A New Year's resolution for Saints

Posted by Chris Rann

I'm not one for New Year's resolutions. I don't see the point -- if you want to change something about yourself then do it ASAP, don't wait for the cutoff point of a new year.

But -- Saints certainly have something to improve upon, and after the Everton game Sunday, it just so happens to be prevalent as we enter a new year.

Don't get me wrong, Saints have had a fantastic year, and sitting in ninth place in the Premier League going into 2014 is entirely acceptable. There is no complaint from me on that front.

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But the 2-1 loss to Everton was reminiscent of those against Villa and Spurs. Saints had all the play, the majority of the possession and looked the most threatening, but got no points.

Taking chances has been Saints' biggest weakness in 2013 and that is something that they will surely be looking to change going into the new year. There has certainly been a hint of unrealistic expectation sneaking into the Saints fanbase after a terrific start to the season. But without doubt, had players been more clinical in front of goal, they might have at least nine more points (which would have them in sixth place). Throw into the mix what effect unfavourable refereeing decisions have had and the sky is the limit.

But now is not the time to be complaining. The last five years have been a period of constant progression for Saints and the last 12 months have been no exception. Who would have thought that Southampton would be a top 10 Premier League team at the start of 2014? If you had suggested it to any Saints fan between the summer of 2005 and winter of 2012, they would have had you committed.

If Saints can continue this level of progression in 2014, then it is still a very exciting time to be Southampton supporter. With Premier League football there will be ups and downs -- even the clubs fighting it out in the top four are rotating positions on a regular basis, which makes this the most interesting league in the world.

Saints take on Chelsea at St Mary's on Wednesday, another massive game involving the cream of world football -- and long may it continue. This is the Premier League and it is where Saints belong. Their squad is ever-improving, and with more investment there is absolutely no reason why the new year is one that sees them break into the top eight or even top six.

Happy New Year, everybody!

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