Southampton climbed out of the English Premier League relegation zone on Saturday with a huge point away to Burnley at Turf Moor.
Finding themselves one goal down heading into the final moments of the match, substitute Manolo Gabbiadini popped up to lash home and rescue a draw that could prove pivotal in Saints’ fight against relegation.
It could have easily been another frustrating day for supporters but they can find solace in the late equaliser, which could be a moment to build on for Mauricio Pellegrino and his squad.
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Fans were delighted with the performance of substitute Josh Sims, who changed the game when he was introduced in the 68th minute. He went close to scoring and was only denied by a wonder save from Nick Pope, showing the kind of intent that Saints had lacked up to that point.
They’re now calling on Sims to get a start in next week’s huge relegation six-pointer at home to Stoke, believing he has the attitude and skill to help their team pick up a vital league victory.
Will Pellegrino trust him to start?
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
I’ll say it again and especially after his 15 minute cameo today, I would love to see Sims get a start against Stoke next week. His willingness and desire to run at defenders and create something is exactly what we need. Him on the wing and Gabba with Carrillo🤞🏼#SaintsFC
— Carl Steadman (@CarlSteadman) February 24, 2018
I don’t care if he was only on the pitch for 25 minutes; Sims is my MOTM for #saintsFC today
Up until he entered the pitch, we didn’t have a chance of mounting a comeback.
— Fresh Saints (@FreshSaints) February 24, 2018
Sims injected a spark and urgency into a pedestrian #saintsfc side today. I have no doubt Hesketh would do the same. We need players who are desperate to wear the shirt. Start him against Stoke
— Arthur Fane (@ArthurFane) February 24, 2018
An important point and lovely finish from Gabbiadini to earn it. Not the best ive seen #saintsfc play but they showed character! Gabbiadini deserves a chance alongside Carrillo who works hard for team and Josh Sims simply has to start! He was so positive and direct. We miss that https://t.co/mY0gPX9oaw
— David Warner (@DavidWarner23) February 24, 2018
Josh Sims has been one of our brightest sparks in the last few games, but Pellegrino seems scared to start him. Why?
— The Saints Report (@TheSaintsReport) February 24, 2018
Home from #Saintsfc vs Burnley. Dire game. No direction, formation or any intent to attack or score. Josh Sims was a breath of fresh air. The freedom of youth. Guile, industrious and hungry. Gabbi doing what we all know he can. Fraudulant manager will no doubt drop both next week
— Les' Lamborghini (@saintbannerman) February 24, 2018
Sims our best player and was only on for 15 mins. So direct and always a threat with his pace. Crazy how with him and 2 strikers on the pitch we managed to score. Funny that. Onto Stoke, which is the definition of a 6 pointer. #saintsfc
— Home & Away Saint (@Saintmike_sfc) February 24, 2018
Sims was fantastic when he came on, him and Gabbiadini really deserve more game time! #saintsfc
— ▪Ash▪ (@THE_SA1NTS) February 24, 2018
Josh Sims comes on and is a revelation. Gabbiadini comes on and scores. Pelegrino STILL doesn’t know what his best team is and will probably bench both again next week. Woeful stuff. #saintsfc
— James Hislop (@JJHislop) February 24, 2018
— Glenn Hutt (@glenners) February 24, 2018
Sims is utter class – must play every week! #saintsfc
— Philip Binns (@Binnsphilip) February 24, 2018