Southampton advanced to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup as they beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Hawthorns on Saturday, but Saints fans are still struggling to see much progress being made on the pitch under manager Mauricio Pellegrino.
The south coast outfit picked up their first Premier League win since November when they also beat the Baggies in the west Midlands earlier this month – this time by a 3-2 scoreline – to move themselves out of the relegation zone in the top flight.
However, a 2-0 defeat at home to Liverpool plunged them back into the bottom three and increased the pressure on Pellegrino, who is still struggling to win over the St Mary’s faithful despite goals from Wesley Hoedt and Dusan Tadic giving them a victory on Saturday.
Southampton supporters have been speaking about their team’s situation via social media, and while one said “it’s like watching Burnley without the long ball”, another said “I have no idea what Pellegrino is trying to do”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
For as long as Pellegrino stands in the #saintsfc technical area, it really doesn't matter much if the man furthest forward on the pitch has 'Carrillo', 'Austin' or 'Gabbiadini' on his shirt. He is doomed to feed off scraps, isolated from his midfield.
— Lucy Highnett (@lucyhighnett) February 18, 2018
I think I’ve been desensitised to it this season but both mates I watched the game with on Saturday (who haven’t been to too many games this season) commented on it. The one time Saints broke with any purpose they scored the second!
— Pellegrino Out (@mehall78) February 19, 2018
And that is why so many people we speak to won't be renewing STs. It's like watching Burnley without the long ball!
— Lostboysaint (@Lostboysaint) February 19, 2018
Whole-team heatmap from today – could it be any clearer that we need a natural #10? Especially if we persist with 4-2-3-1. This is laughable. pic.twitter.com/pR4PzKUdVZ
— SH (@swhftbl) February 17, 2018
Play 2 strikers on the same pitch at the same time. Crazy revolutionary thinking 😂 gabbiadini in the #10 role would be superb. But we all know that as soon as Long is fit he’ll play. 🙊
— Steve Jones (@fleetsaints) February 17, 2018
What’s starting to work? I’m still absolutely baffled when I watch us because I have no idea what Pellegrino is trying to do, and I think others feel the same. Judging by their body language on the pitch, neither do the players.
— Luke Osman (@LukeOsmanRS) February 19, 2018