‘That doesn’t mean my football is dirty!’: Southampton boss Nathan Jones hits back at fans after criticism of team’s style of play… as Saints manager secures second win in his tenure at Crystal Palace
- Southampton boss Nathan Jones has hit back at recent criticism of his side
- During Saints’ FA Cup win over Crystal Palace, the fans were loud in their disapproval
- Supporters chanted ‘Nathan Jones, your football is s***’ during the match
- Jones insisted that was not the case as he celebrated his second win as leader
Southampton boss Nathan Jones hit back at fans’ criticism after his side secured FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace.
Saints booked their place in the next round of the competition after goals from James Ward-Prowse and Adam Armstrong saw them cancel out Odsonne Edouard’s opener.
It was Jones’ second win in charge of the club and, after fans voiced their displeasure with the coach during the game, he said it all in a rather blunt post-match interview.
Southampton boss Nathan Jones has hit out at fans who have branded his style of football ‘s***’
Saints secured a 2-1 win away to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup on Saturday
During the close-fought contest at Selhurst Park, frustrated Saints fans could be heard shouting: ‘Nathan Jones, your football is s***’.
Speaking on his side’s performance, Jones also addressed the chant, as he said: ‘We pressed with aggression and that’s the real pleasing thing because we want to be a real high tempo side.
‘It means sometimes we give the ball away. But that doesn’t mean my football is rude.’
Although Jones secured his second win in charge at the club, he still needs to earn success in the Premier League to help win over the fans.
The Saints have lost all three of their matches since domestic football returned following the World Cup break and have lost six in a row in their top-flight.
Saints fans have voiced their disapproval after a string of poor results in the Premier League
James Ward-Prowse scored Southampton’s first goal to help start their comeback
Jones took charge of Southampton at the start of November after the sacking of Ralph Hassenhuttl following poor results.
The 49-year-old spent two years at Luton Town where he successfully kept the club safe from Championship relegation – a similar task he faced at St Marys.
The Southampton coach will be hoping to get another win in their next encounter, which sees them take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
The Saints will be hoping they can continue their winning form and avoid relegation