Saints In Relegation Fight
If the alarm bells weren't ringing before yesterday's trip to Sheffield, they certainly are now.
With Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday both fighting for their survival and pulling off impressive wins, Saints are now just six point from the drop zone and have been beaten far too easily in our last two games.
Going into this game it appeared the pressure would be on The Blades after their promotion bid has faltered recently with a terrible run of form, they've picked up just a single point in their last four games.
After this alarming performance the pressure is definitely on George Burley's team. Another meek display saw them concede three goals for the second game running; this time with no reply.
United took the lead shortly before half time when Jagielka turned in Armstrong's cross. Worryingly Saints didn't respond positively to going behind. Instead three minutes later, on the stroke of half time, Paul Ifill doubled the home sides lead.
In the second half Saints failed to show the fight they'll require to survive. Former Saint Neil Shipperley sealed victory on 77 minutes.
George Burley's team need to take their eye off next season now and concentrate on rolling their sleeves up to ensure the suffering fans don't have to endure the ultimate nightmare scenario, back-to-back relegations.
In recent months the team started to play good passing football, particularly in the games against Newcastle, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston. Burley's plan for Saints is an exciting one, we all want to finally see a Saints team playing attractive, free flowing, football next season. For now we need to shelve those plans until the summer and start fighting for our lives to stay up.
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