Southampton got back to winning ways with a well earned 2-1 win against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. James Ward-Prowse’s early penalty and Shane Long’s first goal since last April was enough to give the visitors all three points, despite going a man down and conceding a Leicester consolation goal.
It was a significantly bright start from Hasenhuttl’s side who went close to taking an early lead through Stuart Armstrong after good work from Nathan Redmond to dispossess the Leicester defender.
However, Southampton did take the lead soon after as James Ward-Prowse, who looks rejuvenated under Hasenhuttl, converted from the penalty spot after Shane Long was clumsily bundled down in the area by Mendy.
Leicester did start to grow into the game, with an effort superbly cleared off of the line by the ever-improving Jan Bednarek. They were even given a man advantage towards the end of the first half as 19-year old Yan Valery was shown a second yellow card after a tangle with Ben Chilwell.
Ex-Saints manager Claude Puel’s side were unable to make the numerical advantage count though, as soon after the sending off, Southampton doubled their advantage after Alex McCarthy’s goal kick found Shane Long in space who then was able to dribble himself into a one-on-one position and slot in only his fourth goal in 72 appearances for club and country.
As expected, Leicester came out of the dressing room with an intent to salvage something from the game and started perfectly as Wilfried Ndidi bundled the ball past Alex McCarthy from little distance at the 58 minute mark to halve the deficit.
The hosts continued to pile the pressure on Southampton but, unlike in most scenarios this season, they didn’t look to crumble under the pressure and did well to consistently clear their lines, even with ten men.
Hasenhuttl’s side managed to hang on to what is a crucial victory that sees them climb out of the relegation zone ahead of a winnable home game with Everton next weekend.