Poch ready for Hull test

Basingstoke Gazette: Mauricio Pochettino with Hull boss Steve Bruce Mauricio Pochettino with Hull boss Steve Bruce

Mauricio Pochettino is hoping Saints can extend their seven game unbeaten run when they travel to Hull tomorrow night.

The Saints boss admits to admiring Hull’s style of football but is confident his team can continue their good form.

“We have been on a very good run, been having very good performances and getting very good results and we just need to carry on in the same manner,” he said.

“Our focus is to play the same way at Hull.

“It’s clear that one always prefers to play at home where you have the full support of the fans but the calendar in this country sometimes makes you play two or three times in a row away from home.

“It’s clear that the team has shown the right consistency, attitude and mentality at home or away and we want to carry on in the same way.

He added: “Hull have made very good reinforcements during the transfer window and have invested quite a bit of money in new signings.

“I think Hull is a very aggressive side, a very tough side to play against and frankly a side who I like how they play.

“We have full respect for Hull and for sure it is going to be a very tough game against them.”

Pochettino was speaking ahead of a first training session since the 2-2 draw with Stoke on Saturday and so was unsure on the fitness of his squad.

“It’s a very important day to assess the fitness of the players, 24-48 hours before the game is always when problems seem to arise and appear,” he reflected.

“We are going to be assessing the fitness of all the players individually and especially those that made the biggest effort against Stoke at the weekend.”

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1:52pm Mon 10 Feb 14

justaSaintsfan says...

Bring it on! COYR!
Bring it on! COYR! justaSaintsfan

2:15pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Puddletown Saint says...

Interesting selection for tomorrow night. Can see Guly JWP and Victor having a good run out. If Sam is okay may be a starter for SRL. The team will show us (maybe) how seriously we will take the Cup match on Saturday. Going for 1-2 to the Saints with Guly scoring :) COYR
Interesting selection for tomorrow night. Can see Guly JWP and Victor having a good run out. If Sam is okay may be a starter for SRL. The team will show us (maybe) how seriously we will take the Cup match on Saturday. Going for 1-2 to the Saints with Guly scoring :) COYR Puddletown Saint

2:23pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Egomaniac says...

I certainly would not underestimate Hull! Nevertheless I believe we could get at least a point - but our defence will have to be a bit more focussed than Saturday, and our front men have got to start taking their chances!
I certainly would not underestimate Hull! Nevertheless I believe we could get at least a point - but our defence will have to be a bit more focussed than Saturday, and our front men have got to start taking their chances! Egomaniac

3:04pm Mon 10 Feb 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

I think our tactics will decide if its 1 or 3 points . Not a easy match but we are SFC and the team is playing to WIN . C O Y R
I think our tactics will decide if its 1 or 3 points . Not a easy match but we are SFC and the team is playing to WIN . C O Y R SPIKEISLANDTRADER

3:07pm Mon 10 Feb 14

george chivers says...

Puddletown Saint wrote:
Interesting selection for tomorrow night. Can see Guly JWP and Victor having a good run out. If Sam is okay may be a starter for SRL. The team will show us (maybe) how seriously we will take the Cup match on Saturday. Going for 1-2 to the Saints with Guly scoring :) COYR
We may have to suffer a set back against Hull if the team have Sunderland on their minds, which I think they will.

Let's hope not. A win tomorrow will boost our confidence for a victory on Saturday.

COYR STID Saints for The Cup.
[quote][p][bold]Puddletown Saint[/bold] wrote: Interesting selection for tomorrow night. Can see Guly JWP and Victor having a good run out. If Sam is okay may be a starter for SRL. The team will show us (maybe) how seriously we will take the Cup match on Saturday. Going for 1-2 to the Saints with Guly scoring :) COYR[/p][/quote]We may have to suffer a set back against Hull if the team have Sunderland on their minds, which I think they will. Let's hope not. A win tomorrow will boost our confidence for a victory on Saturday. COYR STID Saints for The Cup. george chivers

3:19pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Confucious says...

I see Hull are now officially called Hull City Tigers, so they've kept the traditional 'City' bit after all whilst adding the 'Tiger' bit to appeal to the Asian audience.

As it's the biggest and most intelligent of all the cats, I suppose the fans will learn to live with it. Does anyone know if Poopey always called their club Portsmouth City Skates?
I see Hull are now officially called Hull City Tigers, so they've kept the traditional 'City' bit after all whilst adding the 'Tiger' bit to appeal to the Asian audience. As it's the biggest and most intelligent of all the cats, I suppose the fans will learn to live with it. Does anyone know if Poopey always called their club Portsmouth City Skates? Confucious

3:24pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Rising_Son says...

george chivers wrote:
Puddletown Saint wrote:
Interesting selection for tomorrow night. Can see Guly JWP and Victor having a good run out. If Sam is okay may be a starter for SRL. The team will show us (maybe) how seriously we will take the Cup match on Saturday. Going for 1-2 to the Saints with Guly scoring :) COYR
We may have to suffer a set back against Hull if the team have Sunderland on their minds, which I think they will.

