Monday, 28 September 2009

Radio Solent Saints Fans Forum

If you missed it, the BBC have put last week's fans forum online. Trust me, it is a must-hear for Saints fans and Pardew, Kelvin Davies and chief-exec Nicola Cortese give a great insight into what is now going on at St Marys.

Here is the link.

Big beast Jaidi grabs important point

It was a year ago that Gordon Brown announced the return to his Cabinet of political juggernaut and big beast Peter Mandelson. Twelve months on Saints were thankful to be in possession of a big beast themselves as new centre-half Rahdi Jaidi popped up in stoppage time to grab a late point and ensure the side's unbeaten run continues.

Carlisle 1 - Saints 1

How refreshing for Saints to be on the right end of a late goal. Important too, as Saturday's was the sort of long away trip from which it is so important Saints pick up points this season. If we can continue to do so, while winning our home games, it will not be long before we start moving up this league. After being unfortunate to go a goal down on 69 minutes, the side responded well to continue putting pressure on the northerners and were rewarded with Jaidi's header. The football may not be pretty, but, unbeaten in six, confidence is building and the Pardew Project looks like it is moving up a gear.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

At last - we've won a game!

What a difference three points can make. It may not have been a classic performance, but penalties either side of half time secured Saints their first win of the season at St Mary's yesterday, at last providing points-starved fans with something to smile about.

Saints 2 - Yeovil 0

We may remain anchored to the foot of League One, but the win should imbue Pardew's side with that most treasured asset, confidence, and enable them to carry on winning after a glut of draws. It was not pretty - League One rarely is - but the importance of this result lies in the fact Saints won without playing particularly well against a highly average Yeovil team.

Now unbeaten in five, just won more win will take Saints into positive points for the season. It still promises to be a long, hard slog but it could be worse - Tranmere fans have John Barnes as manager, after all.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Saints draw heart from signings

Back from the subcontinent to a mixed bag of Saints news. Two games on, and our points penalty has not been cut in half, but the point away at Charlton was a good one and we have made a couple of very encouraging signings to boot.

Saints 1 - Colchester 1
Charlton 1 - Saints 1

Draws remain the order of the day this season then, although Pardew is confident the wins will start coming soon. Such a view is strengthened by the additions made to the squad of Fiorentina striker Papa Waigo N'Diaye and chunky centre-half Rahdi Jaidi, whose work permit clearance finally came through. Following the signing of Neal Trotman, Jaidi should add more height and strength to our back line, as well as striking fear into opposition offences - Jaidi and Trotman are two brick wall collussuses you most certainly would not want to meet in a dark alleyway. The season long loan signing of Senegal forward N'Diaye is also exciting and he should add pace and running to a somewhat immobile frontline. He has the goal celebrations of Kenwyne Jones, too.

All things considered an encouraging fortnight, but Saints remain rooted to the foot of the League and that first win cannot come fast enough. Yeovil on Saturday should provide the ideal chance.

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