Date published: Sunday 1st November 2020 3:30
Ralph Hasenhuttl believes Southampton will be one of a very small group of teams to win away at Aston Villa this season.
Southampton produced a stunning performance, particularly in the first half, to go 4-0 up against Villa, who have been one of the early pace setters in the Premier League.
Villa clawed their way back into the game with three goals of their own, but fell one short of taking any points off their visitors. As a result, Southampton move above them in the table.
Hasenhuttl’s side are making up for lost time after losing their first two games of the league season. Now, though, he is confident they are back on track.
He told BBC Sport: “We played against a very strong side today, we never gave up. We had a fantastic first half.
“In the second, mentally it was difficult. You concede the first, then you look at the time and you stop playing. This is always dangerous.
“In the end I think it’s good we have this win, not a lot of teams will win here.”
Hasenhuttl hails Ward-Prowse
One of Hasenhuttl’s star men against Villa was captain James Ward-Prowse, who celebrated his 26th birthday in style by scoring two free kicks.
However, given the circumstances, the Saints boss admitted that the skipper would not be able to celebrate his achievement fully.
Hasenhuttl said: “No birthday celebrations for James, we travel home in three team buses, we’ll have to be celebrating for him on the inside!”
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Analysing their improvement in recent weeks, Hasenhuttl said Southampton have reacted well to their difficult start.
He added: “The first two games at the start of the season were a disaster. But we showed a good reaction and now we play how we should.
“It’s good to see how the guys are developing. It’s a good message from the boys.”
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