Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Saints and sinners

Southampton 4 - 0 Newcastle Utd

Well that was utterly terrible, wasn't it?

While the Silver Fox might have been allowed back in the ground, having served his three-match stadium ban, those present of a black and white persuasion might have been forgiven for wanting to have never been there in the first place.

Frankly this "performance", such as it was, was an embarrassment. With the exception of Rob Elliot (in goal in place of the injured Tim Krul), the entire team were abject. By half-time, we could have easily been out of the game. That we were only one down (and that coming from Jay Rodriguez at the end of the first half) was down to both Elliot's skill and the Saints' poor finishing.

Sadly for our part, they didn't continue in the second half, with the home side's trio of England attackers all stepping up their game as first Rickie Lambert, then Adam Lallana and finally Rodriguez (again) scored to give the home team a thoroughly deserved victory that really didn't flatter them.

Having started the game both HBA and MYM were hooked at half-time in favour of De Jong and Davide Santon. Evidently neither replacement did much to improve things; however, equally neither should be blamed for our capitulation in the second half. That responsibility must be shared by the whole team and also the manager, whose pledge that things would change for the better once he was back in the ground proved woefully mistaken.

While we aren't going down, the fact is that if things don't improve before the end of the season (starting with the visit of Moyes' rabble on Saturday) then there are going to be a lot of people in need of new employment, starting with the Silver Fox.

Other reports: BBC, Guardian

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