Fans were left in disbelief as Southampton somehow miss a three-on-one with the Lincoln City keeper and Che Adams fails to score.
The Saints were back in action following a break du to the World Cup, facing their League One opposition in Carabao Cup Fourth Round.
Gavin Bazunu’s goal gave the Imps a surprising lead after just two minutes, but Nathan Jones’ side turned the scoreline around to win the game.
Che Adams netted in the 25th minute to level the scoreline, before going on to put Southampton ahead on 74 minutes, but he could have added another goal late on, for what would had been a hat-trick.
Lincoln attempted to find an equaliser at St Mary’s, throwing people forward, however the ball fell to Adams in stoppage time, with only Carl Rushworth left to beat.
The Scottish international had Stuart Armstrong and Mohamed Elyounoussi up with him, and could easily have squared to either to score.
However, he tried to go it alone, looking for a hat-trick, but while Adams sat Rushworth down three times, he didn’t pull the trigger, and it was his fourth try that he finally attempted a shot at goal, Rushworth producing a save to keep it out.
You could just see how frustrated Armstrong and Elyounoussi were at not being played the ball, feeling he should have been more unselfish.
Southampton also missed an even better chance just two minutes earlier with Lincoln caught out, Elyounoussi ran ahead, squared to Samuel Edozie, only to hit wide. A proper head is hands moment.
— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) December 21, 2022
When asked by the interviewer “Are you gutted about missing that chance?”, Adams replied back, “Yeah I am, I spoke to a couple oft he boys after, I don’t know what was going through my head. I ad a lot of different thoughts, passing it, shooting it, and it should ave been a goal in the end.”
“Mixed feelings,” he added, as per Southampton’s official site. “It should have been way more comfortable than it was. Me and Sam [Edozie] had the chances and we need to be more clinical.
“In the Premier League you don’t get those chances come around often. We got a win today and that was the most important thing. A new manager, back at St Mary’s, we needed to get the win and build back into Brighton in the Premier League on Boxing Day.
“We knew they were going to come and make it hard for us and they did that in the first couple of minutes, but everyone came together and we put a big shift in. As the manager said, they’re going to make it hard for us and we just had to put things right in the second half.”
Reflecting on Nathan Jones’s first five weeks as manager, Adams commented on a positive feeling around the squad.
“Been a breath of fresh air. New ideas, new faces around the training ground but everyone is looking forward to it and the manager has implemented what he wants to do. Everybody could see today, we had bodies in the box and created chances, and it’s just up to us to put the ball in the net and get wins.
“It’s hard to win football games and in the Premier League it’s not easy, so it was important for the manager to get his first win at St Mary’s and for us, we need to build back into the Premier League and we know it’s going to be hard, but we need to get wins sooner rather than later.”
🗣 “I don’t know what was going through my head.”
Che Adams is gutted he didn’t convert a big chance to score his hat-trick for Southampton pic.twitter.com/W0ZZqSW6Hc
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) December 21, 2022
“It’s a positive step.” 💪
Nathan Jones reacts to #SaintsFC‘s progression:
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 20, 2022
“It’s a positive step because we won the game and scored two goals,” reflected Jones. “But there’s certain things we need to get better at. One is defending our box a little bit better, especially early on when we’ve gifted them a goal.
“Then we have to be a bit more clinical when we get those opportunities but in terms of the work rate and in terms of the structure I think a lot of real good things came out.
“We know that we have to be better than that in the Premier League, but I thought there were a lot of positives to come out of that.
“Let’s not forget we’re in the quarter-finals, we’ve won a game. Regardless of the opposition, regardless of the competition, we didn’t need penalties and created enough to win far more comfortably.”
@AriboTheGoat: if you don’t laugh you’ll cry
@OpukemeC: Is this Amateur or Beginner? 😂
@Aidendi016: Used to it by now
@andrewdakan; announcer as che finishes off the chance: “che adams doesn’t miss from there” – my man has not done his homework lol #saintsfc
@SaintRob__: Che Adams is allergic to hattricks.
@willsfc2002: You do just have to laugh though at this point
@oliverrschmidt8: How is this real 😂😭
@LDowcic: Selfish football at its finest
@summa_symonds: oh my fucking god. I didn’t need to see this.
@Saintly1885: Jesus Christ man. What are we?
@bfgfox: Desperate for the hat-trick. Doesn’t look great.
@TotalSaintsPod: Would, however, like to acknowledge the goalkeeper’s mesmerising ‘diving display’…😀
@razor5edge: Sat the keeper down 3 times but the keeper still won.
@MetalHockeyFan: Oh my fucking goodness heavens of all that is mercy…
@brianfoley_: My fucking days
@Bakka_67: Team first, individual glory second.
@philly_1987: That is not a good look!
@lucmac95: Oh god it’s even worse watching it back 😫
That’s like me having sex.
Oh it’s in, oh it’s in.
This is gonna be the best of all time.
No it’s not happening tonight love.
@bgandy: “Hey Siri, show me why we desperately need a new striker” #saintsfc
@saintsleom: it’s even worse at the stadium, che does my head in
@BrittanStuart: That is god damn awful 🤦♂️
@tigerroarcouk: Football is such a simple game when you pass the ball
@Callum_Stark1: You deserve better than that level of selfishness and arrogance. We call them wankers in the midlands 😂 glad you still got through lads.
@owen__ffc: what the fuck
@Manta_Matt: What a nob
@Lee11purdy2: How do these players become pro, fucking awful