Defensive worries for Poch

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Mauricio Pochettino admitted he is concerned about Saints’ faltering Premier League form as they head into a vital Christmas period.

Defeat to Tottenham at St Mary’s yesterday has left Saints with a record of just two points from a possible 18 ahead of back-to-back away games at Cardiff and Everton before a visit from Chelsea.

Saints’ early season defensive solidity has also disappeared as their squad has been stretched by injuries with 13 goals leaked in the last six league games.

Pochettino is not hiding away from the poor form and has confessed he is worried by it.

“We are going through a very tough time at the moment,” he said.

“We are lacking a lot of our players, we are lacking a full squad, players are going through different illnesses and injuries and we are conceding a lot of goals.

“I am concerned about the situation because our main focus now is to regain that defensive solidity to get back to how solid we are defensively.”

Pochettino has pinpointed the moment things turned, as he reflected: “I think it coincided more than anything with the previous break before the Arsenal game.

“We went into the Arsenal game and lost, and then the game against Chelsea and that was a tough moment when we had mounting injuries and mounting problems and lost two games in a row.

“From then the team dropped its performance levels.

“It’s clear you need a full squad to actually keep up your performance levels and we haven’t been able to do that of late.”

There was one bright light in the game, which was the performance of Adam Lallana in front of England assistant manager Ray Lewington.

The Saints skipper scored the first goal and created the second for Rickie Lambert.

However, even that couldn’t lift Pochettino’s mood.

“I would probably change Lallana’s game to achieve a positive result,” he said.

“I would prefer to actually have a positive result than Lallana’s great game.

“When you talk about individual performances it’s great that he’s played and all credit to him but I think that’s a bit overshadowed when the main fact is that we weren’t able to get the win.”

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7:24am Mon 23 Dec 13

AndyAndrews says...

Santa please get our first team defenders and keepers fit again: we need them!
Santa please get our first team defenders and keepers fit again: we need them! AndyAndrews

7:35am Mon 23 Dec 13

JohnItaly says...

He must also be slightly concerned at the lack of goals particularly as Saints enjoy a very high level of possession and shots on / off target. This tells me we lack a natural goal poacher, i.e. one who turns half chances into goals.
He must also be slightly concerned at the lack of goals particularly as Saints enjoy a very high level of possession and shots on / off target. This tells me we lack a natural goal poacher, i.e. one who turns half chances into goals. JohnItaly

8:13am Mon 23 Dec 13

montecristosaint says...

DONT NEED REPLACEMENTS IN THE TRANSFER WINDOW MOPO WHAT PLANET ARE YOU ON????
What we need is a sense of realism from the powers that be at St Marys. Our current predicament stems from the fact that the squad is nowhere near good enough to maintain pursuit of a top four finish. Several members of the squad need to be offloaded, they are championship players who simly are not good enough.
I refer to Jos Hooveld, Fox, and Gazanniga. I feel sorry fr the youngster but he just doesnt have it, but may well be able to play at a much lower level.
Nicola Cortese you and MoPo ned to get together and realign your thoughts as to what is needed. Mo Po s recent comments with regard to the transfer window are franky embarassing, way , way, short of the mark. We need a class centre half badly and another full back and goalkeeper. To those who say n top players will join to play secnd fiddle need to be reminded that it is a squad game these days, they are all needed.
Ou season needs to be saved by prompt action, dont do it and we could end up fighting relegation because of a decline in confidence which can be difficult to get out of in a team game..
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED..
DONT NEED REPLACEMENTS IN THE TRANSFER WINDOW MOPO WHAT PLANET ARE YOU ON???? What we need is a sense of realism from the powers that be at St Marys. Our current predicament stems from the fact that the squad is nowhere near good enough to maintain pursuit of a top four finish. Several members of the squad need to be offloaded, they are championship players who simly are not good enough. I refer to Jos Hooveld, Fox, and Gazanniga. I feel sorry fr the youngster but he just doesnt have it, but may well be able to play at a much lower level. Nicola Cortese you and MoPo ned to get together and realign your thoughts as to what is needed. Mo Po s recent comments with regard to the transfer window are franky embarassing, way , way, short of the mark. We need a class centre half badly and another full back and goalkeeper. To those who say n top players will join to play secnd fiddle need to be reminded that it is a squad game these days, they are all needed. Ou season needs to be saved by prompt action, dont do it and we could end up fighting relegation because of a decline in confidence which can be difficult to get out of in a team game.. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.. montecristosaint

9:11am Mon 23 Dec 13

JohnSFC says...

