View from the opposition - Southampton young woody 19 Feb 2014
Thanks to my mate for answering the questions.
1. How has your season gone so far?
Fantastically well. Started off like a steam train, playing probably the best football I’ve ever seen a Southampton team play in my lifetime. We were top 6 for quite a while at the start of the season, despite some poor results – Lost to Norwich away, Drew at home to WHU and Sunderland. Could have easily been top but we all know it doesn’t work out like that – you win the ones you should and lose the ones you should! Highlight must be winning at Anfield, and scoring in the last few minutes vs Man Utd at Old Trafford – although now that doesn’t seem to be a big thing anymore!
2. Why did your manager play such a bad team at Sunderland? Surely that was your only chance to win a major trophy in years?
I have absolutely no idea, I’m still annoyed about it as are hundreds of other Saints fans. It took an age to get there, and know of some people who left their houses at 3/4am to do it in one day – and the manager didn’t seem interested when he released the team sheets. I have no problem in going to a game and us being outplayed and not being good enough, but I have a huge problem with us not putting in the effort – that’s the club as a whole, not just the players. Definitely a low light of the season, along with Sunderland knocking us out the League Cup as well!
3. How good is this Luke Shaw kid?
Quite incredible – you forget he is still only 18. He’s incredibly strong for a young lad. But he gets down the wing, loves running at players and can get crosses in, and he is a really good defender as well. People are saying £20m is massively overating him – in this market and for the fact he could be Chelsea or Man Utd’s left back for the next 15 years, it’s really not that much at all. If he doesn’t squeeze in this world cup squad (Personally I think he won’t go although with Cole barely playing in the league why should he be chosen over anyone?), then he’ll be in the squad straight after for the next Euros.
4. Would you take Lambert or Carroll to Brazil?
Probably neither. Lambert has been pretty average this season and his legs seem to have gone, and Carroll is just Carroll. If I had to choose, due to bias, it’d be Lambert (Obviously!)
5. How do you think West ham United have got on this season?
Got to say pretty poor really. I know Allardyce bangs on about clean sheets, but clean sheets get you draws, goals get you wins. The piss poor planning of you buying an injured Andy Carroll who had been on the p!ss all summer, and then bringing in two players to deliver to him, Downing and Jarvis, and then not bringing In a striker to start the season baffled me – although I’m sure you all have ranted about this many times.
6. Why do Saints fans seem to have a hate obsession with West Ham United?
Goes back to the promotion season I think – Seemed to be some needle in all games since. Don’t think it’s particularly one way after the things I’ve read from WHU fans to Billy Sharp. There is real hatred for Kevin Nolan though – but that’s standard across Prem fans I thought?
7. Why did you nick the Spurs song – Oh when the spurs go marching in?
Because we obviously want to be them. (Bless them for not having their own song!)
8. What West Ham United player would you have in the Southampton team?
Tough one…probably Reid or maybe Morrison if he could sort out his social life and agent? I’ve not seen anything of the two Italians you brought in so can’t comment on them.
9. What do you like and dislike about West Ham United?
LIKES: Good club, well supported – seem to always have hard fought games against them, although we haven’t done brilliantly against them recently.
DISLIKES: Allardyce, Nolan, jealous of the fact you’re getting a world class stadium for £3 or whatever it is.
10. Why are you not going to Upton Park Saturday?
Cost (£43.50 a ticket? That makes it our most expensive away game this season!), And after trekking all the way to Sunderland I don’t want us to put out another reserve team for us to rest players for the big battle of 8th place.
11. What is your usual dress code for a Southampton game?
Last game: Ralph Lauren long sleeved polo, Fred Perry jumper, Ted Baker jeans, Adidas Gazelles, Barbour jacket.
12. Score prediction for match
Depends what team we put out. If we were to put out our best players, and they play properly like they can do, then I think we’ll get a win. We can’t seem to score at the moment, but we seem to be set up better away from home with Lallana and JRod causing defences all sorts of problem. Only problem is that JRod seems to miss at least 1 sitter per game! I can certainly see it being a bore fest 0-0 and also you to win as you probably need it more – however I think you’re pretty much safe now you have a bit of momentum.