Saints Manage to lose at Cardiff
• Miller 56, 63
• De Ridder 90+3
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Cardiff City Stadium
Match Report :
A bitter disappointment. Not a disaster, but still a disappointment, when a win would have put some clear air between ourselves and the chasing pack.
To be honest we still have problems in the team, but I guess that if we did not, then we would be up with the Manchester sides in the Premier League. Both Fonte and Hooiveld made mistakes last night. Fonte and Davis had a misunderstanding which led to the first goal and Hooiveld's clanger directly led to the second. On top of this Davis is looking a bit edgy at the moment. So all is not rosy in the garden at the back.
At the other end of the field Saints were controlled very well by the Cardiff back four. Lallana in particular was made to look less effective than normal. I suspect that the reduction of subs from 7 to 5 is having a detrimental effect on Adkins ability to offer up something different up front. No matter how good Connolly and Lambert may be, you are going to need to change things around at times. Binging on De Ridder is not the entire answer as he is a winger.
The thing I find really disappointing is that we have only got 1 point out of the available 9 from our last three away games.
Still, for all this, if you look at the stats in the sidebar on the right, you will see that we had 55% of the play, 6 attempts on target, 7 off target and yet we only scored one goal. And that was deep into time added on at the end of the match.
As for the match, the first half was largely uneventful, but it burst into life in a ten minute Saints error strewn spell. Lallana had just had an appeal for a penalty turned down, when they scampered up the other end and Miller left Fonte and Davis looking rather silly. No sooner had this happened than Hooiveld was caught sleeping and that was Miller's second.
As in the Burnley game, it was only now that Saints really woke up and when Chaplow came on for Cork, who again looked out of sorts, the team started to look like it meant business. Adkins said after the match that he counted six good chances that were missed and one of those was a miss by the normally reliable Lambert that you would expect him to tuck away 99 times out of 100.
By the time De Ridder scored in something like the 93rd minute, it was way too late. I think I agree with a comment I heard on the radio later that it was our game to lose. Well we did that allright.
Funny thing is, looking back at the last two away games, the same comments have applied to the same players, both good and bad. Still, the time to put things right is only a short time away on Saturday against Watford.
Attendance : 22,502
02 McNaughton (Quinn 67)
06 Gerrard (yellow card)
04 Kiss (Taiwo 84)
20 Mason (Keinan 90+5)
08 Cork (yellow card) (Chaplow 73)
22 Connolly (De Ridder 57)
33 De Ridder