Just as you thought Southampton’s season couldn’t get any worse, Mark Hughes’ team surrendered three points to Fulham in a match we couldn’t afford to lose.
The Welshman’s future at the club is now in serious jeopardy as Saints look like a relegation waiting to happen. Last season, we slept walked into a relegation scrap, but this year we’re hurtling towards the drop zone with an inability to turn our season around.
The only true positive to take from yesterday’s defeat was the performance by Stuart Armstrong. The Scotland international was at the heart of all that was good from Saints and he took both of his goals expertly.
His first opened the scoring as he calmly chested down an attempted clearance to slot past Sergio Rico; and his second was arguably the pick of the bunch. He latched onto a Cedric back heel to slam the ball into the top corner.
Saints have been crying out for goals from midfield for the past two seasons and after an injury hit start to life at St Mary’s, bagging a brace at Craven Cottage will bring back some much needed confidence as Armstrong tries to cement his name on the team sheet.
Armstrong’s performance yesterday was the only positive to take from our defeat as Saints failed to maintain a lead and adapt to shifts in momentum.
Wesley Hoedt. The Dutchman, once again, proved more of a hinderance than help as his inability to deal with the pace and power of Premier League attackers was there for all to see.
He was caught ball watching for Aleksandar Mitrovic’s first as the Serbia international was unchallenged to head past Alex McCarthy.
Mitrovic’s second and Fulham’s third was inexcusable from Hoedt’s point of view as he gifted possession away on the touchline. As a result, he found himself out of position as Mitrovic volleyed home the winner.
During his Southampton career, he hasn’t shown any signs of leadership and it’s still a mystery how he maintains his place in the side after consistent poor performances.
Following Huddersfield’s 2-0 win away to Wolves, Southampton have slipped into the relegation zone whilst having the least amount of wins to our name.
The defeat yesterday has left us with more questions than answers and with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur up next, our winless run looks set to continue.