Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton: Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong on goal for Ralph Hasenhuttl & # 39; s men as resurgent saints towards European places
- The revival of Southampton continued with a comfortable victory at Crystal Palace
- Nathan Redmond shot saints ahead with an excellent strike in the upper corner
- The club on the south coast earned their second by Stuart Armstrong & # 39; s effort
- The three points brought the resurrected saint's side closer to the European position
A winger walked on with two mascots and was lucky to leave on your own free will. Another had a goal, an assist, and left after the kind of performance that could bring him back into the orbit of Gareth Southgate.
It was a nice contribution from Nathan Redmond, told everything, the kind that he comes up with from time to time but not quite often enough. That will certainly resonate with Wilfried Zaha, who was on the wrong side of his cycle of inconsistency one evening when his most telling act seemed a joke in James Ward-Prowse's eye.
That went unpunished by Andre Marriner and his video helpers – perhaps coincidentally, perhaps – but the same cannot be said for the wider Crystal Palace unit. They were ruthlessly beaten from their undefeated series by Southampton, crushed on just about every metric.
EQUAL FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Kelly, Tomkins, Cahill, Riedewald, McCarthy, McArthur, Kouyate, Zaha, Ayew, Tosun
Unused substitutes: Dann, Ward, Hennessey, McGregor, Meyer, Pierrick, Wickham
Southampton: McCarthy, Cedric (Romeo 21), Stephens, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Redmond, Long, Obafemi 
Unused substitutes: Yoshida , Gunn, Djenepo, Boufal, Adams, Ings
Scorers: Redmond 22, Armstrong 48
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The goals that were arranged were excellent – the first from Redmond was a pleasure and the finish from Stuart Armstrong was also not poor for the second.
But even apart from the goals, it hardly came close. Redmond played the game. James Ward-Prowse and Ryan Bertrand also excelled. Even when Danny Ings started on the bench and Cedric Soares was injured in the first minutes, Southampton Palace prevented him from firing.
And so, a five-game stretch ended without defeat. It was a good run from a team that was well managed by Roy Hodgson. By calling a halt to them, Southampton is moving again after Saturday's defeat against Wolves. They have now won seven in 11 league matches and after the misery of nine goals from that Leicester mess, the side of Ralph Hasenhuttl is closer to Europe than relegation.
This was rarely in doubt intense. What they did create, wasted Palace, whose worst copy came in the 18th minute when Jordan took possession of Ayew Jannik Vestergaard and the loose ball fell for Cenk Tosun, square in front of goal. He launched his shot one by one with Alex McCarthy.
From there, Southampton took control. Redmond opened the score with an excellent strike after checking out Jack Stephens' broken ball before turning Martin Kelly and shouldering by James McArthur. From the edge of the area he hit Vicente Guaita and top left. Fantastic.
Armstrong approached twice – one well saved, the other a fraction wide – before Shane Long was brilliantly played brightly by Redmond, but his touch was touched by finishing Guaita. Long also entered the side net at the end of the half and Zaha came away with what looked like a poke in the eye of James Ward-Prowse.
Armstrong put Southampton two ahead with a quality attack early in the second half – assisted Redmond – and Long hit a second finish when he passed against Guaita. When Connor Wickham saw goal in the last 10 minutes, he shot high and wide. A weak shot and a weak evening for Palace.
Celta Vigo & # 39; to bid on Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu & # 39; as La Liga side pursuit Stanislav Lobotka replacement
Celta Vigo is preparing an offer for Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu this month.
The former Chelsea has played 22 games for the saints this season, but has been pecked during his recent good form
According to the Spanish newspaper Marca wants Celta to replace Romeu Stanislav Lobotka after he left for Napoli earlier this month.
The La Liga side is said to be willing to invest the money earned from the sale of Lobotka in a replacement, but Southampton remains reluctant to sell a major player while their future in the Premier League remains uncertain.
Celta is said to be bidding for Romeu in the coming days and are hopeful that they can convince Ralph Hasenhuttl to sell.
Romeu has a contract with St Mary & # 39; s until next summer, but has resisted offers of a new deal.
& # 39; I think it is the first time this season that the VAR is coming with us & # 39 ;: Raul Jimenez and Wolves finally have the last laugh with new technology in Southampton win
- ] Wolves beat Southampton 3 -2 in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon
- VAR played a role in all three second half goals at St Mary & # 39; s
- Nuno The side of Espirito Santo is not helped this season by technology
A common abandonment of his greatest critics this season was that VAR is, quite simply, a joke. That is just about how Wolves now handle it.
