When Nigel Adkins was fired I wrote a post suggesting it was a risky move and that there was little upside for the board in making the move (link). Earlier today someone posted in the comments asking whether the result Saturday had changed my mind about that. In short – no, one result won’t change that opinion. However if we break down their performance in the four games since Pochettino took over then we see some incredible numbers:
Southampton have been dominant in terms of possession over their last four games, and really quite unlucky to only come away with five points during that span. That’s all the more remarkable considering three of their opponents sit towards the top end of the possession charts, and they outshot those three teams by a combined 48-28. It made me wonder whether maybe they were taking a lot of shots because they were spending a lot of time in these games trailing but that simply isn’t the case:
I’d written back in December that Southampton were a better team than their league position suggested but they hadn’t come close to dominating games like this (in the reverse fixtures v United, City, and Everton they were outshot 55-32). It’s only four games but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.