Southampton head into the international break with a 4-1 loss to Chelsea at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon, and after the match their fans were quick to jump on the man they identified as a scapegoat.
Saints have been up against it defensively for a while now, and they certainly didn’t cover themselves in glory against Frank Lampard’s men, who as good as they were, probably still had gears they could go through if they had needed to.
Southampton were behind early on when Tammy Abraham gave the Blues the lead before Mason Mount doubled the advantage. Danny Ings pulled one back for the Hampshire outfit but N’Golo Kante’s deflected effort put the Londoners 3-1 up at the break.
Michy Batshuayi came off the bench in the second-half to rub salt into the Saints’ wounds and make it 4-1 late on, on a thoroughly disappointing afternoon fr the home side.
It all began with the Abraham goal, a strike in which Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn failed to cover himself in glory it has to be said.
He was hesitant to come out to collect a through ball, and by the time the Saints stopper made his mind up to go the England under-21 international had beaten him to the pass, and was presented with a simple lob to open the scoring.
Gunn has been questioned by the Southampton fans a few times recently, after a series of indifferent performances in a position which has been a troublesome one for the St Mary’s Stadium outfit for quite some time.
It would appear that most Saints supporters have seen enough of the former Manchester City goalkeeper though, and want him removed from the side before he does any more damage to their chances of remaining in the top flight.
Here are some of their messages on the subject on social media, which were posted after the contest:
Angus Gunn, back 4 and our midfield is so average at best, shocking level of passion and ambition. Worrying when you clearly have better players on the bench, going to be a bum fight again. #SaintsFC #SouthamptonFC
— GREG (@gregoryjkennedy) October 6, 2019
Every week I say how crap Angus Gunn is and how much better McCarthy is and if the manager can’t see that then he’s a moron #SaintsFC
— James Callen (@jamescallen1) October 6, 2019
Angus Gunn should not even be on the bench next game. One of the worst #saintsfc keepers I have ever seen.
— ً (@HaloDZN) October 6, 2019
There's no fight in the team whatsoever, like towards the end of last season. Needs sorting badly. Angus Gunn keeps making mistakes.#SaintsFC
— Danny Brown (@DannyBr09931589) October 6, 2019
I see Angus Gunn is the new scapegoat.
Both goals could’ve been avoided if our defenders learnt to header the ball.
If Gunn doesn’t come out for the first, Abraham is 1-on-1 anyway.
Convinced that #saintsfc fans will do anything to avoid criticising a defence and manager.
— Rob Adam Evans (@RobAdamEvans) October 6, 2019
I personally don’t get the hype around Angus Gunn either. I think he’s average and has had two absolute howlers recently. One being against Bournemouth and another being against Chelsea.
— Ronan Galloway (@RonanGalloway) October 6, 2019
Angus Gunn is a terrible keeper btw he’s cost so’ton so many points this season
— Isse C-137 (@isse_20) October 6, 2019
I wish Angus Gunn was as half as good as his old man
— Paul H (@PSH555) October 6, 2019
What is the point of having Angus Gunn in goals if he isnt going to do anything?
Wouldn't catch herpes
— Dave-an Lovern (@DavidMcNally69) October 6, 2019