An awful lot of those crosses were poor thanks to Sissoko. He made the angles difficult.
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Wasnt getting battered ? Jesus Christ,did you actually watch the second half ?We weren’t getting fucking battered.
They had the ball but were pretty useless with it. They didn’t commit enough bodies forward. It was a far less nerve wracking second half than I expected.
The boys marshalled it through very well.
Sissoko played well at RB. Ndombele looked good. Jan and Toby looked assured. Winks put in a shift. Lamela was a good choice to come on at 60mins, he did well.
After a rubbish week, having to dig 3pts out was probably the best medicine we could have had (thanks Serge....)
By "staying tight" I meant in the 18 yard box, it's impossible to stay tight to everyone with only 10 men.What that shows is that a) we didn't "stay tight" b) we allowed 24 crosses into our box c) 7 came from our actual right side, inside the 18 yard line, in open play, only 2 from the other side, inside that 18 yard line in open play.
I'm not just blaming Sissoko here, but he was fuckinh lax at closing down - as ever - even the pundits picked up on it on my stream, saying he looked bewildered at times, not knowing where to be - but Eriksen's closing down wasn't good at times either, and generally as a team we just did not get "tight" or keep a tight collective shape, or closed and pressed to stop them getting into positions to put balls into the box.
Southampton were just fucking inept in the box- which is pretty much dogged them for the last 2 years, because they don't play bad football and they do create positions to create chances from in games.
There was virtually no difference between the arse and Southampton games, Arse put 25 crosses in, Southampton 24 - just that against Arse more were from our left than right, against soton much more came in from our right in open play. And Arse have better quality attackers.I thought Sissoko did well - don’t remember him being beat and generally held a good position for a non RB. Compare him to Sanchez against Arse and you’ll see how well he did.
Where I disagree with your comments and stats is that we were pretty comfortable in open play.
They had 3 moments in the second half - the header from corner, the free kick and the cross from their right which Ings just missed.
No real danger from our right.
Allowing crosses in from the flanks - especially deep - seemed to be an acceptable situation for us as we dominated in the air. They have a short attack so any cross in we were big favourites.
Saints were pretty poor on the ball, Romeo is pretty limited so no danger there, and also they constantly had 4-5 players behind the ball despite us only having Harry in an advanced position..... they really didn’t commit enough bodies to put us under pressure.
Great effort from the boys - the perfect game to showcase fight and togetherness after the week we had.
We’ve conceded goals to ManC, Newcastle, Woolwich, Leicester from players crossing, crossing from deep or cutting in.Yeah, they kept on cutting in to cross - which looks dangerous, but normally either goes through to the keeper or out of play.
You are so right, we were extremely lucky yesterday because:We were lucky yesterday that Southampton lack much attacking prowess, and have for a while. Other teams have continually punished us this season, and much of last.
Hugo made 2 excellent saves in the 2nd half to stop certain goals. Excellent shot stopping, just didn't understand how such an experienced GK could have made such an amateur series of mistakes leading to their goal.You are so right, we were extremely lucky yesterday because:
_ We scored while 10 v 11
_ Our defending was calamity
_ Hugo did not save anything
_ All their shots on target were goals scored
By "staying tight" I meant in the 18 yard box, it's impossible to stay tight to everyone with only 10 men.
The point I was making was, if any team attacks more down one side they will inevitably get more crosses from that side in.
Attacks............................Crosses into box.......................% of def. success in stopping attack
Down Left 20...........................10...........................................................50%
Down Right 10..........................8............................................................20%
So although more crosses came in from the left, the defenders were more succesfull in stopping attacks down that side.
Lies, damned lies and statistics.
Southampton are a pretty decent team, make no mistake. To win 2 -0 ( I don't count Lloris' brain fart as a real goal) against them with 10 men is a real achievement. I don't understand the negative posts. Can anyone explain to me what goes through the mind of these people?Southampton are right up there in the chart of 'winning ball back in opposition half' - no surprise that their main tactical focus worked well against us when it does against everyone else as well.