Lallana praise for Cork

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Adam Lallana pinpointed Jack Cork’s half-time introduction at Fulham as the turning point in the match.

Cork was dropped to the substitutes’ bench for the game, after the return from injury of Victor Wanyama.

Given his performances in recent weeks, it might well have been a tough pill for the midfielder to swallow.

But Cork was thrown on at the interval, and helped Saints overwhelm the Cottagers and race to an impressive 3-0 win.

“It was a bit frustrating in the first half,” said Lallana. “We weren’t at our best.

“It is a tough place to come, you can’t just stamp your authority on it from the off. But, in the second half, I think every player stepped up. We said at half-time we needed to step it up an extra 20 per cent.

“I thought Cork coming in, for me, changed the game. “I thought he was absolutely outstanding.

“Schneiderlin upped his game, myself, Jay-Rod, Lambo, Davo, Shaw, who was getting forward, and Clyne came on and had an impact.

“Boruc kept us in it in the first half and I think it was a real good team display. A result like that has been coming, looking at how we played at Sunderland and against Arsenal.

“It is well-deserved and credit to everyone at the club.”

With the three teams above them – Newcastle, Manchester United and Tottenham – all dropping points at the weekend, Lallana says Saints still feel they can climb the table and even get into Europe.

“We’ve got Newcastle in our sights now,” he said. “People were saying we were in our own little mini-league, but that has never been the case for us.

“We want to fight to win every game and finish as high as up in the league as possible. There are 14 games left and we want to be looking to win the majority of them and sneak into Europe.”

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6:24am Mon 3 Feb 14

nervousbumskin420 says...

“We want to fight to win every game and finish as high as up in the league as possible. There are 14 games left and we want to be looking to win the majority of them and sneak into Europe.”

only looking to win the majority? surely that should say looking to win THEM ALL!!
“We want to fight to win every game and finish as high as up in the league as possible. There are 14 games left and we want to be looking to win the majority of them and sneak into Europe.” only looking to win the majority? surely that should say looking to win THEM ALL!! nervousbumskin420

7:28am Mon 3 Feb 14

Buddy SFC says...

Good to get Victor 40 mins ............. Different games will need Victor sat of the back four, As Poch said Corky needed a rest after 3 games at 100% but fair play to him on the difference he made in the 2nd half ........

With all the talk of our fantastic youngsters Corky has slipped under the radar, surely one of the most influential Midfielders in the Premier League ..............
Good to get Victor 40 mins ............. Different games will need Victor sat of the back four, As Poch said Corky needed a rest after 3 games at 100% but fair play to him on the difference he made in the 2nd half ........ With all the talk of our fantastic youngsters Corky has slipped under the radar, surely one of the most influential Midfielders in the Premier League .............. Buddy SFC

8:00am Mon 3 Feb 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Buddy SFC wrote:
Good to get Victor 40 mins ............. Different games will need Victor sat of the back four, As Poch said Corky needed a rest after 3 games at 100% but fair play to him on the difference he made in the 2nd half ........

With all the talk of our fantastic youngsters Corky has slipped under the radar, surely one of the most influential Midfielders in the Premier League ..............
Spot on.
[quote][p][bold]Buddy SFC[/bold] wrote: Good to get Victor 40 mins ............. Different games will need Victor sat of the back four, As Poch said Corky needed a rest after 3 games at 100% but fair play to him on the difference he made in the 2nd half ........ With all the talk of our fantastic youngsters Corky has slipped under the radar, surely one of the most influential Midfielders in the Premier League ..............[/p][/quote]Spot on. Strasbourg Saint

9:05am Mon 3 Feb 14

Puddletown Saint says...

Lets hope Adam has a say on team selection. Corky has been fantastic and for me now the first midfielder on the sheet (I see Adam as an attacker in the current formation) followed by Spider and then any one from Davo JWP and Victor.

Six Saints players to Brazil on current form - England's Red White Army
Lets hope Adam has a say on team selection. Corky has been fantastic and for me now the first midfielder on the sheet (I see Adam as an attacker in the current formation) followed by Spider and then any one from Davo JWP and Victor. Six Saints players to Brazil on current form - England's Red White Army Puddletown Saint

9:32am Mon 3 Feb 14

bathsaints says...

Jack Cork has been great as he was last season. Look at how our results picked up last year once he had come back from injury. Hope Poch can find a way to keep him in the side. I feel he offers us more than Wanyama especially his passing game. Also hope he gets recognition with an England cap in the near future...onwards and upwards. Top 8 and a cup win!
Jack Cork has been great as he was last season. Look at how our results picked up last year once he had come back from injury. Hope Poch can find a way to keep him in the side. I feel he offers us more than Wanyama especially his passing game. Also hope he gets recognition with an England cap in the near future...onwards and upwards. Top 8 and a cup win! bathsaints

9:48am Mon 3 Feb 14

callcopse says...

No-one at work (I work in Fareham amongst uncivilised non-Saints fans) seems to recognise Jack Cork's name or contribution. He doesn't come up much on Match of the Day for instance. Anyone who has actually watched a game will recognise that his contribution is incredibly important and for me he should definitely be a starter in Brazil along with Lallana. I still can't believe how well he played against Arsenal - he's better than last season.
No-one at work (I work in Fareham amongst uncivilised non-Saints fans) seems to recognise Jack Cork's name or contribution. He doesn't come up much on Match of the Day for instance. Anyone who has actually watched a game will recognise that his contribution is incredibly important and for me he should definitely be a starter in Brazil along with Lallana. I still can't believe how well he played against Arsenal - he's better than last season. callcopse

9:58am Mon 3 Feb 14

therealredarmy says...

