Warm Up

A Walk In The Park

Southampton 2

• Lallana 36′, 54′ 

Barnsley 0


Saturday, 10th March 2012

St.Mary's



Match Report :


Well, first off I'd like to say a hello to the "IBO Massive", very nice to see you all today, strange game but at least we won and West Ham didn't so that was a bonus

This was a really difficult game to watch in the first half, not least because the sun was shining right onto the Itchen Stand where I was sitting, but also because Saints were huffing and puffing and some key players were not really on the pace of the game.

The squad set up in a pretty basic FourFourTwo, moved into a diamond shortly after and bored me rigid with the same setup for most of the game.

More of that later, individuals next.

Player Ratings :

Davis - took what he needed to very comfortably, wasn't threatened at all really except from a couple of set pieces when I've felt he could maybe have done a bit more to come out for a ball from a corner but had really nothing today as Barnsley had no goal threat in them. Distribution was good but 6/10 is the best I can come up with, he was really a sunshine spectator for this game.

Fox - the quite considerable amounts of the first half it was Danny Fox against Barnsley, he had a very good game and showed what we missed with him out of the team. He anticipated well and got forward, challenging their players in their own half and performing very well indeed. 8/10, if it wasn't for the goals of Adam he would have been man of the match.

Fonte - he did okay in the first half but grew into the game, personally speaking I think he has looked a bit dodgy of late and I for one am glad that he grew in confidence and started to show the player he can be. A lot of this was down to the negligible threat that Barnsley posed but nevertheless it's good to get his confidence back. 7/10, did very well although gave me a slight heart attack when he did the tackle that on another day could have ended up with us conceding a penalty needlessly.

Hooiveld - he looked supremely untroubled today and, during one notable moment in the second half, unleashed a thunderbolt that nearly drove the Barnsley goalkeeper into his own net, if he can hit them like that he should do it more often! Very comfortable, very easy and didn't impose himself too much on the game, 6/10, he didn't really need to do much but what he did he did well.

Richardson - frankly, he had a bad day at the office, he grew into the game as Barnsley faded from view but really he was very poor against a poor team and he should have provided much more attacking impetus down the right for us. 5/10, went missing and just looked off the pace, needing a rest?

Lallana - two goals, roaming around at will, along with Danny Fox really the only player that took the game to them for us in the first half and finished well (which is a relief after the last game) twice. 8/10, wasn't required to perform at his very best but it was easy for him and he provided the goals that calmed everything down for us, Man of the Match.

Schneiderlin - another one, anonymous for large parts of the first half and came into it as Barnsley faded away. He was noticeably taking more control and trying to organise the midfield in the first half, I hope this is the sign of him turning into the controlling anchor point that we could use desperately in the Premier league. Quiet by his more than capable standards but not often pressed or hassled, Tchung is crying out for a through ball from this guy, he has to learn to look up earlier and try to hit the runner, we are going to get some breakaway goals if he can figure this one out. 6/10, untroubled but he could have controlled this game from the beginning and he should have.

Hammond - played his usual game, short passes, interrupting the opposition play and generally just sweeping in little circles across the midfield and back. Not really sure we needed him playing today as Barnsley offered nothing that he really was required to break up? I would have started with Cork myself and, indeed, Corky proved to be very capable when he came on but that notwithstanding Hammond just quietly held everything together. 6/10, he needs to attack a bit more, he made some interesting forward runs in this game but they didn't lead anywhere, some of this was due to other players not hitting him on the run, some of it was just him picking the wrong run.

Guly - bad day at the office Brazilian stylee, why he was playing I just don't know, he was decidedly not up for this, even when things went well for him he contrived to ensure nothing actually came of them. One of those days where I just look at the bench and think "why didn't you pick someone else for today's game?". 5/10 and I'm being nice.

Lee - runs around a bit less like a headless chicken now, I have to admit I am developing a distinct fondness for him and I really love the look of the way he wants to make runs although the rest of our team is fannying around and not hitting him when he is through. His Layoff for lallana's second goal was brilliant. 7/10, a shame he didn't bury the chance when Ricky gave him the ball in the area but really well done anyway

Lee - runs around a bit less like a headless chicken now, I have to admit I am developing a distinct fondness for him and I really love the look of the way he wants to make runs although the rest of our team is fannying around and not hitting him when he is through. His Layoff for lallana's second goal was brilliant. 7/10, a shame he didn't bury the chance when Ricky gave him the ball in the area but really well done anyway

Lambert - he doesn't have many of these but it wasn't a good day for Richard today. He did the things he usually does but they didn't really come off and although I was quite surprised when he came off (Adkins usually never substitutes him) it was the right thing to do, he didn't look himself and he could probably do with the rest. 5/10, should've started with a different forward.

