As my first post on N606 I decided to enter the Ring of Fire and give my two pence worth on the Saints current situation. I have lived in the USA for many years and until this year have only been able to follow the Saints via BBC Sports, the old 606 and now this forum. At last we gained promotion and now I can watch the game on Fox Soccer TV from the comfort of my home, they only show the Premier League, so I have had to wait 7 years to watch Saints live. Because I can only watch from TV, I do not get the real feel of all the subtle running off the ball etc, so my perseption will be a little tainted. Against City we played really well but the pace and concentration finally got to us and we lost (wish Fox had just ducked as the ball came over for the 3rd goal). United was much the same but I was stunned with the substitutions and felt that tactically this was the first time I questioned Atkins managerial skills and thought to myself what was he thinking. Felt we should have got a result vs Wigan but their keeper played well and as was becoming a pattern, our defence was suspect on a few occations. The two full backs do attack well, but at times, expecially when we are leading, shutting up shop and parking the bus for the last 20 minutes is not all bad. In the Premier league the Saints has to learn how to earn points anyway we can get them, get the pressure off from the supporters and Press and eventually we can start relaxing, enjoing the experience and beating the Cities and United's. Did not see the Arsenal game so cannot comment other than I was sort of expecting a bad result. So big picture is we have had probably the toughest start any team would want from a Fixture point of view, and all the talk about no team who lost the first three games has avoided relegation cannot be applied here as no other team has had this kind of test. As Atkins has said, and I firmly believe, all the talking about what a tough start we had has to end, we will be judged over the next five games and we need to prove that it was the tough fixtures that caused us to be 0-4 and now we can start making our move up the table. Can someone please tell Kelvin to improve on his distribution as my old heart cannot take it, oh, and by the way, can we please have our stripes back.