Southampton’s form prior to this weekend’s trip to Wolves would have had few confident in their ability to register anything but a loss against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.
The Saints had lost their previous three league games, while their hosts, Wolves, were unbeaten in three in the league and beat Manchester City 2-0 away from home in their last top-flight outing before the international break.
Indeed, Wolves were in better form going into Saturday afternoon, but it was Southampton who officially took the lead at Molineux through Danny Ings eight minutes after the break. Raul Jimenez had previously hit the back of the net twice in the first-half; however, his goals were both ruled out by offside thanks to the VAR.
Ings’ well-taken finish put the visitors in cruise control, for a total of eight minutes. A penalty was awarded to Wolves and Jimenez duly obliged to level proceedings with 30 minutes left on the clock.
There were to be no more goals in the West Midlands, however, and the Saints returned south with a huge point; Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men can perhaps count themselves lucky for the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee.
Danny Ings now has six goals to show for his efforts this season – four more than any other Saints player (Moussa Djenepo, 2), and has undoubtedly been the club’s standout performer so far (BBC Sport).
However, there was another player who was just as effective for Southampton against Wolves on Saturday. Despite not getting himself on the scoresheet, midfielder James Ward-Prowse proved nothing but a nuisance to the hosts throughout the entire 90 minutes, working tirelessly to ensure his side left with at least a point to show for their efforts.
WhoScored awarded the young Englishman with an overall rating of 7.18/10 for his efforts after he registered two shots on target, three key passes, two successful tackles and four crosses throughout the match.
Ward-Prowse went close to scoring the match-winner for Southampton with a trademark curling free-kick as the game neared its conclusion, though a good save from Rui Patricio saw the ball palmed past the post.
This was yet another mature performance from the 24-year-old, who continues to demonstrate his qualities in the top-flight – just like he did at the end of last season when he earned a call-up to the senior England squad.
Next up for Southampton, it’s Leicester City at home; hopefully for the Saints they’ll be able to build on from this point against Wolves, though Leicester do travel south with plenty of momentum having won three of their previous four league games.
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