Substitutes :

Conolly - busy and made good runs, everybody was a bit disinterested by the time he came on but he could of had a couple if luck had been with him. 6/10, not really any opportunity to make a big impact but good nonetheless.

Cork - I don't obviously know how people train, what injuries they may be carrying etc etc but today was a game when he should have started, it was calling out for his industry and endeavour and I was really glad to see him come on when he did. 7/10, was good and busy when he came on, very industrious and all the things we have been admiring about Chaplow (minus the goals), bit of a mistake to leave him out today I think?

Sharp - looking fitter, again he didn't have much time to influence things but one nice little hassle and steal from a defender in their area could have set something really good up, nice to see the Adkins diet (™ Yateleysaint) is doing its thing for him and I expect him to start quite soon to get his game fitness back again. 6/10, looking trimmer and not quite so cuddly.


Conclusion :

The diamond was boring and had a strange effect on the game against, being charitable, a pretty poor opposition team.

If West Ham are going to start loaning our opposition players they better loan them better ones than Frank Nouble, not exactly troublesome even if he looks the part and completely non-existent in the second half.

I wish I could write something illuminating here but the game was tiresome, not the kind of thing you long to go and see when you haven't been to a live game for a while but ultimately most results went our way today so it feels churlish to complain too much.

An easy win even if for a while there it didn't look like it was going to be easy, today was crying out for a nice fluid 433 but I'm sure others on here will talk about that far more knowledgeably than I can.

Bring on the wall.

*I realise I didn't say much about the second half, I think that's probably because Southampton were so totally in control that I'm not sure I even needed to mention it.

However, just in case anyone was in doubt, and to make this review a bit more positive than it turned out (I didn't mean it to be negative) it should be noted that we were completely dominant and it was very, very easy after the half-time "anti-team talk" obviously given to the Barnsley players.

even playing less than at capacity this was a walkover.


crashhot 10.03.2012


Just a small bit to add to crash's observations.

Firstly it is noticeable that the majority of the Saints crowd do not panic if things are not going quite right, as they were not in the first half yesterday. Yes, there are always those that vocally show their displeasure at one player, or another. It was always thus. No, what is different is that the crowd seems to have faith that the team will get it right.

If this continues, then the remaining home games should be less tense for the team. You only have to look at how the West Ham crowd getting on the players backs is contributing to them dropping points.

The other thing is that having proved conclusively that the team are really not that good to watch when they lump it long, in the second half they switched to the short passing game they were so good at earlier in the season and not only were much better to watch, but Barnsley had trouble even getting near the ball.

Almost a walk in the park. The remaining games will not be that easy.


channonite 11.03.2012

Published 11/03/2012

npower
  • Seasons Past Home Enter description here.
  • Championship Teams Enter description here.

    The Championship Clubs 2011-12

    Click here to go to a page covering all the clubs in The Championship for the 2011-12 season. This includes basic information about each club, including location, stadium capacity, the current manager, how the club fared the previous season and the club website address.
  • Home Games Enter description here.

    Saints Home Games 2011-12

    Click here to go to the section where you can find reports on all the first team matches at St.Mary's during the 2011-12 season. Each page covers the various match statistics, including the Saints team line-up, visiting team lineup and attendance figures, together with a match report
  • Away Games Enter description here.

    Saints Away Games 2011-12

    Click here to go to the section where you can find reports on all the Saints away matches during the 2011-12 season. Each page covers the various match statistics, including the Saints team line-up, home team lineup and attendance figures, together with a match report
  • Form Stats Enter description here.

    End of Season Form Stats

    Click here to go to the page covering Saints and League top scorers, together with the season ending league form for the Championship Promotion 2011-12 Season

Referee : Phillips
Attendance :
24,862

Teams :

Southampton
01 Davis
02 Richardson
06 Fonte
13 Fox
26 Hooiveld
04 Schneiderlin
10 Guly
14 Hammond
20 Lallana (Sharp - 80' )
07 Lambert (Cork - 61' )
19 Lee (Connolly - 65' )

Substitutes
16 Martin
08 Cork
33 De Ridder
11 Sharp
22 Connolly
Barnsley
01 Steele
03 McEveley
06 Foster Booked
14 Wiseman
15 McNulty
05 Doyle
07 Dawson (Digby - 57' )
10 Done (Dagnall - 78' )
17 Cotterill (Rose - 58' )
09 Davies
21 Nouble

Substitutes
12 Preece
33 Digby
13 Dagnall
24 Noble-Lazarus
32 Rose