If it's based on performance then Jack Cork should be pick for the next England Game, but we all know that useless cleverly will picked again just because he play for Man shiiit united. Wanyama need at least 5 games to be ok.
If it's based on performance then Jack Cork should be pick for the next England Game, but we all know that useless cleverly will picked again just because he play for Man shiiit united. Wanyama need at least 5 games to be ok. therealredarmy

10:02am Mon 3 Feb 14

paulmsh says...

When the Sunderland game was shown on BT recently Cork was deservedly the commentators man of match. Some recognition there at least.
When the Sunderland game was shown on BT recently Cork was deservedly the commentators man of match. Some recognition there at least. paulmsh

10:57am Mon 3 Feb 14

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire says...

Last year he was only just pipped as player of the season by Spider
He should be on the team sheet every week
He is better than Victor
Last year he was only just pipped as player of the season by Spider He should be on the team sheet every week He is better than Victor There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire

11:15am Mon 3 Feb 14

Clever Dick says...

What do we want? Five year contract.
When do we want it? NOW.
What do we want? Five year contract. When do we want it? NOW. Clever Dick

11:34am Mon 3 Feb 14

Alicesdad says...

The simple fact is that when we have a our squad fully fit we are a enormous force.

Artur Boruc is still the biggest reason our results have improved. His reflex saves over the last three matches have been massively influential.

I am pleased that Wanyama is back - he makes errors now and then but his physical presence really disturbs the opposition, even though it leads to bookings !

Dejan 's absence is still a problem, but we should win a lot (f not ALL) of our matches this month, even without him.

There is a gulf between us and the bottom half now.. and if we can get the full squad all fit we stand a mathematical chance of top five ... VERY optimistic I know but it is possible.. you have to have a dream !
The simple fact is that when we have a our squad fully fit we are a enormous force. Artur Boruc is still the biggest reason our results have improved. His reflex saves over the last three matches have been massively influential. I am pleased that Wanyama is back - he makes errors now and then but his physical presence really disturbs the opposition, even though it leads to bookings ! Dejan 's absence is still a problem, but we should win a lot (f not ALL) of our matches this month, even without him. There is a gulf between us and the bottom half now.. and if we can get the full squad all fit we stand a mathematical chance of top five ... VERY optimistic I know but it is possible.. you have to have a dream ! Alicesdad

11:49am Mon 3 Feb 14

Confucious says...

Last match of the season - we win and get on the top six - and Manure miss out on the top four. Huge celebration - mass Keene-style thumbs down to the Manures.
Last match of the season - we win and get on the top six - and Manure miss out on the top four. Huge celebration - mass Keene-style thumbs down to the Manures. Confucious

11:58am Mon 3 Feb 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

J.C. has never really got the praise , he deserves , and really does shine when on form . The future looks good C O Y R
We have earned our place in the table and can sit comfortable and push on for a TOP 6 position
J.C. has never really got the praise , he deserves , and really does shine when on form . The future looks good C O Y R We have earned our place in the table and can sit comfortable and push on for a TOP 6 position SPIKEISLANDTRADER

12:01pm Mon 3 Feb 14

DisplacedFan says...

Alicesdad wrote:
The simple fact is that when we have a our squad fully fit we are a enormous force.

Artur Boruc is still the biggest reason our results have improved. His reflex saves over the last three matches have been massively influential.

I am pleased that Wanyama is back - he makes errors now and then but his physical presence really disturbs the opposition, even though it leads to bookings !

Dejan 's absence is still a problem, but we should win a lot (f not ALL) of our matches this month, even without him.

There is a gulf between us and the bottom half now.. and if we can get the full squad all fit we stand a mathematical chance of top five ... VERY optimistic I know but it is possible.. you have to have a dream !
So now you know what's going on? Sorry, couldn't resist.
The only way is up.
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: The simple fact is that when we have a our squad fully fit we are a enormous force. Artur Boruc is still the biggest reason our results have improved. His reflex saves over the last three matches have been massively influential. I am pleased that Wanyama is back - he makes errors now and then but his physical presence really disturbs the opposition, even though it leads to bookings ! Dejan 's absence is still a problem, but we should win a lot (f not ALL) of our matches this month, even without him. There is a gulf between us and the bottom half now.. and if we can get the full squad all fit we stand a mathematical chance of top five ... VERY optimistic I know but it is possible.. you have to have a dream ![/p][/quote]So now you know what's going on? Sorry, couldn't resist. The only way is up. DisplacedFan

1:11pm Mon 3 Feb 14

florida saint says...

jack cork would now walk into any top team in prem.he has impressed me, I have to say that I never thought he would be as good as he is now. well done jack... u t s
jack cork would now walk into any top team in prem.he has impressed me, I have to say that I never thought he would be as good as he is now. well done jack... u t s florida saint

1:25pm Mon 3 Feb 14

saintkenny says...

for me keep cork in with victor and move morgan in the steve davis to duoble up feeding the front free with his vision and cover if needed to help the other 2 in defense it makes for a formidable midfield matching the top 3 in my view .no disrespect to steve davis
for me keep cork in with victor and move morgan in the steve davis to duoble up feeding the front free with his vision and cover if needed to help the other 2 in defense it makes for a formidable midfield matching the top 3 in my view .no disrespect to steve davis saintkenny

1:53pm Mon 3 Feb 14

HUGO A GO GO says...

Confucious wrote:
Last match of the season - we win and get on the top six - and Manure miss out on the top four. Huge celebration - mass Keene-style thumbs down to the Manures.
If that happens we should start counting down from 1 minute, just like they did when we got relegated from the Premier League a few years back !!
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Last match of the season - we win and get on the top six - and Manure miss out on the top four. Huge celebration - mass Keene-style thumbs down to the Manures.[/p][/quote]If that happens we should start counting down from 1 minute, just like they did when we got relegated from the Premier League a few years back !! HUGO A GO GO

1:56pm Mon 3 Feb 14

saintkenny says...

