Hasenhüttl hails match winners

By SFC Media Sun 01 Dec Saints v Watford
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has praised his attackers’ influence on the 2-1 comeback victory over Watford on Saturday night.

Trailing to Ismaïla Sarr’s strike at the halfway stage, Danny Ings’ equaliser and James Ward-Prowse’s stunning free-kick secured a vital three points in the Premier League.

Claiming a first home win of the season at St Mary’s the Saints boss was full of praise for his attacking outlets, notably half-time substitute Sofiane Boufal.

“Sofiane was important because he carries the ball very well, is good one-on-one dribbling and gets into the box.

“That gives you a mental lift and gets the crowd behind you and this is what we needed in that moment.

“When you have both sides with good one-on-one dribbling it helps you massively to get into the box to do something.

“Moussa [Djenepo] really tried to make the last step to bring the ball to Ingsy because he’s so positive and really wants to win. That’s fantastic for us.”

Djenepo, Valery and Boufal celebrate at full-time (Photo: Chris Moorhouse)

With Djenepo providing the assist for Ings’ equaliser, the stage was set for the latest Ward-Prowse free-kick masterclass.

Securing the three points inside the final 10 minutes, Hasenhüttl highlighted the midfielder’s importance to the side.

“Against Everton he was unlucky because the goalkeeper made a good save, but this time it was 2-1 which gives us the maximum lift.

“He’s always there for such moments and that’s why he is so important for the team.

“It’s always a very big moment for us and we know he is very strong.”

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