How Southampton smashed EIGHT past sorry Sunderland

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Jack Cork and Dusan Tadic celebrate one of Southampton’s many goals (Picture: Getty Images)

Have you ever seen that episode of ‘The Simpsons’ where the family have to go into witness protection to hide from Sideshow Bob?

There is a scene where the FBI are trying to teach Homer to respond to his new name ‘Mr Thompson’, but he keeps turning to someone else and saying ‘I think he’s talking to you’ in a hushed voice.

This might be the response you will get from any Saints fan if you point out to them that their team won 8-0 yesterday. But they did, they really did.

Going into a game with Sunderland comes with some trepidation, they are a bogey team (no win over them since 2003 until today) and they are managed by a classic Saints antagonist in Gus Poyet.

Initiate smug mode.

Ronald Koeman’s post match interview started with…

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Southampton v Sunderland: EA PPI Preview

Southampton have had a fantastic start to the season and find themselves in third place in the Premier League, which is largely down to them having the best defensive record in the Premier League so far. They will look to maintain their defensive form this weekend with their fourth clean sheet of the season, whilst adding to their 11 goals scored.

One man who has hit good form for Southampton up top is Graziano Pelle, with the Italian striker bagging four goals for the club already. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index tells us that his secret is to not be shy in front of goal, with the Italian taking 19 shots at goal already this term. The 29 year old has also grabbed an assist and will be looking to lay on and score more goals in the Saints’ fourth home game of the season. He is 21/20 to score anytime with 888sport.com.

In the middle of the park, Morgan Schneiderlin has been in fantastic form so far this season, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. He has covered 86.4km of ground already this campaign, which is more than anybody in the Premier League. It is this hard work that has seen the French international win 27 tackles and make a further 12 interceptions, whilst getting his name on the score sheet three times already this season.

Southampton’s good work has all stemmed from defensive stability, of which Jose Fonte is a prime example. The Portuguese defender has started the season in prime form, as illustrated by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index statistics. He has won 88.23% of his tackles, made 30 clearances and also made 22 interceptions. He will hope to add to all of those statistics to ensure Southampton maintain third spot in the Premier League.

This week’s visitors to St. Mary’s will come into the game with confidence this weekend, having won their last match 3-1 at home to Stoke, prior to the international break. The Black Cats have lost only one game all season, and will not want that tally to get any higher this weekend, as a win could see them join Southampton in the top four.

In order to walk away with the three points, Sunderland will be relying on in form striker Steven Fletcher to deliver the goods. Fletcher has grabbed two goals already this season, scoring with 33.3% of his shots according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. He has also laid on another goal, but his focus this weekend will likely be finding more goals for himself. He is 7/2 to score anytime with 888sport.com.

In the middle of the park, Sebastian Larsson will be looking to win the battle with Morgan Schneiderlin, to give the Black Cats a stronghold in the game. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the Sunderland midfielder has covered 70.06km so far this season, the most of any Sunderland player. His hard work has seen him grab a goal and two assists, and he will pose a threat to the sturdy Southampton back line this weekend.

With Southampton looking so solid in defence so far this season, it is crucial that Sunderland remain equally as astute at the back, given that the Saints’ have concede an average of only 0.71 goals per game. For this to happen, former Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone will have to be on top form. The Italian has already made 23 saves so far this season, but will be looking for a clean sheet to leave Sunderland unbeaten in five games.

How can we make football better value for money?

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Fans arrive at the stadium for the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and QPR (Picture: Getty Images)

It strikes me that we don’t need a publicly funded institution to carry out a costly survey to tell us something we have know for a considerable time.

The price of football is too expensive.

From my own club’s point of view, it has taken just 21 years to see the cost of a ticket to a Premier League football match rise from a minimum of £3 to £32, a rise of 967 per cent.

In the same time, the price of gold has risen only 358 per cent and even petrol only 183 per cent.