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2:17pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Buddy SFC says...

Confucious wrote:
Last match of the season - we win and get on the top six - and Manure miss out on the top four. Huge celebration - mass Keene-style thumbs down to the Manures.
What a day that could be !!!! Just imagine keeping them out of the Top 4 ! Oh what a party !
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Last match of the season - we win and get on the top six - and Manure miss out on the top four. Huge celebration - mass Keene-style thumbs down to the Manures.[/p][/quote]What a day that could be !!!! Just imagine keeping them out of the Top 4 ! Oh what a party ! Buddy SFC

2:19pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

Very bold statement, by Adam, which I hope is accepted in good spirit by MP, whose own comments about our improved, second half performance indicated it was down to him adjusting the way Adz, JRod and SRL were playing, and made no mention of Cork's introduction to the team.

Would really like Cork to be offered a decent contract, tying him to the club for the next 4 years, or so, rather than lose him for a far too cheap price, dictated by him only having a year and a bit left on his current deal. (Unless I've missed it being renewed?)
Very bold statement, by Adam, which I hope is accepted in good spirit by MP, whose own comments about our improved, second half performance indicated it was down to him adjusting the way Adz, JRod and SRL were playing, and made no mention of Cork's introduction to the team. Would really like Cork to be offered a decent contract, tying him to the club for the next 4 years, or so, rather than lose him for a far too cheap price, dictated by him only having a year and a bit left on his current deal. (Unless I've missed it being renewed?) Costa Baz

2:40pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Costa Baz wrote:
Very bold statement, by Adam, which I hope is accepted in good spirit by MP, whose own comments about our improved, second half performance indicated it was down to him adjusting the way Adz, JRod and SRL were playing, and made no mention of Cork's introduction to the team.

Would really like Cork to be offered a decent contract, tying him to the club for the next 4 years, or so, rather than lose him for a far too cheap price, dictated by him only having a year and a bit left on his current deal. (Unless I've missed it being renewed?)
I think all of us who went saw with our own eyes what Cork brought to the game.

What were Swansea thinking of with a £3m bid? Wanyama brings a lot to our squad and obviously we want both but I think if we were forced to let one go most Saints fans would opt to keep Cork. If Victor is £12m Cork must be about £13-15m.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Very bold statement, by Adam, which I hope is accepted in good spirit by MP, whose own comments about our improved, second half performance indicated it was down to him adjusting the way Adz, JRod and SRL were playing, and made no mention of Cork's introduction to the team. Would really like Cork to be offered a decent contract, tying him to the club for the next 4 years, or so, rather than lose him for a far too cheap price, dictated by him only having a year and a bit left on his current deal. (Unless I've missed it being renewed?)[/p][/quote]I think all of us who went saw with our own eyes what Cork brought to the game. What were Swansea thinking of with a £3m bid? Wanyama brings a lot to our squad and obviously we want both but I think if we were forced to let one go most Saints fans would opt to keep Cork. If Victor is £12m Cork must be about £13-15m. Seedhouse the Unrepentant

3:24pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Very bold statement, by Adam, which I hope is accepted in good spirit by MP, whose own comments about our improved, second half performance indicated it was down to him adjusting the way Adz, JRod and SRL were playing, and made no mention of Cork's introduction to the team.

Would really like Cork to be offered a decent contract, tying him to the club for the next 4 years, or so, rather than lose him for a far too cheap price, dictated by him only having a year and a bit left on his current deal. (Unless I've missed it being renewed?)
I think all of us who went saw with our own eyes what Cork brought to the game.

What were Swansea thinking of with a £3m bid? Wanyama brings a lot to our squad and obviously we want both but I think if we were forced to let one go most Saints fans would opt to keep Cork. If Victor is £12m Cork must be about £13-15m.
Won't disagree with that.

I suggested, last season, that if Cork and Schneiderlin were allowed to develop their game together, they could form a partnership that would be the best in the Premier League, since that of Petit and Viera.
I still believe that to be a possibility, especially if they could add goals to their game.

Laughed at Paul Merson's comment, about Wanyama. Something like " he thinks he's Yaya Toure, but he ain't. His job is to win the ball and give it to those that can play."
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Very bold statement, by Adam, which I hope is accepted in good spirit by MP, whose own comments about our improved, second half performance indicated it was down to him adjusting the way Adz, JRod and SRL were playing, and made no mention of Cork's introduction to the team. Would really like Cork to be offered a decent contract, tying him to the club for the next 4 years, or so, rather than lose him for a far too cheap price, dictated by him only having a year and a bit left on his current deal. (Unless I've missed it being renewed?)[/p][/quote]I think all of us who went saw with our own eyes what Cork brought to the game. What were Swansea thinking of with a £3m bid? Wanyama brings a lot to our squad and obviously we want both but I think if we were forced to let one go most Saints fans would opt to keep Cork. If Victor is £12m Cork must be about £13-15m.[/p][/quote]Won't disagree with that. I suggested, last season, that if Cork and Schneiderlin were allowed to develop their game together, they could form a partnership that would be the best in the Premier League, since that of Petit and Viera. I still believe that to be a possibility, especially if they could add goals to their game. Laughed at Paul Merson's comment, about Wanyama. Something like " he thinks he's Yaya Toure, but he ain't. His job is to win the ball and give it to those that can play." Costa Baz

3:51pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Alicesdad says...

saintkenny wrote:
chrisejulia wrote:
you make 27 Dollar per hour good for you! I make up to 85 Dollar per hour working from home. My story is that I quit working at shoprite to work online and with a little effort I easily bring in around 45 Dollar per hour to 85 Dollar per hour heres a good example of what I'm doing more detail here....
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take your spam elsewhere
Report the post. The Echo should have someone who should spot these a mile off.