Let's hope not. A win tomorrow will boost our confidence for a victory on Saturday.

COYR STID Saints for The Cup.
Ah, but I'd they have their minds on Sunderland, they will know that a win against Hull will give them confidence, which should motivate them.
[quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Puddletown Saint[/bold] wrote: Interesting selection for tomorrow night. Can see Guly JWP and Victor having a good run out. If Sam is okay may be a starter for SRL. The team will show us (maybe) how seriously we will take the Cup match on Saturday. Going for 1-2 to the Saints with Guly scoring :) COYR[/p][/quote]We may have to suffer a set back against Hull if the team have Sunderland on their minds, which I think they will. Let's hope not. A win tomorrow will boost our confidence for a victory on Saturday. COYR STID Saints for The Cup.[/p][/quote]Ah, but I'd they have their minds on Sunderland, they will know that a win against Hull will give them confidence, which should motivate them. Rising_Son

3:25pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Rising_Son says...

I'd -> if
I'd -> if Rising_Son

4:00pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Norwegian Saint says...

Would we choose a win at Hull tomorrow or a win at Sunderland on Saturday? (Yes, I want/think both but if we had to pick just one?)

I would want to win in the cup
Would we choose a win at Hull tomorrow or a win at Sunderland on Saturday? (Yes, I want/think both but if we had to pick just one?) I would want to win in the cup Norwegian Saint

4:07pm Mon 10 Feb 14

george chivers says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Would we choose a win at Hull tomorrow or a win at Sunderland on Saturday? (Yes, I want/think both but if we had to pick just one?)

I would want to win in the cup
yep
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Would we choose a win at Hull tomorrow or a win at Sunderland on Saturday? (Yes, I want/think both but if we had to pick just one?) I would want to win in the cup[/p][/quote]yep george chivers

4:12pm Mon 10 Feb 14

JohnItaly says...

Surely the question is - are Hull ready for the Saint's test? After all Tigers are there to be tamed!
Surely the question is - are Hull ready for the Saint's test? After all Tigers are there to be tamed! JohnItaly

4:20pm Mon 10 Feb 14

allsaintsnocurves says...

I don't think the problem for Saints will be that the game is away from home...the players will have had their bedrooms vacuumed of dust and their own mattress laid down. The problem I think is Shane Long - ex Reading who will be bang up for this and very dangerous.

Saints have played well in the last 2 games and should have won both games but drew both. Can Saints turn that round and grind out some wins? Yes they can and Rodriguez is the main weapon away from home that we need to use. Wanyama is likely to come back in and provide more steal to the centre of midfield and a good battle against Huddlestone.
I don't think the problem for Saints will be that the game is away from home...the players will have had their bedrooms vacuumed of dust and their own mattress laid down. The problem I think is Shane Long - ex Reading who will be bang up for this and very dangerous. Saints have played well in the last 2 games and should have won both games but drew both. Can Saints turn that round and grind out some wins? Yes they can and Rodriguez is the main weapon away from home that we need to use. Wanyama is likely to come back in and provide more steal to the centre of midfield and a good battle against Huddlestone. allsaintsnocurves

4:24pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Licky_Rambert says...

allsaintsnocurves wrote:
I don't think the problem for Saints will be that the game is away from home...the players will have had their bedrooms vacuumed of dust and their own mattress laid down. The problem I think is Shane Long - ex Reading who will be bang up for this and very dangerous. Saints have played well in the last 2 games and should have won both games but drew both. Can Saints turn that round and grind out some wins? Yes they can and Rodriguez is the main weapon away from home that we need to use. Wanyama is likely to come back in and provide more steal to the centre of midfield and a good battle against Huddlestone.
could have sworn we beat fulham, can you draw 0-3?
[quote][p][bold]allsaintsnocurves[/bold] wrote: I don't think the problem for Saints will be that the game is away from home...the players will have had their bedrooms vacuumed of dust and their own mattress laid down. The problem I think is Shane Long - ex Reading who will be bang up for this and very dangerous. Saints have played well in the last 2 games and should have won both games but drew both. Can Saints turn that round and grind out some wins? Yes they can and Rodriguez is the main weapon away from home that we need to use. Wanyama is likely to come back in and provide more steal to the centre of midfield and a good battle against Huddlestone.[/p][/quote]could have sworn we beat fulham, can you draw 0-3? Licky_Rambert

4:41pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Santa Retfordia says...

