With St Mary’s Stadium seeing some England action during the September international break, Saturday saw manager Ralph Hasenhuttl take his Southampton squad up to Bramall Lane to face off against newly promoted Sheffield United.
With a slow and mixed start to the 2019/20 campaign, the aim was always three points but the Blades have proven to be a tough nut to crack in recent years.
It was certainly a mixed game and both sides had a good number of chances on the day and the hosts even had a goal ruled offside as the Video Assistant Referee system took a few more headlines.
21-year-old Moussa Djenepo returned to the starting XI and he opened the scoring in te 66th minute, and despite a late rally from United, the sending off of Billy Sharp largely ended their momentum, so the three points are ours.
Speaking to the BBC following the full time whistle, our Austrian gaffer said of the day’s efforts.
“We had a difficult start at Burnley then Liverpool, but the guys believe in what we are doing. We knew we could play better than in their first two games but these seven points are very important for us. Two away wins in a row is good for us and gives us self-confidence. We have more quality in front this season, we have more options and even Nathan Redmond is injured and he can make a difference.”