Such advertising rubbish should be exterminated and eliminated. Thus making more space for the rubbish that the rest of us put on here.
[quote][p][bold]saintkenny[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrisejulia[/bold] wrote: you make 27 Dollar per hour good for you! I make up to 85 Dollar per hour working from home. My story is that I quit working at shoprite to work online and with a little effort I easily bring in around 45 Dollar per hour to 85 Dollar per hour heres a good example of what I'm doing more detail here.... WWW.TEC60.COM[/p][/quote]take your spam elsewhere[/p][/quote]Report the post. The Echo should have someone who should spot these a mile off. Such advertising rubbish should be exterminated and eliminated. Thus making more space for the rubbish that the rest of us put on here. Alicesdad

3:57pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Alicesdad says...

Costa Baz wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Very bold statement, by Adam, which I hope is accepted in good spirit by MP, whose own comments about our improved, second half performance indicated it was down to him adjusting the way Adz, JRod and SRL were playing, and made no mention of Cork's introduction to the team.

Would really like Cork to be offered a decent contract, tying him to the club for the next 4 years, or so, rather than lose him for a far too cheap price, dictated by him only having a year and a bit left on his current deal. (Unless I've missed it being renewed?)
I think all of us who went saw with our own eyes what Cork brought to the game.

What were Swansea thinking of with a £3m bid? Wanyama brings a lot to our squad and obviously we want both but I think if we were forced to let one go most Saints fans would opt to keep Cork. If Victor is £12m Cork must be about £13-15m.
Won't disagree with that.

I suggested, last season, that if Cork and Schneiderlin were allowed to develop their game together, they could form a partnership that would be the best in the Premier League, since that of Petit and Viera.
I still believe that to be a possibility, especially if they could add goals to their game.

Laughed at Paul Merson's comment, about Wanyama. Something like " he thinks he's Yaya Toure, but he ain't. His job is to win the ball and give it to those that can play."
Cork is a real diamond. He must stay - and be used more often. His return to the team last season after injury transfoimed thne team and results immediately improved. He is most definiteley one to keep, it's what squad building is all about !!
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Very bold statement, by Adam, which I hope is accepted in good spirit by MP, whose own comments about our improved, second half performance indicated it was down to him adjusting the way Adz, JRod and SRL were playing, and made no mention of Cork's introduction to the team. Would really like Cork to be offered a decent contract, tying him to the club for the next 4 years, or so, rather than lose him for a far too cheap price, dictated by him only having a year and a bit left on his current deal. (Unless I've missed it being renewed?)[/p][/quote]I think all of us who went saw with our own eyes what Cork brought to the game. What were Swansea thinking of with a £3m bid? Wanyama brings a lot to our squad and obviously we want both but I think if we were forced to let one go most Saints fans would opt to keep Cork. If Victor is £12m Cork must be about £13-15m.[/p][/quote]Won't disagree with that. I suggested, last season, that if Cork and Schneiderlin were allowed to develop their game together, they could form a partnership that would be the best in the Premier League, since that of Petit and Viera. I still believe that to be a possibility, especially if they could add goals to their game. Laughed at Paul Merson's comment, about Wanyama. Something like " he thinks he's Yaya Toure, but he ain't. His job is to win the ball and give it to those that can play."[/p][/quote]Cork is a real diamond. He must stay - and be used more often. His return to the team last season after injury transfoimed thne team and results immediately improved. He is most definiteley one to keep, it's what squad building is all about !! Alicesdad

3:57pm Mon 3 Feb 14

lowe esteem says...

Stop making mischief. Before this thread goes into overdrive, your usual intelligent Saints will know that it's not about Cork or Wanyama, and never has been. It's more the way Mopo's got us playing, and Cork has adapted that side of his game, intelligent player that he is. Wanyama will now know that he's got to up his game when given the opportunity, that way we all win. We have VERY GOOD PLAYERS in this area of the field, and I should like to balance previous comments by mentioning Morgan and Steven Davis in that respect too.
Stop making mischief. Before this thread goes into overdrive, your usual intelligent Saints will know that it's not about Cork or Wanyama, and never has been. It's more the way Mopo's got us playing, and Cork has adapted that side of his game, intelligent player that he is. Wanyama will now know that he's got to up his game when given the opportunity, that way we all win. We have VERY GOOD PLAYERS in this area of the field, and I should like to balance previous comments by mentioning Morgan and Steven Davis in that respect too. lowe esteem

4:05pm Mon 3 Feb 14

therealredarmy says...

@Costa Baz

Spot on that partnership Petit and Viera was really good !. Wanyama is an anchorman he get the ball and he must pass the ball to Lallana that his job. People keep saying Cork is better I don't know about that Wanyama is unbelievably strong compere to Cork also people need to remember that Wanyama is just back from injury. Wanyama is not match fit he's gonna need at least 5 matches.
@Costa Baz Spot on that partnership Petit and Viera was really good !. Wanyama is an anchorman he get the ball and he must pass the ball to Lallana that his job. People keep saying Cork is better I don't know about that Wanyama is unbelievably strong compere to Cork also people need to remember that Wanyama is just back from injury. Wanyama is not match fit he's gonna need at least 5 matches. therealredarmy

5:00pm Mon 3 Feb 14

CB FRY LIVES says...