Wolves stuck at the wrong end of assessments this week, pretending to have their own version of VAR for head tennis sessions.
Until this victory influenced by VAR in Southampton the new Wolves system had caused nothing but headaches.
After VAR assessments, they had excluded goals against Leicester and Southampton, awarded a penalty and then rescheduled for infringement of Manchester City, overturned the decision to exclude a Liverpool goal, then removed one of their own chalk. They also had a hit in their FA Cup third-round replay loss last week in Manchester United.
Before their eventful trip to Southampton, the only decision that went in favor of Wolves was Christian Kabasele of Watford upgraded with a yellow card to a red one
At St Mary & # 39; s, trailing 2-0 behind goals from Jan Bednarek and Shane Long, technology played a role in the second half of the fight against Wolves. After excluding goals in Liverpool and United, Pedro Neto had finally ratified an attempt after an unnecessarily long handball check confirmed that he clearly controlled the cross of Adama Traore with his foot and chest.
Raul Jimenez then converted a correctly awarded penalty when Wolves initially got a corner. Again, the check took an age when the decision seemed simple.
The Wolves winner was allowed to stand despite Traore's handball that was crucial to their escape movement that ended Jimenez by scoring . to judge began after the handball incident. "I think this is the first time the VAR has come with us this season," was Jimenez's opinion.
Captain Conor Coady has been one of Wolves & # 39; most outspoken VAR critics and he remained consistent even after it had decided in their favor. "I still think it takes a little too long," he said. "I am the first to celebrate a goal, and now you can see if the referee is checking."
On Wednesday, Wolves again let VAR moan.
A few days later they would have liked it, since three phone calls went the way of Wolves while they organized a stunning comeback in Southampton.
Wolves did not get an FA Cup opener during their midweek rehearsal in Manchester United when the new addition of this season, combined with the interpretation of the handball law, led to the exclusion of Pedro Neto's goal.
But there will be no complaints about the decisions that the officials made after VAR played an important role in Wolves' turning around in St. Mary & # 39; s.
Ironically, the first goal scored by Neto was in doubt after a handball re-rendering, Wolves & # 39; second came from a penalty after they initially got a corner and the winner of Raul Jimenez was allowed to stand despite what looked suspiciously like a handball from Adama Traore in the build-up.
On this occasion I don't care about Wolves and the complaints will all be Southampton. The side of Santo will feel that they deserve some reward and fortune for an impressive second half of their efforts.
It took something special to put Southampton in its current form. The image of Wolves after the break, especially when set against their terribly out of tune during the opening period, was exactly that.
EQUAL FACTS, REVIEWS AND LEAGUE TABLE
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- Scottish Premiership
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- Scottish Div 3
- Call 1
- Series A
- La Liga
SOUTHAMPTON (4-4-2) : McCarthy 7; Cedric 7, Stephens 6, Bednarek 7, Bertrand 6; Armstrong 7, Ward-Prowse 7, Hobjerg 6, Redmond 7; Ings 6, Long 7 (Djenepo 70, 6).
Subs not used: Gunn, Vestegaard, Romeu, Obafemi
Targets: Bednarek 15, Long 35
] Booked : Ward-Prowse
Manager: Ralph Hasenhuttl 7
WOLVES]: Patricio 6; Dendoncker 6, Coady 6, Saiss 6; Doherty 7, Neves 7, Moutinho 7, Jonny 6; Neto 7.5 (Kilman 86, 5), Jimenez 8, Traore 8.
Subs not used: Ruddy, Jordao, Gibbs-White, Giles, Ashley-Seal, Neighbor
Objectives : Neto 53, Jimenez 65 (p), 76
End of July, amid the idyllic surroundings of the Austrian Alps, Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg told Sportsmail that under boss Ralph Hasenhuttl & # 39; they would be disgusting to play against & # 39 ;.
When the summer made way for the fall back in the UK, it turned out that saints were disgusting to watch
A return of one point from seven games – including a home record of 9-0 from Leicester – had Hasenhuttl on the edge of the bag.
The Austrian didn't even get a reaction after that humiliation. Their next game at St Mary & # 39; s was a 2-1 defeat by Everton, a team that hadn't won from home for nine months.
