull that we don't support the spuds!
This.
[quote][p][bold]Dooorrrset saint[/bold] wrote: Get rid of osvaldo are you lot twisted in the head??? Gazza wasn't at fault for any of the goals, anyone that says different needs a quiet word with themselves! The only problem with this evening was team selection but after the last eleven months nobody can **** at our manager. Be realistic we aint gonna win the league.....this season, and were always gonna have a little blip. Just be thankfull that we don't support the spuds![/p][/quote]This. Santa Retfordia

11:49pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Santa Retfordia says...

Quote from my Villa mate in Brum: "Villa are always at their best against attacking sides, so thanks Southampton for being so entertaining."

Sometimes we'll not get our rewards for doing things right but that's football. Don't get too down about it.
Quote from my Villa mate in Brum: "Villa are always at their best against attacking sides, so thanks Southampton for being so entertaining." Sometimes we'll not get our rewards for doing things right but that's football. Don't get too down about it. Santa Retfordia

11:56pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Smith187 says...

I think it's great having a bit of continental flair with osvaldo and gaston, if we can give them a wee bit more time and patience to the English game I feel they' ll start contributing to better results in the long run :)
I think it's great having a bit of continental flair with osvaldo and gaston, if we can give them a wee bit more time and patience to the English game I feel they' ll start contributing to better results in the long run :) Smith187

11:59pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Smith187 says...

And the above article is the latest in a long line of useless drivel spurted out by the 'local' newspaper
And the above article is the latest in a long line of useless drivel spurted out by the 'local' newspaper Smith187

12:04am Thu 5 Dec 13

doos says...

Woops! Wheels have fallen off :)
Woops! Wheels have fallen off :) doos

12:39am Thu 5 Dec 13

andoru says...

Oh, how I would have loved to have been proven wrong this time, but I wasn't. No Boruc and we concede three goals in three shots. 77% possession counts for nothing if you can't outscore the opposition.

And do we even have a team for Saturday?
Oh, how I would have loved to have been proven wrong this time, but I wasn't. No Boruc and we concede three goals in three shots. 77% possession counts for nothing if you can't outscore the opposition. And do we even have a team for Saturday? andoru

12:40am Thu 5 Dec 13

jls217 says...

You still have to say, with all the possession we had, how did we lose that?
Not a crisis yet so don't over-react .
You still have to say, with all the possession we had, how did we lose that? Not a crisis yet so don't over-react . jls217

1:43am Thu 5 Dec 13

Brian1 says...

Smith187 wrote:
I think it's great having a bit of continental flair with osvaldo and gaston, if we can give them a wee bit more time and patience to the English game I feel they' ll start contributing to better results in the long run :)
What a cliche. just cos they are continetal. Adam Lallana and MLT have flair too..
[quote][p][bold]Smith187[/bold] wrote: I think it's great having a bit of continental flair with osvaldo and gaston, if we can give them a wee bit more time and patience to the English game I feel they' ll start contributing to better results in the long run :)[/p][/quote]What a cliche. just cos they are continetal. Adam Lallana and MLT have flair too.. Brian1

1:46am Thu 5 Dec 13

Brian1 says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
saint Compo wrote: Crazy team selection. When you've got a rookie goalkeeper and also lost a key defensive midfielder to injury, it's barmy to break up your central defence pairing and put in Yoshida for his first league start of the season. Cork should have taken Schneiderlin's place. Were JWP and Wanyama substituted due to injury - if so, we have yet more problems. If not, why?! Why bring on Osvaldo for JWP - a forward for a midfielder ater 38 minutes and thereby weaken the midfied. And Fonte for Clyne? Another injury? We are on the slide. 8 goals conceded in 3 games. Too early to panic but the lack of strong back-up players is beginning to show. Get rid of Ramirez and probably Osvaldo too in January and get some English players in. COYR
Which English players do you suggest?
Its not about English players or Foriegn players..
Its about getting the right players at the right price with the right desire.
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saint Compo[/bold] wrote: Crazy team selection. When you've got a rookie goalkeeper and also lost a key defensive midfielder to injury, it's barmy to break up your central defence pairing and put in Yoshida for his first league start of the season. Cork should have taken Schneiderlin's place. Were JWP and Wanyama substituted due to injury - if so, we have yet more problems. If not, why?! Why bring on Osvaldo for JWP - a forward for a midfielder ater 38 minutes and thereby weaken the midfied. And Fonte for Clyne? Another injury? We are on the slide. 8 goals conceded in 3 games. Too early to panic but the lack of strong back-up players is beginning to show. Get rid of Ramirez and probably Osvaldo too in January and get some English players in. COYR[/p][/quote]Which English players do you suggest?[/p][/quote]Its not about English players or Foriegn players.. Its about getting the right players at the right price with the right desire. Brian1

