Southampton let a lead slip again as Wolves came from behind to win 2-1 at St Mary’s in the Premier League midday kick off.
Both teams started brightly with high energy pressing, but it didn’t take long for the Saints to settle into their shape and make life difficult for Wolves, who looked to be lacking in confidence. One man who wasn’t short of that was Danny Ings, who fired home a powerful volley inside the box after 25 minutes. The Southampton striker had Stuart Armstrong to thank after the Scotsman made a driving run to find space for the cross, which was inch perfect.
It was a game where influential players like Pedro Neto and Adama Traoré needed to step up to the plate to break down Southampton, but the wingers were guilty of over playing or miscontrolling the ball in the first half.
But what a difference a goal makes. Wolves burst into life in the second half as Nélson Semedo won a penalty off Ryan Bertrand, who really couldn’t have done much to get out of the way of the cross from such close range. Up stepped Rúben Neves, who calmly slotted the ball past Alex McCarthy and sent the keeper the wrong way.
Neto then twisted Jannik Vestergaard inside out to make a yard of space, but the winger still had plenty to do from such a tight angle, with his shot curling wonderfully into the back of the net to give the Black Country side the lead.
For Ralph Hasenhuttl it was an all too familiar story as his side once again let a lead slip having looked so good in the first half. Next up for Southampton is another home clash against Chelsea, while Wolves host Leeds.
TALKING POINT - SAINTS SLIP UP AGAIN
Southampton had never lost six consecutive league games in their history coming into today's game, but it's now a record that Ralph Hasenhuttl has hanging around his neck as he watched his side lose again from a winning position. The German will be left bemused as to what he has to do to stop this happening again.
Southampton's English striker Danny Ings (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers
The young winger had a poor first half and failed to impact the game. But he looked a completely different player in the second half and showed what he can do with a bit of confidence. His trickery to buy a yard of space inside the box to get the second goal showed just how important he is to this Wolves side especially when key players like Raúl Jiménez are out.
25’ Goal! - Ings smashes it into the back of the net with a first time shot inside the box. Great work by Armstrong who swings in the perfect cross. You could watch that goal back again and again!
50’ Penalty - Penalty for Wolves! Bertrand is deemed to have handled the ball as he turn away from a Semedo cross. It seemed a very harsh decision there
52’ Goal! - Neves converts the penalty with confidence and sends McCarthy the wrong way. Game on!
66’ Goal! - Neto scores from tight angle having wrong footed Vestergaard. What a finish from the winger
79' Shot! Long range effort from Ward-Prowse who forces Patrício into a save, Adams quickly follows up the shot, but he's off side
Southampton have dropped seven points from winning positions in their last three Premier League games against Wolves (D2 L1) – since the start of last season, no side has dropped more points against an opponent in the top-flight
Pedro Neto has been directly involved in nine Premier League goals this season (five goals & four assists), the most of any U21 player in the competition this campaign
Portuguese players have now scored 46 Premier League goals for Wolves - the same number as has been scored by English players for the club in the competition
Danny Ings is one of only four players to score 30 Premier League goals since the start of last season, along with Mohamed Salah (36), Jamie Vardy (35) and Harry Kane (31)