Southampton slipped to a late defeat away to Stoke City on Saturday, adding pressure to manager Mauricio Pellegrino after a fairly poor start to the English Premier League season.
Peter Crouch was the hero for the Potters, scoring in the 85th minute with the score tied at 1-1. The 2-1 scoreline means that Saints have amassed just eight points from the first 21 available to them, winning just twice since the start of the season.
Southampton fans are now growing frustrated with Pellegrino for perceived tactical errors and team selection problems, some even suggesting he is being too stubborn in not changing his ways.
Of course it’s far too early to entertain thoughts about his future as manager but worries are certainly starting to creep into Saints’ fan’s thinking, especially when taking a long-term view.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on their progress so far and the defeat to Stoke…
I like Pellegrino but he is being stubborn with his tactics, we need two up front to have more of a attacking threat #SaintsFC
— Scott Vidler (@TheDancingBug) September 30, 2017
Appreciate new managers need time but Pellegrino's recent team selections/tactics have been nothing short of bizarre. #saintsfc
— Luke Osman (@LukeOsmanRS) September 30, 2017
Is Pellegrino being told he has to play Redmond under any circumstances..? #SaintsFC
— Harry Stokes (@HarryStokes_93) September 30, 2017
However, Pellegrino needs to start showing the tactical flexibility he did @ Alaves to get the best out of what we have. 2 up top? #saintsfc
— Jack Lambden (@_JackL_) September 30, 2017
As much as I hate to say it, the pressure will start to build now on Pellegrino. He needs to show why he's here. #saintsfc
— The Archers Road End (@ArchersRoadEnd) September 30, 2017
I normally try and have faith in the manager, but Pellegrino is quickly losing my support. Absolute shit all over the pitch. #saintsfc
— Matt Hickson (@matthicksonsfc) September 30, 2017
Pellegrino has the internarional break now to get his players to buy into whatever he's trying to achieve. Need to improve #SaintsFC
— Southampton Nil (@Puel_Out) September 30, 2017
Pellegrino won’t take us any further than puel did, everyone knows that but some fans wont admit it. #Saintsfc
— jeremy giles (@jezgiles) September 30, 2017
Serious decline this season. October matches will make or break Pellegrino. #saintsfc
— Chris Wragg (@chriswragg) September 30, 2017
If changes aren't made next game (Gab/Austin & Boufal in, a more attacking formation etc.) Pellegrino is going to lose the fans #saintsfc
— Arthur Fane (@ArthurFane) September 30, 2017