Jack Cork was epic for the SAINTS last season.He missed the start of the season through injury but when he got back to full fitness and back in the side the results started to improve.If he had played the full season i am sure he would have pushed Spider even closer for the coveted fans players of the season award.
This season with the arrival of Victor Wanyama he was unlucky not to get more regular starts at the begining of the season.But with Wanyama in the side we gathered an impressive number of points.
Our fall from top five to ninth coincided with the injuries to Boruc,Wanyama a series of tough fixtures and the inability of Osvaldo to fully integrate into the SAINTS set up..But we never went into freefall and that was due to players like Jack Cork stepping up to the plate when called into first team action.,.
This season teams like Chelsea ans Arsenal have set the pace in the division due to the strength of their midfield department both going forward and in helping out the defence.I think that a team with European ambitions can not have enough top quality midfield players.For the SUPER SAINTS this season Jack Cork,Spider,Wanyama,
Steve Davies and James Ward-Prowse have all done their bit-Talking of Ward-Prowse I think that the game at Craven Cottage was possibly the first time this season he hasn't got on the pitch during a premiership match. Our manager MP has a bevy of talent to pick for his midfield department which means that some quality players will only be starting on the bench.But i feel that despite this surfeit of talent the midfield can still be improved for next season.
I was very impressed at the way ex Saints man Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain dominated the mid field for Arsenal yesterday and scored two cracking goals.
After we won promotion to the Premiership Cortese was rumoured to have put in a 15 million pound bid to bring ex Saints player Theo Walcott back to St Marys.Next pre-season to show that we mean business i would put in a serious bid for the OX.He is already steeped in the footballing traditions of Southampton having come through our excellent Academy system.I always thought that he left the SAINTS too early but now SAINTS have as much potential if not more than Arsenal so why not let bygones be bygones and get him back to his spiritual home.There were always rumours about the time of his departure that Jason Puncheon was a thorn in the young Ox's side but now the Punch has finally left the fold the only stumbling block in getting Alex back will be the question of his wages.
Talking of SAINTS old boys it was nice to see Aarron Martin getting a good run out for the Brum in their 3-3 thriller with the Rams on Saturday.
Even better was the performance of ex Saint keeper Michael Poke who according to his Torquay manager was man of the match in Torquay's fantastic 1-0 win over the Farton Park mob..With a few more defeats like that one Conference football will be at Poirpoisemouth next season.
From the ridiculous to the sublime heres to the Super SAINTS thumping Stoke next Saturday.
COYR
Jack Cork was epic for the SAINTS last season.He missed the start of the season through injury but when he got back to full fitness and back in the side the results started to improve.If he had played the full season i am sure he would have pushed Spider even closer for the coveted fans players of the season award. This season with the arrival of Victor Wanyama he was unlucky not to get more regular starts at the begining of the season.But with Wanyama in the side we gathered an impressive number of points. Our fall from top five to ninth coincided with the injuries to Boruc,Wanyama a series of tough fixtures and the inability of Osvaldo to fully integrate into the SAINTS set up..But we never went into freefall and that was due to players like Jack Cork stepping up to the plate when called into first team action.,. This season teams like Chelsea ans Arsenal have set the pace in the division due to the strength of their midfield department both going forward and in helping out the defence.I think that a team with European ambitions can not have enough top quality midfield players.For the SUPER SAINTS this season Jack Cork,Spider,Wanyama, Steve Davies and James Ward-Prowse have all done their bit-Talking of Ward-Prowse I think that the game at Craven Cottage was possibly the first time this season he hasn't got on the pitch during a premiership match. Our manager MP has a bevy of talent to pick for his midfield department which means that some quality players will only be starting on the bench.But i feel that despite this surfeit of talent the midfield can still be improved for next season. I was very impressed at the way ex Saints man Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain dominated the mid field for Arsenal yesterday and scored two cracking goals. After we won promotion to the Premiership Cortese was rumoured to have put in a 15 million pound bid to bring ex Saints player Theo Walcott back to St Marys.Next pre-season to show that we mean business i would put in a serious bid for the OX.He is already steeped in the footballing traditions of Southampton having come through our excellent Academy system.I always thought that he left the SAINTS too early but now SAINTS have as much potential if not more than Arsenal so why not let bygones be bygones and get him back to his spiritual home.There were always rumours about the time of his departure that Jason Puncheon was a thorn in the young Ox's side but now the Punch has finally left the fold the only stumbling block in getting Alex back will be the question of his wages. Talking of SAINTS old boys it was nice to see Aarron Martin getting a good run out for the Brum in their 3-3 thriller with the Rams on Saturday. Even better was the performance of ex Saint keeper Michael Poke who according to his Torquay manager was man of the match in Torquay's fantastic 1-0 win over the Farton Park mob..With a few more defeats like that one Conference football will be at Poirpoisemouth next season. From the ridiculous to the sublime heres to the Super SAINTS thumping Stoke next Saturday. COYR CB FRY LIVES

5:37pm Mon 3 Feb 14

warrens 76 says...

CB FRY LIVES wrote:
Jack Cork was epic for the SAINTS last season.He missed the start of the season through injury but when he got back to full fitness and back in the side the results started to improve.If he had played the full season i am sure he would have pushed Spider even closer for the coveted fans players of the season award.
This season with the arrival of Victor Wanyama he was unlucky not to get more regular starts at the begining of the season.But with Wanyama in the side we gathered an impressive number of points.
Our fall from top five to ninth coincided with the injuries to Boruc,Wanyama a series of tough fixtures and the inability of Osvaldo to fully integrate into the SAINTS set up..But we never went into freefall and that was due to players like Jack Cork stepping up to the plate when called into first team action.,.
This season teams like Chelsea ans Arsenal have set the pace in the division due to the strength of their midfield department both going forward and in helping out the defence.I think that a team with European ambitions can not have enough top quality midfield players.For the SUPER SAINTS this season Jack Cork,Spider,Wanyama,