Three points would be huge. There's no way United will get anything at Arsenal so this is our chance to go within two of LolNited. I really, really, really want to finish above them this year.

Good luck lads. I shall see you there.
Three points would be huge. There's no way United will get anything at Arsenal so this is our chance to go within two of LolNited. I really, really, really want to finish above them this year. Good luck lads. I shall see you there. Santa Retfordia

4:50pm Mon 10 Feb 14

st1halo says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
Three points would be huge. There's no way United will get anything at Arsenal so this is our chance to go within two of LolNited. I really, really, really want to finish above them this year.

Good luck lads. I shall see you there.
I really want that too.

STID
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: Three points would be huge. There's no way United will get anything at Arsenal so this is our chance to go within two of LolNited. I really, really, really want to finish above them this year. Good luck lads. I shall see you there.[/p][/quote]I really want that too. STID st1halo

4:52pm Mon 10 Feb 14

therealredarmy says...

@Santa Retfordia

The way Saint play right now we should be 7th at least !. I believe this year we will finish higher than joke United knowing that they have a squad worth 200 million and our squad cost around 40 million. I just want Saint to Shut them up and the chosen one to lose his job in the process ! What a headline that would be ! We would probably make history if it happen
@Santa Retfordia The way Saint play right now we should be 7th at least !. I believe this year we will finish higher than joke United knowing that they have a squad worth 200 million and our squad cost around 40 million. I just want Saint to Shut them up and the chosen one to lose his job in the process ! What a headline that would be ! We would probably make history if it happen therealredarmy

4:54pm Mon 10 Feb 14

st1halo says...

Confucious wrote:
I see Hull are now officially called Hull City Tigers, so they've kept the traditional 'City' bit after all whilst adding the 'Tiger' bit to appeal to the Asian audience.

As it's the biggest and most intelligent of all the cats, I suppose the fans will learn to live with it. Does anyone know if Poopey always called their club Portsmouth City Skates?
I think they should call themselves the Portsmouth Plecos.
After all they are bottom feeding fish.

STID
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: I see Hull are now officially called Hull City Tigers, so they've kept the traditional 'City' bit after all whilst adding the 'Tiger' bit to appeal to the Asian audience. As it's the biggest and most intelligent of all the cats, I suppose the fans will learn to live with it. Does anyone know if Poopey always called their club Portsmouth City Skates?[/p][/quote]I think they should call themselves the Portsmouth Plecos. After all they are bottom feeding fish. STID st1halo

5:40pm Mon 10 Feb 14

warrens 76 says...

therealredarmy wrote:
@Santa Retfordia

The way Saint play right now we should be 7th at least !. I believe this year we will finish higher than joke United knowing that they have a squad worth 200 million and our squad cost around 40 million. I just want Saint to Shut them up and the chosen one to lose his job in the process ! What a headline that would be ! We would probably make history if it happen
we all do, however we do not put teams to the sword…guile and speeeeeed we neeeeeed..
[quote][p][bold]therealredarmy[/bold] wrote: @Santa Retfordia The way Saint play right now we should be 7th at least !. I believe this year we will finish higher than joke United knowing that they have a squad worth 200 million and our squad cost around 40 million. I just want Saint to Shut them up and the chosen one to lose his job in the process ! What a headline that would be ! We would probably make history if it happen[/p][/quote]we all do, however we do not put teams to the sword…guile and speeeeeed we neeeeeed.. warrens 76

6:11pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Would we choose a win at Hull tomorrow or a win at Sunderland on Saturday? (Yes, I want/think both but if we had to pick just one?)

I would want to win in the cup
Nearly every year I would say the league but given how safe we are in 9th with no real chance of higher than 7th this is the year of the CUP!
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Would we choose a win at Hull tomorrow or a win at Sunderland on Saturday? (Yes, I want/think both but if we had to pick just one?) I would want to win in the cup[/p][/quote]Nearly every year I would say the league but given how safe we are in 9th with no real chance of higher than 7th this is the year of the CUP! Seedhouse the Unrepentant

6:40pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Confucious says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
Three points would be huge. There's no way United will get anything at Arsenal so this is our chance to go within two of LolNited. I really, really, really want to finish above them this year.

Good luck lads. I shall see you there.
It will all be decided at The Great Showdown at St Marys in the last match of the season.

Manure 1 point in front at kick off.

It's the football equivalent of Rocky Balboa v Ivan Drago - and Saints players run on to the pitch with the Rocky theme blaring out.