I think we should just give some youngsters a go at the back. They can't do any worse than Fox or Jos and who knows we could find the next up and coming talent, another world class product from the Saints Academy.
I think we should just give some youngsters a go at the back. They can't do any worse than Fox or Jos and who knows we could find the next up and coming talent, another world class product from the Saints Academy. JohnSFC

9:26am Mon 23 Dec 13

warrens 76 says...

Every successful team is built with a sold spine…
Clough always built the spine then the team around it as did Fregie and the unstoppable LFC of the 70's and 80's…

Boruc, Fonte, Wanyama and Lambert would be able to make a place in most of the top 6 teams….

Gazzinga, Hooiveld, Fox, Ramirez would be hard placed to be permanent players in at least 10 teams in the Championship…

That is our current problem with the injuries we have at the moment we are effectively 30% top perm 30% bottom prem and 30% championship…10% left over!
Every successful team is built with a sold spine… Clough always built the spine then the team around it as did Fregie and the unstoppable LFC of the 70's and 80's… Boruc, Fonte, Wanyama and Lambert would be able to make a place in most of the top 6 teams…. Gazzinga, Hooiveld, Fox, Ramirez would be hard placed to be permanent players in at least 10 teams in the Championship… That is our current problem with the injuries we have at the moment we are effectively 30% top perm 30% bottom prem and 30% championship…10% left over! warrens 76

9:38am Mon 23 Dec 13

Rising_Son says...

montecristosaint wrote:
DONT NEED REPLACEMENTS IN THE TRANSFER WINDOW MOPO WHAT PLANET ARE YOU ON????
What we need is a sense of realism from the powers that be at St Marys. Our current predicament stems from the fact that the squad is nowhere near good enough to maintain pursuit of a top four finish. Several members of the squad need to be offloaded, they are championship players who simly are not good enough.
I refer to Jos Hooveld, Fox, and Gazanniga. I feel sorry fr the youngster but he just doesnt have it, but may well be able to play at a much lower level.
Nicola Cortese you and MoPo ned to get together and realign your thoughts as to what is needed. Mo Po s recent comments with regard to the transfer window are franky embarassing, way , way, short of the mark. We need a class centre half badly and another full back and goalkeeper. To those who say n top players will join to play secnd fiddle need to be reminded that it is a squad game these days, they are all needed.
Ou season needs to be saved by prompt action, dont do it and we could end up fighting relegation because of a decline in confidence which can be difficult to get out of in a team game..
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED..
After taking us from League 1 to the Prem, they need a touch of realism. I like that. I didn't realise that they only dreamt it.
[quote][p][bold]montecristosaint[/bold] wrote: DONT NEED REPLACEMENTS IN THE TRANSFER WINDOW MOPO WHAT PLANET ARE YOU ON???? What we need is a sense of realism from the powers that be at St Marys. Our current predicament stems from the fact that the squad is nowhere near good enough to maintain pursuit of a top four finish. Several members of the squad need to be offloaded, they are championship players who simly are not good enough. I refer to Jos Hooveld, Fox, and Gazanniga. I feel sorry fr the youngster but he just doesnt have it, but may well be able to play at a much lower level. Nicola Cortese you and MoPo ned to get together and realign your thoughts as to what is needed. Mo Po s recent comments with regard to the transfer window are franky embarassing, way , way, short of the mark. We need a class centre half badly and another full back and goalkeeper. To those who say n top players will join to play secnd fiddle need to be reminded that it is a squad game these days, they are all needed. Ou season needs to be saved by prompt action, dont do it and we could end up fighting relegation because of a decline in confidence which can be difficult to get out of in a team game.. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED..[/p][/quote]After taking us from League 1 to the Prem, they need a touch of realism. I like that. I didn't realise that they only dreamt it. Rising_Son

10:30am Mon 23 Dec 13

Jesus_02 says...

