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Southampton fans react to Alex McCarthy's display in cup defeat

A number of Southampton fans have taken to Twitter to implore Ralph Hasenhuttl to reinstate Alex McCarthy as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper after his display against Manchester City on Tuesday.

The Saints were handed the toughest task possible as they looked to bounce back from Friday’s defeat against Leicester City. And the fans may have feared the worst the Cityzens took a 2-0 lead inside 38 minutes.

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However, Hasenhuttl’s men were much better in the second-half of their Carabao Cup tie. They lost 3-1, but it appears that many of the supporters were happy enough with what they saw.

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McCarthy was one of the players to come in for the trip to the Etihad Stadium. It was always likely that he would play the cup game. But he would have been forgiven for feeling that he had an opportunity with Angus Gunn picking the ball out of his net nine times on Friday.

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And judging by the fan reaction to his display, McCarthy certainly took his chance. He made good saves from the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Angelino during the first-half. And he could have done little about the three goals, which all came from in and around the six-yard box.

It would be unfair to place too much blame on Gunn for Leicester’s win. He certainly could have done better, but he also produced some good stops.

Nevertheless, plenty of Southampton fans on social media have insisted that Hasenhuttl has to go with McCarthy in the league moving forward.

The 29-year-old was a revelation for much of his previous stint as first-choice. And with Gunn struggling to win his doubters over in recent months, Hasenhuttl would arguably be asking for trouble if he decided to swap them back when Saints return to Manchester City this weekend.

Here is what some of the supporters made of McCarthy’s performance…

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