Date: 20th July 2019 at 8:00pm
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With Southampton taking in a 1-1 draw with SCR Altach during our training camp out in Austria, pre-season got more real for fans on Saturday afternoon as we made the trip to Deepdale to face off against Championship side Preston North End.

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl would’ve been pleased with our efforts against a much tougher opponent as we took a 3-1 victory courtesy of a Danny Ing’s first-half brace, with Jake Vokins finding the net in the second half.

Although Hasenhuttl didn’t change the squad at the half time break this time, a good number of players got the full game under their belt.

PNE line-up:

Ripley, Clarke (Rafferty 79), Hughes, Pearson, Storey, Davies, Barkhuizen (Moult 72), Johnson, Maguire, Browne, Bodin (Burke 79).

Subs not used:

Rudd, Earl, Harrop, Gallagher, Ginnelly, Ledson, Stockley, Bauer, Huntington, Potts.

Southampton line-up:

Gunn, Cedric, Stephens, Hoedt, Long (Armstrong 60), Ings (Reed 60), Bednarek (Vokins 72), Smallbone, Obafemi (Redmond 60), Bertrand (Klarer 72), Hojbjerg (Sims 60).

Subs not used:

Lewis, O’Connor, Johnson.

Attendance: 4,767 (385 Southampton fans).

Another step forward, another good mix of experience and youth (with Wesley Hoedt even getting a run out) and Hasenhuttl was content as he spoke to saintsfc following the game, as he saw more of our training groundwork coming out in our actual play.

“I think it was a good test for us – an intense game. The guys showed that over the last two weeks we have worked on a few things, and we could see a few of those topics today, so it was a good test for us. I think we could’ve scored a few more – I counted six or seven in the first half – but that’s not the most important thing today. The most important thing and the topic of the week was the transition to the offensive, and I think we had a few good ball wins and good transitions. I must say the guys are working hard and I’m enjoying every day working with them. I am happy. The level we are at the moment is exactly where I expect us to be, but we still have a few weeks to go. There is still hard work to do.”

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