Lallana proves his worth again

Basingstoke Gazette: Adam Lallana Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana proved his influence on the Saints side once again as he came off the bench to inspire his team to a point at Newcastle.

The skipper was left on the bench at St James’ Park as a precaution after picking up a slight knock, but was introduced at half time with his team 1-0 down and lacking a creative spark.

However, he quickly grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and it was Saints who dominated the second period with Jay Rodriguez’s sixth goal of the campaign earning a more than deserved point.

Pochettino explained: “Adam had a slight injury and he wasn’t fully fit to be playing the full 90 minutes.

“We are not going to take any risks with our players.

“We thought he could come on in the second half as a sub and have an impact and we’re delighted at the way that he did.”

The game threatened to be overshadowed by the dugout brawl that occurred towards the end, but this was another decent point for Saints.

Though it is five Premier League games without a win, defeats against Arsenal, Chelsea and Aton Villa have been followed by creditable points against Manchester City and in form Newcastle.

Pochettino believed his side were full value for at least a point.

“Overall, in the analysis of the 96 or 97 minutes played, the draw was a fair result,” he reflected.

“Perhaps we could have even got a bit more.

“Both halves were completely different.

“In the first half it was wide open and both teams were creating good chances for themselves.

“In the second half Southampton was completely dominating the game and could have gone on to win.

“The overall analysis is the draw is a fair result.”

As well as starting Lallana on the bench, and pairing Rickie Lambert and Dani Osvaldo up front, centre half Jose Fonte was also left out to protect his niggling injury.

Maya Yoshida had been preferred for the Aston Villa game earlier this month, but was partly culpable for a goal.

This time it was Jos Hooiveld’s turn to partner Dejan Lovren – and he was partly culpable for a goal as well.

Pochettino defended his men, though. “I am not disappointed, this is football and these things can happen,” he insisted.

“The players that don’t make mistakes are actually sitting next to me on the bench.

“The players on the pitch can make mistakes and it is normal that can happen.”

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9:05am Mon 16 Dec 13

donni1437 says...

Adams fitness is a massive factor this season, he's been able to keep playing at the same level for 90 mins. Plus the added power he has when he runs at defenders, he really drives at them and causes problems for them. I believe he's a shoe-in for the world cup if he keeps this form up.
Adams fitness is a massive factor this season, he's been able to keep playing at the same level for 90 mins. Plus the added power he has when he runs at defenders, he really drives at them and causes problems for them. I believe he's a shoe-in for the world cup if he keeps this form up. donni1437

9:24am Mon 16 Dec 13

Sally Hamilton Original says...

And where was Hodgson?...oh that's right... Watching a game with nowhere near as many English players!
And where was Hodgson?...oh that's right... Watching a game with nowhere near as many English players! Sally Hamilton Original

9:45am Mon 16 Dec 13

Clever Dick says...

I know that they seem to do this quite regularly but how do they judge if a player has an injury that will hold up for 45 minutes but not for 90?
I know that they seem to do this quite regularly but how do they judge if a player has an injury that will hold up for 45 minutes but not for 90? Clever Dick

10:27am Mon 16 Dec 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

“The players that don’t make mistakes are actually sitting next to me on the bench. The players on the pitch can make mistakes and it is normal that can happen.” Exactly, Mauricio; well said.

I really do like MP's attitude and philosophy with regards to his players.

Meanwhile, re: Adam, what a fantastic season he's having. He looked a little off the pace last season (partly through injury) and some of us doubted whether he could make the grade. How wrong we were and how delighted I am to have been proved wrong.

A lot can happen between now and May, but he's well on track for Brazil.
“The players that don’t make mistakes are actually sitting next to me on the bench. The players on the pitch can make mistakes and it is normal that can happen.” Exactly, Mauricio; well said. I really do like MP's attitude and philosophy with regards to his players. Meanwhile, re: Adam, what a fantastic season he's having. He looked a little off the pace last season (partly through injury) and some of us doubted whether he could make the grade. How wrong we were and how delighted I am to have been proved wrong. A lot can happen between now and May, but he's well on track for Brazil. Strasbourg Saint

10:37am Mon 16 Dec 13

Clever Dick says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
“The players that don’t make mistakes are actually sitting next to me on the bench. The players on the pitch can make mistakes and it is normal that can happen.” Exactly, Mauricio; well said.

