With the greatest of respects to Southampton, the club have slightly fallen into obscurity since the glory days of Mauricio Pochettino, and Ronald Koeman.
Mark Hughes is in charge now, and he’s got them playing pretty forgettable football. Having only secured a single league victory, three draws and five defeats so far this season, the side are very much in danger of dropping into the relegation zone. And, at this rate, the league wouldn’t be lost without them.
Unsurprisingly, Saturday’s match-up against Bournemouth proved to be another stale affair.
With no goals to report on, shots are perhaps the only marginally exciting thing to discuss. Southampton managed a total of eight attempts, with four of those being on target – just about edging Bournemouth who only managed a lowly total of two on target out of nine.
There were some positives on show to be fair to Southampton, with midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg picking up the man of match award for his efforts. Defensively they looked pretty solid, too, – something Mark Hughes has attributed to having three of his starting four defenders back at the club during the international break (as per Sky Sports).
Manolo Gabbiandini’s career on the south coast started off so promisingly back in 2017, following his move from Napoli.
Since then, however, his form seems to have been tied to the fate of his employers and scoring goals has become a bit of a rarity in his game. This was to be no different at the weekend. The Italian squandered one of the few good chances in the match which eventually finished 0-0; thus extending the clubs minutes without a goal to 385.
By virtue of failing to convert one of the key chances in the game and subsequently end the club’s baron run in front of goal, Charlie Austin makes the list. After being played through by Hojbjerg, and admittedly doing well very well to shake off an in-form Nathan Ake, Austin fluffed his lines when it really mattered.
He’s making a comeback from injury so we expect his performance yesterday was just a case of shaking off some rust…Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!