After Wednesday’s embarrassing defeat to Leicester, it’s safe to say that Saints fans weren’t feeling too optimistic about our chances at Stamford Bridge. Despite an improved performance from mid-week the same inevitability’s from Mauricio Pellegrino’s side were apparent, and an improved performance still left Saints picking up no points.
1) Defensive organisation. After looking to have no shape on Wednesday, Saints were certainly more regimented against Chelsea. The goal we conceded was soft from our point of view as Forster should have done better. However, we were hard to breakdown and apart from the goal, Forster was equal to everything thrown at him
2) Possession. We looked to keep the ball much better than in the game against Leicester and the players didn’t look tentative whilst on it.
1) In a match against a side with the quality of Chelsea, if a side is to get anything from it, you need to have some flair a bit of pace and a clinical edge. We showed none of these qualities yesterday. Any half chances you get you need to take and Charlie Austin will be kicking himself after not netting when coming on. Redmond and Boufal didn’t provide the width of pace needed to break on the counter attack and in truth, we looked a bit lost.
2) During the first half, and during most of the season, when playing Gabbiadini as a lone striker, he’s too isolated. He often makes runs in behind the defensive line, but I can’t recall the last time he was picked out. Perhaps it’s our midfield not wanting to take the risk or maybe it’s Gabbiadini himself, but more often than not it almost feels as though we have no attacking outlet.
Huddersfield at home next Saturday is the biggest game of our season, and we must get three points. A relegation fight is our harsh reality with teams below us all starting to find their rhythm after Pellegrino’s time may be up.