Saints equalize at 3-3 in the 90th minute and then 4 mins added time is announced.

On almost 94 mins Lallana puts in a long looping cross into the Manure goal area. It's all in slow motion for us...slow...slow...m
otion.

The ball inches through the air across from the Itchen touchline towards the Kingsland. The stadium falls into complete silence as 32,000 look on....transfixed.

Slowly..slowly... Rickie rises up high. The ball just clears the head of Vidic by a fraction and is met by Rickie. It loops high.....agonisingly slowly.....on to the far post......and YES.... into the net!

It's 4-3 - and Saints players stand for a moment in stunned silence......as does the crowd.

Then there's an ear shattering explosion of triumphant joy.

The ref blows up. Thumbs go down to the Manure fans. Up strikes the Rocky theme music.

Pitch invasion!
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: Three points would be huge. There's no way United will get anything at Arsenal so this is our chance to go within two of LolNited. I really, really, really want to finish above them this year. Good luck lads. I shall see you there.[/p][/quote]It will all be decided at The Great Showdown at St Marys in the last match of the season. Manure 1 point in front at kick off. It's the football equivalent of Rocky Balboa v Ivan Drago - and Saints players run on to the pitch with the Rocky theme blaring out. Saints equalize at 3-3 in the 90th minute and then 4 mins added time is announced. On almost 94 mins Lallana puts in a long looping cross into the Manure goal area. It's all in slow motion for us...slow...slow...m otion. The ball inches through the air across from the Itchen touchline towards the Kingsland. The stadium falls into complete silence as 32,000 look on....transfixed. Slowly..slowly... Rickie rises up high. The ball just clears the head of Vidic by a fraction and is met by Rickie. It loops high.....agonisingly slowly.....on to the far post......and YES.... into the net! It's 4-3 - and Saints players stand for a moment in stunned silence......as does the crowd. Then there's an ear shattering explosion of triumphant joy. The ref blows up. Thumbs go down to the Manure fans. Up strikes the Rocky theme music. Pitch invasion! Confucious

6:56pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Tirau Dan says...

I like the respect Poch has for Steve Bruce and the lads at Hull.. he's well prepared for a tough running physical game. Very much looking forward to it.
Also buoyed by the ITV interview in which Poch hints that his plans for next season are already underway..

Must admit Sunderland game is exciting the footy genes and titivating the tingly bits in this old fella. I'm sure we'll pull out every stop to win it and go for a Wembley run.. if we do will Slugger and gang do another walk?

coffee is sure good in NZ this morning but: warm thought for the flood victims back home.. hope you're all getting dry or sorted sorted soon. COYR
I like the respect Poch has for Steve Bruce and the lads at Hull.. he's well prepared for a tough running physical game. Very much looking forward to it. Also buoyed by the ITV interview in which Poch hints that his plans for next season are already underway.. Must admit Sunderland game is exciting the footy genes and titivating the tingly bits in this old fella. I'm sure we'll pull out every stop to win it and go for a Wembley run.. if we do will Slugger and gang do another walk? coffee is sure good in NZ this morning but: warm thought for the flood victims back home.. hope you're all getting dry or sorted sorted soon. COYR Tirau Dan

7:01pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

So what IS the caption for the Mauricio - Steve picture above?

My money's on Steve Bruce saying to MP:
'You're kidding, the Glaziers also called YOU about managing their little club?'
So what IS the caption for the Mauricio - Steve picture above? My money's on Steve Bruce saying to MP: 'You're kidding, the Glaziers also called YOU about managing their little club?' Strasbourg Saint

7:26pm Mon 10 Feb 14

slugger says...

Tirau Dan wrote:
I like the respect Poch has for Steve Bruce and the lads at Hull.. he's well prepared for a tough running physical game. Very much looking forward to it.
Also buoyed by the ITV interview in which Poch hints that his plans for next season are already underway..

Must admit Sunderland game is exciting the footy genes and titivating the tingly bits in this old fella. I'm sure we'll pull out every stop to win it and go for a Wembley run.. if we do will Slugger and gang do another walk?

coffee is sure good in NZ this morning but: warm thought for the flood victims back home.. hope you're all getting dry or sorted sorted soon. COYR
No !
[quote][p][bold]Tirau Dan[/bold] wrote: I like the respect Poch has for Steve Bruce and the lads at Hull.. he's well prepared for a tough running physical game. Very much looking forward to it. Also buoyed by the ITV interview in which Poch hints that his plans for next season are already underway.. Must admit Sunderland game is exciting the footy genes and titivating the tingly bits in this old fella. I'm sure we'll pull out every stop to win it and go for a Wembley run.. if we do will Slugger and gang do another walk? coffee is sure good in NZ this morning but: warm thought for the flood victims back home.. hope you're all getting dry or sorted sorted soon. COYR[/p][/quote]No ! slugger

7:34pm Mon 10 Feb 14

SouthLondonSaint says...