Afterwards Hasenhuttl looked and sounded like a defeated man. When a manager talks about his players who don't even want the ball, you wonder how much they want him.
But somehow he survived the November international break – a fruitful looting – and history could still repackage such indecision at boardroom level as one of the best decisions the club has ever made
Because here they are, just two months later, looking up and down, a series of six wins from nine league games that they took from 19 to 12th and only three points from Wolves in the seventh.
One v soccerball podcast even suggested that Hasenhuttl have to compete for the manager of the year this week.
Jurgen Klopp and Chris Wilder may have something to say about that, but Hasenhuttl has built a team with a clear identity, where players diligently apply every instruction. And that would be right.
In Leicester on Saturday, they were faster and smoother from minute one to 90, coming from behind to win 2-1.
Saints is in sixth place in the alternative ranking based on expected goals, an indication that even during their early-season battle, performance was better than the results. Now they are married to the two.
By throwing back a five for a traditional 4-4-2, Hasenhuttl has made the saints more efficient in defense and more efficient in attack.
It may seem like a simple adjustment, but formations alone don't win games. Like Klopp, Hasenhuttl believes that winning the ball in the final third is a better source of creativity than any playmaker.
He reminded his players that statistically, the chance of creating a goal within 10 seconds of taking the ball of your opponent is greater, because they will invariably be out of position. See how the winner of Danny Ings is put into practice at Leicester and Hasenhuttl & # 39; s theory.
But before we talk about Ings and his 14 league goals, it's important to play his role as & # 39; trigger & # 39; from Southampton.
Hasenhuttl's success at RB Leipzig – taking them to second place in their first season in the Bundesliga – was built around a high press, and that requires forward energy and aggression to lead the way take.
That man is Ings, the striker whose decision to fuss and rush is the trigger for others to follow.
To thrive and survive in the Hasenhuttl side, you must sprint, either in an offensive or defensive capacity. He has convinced his players that his attacks start when the opposition has the ball.
James Ward-Browse has perhaps benefited most from his manager's philosophy. Hasenhuttl previously thought that the midfielder was not sharp enough if he was not in possession. Not anymore.
He and Hojbjerg ran across the midfield of Leicester and had the craft to create as soon as their graft had taken possession.
But sweating on hard yards counts little without an ice-cold finishing unit – and again, that man is Ings.
He has 10 goals from his last 10 starts and has made a difference on the tone of 13 points this season, no player has the biggest impact on a Premier League team.
So although Hasenhuttl's training exercises and video sessions give Saints the platform to succeed, it is Ings who takes them to another level
He shoots, he scores – that is Ings in the current form – and when a player is suddenly numbered, everything is also in harmony.
So much there is talk of Europe – and they do not mean a training camp in the preseason in Austria. There is certainly nothing disgusting about Southampton right now.
Southampton increases interest in Fulham defends Joe Bryan on Watford and inquires Italian Atalanta
The side of Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to reinforce both full-back positions and Bryan goals during the January window.
Bryan finds himself as a regular first team for Fulham and has therefore caught the attention of several parties.
Southampton has shown an interest in Fulham to defend Joe Bryan
The 26-year-old played for them in the Premier League last season after joining Bristol City
Bryan has three assists to his name this season and has been deployed in a more advanced role under manager Scott Parker.
The defender has played one of Fulham & # 39; s Championship games this season, with a strong injury record to his name.
He played a total of 57 games for the club after scoring two goals.
Che Adams will stay in Southampton … although the £ 15m striker has yet to score for the Saints
- Che Adams remains and fights for his place in the Southampton team
- The £ 15m summer signing from Birmingham still has to score for his new club
- But conversations with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl have the 23-year-old
Che Adams is determined to stay and fight for a place on Southampton after being reassured about his future during conversations with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Hasenhuttl reiterated that he sees Adams as a big part of his plans and that the club will be much more upcoming week in discussion with the forward.
As a result, the 23-year-old is not allowed to leave on loan to Leeds this month who was looking for a new striker this month after Eddie Nketiah's return to Arsenal .
Adams now wants to pay back Hasenhuttl's confidence in him by kneeling down and pushing to a place on the Southampton side.
Adams moved to St. Mary's for £ 15m from Birmingham in the summer, but has yet to score and Danny Ings has emerged from the 16-target talisman of the South Coast Club.