It is clear that football fans and their dedication to their team has seen them become cash cows to the clubs and the governing bodies that should be looking after their interests, but what is the real…

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The Kingsland Roar Podcast is Live!

I am pleased to announce that the pilot episode of the all new Kingsland Roar Saints podcast is now live!

Please bear in mind that this was the first attempt, and is labelled as the ‘pilot’ intentionally. Dan and I would love to hear your feedback so that we can launch episode one proper with all the wrinkles ironed out!

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Several of our features involve interaction and participation with you the Saints fans so don’t be shy in getting touch either through twitter or by mailing kingslandroad@gmail.com!

I hope you enjoy it!

 http://podcastmachine.com/podcasts/17559/episodes/101062

We’ll be on iTunes soon!

Chris

Southampton FC ‘in crisis': Was there a poison in the bowels of St Mary’s?

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Morgan Schneiderlin seems to have found his love for Southampton again (Picture: Getty Images)

Feelings ran exceptionally high, and the notion that the club was imploding was both convincing and reached far more than just the fans. Seemingly players and coaching staff bought into this theory too, and that is pretty scary.

You might remember that a French journalist who is known to be close to Saints midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin ran a story that Katherina Liebherr was looking to asset strip and sell the club, and it was believed that this information was coming from Schneiderlin himself.

This information is now proven to be false, but for a player to believe this to be the case and publicly voice their concern at not being allowed to move on the big questions are who was telling them that this was the case and why?

Schneiderlin wasn’t the only player to voice…

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COMPETITION: Win a Retro Saints or Koeman Shirt with Campo Retro!

georgeweahscousin and Campo Retro have come together to offer all our fans around the world a fantastic opportunity to win a unique Southampton or Holland retro shirt and free delivery. You can also use the code ‘GWC20′ to get 20% off any order.

Campo Retro have a wide range of retro shirts available and this competition is open to entrances from all over the world, so whether you live in St Mary’s or Sydney, you still have a great chance to win this fantastic prize. It couldn’t be simpler to enter this competition, all you have to do is go to this Tweet and RT and Follow @CampoRetro

It’s that simple. The competition closes Wednesday 15th October and the winner will be announced soon after. The winner will receive a notification from Campo Retro to request information on shirt, size and delivery address.

Take your pick from one of the retro style Saints shirts:-

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Or a classic Ronald Koeman Holland shirt from 1994:-

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If you cannot wait until then, use the discount code GWC20 to get 20% off any order now!

GOOD LUCK!

Chris

p.s. please remember to sponsor me:- http://georgeweahscousin.com/2014/10/09/great-south-run-sponsor-me-and-it-could-be-you/

Great South Run: Sponsor me and it could be you!

As I have mentioned previously, I will this year make my return to the streets of Portsmouth to take on the Great South Run for the second time. This is not my wisest decision and is against the advice of my Doctor as I am currently being treated for stress fractures in both shins, but, I am a firm believer in completing something once you have committed to it, and I may have to take it a little easier than I might have hoped.

I have decided to run it this time in aid of Saints Foundation and am looking to raise at least £250 to help them continue in the great work they do with disadvantaged kids and vulnerable adults.

I appreciate that times are tight for everyone these days, so I appreciate any donation, no matter how small. Every little helps.

This prompted a good opportunity though for me to give some prizes away and hopefully encourage people to give generously! To that end, I have three fantastic prizes that can be one simply by making a donation. two of them are Saints related, the other not so much, but still of interest to the anyone keen on football memorabilia.

Prize One:- THE FIRST EVER OFFICIAL GEORGEWEAHSCOUSIN.COM T-SHIRT!

That’s right folks. this is the opportunity to own the first ever official georgeweahscousin.com t-shirt. Recently the site has entered into a partnership with Cult Zeros to create a range of Saints related t-shirts and Hoodies (watch this space for designs), and they have kindly donated the first ever t-shirt (in a size of your choice) to the winner. And here it  is….

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All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this exclusive t-shirt is go to https://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Rann1/, make a donation and put somewhere in the comments ‘t-shirt’.