I really do like MP's attitude and philosophy with regards to his players.

Meanwhile, re: Adam, what a fantastic season he's having. He looked a little off the pace last season (partly through injury) and some of us doubted whether he could make the grade. How wrong we were and how delighted I am to have been proved wrong.

A lot can happen between now and May, but he's well on track for Brazil.
Yeah There were a few people sitting close to me voicing doubts about Adam being Prem quality and saying he was not captain material. I think he has resoundingly proven them wrong on both counts. And he's still getting better. Nice one Adam and well done
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: “The players that don’t make mistakes are actually sitting next to me on the bench. The players on the pitch can make mistakes and it is normal that can happen.” Exactly, Mauricio; well said. I really do like MP's attitude and philosophy with regards to his players. Meanwhile, re: Adam, what a fantastic season he's having. He looked a little off the pace last season (partly through injury) and some of us doubted whether he could make the grade. How wrong we were and how delighted I am to have been proved wrong. A lot can happen between now and May, but he's well on track for Brazil.[/p][/quote]Yeah There were a few people sitting close to me voicing doubts about Adam being Prem quality and saying he was not captain material. I think he has resoundingly proven them wrong on both counts. And he's still getting better. Nice one Adam and well done Clever Dick

11:00am Mon 16 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Clever Dick wrote:
I know that they seem to do this quite regularly but how do they judge if a player has an injury that will hold up for 45 minutes but not for 90?
Expert medical staff I guess.
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: I know that they seem to do this quite regularly but how do they judge if a player has an injury that will hold up for 45 minutes but not for 90?[/p][/quote]Expert medical staff I guess. OSPREYSAINT

11:08am Mon 16 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

AVB has been sacked, that's not good news.
AVB has been sacked, that's not good news. OSPREYSAINT

11:21am Mon 16 Dec 13

notaclue says...

Sally Hamilton Original wrote:
And where was Hodgson?...oh that's right... Watching a game with nowhere near as many English players!
As Saints fans I don't think we need to give Hodgeson this kind of stick. You can't still think we are being over looked can you?
[quote][p][bold]Sally Hamilton Original[/bold] wrote: And where was Hodgson?...oh that's right... Watching a game with nowhere near as many English players![/p][/quote]As Saints fans I don't think we need to give Hodgeson this kind of stick. You can't still think we are being over looked can you? notaclue

11:32am Mon 16 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

notaclue wrote:
Sally Hamilton Original wrote:
And where was Hodgson?...oh that's right... Watching a game with nowhere near as many English players!
As Saints fans I don't think we need to give Hodgeson this kind of stick. You can't still think we are being over looked can you?
What did Woy see in JRod that we apparently hadn't?
[quote][p][bold]notaclue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sally Hamilton Original[/bold] wrote: And where was Hodgson?...oh that's right... Watching a game with nowhere near as many English players![/p][/quote]As Saints fans I don't think we need to give Hodgeson this kind of stick. You can't still think we are being over looked can you?[/p][/quote]What did Woy see in JRod that we apparently hadn't? OSPREYSAINT

1:07pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Has anyone else noticed how competitive in the tackle Lala has become? He didn't have that element to his game before.
Has anyone else noticed how competitive in the tackle Lala has become? He didn't have that element to his game before. Seedhouse the Unrepentant

1:14pm Mon 16 Dec 13

right back in the bar says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
“The players that don’t make mistakes are actually sitting next to me on the bench. The players on the pitch can make mistakes and it is normal that can happen.” Exactly, Mauricio; well said.

I really do like MP's attitude and philosophy with regards to his players.

Meanwhile, re: Adam, what a fantastic season he's having. He looked a little off the pace last season (partly through injury) and some of us doubted whether he could make the grade. How wrong we were and how delighted I am to have been proved wrong.

