Report: Huddersfield 1-3 Saints

By SFC Media Sat 22 Dec Huddersfield v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson
Sat 22 Dec 3PM
Premier League
Huddersfield Town
1
Southampton
3
Billing [58']
Redmond [15'] Ings [42'] Obafemi [71']
Löwe (11') Zanka (63')
Valery (52') Stephens (84') Højbjerg (86')
Referee: Stuart Attwell | Venue: John Smith's Stadium | Attendance: 22,384

Saints secured back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since April 2017, with a priceless 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town at John Smith’s Stadium.

Nathan Redmond opened his account for the season to give the visitors the lead, before Danny Ings’s penalty put Saints in command heading into the break.

Philip Billing halved the deficit just before the hour mark but it was to be Michael Obafemi who clinched it with a special moment - becoming Saints' youngest-ever Premier League goalscorer at 18 years and 169 days - when he finished clinically from Redmond's cut back inside the area.

Ralph Hasenhüttl named the same starting XI from the 3-2 home victory over Arsenal at St Mary’s, with Mario Lemina and Jack Stephens back in the squad.

And the Saints boss once again showed his faith in the Academy with teenage right-back Kayne Ramsay earning a place on the bench for the first time, joining Obafemi who returned for the first time since his injury against Manchester United.

Huddersfield’s three home goals this season had all been scored in the opening half an hour of matches, and they looked to start on the front foot once more without truly testing Alex McCarthy.

The first chance of the game arrived when Oriol Romeu took aim from the edge the area and it wasn’t long before Saints made the crucial breakthrough.

With 15 minutes on the clock, captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg drove forward from midfield before playing an inch-perfect pass through to find the run of Redmond, who finished with aplomb high to Jonas Lössl’s left-hand side.

The hosts looked a threat from set pieces and could have been level through Matias Jorgensen. Philip Billing’s long throw-in was flicked on to the Denmark international by Christopher Schindler, but he too opted to try and find a teammate instead of powering an effort towards goal.

And they were punished when Hasenhüttl’s men doubled their advantage shortly before the interval. Ings weaved his way into the box and was tripped by Jorgensen, stepping up to slot the resulting penalty home for his seventh Premier League goal of the campaign and eighth in all competitions.

Danny Ings celebrates after sending Jonas Lossl the wrong way from the spot

Saints continued to look in control after the break, but Billing got the home side back into it when the movement on his left-footed strike from 30 yards deceived McCarthy and handed the hosts a lifeline.

With the game now in the balance, a first change saw Obafemi replace goalscorer Ings and that soon paid dividends on 71 minutes. The youngster had gone close moments earlier when using his blistering pace to race on to Jannik Vestergaard's incisive through ball, before Redmond turn provider and Obafemi was on hand to slot home his first for the club from close range.

Obafemi becomes Saints' youngest-ever Premier League goalscorer

The inevitable late onslaught arrived, with David Wagner’s men willing to take more risks but the resilience that saw out victory at St Mary’s last week was in evidence once more.

At the other end, Obafemi was stretching the pitch and could have doubled his personal tally late on when shook off the attentions of Erik Durm, only to see his powerful run and eventual shot saved by Lossl.

Merry Christmas, Saints fans!

Huddersfield Town

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    62
    38
  • Shots
    16
    13
  • Shots on target
    5
    6
  • Corners
    8
    2
  • Passes Complete
    395
    215

Huddersfield Town

1
Jonas Lössl (GK)
25
Zanka
5
Terence Kongolo
26
Christopher Schindler (C)
8
Philip Billing
15
Chris Löwe
Erik Durm (45′)
7
Juninho Bacuna
Elias Kachunga (65′)
33
Florent Hadergjonaj
21
Alex Pritchard
18
Isaac Mbenza
Collin Quaner (81′)
24
Steve Mounie
27
Jon Gorenc Stankovic
37
Erik Durm
20
Laurent Depoitre
12
Ben Hamer
11
Adama Diakhaby
9
Elias Kachunga
23
Collin Quaner

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida
4
Jannik Vestergaard
35
Jan Bednarek
14
Oriol Romeu
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
43
Yan Valery
Jack Stephens (79′)
33
Matt Targett
22
Nathan Redmond
17
Stuart Armstrong
Mario Lemina (69′)
9
Danny Ings
Michael Obafemi (65′)
10
Charlie Austin
28
Angus Gunn
66
Kayne Ramsay
18
Mario Lemina
61
Michael Obafemi
5
Jack Stephens
7
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