Ralph Hasenhüttl is taking inspiration from Southampton’s 3-1 win over Wolves in April when he takes his team to Molineux for tomorrow’s Premier League meeting.
The Austrian had not been appointed by the time of last season’s trip to the Black Country, but did oversee an impressive home victory over Nuno Espírito Santo’s side, who finished ‘best of the rest’ in seventh last term.
Now Hasenhüttl is targeting a repeat performance against hosts who stunned champions Manchester City last time out, as Saints target a fifth away win in six games.
“They had a difficult start, but they have a team that is very similar to last season – a good, committed, organised team,” the boss said.
“We had the game at St Mary’s that we won 3-1, when we scored very early and scored some very good goals.
“In the second half they were very much in possession, but we could defend very well, which is also the key for this game.
“Our game is always a mixture of high midfield and deep pressing, and this is an opponent that sits a little bit deeper, but you have to pay attention to the counter-attacks. It will be an interesting game for us.
“We need a good, clinical performance. When we have a chance, we should score and go in the lead, which would help us.
“If we stay on the game plan, try to close the centre and be very committed in there without caring about possession too much, working against the ball very hard, then we have a chance to take something.”