Steve Davies and James Ward-Prowse have all done their bit-Talking of Ward-Prowse I think that the game at Craven Cottage was possibly the first time this season he hasn't got on the pitch during a premiership match. Our manager MP has a bevy of talent to pick for his midfield department which means that some quality players will only be starting on the bench.But i feel that despite this surfeit of talent the midfield can still be improved for next season.
I was very impressed at the way ex Saints man Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain dominated the mid field for Arsenal yesterday and scored two cracking goals.
After we won promotion to the Premiership Cortese was rumoured to have put in a 15 million pound bid to bring ex Saints player Theo Walcott back to St Marys.Next pre-season to show that we mean business i would put in a serious bid for the OX.He is already steeped in the footballing traditions of Southampton having come through our excellent Academy system.I always thought that he left the SAINTS too early but now SAINTS have as much potential if not more than Arsenal so why not let bygones be bygones and get him back to his spiritual home.There were always rumours about the time of his departure that Jason Puncheon was a thorn in the young Ox's side but now the Punch has finally left the fold the only stumbling block in getting Alex back will be the question of his wages.
Talking of SAINTS old boys it was nice to see Aarron Martin getting a good run out for the Brum in their 3-3 thriller with the Rams on Saturday.
Even better was the performance of ex Saint keeper Michael Poke who according to his Torquay manager was man of the match in Torquay's fantastic 1-0 win over the Farton Park mob..With a few more defeats like that one Conference football will be at Poirpoisemouth next season.
From the ridiculous to the sublime heres to the Super SAINTS thumping Stoke next Saturday.
COYR
Yes, yep and yeah..no arguments.
[quote][p][bold]CB FRY LIVES[/bold] wrote: Jack Cork was epic for the SAINTS last season.He missed the start of the season through injury but when he got back to full fitness and back in the side the results started to improve.If he had played the full season i am sure he would have pushed Spider even closer for the coveted fans players of the season award. This season with the arrival of Victor Wanyama he was unlucky not to get more regular starts at the begining of the season.But with Wanyama in the side we gathered an impressive number of points. Our fall from top five to ninth coincided with the injuries to Boruc,Wanyama a series of tough fixtures and the inability of Osvaldo to fully integrate into the SAINTS set up..But we never went into freefall and that was due to players like Jack Cork stepping up to the plate when called into first team action.,. This season teams like Chelsea ans Arsenal have set the pace in the division due to the strength of their midfield department both going forward and in helping out the defence.I think that a team with European ambitions can not have enough top quality midfield players.For the SUPER SAINTS this season Jack Cork,Spider,Wanyama, Steve Davies and James Ward-Prowse have all done their bit-Talking of Ward-Prowse I think that the game at Craven Cottage was possibly the first time this season he hasn't got on the pitch during a premiership match. Our manager MP has a bevy of talent to pick for his midfield department which means that some quality players will only be starting on the bench.But i feel that despite this surfeit of talent the midfield can still be improved for next season. I was very impressed at the way ex Saints man Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain dominated the mid field for Arsenal yesterday and scored two cracking goals. After we won promotion to the Premiership Cortese was rumoured to have put in a 15 million pound bid to bring ex Saints player Theo Walcott back to St Marys.Next pre-season to show that we mean business i would put in a serious bid for the OX.He is already steeped in the footballing traditions of Southampton having come through our excellent Academy system.I always thought that he left the SAINTS too early but now SAINTS have as much potential if not more than Arsenal so why not let bygones be bygones and get him back to his spiritual home.There were always rumours about the time of his departure that Jason Puncheon was a thorn in the young Ox's side but now the Punch has finally left the fold the only stumbling block in getting Alex back will be the question of his wages. Talking of SAINTS old boys it was nice to see Aarron Martin getting a good run out for the Brum in their 3-3 thriller with the Rams on Saturday. Even better was the performance of ex Saint keeper Michael Poke who according to his Torquay manager was man of the match in Torquay's fantastic 1-0 win over the Farton Park mob..With a few more defeats like that one Conference football will be at Poirpoisemouth next season. From the ridiculous to the sublime heres to the Super SAINTS thumping Stoke next Saturday. COYR[/p][/quote]Yes, yep and yeah..no arguments. warrens 76

6:04pm Mon 3 Feb 14

rednwhite72 says...

It is quite clear that JC is a fans favourite, why he got changed and VW got the nod to start against Fulham after his performance at Arsenal is beyond me. I rate JC very highly but am still not entirely convinced with VW, its true he is a force when holding infront of the back four but his vision and passing are lacking, something that Jack is not lacking. I just think Jack has more feathers in his cap so to speak, not saying Victor is a bad player but JC would be my first choice everytime. Victor needs to work hard and play his way back into a team that are playing superbly.
It is quite clear that JC is a fans favourite, why he got changed and VW got the nod to start against Fulham after his performance at Arsenal is beyond me. I rate JC very highly but am still not entirely convinced with VW, its true he is a force when holding infront of the back four but his vision and passing are lacking, something that Jack is not lacking. I just think Jack has more feathers in his cap so to speak, not saying Victor is a bad player but JC would be my first choice everytime. Victor needs to work hard and play his way back into a team that are playing superbly. rednwhite72

6:24pm Mon 3 Feb 14

SouthLondonSaint says...