3:05am Thu 5 Dec 13

sasmike says...

sell sell sell Ramirez and Osvaldo both crap
sell sell sell Ramirez and Osvaldo both crap sasmike

7:20am Thu 5 Dec 13

SaintinCanada says...

I'm not so down as some on here. We have built up from a team that was just trying to survive this time last year, now we just need a squad with a bit more depth to hang out at the top - and it may not happen this season. What team doesn't have a bad run? We've had a good run until recently....and luck was not on our side tonight.

Most of us would have been happy with a top 10 finish at the start of the season and that seems like more than a probability at this stage, and that is the marque of a great team in the best league in the World.

My team!
I'm not so down as some on here. We have built up from a team that was just trying to survive this time last year, now we just need a squad with a bit more depth to hang out at the top - and it may not happen this season. What team doesn't have a bad run? We've had a good run until recently....and luck was not on our side tonight. Most of us would have been happy with a top 10 finish at the start of the season and that seems like more than a probability at this stage, and that is the marque of a great team in the best league in the World. My team! SaintinCanada

7:25am Thu 5 Dec 13

Velleity says...

sasmike wrote:
sell sell sell Ramirez and Osvaldo both crap
Did you notice the names of our goalscoreres last night?
[quote][p][bold]sasmike[/bold] wrote: sell sell sell Ramirez and Osvaldo both crap[/p][/quote]Did you notice the names of our goalscoreres last night? Velleity

8:14am Thu 5 Dec 13

sasmike says...

Velleity wrote:
sasmike wrote:
sell sell sell Ramirez and Osvaldo both crap
Did you notice the names of our goalscoreres last night?
AND YOR POINT IS ?
[quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sasmike[/bold] wrote: sell sell sell Ramirez and Osvaldo both crap[/p][/quote]Did you notice the names of our goalscoreres last night?[/p][/quote]AND YOR POINT IS ? sasmike

8:19am Thu 5 Dec 13

donni1437 says...

doos wrote:
Woops! Wheels have fallen off :)
Yeah wheels defo off, 8th in the league and playing really negative, dull and boring football. I do wish we were still in the financial sh*thouse knocking about the lower leagues and having to wait till 12:30am on sunday morning to watch 30 seconds of the saints, it's much more fun and rewarding.
[quote][p][bold]doos[/bold] wrote: Woops! Wheels have fallen off :)[/p][/quote]Yeah wheels defo off, 8th in the league and playing really negative, dull and boring football. I do wish we were still in the financial sh*thouse knocking about the lower leagues and having to wait till 12:30am on sunday morning to watch 30 seconds of the saints, it's much more fun and rewarding. donni1437

8:29am Thu 5 Dec 13

Velleity says...

sasmike wrote:
Velleity wrote:
sasmike wrote:
sell sell sell Ramirez and Osvaldo both crap
Did you notice the names of our goalscoreres last night?
AND YOR POINT IS ?
Guess.
[quote][p][bold]sasmike[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sasmike[/bold] wrote: sell sell sell Ramirez and Osvaldo both crap[/p][/quote]Did you notice the names of our goalscoreres last night?[/p][/quote]AND YOR POINT IS ?[/p][/quote]Guess. Velleity

8:39am Thu 5 Dec 13

st.athan saint says...

