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Bruce Hints At Formation For Southampton

Steve Bruce switched the formation against Burnley last weekend with immediate success. While it didn’t produce a goal, the team were more of a threat launching 21 shots while securing a clean sheet.

Bruce kept the system for West Brom, and the returns were outstanding with Newcastle scoring three goals. The lads switched off a bit after taking a big lead and let in two sloppy goals. However, they still looked comfortable in the formation.

After the successes of the past two matches, we expect Bruce to continue with a similar set-up at Southampton tomorrow. However, it is an away game in the league, so the situation differs slightly from the matches this past week.

Speaking at his press conference this morning, Bruce has given every indication that the 4-2-3-1 system will be the way forward for the squad.

The Chronicle have published the following comment from Bruce about his new system:

“The players now they’re comfortable with it and I think that’s vitally important.

“We did a lot of work because they’ve played a certain way for a long time.”

The transition has been a lot smoother than expected, and that is very encouraging. The biggest concern was how the lads would adapt defensively, and so far, they’ve handled the change well.

Bruce also has some decisions to make with his team selection tomorrow, especially in attack. We’d expect both Allan Saint-Maxmin and Miguel Almiron to start.

However, he’ll have to make a tough decision at right wing and striker. Matt Ritchie and Valentino Lazaro are vying it out on the right. Dwight Gayle and Joelinton both played very well at striker in their previous starts at the position.

So it’ll be interesting to see who Bruce goes with tomorrow at St Mary’s.

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16 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 6, 2020 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #1

    If we did manage to get the contract issue sorted for Manquillo , Fernandez and both the Longstaffs got to say fair play to the club no other way to put it! Bruce would deserve credit for that as well if he is pushing to get them signed up! Although I would try sign Darlow to a new deal as well as Woodman and loan him out for one more season although a lot depends on if we keep Dubravka!?

    For me I we really need upgrades in the summer if we are now going to keep with 4231 (which I think we should) then we need Atsu, Carroll, Gayle all replaced by better players and also ones who won’t miss half the season through injury!

    Still unsure on Bentaleb, Rose and Willems mainly due to fitness issues I think we possibly could get better

  • #cans

    Mar 6, 2020 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #2

    We could have gotten better than Ritchie and Shelvey, think that probably means we are definitely not being sold then

  • Jib

    Mar 6, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Ashley will announce the sale straight after Jamaal
    hoists the FA cup at Wembley

  • Anglo Saxon

    Mar 6, 2020 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Munter you sound a bit stroppy this morning, some little f**ker buried your toys in the sandpit.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Mar 6, 2020 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #5

    So jib that’s a NO.

  • kimbo

    Mar 6, 2020 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #6

    We are preparing for the Championship keeping hold of players who will try and help us to get promotion next season.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Mar 6, 2020 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Jib you been to Norwich lately.

    Newcastle student charged over £1,300 after taxi takes him all the way to Norwich

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Mar 6, 2020 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Can someone check my IBS my IBM and my ETC and make sure I’m not a alt of JIB or Munster please.

    I’m so confused.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Mar 6, 2020 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Got a taxi with 3 lads from Liverpool years back after missing the coach and no trains on. £300

  • Anglo Saxon

    Mar 6, 2020 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #10

    No wonder jib can have all these excursions, extortionate.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 6, 2020 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Did that lad who went missing after the WBA game turn up. After the Burnley game there was some lad on the Vengabus kicking off because his mate had been left behind. You can only wait for so long when the lad isn’t even answering his phone. He ended up calling his mate a four eyed c@#% before smacking him and getting off the bus on the outskirts of Burnley somewhere. Twenty minutes later the missing lad rang another pal to say he was on another bus, while we can only presume that the other lad wandered round wondering how the foot he was going to get to Burnley station then home, that’s assuming he had money left as well 😀

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 6, 2020 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #12


    Aye the lad from the WBA game turned up safe and sound.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 6, 2020 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Champion. It’s chaos finding them buses after the game especially when they’ve moved.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 6, 2020 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #15

    OP, if you were an alt of Jib or me, or Billson or a few others you might at least offer something different to the usual opinions on here about

    – How crap Bruce is
    – How much of a dinosaur he is
    – How rafa is one of the top managers in the world
    -How high you want to hang Ashley

    etc etc

    Think we’ve heard it all before, but now , poor me, Rotonda , Lesh, Jail and the mega morons will be after me now!! Noooo !!!

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 6, 2020 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #16


    They are all morons.


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