Despite the victory against Watford, Ralph Hasanhuttl’s Southampton seem short of ideas in the face of goal
The Solid Saints have a hole in the shape of Ings: Despite the victory against Watford, Ralph Hasanhuttl’s Southampton seem short of ideas heading into goal and are still not over the defeat of Danny Ings.
- Southampton beat Watford 1-0 at Vicerage Road on Saturday afternoon
- Full-backs Tino Livramento and Kyle-Walker Peters shone for the Saints
- Despite the victory, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men recorded only one shot on goal
- Southampton lacks the firepower vacuum left by the late Danny Ings
A Southampton supporter texted a radio show with an assessment of his side on Saturday. “Some of these players are absolute machines, we have to enjoy them while they are still ours,” said the fan.
The players he was referring to were full-backs Tino Livramento and Kyle Walker-Peters, and he noted that if they, and others, continue to consistently shine, they will go to a bigger club with higher aspirations.
Like Danny Ings. He scored 41 Premier League goals in three years and headed for Aston Villa. Jannik Vestergaard and Ryan Bertrand also said goodbye this summer.
Tino Livramento (left) and Kyle Walker-Peters (right) have been the bright sparks for the Saints
However, it is Ings who they miss the most. Despite an impressive victory at Watford, Che Adams’ goal, an exquisite goal, was his only shot on goal.
Creating opportunities is not a problem. Adam Armstrong carved out a handful for himself and his teammates, and energetic wingers filled Ben Foster’s goal with effervescent crosses.
So instead of Ings, Ralph Hasenhuttl has had to adapt to be more solid, with clean sheets at a premium. There are signs of improvement, this is just their second win of the season and the first away win in 10 games.
Che Adams’ goal was Southampton’s only shot on goal against Watford
Ralph Hasenhuttl was delighted with his team’s 1-0 win over Watford on Saturday
“We are delighted with the victory,” he said. ‘The only thing I can criticize is the missed chances, we should have had three or four more (goals). When you have good clean sheets, just one goal is enough. We don’t have a single striker this season ”.
Armstrong has yet to find his feet in the Premier League after a summer move from Blackburn’s side in which he scored 28 last season, and goals from Adams are a rarity. The young Armando Broja has been encouraged and has scored in the two previous league games, although he is now injured.
But the saints look stronger than ever. Walker-Peters was the man of the match here, for a goal line clearance and 90 minutes packed with energetic attack and solid defense to keep Ismaila Sarr calm. Center-back Mohammed Salisu also stood out, and James Ward-Prowse was as imperious as ever. Hasenhuttl is rebuilding a life after Ings, just like they slowly rebuilt when Virgil Van Dijk left, and the Saints are beginning to enjoy the benefits. Enjoy it while you can.