All To Play For Against Fulham Tonight
Wednesday, 27th Feb 2019 08:25
With just about every result going for Saints on Tuesday evening there is everything to play for when Saints take on Fulham at St Mary's this evening.
Saints fans took a nervous look at the scores on Tuesday evening, all of those directly above them where in action and all had very winnable games.
Cardiff were at home to Everton and a victory for them would have been a massive psychological blow to Saints ahead of tonight's game, Brighton were at the very erratic Leicester City and Newcastle were at home to Burnley.
By 10 pm there were some large sighs of relief in SO postcodes, Cardiff had been beaten 3-0 by the Toffee's to make it 8 goal's conceded and zero points in two home games where they might have expected to get a minimum of 2 points and perhaps 4.
Leicester had beaten Brighton to leave the Seagull's in a position similar to our own a year ago, they are now in freefall and only three points above ourselves going into tonight's game.
Newcastle beat Burnley 2-0 at home which was not a great result for us in that although it keeps Burnley looking over their shoulder Newcastle are now joining them on 30 points and the relegation scrap is now becoming very polarised.
In the final fixture played on the evening Huddersfield surprisingly beat Wolves, but they have a mountain to climb.
So that leaves us knowing that not only will a win against Fulham pull us out of the relegation zone and leave us two points clear but it will draw us level with Brighton, it will need a six goal win to take us above them on goal difference, but it will be a big psychological boost to us over both them and Cardiff City, not to mention that it will leave Fulham with one foot back in the Championship.
But we have to win first, two straight defeats have led to a minor meltdown for some supporters, but lie last year we have to keep our nerve, stay calm and concentrate on the task ahead.
For Fulham this is almost last chance saloon, defeat for them will leave them well adrift from safety needing three wins out of their last 10 games just to get out of the relegation one assuming that no one else picks up a point.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has done a great job at this football club so far, he has taken 15 points from 12 games, that a ratio of 1.25 per game, repeat that ratio in the last 11 and we will be safe.
Those that have knocked him in the past few days should remember that if he had been here from the start of the season with that ratio we would be level with Bournemouth and nowhere near the drop zone.
This probably tells you that the problem is not Ralph Hasenhuttl but the performances under Mark Hughes.
So all to play for tonight, we need to make St Mary's a cauldron tonight and make sure that at the final whistle we have all three points and are out of the relegation zone.
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