Southampton have had a dismal season full of change and uncertainty.
Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked as manager in March and replaced with Mark Hughes, who had a shaky start to his new role in the Premier League.
The team failed to win five league games on the trot under the former Stoke City boss and today’s clash against coastal rivals Bournemouth had huge importance.
The club headed into the encounter at St Mary’s four points adrift of safety, but they managed to cut the gap to one thanks to a 2-1 victory over the Cherries.
Nerves rang around the stadium when Joshua King cancelled out Dusan Tadic’s opener, but the Southampton star responded in the second half with another goal to help the team take much-needed three points.
The Saints will head into their remaining matches against Everton, Swansea City and Manchester City with confidence, but it seems that midfielder Oriol Romeu was already optimistic, judging by the message posted to social media by teammate Maya Yoshida.
— MAYA YOSHIDA (@MayaYoshida3) April 28, 2018