A lot can happen between now and May, but he's well on track for Brazil.
There's too much 'doubt' in our players on here to my mind. But only to be expected as I bet most don't actually go to games. I wonder whether MP is being a little economical here: someone had to drop out to let Osvaldo and Sir RL play together; it wont be AL again but then I doubt he will play Osvaldo and Sir RL will play together again anytime soon.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: “The players that don’t make mistakes are actually sitting next to me on the bench. The players on the pitch can make mistakes and it is normal that can happen.” Exactly, Mauricio; well said. I really do like MP's attitude and philosophy with regards to his players. Meanwhile, re: Adam, what a fantastic season he's having. He looked a little off the pace last season (partly through injury) and some of us doubted whether he could make the grade. How wrong we were and how delighted I am to have been proved wrong. A lot can happen between now and May, but he's well on track for Brazil.[/p][/quote]There's too much 'doubt' in our players on here to my mind. But only to be expected as I bet most don't actually go to games. I wonder whether MP is being a little economical here: someone had to drop out to let Osvaldo and Sir RL play together; it wont be AL again but then I doubt he will play Osvaldo and Sir RL will play together again anytime soon. right back in the bar

2:24pm Mon 16 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Has anyone else noticed how competitive in the tackle Lala has become? He didn't have that element to his game before.
It also explains why he is getting more knocks!
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Has anyone else noticed how competitive in the tackle Lala has become? He didn't have that element to his game before.[/p][/quote]It also explains why he is getting more knocks! OSPREYSAINT

2:28pm Mon 16 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

right back in the bar wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
“The players that don’t make mistakes are actually sitting next to me on the bench. The players on the pitch can make mistakes and it is normal that can happen.” Exactly, Mauricio; well said.

I really do like MP's attitude and philosophy with regards to his players.

Meanwhile, re: Adam, what a fantastic season he's having. He looked a little off the pace last season (partly through injury) and some of us doubted whether he could make the grade. How wrong we were and how delighted I am to have been proved wrong.

A lot can happen between now and May, but he's well on track for Brazil.
There's too much 'doubt' in our players on here to my mind. But only to be expected as I bet most don't actually go to games. I wonder whether MP is being a little economical here: someone had to drop out to let Osvaldo and Sir RL play together; it wont be AL again but then I doubt he will play Osvaldo and Sir RL will play together again anytime soon.
I am sure it is a ploy that would work against some teams, but not Newcastle, I would like to see them together now and then because I am sure Lambo could set Oz up with his astute passing, but that would mean droppimg JRod who is on a run, leave the big decisions to Poch, he is better qualified.
[quote][p][bold]right back in the bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: “The players that don’t make mistakes are actually sitting next to me on the bench. The players on the pitch can make mistakes and it is normal that can happen.” Exactly, Mauricio; well said. I really do like MP's attitude and philosophy with regards to his players. Meanwhile, re: Adam, what a fantastic season he's having. He looked a little off the pace last season (partly through injury) and some of us doubted whether he could make the grade. How wrong we were and how delighted I am to have been proved wrong. A lot can happen between now and May, but he's well on track for Brazil.[/p][/quote]There's too much 'doubt' in our players on here to my mind. But only to be expected as I bet most don't actually go to games. I wonder whether MP is being a little economical here: someone had to drop out to let Osvaldo and Sir RL play together; it wont be AL again but then I doubt he will play Osvaldo and Sir RL will play together again anytime soon.[/p][/quote]I am sure it is a ploy that would work against some teams, but not Newcastle, I would like to see them together now and then because I am sure Lambo could set Oz up with his astute passing, but that would mean droppimg JRod who is on a run, leave the big decisions to Poch, he is better qualified. OSPREYSAINT

3:23pm Mon 16 Dec 13

City Saint says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
right back in the bar wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
“The players that don’t make mistakes are actually sitting next to me on the bench. The players on the pitch can make mistakes and it is normal that can happen.” Exactly, Mauricio; well said.

I really do like MP's attitude and philosophy with regards to his players.

Meanwhile, re: Adam, what a fantastic season he's having. He looked a little off the pace last season (partly through injury) and some of us doubted whether he could make the grade. How wrong we were and how delighted I am to have been proved wrong.

