The pressure is heaping on Mauricio Pellegrino, after Saints suffered a home defeat against Sean Dyche’s Burnley thanks to a Sam Vokes header.
Mauricio Pellegrino made two changes to the side that drew against Brighton. James Ward-Prowse and Wesley Hoedt made way for Nathan Redmond and Maya Yoshida respectively.
Sean Dyche made one change to the side that beat Newcastle the previous week. Chris Wood made his return from injury, and Ashley Barnes was the one taken out.
It has been same old, same old for Southampton this season, dominating possession, but unable to finish the few chances created. The first chance fell to Sofiane Boufal after 30 minutes. A cross from the right hand side of the pitch was headed into the air by Burnley defender James Tarkowski and the ball fell to Boufal who was left unmarked. His near-post shot was well saved by ‘keeper Nick Pope, who was shortlisted for October Premier League Player of The Month.
Just before half-time, Nathan Redmond went on an adventurous dribble, managing to make his way into the box, before his near-post shot was once again well saved by Pope.
After ten minutes of the second-half, Southampton had another chance, but once again Pope stood between it and the scoreline remained 1-0. Steven Davis’ corner was initially dropped by Pope, and Maya Yoshida produced a well improvised effort which was heading into the back of the net, but Pope was forced into another save.
After a change of approach from Dyche, Burnley were looking more direct and dangerous, bringing on Barnes and Sam Vokes. Ironically, it was Southampton supporter Sam Vokes who put Burnley in front with a typically powerful header into the corner beyond Fraser Forster, who seemed rather slow getting across the goal-line.
After the final whistle, Southampton fans voiced their displeasure, booing the team off the pitch, and who can blame them?
Having been promised fast, attacking and high pressure football by Les Reed at the start of the season, they have seen anything but this. Going into the international break, Saints are in bad form and need to recover as some tough games are coming up, with a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool in the next game.
How much longer will Mauricio Pellegrino last as Saints manager?