Southampton haven’t just had problems when it comes to goalscoring so far in the season of 2018/19, we’ve also had issues at the back with a very leaky defence but having secured a point against Bournemouth last weekend and kept a clean sheet to boot, there have been some reasons for cheer amongst the fan base.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 20, 2018
With manager Mark Hughes unexpectedly bringing in Jack Stephens to partner Wesley Hoedt in the heart of the backline for what was only his third appearances in the top-flight this year – the first two coming way back in August – the 24-year-old was certainly the subject of praise following the fulltime whistle given his efforts on the day.
The point will be valuable as we edged ourselves narrowly away from the relegation zone, but the boost in confidence should be something we can now build on as the season progresses.
He was Excellent today. Welcome back to the team. No surprise the defence looked more solid.
— Dom Mooney (@DomMooney1) October 21, 2018
Great to see @jackstephens_18 back in our first XI again ????????
— Phil Gatrell (@STPJGUK) October 20, 2018
Proved a point today, good job
— Henry Smith (@HenrySmith39) October 20, 2018
— Danny Ford (@SaintDan9) October 20, 2018
very solid performance Jack, well done!????????
— Swiss Saints (@Gion_Swiss) October 20, 2018
Hopefully the last we have seen of Vestegard. Totally immobile and not suited to PL. Stephens deserves his place and can still improve #saintsfc
— Nick H (@HarriSaint80) October 20, 2018
Hojbjerg was sensational today; absolute baller. Stephens and Hoedt (despite what most of us expected) were very good today too. Same old problems in front of goal though – if Ings is having an off day and doesn’t score, then who does? #saintsfc
— Charlie Hawkins (@charliehawk93) October 20, 2018
Just about stayed awake, plus signs is that Hoedt & Stephens looked decent & read the game well. #SaintsFC had the better chances to win the game, I'd like to see more of Armstrong. I'd be surprised to see Lemina before Christmas.
— Andrew (@andrew_saintsfc) October 20, 2018