Southampton started Sunday’s encounter against Chelsea with promise, pressing the Blues well when they found themselves out of possession and creating chances (as noted by the Guardian) in the final third when they found the ball at their feet.
Are Hojbjerg's words starting to sound hollow?
Nathan Redmond saw a testing long-range effort fly narrowly over the bar early on, which had Southampton fans excited that their team would perhaps find some joy against Frank Lampard’s youthful-looking Blues outfit on home soil.
However, Tammy Abraham’s goal in the 17th minute dampened the hosts’ spirits, before Mason Mount’s second just seven minutes later really pegged the Saints back.
Danny Ings did grab one back for the home side on the half-hour mark after some fantastic build-up play from right-back Yan Valery, though it was yet again some calamitous defending which undone Southampton just before the break, when N’Golo Kante’s deflected shot found the back of the net to make it 3-1 to the visitors.
Michy Batshuayi sealed Saints’ fate in the last minute and the contest ended 4-1. Once again, it was a catalogue of defensive errors for Southampton, who have so far conceded 15 Premier League goals this season.
After the match, captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg highlighted the defensive frailties at the club, saying that he felt his team “conceded too easily”.
Here’s how some Saints fans reacted on Twitter..
It’s all words Pierre mate and I’ve had enough! Give me 25 minutes and I’ll produce more
— Brandan Poole (@brandanpoole) October 6, 2019
Talk is cheap Pierre. It’s something you can do very well, but walking the walk seems to be the problem
— Marc Higgins (@MarcTR4) October 6, 2019
PEH was nonexistent today. That midfield 3 offers nothing to me. Don’t protect the defence, don’t track runners, don’t keep possession and don’t support in attack. JWP hid everytime we had the ball. Ralph should sit them down & show them videos of Mason Mounts performance #stale
— Dan Smith (@saintdansmith) October 6, 2019
Prove it on the pitch then😴
— Connor Swain (@connor__swain) October 6, 2019
Heard that for over two seasons now. We’re not good enough and it’s really really starting to show now.
— Luke 👨🏻🦱 (@LukeSandall) October 6, 2019
disgraceful after a game you talk about a situation you were in total control off, zero for effort, if i went to work and performed like that would expect not be in a job Monday morning..
— Hurstyboy (@Sparksinfo) October 6, 2019
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