Brian1 wrote:
Santa Retfordia wrote:
saint Compo wrote: Crazy team selection. When you've got a rookie goalkeeper and also lost a key defensive midfielder to injury, it's barmy to break up your central defence pairing and put in Yoshida for his first league start of the season. Cork should have taken Schneiderlin's place. Were JWP and Wanyama substituted due to injury - if so, we have yet more problems. If not, why?! Why bring on Osvaldo for JWP - a forward for a midfielder ater 38 minutes and thereby weaken the midfied. And Fonte for Clyne? Another injury? We are on the slide. 8 goals conceded in 3 games. Too early to panic but the lack of strong back-up players is beginning to show. Get rid of Ramirez and probably Osvaldo too in January and get some English players in. COYR
Which English players do you suggest?
Its not about English players or Foriegn players..
Its about getting the right players at the right price with the right desire.
evidently wanyama on crutches last night - doesn't sound good.
[quote][p][bold]Brian1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saint Compo[/bold] wrote: Crazy team selection. When you've got a rookie goalkeeper and also lost a key defensive midfielder to injury, it's barmy to break up your central defence pairing and put in Yoshida for his first league start of the season. Cork should have taken Schneiderlin's place. Were JWP and Wanyama substituted due to injury - if so, we have yet more problems. If not, why?! Why bring on Osvaldo for JWP - a forward for a midfielder ater 38 minutes and thereby weaken the midfied. And Fonte for Clyne? Another injury? We are on the slide. 8 goals conceded in 3 games. Too early to panic but the lack of strong back-up players is beginning to show. Get rid of Ramirez and probably Osvaldo too in January and get some English players in. COYR[/p][/quote]Which English players do you suggest?[/p][/quote]Its not about English players or Foriegn players.. Its about getting the right players at the right price with the right desire.[/p][/quote]evidently wanyama on crutches last night - doesn't sound good. st.athan saint

11:04am Thu 5 Dec 13

Flying_Pigs says...

Yoshida was awful. Morgan Schneiderlin was the biggest miss IMO. JW- P had usual quality in the first half but seemed short of confidence. Dani was brought on to provide that bit of "dog" as the Australian's would say and did an excellent job right in AVFC's faces which gave Rickie, Adam and J-Rod a little more space - at a premium when it's 4 vs 11!
Yoshida was awful. Morgan Schneiderlin was the biggest miss IMO. JW- P had usual quality in the first half but seemed short of confidence. Dani was brought on to provide that bit of "dog" as the Australian's would say and did an excellent job right in AVFC's faces which gave Rickie, Adam and J-Rod a little more space - at a premium when it's 4 vs 11! Flying_Pigs

12:01pm Thu 5 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Velleity wrote:
sasmike wrote:
sell sell sell Ramirez and Osvaldo both crap
Did you notice the names of our goalscoreres last night?
Osvaldo scored didn't he? I have no doubt had Ramirez not picked up the throat infection, he may have been selected, or at least on the bench, this game called for a playmaker and may well have been one that suited his talents.
[quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sasmike[/bold] wrote: sell sell sell Ramirez and Osvaldo both crap[/p][/quote]Did you notice the names of our goalscoreres last night?[/p][/quote]Osvaldo scored didn't he? I have no doubt had Ramirez not picked up the throat infection, he may have been selected, or at least on the bench, this game called for a playmaker and may well have been one that suited his talents. OSPREYSAINT

12:17pm Thu 5 Dec 13

CB FRY LIVES says...

Oh for the days of the old Football Combination when reserve team players got a regular run out most weeks.The reintroduction of a mid week premiership reserves league with no age restrictions would give english football a much needed shot in the arm.
Oh for the days of the old Football Combination when reserve team players got a regular run out most weeks.The reintroduction of a mid week premiership reserves league with no age restrictions would give english football a much needed shot in the arm. CB FRY LIVES

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