Hasenhuttl praises Saints after comeback victory
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Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl felt his side deserved their 3-2 win over Burnley after coming from 2-0 down to claim an important three points on Sunday.

The Saints produced a remarkable fightback from two goals down to win, and earn a victory that pushes them within touching distance of securing their Premier League status.

Having gone 2-0 down inside half an hour, a great recovery from the Saints meant that they extend their gap over the relegation zone to ten points with eight games left of the campaign.

Commenting afterwards, the Saints boss told the club’s website: “It was a tough fight today and, in the end, a deserved win.

“We didn’t have a very good start with the penalty and the second goal. Maybe the opponent was a bit too sure of the win, as then we were trying to do what we wanted to do from the beginning.

“You can see how much quality we have when we create so many chances against such a side that is normally defending very well and very deep.

“It’s not so easy to score and create in such a game but it was important that we did it in a fantastic way and this definitely gives us a boost.

“Today it’s fantastic to see and it’s always good when you work on thing and see the result at the weekend.

“I must say we were good to watch and I always had the feeling that we could score and always had the feeling that we could stretch them, and this is how we have to do it in the future also and then we are a good side.”

The hosts found themselves with a deficit to overturn after a Chris Wood penalty and Matej Vydra strike put Burnley in command, only for Stuart Armstrong and the returning Danny Ings to restore parity at the halfway stage.

Going on to dominate proceedings with no less than 24 shots, the turnaround was eventually completed just past the hour mark when Nathan Redmond volleyed home.

And Ings hailed a spirited team performance on his return to the starting line up having missed out on a number of games before the international break.

“We didn’t start good enough, I think we knew that,” admitted the striker after the game. “Going two down, that triggered us that we needed to be better and from that moment I think we controlled the game for the most part until they were chasing at the end.

“We created a lot of chances today which has been quite tough in recent weeks. To get the win after the international break is huge and something we can build on.

“You talk about Premier League survival, it goes to show how difficult it has been for us this year. The form that we had at the start of the season compared to where we were at before the international break. To put that behind us, to start afresh and start with a win is huge and something we can build on.”

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