To say Southampton fans didn’t take Saturday’s defeat well may be an understatement based on what’s emerged on social media over the past 48 hours.
It was a difficult watch from a Saints perspective, with them playing with 10-men for 60 minutes, conceding a penalty, having just 38% of the ball, creating few chances and losing to a late goal from Saint-Maximin, but it was a game they deserved to lose in the end.
That said, it seems they’re struggling to accept the result and the two VAR decisions that went against them on the day.
Here’s some baffling (and laughable!) comments made by home fans after Saturday’s game at St Mary’s:
“Newcastle fans walking up Brittania Rd celebrating like they’d won the Champions League Final!”
“Clearly no pressure and you could see how he (Djenepo) hopped away from putting any pressure on Hayden’s leg. Pressure on ref by surrounding team and plays acting win again!”
“Just watched back the red card. There was absolutely no intention from djenepo to foul the Newcastle player. It was just unfortunate that the Newcastle players leg was in the position that it was. NEVER a red. VAR is not the problem. It’s the way the referees use it. #saintsfc“
“It was a red, although the hand ball and penalty on Boufal was a joke. We don’t get penalties when Spurs are playing basketball in their box but we get punished for a shoulder that no one appeals.”
“The referees need to see past how things look and take everything into consideration. Worst refereeing performance I have ever seen.”
“Unlucky red. The fact that Manquilo avoids one, for an arguably worse offense, and the penalty make me far more angry. Sofiane pulled back on the penalty play – the only reason he appeared to lunge with his arm, to get away from being fouled.”
“How the hell can you celebrate how **** must Saints be because they’re winning away. We had 10 ***** men or did they forget?”
With Djenepo’s challenge a clear red (it may not have been intentional but it could’ve broken Hayden’s leg) and Boufal clearly moving his arm towards the ball, the Saints can have little complaints.
Aside from that, it’s also fair to say we were the better side before and after they went down to 10, with Gayle having enough first half chances to put the game out of sight.