montecristosaint wrote:
DONT NEED REPLACEMENTS IN THE TRANSFER WINDOW MOPO WHAT PLANET ARE YOU ON???? What we need is a sense of realism from the powers that be at St Marys. Our current predicament stems from the fact that the squad is nowhere near good enough to maintain pursuit of a top four finish. Several members of the squad need to be offloaded, they are championship players who simly are not good enough. I refer to Jos Hooveld, Fox, and Gazanniga. I feel sorry fr the youngster but he just doesnt have it, but may well be able to play at a much lower level. Nicola Cortese you and MoPo ned to get together and realign your thoughts as to what is needed. Mo Po s recent comments with regard to the transfer window are franky embarassing, way , way, short of the mark. We need a class centre half badly and another full back and goalkeeper. To those who say n top players will join to play secnd fiddle need to be reminded that it is a squad game these days, they are all needed. Ou season needs to be saved by prompt action, dont do it and we could end up fighting relegation because of a decline in confidence which can be difficult to get out of in a team game.. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED..
I think any chance of saints NOT doing any business in January is remote. But I would be shocked if Pochettino came out and said that in November, It would hardly lift the players that we need to rely on until January!
[quote][p][bold]montecristosaint[/bold] wrote: DONT NEED REPLACEMENTS IN THE TRANSFER WINDOW MOPO WHAT PLANET ARE YOU ON???? What we need is a sense of realism from the powers that be at St Marys. Our current predicament stems from the fact that the squad is nowhere near good enough to maintain pursuit of a top four finish. Several members of the squad need to be offloaded, they are championship players who simly are not good enough. I refer to Jos Hooveld, Fox, and Gazanniga. I feel sorry fr the youngster but he just doesnt have it, but may well be able to play at a much lower level. Nicola Cortese you and MoPo ned to get together and realign your thoughts as to what is needed. Mo Po s recent comments with regard to the transfer window are franky embarassing, way , way, short of the mark. We need a class centre half badly and another full back and goalkeeper. To those who say n top players will join to play secnd fiddle need to be reminded that it is a squad game these days, they are all needed. Ou season needs to be saved by prompt action, dont do it and we could end up fighting relegation because of a decline in confidence which can be difficult to get out of in a team game.. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED..[/p][/quote]I think any chance of saints NOT doing any business in January is remote. But I would be shocked if Pochettino came out and said that in November, It would hardly lift the players that we need to rely on until January! Jesus_02

10:30am Mon 23 Dec 13

Clever Dick says...

JohnItaly wrote:
He must also be slightly concerned at the lack of goals particularly as Saints enjoy a very high level of possession and shots on / off target. This tells me we lack a natural goal poacher, i.e. one who turns half chances into goals.
What lack of goals? We scored two againt the Spuds and against Villa. Are we supposed to win every game 4-3? Weve scored more than 11 other teams and conceded less than 15 other teams. Not bad given our blip in form.
[quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: He must also be slightly concerned at the lack of goals particularly as Saints enjoy a very high level of possession and shots on / off target. This tells me we lack a natural goal poacher, i.e. one who turns half chances into goals.[/p][/quote]What lack of goals? We scored two againt the Spuds and against Villa. Are we supposed to win every game 4-3? Weve scored more than 11 other teams and conceded less than 15 other teams. Not bad given our blip in form. Clever Dick

10:49am Mon 23 Dec 13

markodarko29 says...

gazzinega in goal ,fox at left back ,hooliveld at centre half ,im afraid equals relegation battle,players must return to fitness or replacements must be brought in or all our good work so far this season will be undone ,fonte to return for a start
gazzinega in goal ,fox at left back ,hooliveld at centre half ,im afraid equals relegation battle,players must return to fitness or replacements must be brought in or all our good work so far this season will be undone ,fonte to return for a start markodarko29

10:51am Mon 23 Dec 13

JohnItaly says...

