Friday, 6 December 2013

Friday

Friday
Saints tomorrow, here’s the It’s a Fix extract/update from KK210 :

PLAY THE BEAST AND HE WILL SCORE……

15) SATURDAY DECEMBER 7TH SAINTS (AWAY) KO 3PM

Second season back in the top flight.  for the first Last trophy FA Cup in 1976 (beat rags 1-0) Recent connection : Wayne Bridge.71st league meeting.

Some celeb fans : Craig David, David Gower, David Frost, Fiona Phillips, Holly Valance

Last season : At The Etihad first game of the season in August it was a 3-2 City win. Tevez opened (40), Lambert equalised (59), then S Davis put them ahead (68) though Dzeko (72) equalised and Nasri clinched it (80) after Silva had his weak penalty saved. Crowd was 46,190 with 1924 Saints.
They finished in 14th place with 41 points
In the Capital One Cup: They lost 3-0 away to Leeds in the 4th
In the FA Cup: They lost 5-1 to Chelsea at home in the 3rd rd

This season so far: They’re in 8th place with 22 points from 14 games and 4 wins, 2 draws and 1loss at home.
In the Capital One Cup they beat Barnsley away 5-1, Bristol City home 2-1 but went out at Sunderland 2-1

Our form at Southampton: last season it was that 1-3 loss, Pancheon opened (7) S Davis made it 2 (22) Dzeko pulled one back (39) but Barry’s own goal (46) clinched it for them. Crowd was 31,738 with 3,129 Blues. Prior to that only one loss in 9.
For City : LDWLWDDWWW
Groundwise: No change to St Mary’s and we’ll be in our usual spot to the LHSide of the goal. It’s a long trip but better than going to London.

St. Mary’s : Capacity: 32,690 (3,000 for City

Comment: signings included Lowren on a free, Wanyoma £12M, Osvaldo £15M whilst Puncheon and Billy Sharp were the main departures.
There was outcry when Nigel Adkins was sacked and replaced by the unknown Mauricio Pichettino, but the non English speaking Argentinian hit the ground running and has continued to do so this season taking them up to 3rd place with powerful displays and some great results. They’ve dropped to 8th after a stutter and have just lost to Villa at home which is good news. After last season’s debacle we shouldn’t be taking them lightly and 3 points for us would be a huge boost. We must match their workrate, and if we play like we did at West Brom  (for 85 minutes!) then a win looks likely.…..


WWTWTWShite: Averaged 11,612 in 1955/56 and this season it’s 30,371
Sat Nav: S014 5FX

                                                                           Dave

8 comments:

  1. A much sterner test on the cards for today as Southamton employ the kind of defence we traditionally struggle against. If, as in recent games, we get the early goal the game should swing in our favour. We will really find out our true title credentials when we have to come from a goal behind. If that happens today, I fear we may struggle. One thing is for sure, we can't afford to switch off early again - it cost us points at Villa and ridiculously just took the edge off our magnificent first half performance at WBA.

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  2. As poor as I've seen for a long time. If Aguero had taken that chance at 1-0, it may have been a different story.

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  3. Only saw the MOTD 'highlights' but one feature stood out; the amount of space the new S'hampton wonder boy Luke Shaw was given to push up way into our half time after time. I've only got FA level 1 coaching qual but that needed addressing pretty sharpish in the 1st half because it seemed, for once, Jim M wasn't coping. Surely Navas on much earlier (or from the start?) would have given Shaw a greater challenge. Could someone who saw the full match explain the subs, in particular what Garcia was meant to contribute.

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  4. As we were being over-run in midfield with Yaya jogging his way around the pitch like overpaid statue and with Ferdie/Gelson chasing shadows as a result, Milner was being out paced by a speedy full-back. Pellegrini brought Garcia on to control midfield, when what we really needed was a terrier in the centre to win the ball back, we got a crab of midfield player who has about as much terrier in him as 10 year old cat.

    The back four looked all over the place too, about time Pellegrini realised that in the Premier League our best back line is Zabba, Lescott, Kompany, and Clichy. I'd prefer Joe Hart in net as well, as Pantys distribution is shocking.

    Up front Nasri became the player of last season, The Beast turned into Dzeko, and Sergio scored and missed and then went missing too.

    Overall we looked slow/tired.

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  5. Geoff: It was a strange game in a strange season.
    There’s no such thing as scoring too early, but this was probably the nearest as we soon reverted to walking pace and allowed Southampton to get back into the game. Of course Aguero should have made it 2-0, but as I alluded in a previous thread, some of our players tend to go missing when the going gets tough. Nasri and Yaya were the biggest culprits yesterday.
    When did City last win a close game?
    What I couldn’t understand was that we didn’t seem to have done our homework. Every TV analysis of Southampton has mentioned their high pressing game and how they like to harass defenders into hurried clearances. You overcome this with neat crisp short passing, but in contrast our defenders were back passing to Pantilimon even when they were unmarked. I lost count of the number of Pantilimon kicks that went straight into touch.
    We were frequently outnumbered and outpaced in midfield and like everybody else i feared the worst when Garcia appeared. However in fairness he did make a bit of a difference and City finished the game strongly albeit without creating much apart from a few corners.


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  6. On one occasion, we had a free kick mid way between the halfway line and their area over near the touch line. The ball got played back, so a Sonton player chased, so it got played further back, and a Sonton player chased untill it was played back to Pants and so a Sonton player chased and made him hurry the clearance. Ridiculous, we were in a position to swing over a dangerous coss and instead put our keeper under pressure. I don't want to go back to the dark days, but sometimes I'd rather they swung a hopefull ball into the area (particularly as we had Dzeo on by this time who could have caused problems in the air) rather than playing it back to the keeper.

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  7. Agree with astridhq regarding our back four. Demichelis looked ok on the right-side but again uncertain on the left and is not our best option.

    Perhaps we should be looking at Luke Shaw, neither of our left-backs have done well this season. Although his lack of Spanish will probably rule him out.

    Alex

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  8. Or we could try going back to Lescott/Kompay combination

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