In naming that front three, you know where Nuno’s priorities lie – and it isn’t the FA Cup.
A season that has been underwhelming at best was being kept going by dreams of a return to Wembley.
How he can justify resting especially Neto, Jose and Traore is beyond me.
We’re in no danger of going down so why didn’t we prioritise tonight?
We always struggle against teams that press us; for all the technical ability Moutinho and Neves offer, we frankly don’t have a clue what to do with the ball when put under pressure.
Southampton knocked the ball around with effortless ease – pass and move is an alien concept to us.
Throw in the ineffective and limp Vitinha, Gibbs-White and Silva, and you’re not going to see a fat lot of activity in the final third.
As soon as Southampton took the lead we didn’t have a clue how to get back into the match, something a Nuno side has been guilty of too many times in the past.
For a team that has such a good record when taking the lead, Nuno’s philosophy of ‘control’ would be achieved on a far more regular if he let the lads off the leash from minute one.
Bringing Neto, Jose and Adama on was too little, too late, the horse had already bolted to Dunstall Park and won the 6.45.
We were already a few furlongs back by the time of the trio’s introduction; it was a country mile by the time the tie was over. We offered absolutely nothing.
This is completely on Nuno and his team selection. Hoping to stay in the game, throwing on your gun front three and hoping for the best sums up Nuno’s defensive and reactive mindset.