Adams, however, timely recalled his qualities by playing a key role in Southampton's 2-1 shock at Leicester, getting off the bank to set up the winner of Ings and now hopes to build on that important contribution to their revival in shape.
Southampton has won five of their last six games and pulled the other to climb from the bottom three to reach the 12th and the FA Cup fourth round.
JAMIE REDKNAPP: Staying with Ralph Hasenhuttl after a 9-0 defeat looks like a blow to Southampton … plus discover who my team makes of the week
- Southampton & # 39; s board are the fruits of holding on to Ralph Hasenhuttl
- After exact revenge on Leicester, saints are seven points free from the drop
- Gareth Southgate should consider star man Danny Ings for selection in March
Palace won 4-3, with Alan Pardew scoring the winner in extra time at Villa Park, and they survived relegation by finishing the 15th.
That was there with the best recuperations by teams after Palace was beaten to a pulp in Anfield and somehow picked itself up from the canvas.
Losing 9-0 is humiliating. Losing 9-0 at home is even worse, Southampton discovered against Leicester City in October. But then on Saturday they demanded revenge.
She defeated Leicester 2-1 and lifted herself to 12th and seven points free from the bottom three.
Imagine the pressure Ralph Hasenhuttl felt after that loss of 9-0
It was the 24-year record for the biggest defeat ever in the Premier League and left Southampton behind the relegation zone. He will then have entered the dressing room lost for words.
He would have known that the newspapers of the following day would be filled with quotes from club sources that claim that the manager has lost the support of the player and must go.
This was the ultimate shame, undoubtedly the lowest point of Hasenhuttl & # 39; s management career, and they had the smallest issue of a trip to Manchester City that was coming.
He probably left St Mary & # 39; s Stadium that night expecting to get the bag, and nine out of ten times that would be the case. However, the club's board went a different route – a very rare route. They showed patience. They said Hasenhuttl is still the right man for the job.
A few months later he looks like a master report that they did not hand him his P45. Hasenhuttl has changed to 4-4-2. Danny Ings is flying and they must now be sure that they will survive.
Speaking of the saints, we have devoted a separate section to Danny Ings. Keep going and how could Gareth Southgate not select the 27-year-old for the English friendships of March in England? Harry Kane is on the sidelines until April and Jamie Vardy can decide to uphold his decision to retire internationally. Ings could be a great option for England.
Nigel Pearson arrived in Watford and immediately ensured that Troy Deeney was the first name on his team magazine. Why didn't the others do that when he was fit? Deeney is Mr. Watford, he gives everything and he led them to a big win over Bournemouth on Sunday and lifted them out of the bottom three.
The names in that great Liverpool team from 1987-88 roll off the tongue.
John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, John Aldridge, Alan Hansen, Ray Houghton and so on. They went unbeaten in their first 29 league games and became champions of England.
The Liverpool team from 2019-20 is also on its way to achieving that title and their success has been built from the rear. They have a safe pair of hands in Alisson, two fearless full backs in Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, so they have him in the middle of this operation. Mr Virgil van Dijk. Anyone could play in defense alongside the Dutchman and they would look good. I have never known a player to change a team like he did.
In 30 years he will also be one of the first names to roll off our tongue.
Tottenham, 30 points. Liverpool, 61, and with a game in hand. It is remarkable that only two years ago Spurs finished two points off the side of Jurgen Klopp.
Tottenham may have the largest stadium in the world, but Liverpool may now have the best team in the world.
Spurs catch up and will cost them a lot of money if they want to put themselves in the title under Jose Mourinho in the coming years.
Brentford flies in their final season at Griffin Park, third in the championship. What a timing it would be for them if they could mark their big stadium movements with promotion to the Premier League. They have the second youngest XI in the second row this season on average and copied with losing last season's top scorer, Neal Maupay, to Brighton in the summer. Bravo the bees!
Leicester 1-2 Southampton: Deadly Danny Ings strikes again to give Saints victory after Stuart Armstrong cancels strike Dennis Praet & # 39; s first Foxes goal at King Power Stadium and Jonny Evans has a stop-time equalizer excluded by VAR decision
- Danny Ings scored his 10th goal in 11 games with Southampton won in Leicester
- Dennis Praet gave Leicester the lead with his first goal for the club after 14 minutes
- Leicester & # 39; s Jonny Evans had allowed a 90-minute effort after a VAR review
- Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho had both excluded targets due to offside decisions
- Potent Ings hit Southampton's bar twice a minute before the break
Stuart Armstrong pushed four minutes later for the visitors with a deflected shot
Shane Long earned a penalty for Southampton before VAR considered him offside
Revenge is a dish that is quite cold and served The biting wind and swirling rain from the King Power Stadium, Southampton is demanding that from Leicester City.