Prize Two:-SIGNED SOUTHAMPTON SQUAD FOOTBALL CIRCA 1995

This is a football I won in the raffle on an official coach trip to Old Trafford I think in November 1995, but I might be mistaken.

Signatures include:- Matthew Le Tissier, Alan Neilson, Francis Benali, Dave Beasant, Christer Warren, Paul Tisdale, Bruce Grobbelaar, Tommy Widdrington, Mathew Robinson, Matthew Oakley, Ken Monkou, Neil Moss, Neil Shipperley, Barry Venison and several more I cannot identify.

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All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this classic piece of Saints history is  go to https://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Rann1/, make a donation and put somewhere in the comments ‘Saints Ball’.

Prize Three- SIGNED EVERTON SQUAD FOOTBALL CIRCA  1989

This is a football that was kindly given to me by my cousin who was an apprentice at Goodison Park at the time. I’m pretty sure (but admittedly not 100%) that this is the squad that was FA Cup finalists in 1989.

Signatures include:- Kevin Ratcliffe, Wayne Clarke, Colin Harvey, Paul Power, Stuart McCall, Pat ven den Hauwe, Kevin Sheedy, Ian Wilson, Dave Watson, Tony Cottee, Neville Southall and several more I can’t identify.

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All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this classic piece of Everton history is  go to https://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Rann1/, make a donation and put somewhere in the comments ‘Everton Ball’.

So there we have it, three decent prizes that could be yours for as little as a £1. Please give whatever you can. Winners will be selected completely at random and will be notified after the Great South Run (26th October 2014). Good Luck!

Chris

Why the hard work starts now for Southampton

Originally posted on Metro:

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, left, greets Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (Picture: AP Photo)

You could say it was the ultimate respect paid by Mauricio Pochettino to his former team on Sunday, as his Spurs side made stifling Southampton their primary business.

In truth Ronald Koeman fell foul of the Argentinian’s one trick and failed to counter it.

That is not necessarily a surprise, plenty of managers failed to do so last season too, but it is frustrating given that as a Saints fan we know how you can.Send it long.

Koeman has shown that he is perfectly prepared to mix up the type of passing in the games so far, but perhaps didn’t utilise the ball over the top that Pochettino’s Saints often couldn’t cope with.

In truth though, Saints could have snatched a point and perhaps more. They didn’t play well, but Spurs weren’t much better and if…

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Mauricio Pochettino exiting Southampton to manage Tottenham Hotspur looks a good deal for Saints at moment

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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino faces his former club Southampton on Sunday (Picture: AP)

When Mauricio Pochettino entered the sack race in the summer, he probably wasn’t expecting his first meeting with former club Southampton to come after they have won six games on the trot and are sitting second in the Premier League.

This must be an odd situation for the Argentine. You see, when Pochettino decided he was to leave Southampton he seemingly spent a lot of time convincing his players to do the same. Telling them tales of ‘no ambition’ left at St. Mary’s. Those that took his advice (and the bigger pay-packet) might just be looking at the feel good factor at St. Mary’s and wondering if their former manager was barking mad.

Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana are part of a struggling Liverpool team who look a world away from last season’s title challengers and the ex-Saints…

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Five reasons Nathaniel Clyne is right man for England

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Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne has been named in the England squad (Picture: Getty Images)

When Roy Hodgson announced his England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia on Thursday, Nathaniel Clyne was one of the new names to feature.

To most football fans this wasn’t overly surprising given his performances so far this season, but to Southampton fans it was nearly two years overdue.

Clyne has been fantastic since signing for Saints in 2012, and has seemingly improved with every summer. So much so in fact that most of the St. Mary’s faithful were far more fearful that it would be the full-back who joined the now infamously overstated ‘exodus’ rather than his primary competition in Calum Chambers.

It has been bizarre to watch a string of poor footballers and out-of-position centre-halves get a run out by Hodgson at right-back before Clyne was even given a look…

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