Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl BLAST Jannik Vestergaard’s red card against Leicester as ‘just plain wrong’ and insists they will appeal … as they salute 10-man Saints for their ‘brave’ performance
- Southampton held high-flying Leicester City to a 1-1 draw on Fright evening
- The Saints lost a man after nine minutes when Jannik Vestergaard was sent away
- The studs of the center-back caught striker Jamie Vardy, but he got the ball first
- Hasenhuttl was furious at the decision and insists that the Saints will appeal it
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said Jannik Vestergaard’s early red card in the 1-1 Premier League draw with high-flying Leicester was ‘absolutely the wrong decision’ and plans to appeal.
Saints faced a grueling task just 10 minutes after defender Vestergaard was fired due to a lunge from Foxes forward Jamie Vardy at the edge of the hosts’ 18-yard box.
The Danish international, who won the ball before catching Vardy with his studs as he advanced, was fired by referee Robert Jones on the advice of VAR Jonathan Moss for denying his opponent a scoring opportunity.
Southampton dropped to 10 men early against Leicester, with Jannik Vestergaard off the field
The Danish defender took a heavy touch and lashed out at Jamie Vardy, but got the ball first
Battling Saints overcame the setback and led through James Ward-Prowse’s 60th minute penalty and held for a draw that took them 10 points out of the relegation zone after Jonny Evans’ equalizing goal.
Hasenhuttl praised the heroic deeds of his players, but was less fond of the performance on duty.
Asked if he was satisfied with the result, the Austrian replied: ‘Absolutely; not happy with the red card decision, but very happy with the performance of my fighters.
The official statement was the denial of a clear scoring opportunity. The goalkeeper was at the ball, he could pick it up. I think he (Vardy) would never get this ball. This explanation is simply wrong.
Ralph Hasenhuttl was furious at the decision, but rejoiced when his side held on to a point
The Saints defended well before James Ward-Prowse gave them the lead from the spot
‘I thought it was (was going to be) a penalty and then it was going to get even harder, but when you see the red card, you see that it was definitely the wrong decision and we deserved to get something today.
Jon Moss has seen it, the VAR, and he says it’s a red card, even though Vardy never had the ball. Denying a clear scoring opportunity is an argument that I cannot agree with. ‘
Asked if he would appeal to prevent Vestergaard from being suspended, Hassenhuttl replied, “Yes.”
Southampton had sent Ryan Bertrand away after 12 minutes the last time they hosted Leicester before collapsing into an embarrassing 9-0 beating.
The south coast seems to have secured their safety after a difficult peak season
They were much more resilient on this occasion and, after Evans’ header quickly wiped out Ward-Prowse, they defended tenaciously to avoid a 13th defeat of their last 16 top flights.
“It was an important signal that we can defend better than in the past when we were one man behind and that we have a good start in the last six games (of the season),” said Hasenhuttl.
“It was a brave achievement.”