rednwhite72 wrote:
It is quite clear that JC is a fans favourite, why he got changed and VW got the nod to start against Fulham after his performance at Arsenal is beyond me. I rate JC very highly but am still not entirely convinced with VW, its true he is a force when holding infront of the back four but his vision and passing are lacking, something that Jack is not lacking. I just think Jack has more feathers in his cap so to speak, not saying Victor is a bad player but JC would be my first choice everytime. Victor needs to work hard and play his way back into a team that are playing superbly.
Same thought crossed my mind but I think he started ahead of Cork for the Fulham game was because it was Fulham, one of weaker sides of the division. Its the only reason I can think of, I agree with what most others have said Jack Cork has been fantastic but VW needs a few games and not many going to be much easier than Fulham.
[quote][p][bold]rednwhite72[/bold] wrote: It is quite clear that JC is a fans favourite, why he got changed and VW got the nod to start against Fulham after his performance at Arsenal is beyond me. I rate JC very highly but am still not entirely convinced with VW, its true he is a force when holding infront of the back four but his vision and passing are lacking, something that Jack is not lacking. I just think Jack has more feathers in his cap so to speak, not saying Victor is a bad player but JC would be my first choice everytime. Victor needs to work hard and play his way back into a team that are playing superbly.[/p][/quote]Same thought crossed my mind but I think he started ahead of Cork for the Fulham game was because it was Fulham, one of weaker sides of the division. Its the only reason I can think of, I agree with what most others have said Jack Cork has been fantastic but VW needs a few games and not many going to be much easier than Fulham. SouthLondonSaint

7:52pm Mon 3 Feb 14

miltonnroad76 says...

Heres a stat..man city have won 11 0f their last 12 games..arsenal have won 8 of their last 9....which team held them both the super saints!
Heres a stat..man city have won 11 0f their last 12 games..arsenal have won 8 of their last 9....which team held them both the super saints! miltonnroad76

9:32pm Mon 3 Feb 14

saintbobby says...

Buddy SFC wrote:
Good to get Victor 40 mins ............. Different games will need Victor sat of the back four, As Poch said Corky needed a rest after 3 games at 100% but fair play to him on the difference he made in the 2nd half ........

With all the talk of our fantastic youngsters Corky has slipped under the radar, surely one of the most influential Midfielders in the Premier League ..............
Well said, Buddy, the plus total now at 81 says it all and I think the HIGHEST I have ever seen.

We should sue Swansea for their insulting rumoured £3 million offer. Or send the men in white coats to lock them up for being mentally unbalanced. Very rude.

Also, I agree that pass of Rickie's was unbelievable. Got it recorded and will watch it many more times. You are a star, Rickie!

Up the Saints.
[quote][p][bold]Buddy SFC[/bold] wrote: Good to get Victor 40 mins ............. Different games will need Victor sat of the back four, As Poch said Corky needed a rest after 3 games at 100% but fair play to him on the difference he made in the 2nd half ........ With all the talk of our fantastic youngsters Corky has slipped under the radar, surely one of the most influential Midfielders in the Premier League ..............[/p][/quote]Well said, Buddy, the plus total now at 81 says it all and I think the HIGHEST I have ever seen. We should sue Swansea for their insulting rumoured £3 million offer. Or send the men in white coats to lock them up for being mentally unbalanced. Very rude. Also, I agree that pass of Rickie's was unbelievable. Got it recorded and will watch it many more times. You are a star, Rickie! Up the Saints. saintbobby

9:37pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

miltonnroad76 wrote:
Heres a stat..man city have won 11 0f their last 12 games..arsenal have won 8 of their last 9....which team held them both the super saints!
Interesting stats. Fantastic it was us who held them and could very well have beaten both of them. But it also shows the level we need to attain to challenge which is daunting but I hope we push on towards that.
[quote][p][bold]miltonnroad76[/bold] wrote: Heres a stat..man city have won 11 0f their last 12 games..arsenal have won 8 of their last 9....which team held them both the super saints![/p][/quote]Interesting stats. Fantastic it was us who held them and could very well have beaten both of them. But it also shows the level we need to attain to challenge which is daunting but I hope we push on towards that. Seedhouse the Unrepentant

10:22pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Santa Retfordia says...

miltonnroad76 wrote:
Heres a stat..man city have won 11 0f their last 12 games..arsenal have won 8 of their last 9....which team held them both the super saints!
Three English players on the pitch all night? We are going to absolutely RIP UP the world cup.

I think we'll get closer to their level every year but we'll do it by nurturing young English talent as much as we can, which makes our future achievements greater than theirs.
[quote][p][bold]miltonnroad76[/bold] wrote: Heres a stat..man city have won 11 0f their last 12 games..arsenal have won 8 of their last 9....which team held them both the super saints![/p][/quote]Three English players on the pitch all night? We are going to absolutely RIP UP the world cup. I think we'll get closer to their level every year but we'll do it by nurturing young English talent as much as we can, which makes our future achievements greater than theirs. Santa Retfordia

10:26pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Is it me or has it been refreshingly free of negative comments these past few days?

Just one thing would make things even better, and that's if those posters who post here when they feel there is a genuine reason to feel negative would come back after we win and share their positive thoughts with the rest of us.

I guess being positive is not in their nature.
Is it me or has it been refreshingly free of negative comments these past few days? Just one thing would make things even better, and that's if those posters who post here when they feel there is a genuine reason to feel negative would come back after we win and share their positive thoughts with the rest of us. I guess being positive is not in their nature. Strasbourg Saint

10:31pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Santa Retfordia says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Is it me or has it been refreshingly free of negative comments these past few days? Just one thing would make things even better, and that's if those posters who post here when they feel there is a genuine reason to feel negative would come back after we win and share their positive thoughts with the rest of us. I guess being positive is not in their nature.
I think we have Torquay to thank for that. Always liked them...
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: Is it me or has it been refreshingly free of negative comments these past few days? Just one thing would make things even better, and that's if those posters who post here when they feel there is a genuine reason to feel negative would come back after we win and share their positive thoughts with the rest of us. I guess being positive is not in their nature.[/p][/quote]I think we have Torquay to thank for that. Always liked them... Santa Retfordia

10:35pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Clever Dick says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Is it me or has it been refreshingly free of negative comments these past few days?

