Southampton rounded off their Premier League campaign with a disappointing 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town on Sunday afternoon, and after the match their fans took to social media to express their opinion on an incident that happened during the contest.
Saints went into the final day of the season with their safety assured and not really playing for anything, other than to send their supporters home for the summer happy and hopefully off the back of a win.
That was not possible in the end despite Southampton taking the lead in the first half, when Nathan Redmond cut inside and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.
The Saints players saw chances come and go at quite a rate, and ultimately they were to pay the price for not being ruthless in the second half, when they were architects of their own downfall.
Angus Gunn dwelt on the ball inside his own penalty box, and in taking too long to make a clearance, he was challenged by Terriers forward Alex Pritchard, who stole the ball from the goalkeeper and rolled it into the back of the net.
That error was to cost Southampton two points and a place in the Premier League table, which could have been worth an extra £2 million or so to them.
Gunn has shown flashes of the quality which lured Mark Hughes into paying around £13.5m for his services earlier in the campaign, but at the same time he has shown a fragile side to his play, which he needs to eradicate if he is to be the Saints’ long-term number one.
Fans were certainly not impressed with his part in the dropping of two points on Sunday, as they showed when commenting on social media after the Southampton season had come to a close.
Here are some of their messages:
To be fair i said Gunn still needed work. His mistake today was costly in the end but he's still a young lad. He'll come good. #SaintsFC
— Jay (@FatalJaay) May 12, 2019
Very unsure about Angus Gunn! Has good games but no great games! Makes a few mistakes but so does every keeper! Cardiff relegated, would be inclined to get hold of Etheridge – excellent keeper shown he's good at this level! Bit of competition maybe? #saintsfc
— J a c k (@JackKnutsen_) May 12, 2019
Disappointing way to finish the season, terrible from Gunn, but positives are there, Redmond JWP and Hojbjerg all improved loads this season, need to get rid of the deadwood, and spend wisely this summer, hope the board help Ralph out as much as they can #saintsfc
— Ben Glasspool (@BenGlasspool) May 12, 2019
Disappointing end to the season, quite a dull and flat game, only highlights were the beautiful Redmond goal and Angus Gunn thinking he was Ederson. All eyes on how we rebuild over summer, the club need to back Ralph and give him what he needs to succeed. #saintsfc
— Jake Wade (@WadoReviews) May 12, 2019
Such a flat end to the season and a missed opportunity to finish a place higher. Gunn's error costing us £2m. Huddersfield well worthy of their point #saintsfc
— Andy Robinson (@saintandy7) May 12, 2019
A Redmond stunner. A Gunn mistake. Very little else. 1-1. The kind of game you wouldn’t hold it against @BBCMOTD skipping & giving the highlight minutes to someone else. Still, #SaintsFC finish 16th & will be back for more @premierleague next season. Onwards & upwards… ⚽️
— Lewis Coombes (@LEWIS_C) May 12, 2019
I still believe Gunn will become a good keeper but he’s not doing himself any favours at the moment. #saintsfc
— Lucy Highnett (@lucyhighnett) May 12, 2019
Angus Gunn 🙈#saintsfc
— 5am Saint (@71psg) May 12, 2019
— Franco (@francosaint17) May 12, 2019