It was not a 9-0 win – the score of the humiliating defeat during the reverse game of October – but this narrow and deserved triumph will taste just as sweet for Ralph Hasenhuttl and his reviving saints.
And who else but Danny Ings should be the match winner on the day that he celebrates Jamie Vardy's birthday?
Ings & # 39; 14th goal of the season now means Vardy with only three in the Premier League scorecards and, with the Leicester man after excluding a return from England, what price a call-up for the in-form sniper from Southampton?
The victory eased the visitors to eight points free from the bottom three with their unbeaten run extended to five games – an unthinkable performance in the aftermath of the fall crime that left Hasenhuttl on the edge of the bag.
For Leicester and Brendan Rodgers, this was a third home game with no victory and a little angry at being told full-time of their substandard display.
Given the 11 English starters that could be seen, you would have thought that Gareth Southgate would be present. Strangely enough, he was in Leeds versus Sheffield Wednesday in the championship.
Two of those Englishmen combined for the first cha of the game after six minutes. Harvey Barnes from Leicester, however, is not supposed to be the supply line for Ings. But it was Barnes's errant pass that allowed Ings to shoot only from the goal, only for Kasper Schmeichel to save both the striker's initial effort and his successor.
And so the opening of Leicester at 14 minutes was a little against the course of the game, which is evident from the nature of their separate goal.
Ayoze Perez started the movement with a quick free kick over the top and, while he does, Vardy chased them with those in pursuit of spectators. There was still a lot of work to do and the 33-year-old served the kind of cross that he would like to have on the receiving end of himself, Dennis Praet the grateful recipient when he volunteered on the other side with his first for the club.
The leadership lasted five minutes and parity remained unguarded for saints, even if Stuart Armstrong's leveler was somewhat coincidental, deflecting his 20-meter shot past Schmeichel in front of James Maddison's back.
But such luck went away when he approached the break when Ings hit the bar twice in 60 seconds, first encountering his husband at the next post to clamp onto the woodwork before he the frame rattled with a half-full 16 meter volley.
The second half opened in almost the same way with the visitors looking for more threatening and home defender Caglar Soyuncu had already taken Jack Stephens' effort out of the goal line when Saints thought they had a penalty .
Lee Mason pointed to the spot after Soyuncu bundled over Shane Lang just for a VAR check to reveal a marginal offside against the striker.
But instead of protecting their point, Southampton did not give up its search for revenge and they got it right when Ings shifted before stopping under Schmeichel. at 81 minutes.
Jonny Evans of Leicester thought he had led a 90th equalizer, but VAR – rightly – excluded it from offside.
Ings hit the bar twice shortly in the minute shortly before half-time, en route to the woodwork in the 43rd minute and then saw a volley cannon from the bar in the subsequent attack.
Shane Long was awarded a penalty after 63 minutes, but got offside after a VAR review and substitute Kelechi Iheanacho, who replaced Harvey Barnes for Leicester, also had a goal that technology excluded in a correct offside interview for four minutes later.
Che Adams may have to leave Southampton to continue to Leeds United, while Marcelo Bielsa is chasing the £ 15m attacker
- Che Adams is a target for Leeds United in January transfer window
- But they would consider selling when Adams asked to be allowed to leave
Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl wants to keep him with St. Mary & # 39; s as cover
The Elland Road club wants to advance the £ 15m rating, but Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to keep it as cover.
However, the South Coast Club would consider a sale if Adams asked to go.
Meanwhile, Leeds hopes to sign goalie Elia Caprile, 18, from Chievo this weekend.
Marcelo Bielsa is looking for a new striker in January's transfer window after Eddie Nketiah games on Elland Road due to a lack of playing time.
Bielsa said earlier this week: & # 39; Nketiah was a brilliant option for us. Now we are looking for an option that should also be very good.
& # 39; Same or better than Nketiah, but it is necessary to also know about the process, the time.
] & # 39; We're not going to choose a player who justifies us to the public, but doesn't make us strong as a team. & # 39;