Nathan Redmond wins over critics as Ralph Hassenhuttls work ethic lifts Southampton – Telegraph.co.uk

Nathan Redmond wins over critics as Ralph Hassenhuttl\s work ethic lifts Southampton - Telegraph.co.uk

Southampton 3 Wolves 1 – player ratings

Southampton No player embodies the impact that Ralph Hasenhuttl has had on ­Southampton quite like Nathan Redmond.

Before the Austrians arrival in December, Redmond had not scored a Premier League goal this season and was frequently the target of fan frustrations during the dismal tenures of Mauricio Pellegrino and, in the latter stages, Mark Hughes.

And bearing in mind that they still have to play already down Huddersfield at home, it’s time Saints started thinking about pre-season and their transfer strategy for the summer.

Now, the former Birmingham and Norwich forward is the first name on Hasenhuttls teamsheet, and has scored eight and assisted three goals under the manager.

With Cardiff and Brighton both suffering defeats yesterday, Saints edged closer to securing their Premier League status for another year.

He likes this kind of pressing football because he wants to attack and run a lot, said Hasenhuttl, whose side are almost safe from relegation following this weekends victory over Wolves. For me, it is unbelievable that he was very much criticised last season in this stadium.

It would take an almighty collapse from here to see the St Mary’s side be relegated down to the Championship.

Thats the best thing for him as he sees that, if he works hard, as he is doing for the team, then the ­supporters immediately will support you completely differently. It is a very positive thing for him and helps us a lot.

It is not easy if you feel they are booing if you make a mistake. Now if he makes a mistake, nobody cares because they can see he invests a lot and gives everything for the team. This is what I tell all of my guys all the time. If you work hard, the supporters do not care if you make mistakes.

Cohesion between supporters and players was clear to see at the final whistle, with Hasenhuttl and his victorious squad saluting the stands in full Bundesliga style. The former RB Leipzig manager has won eight of his 18 games in charge and drawn three and there is genuine belief within the club that a push towards mid-table is possible in the remaining five games.

Eight points clear [of the bottom three], said midfielder Oriol Romeu. Its a completely different situation to where we were a few weeks ago and we still have five games left. The more we can add to our points this season, the better well feel. 

I think the team is doing ­really well, so Im sure well get a lot more. We are in the perfect ­situation. 

If you had offered me that situation a few weeks ago, Id have said, Yeah, Im happy to sign. Were here because we deserve to be and weve done really well and got the points that we wanted.

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Wolves conceded three times but you couldnt really look at Patricio for any of them. Hes had absolutely no protection from a leaky defence and indeed helped keep the score down, especially with an excellent save from point blank range to deny Yoshida shortly after Southamptons third goal. 7/10

Hes played exceptionally well at times in recent weeks, notably against Chelsea and Manchester United, but this kind of performance makes you wonder if Saiss is the long-term answer at right centre-half. In a word, dozy. Especially in the first half when he allowed Redmond to sneak across him for the first goal and also sloppily conceded possession on a number of occasions. 4/10

Wolves biggest problem in the first half was that the back five were positioned too far away from each other, allowing big holes for Southampton to exploit. This left Coady isolated and he was caught playing Redmond onside for the second goal during a defensive performance that lacked control. As chief organiser at the back, he must take a fair share of blame for Wolves poorest defensive display of the season. 4/10

A beautifully planted header from Boly, his fourth goal of the season, drew Wolves level for a couple of minutes. Won nine headers (more than double anyone else on the pitch), but was also guilty of the basic errors that his team mates were producing. One dithering clearance almost led to a fourth Southampton goal. 5/10

Got forward to good effect at times in the first half but lacked the decisive final pass or shot, as they all did. Couldnt really be blamed for the defensive calamities unfolding to his left hand side. Taken off early in the second half as Nuno looked to inject some pace in the form of Adama Traore. 5/10

Tried to get Wolves going in the second half but it just didnt happen. Plenty of effort and endeavour from the midfield maestro and his corners, once he finally stopped playing them short (yes they scored from one against Watford but it was an unnecessary change to a formula that has been working) he whipped them in for fun. This was Wolves best source of a goal – and so it proved when Boly headed home from an outswinger. 6/10

So deep he needed a snorkel. Was playing footsie with the centre-halves for most of the first half – yes Wolves need a fulcrum but this guy needs to be further up the pitch seen as hes the best passer of a football weve seen at Molineux for at least a couple of decades. As against Watford he had an off day. Almost cost a goal when he carelessly gave the ball away just after Southamptons second. Had four shots, more than any of his team mates, but couldnt find the target. Indeed he hasnt found the net from open play in the league this season, which hell be disappointed with. 5/10

Almost netted with a powerful 12-yard header in the first half and generally got in the box to good effect albeit without that final finishing touch. Regularly won the ball back but didnt do enough with it. 6/10

Both he and Boly were caught out when Sims got in behind them for the first goal. Helped carve out a couple of half chances in the first period. Faded after the break and it was a surprise Vinagre didnt replace him to help stretch the play down the left. 5/10

Apart from the goal Wolves created only one clear cut chance all afternoon – and Jimenez blew it. With the score at 2-1 the ball dropped on his right boot for a first-time volley from just eight yards, but he shanked it wide for a throw in, adequately summing up Wolves day. A minute later it was 3-1 and game over. A couple of nice link-up moments with Jota in the first half but otherwise this was a rare poor performance from the Mexican. 5/10

Full of attacking intent and looked to spark Wolves to life with his strike partner Jimenez. Embarked on a couple of jinking runs in the first half and was Wolves biggest threat. However after the break he did next to nothing, save for a shot on the turn from 12 yards which he blazed over the bar. 6/10

Sent on to cause havoc and he did that on a couple of occasions, twice taking on two players at a time and sending over a decent cross or two. Southampton quickly got wise to this and put three players on him. But then Traore contrived to produce the kind of defensive blunder youd expect to see on the playground, not in a Premier League match. Dopily stood motionless and watched as his team mates advanced three yards ahead of him, while Traore stupidly played Long onside for Southamptons third. Desperately poor. 5/10

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