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July 28, 2020

Ep. 184- From 0-9 to July 2020, Looking Back and Going Forward with Jake Hughes and Zach Lowy

 

Show Timeline:

  • Intro Music- 0:31

  • Intro- 1:26

  • Jake Hughes- 4:58

  • Zach Lowy- 49:03

  • End Credits- 1:12:41

The 2019/2020 season is finally over. A lot of bad things we never imagined could happen actually happened. Liverpool won the league, we got beat 0-9 at home (in case you missed it) we’re in the middle of a world-wide pandemic, there are continued instances of racial injustice all around, and Total Saints Podcast called it quits. But, there are some positive signs as well. Saints had their best finish to a season in several years, the club look to be addressing issues in the squad already, Bournemouth are relegated, we beat them, P*mpey, and Brighton in their own backyards, took 18 points from the promoted teams over the course of the season and we have RALPH HASENHUTTL as our manager. 

 

To help recap the Sheffield match and discuss the season I’m joined by Jake Hughes of St. Mary’s Musings. It’s always great to chat with Jake, even if he doesn’t like Oriol Romeu as much as some of us do. Then, after that, I’m joined by Zach Lowy to discuss Mohammed Salisu, who is rumored to have already signed but has yet to be announced by the club. I’m truly thankful to both of them for sharing their time, and you for listening. I look forward to speaking with them again, and I hope you enjoy the show!

 

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

July 21, 2020

Ep. 183- Popping Cherries, Bursting Bubbles, with Ben Stroud of Archers Road End

 

Show Timeline:

  • Intro Music- 0:00

  • Intro- 0:53

  • Ben Hernandez-Stroud- 3:51

  • Away Performances- 14:21

  • Lineup vs Bournemouth- 31:12

  • Listener Questions- 54:34

  • End Credits- 1:07:50

Che Adams’ late strike put the nail in a Saints FC shaped nail in Bournemouth’s coffin, but the death blow came just moments earlier when VAR ruled out their late equalizer for offside.

 

Honestly, it wasn’t very pretty. Bournemouth were more direct than THAT overconfident guy in the bar around 1:45 am after 16 drinks. We didn’t really press Bournemouth in their own half, mostly because they sent it upfield as soon as they had it at their feet. Still, Danny Ings managed a goal (we’ll forget the saved penalty), Saints kept a clean sheet, made it 31 points on the road this season (second only to Liverpool), eclipsed Puel’s point total of 46, and have a chance to finish as high as 11th… and all that despite losing 0-9 to Leicester City in October. Can you believe it!

 

Joining me on the show this week to discuss the match and chat about the team and the season is Ben Stroud, author of a few horror stories and the Archers Road End blog, which I love and miss.

 

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

July 14, 2020

Ep. 182- Re:United, and It Feels So Good, with Alex Hart

 Show Timeline:

  • Intro Music- 0:00

  • Intro- 0:53

  • Alex Hart- 5:00

  • Intro to Football- 8:10

  • Everton- 19:28

  • United- 26:31

  • KWP/Williams Incident- 53:08

  • Listener Questions- 1:01:41

  • End Credits- 1:10:14

I wouldn’t say Saints surprised us in the last two matches, and they shouldn’t have surprised Manchester United on Monday night either. The gameplan was, at its core, the same. Press. Force Mistakes. Take Chances. Make them beat you. And, it worked. The hottest team in the Premier League since the Project Re-Start kicked off was forced to drop points for just the second time since football came back. Star players were held in check, pockets were picked, and Saints left with a well-deserved point after taking an early lead and then clawing back a late equalizer.  

Joining me to discuss the match this week is Alex Hart (Twitter @hartgarfunkel), a US-based Saints fan that I met (virtually) after Carl Anka captured our shared love of Saints in THIS article in The Athletic. It was fantastic to get to chat with Alex and get his thoughts on how Saints have been playing in recent weeks, and assess what might happen going forward, in this season’s remaining fixtures and into next season.

Alex has also been a guest on the Total Saints Podcast (Ep. 70 and Ep. 106) where he shared his story of becoming a fan of the club in more detail that we go into here. So if you would like to know more about that side of the story, check out those episodes!

Other than that, enjoy the show and let us know what you think!

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

July 7, 2020

Ep. 181- All Pep’s Men (Couldn’t Take 3 Points From St. Mary’s Again), with Lucy Highnett

Show Timeline:

  • Intro Music- 0:00

  • Intro- 0:53

  • Lucy Highnett- 3:48

  • Che Adams- 25:00

  • Subs and such- 38:50

  • Questions- 45:09

  • End Credits- 1:03:00

Saints managed to do what only *checks notes* 6 other teams had managed this season, beat Manchester City in the Premier League. We aren’t going to go full Bournemouth and start claiming a trophy for winning a football match- we’ll also defer the trophy for most viewed Premier League match- but we should take the time to recognize the victory and realize the impact a win over the defending Champions could have going forward. After all, it was Stuart Armstrong’s pressure that produced the Che Adams chance which, in case you missed it, he put away brilliantly. 

Sure, we sat deeper and deeper as the match went on, and on most other days at least one or two of City’s shots deflect off of a defender and find their way into the net, or a cross finds the head of an attacker at the back post, but not this time. Saints managed to do it at home for only the 14th time in 3 years. And, in case you missed it, Che Adams scored his first Saints goal. It truly was a wonderful day.

To make it even better, Lucy Highnett (@lucyhighnett on Twitter) joins the show. We recorded on the final whistle, which means we’re both on a bit of a high. Hopefully it all makes sense… if you need to put yourself in the mindset before you listen, just watch this short video.

As always, thanks for listening and any feedback you have!

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt