Hasenhuttl “unbelievably proud” of Southampton’s warriors

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Ralph Hasenhuttl hailed his 10-man Southampton side for digging deep to win away at Leicester City and drag themselves out of the relegation zone. 

Saints were 2-0 up at half time but had Yan Valery sent off in the 45th minute, putting them up against it in the second half. Leicester had 85 percent possession and 19 attempts at goal in the second period, but scored just once as Saints put in a valiant defensive display to secure a huge three points.

Speaking after the game, Hasenhuttl praised the mentality of his players and suggested they rather enjoyed the challenge.

“The second half was getting in the same compact with the defense and to try to defend,” Hasenhuttl said. “This manner and mainly the passion and the mentality was the winner of this game today. I thought we got too early 2-1, so it would be a long time then to get something here. The players enjoyed it. They felt the way we defend it is very difficult for the opponents to score. The longer the game went on, the more stable we were.”

Hasenhuttl also told BBC’s Match of the Day that he is “unbelievably proud” of his players.

“To be manager of this team, it’s a fantastic job,” Hasenhuttl said. “Today they showed their quality. To go 2-0 in the lead at Leicester is not easy and we defended with fantastic commitment.”

This feels like a massive moment in Southampton’s season.

Saints have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team in the Premier League this season but their players stood up to the challenge and were calm despite being pegged back to 2-1 with over 30 minutes remaining. Jan Bednarek, Oriol Romeu, Long, Jannik Vestergaard and Jack Stephens were all impressive as they made sure Hasenhuttl will have a selection dilemma in the weeks to come.

They were without regulars Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Charlie Austin (both suspended), Danny Ings, Michael Obafemi, Mario Lemina, Ryan Bertrand (all injured) and Maya Yoshida (on international duty at the Asian Cup) and had eight players from their famed academy in their 18-man squad. Callum Slattery made his Premier League debut as a sub, while Sam Gallagher played his first minutes of the PL season late on as Hasenhuttl’s squad was stretched to the limit.

No matter who was out there Saints’ players showed they are fighting for their new manager, and Hasenhuttl has now won three of his first seven PL games as Southampton manager. That equals as many victories as Mark Hughes, the man he replaced, managed in 22 matches as Saints boss.

Hasenhuttl has momentum and Southampton now have a favorable run of games with Everton, Crystal Palace and Cardiff City at home, plus a trip to Burnley. The next few weeks are pivotal for their chances of not only staying in the Premier League but pushing themselves into midtable.

Anderson leads West Ham to comeback win at Saints

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  • Southampton led through Redmond
  • Anderson scored twice to win it for Hammers
  • 10 first team players out injured for West Ham
  • Felipe Anderson has scored 7 goals in his last 9 PL games

SOUTHAMPTON — West Ham United fought back to beat Southampton 2-1 at St Mary’s on Thursday, as all three goals arrived in nine wild second half minutes.

Saints took the lead through Nathan Redmond, but Felipe Anderson scored twice in six minutes to turn the game on its head as Manuel Pellegrini‘s men had to deal with 10 first team players out through injury.

With the victory — their fifth in their last six PL games — West Ham move up to ninth place on 27 points, while Saints remain in 16th on 15 points.

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Saints came flying out of the traps with Redmond getting a shot on goal from distance and Ings then wriggling free before firing a shot into the side-netting.

At the other end Felipe Anderson was the main threat as he dribbled past several Saints defenders but then slipped just as he was about to get a shot on goal.

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As the first half wore on West Ham were dominant and they should have been ahead through Lucas Perez. Aaron Cresswell crossed from the left and picked out the Spaniard who was totally unmarked but scuffed his shot into the ground and harmlessly wide. A huge letoff for Southampton.

The Hammers went close again just before the break as Robert Snodgrass whipped a shot just wide, but West Ham couldn’t get the goal their first half dominance deserved.

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In the second half the game sprung into life in dramatic fashion.

First Southampton took the lead after an almighty goalmouth scramble saw both Oriol Romeu and Redmond denied, then Redmond seemed to bundle the ball over the line with his hand but the goal stood as Saints led 1-0.

West Ham then came flying back, with an equalizer just 168 seconds after they went behind. Anderson cut in from the left and smashed home a low shot which beat Alex McCarthy at his near post. 1-1.

Lukasz Fabianski then made a superb stop to deny Stuart Armstrong as Saints pushed to retake the lead, but moments later the Hammers were ahead.

A Southampton corner was blocked by the Hammers and they raced into a counter led by Michail Antonio. He fed Anderson who clipped the ball over McCarthy for his and West Ham’s second goal in six minutes.

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Saints continued to have chances to equalize as the game turned into an end-to-end encounter with substitute Shane Long almost getting on the end of a cross at the back post. Anderson was causing Saints all kinds of problems as he ran down the left and crossed for Perez but Jannik Vestergaard blocked his shot.

Late on Southampton threw everything at West Ham in search of an equalizer, however it was the Hammers who came closest as Anderson almost wrapped up his hat trick but McCarthy saved twice at his near post.

Southampton hand Cardiff victory

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  • Paterson scores after Vestergaard howler
  • Hasenhuttl loses on Saints debut
  • Saints have just one win from 16 
  • All 4 of Cardiff’s wins this season have come at home

Cardiff City beat Southampton 1-0 at a rainy Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, as Callum Paterson scored but he was given a huge helping hand by Jannik Vestergaard.

Cardiff dominated the first half and Southampton the second, and although it looked like it would be a draw Vestergaard’s slip as the last man allowed Paterson to score and lift the Bluebirds further away from the drop zone.

With the win Cardiff move up to 14th place on 14 points, while Southampton remain in the bottom three and have just nine points this season.

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Cardiff started well and Harry Arter popped up in the box but Alex McCarthy saved his effort calmly.

The Bluebirds continued to cause Saints problems, with Jan Bednarek coming to the rescue after Nathaniel Mendez-Laing surged forward following a mistake from Matt Targett.

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Saints worked there way into the game but Cardiff continued to look the most likely and McCarthy again saved Saints. Jacob Murphy looked set to poke home but McCarthy clawed the ball back at the vital moment.

Southampton’s best chance of the first half came and went as a corner looped into the air and found Mario Lemina but he volleyed over the bar. Mendez-Laing then smashed just over the bar before the half.

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After the break Saints dragged themselves back into the game as they had the majority of the play with Nathan Redmond dangerous.

Saints were then livid they did not win a penalty kick as Armstrong went down in the box under a challenge from Victor Camarasa but Jon Moss waved the PK calls away.

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Matt Targett then whipped a free kick over the bar but the opening goal of the game came at the other end.

As he went to play the ball back to McCarthy, Vestergaard tripped over his own feet as last man and gave the ball straight to Paterson who scored to send the home fans wild.

Sean Morrison headed a glorious chance wide late on as Cardiff could have wrapped up all three points, but Warnock’s men did hold on for a fourth home victory of the season to spark wild celebrations at the final whistle.

Saints grab first win of season, beat Palace

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  • Ings, Hojbjerg score Saints’ goals
  • Austin’s penalty kick saved
  • Third-straight defeat for Palace
  • First win of season for Saints

Southampton beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday with Mark Hughes‘ men off and running for the new season.

Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored Saints’ goals but that only told half the story as Charlie Austin‘s penalty kick was saved and Christian Benteke spurned several glorious chances as Alex McCarthy made several stunning saves.

The win move Saints on to four points for the season, while Palace, who missed the injured Wilfried Zaha badly, have three after three-straight defeats.

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Palace started brightly as Andros Townsend‘s cross found Benteke who towered over Cedric but got his header all wrong.

At the other end Ings and Nathan Redmond both had chances, with Shane Long also having a shot well-blocked by Mamadou Sakho.

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As the game wore on Palace settled down and Benteke nodded wide after Alex McCarthy came for a cross but couldn’t clear under pressure.

At the other end Long again caused problems and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s shot was tipped over by Wayne Hennessey.

After a few penalty appeals from Benteke who went down under pressure from Jannik Vestergaard and Ryan Bertrand, Hennessey then made a wonderful save as he tipped a header from his own player, Luka Milivojevic, wide.

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Within a few minutes of the second half kicking off Ings put Southampton in front as Cedric’s long ball forward caught Palace out. Long was clattered by Sakho but the ball fell to Ings who poked home to put Saints 1-0 up.

James McArthur then smashed a wonderful curling effort against the crossbar as Palace looked to get back on level terms. Benteke had another good chance but didn’t make the most of it as his angle was cut out.

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Southampton had the perfect opportunity to double their lead after Aaron Wan-Bissaka handled in the box but substitute Charlie Austin’s penalty was saved by Hennessey.

Redmond then smashed a shot from distance which was saved by Hennessey but Mohamed Elyounoussi sent his follow-up against the bar.

Palace threw everything at Saints late on in search of an equalizer as Cheikhou Kouyate, Patrick Van Aanholt and McArthur tested McCarthy from distance and the England goalkeeper somehow denied Benteke’s header from close-range.

On the break Hojbjerg then scored his first PL goal as he raced clear and finished calmly with Saints’ fans going wild in the away end at Selhurst Park.

Leicester grab last-gasp victory at Southampton

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  • Maguire scores stoppage time winner
  • Southampton took lead through Bertrand
  • Hojbjerg sent off for Saints
  • Back-to-back wins for Leicester

Leicester City fought back from 1-0 down to beat 10-man Southampton 2-1 at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.

Saints took the lead through Ryan Betrand’s screamer but Demarai Gray equalized and then Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was sent off to swing the game in Leicester’s favor. Harry Maguire then scored a beauty from outside the box in the 92nd minute to win it for Claude Puel‘s side.

Mark Hughes and Southampton have yet to win this season, while Leicester have six points from their first three games as they snatched victory without the suspended Jamie Vardy.

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Saints started brightly and pinned Leicester back with Shane Long lurking and forcing a corner from Nathan Redmond‘s cross.

Southampton then went close again as a corner found its way back to Mohamed Elyounoussi and his low drilled effort was smothered by Kasper Schmeichel and then cleared.

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Redmond’s cross was then punched out of dangers by Schmeichel and from the resulting corner Jannik Vestergaard headed wide from a good position.

Leicester improved before the break as Demarai Gray broke but he couldn’t convert Ben Chilwell‘s cross towards him. Chilwell’s cross towards Kelechi Ihenacho was just in front of the Nigerian striker as he came within inches of connecting and surely putting the Foxes ahead.

Ings then had the best chance of the first half as he turned sharply in the box but his curled effort towards the far post was pushed away by Schmeichel.

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Saints deservedly took the lead at the start of the second half as Bertrand was found on the edge of the box and smashed home a wonderful effort to make it 1-0.

Yet Southampton were pegged back soon after as slack defending let in Gray and his fine finish made it 1-1. Soon after the pendulum swung further in Leicester’s favor with Hojbjerg shown a second yellow card for taking a tumble in the box as the hosts were down to 10 men.

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In the end it was Leicester who looked more likely to win it late on as Chilwell was denied by McCarthy and they grabbed victory in the 92nd minute. Maguire scored from outside the box to send the away fans wild as Leicester made it back-to-back wins.

Heartbreak for Southampton.