Clever Dick wrote:
JohnItaly wrote:
He must also be slightly concerned at the lack of goals particularly as Saints enjoy a very high level of possession and shots on / off target. This tells me we lack a natural goal poacher, i.e. one who turns half chances into goals.
What lack of goals? We scored two againt the Spuds and against Villa. Are we supposed to win every game 4-3? Weve scored more than 11 other teams and conceded less than 15 other teams. Not bad given our blip in form.
The stats. from the game against Spurs endorse my views. 57% possession, 11 shots off target against 13 but 5 shots on target against 3 (and Spurs scored all three). Will not even start to comment on the stats. against Aston Villa. Our shots on target against goals scored would I suggest not make good reading.
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: He must also be slightly concerned at the lack of goals particularly as Saints enjoy a very high level of possession and shots on / off target. This tells me we lack a natural goal poacher, i.e. one who turns half chances into goals.[/p][/quote]What lack of goals? We scored two againt the Spuds and against Villa. Are we supposed to win every game 4-3? Weve scored more than 11 other teams and conceded less than 15 other teams. Not bad given our blip in form.[/p][/quote]The stats. from the game against Spurs endorse my views. 57% possession, 11 shots off target against 13 but 5 shots on target against 3 (and Spurs scored all three). Will not even start to comment on the stats. against Aston Villa. Our shots on target against goals scored would I suggest not make good reading. JohnItaly

11:20am Mon 23 Dec 13

saint in dordogne says...

How long is kelvin out for?
How long is kelvin out for? saint in dordogne

11:32am Mon 23 Dec 13

Clever Dick says...

JohnItaly wrote:
Clever Dick wrote:
JohnItaly wrote:
He must also be slightly concerned at the lack of goals particularly as Saints enjoy a very high level of possession and shots on / off target. This tells me we lack a natural goal poacher, i.e. one who turns half chances into goals.
What lack of goals? We scored two againt the Spuds and against Villa. Are we supposed to win every game 4-3? Weve scored more than 11 other teams and conceded less than 15 other teams. Not bad given our blip in form.
The stats. from the game against Spurs endorse my views. 57% possession, 11 shots off target against 13 but 5 shots on target against 3 (and Spurs scored all three). Will not even start to comment on the stats. against Aston Villa. Our shots on target against goals scored would I suggest not make good reading.
And Spurs had a French international in goal and we had a third choice rookie.it doesn't matter if we create fifty chances a game,we shouldn't be losing very ofren if we score twice. So if Spurs had just three on target and Villa did too I think it's pretty obvious where the blame lies.
[quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: He must also be slightly concerned at the lack of goals particularly as Saints enjoy a very high level of possession and shots on / off target. This tells me we lack a natural goal poacher, i.e. one who turns half chances into goals.[/p][/quote]What lack of goals? We scored two againt the Spuds and against Villa. Are we supposed to win every game 4-3? Weve scored more than 11 other teams and conceded less than 15 other teams. Not bad given our blip in form.[/p][/quote]The stats. from the game against Spurs endorse my views. 57% possession, 11 shots off target against 13 but 5 shots on target against 3 (and Spurs scored all three). Will not even start to comment on the stats. against Aston Villa. Our shots on target against goals scored would I suggest not make good reading.[/p][/quote]And Spurs had a French international in goal and we had a third choice rookie.it doesn't matter if we create fifty chances a game,we shouldn't be losing very ofren if we score twice. So if Spurs had just three on target and Villa did too I think it's pretty obvious where the blame lies. Clever Dick

11:42am Mon 23 Dec 13

el caballo santos101 says...

