Benitez – Forget The Stats – Everything Is Different Now

Benitez was told of our poor record at St. Mary’s yesterday, and since the Saints were promoted in 2012 we have lost all our four games there by a cumulative score of  13-1.

The good news is that we scored that one goal when we were there last year.

We have won only once at St. Mary’s Stadium since it opened back in 2001 and that was back in the 2003-2004 season under Sir Bobby Robson, when we won 3-0 with goals from Dyer (2) and Robert.

But the way we have been playing we can win this game if we can get a goal.

The Saints have found it hard o score this season with only 5 goals from their 7 league games.

Rafa Benitez at his press conference

They are 2 points behind Newcastle with 8 points, so that’s decent.

This is what Rafa said yesterday when told about our record at St. Mary’s:

“Sometimes the stats mean nothing,”

“Because you change the players, the managers, you change the environment and the time, so everything is different.”

“You have a bad record, but everything is different, so hopefully the score is different, too.”

“You need to know that it will not change everything.”

That’s a good approach from the manager for the game tomorrow and not doing well in the past can also be a positive for our lads.

It would be excellent if we can win this game tomorrow afternoon.

Howay The Lads!!

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14 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 14, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Rob Lee not fit to lace boots, Keegan the worst thing that ever happened to us, nothing more than a mid table club. Wow, your adulation of Mikey boy really conflicts with your view of the club Jiblets 😮

  • Bambams

    Oct 14, 2017 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Was it not KK who stated Rob Lee was his best ‘ pound for pound ‘ signing. I thought he was pure class and if Merino turns out as good as Rob Lee I will be a very happy supporter.

  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Whether one agrees on Rob Lee vs Merino or not
    (I thought Lee – like Clark and Speed – were good
    hard working English midfielders with very little flair)

    How jail can turn that into me supporting Ashley is
    worryingly obsessive.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 14, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #4

    No matter what we think of how good Merino might turn out to be, to say Rob Lee is not fit to lace his boots is a massive disrespect to one of our greatest ever players, it has way more to do with him speaking out against Mikey than either of their abilities.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 14, 2017 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #5

    See above.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 14, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Was that the Welsh Speed or an English one I don’t know about?

  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry Taff
    Speedo was Welsh

  • Bambams

    Oct 14, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #8


    I never know if it’s ‘craic’ or ‘wind-up’ but I for one thought Rob Lee was one of the finest midfielders we ever had.


    I rated Clarky highly and it was great we had a local lad in the team. For me ‘Lee’ was the best between the two…….


  • beddersmag

    Oct 14, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib bit harsh on rob lee like. Merino played half a dozen games. Promising youngster but hes done nothing yet and miles from dominating games and banging in goals like rob lee did. Full international caps etc. What most folk always miss or just ignore with a silky player like merino is what he doesnt do going backwards. Hes still cost us a few goals this year. Once he adds that to his game, a load of assists and some goals then maybe you can compare him with rob lee. At the moment hes not fit to lace robs boots imo. Potential is just that. Although he does look promising i do agree

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 14, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Jib……. I also thought Rob Lee was a great player for us. Really don’t know where you’re coming from with criticism for him like.

  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #11

    There you go
    A simple differnce of opinion
    No dragging up stuff said in the past
    No mocking abuse of a user name
    Two fans disagreeing about players is all
    Well done sir

  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s time and place I guess
    For me Terry Mac was a much better
    box to box midfielder than Lee
    but he never played in a decent team here
    However at LFC
    5 first division titles
    2 League cups
    4 Charity Shields
    3 European cups etc. etc.

  • beddersmag

    Oct 14, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Just think we just keep merinos feet on the ground as hes done nothing yet. That said, i wouldnt be surprised if he did go on to do more than rob lee. Probably has more natural ability. Could see him getting a move to a big club like barca in few year time if can keep developing

  • beddersmag

    Oct 14, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #14

    In fact i was just watching liverpool game thinking who will they take off us next. Wouldnt surprise me if took him in a year or two


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