John McCormick writes With M Salut away it has been left to Malcolm and myself to look after things over the weekend. This was one of the games I was thinking of coming up for but events down here a few days ago meant the trip was a non-starter, and that was before the weather. Nevertheless, I thought this was an attractive fixture so I was surprised at the low crowd. Low by our standards, that is. I get the impression it won’t be bad overall in comparison with some other games this weekend, especially when things like storms, the cost of travel to Manchester for a no-show, our impending Wembley visit etc. are factored in.
Enough of that, the team did enough to keep the 16,000 happy. But what of Gus? how does he feel? Here, in his own words to M Salut, he tells us:
I’m very pleased, Southampton are a very difficult side to play against; it’s very difficult to have the ball, very difficult to have chances.
Normally they are on top and I think overall we were better than them.
Then you need something to happen because we were, in terms of playing, controlling it better than them in the first half but without a shot on target.
They were more dangerous than us and that’s the only thing we tried to address at half time.
What a way to address it, with the goal from Craig Gardner.
Then we had the chances to score again and we missed a few possibilities and decisions, but overall I’m very pleased.
There were players today that have given me a lot to think about for the future and also about the shape of the team and the idea of playing with two strikers.
I thought we were excellent on the ball today. Everybody was brave with their passing and decisions and that was the part that pleased me the most.
The win was the most important part of this week. We want to have a normal week and prepare for Arsenal in a nice way, and of course not winning a game today would have made a bit of a difference.
I’m sure the players will come in on Monday with happy faces.
All the best,
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