Hull have been the surprise package this year, I really didn't expect then to do and play as well as they have. They have a good manager and bought well in the transfer windows, I think we all know this is going to be a hard one. I know we won 4-1 at home but since then hull have improved and taken points against good opposition.

Good luck to all the guys and gals going up to Hull, think games like this seperates then men from the boys when it come to supporters. Hope the lads can put on a good show for you.

Can see a few goals in this one maybe 2-3


UP THE SAINTS
Hull have been the surprise package this year, I really didn't expect then to do and play as well as they have. They have a good manager and bought well in the transfer windows, I think we all know this is going to be a hard one. I know we won 4-1 at home but since then hull have improved and taken points against good opposition. Good luck to all the guys and gals going up to Hull, think games like this seperates then men from the boys when it come to supporters. Hope the lads can put on a good show for you. Can see a few goals in this one maybe 2-3 UP THE SAINTS SouthLondonSaint

8:30pm Mon 10 Feb 14

husky-1 says...

the first time against the stock was matched ..."""""the second was a total domination of the saints"""""" ... Shaw and Cline should focus more on the top and bottom (no exaggeration, for course) .. to open spaces in the middle attack ... either way .. that way it would have been more space in the middle to create plays or shoot from outside ... greetings from Argentina @nes314
the first time against the stock was matched ..."""""the second was a total domination of the saints"""""" ... Shaw and Cline should focus more on the top and bottom (no exaggeration, for course) .. to open spaces in the middle attack ... either way .. that way it would have been more space in the middle to create plays or shoot from outside ... greetings from Argentina @nes314 husky-1

3:14pm Tue 11 Feb 14

callcopse says...

Confucious wrote:
Santa Retfordia wrote:
Three points would be huge. There's no way United will get anything at Arsenal so this is our chance to go within two of LolNited. I really, really, really want to finish above them this year.

Good luck lads. I shall see you there.
It will all be decided at The Great Showdown at St Marys in the last match of the season.

Manure 1 point in front at kick off.

It's the football equivalent of Rocky Balboa v Ivan Drago - and Saints players run on to the pitch with the Rocky theme blaring out.

Saints equalize at 3-3 in the 90th minute and then 4 mins added time is announced.

On almost 94 mins Lallana puts in a long looping cross into the Manure goal area. It's all in slow motion for us...slow...slow...m

otion.

The ball inches through the air across from the Itchen touchline towards the Kingsland. The stadium falls into complete silence as 32,000 look on....transfixed.

Slowly..slowly... Rickie rises up high. The ball just clears the head of Vidic by a fraction and is met by Rickie. It loops high.....agonisingly slowly.....on to the far post......and YES.... into the net!

It's 4-3 - and Saints players stand for a moment in stunned silence......as does the crowd.

Then there's an ear shattering explosion of triumphant joy.

The ref blows up. Thumbs go down to the Manure fans. Up strikes the Rocky theme music.

Pitch invasion!
That's a fantasy and a half - it could even come true. I'll be there with knobs on for sure.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: Three points would be huge. There's no way United will get anything at Arsenal so this is our chance to go within two of LolNited. I really, really, really want to finish above them this year. Good luck lads. I shall see you there.[/p][/quote]It will all be decided at The Great Showdown at St Marys in the last match of the season. Manure 1 point in front at kick off. It's the football equivalent of Rocky Balboa v Ivan Drago - and Saints players run on to the pitch with the Rocky theme blaring out. Saints equalize at 3-3 in the 90th minute and then 4 mins added time is announced. On almost 94 mins Lallana puts in a long looping cross into the Manure goal area. It's all in slow motion for us...slow...slow...m otion. The ball inches through the air across from the Itchen touchline towards the Kingsland. The stadium falls into complete silence as 32,000 look on....transfixed. Slowly..slowly... Rickie rises up high. The ball just clears the head of Vidic by a fraction and is met by Rickie. It loops high.....agonisingly slowly.....on to the far post......and YES.... into the net! It's 4-3 - and Saints players stand for a moment in stunned silence......as does the crowd. Then there's an ear shattering explosion of triumphant joy. The ref blows up. Thumbs go down to the Manure fans. Up strikes the Rocky theme music. Pitch invasion![/p][/quote]That's a fantasy and a half - it could even come true. I'll be there with knobs on for sure. callcopse

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