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Southampton 3-1 Wolves: We will target 40 points, says Hasenhuttl

Nathan Redmond (left) scores
Nathan Redmond (left) grabbed his second goal with a dinked effort past keeper Rui Patricio

Southampton will "do everything" to reach 40 points after they took a huge step towards preserving their Premier League status for next season with victory over Wolves.

Nathan Redmond scored twice and substitute Shane Long scored a third after the break as the Saints moved eight points clear of 18th-placed Cardiff, who lost 2-0 at Burnley, with five games remaining.

The 40-point mark has often been a target set by managers to secure Premier League survival.

"We lost here not long ago against Cardiff and it seemed it [battle against relegation] would go right to the end, so we are very happy," said manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, who took over at the start of December when his club were in a precarious position.

"I can guarantee we will do everything we can to get to 40 points."

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Saints out of 'troubles' with massive win - Ralph Hasenhuttl

Despite knowing their safety was far from certain, the tension was not noticeable among the Saints players who made a stunning start when Redmond slotted in the opener.

Josh Sims, making his first Premier League start this season and big influence in the match, squared the ball to the feet of his team-mate who fired high past Rui Patricio at the near post.

Wolves equalised when Willy Boly headed in but soon after the restart the home side were back in front when Redmond clipped a shot over the Portuguese keeper.

Substitute Shane Long settled any nerves among his team-mates and the home fans when he poked in Southampton's third in the 71st minute.

Rejuvenated Saints shine at St Mary's

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The match began under grey skies and ended in sunshine as Southampton all but ensured their place in the English top flight for the 2019-20 campaign.

When Austrian Hasenhuttl took over before festive period, Saints were 18th with only nine points from 15 games. Since then, wins over the likes of Arsenal, Everton, Leicester and Tottenham have seen his rejuvenated side steadily ease away from the mire.

What Southampton fans will also be pleased by is their new manager's style of play, which is far more cavalier than the approach adopted by predecessor Mark Hughes.

Forward Redmond is one player who appears to be revelling in it. Having not scored until Hasenhuttl took the reins, he has now netted seven times.

His two finishes were those of a confident player. The first was instinctive and the second was well improvised after Patricio tried to close down the space.

If he continues this rich form into next season then perhaps Redmond might find himself with a regular spot in Gareth Southgate's England side having been a stalwart at youth level.

Both Sims, 22, who was on loan at Reading this season, and fellow forward Danny Ings also impressed in an excellent attacking display.

Wolves fail to fire

Raul Jimenez
Raul Jimenez (centre) and his Wolves team-mates hold their heads in their hands after the forward's awful miss

As for Wolves, they could still finish seventh which would be the highest-placed finish by a newly-promoted team to the Premier League since Ipswich came fifth in the 2000-01 season.

Despite going behind early on, there appeared to be no hangover from last week's FA Cup semi-final defeat as they began to control possession.

Their equaliser, courtesy of Boly's header, was deserved following a spell of heavy pressure, but a lapse in concentration at the back meant they were behind once again only two minutes later.

What will be disappointing for manager Nuno Espirito Santo is that his players failed to trouble Saints keeper Angus Gunn.

This season's top scorer Raul Jimenez should have, but he was guilty of a woeful volley from eight yards out.

Man of the match - Nathan Redmond (Southampton)

Nathan Redmond
Three shots on target and two goals - a great day for the former Norwich player

'The second half was poor' - match reaction

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Nuno Espirito Santo says poor defending cost his side

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo: "Our defensive structure was not the best - it is something that we have to look at.

"After we conceded the opener we controlled the game well and made chances until we drew level. We then went behind and were not able to stand up again and the second half was poor.

"We left too many spaces and we allowed them to play. Today they were better than us and we have to regroup and bounce back immediately. Our trip to Spain was planned before and we feel it is a good moment to have an opportunity to train and be together."

Redmond's goal quickest since Van Dijk - the stats

  • Southampton have won eight of their 18 Premier League games under Ralph Hassenhuttl, as many as they had won in 52 games under their two previous permanent managers combined (Mark Hughes managed three from 22 and Mauricio Pellegrino managed five from 30).
  • Wolves are winless in their last five Premier League away games (D2 L3), and have lost back-to-back league games on the road for the first time this season.
  • Southampton have won six of their 13 Premier League games so far in 2019, as many as they had won in the whole of 2018 (P37 W6 D13 L18).
  • Wolves have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 13 Premier League away games - only Arsenal (15) have had, and are currently enduring, a longer such run in the competition this season.
  • Redmond's opener after a minute and 34 seconds was Southampton's quickest in a Premier League game since December 2016, when Virgil van Dijk netted after 1min 9secs seconds against Tottenham.
  • There were just 118 seconds between Boly's equaliser and Redmond restoring Southampton's lead.
  • Redmond scored just his second Premier League brace and his first since March 2017 against Watford.
  • Long has scored in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since May 2016.

What's next?

The Saints are at Newcastle next Saturday (17:30 BST) and Wolves host Brighton on the same day (15:00 BST).

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 28Gunn
  • 35Bednarek
  • 3Yoshida
  • 4Vestergaard
  • 43ValerySubstituted forStephensat 84'minutes
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 21BertrandBooked at 67mins
  • 39SimsSubstituted forRomeuat 61'minutes
  • 22Redmond
  • 9IngsSubstituted forLongat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McCarthy
  • 5Stephens
  • 7Long
  • 10Austin
  • 14Romeu
  • 17Armstrong
  • 33Targett

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 27SaïssBooked at 74mins
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2DohertySubstituted forTraoréat 60'minutes
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 8NevesSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 69'minutes
  • 28João MoutinhoBooked at 40mins
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 9JiménezBooked at 45mins
  • 18JotaSubstituted forHélder Costaat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bennett
  • 7Cavaleiro
  • 10Hélder Costa
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 29Vinagre
  • 37Traoré
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
31,708

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home12
Away17
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Attempt blocked. Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho.

Attempt missed. Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross following a set piece situation.

Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton).

Foul by Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Jan Bednarek (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa replaces Diogo Jota.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Jack Stephens replaces Yan Valery because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Yan Valery (Southampton) because of an injury.

Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Attempt saved. Jan Bednarek (Southampton) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Willy Boly.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Adama Traoré.

Booking

Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.

Attempt missed. Oriol Romeu (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Romain Saïss.

Goal!

Goal! Southampton 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Maya Yoshida following a corner.

Attempt missed. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Attempt missed. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Romain Saïss.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Rúben Neves.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jannik Vestergaard.

Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool33257175205582
2Man City32262483216280
3Tottenham332211064343067
4Chelsea33206757342366
5Man Utd33197763441964
6Arsenal32196765402563
7Leicester34145154645147
8Wolves33138124142-147
9Everton34137144644246
10Watford32137124747046
11West Ham34126164252-1042
12Bournemouth34125174961-1241
13Crystal Palace33116163943-439
14Burnley34116174260-1839
15Newcastle34108163243-1138
16Southampton3399153954-1536
17Brighton3296173251-1933
18Cardiff3384212863-3528
19Fulham3455243276-4420
20Huddersfield3435261967-4814
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