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Waterloo Sunset

Waterloo Sunset
By Patrick Surlis • Issue #7 • View online
Wallet. Check.
Phone. Yep.
Train tickets. Back pocket.
Match tickets. Front pocket.
Tins. Of course.
You’re at Southampton Central. It’s cup semi-final day. A sea of red & white.
If only, eh.
Maybe a few of you will be able to attend in May…

Our newsletter last week was, ‘The Sweet Escape’.
After 10 defeats from 12 Premier League games, our FA Cup tie at Bournemouth looked like an oasis in the desert.
Only, this time, miraculously, it was real.
And who was leading us through the Sahara? It was Nathan Redmond.
I was as surprised as you.
Nathan picked up a deserved man of the match award after notching a brace and getting an assist (his 2 goals are as many as he has managed in his previous 34 games, by the way, so no getting carried away just yet).
His pass for Djenepo’s opener was top drawer, the timing of the ball absolutely perfect.
And his run and finish for the second was even better. Everything that Saints fans have been imploring him to do this season, he did.
Direct and committing defenders, putting Steve Cook on his arse. Was it Steve Cook?
If there is one thing Bournemouth do really well it’s having teams of absolute no-mark generic players.
Jack Stacey, anyone?

32 competitors, 31 games, only one can be crowned Simulated Cherry of the Year.

Each fixture has a single rule: who sounds more like they should play for AFC Bournemouth?
So Redmond was fantastic. What else can we shout about? (Let us shout, it’s been a while!)
Walker-Peters providing the width down the right. And the trademark CB-to-RB switch causing lots of problems, nearly resulting in the opening goal.
Another real positive was our reaction to disappointment - this time coming via two disallowed goals.
Both came at important points in the match only we didn’t see the usual why always us?mentality.
You know, what we saw at Newcastle, Leeds, and Manchester United, and at home to Aston Villa and Wolves among others.
Instead we saw a we go againattitude from the players.
Trust our quality, trust the system, and play our football with our heads up.
To be fair, it’s easier against Championship opposition…
…hey! No negativity! This is a cup semi-final newsletter ffs.
We’ve questioned the strength of character in the dressing room recently, especially after too many second-half collapses, but there was a real determination on display at the Vitality.
Stuart Armstrong was, well, Stuart Armstrong. Spectacular.
We now go into the international break on a real high. Burnley and West Brom are up next in the league, two massive games that will help shape the relegation battle.
But for now let’s dream…
…we’re on the platform. There’s a buzz. It’s match-day in the Spring.
Destination: Waterloo.
Che without Danny
OWTS contributor Ben Thompson is back with his second column for Game’s Gone…
Ben is a Saints fan who is currently studying at the University of Edinburgh.
He’ll be popping up with Saints-related pieces in our newsletters and you may even hear him on the podcast in the near future.
This week’s topic: Che Adams.
You can follow Ben on Twitter here.
Danny Ings’ contract situation is still up in the air, with Manchester City the latest club to be linked.
Ralph has tried a number of forward partnerships this season, with Tella, Walcott, Redmond and N’Lundulu among the names in that pairing. All have indeed shown some promise, but none of them can match Che’s recent burst (3 in 3).
As the most experienced of the group, Adams feels the burden most in the absence of Ings but so far, he’s stepped up to the plate.
Is he doing better without Danny? It seems so…
The 24-year-old scores almost twice as many goals without Ings in the team than he does with him (0.38 per 90 to 0.20 per 90). Whether this is down to mentality or tactical adjustments, he has shown potential to be the main goal threat, a quality many felt he lacked in the majority of his first season at Saints.
Without Danny, he’s able to play higher up the pitch and to be the focal point of attacks.
He’s central to the team, rather than supplemental.
His call-up to the Scotland squad should not go unnoticed either. Again, he will now be part of a team ready to put him at the figurehead of their attack.
After all, he won’t have to perform like Messi or Ronaldo to eclipse the likes of Oli McBurnie and Leigh Griffiths.
With opportunities to play against lesser opposition at international level and time to play alongside different strikers to support him, there is hope that Adams could well progress from the “ketchup bottle” into a more consistent striker.
It’s a promising development, and a timely one with vital games on the horizon.
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