Just one thing would make things even better, and that's if those posters who post here when they feel there is a genuine reason to feel negative would come back after we win and share their positive thoughts with the rest of us.

I guess being positive is not in their nature.
They have the same amount of beer in their glasses as the rest of us. Ours are
half full. Theirs half empty. Good result by Chelski tonight. They are the only team to outplay us this season and as a result probably deserve to win the title.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: Is it me or has it been refreshingly free of negative comments these past few days? Just one thing would make things even better, and that's if those posters who post here when they feel there is a genuine reason to feel negative would come back after we win and share their positive thoughts with the rest of us. I guess being positive is not in their nature.[/p][/quote]They have the same amount of beer in their glasses as the rest of us. Ours are half full. Theirs half empty. Good result by Chelski tonight. They are the only team to outplay us this season and as a result probably deserve to win the title. Clever Dick

11:05pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Saint TGB says...

saintkenny wrote:
for me keep cork in with victor and move morgan in the steve davis to duoble up feeding the front free with his vision and cover if needed to help the other 2 in defense it makes for a formidable midfield matching the top 3 in my view .no disrespect to steve davis
My thoughts exactly'!
[quote][p][bold]saintkenny[/bold] wrote: for me keep cork in with victor and move morgan in the steve davis to duoble up feeding the front free with his vision and cover if needed to help the other 2 in defense it makes for a formidable midfield matching the top 3 in my view .no disrespect to steve davis[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly'! Saint TGB

1:46am Tue 4 Feb 14

Buddy SFC says...

saintbobby wrote:
Buddy SFC wrote:
Good to get Victor 40 mins ............. Different games will need Victor sat of the back four, As Poch said Corky needed a rest after 3 games at 100% but fair play to him on the difference he made in the 2nd half ........

With all the talk of our fantastic youngsters Corky has slipped under the radar, surely one of the most influential Midfielders in the Premier League ..............
Well said, Buddy, the plus total now at 81 says it all and I think the HIGHEST I have ever seen.

We should sue Swansea for their insulting rumoured £3 million offer. Or send the men in white coats to lock them up for being mentally unbalanced. Very rude.

Also, I agree that pass of Rickie's was unbelievable. Got it recorded and will watch it many more times. You are a star, Rickie!

Up the Saints.
Thanks Bobby, Different players for different times .......

Merson amused me slagging Victor off on Saturday saying ' He obviously thinks he's Toure' , is this the same Portsmuff Merson who was drooling over Victor early season saying live on Sky 'How is it Saints got him, surely he should be playing for one of the big four clubs and I don't mean in England , I mean in Europe' ..........

PRATT !! First game back , fair play ...........
Corky and Squad - STUNNING ! What was it against As@nal 9 English players, 3x 18 yr olds and 1x 19 years versus not one English player at the start !
[quote][p][bold]saintbobby[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buddy SFC[/bold] wrote: Good to get Victor 40 mins ............. Different games will need Victor sat of the back four, As Poch said Corky needed a rest after 3 games at 100% but fair play to him on the difference he made in the 2nd half ........ With all the talk of our fantastic youngsters Corky has slipped under the radar, surely one of the most influential Midfielders in the Premier League ..............[/p][/quote]Well said, Buddy, the plus total now at 81 says it all and I think the HIGHEST I have ever seen. We should sue Swansea for their insulting rumoured £3 million offer. Or send the men in white coats to lock them up for being mentally unbalanced. Very rude. Also, I agree that pass of Rickie's was unbelievable. Got it recorded and will watch it many more times. You are a star, Rickie! Up the Saints.[/p][/quote]Thanks Bobby, Different players for different times ....... Merson amused me slagging Victor off on Saturday saying ' He obviously thinks he's Toure' , is this the same Portsmuff Merson who was drooling over Victor early season saying live on Sky 'How is it Saints got him, surely he should be playing for one of the big four clubs and I don't mean in England , I mean in Europe' .......... PRATT !! First game back , fair play ........... Corky and Squad - STUNNING ! What was it against As@nal 9 English players, 3x 18 yr olds and 1x 19 years versus not one English player at the start ! Buddy SFC

11:02am Tue 4 Feb 14

Beer Monster says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Is it me or has it been refreshingly free of negative comments these past few days? Just one thing would make things even better, and that's if those posters who post here when they feel there is a genuine reason to feel negative would come back after we win and share their positive thoughts with the rest of us. I guess being positive is not in their nature.
I think we have Torquay to thank for that. Always liked them...
One of my mates used to live in Paignton - loved going down there to visit, have a few beers in Torquay and go to Plainmoor of a saturday. Happy days.
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: Is it me or has it been refreshingly free of negative comments these past few days? Just one thing would make things even better, and that's if those posters who post here when they feel there is a genuine reason to feel negative would come back after we win and share their positive thoughts with the rest of us. I guess being positive is not in their nature.[/p][/quote]I think we have Torquay to thank for that. Always liked them...[/p][/quote]One of my mates used to live in Paignton - loved going down there to visit, have a few beers in Torquay and go to Plainmoor of a saturday. Happy days. Beer Monster

5:59pm Tue 4 Feb 14

mikesugar says...

I thought Cork coming on was the major game changer. His performances recently have been better every game. Did you notice how much more influence Schneiderlin had on the game after Cork came on. Excellent game Saints...COYS!!!!!!!
I thought Cork coming on was the major game changer. His performances recently have been better every game. Did you notice how much more influence Schneiderlin had on the game after Cork came on. Excellent game Saints...COYS!!!!!!! mikesugar

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