A week, as in politics, can prove a long time in football. Just last Thursday night I was being told by a fellow Saints supporter how relegation this season would be the tip of the iceberg, with administration and Conference football soon to follow. An excess of ‘Bowies may well have contributed to the gloomy nature of his analysis, but it is fair to say that many fans felt a similar pessimism after the league defeats with which Saints started the season. However, the last week has seen such negativity blown away by consecutive Saints victories and two displays that have exhibited the “Total Football” Jan Poortvliet promised to bring to St Marys.
Derby 0 – Saints 1 (Lallana)
Saints 2 – Birmingham (Holmes, Lallana) L.C
The narrow win at Pride Park may have come against at poor Derby side, but an accomplished Saints performance saw them dominate from start to finish. The display was lauded in the local press, with even Derby fans applauding passages of Saints passing play. The win was followed by Saints avenging their league defeat to the Blues with a League Cup win on Tuesday night. Tidy goals from Lee Holmes and Adam Lallana fell either side of half time to hand Saints a well-earned victory.
It is important not to get too far ahead of ourselves after just two victories, but it is impossible not to dream of what Saints could achieve this season if they pass themselves to more victories like these. A mid-table finish must still be the aim, but after these two wins, a Dutch Revolution seems not so improbable after all…
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