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Sunderland vs. Southampton Match Review


Barclays Premier League
Venue: The Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Attendance: 41, 781
Goals: Tadic 69’ (Pen)

For those of whom asking where my review of the Everton game was I purposely didn’t do it because I was that pissed off about it. First half we were on top of our game, we hit the bar at least three times and were unlucky to enter half time with a draw. Then it all fell apart in the second half ending 6-2 to Everton.

I made a mental note to myself that no matter what, I will review the Southampton game.

Wish I didn’t bother now in all honesty.

I’m looking at the match stats as I write this and it was a one sided affair for the Saints. 65% of the possession, 13 shots at goal with 6 on target. Two of whom were cleared off the line! Sunderland on the other hand had 35% of the possession and a pitiful 9 shots with only 3 on target. Those statistics demonstrate the difference in attacking quality both teams processes; I guess you could also see it as a strong defensive showing from Sunderland. That’s what Allardyce brings to the table. He’s known for organising strong defensive units, not so much on the attacking front so that’s something we should look to build on.

Subbing off Steven Fletcher for Jack Rodwell was a strange one. Fletcher played in their half, on his own I may add, and then gets subbed off? I’m slightly concerned by Big Sam’s tactics and team selections in his first few games.

Already people are pointing the finger at Sam. It’s no good passing the blame to the manager all the time. It’s the players, have our fans now sussed on by now? This squad just isn’t good enough to avoid relegation, and if we somehow do pull it off (again) we’ll still be in the same position next season. Congerton, De Fanti and Short are the ones who should shoulder the blame. It’s been one poor signing after another for too long now. Something’s got to change and it’s got to come from the top.

I felt that we were a whole lot more competitive than last week against Everton, the needless penalty conceded by M’Villa hurts but I do some signs of progression being made by the team.

Looking at our next five fixtures we’ve got Crystal Palace (A), Stoke City (H), Arsenal (A), Watford (H) and Chelsea (A). A tough set of fixtures I know, at least we’ll get something at Chelsea, huh?

Current league position (out of 20):19th
Rif’s man of the match: Jordy Clasie – Southampton: Was instrumental in many of Southampton’s attacks and was constantly in the thick of things throughout the 90 minutes.
Next game: Crystal Palace @ Selhurst Park, London


7 comments on “Sunderland vs. Southampton Match Review

  1. therealstebo95
    November 7, 2015

    This season Southampton show a lot more quality in their game play. For me their best performance was the 3-1 victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. I suggest a mid-table finish for them. In a worst case scenario I say they will finish 8th. Do you think they can contend for a place in the top 4 in the next 5 years? Great post by the way mate. 😉

    • The Rif Files Inc
      November 7, 2015

      A mid table finish isn’t beyond the Saints and a top 8 finish isn’t unrealistic for them I don’t think. As for them being a top four side I’m really unsure unless the owners invest heavily and they can keep hold of Koeman. Then again anything can happen in football, just look at Chelsea in 16th place!

  2. therealstebo95
    November 7, 2015

    Last question, do you think Big Sam is the right man for the job?

    • The Rif Files Inc
      November 7, 2015

      Absolutely, providing we give him time. Even if we were to get relegated I still believe that Big Sam can do a job for us.

      • therealstebo95
        November 7, 2015

        Interesting how you’ve raised the point of time which is something that most top flight clubs are forgetting. What you’re saying is what Sir Alex said in one interview that a great manager has to be given time even in turbulent situations because every great manager finds wiggle room in every problem he faces. I know you’re not a Chelsea fan but what is your opinion on the Mourinho issue? Do you think he should get fired or can he see Chelsea through back to the top?

      • The Rif Files Inc
        November 7, 2015

        It’s a strange situation with Chelsea right now. They’ve basically got the same squad as last season yet they’re battling relegation. I think there’s more than meets the eye at the club right now. As for Mourinho, I like the guy but he’s brought a lot of this negativity upon himself, especially all that carry on with Eva Carneiro. I hope he at least sees the season out (Klopp turned it around at Dortmund last season and they were in a far worse position) but football is a results driven business and it really won’t suprise me if he does get the chop soon.

      • therealstebo95
        November 7, 2015

        Yeah hahahahaha let us also not forget who the owner of Chelsea is. His behaviour is causing him problems like stadium ban. I don’t know if his behaviour is driven by pride but it’s really costing him a lot. It seems like he refuses to accept that he’s in a rut and he’s just lashing out at referees and the press. It’s really interesting to see how Chelsea turn this one around. It would be really sad if they find themselves in the same situation by Christmas.

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