It was looking like a promising night for Southampton when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored a stunner in the 35th minute before Danny Ings tucked away a penalty just after the hour mark to put his side 2-0 up against Brighton at St. Mary’s.
However, goals from Shane Duffy and Glenn Murray ensured the points were shared with the game ending 2-2, and serious questions must now be asked of Mark Hughes.
While the Welsh coach was able to save Southampton from relegation when he succeeded Mauricio Pellegrino back in March, performances have still been very unconvincing with last night’s being the latest of many.
Ultimately, with the squad they have, the Saints should simply be performing better and not be throwing away 2-0 leads at home against teams like Brighton.
At this moment and for much of the previous campaign, Southampton have struggled with controlling the narrative of games in a way that resembled Stoke City under Hughes before he was sacked from the club.
Should Stoke have removed Hughes from the bet365 dugout earlier, things could have been completely different, and Southampton must now ensure they pull the trigger much quicker than the Championship side did if Hughes’ management of games stays the same.
With the quality they have all over the pitch, the idea of another relegation battle should sound far-fetched, but Hughes’ final few months in charge of Stoke is a possible warning sign.