That Night In Barcelona wrote: Southampton have now only lost 1 of their last 6 games, the good run coinciding with Jack Cork's return to the team and Jos Hooiveld being dropped to the bench (AB2 will be please to note the latter).
Hooiveld looked like a donkey even in the SPL, to be honest. It's one thing not being able to cope with good strikers, it's another to worsen the situation further by giving away loads of unnecessary penalties and scoring own goals.
Two of the relegation places already look preordained. It might be all three soon if Sunderland keep going the way they're going. This is already, by miles the worst streak of O'Neill's managerial career, and he appears to have no real idea how to arrest it.
They've got the two Manchester clubs and Spurs before the end of the year, but the other fixtures -- Reading home, Southampton away -- are much more important.
West Brom looked to be the victim of three bad pieces of refereeing in their game at Arsenal. A blatant dive for the first penalty and a push in the build up to the second plus a good shout for a penalty of their own turned down. Three defeats in a row for the Baggies now.
Fifty league appearances means they have to pay Sunderland six million is what I heard could be a load of bollocks but it does make sense if they plan to off load him in the transfer window.
As for his potential destination QPR they set a record yesterday sixteen games without a win from the start of the season. Wigan also had eight players missing and from what I saw in the highlights they were unlucky not to win.