Ings at the double as Saints hit four at Fratton Park

By SFC Media time Tue 24 Sep Portsmouth v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Danny Ings
Tue 24 Sep 7.45PM
Carabao Cup
Ings [21' 44'] Soares [77'] Redmond [86']
Hawkins (53') Pitman (55')
yellow card
Bertrand (66')
Referee: Kevin Friend | Venue: Fratton Park | Attendance: 18,707

Southampton recorded the biggest ever away win in a south coast derby with a 4-0 drubbing of Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup third round at Fratton Park.

Saints did not have it all their own way on a night when Pompey started with purpose, roared on by a lively home crowd, but Danny Ings silenced the natives with a well-placed shot in the 21st minute.

Boyhood Saints fan Ings was the best player on the pitch, scoring again from Michael Obafemi’s defence-splitting pass just before the break, and he was involved in the third goal, scored by Cédric, in a far more controlled second half.

Substitute Nathan Redmond wrapped things up with a vicious shot from the edge of the box that flew past goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray to round off a night to remember for Saints’ travelling fans.

Ralph Hasenhüttl opted for five changes to his side after their four-match unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Bournemouth on Friday night.

In came Alex McCarthy, Maya Yoshida, Ryan Bertrand, Ings and Obafemi, with the 19-year-old making his first appearance since scoring the winner in the second round at Fulham.

Angus Gunn, Sofiane Boufal and Redmond, the latter nursing a knock from Friday, dropped to the bench, with Jannik Vestergaard and Kevin Danso left at home.

If Saints did not quite know what to expect before kick-off, there could be no doubt as they emerged from the tunnel to a crescendo of noise.

Predictably, the underdogs came out firing. Saints were dealt an early scare when John Marquis found space and tried to catch out McCarthy with a clever shot towards the near post, where the goalkeeper had left a gap.

The Saints fans behind that goal were relieved to see the ball clip the foot of the post on its way wide.

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Danny Ings(R) of Southampton scores his second of the game and puts his team 2-0 up during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Portsmouth and Southampton at Fratton Park on September 24, 2019 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Ings cleverly lifts the ball over Craig MacGillivray to score his second goal on the stroke of half time

Still inside the first ten minutes, there was another moment of concern when a free-kick was cleared only as far as Brett Pitman, who struck the ball cleanly on the half-volley only for McCarthy to extend his fingertips and touch it over.

The pair went eye to eye again when Pitman met a right-wing corner with a downward header brilliantly saved by Saints’ number one, before Jan Bednarek crucially stepped in front of Marquis to prevent a tap-in.

That was the period of pressure Portsmouth would live to regret, as Ings struck the opener in the 21st minute from Saints’ first threatening attack.

Found by Obafemi, the striker was initially denied by Pompey keeper MacGillivray, but stayed alert when James Ward-Prowse received possession and played the ball into his feet on the edge of the box.

From there, the number nine turned sharply to buy himself a yard of space and placed a low shot beyond the reach of MacGillivray from 20 yards.

A previously raucous Fratton Park fell silent on three sides, but for the 2,000-strong Saints contingent in ecstasy at the other end.

Stung by the setback, Portsmouth allowed Ings in again when he raced on to Ché Adams’s through ball. 

MacGillivray raced out and shut down the angles to thwart him, but the loose ball rolled out to Pierre-Emile Højbjerg with the keeper still down, only for Oli Hawkins to make a vital block as Saints eyed a quick-fire second.

Back came the hosts in an engrossing first half. A spout of pinball in the Saints box resulted in a snapshot from defender Christian Burgess, but the defender was in unfamiliar territory and rather snatched at the chance, pulling his shot wide in front of the imposing Bednarek.

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Danny Ingsof Southampton during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Portsmouth and Southampton at Fratton Park on September 24, 2019 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Saints' number nine was involved in three of the four goals on a night to remember at Fratton Park

The game had changed since the goal and Saints were in control. Portsmouth-born Ward-Prowse went searching for a goal with a shot that bounced awkwardly in front of MacGillivray, before Adams ran across his path when Ings cut the ball back with the intention of finding the England international.

By now Portsmouth just wanted half time and the chance to take stock, but instead found themselves with a mountain to climb when Ings pounced to score his second just a minute before the interval.

The contribution of Obafemi could not be underestimated. Threading a precise pass in behind the Pompey defence that tempted MacGillivray from his goal line, Ings got there first and had the composure to delicately lift the ball over the advancing stopper to give Saints the two-goal cushion they craved. 

The home team knew they needed something and needed something quickly at the start of the second half.

Ronan Curtis saw a shot blocked and Ryan Williams lashed one over, before a Williams corner was glanced on by Burgess and flew across the six-yard box untouched.

For all Pompey’s efforts, McCarthy had little cause for concern. The keeper was helped out by Cédric when the defender deflected another Curtis shot wide, but the Portuguese was about to make an impact at the other end.

Not known for his goalscoring, this was only his third in 124 appearances, but one no Saints fan will forget anytime soon.

After goals in the Premier League and FA Cup, he completed the set with his first in the Carabao Cup when Ings darted down the left, before an attempted tackle only succeeded in playing the ball into the path of Cédric, who toe poked emphatically past MacGillivray from eight yards.

Three became four when substitute Redmond got in on the act in stunning style four minutes from time, carrying the ball deep into home territory before checking inside and dispatching an unerring 20-yard drive past MacGillivray.

It was the perfect way to seal a fourth straight away victory and clean sheet for Hasenhüttl’s men.


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Craig MacGillivray (GK)
Christian Burgess
Brandon Haunstrup
Oliver Hawkins yellow card
replace Paul Downing (59′)
James Bolton
Ronan Curtis
Ben Close
replace Ross McCrorie (82′)
Tom Naylor (C)
Brett Pitman yellow card
Ryan Williams
replace Gareth Evans (78′)
John Marquis
Anton Walkes
Alex Bass
Gareth Evans
Leon Maloney
Ross McCrorie
Andrew Cannon
Paul Downing


Alex McCarthy (GK)
Maya Yoshida
Ryan Bertrand yellow card
Cédric Soares goal
Jan Bednarek
James Ward-Prowse
Oriol Romeu
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
Che Adams
Danny Ings goal goal
replace Shane Long (83′)
Michael Obafemi
replace Nathan Redmond (72′) goal
Angus Gunn
Shane Long
Yan Valery
Jack Stephens
Stuart Armstrong
Nathan Redmond
Sofiane Boufal
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