In Ralph We Trust !
Wednesday, 27th Feb 2019 09:18
In Ralph We Trust, a win tonight takes us clear of the relegation zone, this is a season defining game it has to be won and we can do just that !
Results went for Saints last night meaning that a win against Fulham will take us two points clear of Cardiff and drag Brighton into the mix as assuming that we don't win by six we will be level on points with them.
There has been a lot of panic on social media since the defeat at Arsenal but we should remember the job that Ralph Hasenhuttl has done so far has been excellent, yes there have been blips, but he can't just change things around overnight, but in gaining 15 points out of his 12 games in charge he has turned round a season that under Mark Hughes was heading for disaster.
To put that in perspective Hasenhuttl has earned an average of 1.25 points per game during his time in charge, if he replicates that between now and the end of the season and we will be on 37/38 points and that will be enough.
But some have lost a little focus on what Hasenhuttl has been doing, if he had been in charge from the start of this season and gained this ratio then we would now be sitting comfortably in mid table, indeed Leicester after their win last night are 11th on 35 points exactly 1.25 points per game. Eddie Howe at Bournemouth is a fraction over and will be under should the Cherries lose at Arsenal tonight, in fact is we win and they lose then Hasenhuttl's ratio is up to 1.38 and Howe's down to 1.21, this puts it in real perspective given Howe's reputation for what he has done at Bournemouth.
As it stands 1.25 points per game last season would have seen us into 9th place and nudging Everton in 8th in the final table.
At 1.38 per game last term he would have been 8th and nudging Burnley in 7th by barely a point.
So far Ralph Hasenhuttl has done a great job at this football club in very difficult circumstances, we all know things are still far from perfect, but they are still a lot lot better than at any time in the last 18 months and we can see a way forward.
Between now and the rest of the season Ralph Hasenhuttl needs the support of the fans to do the job he was brought here to do, he is on track to do that even after two straight defeats.
This evening's game against Fulham will be a season defining game, by the end of it the last 10 games will be a lot clearer in the direction we are taking, Ralph Hasenhuttl will be there, I hope that he will be joined by those who want the same aims as him both on and off the pitch..
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