Southampton - Ex Saint Fails To Deliver
UK time is: 11:16:30
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Ex Saint Fails To Deliver

Against the USA, Green had his gardening gloves on and his slip was very, very costly.

Against Algeria we were simply very poor and had no spark.

Worst was to come though, Germany 4 England 1 reads like a bed dream but dream it is not.

We were beaten and deserved to lose but can rightfully claim to have been robbed at the same time.

Frank Lampard had scored a great equaliser and the team was looking rampant. Dancing and shouting fans were celebrating until we saw the goalkeeper reach into the back of the net and pull the ball back into the field of play.

Unbelievably we then watched as he punted the ball upfield and the referee waved play on. The roars of delight quickly changed to a cacophany of sound but a far different one. The booing seemed to come from the whole ground as the spectators called out in their thousands.

Today as we read the paper of our choice they mainly call for the head of the manager and castigate the players. The poor under priviledged guys that earn fortunes every single week of the year.

Peter Crouch an exSaints player barely had a chance to shine, yet he is by far and away the most prolific of our current strikers. So why when everything else failed, did he not get a game?

The manager has made many mistakes in some peoples minds. The worst ones to my mind were the inclusion of Ledley King, Barry and Wright-Phillips.

King has been proved a calamity that was waiting to happen. Sadly the man does not have the legs to continue at the highest level.

Wright-Phillips has been pushed aside by Adam Johnson at Manchester City yet is still worth a place in the England team. How that works out is still unclear to me.

Gareth Barry has been badly short of fitness and has been shown up for it over and over again. Though his lack of pace hasn't helped.

The manager has gone on record as saying that he would not take any player that was not fully fit. That, if true, has been proven to be a downright lie.

Back in 1950 the USA beat us 1-0 in the World Cup finals. This loss of two points to them has proved to be just as painful a blow.

The manager has the job of preparing the team for competition. This he has blatantly failed to do. The defence has been non existant from day one.

One of the first priorities in any defence is to protect the centre of the pitch.Our centre halfs were often so far apart that they looked like complete strangers.

We know that there are problems in the middle of our team and they are the same problems that we have had for a few years. Lampard and Gerrard just are not compatible and do not work well together.

The forward line has been missing throughout the tournament. If something is not working change it. Not difficult I would thought, to work out.

Rooney does best on his own we are told. Capello insists on playing 4-4-2. Crouch and Defoe have played together for Spurs and scored a few times.

Obviously Capello does not rate Peter so why take him. Heskey no-goals superstar has a hold over the manager. If not why the hell has he been played so often.

The keeping crisis is only that in my book because the manager has allowed it to become one.

James has not let us down and gives us the same week in week out. Green is very fragile. That leaves us with Hart.

We are told that Capello rates him as our future so why the hell not play him? He will always be a player for the future if he doesn't get a game.

Overall, though I feel the players could and should have done a lot better, my main problem is with the manager.

Almost from the beginning of the tournament we have had rumours and counter rumours that seemingly have come from within the camp of FA England.

I would love to see a new manager take over. I would like, as has been suggested elsewhere, to see a good section of this team to be told thanks and no thanks.

James - Didnt let us down but is past it.
Green - calamity has to go
Hart - has looked composed when used
Carragher - Why was he brought back after his worst season for Liverpool for yearts.
Terry - made far to many mistakes
Upson - caught out of place and for speed too often
King - never fit enough to be on the plane
Watson - may deserve another crack
A Cole - one of the few pluses
Johnson - gave his all and though caught out occasionally well worth keeping.
Warnock - has not really pushed a claim
Gerrard - did what he alays does when played in wrong position
Lampard - poor tournament
Barry - shouldn't have gone
Milner - poor but may have excuse
SWP - wasn't worthy of a place
J Cole - looked as though he was trying to hard
Carrick - not involved really
Lennon - mostly overlooked
Rooney - unfit start and never good
Heskey - proved donkeys don't play football
Defoe - did as well as expected
crouch - never given a chance to shine

Not many pluss's you will see in there. Ashley Cole was probably our best player overall. Rooney and Terry most disappointing.

Now we need to decide whether players such as young Andy Johnson of Man City should get a go. Will Hart become no 1 keeper? Do we keep Capello who we all thought was the bees knees or do we revert to a British manager.

I can even see Pompey and Saints fans forgiving chubbycheeks Redknapp if he did the job well. Though I would love to see Roy Hodgson of Fulham given the job. He seems to fire his troops up and get them going.

So to cap, we were robbed of a goal. That goal might well have sparked the team into performing as we, the fans, wanted. I still have my doubts but will never know.

The stories of unrest mixed with the sorry performances, of what is supposedly the best we have on offer, beggars many questions.

These questions are now being asked vociferously in several areas.

Who do we drop?
Who can replace them?
Is the system so bad in this country?

If you think we deserved to do better or feel that we got what we deserved, let us know.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: SFC Forever Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 28 2010

Time: 5:02PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Many may disagree with the way I have written up the players but I can only say it how I see it. Legod7 thank you for your imput. Please note that it has been amended.
SFC Forever
Report Abuse
28/06/2010 17:05:00

Not many of that squad deserve a good report to be fair. I do feel though that we were carrying too many injured players and as you say this is after being told no injured players would be going. The two backs played well enough but we had no midfield and that left our slow defenders without cover. Parker should have gone i tend to agree. As a saints fan I am used to players playing out of position. Gerrard though is a much better player when played in midfield and should not have been pushed out wide
Report Abuse
28/06/2010 17:11:00

Peter Crouch has made 40 appearances for England. with a good half of those only being minimal as a sub he has still scored 21 goals. So even if he had begun the 40 games he would have an average of better than one goal every two games. Nobody else in the squad can come close to that.
Report Abuse
28/06/2010 19:07:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Southampton Articles

Davis Wants To Close The Gap On City (Friday November 27 2015)

Koeman On Manchester City Test (Friday November 27 2015)

JRod's Surgery A Success (Friday November 27 2015)

Audio - Koeman On Pelle Loss (Friday November 27 2015)

The Southampton Injury Table Updated (Friday November 27 2015)

Match Day Officials v Manchester City (Thursday November 26 2015)

Infographic - Most Fouled....Mané (Wednesday November 25 2015)

Pelle To Miss Manchester City (Monday November 23 2015)

Archived Southampton Articles

List All Vital Saints Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
5. Spurs 13 6 6 1 13 24
6. West Ham 13 6 3 4 4 21
7. Everton 13 5 5 3 8 20
8. Southampton 13 5 5 3 5 20
9. Liverpool 13 5 5 3 2 20
10. Crystal Palace 13 6 1 6 1 19
11. Stoke 13 5 4 4 -1 19

Southampton Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

AFC Bournemouth V Everton Match Preview
» Everton : 28/11/2015 11:00:01
Chelsea - No Smoke without Fire?
» Chelsea : 28/11/2015 10:57:01
United Back in for Brazilian?
» Man Utd : 28/11/2015 10:44:00
Chelsea Keeper Interest Shocker!
» Chelsea : 28/11/2015 10:34:01
Leicester v United - Facts and Figures
» Man Utd : 28/11/2015 10:24:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Stoke MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Stekelenburg 3%
Soares 0%
Fonte 0%
van Dijk 33%
Bertrand 0%
Wanyama 16%
Clasie 16%
Long 0%
S Davis 0%
Tadic 0%
Pelle 0%
Sub - Mane 0%
Sub - Ward-Prowse 16%
Sub - Juanmi 16%