Southampton moved out of the English Premier League relegation zone with a dramatic victory away to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
After conceding within five minutes, it looked like it might be another long afternoon for Saints supporters, but they produced a superb comeback to go 3-1 up thanks to Mario Lemina, Jack Stephens and James Ward-Prowse, before the Baggies pulled one back midway through the second half.
The 3-2 scoreline means that Mauricio Pellegrino’s side end a huge 12-game winless streak and take huge confidence heading into the final 12 games of the season.
Supporters were overjoyed with the result and the performance of Mario Lemina in particular, who netted the equaliser and produced an all-round midfield display that was the catalyst for the victory.
Fans are now calling on him to get a more regular start than he has been recently, believing he can be the key to keeping them clear of relegation this season.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Just caught sight of Pellegrino's notes from the game:
1. Play Lemina every week
End of notes.#saintsfc
— Mark Chee (@markthesaint7) February 3, 2018
Thank God we didn't sit back and defend and kept going as we were right up till the last minute.
Attack is the best form of defence afterall! Lemina absolute standout! Whole team ?? though!!
— Marc Real (@MarcRReal) February 3, 2018
Fantastic today! Lemina MOTM for me #saintsfc
— myles☁︎ (@RealMyless) February 3, 2018
Lemina man of the match for me, controlled the game well and dominated the midfield. Ward-Prowse again with a solid performance. Our defence however is very worrying. #SaintsFC
— Jonathan Hart (@JHART_SFC) February 3, 2018
Huge huge win, hopefully can be a turning point in our season, Lemina excellent #saintsfc
— Ben Glasspool (@BenGlasspool) February 3, 2018
Yes! Lemina massive impact, most important result for ages #saintsfc
— Jodie (@jodiebubs) February 3, 2018
That's what happens when you play your strongest side and match winners!! Lemina was immense for #saintsfc today.
— Sam Nickerson (@samnickerson) February 3, 2018
Lemina has been superb again today #SaintsFC
— Dean Cook (@DeanCook008) February 3, 2018
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