Southampton continued their slump in form on Saturday, as they fell to defeat against a travelling Everton side.
They have now lost three on the run and have only won once in the Premier League in their last five.
It marks a continuation of poor form for Ralph Hasenhuttl, who will be starting to worry about his job security. His Saints team now sit in 15th, with every team below them holding a game in hand.
Despite taking the lead through Joe Aribo, a double salvo from the Toffees stunned the home side, and despite late pressure, they could not get past the staunch defending from the visitors.
One man who certainly hindered their attacking play was Sekou Mara, who started in one of the four fluid attacking roles.
The Frenchman was a passenger, and at times it felt like they were a man down. He had just 15 touches – considerably fewer than goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu’s 40 – before understandably being dragged off after 60 minutes.
Should Southampton have won today?
Despite his lack of time on the ball, when he did get it, he seemed to ruin most attacks too. He did not manage a single shot on target and had a miserable pass accuracy of 71%. This was only from his seven attempted passes too.
Hasenhuttl is often a manager who likes his whole side to work hard, and whilst Mara was far from potent up front, had he contributed defensively his poor day at the office could have been excused.
However, he was just as toothless with his defending too, as he lost 75% of his eight duels, ceding possession of the ball four times in the process.
This miserable display culminated in his early withdrawal and a SofaScore rating of 6.8. However, his statistics and all-around display throughout the game suggest that might actually have been kind to the 20-year-old.
Perhaps Hasenhuttl will have to rethink his selection in the future, with particular focus on Mara following his disasterclass.
After taking the lead, they stood a real chance at taking all three points. But a lack of any real cutting edge and a few minutes of madness led them to yet another defeat.