It’s taken me longer than usual to write this review, because not only have I been busy, but it took me a while to get over this defeat.
After a great win in Dortmund in mid week, we travelled to St Mary’s hoping to get out of this awful run of form in the league, having not won in 3 games now, with two losses, and a draw, that we pretty much deserved to lose anyway. But did we? No. And I was, and still am so frustrated with this performance, as I’m sure everyone was.
Our lineup missed Alderweireld and Aurier completely, with Son dropping to the bench. I don’t quite understand why Toby and Serge missed out, tiredness can’t be that much of a factor as they have 3 weeks off after this game, with a couple of international games in between. At least have them on the bench. Son I can see, he has been run into the ground last month or so, and needed a rest.
However, if the game was based on the first half, we would’ve won easily. Absolutely dominated them for start to finish, and fully deserved our half time lead. And if it would’ve been by more, we would’ve won the game by a comfortable margin. The returning Dele Alli looked great for his first game back, and added an extra level of fluidity and creativity in midfield we had been lacking. I hadn’t seen a game this good in a while where we played We hit the post, the crossbar, and were rewarded with just one goal. Which I felt wouldn’t be enough if we couldn’t score again.
But as per usual, we squandered our chances. And for some odd reason we just came out second half as if the game was won. And showed a stunning lack of respect to Southampton, who bearing in mind played fantastic against Man United the game before and were unlucky to have lost. But no, we came out and were awful. Dele looked knackered, which is understandable considering his recent injury. And no one else looked up for it. They came out second half much better and for some reason we didn’t seem to realise that they were obviously going to come out better.
The two goals came from Danny Rose being cocky in the box and letting the ball run through his legs in the box… God knows why, or what he was doing then. But it fell straight to Valery who got the goal to level it up. Did we then want to try and get back in and win the game? No. Southampton continued to press, and got the winning strike from James Ward-Prowse, who scored a wonderful free-kick, similar to his one against the red devils in the previous gameweek. I won’t get into details as to why the freekick was taken 10 yards forwards from where the previous foul was made, because we deserved to lose. And now things look dire… No pun intended.
We are 2 points clear in 3rd, with our next game at Anfield. So I’m preparing for a drop in league positions for the first time in a while. But we deserve it. Our league form has been atrocious as of late, and now it is a real dog fight for top 4. We seem to just be a different team in the premier league as of late, and by that I mean one that is terrible. And it doesn’t get any easier with Liverpool Away being our next fixture. If, and it is a big if, we were to get something out of Anfield, it would be massive. But I can’t see it. I am really worried about our league form, and at this rate we won’t be getting Champions League football in our new stadium.
Speaking of which, the only good news recently is that our new stadium is finally just around the corner. We will play our first game against either Crystal Palace or Brighton in early April, along with our home leg of our Champions League Quarter Final tie. Providing we pass through our two test events, which I wouldn’t see why we wouldn’t. And if anything is going to salvage our top 4 hopes, it has to be our new stadium and our home form. If we hit the ground running, there is no reason why we couldn’t win every home game we have left. These being Brighton, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield, West Ham and Everton. But we need to improve, and quick. Because if we don’t, it’ll be back to Thursday nights.
As always thanks for reading.