Forget Ings: £16.2m-rated Saints wizard who played 4 key passes was Hasenhuttl’s star – opinion

Forget Ings: £16.2m-rated Saints wizard who played 4 key passes was Hasenhuttl’s star – opinion

Southampton produced a stirring comeback on Sunday afternoon to beat Burnley 3-2 and earn their first three points at home in the Premier League in three months.

A Chris Wood penalty gave Sean Dyche’s side the lead before Matej Vydra’s volley made it 2-0 and at that point, it seemed as if Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were going to be on the end of another defeat in the Premier League.

However, they hit back quickly through Stuart Armstrong’s strike from the edge of the box after a Danny Ings flick, before the 28-year-old marked his return from injury with a well-taken goal against his old side to make it 2-2 before half-time.

Nick Pope made a series of excellent saves in the second half to keep the Saints out but he could do nothing when Nathan Redmond volleyed home the winner from Theo Walcott’s cross.

Redmond was arguably the game’s outstanding player, as he caused a lot of problems for Burnley with his direct running and dribbling, whilst he also picked up the assist for Ings’ equaliser.

As per SofaScore, the former Norwich City man earned an impressive 8.5 match rating for his display, which comfortably ranked him as the man of the match, with the winger picking up where he left off last time out against Bournemouth when his brace helped Southampton to a 3-0 victory in the FA Cup.

During the 90 minutes, Redmond would complete four out of seven dribbles, which was joint with Ings as the most of any player from both sides.

Too often this season we have seen the 27-year-old dribble at opponents with no end product but he was on top form again today, as he contributed a superb four key passes, which is far more than the 0.7 key passes he has averaged per game in the Premier League this season.

He would also create two big chances for his teammates, whilst his pass accuracy rate of 78% was again above his average of 76.4% in the top-flight so far this season.

Considering the £16.2m-rated Redmond had just one goal and one assist in the Premier League before today, Hasenhuttl will be delighted that his winger was on top form for the second match in a row and hopefully he will be able to maintain that sort of performance for the rest of the season, now that the Saints have eased their relegation fears following today’s impressive comeback.

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