Coming in at the stage of the season Mark Hughes has arrived at Southampton was always likely to be something of a baptism of fire.
But even by those elevated expectations, the Welshman’s first two matches have carried an awful lot of pressure.
His maiden match in charge of one of the sides he represented as a player was an opportunity to take them to Wembley and his Saints side duly battled through against an impressive and spirited Wigan Athletic side to book their place in the FA Cup last four, where they will play another of his former sides – Chelsea.
Following that huge clash, he has had two weeks to prepare for a monster relegation clash against West Ham United, who are just one place and two points ahead of the Saints.
A win against the Hammers would see Southampton leapfrog their hosts so Hughes knew his team selection had to be absolutely right and he has recalled Charlie Austin for his first appearance since December.
We’ve taken a closer look at how the Saints fans have reacted to the team news. They seem pleased as punch as Austin takes his place up front alongside Manolo Gabbiadini…
Gabbi and Charlie, can't wait. ?
— Mike (@Notablogger16) March 31, 2018
— charlie (@cpc0mpany) March 31, 2018
Yes!!!! A goal scorer. We’ve missed u Charlie
— Rhys Collins (@rhysc123) March 31, 2018
Good luck Charlie boy
— Ross (@RossAshworth) March 31, 2018
— Chris Ingram (@ChrisIngram96) March 31, 2018
— Tanmay™ (@foreversaint_) March 31, 2018
Gabbi and Charlie – the way forward
— Ricky ©ooper (@Ricalino92) March 31, 2018
This is arguably our best time,with plenty of attacking players. I see nothing but victory for the saints. COYRHS!
— Joseph Tayo (@SaintsTayo) March 31, 2018
— Matt Foreman (@MattForeman1) March 31, 2018
Austin’s back???? pic.twitter.com/nXRBXCxi8G
— brooke buncombe (@BrookeB1810) March 31, 2018
Austin and gabbi ? pic.twitter.com/W03xVqvYHT
— Pete James Vine (@Petevine22) March 31, 2018