JohnItaly wrote:
Clever Dick wrote:
JohnItaly wrote:
He must also be slightly concerned at the lack of goals particularly as Saints enjoy a very high level of possession and shots on / off target. This tells me we lack a natural goal poacher, i.e. one who turns half chances into goals.
What lack of goals? We scored two againt the Spuds and against Villa. Are we supposed to win every game 4-3? Weve scored more than 11 other teams and conceded less than 15 other teams. Not bad given our blip in form.
The stats. from the game against Spurs endorse my views. 57% possession, 11 shots off target against 13 but 5 shots on target against 3 (and Spurs scored all three). Will not even start to comment on the stats. against Aston Villa. Our shots on target against goals scored would I suggest not make good reading.
well I watched the game and saw hoover score an own goal, so `3 shots on target and spurs scored all three` doesn't really work does it? stats can be used to prove anything you want. according to your stats, saints had 11 off target and 5 on target, 16 shots, spuds had 13 off target and 3 on target again 16 shots. so both teams equal on 16 shots with saints having more on target. that could mean we had better forwards and they had a better keeper. to suggest there is a lack of goals is again just wrong. most of the teams who have scored more than us have a £20 ,£30, £40, £50+ million striker or two in their squad. we have dani £13-£15mil, j-rod £7mill and SRL £1mill. do you think saints should go out and spend £30mill+ on a forward? also we cant afford the wages some of these players want. before you say we should find a gem that cheap and who will turn into a top goal scorer, its not that easy to do and every club in the prem and Europe`s top leagues is also trying to do the same.
[quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: He must also be slightly concerned at the lack of goals particularly as Saints enjoy a very high level of possession and shots on / off target. This tells me we lack a natural goal poacher, i.e. one who turns half chances into goals.[/p][/quote]What lack of goals? We scored two againt the Spuds and against Villa. Are we supposed to win every game 4-3? Weve scored more than 11 other teams and conceded less than 15 other teams. Not bad given our blip in form.[/p][/quote]The stats. from the game against Spurs endorse my views. 57% possession, 11 shots off target against 13 but 5 shots on target against 3 (and Spurs scored all three). Will not even start to comment on the stats. against Aston Villa. Our shots on target against goals scored would I suggest not make good reading.[/p][/quote]well I watched the game and saw hoover score an own goal, so `3 shots on target and spurs scored all three` doesn't really work does it? stats can be used to prove anything you want. according to your stats, saints had 11 off target and 5 on target, 16 shots, spuds had 13 off target and 3 on target again 16 shots. so both teams equal on 16 shots with saints having more on target. that could mean we had better forwards and they had a better keeper. to suggest there is a lack of goals is again just wrong. most of the teams who have scored more than us have a £20 ,£30, £40, £50+ million striker or two in their squad. we have dani £13-£15mil, j-rod £7mill and SRL £1mill. do you think saints should go out and spend £30mill+ on a forward? also we cant afford the wages some of these players want. before you say we should find a gem that cheap and who will turn into a top goal scorer, its not that easy to do and every club in the prem and Europe`s top leagues is also trying to do the same. el caballo santos101

12:17pm Mon 23 Dec 13

boilerman says...

Once again Fox proved he is not up to it and Jos scores an own goal, after his mistake last week that led to a goal he is a liability,.
The young goalkeeper does not inspire confidence.
If you look at how the replacements have contributed to goals for City,Newcastle and Spurs we do lack a little depth.
The youngsters are performing well so maybe the manager should show a little more faith with them instead of the older guy's who do not seem up to this level.
Once our back four has returned to full strength along with Boric we will start to get the results we deserve.
I know this isn't going to be popular but I can see both Ramirez and Osvaldo leaving in January, if this does happen I wouldn't see it as a disaster.
This is not me having a go at the club just a hunch.
Once again Fox proved he is not up to it and Jos scores an own goal, after his mistake last week that led to a goal he is a liability,. The young goalkeeper does not inspire confidence. If you look at how the replacements have contributed to goals for City,Newcastle and Spurs we do lack a little depth. The youngsters are performing well so maybe the manager should show a little more faith with them instead of the older guy's who do not seem up to this level. Once our back four has returned to full strength along with Boric we will start to get the results we deserve. I know this isn't going to be popular but I can see both Ramirez and Osvaldo leaving in January, if this does happen I wouldn't see it as a disaster. This is not me having a go at the club just a hunch. boilerman

3:02pm Mon 23 Dec 13

st1halo says...

montecristosaint wrote:
DONT NEED REPLACEMENTS IN THE TRANSFER WINDOW MOPO WHAT PLANET ARE YOU ON????
What we need is a sense of realism from the powers that be at St Marys. Our current predicament stems from the fact that the squad is nowhere near good enough to maintain pursuit of a top four finish. Several members of the squad need to be offloaded, they are championship players who simly are not good enough.
I refer to Jos Hooveld, Fox, and Gazanniga. I feel sorry fr the youngster but he just doesnt have it, but may well be able to play at a much lower level.
Nicola Cortese you and MoPo ned to get together and realign your thoughts as to what is needed. Mo Po s recent comments with regard to the transfer window are franky embarassing, way , way, short of the mark. We need a class centre half badly and another full back and goalkeeper. To those who say n top players will join to play secnd fiddle need to be reminded that it is a squad game these days, they are all needed.
Ou season needs to be saved by prompt action, dont do it and we could end up fighting relegation because of a decline in confidence which can be difficult to get out of in a team game..
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED..
Yeah Poch - What planet are you on?
In montecristo's world what you should do is state exactly what positions you feel are weak, alerting the other teams where to concentrate their attacks, then you should state exactly what players you might be looking at buying so that prices can be inflated as much as possible. It would be really helpful if you can make these statments now, too, so that everyone has time to prepare with the added bonus of undermining the existing squad. Doubt if many people play poker on Planet monte! Thank fcuk I don't live there!

