Hasenhuttl delight at securing safety

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Hasenhuttl delight at securing safety

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Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Ralph Hasenhuttl reckons steering Southampton to Premier League safety is one of his biggest managerial achievements. And he paid tribute to Saints’ coaches and players for trusting his taskmaster methods, to turn a “horrible situation” in December into top-flight security in April.

Southampton sat 18th in the table with just nine points from 15 games when Hasenhuttl took the helm. The 51-year-old has guided Saints to 29 points from 21 games, with this draw sealing safety.

“It was really one of the most difficult jobs for me as a manager to come back with this team,” said Hasenhuttl. “After my first game we were five behind Cardiff, with a very tough schedule over Christmas. We are very happy, and we have the feeling we deserve these points, because we did a lot for it. This is amazing, after a very intense, crazy game. But happy, very happy, for the club, supporters, players staff, everybody who is with us. And to be safe two games before the end of the season is tremendous, amazing, sensational.

“The training camp in Tenerife after losing my first game at Cardiff (1-0) was a horrible situation. And how we built the belief there, it was really, really hard work and intensive.”

Callum Wilson bagged a brace but missed a gilt-edged late chance to complete a hat-trick that would have floored Saints. Shane Long, James Ward-Prowse and Matt Targett all produced fine finishes for Saints.

Targett headed the 1,000th Premier League goal of the season – his maiden top-flight strike and the finish that seals Saints safety and another £100m windfall next term.



Bournemouth's Dan Gosling scores their first goal. Photo: Matthew Childs/Action Images via ReutersBournemouth's Dan Gosling scores their first goal. Photo: Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters

Bournemouth’s Dan Gosling scores their first goal. Photo: Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters

Dan Gosling slotted Bournemouth’s other goal with England star Wilson providing the assist in an impressive display.



Southampton's Matt Targett scores their third goal. Photo: Peter Nicholls/ReutersSouthampton's Matt Targett scores their third goal. Photo: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Southampton’s Matt Targett scores their third goal. Photo: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

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