Second half performances are becoming painfully predictable
Ralph Hasenhuttl is a fine coach; I suspect even his most ardent critics would accept that Saints tend to set up well in the first half and at their best, play an attractive, intense style of football. Yet for all the praise he rightly deserves for the model he has sought to develop, there are often moments where his shortcomings as a manager are painful apparent.
Several pundits have made sardonic remarks regarding the failure to deal with half time tactical tweaks made by opposition managers. From Norwich through to the likes of Liverpool, Hasenhuttl is slow to react to subtle changes and an unwillingness to either make substitutions early or to implement a plan b.
There is a lot to like about Hasenhuttl; he is personable, loyal and ambitious in terms of his brand of football. Nevertheless, he must sharpen up and become more streetwise, more reactive or else one fears that this season will be even less successful than the last few years.