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Saints Upset The Media's Headliners

We all know that the media is all about the teams at the top of the table and us smaller clubs are only there to make up the numbers.

Saturday at St Mary's Manchester City were totally out fought, and out played by Southampton and what do the media have to say about it?

Man City gift Saints three points. City give United the title. City this City that. City toss away three points. City are poor. Nobody seemed to have watched the same game as us at the ground had seen.

Southampton had three soft looking goals but why were they looking like that? Because the team from the keeper to the strikers out fought City. They hustled and harried them giving them no time.

Saints had played in a similar vein in their last three matches but had been unable to play like it for the full 90 minutes and because of that failed to gain a much needed win.

Against City it was different. Saints were able to keep the pressing game going throughout, and also played some good football when the opportunity arose. Though this was likely made possible by City not fighting as hard.

Where we may have been lucky was in City's lack of their regular centre back pairing through injury. The simple fact though is that Saints took advantage of that even though three of our main players were missing as well.

Luke Shaw and Jose Fonte at the back and Gaston Ramirez were out through injury. Their replacements though all stepped up to the plate unlike the City replacements.

Steve Davis, Jack Cork and Morgan Schneiderlin were absolutely fantastic as they broke the City machine into little broken parts. City didn't have the means to escape the stranglehold, and something that the media kindly forgot to mention:

Two valid penalty shouts were turned down when it could be seen clearly that both were genuine calls and should have been given.

Stan Collymore called it when he said that we were superb and fully deserved the win. He also agreed that we should have had a penalty.

Just once it would be nice to see the facts given as they were. Saints outfought a City team that didn't have enough fight in them.

I would like to add that this is my opinion and has nothing at all to do with the opinions held by the Vital Network.

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Writer: SFC Forever Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 10 2013

Time: 11:28PM

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Facts from the red haven't had enough coffee today have you!
vital saint
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10/02/2013 23:34:00

That is only because I don't make coffee. I hate the smell of it. :(
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10/02/2013 23:46:00

This is true I always have to make my own. As for the media it does irk you when people fail to give an accurate account.
SFC Forever
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11/02/2013 00:29:00

Don't give a toss about the media. All they see are the top 5 or 6.
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11/02/2013 00:58:00

I think you've got the wrong Manchester there SFC, media darlings? You mean to tell us that 'mercenary', 'moneybags' that are 'ruining football' are terms of endearment? Quite the opposite, they are revelling in the fact that their darlings are going to reclaim the title. Well done on the win btw, fantastic performance from the Saints.
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11/02/2013 07:18:00

Media darlings? LOL! You should try reading even a sand-grain's worth of the mountain of bulls5hit that is written about us and then perhaps rethink the phrase "Media darlings". And FWIW, just as with the bookies, the media expected a team in second place to beat a team that has been in a relegation struggle all season. No media bias or favouritism, hope you enjoy upsetting the form books, but if you want to become "Media Darlings" (Sic) then perhaps you should try moving nearer the top of the table eh? Well played, hope you stay up, but kindly don't let this victory go to your heads.
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11/02/2013 09:13:00

Please don't believe everything you read in the papers especially the red-tops. As my fellow Blues have pointed out the vast majority of coverage that we have seen in recent years has rarely seemed favourable. I congratulated your team on their win on Saturday evening and I stand by it - you outplayed City and deserve credit but take personal pleasure in what your players and manager have achieved, move on to the next challenge and take this **** with a large piece of salt. This is just actually just the media reveling in the fact that City dropped the ball this year and jockeying for position to lick the Red Nosed Knight's Arse. Trust us. THEY are the media's darlings.
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11/02/2013 09:48:00

I can only echo what my fellow Blues have written above. I'll also add my own congratulations on your deserved victory. Good luck for the rest of the season.
Colin Is The King
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11/02/2013 10:37:00

When the last TV package was agreed with the lower leagues our chairman fought against it with everything he had. Like him I simply want a fairer sharing of the loot. As things stand though all we can hope for is more tv coverage and to get that we have to climb the table. Our chairman has said before that we would get back into the top league and then become one of the teams regularly trying to get into Europe. He gets slated for his way of doing things but mostly all he does has been for the better of the club. As for you not being media darlings I disagree. Yes the media takes great pleasure in taking pot shots at you but some of that is because of the vast amounts you have spent. Like Chelsea you are an open target and as they are finding out the media will take every opportunity to pour scorn. The difference is that you all get plenty of live tv coverage. Because of where you are in the league you are a regular item on the box. As for jumping the gun that I will not do. We beat a weakened team that had a worse defence on the day than we had. We fought harder and knocked your team out of it's stride. No way do I believe that that would happen again if we met when you are at full strength. Though I would expect us to give you a good game. As we climb(god willing) we will find that life gets a lot harder. The extra games plus more players getting call-ups for international squads will stretch stretch our reresources.
SFC Forever
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11/02/2013 10:41:00

I wish SFC, the fact is that we are not the medias darling, but we did gift you three goals, but no matter how well you played us off the park, you were never going to get the credit for this in the papers. We have suffered headlines like this for decades under the shadow of the team from just outside Manchester. The media have been up Taggarts arse for years and had it been United on the end of a thrashing, the headlines would have read Taggart blames colour of shirts ! Again!! At east Mancini did do that.
Buzz Lightyear
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11/02/2013 10:42:00

I wish SFC, the fact is that we are not the medias darling, but we did gift you three goals, but no matter how well you played us off the park, you were never going to get the credit for this in the papers. We have suffered headlines like this for decades under the shadow of the team from just outside Manchester. The media have been up Taggarts arse for years and had it been United on the end of a thrashing, the headlines would have read Taggart blames colour of shirts ! Again!! At least Mancini did do that.
Buzz Lightyear
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11/02/2013 10:43:00

Yes we got lucky with our goals but we did force the errors. Though to be fair Hart surprised me with the way he conceded the second. On your site one of you suggested he needed to have an enforced break which might be a good idea. One thing that I have noticed from our team is how much more solid we have looked once Boruc regained full fitness and form. We still look open at times to counters but have improved. The big question now is whether we can keep picking up points by playing this pressing game.
SFC Forever
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11/02/2013 12:16:00


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