Stoke City picked up a vital three points at home to Southampton on Saturday, snatching victory with just five minutes remaining thanks to super sub Peter Crouch.
Mame Biram Diouf had opened the scoring for the home side but Saints had looked to have won a point after Maya Yoshida equalised with just 15 minutes remaining.
The defeat means Saints have won just one of their last six matches, with supporters growing increasingly impatient with their poor results and poor performances.
One of their fans’ particular points of contention on Saturday was Mauricio Pellegrini’s insistence on playing Shane Long as a lone striker. The 30-year-old hasn’t netted in English Premier League since February and that lack of goals is costing his team dear, especially when playing on his own leading the line.
Supporters are calling for a change in tactics and personnel in the first-team and took to Twitter to share their thoughts on it all…
All I know is if you're struggling for goals & insist on playing 1 striker, that 1 striker shouldn't be Long. Part of a two maybe. #saintsfc
— Chris Rann (@crstig) October 1, 2017
If I see Long miss another chance for #SaintsFC and chew on his gum with a smile on his face like he's so unlucky the TV might get broken!!
— Tiff Needell (@tiff_tv) September 30, 2017
Can't get my head round why MP thinks we'll score with that front 4. Davis, Tadic, Reds, Long. 1 goal in 10 games at best players.#saintsfc
— Glen de la Cour (@L1minus10) September 30, 2017
The lone striker thing simply isn't working, so to play that tactic with Shane Long as the striker is just suicidal. #saintsfc
— Jake Wade (@J_Wade21) September 30, 2017
All I'm saying on #saintsfc today: Playing 1 up top, when that 1 is Lukaku, Morata, Aguero or Kane works. Not when it's Shane Long.
— Sam Nickerson (@samnickerson) September 30, 2017
I honestly feel that redmond, long and Austin and possibly boufal are surplus to requirements. #saintsfc
— Andrew McDougall (@And_McDougall) September 30, 2017
i mean Shane Long as our only striker for 70 mins? his work rate is undeniable but he just does not score #saintsfc
— Tom (Beans) (@TheTWEJ) September 30, 2017
Gotta start either Austin or Manolo, no excuses not to next game vs Newcastle. Can't play Long up top again, not on his own #SaintsFC
— Saint Harris (@LHarrisSFC) September 30, 2017
Can someone tell me why we got rid of jrod and not long? If you done one you do the other #saintsfc
— ben vincent (@benny_vincent92) September 30, 2017
Can we release Shane Long on a free transfer please? #saintsfc
— Louis Chilman (@louischilman) September 30, 2017
Shane Long ??? #Saintsfc
— CabbageFace (@Cabbage_Face) September 30, 2017