Southampton’s worries of relegation from the English Premier League continued on Saturday after labouring to a 0-0 draw at home to Stoke City.
Saints have won just once in the top-flight since the start of December and with results failing to improve, they’re now just one point above the relegation zone with nine matches remaining.
Fans continue to be frustrated by the tactics of Mauricio Pellegrino who, needing his side to show more attacking prowess, again failed to hand a start to Manolo Gabbiadini.
The Italian forward has started just once since the turn of the year and supporters are dying to see him played alongside new signing Guido Carrillo, believing they could form an effective partnership.
With just four goals this season, he hasn’t exactly been banging them in but fans know he can find form in the right system and when playing with confidence.
They took to Twitter to share their desire for him to get more minutes on the pitch in future…
There were 7 goals scored this season in the starting 11 today and there were 7 goals in the subs that came on – 4 were scored by @Mgabbia23.
Why will the manager not change the formation and include Gabbiadini more??. #saintsfc
— The Average Saints Fan (@Blindman1977) March 3, 2018
— Andy Bone (@BoneAndy) March 3, 2018
Very little positive which can be said about today. Sims and Lemina were decent, Carillo worked hard. Lacking cutting edge again but why not start Gabbi off of Carillo. Seems mad to me. Redmond ok in patches but still often reluctant to bomb on and get ball in box #saintsfc
— Saint Alastair (@Saint_Alastair) March 3, 2018
Pretty wild that Gabbi doesn’t get to play up front when the three guys who did today (Carrillo, Sims, Long) have scored us one goal between them this season. #saintsfc
— shirleymush 🌹🔴⚪️ (@shirleymush) March 3, 2018
I thought that Gabbiadini for Tadic was a good call but a little late. Tadic didn’t do anything effective. Why bring on Gabbi to partner Carrillo and then take Carrillo off 10 minutes later? Absolutely baffling and inept! Too late for Long to grow into the game. #SaintsFC
— Nathan Newington (@newington13) March 3, 2018
— Richard Emery (@UrbanWordsmith) March 3, 2018
No urgency and we look unfit. Still sideways football. 1 up top hasn’t worked for the last 2 seasons why are we still persisting. What’s Gabbi got to do to earn his place? Lemina & Romeu were an average pub team midfield. @solentsport #SaintsFC
— Ryan Butterworth (@RJButterworth11) March 3, 2018
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