STID
[quote][p][bold]montecristosaint[/bold] wrote: DONT NEED REPLACEMENTS IN THE TRANSFER WINDOW MOPO WHAT PLANET ARE YOU ON???? What we need is a sense of realism from the powers that be at St Marys. Our current predicament stems from the fact that the squad is nowhere near good enough to maintain pursuit of a top four finish. Several members of the squad need to be offloaded, they are championship players who simly are not good enough. I refer to Jos Hooveld, Fox, and Gazanniga. I feel sorry fr the youngster but he just doesnt have it, but may well be able to play at a much lower level. Nicola Cortese you and MoPo ned to get together and realign your thoughts as to what is needed. Mo Po s recent comments with regard to the transfer window are franky embarassing, way , way, short of the mark. We need a class centre half badly and another full back and goalkeeper. To those who say n top players will join to play secnd fiddle need to be reminded that it is a squad game these days, they are all needed. Ou season needs to be saved by prompt action, dont do it and we could end up fighting relegation because of a decline in confidence which can be difficult to get out of in a team game.. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED..[/p][/quote]Yeah Poch - What planet are you on? In montecristo's world what you should do is state exactly what positions you feel are weak, alerting the other teams where to concentrate their attacks, then you should state exactly what players you might be looking at buying so that prices can be inflated as much as possible. It would be really helpful if you can make these statments now, too, so that everyone has time to prepare with the added bonus of undermining the existing squad. Doubt if many people play poker on Planet monte! Thank fcuk I don't live there! STID st1halo

4:30pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Clever Dick says...

el caballo santos101 wrote:
JohnItaly wrote:
Clever Dick wrote:
JohnItaly wrote:
He must also be slightly concerned at the lack of goals particularly as Saints enjoy a very high level of possession and shots on / off target. This tells me we lack a natural goal poacher, i.e. one who turns half chances into goals.
What lack of goals? We scored two againt the Spuds and against Villa. Are we supposed to win every game 4-3? Weve scored more than 11 other teams and conceded less than 15 other teams. Not bad given our blip in form.
The stats. from the game against Spurs endorse my views. 57% possession, 11 shots off target against 13 but 5 shots on target against 3 (and Spurs scored all three). Will not even start to comment on the stats. against Aston Villa. Our shots on target against goals scored would I suggest not make good reading.
well I watched the game and saw hoover score an own goal, so `3 shots on target and spurs scored all three` doesn't really work does it? stats can be used to prove anything you want. according to your stats, saints had 11 off target and 5 on target, 16 shots, spuds had 13 off target and 3 on target again 16 shots. so both teams equal on 16 shots with saints having more on target. that could mean we had better forwards and they had a better keeper. to suggest there is a lack of goals is again just wrong. most of the teams who have scored more than us have a £20 ,£30, £40, £50+ million striker or two in their squad. we have dani £13-£15mil, j-rod £7mill and SRL £1mill. do you think saints should go out and spend £30mill+ on a forward? also we cant afford the wages some of these players want. before you say we should find a gem that cheap and who will turn into a top goal scorer, its not that easy to do and every club in the prem and Europe`s top leagues is also trying to do the same.
Exactly. There are two stats which matter. ! How many goals we get. 2 How many goals the oppo get.
[quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: He must also be slightly concerned at the lack of goals particularly as Saints enjoy a very high level of possession and shots on / off target. This tells me we lack a natural goal poacher, i.e. one who turns half chances into goals.[/p][/quote]What lack of goals? We scored two againt the Spuds and against Villa. Are we supposed to win every game 4-3? Weve scored more than 11 other teams and conceded less than 15 other teams. Not bad given our blip in form.[/p][/quote]The stats. from the game against Spurs endorse my views. 57% possession, 11 shots off target against 13 but 5 shots on target against 3 (and Spurs scored all three). Will not even start to comment on the stats. against Aston Villa. Our shots on target against goals scored would I suggest not make good reading.[/p][/quote]well I watched the game and saw hoover score an own goal, so `3 shots on target and spurs scored all three` doesn't really work does it? stats can be used to prove anything you want. according to your stats, saints had 11 off target and 5 on target, 16 shots, spuds had 13 off target and 3 on target again 16 shots. so both teams equal on 16 shots with saints having more on target. that could mean we had better forwards and they had a better keeper. to suggest there is a lack of goals is again just wrong. most of the teams who have scored more than us have a £20 ,£30, £40, £50+ million striker or two in their squad. we have dani £13-£15mil, j-rod £7mill and SRL £1mill. do you think saints should go out and spend £30mill+ on a forward? also we cant afford the wages some of these players want. before you say we should find a gem that cheap and who will turn into a top goal scorer, its not that easy to do and every club in the prem and Europe`s top leagues is also trying to do the same.[/p][/quote]Exactly. There are two stats which matter. ! How many goals we get. 2 How many goals the oppo get. Clever Dick

