The rivalry between Southampton and Bournemouth has never been an ‘official’ one, so to speak, but due to the proximity of both coastal areas, one has formed since the Cherries earned promotion to the Premier League.
This weekend will witness a crucial match between the two clubs as Southampton fight to remain in the top division.
As it stands, Mark Hughes’s side are four points from safety with as many games left to play, so a result against Bournemouth at St Mary’s is vital.
Since the new manager replaced Mauricio Pellegrino in March, the club have not picked up a league win having lost three and drawn one.
Things looked brighter in the FA Cup until Sunday when the Saints suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of Chelsea in the semi-finals at Wembley.
Ahead of this weekend’s fixture against Bournemouth, Hughes has issued a rallying cry, which some fans have echoed, while others still feel miserable.
COME ON SAINTS!!!!!!! 🔴⚪️😇
— 𝐘𝐀𝐒𝐌𝐈𝐍 ♥ (@MissYjw1) April 24, 2018
It's a shame we keep hearing similar stuff after every awkward defeat and nothing seems to change.
— AndrewC (@Comptinator) April 24, 2018
🤔 you're players do. Btw, tell them to CHARGE the field when they're first entering. They stroll🚶♂️lije they're walking in a park
— Lisa👸 (@LisaOFScotts) April 24, 2018
Play Long, Austin and Gabbi then and really go for it!
— Ekelund 24 (@Ekelund24) April 24, 2018
Get us over the line? We've a long way from even being able to see the line.
— Painterwrites (@Painterwrites) April 24, 2018
I will believe it when I see it Mark.
— Arthur Goddard (@ArthurGoddard13) April 24, 2018
Um no Hughes,
The supporters have been cheering the club on all this time. It's the PLAYERS need to get us over the line, as we can only do so by scoring goals and not conceding any…
— Dave Harding (@DaveHarding1987) April 24, 2018
But it's no longer down to us. We have to rely on other teams screwing up…
— Matthew Dev 😇 (@MattJBDev) April 24, 2018