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West Ham United v Southampton
Saturday 20th October 2012
Kick Off 15:00pm
Manager: Nigel Adkins
Chairman: Nicola Cortese
2011/2012 Season: 2nd place in the Championship
After 27 years playing top-flight football the club was relegated to the Championship in 2005, before being relegated further to League One in 2009. After a year playing football in the third tier, the club secured back to back promotions under the new and current management of Nigel Adkins.
The Saints' home ground is the St Mary's Stadium, where the club moved to in 2001 from The Dell. The club has been nicknamed "The Saints" since its inception in 1885 due to its history as a church football team, founded as St Mary's Church of England Young Men's Association (or St Mary's Y.M.A) and has since played in red and white. The club has a long standing rivalry with Portsmouth F.C due to its close proximity and both cities' respective maritime history. Matches between the two sides are known as the South Coast Derby.
The club has won the FA Cup once in 1976, and their highest-ever league finish was second in the First Division in 1983–84. Southampton were relegated from the Premier League on 15 May 2005 ending 27 successive seasons of top division football for the club.
On 8 July 2009 the club was purchased by Swiss businessman Markus Liebherr, who died on 10 August 2010. In September 2010, Nigel Adkins was appointed manager on a three year deal and yielded successive promotions in his first two seasons as manager.
Last Meeting - Championship
Last Meeting - Premiership
Current Form -
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Last edited by Dyer's Leg on Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:00 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Turned around after the disappointment at Swansea and had the Fulham performance - hope to see something similar again.
Gaston Ramirez looks like he'll be out for this game. Sounds as though he's on the sidelines for the next month with a leg injury, which is a blow to Saints.
If you'd have said before the Arse game, you can chose one of the next two games to win, I'd have taken the one against Saints all day long. I never really cared less about them to be honest but reading what some of their fans say and since THAT game last season at the Boleyn, I really want to put them to the sword.
It's a game that if we win, already at this point in the season, it would give us clear daylight between us and them (and the bottom three may I add). With a tough run of games to come, it would be the perfect platform to build on.
I'm a little concerned about the Demel and Vaz injuries, hopefully Demel will be ok but looks like Vaz is out until Christmas. With our thin our squad is, it's a real worry picking up just two or three injuries.
I'm going for a West Ham win in this one, a comfortable 3-1
On a side note, just had a look at their forum to see what they make of this game, one of them said "We were far far better than them last season, but with the dolly up fixtures they have had to start the season their confidence will be higher than ours and that could be important." Far far better than us? Also one of our "dolly up fixtures" was the team they played and couldn't beat today I want to win this game more than anything after reading that!
Makes me hate the deluded fools more!!!
I mean how many prem quality players did they buy in summer? One. And he is out
We got Collins, jussi, benayoun , Diame, Jarvis, Carroll
Then maiga who could be good could not be
End of day that team above would walk over their team alone!
Out injured for this match: Collison, Diarra, Vaz Te.
Available for selection (when previous in doubt): Reid, Demel, O'Brien.
Taylor or Benayoun are more than adequate replacements for Vaz Te so we have nothing to worry about. Let's get back from the international break without another injury and we'll be fine.
Last season in the home game, we were all over them until the pen and the sending off. Even after that we still deserved to win the game. Really hope we beat them, and beat them good.
Also something about that smug Atkins that i can't stand either.
A solid opportunity to draw level with Spurs (playing Chelsea) and WBA (playing Man City) in 6th.
Surely one of our forwards will score against this lot? They're letting in nearly 3 a game on average.
I don't think you can call Taylor or Benayoun a ready made replacement, neither of the same threat on the counter, which was used very effectively again QPR and Arsenal to an extent.
I think more accurately given the way they're going - surely one of our forwards can direct it close enough to the goal for their CBs to kick it into their own net
I would bring Yossi in for Vaz Te but suspect he may go with Taylor (which he did when Vaz Te got injured - though that may have been for a strict focus on crosses as there was vs Arse) and perhaps have Jarvis play right hand side. Would be good to see Maiga get some game time, but AC has to start, maybe as first sub. Tomkins is breathing down Collins neck now, McCartney should also keep his place even in O'Brien is back.
Demel, Collins, Reid, McCartney
Noble, Nolan, Diame
Benayoun, Carroll, Jarvis
Maiga, Cole, Taylor, Tomkins, O'Neill, O'Brien, Henderson
Sort of forget Maiga was brought in as a winger/forward rather than a pure central striker. Anyone have any idea how he was mainly used at Sochaux? Imagine he could fulfill a pretty similar brief to Vaz Te if required
I think Maiga can do upfront and on the wing but I doubt big sam will play him tbh, will be Taylor for Jarvis and that's it I guess. Sounds bad I know but nothing less than a win will satisfy me against this lot sort em out lads!
A winnable fixture.
Remember, we wont have to deal with the likes of Carloza, Walcott, Giroud, and Arteta, who we dealt fairly well with yesterday.
Only changes I would make is Yossi for Vaz Te, and possibly McCartney for O'Brien(my personal preference), but aside from that I would maintain the guts of yesterday's team. Remember, we could have snatched a point of Nolan had been more accurate in the 80th!
This game is important. Not in terms of points but in terms of status and pride. We need to beat them and beat them well to show them that they're just a mickey mouse club from the south coast. Now we are both back in the big time we need to settle the score with them after only getting a single point from them last year and watching them get automatically promoted. Plus their manager is a tw*t and I couldn't stand listening to him talk about beating us on MOTD.
Don't worry, Im sure if we just lob it into the box, their CBs will put it into their net for us.
On a serious note, they will be expecting hoof ball from us, so we should play it down the wing. Was I the only one thinking when watching them play :"Yoshida and Fox look really bad, can't wait to see Jarvis against them". The team should go all out to get Carroll a goal, it would do his confidence a world of good and could set him up to go on a streak.
Southampton are a decent side when they attack, but in the last 20 mins, they just ran out of ideas and hoofed it, if we could survive until this period, we should be able to not concede anymore.
Is it me or does Adkins like taking of his best players with 30 mins to go? (first Man U, then Fulham)
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