A lot can happen between now and May, but he's well on track for Brazil.
There's too much 'doubt' in our players on here to my mind. But only to be expected as I bet most don't actually go to games. I wonder whether MP is being a little economical here: someone had to drop out to let Osvaldo and Sir RL play together; it wont be AL again but then I doubt he will play Osvaldo and Sir RL will play together again anytime soon.
I am sure it is a ploy that would work against some teams, but not Newcastle, I would like to see them together now and then because I am sure Lambo could set Oz up with his astute passing, but that would mean droppimg JRod who is on a run, leave the big decisions to Poch, he is better qualified.
He will also see possible link ups in training that we don't see.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]right back in the bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: “The players that don’t make mistakes are actually sitting next to me on the bench. The players on the pitch can make mistakes and it is normal that can happen.” Exactly, Mauricio; well said. I really do like MP's attitude and philosophy with regards to his players. Meanwhile, re: Adam, what a fantastic season he's having. He looked a little off the pace last season (partly through injury) and some of us doubted whether he could make the grade. How wrong we were and how delighted I am to have been proved wrong. A lot can happen between now and May, but he's well on track for Brazil.[/p][/quote]There's too much 'doubt' in our players on here to my mind. But only to be expected as I bet most don't actually go to games. I wonder whether MP is being a little economical here: someone had to drop out to let Osvaldo and Sir RL play together; it wont be AL again but then I doubt he will play Osvaldo and Sir RL will play together again anytime soon.[/p][/quote]I am sure it is a ploy that would work against some teams, but not Newcastle, I would like to see them together now and then because I am sure Lambo could set Oz up with his astute passing, but that would mean droppimg JRod who is on a run, leave the big decisions to Poch, he is better qualified.[/p][/quote]He will also see possible link ups in training that we don't see. City Saint

3:24pm Mon 16 Dec 13

City Saint says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
AVB has been sacked, that's not good news.
I think this will be good for us. Tottenham on the ropes and maybe at lowest ebb, since a lot of their players were right behind AVB.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: AVB has been sacked, that's not good news.[/p][/quote]I think this will be good for us. Tottenham on the ropes and maybe at lowest ebb, since a lot of their players were right behind AVB. City Saint

4:57pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

City Saint wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
AVB has been sacked, that's not good news.
I think this will be good for us. Tottenham on the ropes and maybe at lowest ebb, since a lot of their players were right behind AVB.
Their performances didn't show it!
[quote][p][bold]City Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: AVB has been sacked, that's not good news.[/p][/quote]I think this will be good for us. Tottenham on the ropes and maybe at lowest ebb, since a lot of their players were right behind AVB.[/p][/quote]Their performances didn't show it! Seedhouse the Unrepentant

5:39pm Mon 16 Dec 13

st1halo says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Has anyone else noticed how competitive in the tackle Lala has become? He didn't have that element to his game before.
Indeed. Both he and Jay have become visibly stronger and more physical since Poch's arrival. Not so long ago they seemed to be knocked off the ball quite easily. Not anymore and good to see. Perhaps Poch should give Arsene some tips to pass on to Jack Wilshere!

STID
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Has anyone else noticed how competitive in the tackle Lala has become? He didn't have that element to his game before.[/p][/quote]Indeed. Both he and Jay have become visibly stronger and more physical since Poch's arrival. Not so long ago they seemed to be knocked off the ball quite easily. Not anymore and good to see. Perhaps Poch should give Arsene some tips to pass on to Jack Wilshere! STID st1halo

8:17pm Mon 16 Dec 13

rossofficial10 says...

st1halo wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Has anyone else noticed how competitive in the tackle Lala has become? He didn't have that element to his game before.
Indeed. Both he and Jay have become visibly stronger and more physical since Poch's arrival. Not so long ago they seemed to be knocked off the ball quite easily. Not anymore and good to see. Perhaps Poch should give Arsene some tips to pass on to Jack Wilshere!

STID
well said bud ;) agree with u
[quote][p][bold]st1halo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Has anyone else noticed how competitive in the tackle Lala has become? He didn't have that element to his game before.[/p][/quote]Indeed. Both he and Jay have become visibly stronger and more physical since Poch's arrival. Not so long ago they seemed to be knocked off the ball quite easily. Not anymore and good to see. Perhaps Poch should give Arsene some tips to pass on to Jack Wilshere! STID[/p][/quote]well said bud ;) agree with u rossofficial10

10:17pm Mon 16 Dec 13

hedge end bob says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Has anyone else noticed how competitive in the tackle Lala has become? He didn't have that element to his game before.
Agreed SEED, he now chases back and tackles too get the ball. He never seemed to do that in front of Fox. DEFINATE improvement and he should be picking out his sunglasses for that sunshine in BRAZIL.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Has anyone else noticed how competitive in the tackle Lala has become? He didn't have that element to his game before.[/p][/quote]Agreed SEED, he now chases back and tackles too get the ball. He never seemed to do that in front of Fox. DEFINATE improvement and he should be picking out his sunglasses for that sunshine in BRAZIL. hedge end bob

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