‘We could have scored five, six or more!’: Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl praises his side after the comeback win over Burnley, as he thinks it’s important to win ‘six pointer’ to get everything but their to secure next season’s Premier League.
- Southampton was two goals behind and defeated Burnley 3-2 on Easter Sunday
- Matej Vydra and Chris Wood gave the visiting Clarets a strong lead in the first half
- The Saints hit back through Stuart Armstrong, Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond
- Ralph Hasenhuttl praised his party’s wish and Ings’s involvement in all three goals
Ralph Hasenhuttl praised his Southampton side for their faith and desire to come back from 2-0 to beat Burnley 3-2 in a ‘six-pointer’ relegation.
The Saints got off to the worst possible start when Chris Wood’s penalty and Matej Vydra’s well-taken attack put the Clarets in control in the first half hour, but goals from Stuart Armstrong, Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond turned the game around.
Hasenhuttl claimed that his team was improving their finish in the international break and that they could have scored more than three.
Ralph Hasenhuttl praised Southampton’s desire to jump back in their 3-2 win over Burnley
The Saints won via Stuart Armstrong (left), goals from Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond (right)
The Austrian said Sky Sports: ‘It was a difficult start, a difficult start for us. Normally it is not very useful if you go down two (goals) after 30 minutes.
‘But I’m really happy to see today the things we’ve been working on for the past two weeks, especially our decision making in the last third, which was fantastic.
‘I think we could have scored five, six or even more goals – and this against a team that doesn’t give you many chances. It shows that we have done something right in recent weeks.
“ We made it difficult for ourselves today, but in the end it was a deserved win because we try to keep the pace really high and emphasize them all the time and I think it worked out. ”
Chris Wood (second left) and Matej Vydra (center) had given Burnley a 2-0 lead in the first half
While the Saints eventually completed the comeback, the score would have been more convincing had the home side taken more of their chances.
James Ward-Prowse had a knock rattling off the crossbar before Ings had copied a header off the line. Substitute Che Adams also ran clear on goal but left his finish wide.
Hasenhuttl cited the timing of Southampton’s equalizing goal, a well-taken solo goal from Ings just before half-time, as the turning point in the game that brought his side of despair to victory.
The Saints boss also praised the work of Ings, who was involved in all three goals from the home side on Easter Sunday.
Hasenhuttl on Sunday praised the work of Ings (above), who was involved in all three goals
Hasenhuttl adds: ‘It was important in the first half that we equalized before half-time, because then you are mentally in a better position than the opponent. Then you come out and try to keep going.
Like I said, I don’t know many teams that have turned roles like today. This is certainly a huge boost for us.
‘You know for sure that he (Ings) is an important player for us. Today we also had a bank that helps you when you run out of energy. ‘
Hasenhuttl claims it was vital for his party to win the ‘six-pointer’ relegation on Easter Sunday
The result puts Southampton ten points above the relegation zone with eight games to go. The home team is also four points from the 40-point mark, which is often considered the safety point.
Burnley is three points behind the Saints in 15th place, seven points above the drop zone.
Speaking of the impact of the 3-2 win, Hasenhuttl claimed, ’36 points now. Fantastic against a talented opponent.
“It was a six pointer today so it was great for us to turn the tables today.”