Two first half goals from Cucho Hernandez ultimately secured victory for the relegation-threatened visitors, and while Mohammed Elyounoussi halved the deficit on the stroke of half-time, the Saints were unable to complete the comeback on the south coast.
Unsurprisingly given the result, there were some players among Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team who will feel disappointed with their performances today. We’ve pored through the numbers from statistical specialists Sofascore to pick out who were the three poorest performers in a red and white shirt, with the caveat that only those who featured for 45 minutes or more are eligible for classification.
Armando Broja (6.4)
The Albanian came on as a half-time substitute for Will Smallbone but was unable to inspire a Southampton rescue act in the second half.
Broja completed only six passes in his 45 minutes on the pitch, lost four of his five duels, gave the ball away five times and touched the ball only 14 times.
In a particularly alarming indictment of his performance, the 20-year-old striker did not even take one shot throughout his time on the pitch, with his team in need of an equaliser.
Mohammed Salisu (6.2)
The Ghanaian centre-back had a day to forget, his weak backpass inadvertently setting up the opening goal for Hernandez and ultimately proving costly to the Saints.
The 22-year-old’s statistical return from the match was also disappointing. He lost nine of the 15 duels that he contested, gave away possession 19 times, was dribbled past on two occasions and misplaced four of his eight long balls.
Romain Perraud (6.1)
He may have netted a sublime goal in the recent FA Cup win over West Ham, but the Frenchman was well below his best today at St Mary’s.
The 24-year-old came off second best in six of his 12 duels, misplaced 15 of his 43 passes, lost possession 23 times and was also dribbled past on one occasion. He ended the day as Southampton’s lowest-rated player, and Hasenhuttl will no doubt hope for better from him next time out.
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