Burnley’s incredible start to the season continued on Saturday, winning 1-0 away to Southampton in English Premier League action and moving to within touching distance of the top four teams in the table.
Sam Vokes was the hero of the day for the visitors, nodding home just nine minutes from time to secure all three points.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s men have now won just one match in six attempts in the top-flight, with fan pressure growing on the Argentinian and serious questions being asked of his tactics.
At the centre of fans’ frustrations is how he utilises striker Manolo Gabbiadini, many believing that he is not being used correctly as a lone striker.
Supporters were also left fuming when he was substituted off for another striker, rather than pairing him with one, as they chased a win against Burnley at home.
Should Pellegrino utilising a more attacking set-up and show more ambition to get all three points in matches? Or will his more pragmatic style eventually win through?
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Gabbiadini is so isolated! 😒 #saintsfc
— Mark Reeves (@MarkReeves999) November 4, 2017
Pellegrino is 10 times worse than Puel, get rid of him ASAP. 0-0 at home to Burnley and he takes Gabbiadini off. Clueless #saintsfc
— Joe Wilson (@JoeWilson1988) November 4, 2017
Can someone explain that Gabbiadini n Austin swap ?#SaintsFC
— Raul Vaid (@rvaid3) November 4, 2017
#saintsfc take off Gabbiadini and leave on Tadic. So still only 1 up front. What's the point. No ambition or imagination
— St. Klaus (@SaintSouthside) November 4, 2017
— Greg (@g8egd) November 4, 2017
Gabbiadini must be fuming! the amount of times he made runs and the rest of our lot didn't play the ball in to him 😠#saintsfc
— Matt Ashley (@MattAshley1) November 4, 2017
At some point this season MP will wake up and realise Gabbiadini + Austin with Boufal, Redmond, Davis, Lemina in a 442 would work. #saintsfc
— Luke Stevens (@LukeS90) November 4, 2017
Today’s team desperately needed two forwards up front. Why does MP continue to persist with playing Gabbiadini on his own? #saintsfc
— David Austin (@dkaustin87) November 4, 2017
Gabbiadini making all the movement and no one plays him in at any point. I feel sorry for the poor bastard, must be so frustrated #saintsfc
— Dan (@FORZA_SAINTS) November 4, 2017