7:13pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Suttonite says...

All this talk of replacements is such nonsense. Where do you think the money is coming from, all the time? We do have options even though that doesn't include Jos and Fox, anymore. Gazza didn't make a mistake yesterday and it's totally unfair that he keeps getting criticised like he does. A young keeper needs a lot of encouragement and plenty of playing time to mature. There are more youngsters coming through and Shaw, Clyne, Chambers, JWP and Cork are all able to play across the back line and go forward from there. Fonte will be back over Christmas. Yoshiba also offers some cover.
One worrying point is Lambert's lack of contribution for some time now. He wins few balls in the air, which is a problem as not many of the midfield forward are able to do this consistently, especially against the bigger more physical teams. Our passing interactive play is superb, but we do lack a bit of muscle without Wanyama. Osvaldo needs a real run leading the line, which he hasn't had, but he doesn't look that good in the air either. He does have really good feet. though and with a bit more venom in his shooting, he is likely to prove his ability.
So keep calm. 10 of our last 16 league game are against teams below us and 3 of the others are at home. We shall still have a good top half finish and then build again next season.
All this talk of replacements is such nonsense. Where do you think the money is coming from, all the time? We do have options even though that doesn't include Jos and Fox, anymore. Gazza didn't make a mistake yesterday and it's totally unfair that he keeps getting criticised like he does. A young keeper needs a lot of encouragement and plenty of playing time to mature. There are more youngsters coming through and Shaw, Clyne, Chambers, JWP and Cork are all able to play across the back line and go forward from there. Fonte will be back over Christmas. Yoshiba also offers some cover. One worrying point is Lambert's lack of contribution for some time now. He wins few balls in the air, which is a problem as not many of the midfield forward are able to do this consistently, especially against the bigger more physical teams. Our passing interactive play is superb, but we do lack a bit of muscle without Wanyama. Osvaldo needs a real run leading the line, which he hasn't had, but he doesn't look that good in the air either. He does have really good feet. though and with a bit more venom in his shooting, he is likely to prove his ability. So keep calm. 10 of our last 16 league game are against teams below us and 3 of the others are at home. We shall still have a good top half finish and then build again next season. Suttonite

8:17pm Mon 23 Dec 13

hdfw09 says...

Fire Hooiveld. Enough said.
Fire Hooiveld. Enough said. hdfw09

12:46am Tue 24 Dec 13

hedge end bob says...

