Rickie Lambert said before the derby via Southampton’s official Twitter account that the city will remember you if you get a win over Portsmouth, and Danny Ings has seemingly become the most popular man in town.
So, how was the south coast derby for you @IngsDanny?
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) September 24, 2019
The former Liverpool striker hit a brace in the Saints’ 4-0 win over Portsmouth in the first South Coast Derby in nearly seven years, handing Southampton the bragging rights over their long-hated rivals until their next encounter in the future.
After such a performance and in line with Lambert’s words, many Southampton fans were jubilant over Ings’ impact following the full-time whistle as fans took to social media to praise their newfound hero.
Here is what some Saints supporters had to say about Ings following his two-goal performance over the League One side…
Ingsy you absolute saints legend
— Raziel (@Drexl_Raz) September 25, 2019
Incredible performance tonight Danny and two unbelievable finishes!! Saints legend!!!
— Martin Hiley (@Mart_86) September 24, 2019
Get this man a statue outside St Mary's
— Ryan Hanks (@RyanHan92251187) September 25, 2019
— Sh743aun (@s_goater1) September 25, 2019
Some supporters remained grounded, though, in their praise of Ings…
— Tom 182 (@Tom182s) September 24, 2019
Massive enjoyment fella, how did it feel to score a beautiful brave against Pompey?
— Kev Stockwell (Stocky) (@Stocky_1984) September 24, 2019
He’s just a bloody nice chap. Decent brace in the skates own back yard too.
— Me (@RhysThomas2014) September 25, 2019
— Don't Worry Be Happy (@AnyBodyHealthy) September 24, 2019
The brace now puts Ings tally for the season up to three goals in all competitions as numbers from Transfermarkt show