Southampton were left to rue missed opportunities following their 2-1 defeat to Liverpool, and it’s safe to say that a glaring chance will have given one player, in particular, some nightmares in the past couple of days…
After coming off the bench and providing his side with a foothold in the game again, Danny Ings was presented with a gilt-edged opportunity with the goal at his mercy.
Yan Valery found him with a pin-point cross, but from just yards out, the striker couldn’t connect with the ball properly and flicked wide against his former side, sending the Reds back to Merseyside with all three points.
Ings got himself on the scoresheet but will be kicking himself after the sitter he missed. These Saints fans weren’t impressed with his bad miss at the weekend…
Twitter: Lacked quality, poor second half performance. Ings has to be taking that chance no excuses. #saintsfc (@jordan323323)
Twitter: Ings missing that chance from 2 yards proves we had our pants pulled down big time. #saintsfc (@we8pompey84)
Twitter: How did Ings miss that! #saintsfc (@alanhenley)
Twitter: If Long missed that Ings chance we’d be calling for his head, me included. Funny how things work #SaintsFC (@LHarrisSFC)
Twitter: Paid dearly for not taking our chances today! Both Ings & Adams missing very good chances. Dreadful 25 minutes in t… https://t.co/AUPBY7gA0A (@mattsamuel1992)
Twitter: Just seen the Ings miss on #motd #saintsfc https://t.co/MjSVvV2tGv (@timjmarshall)
Read Southampton’s verdict
It’s hard to defend Ings after a miss like that. He got himself a much-needed goal as a consequence of intelligent pressing, but he simply has to take the clear-cut chances that fall his way, and he’ll be well aware of that.
Ings looked sharp off the bench and appeared to be a man with a point to prove after Ralph Hasenhuttl dropped him. He will have staked his claim for a starting berth at Brighton next weekend, but that glaring opportunity won’t have done his chances any favours.
You don’t get many sitters against the best teams in the world, and when they fall your way, you simply must take them. Ings didn’t on Saturday. Hopefully, he’ll learn from this and fire home in a crucial match at the Amex…