Ralph Hasenhuttl’s reign as Southampton manager got off to a losing start as they were edged out by Cardiff City yesterday.
Hasenhuttl took over from Mark Hughes at Southampton and he got a notion of just how much work he has to do by watching yesterday’s display.
Cardiff were gifted the only goal of the game by an individual error from Jannik Vestergaard.
The 6ft 7in defender has had a slow start to life in England and his mistake proved costly in yesterday’s loss.
The 26-year-old dawdled on the ball and was dispossessed by Callum Paterson, who then showed his strength by knocking Vestergaard to the ground and slotting past Alex McCarthy.
In a tightly fought game, it was the one mistake from the Denmark international which separated the two sides.
The loss leaves the Saints in 19th place, three points off safety as Hasenhuttl takes over.
Southampton fans flocked to social media after the game to vent their frustration at Vestergaard.
Below are some of the things Southampton fans have been saying about their summer signing’s poor showing.
— Tony Murphy (@AnthonyMurf11) December 9, 2018
Vestergaard is the worst CB I’ve seen in a Saints shirt. Hoedt is actually better. The recruitment of Vestergaard, Carrillo, Bouffal and Elyounoussi shows how far we’ve fallen. #SaintsFC
— Peeps (@mikepeeps) December 8, 2018
Who scouted Vestergaard and Hoedt? And more importantly how do you scout them of all players that you could scout for as your big centre half? #saintsfc
— Brady Hampton (@BradyHampton4) December 8, 2018
Never want to see Vestergaard in a Saints shirt again. Terrible terrible player
— Niall O'Shea (@NiallOShea20) December 8, 2018
My god that Vestergaard mistake. Absolute donkey #saintsfc
— Joe Bartlett Ⓥ (@Bartjblett) December 9, 2018
Vestergaard or Ali Dia?#saintsfc
— Ray Bird (@raybird1981) December 9, 2018
just seen the highlights from yesterday – Vestergaard should never play again, he’s twice as bad as Hoedt ? #SaintsFC
— Joe Wilson (@JoeWilson1988) December 9, 2018
It might be an idea to stick Vestergaard up front because he is no good at defending at least we would have a big target man to aim for. (just a thought)#saintsfc
— THE12THMAN (@The12T) December 9, 2018