Suttonite wrote:
All this talk of replacements is such nonsense. Where do you think the money is coming from, all the time? We do have options even though that doesn't include Jos and Fox, anymore. Gazza didn't make a mistake yesterday and it's totally unfair that he keeps getting criticised like he does. A young keeper needs a lot of encouragement and plenty of playing time to mature. There are more youngsters coming through and Shaw, Clyne, Chambers, JWP and Cork are all able to play across the back line and go forward from there. Fonte will be back over Christmas. Yoshiba also offers some cover. One worrying point is Lambert's lack of contribution for some time now. He wins few balls in the air, which is a problem as not many of the midfield forward are able to do this consistently, especially against the bigger more physical teams. Our passing interactive play is superb, but we do lack a bit of muscle without Wanyama. Osvaldo needs a real run leading the line, which he hasn't had, but he doesn't look that good in the air either. He does have really good feet. though and with a bit more venom in his shooting, he is likely to prove his ability. So keep calm. 10 of our last 16 league game are against teams below us and 3 of the others are at home. We shall still have a good top half finish and then build again next season.
Sorry mate , if we persist in playing that keeper we will be fighting too stay in this league come next May. He is super glued on his line. He is shitscared when the other team enters our half and that with the fact we are playing two players in our back four that would not get into the top teams in the CHAMPIONSHIP is a MAJOR WORRY . WHY WAS A FIRST TEAM BACK FOUR PLAYER SAT ON HIS BUM WATCHING JOS PERFORM HIS PARTY TRICKS??. If a player is on the bench he must be fit enough too take some part in the game or our manager is completely round the bend. So when we went 2-2 why did we not make changes then??. Was it to give these players more playing time?? . I feel their time is up and they must move on to teams to match their skills. We do need replacements, this is a time for concearn . I am positive there are players out there 10 times better than the three making all the headlines , that would jump at the chance to join us on loan, we don't need to spend to upgrade our squad for the rest of this season. but , we do need to improve it without dought.
[quote][p][bold]Suttonite[/bold] wrote: All this talk of replacements is such nonsense. Where do you think the money is coming from, all the time? We do have options even though that doesn't include Jos and Fox, anymore. Gazza didn't make a mistake yesterday and it's totally unfair that he keeps getting criticised like he does. A young keeper needs a lot of encouragement and plenty of playing time to mature. There are more youngsters coming through and Shaw, Clyne, Chambers, JWP and Cork are all able to play across the back line and go forward from there. Fonte will be back over Christmas. Yoshiba also offers some cover. One worrying point is Lambert's lack of contribution for some time now. He wins few balls in the air, which is a problem as not many of the midfield forward are able to do this consistently, especially against the bigger more physical teams. Our passing interactive play is superb, but we do lack a bit of muscle without Wanyama. Osvaldo needs a real run leading the line, which he hasn't had, but he doesn't look that good in the air either. He does have really good feet. though and with a bit more venom in his shooting, he is likely to prove his ability. So keep calm. 10 of our last 16 league game are against teams below us and 3 of the others are at home. We shall still have a good top half finish and then build again next season.[/p][/quote]Sorry mate , if we persist in playing that keeper we will be fighting too stay in this league come next May. He is super glued on his line. He is shitscared when the other team enters our half and that with the fact we are playing two players in our back four that would not get into the top teams in the CHAMPIONSHIP is a MAJOR WORRY . WHY WAS A FIRST TEAM BACK FOUR PLAYER SAT ON HIS BUM WATCHING JOS PERFORM HIS PARTY TRICKS??. If a player is on the bench he must be fit enough too take some part in the game or our manager is completely round the bend. So when we went 2-2 why did we not make changes then??. Was it to give these players more playing time?? . I feel their time is up and they must move on to teams to match their skills. We do need replacements, this is a time for concearn . I am positive there are players out there 10 times better than the three making all the headlines , that would jump at the chance to join us on loan, we don't need to spend to upgrade our squad for the rest of this season. but , we do need to improve it without dought. hedge end bob

12:50pm Tue 24 Dec 13

David Crook says...

Soon as Boruc got injured Saints should have gone straight into the loan market for a top quality goalkeeper,nothing wrong with Lambert just got him playing in the wrong position,he is a good old fashion centre forward who needs proper service,since the departure of Puncheon his game has suffered.It is so sad to note that we have gone from being one of the best teams in the premiership,to one of the worst overnight,and god help us if we cannot get a result at Cardiff
Soon as Boruc got injured Saints should have gone straight into the loan market for a top quality goalkeeper,nothing wrong with Lambert just got him playing in the wrong position,he is a good old fashion centre forward who needs proper service,since the departure of Puncheon his game has suffered.It is so sad to note that we have gone from being one of the best teams in the premiership,to one of the worst overnight,and god help us if we cannot get a result at Cardiff David Crook

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