By Juan Aguerrevere
Despite falling to Liverpool last week, Southampton's manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl decided to stick with a three in the back. Hasenhuttl gambled on canceling Wolverhampton's Nuno Espiritu Santo's own 3-5-2 formation. Southampton's only two changes from last week were Josh Sims replacing Oriol Romeu with James Ward-Prowse dropping into midfield and Danny Ings coming on for Shane Long. Other than Rui Patricio's return, Wolves stuck with the same team that lost to Watford in last weekend's incredible FA Cup semifinal.
Just two minutes in to the match, Southampton took the lead. Josh Sims used his pace and to find Nathan Redmond’s darting run at the near post. Patricio could do nothing as the former Birmingham City youth player finished off Sims’s low cross the cross.
Wolverhampton stuck to its plan to dominate possession progressively up the field. Joao Moutinho's corner attempt was attacked by Willy Boly who towered over the Southampton defense to equalize for Wolves.
But the Saints quickly retaliated exploiting spaces in the Wolves’ defensive half. Once again, Saiss lost Redmond who latched on to a perfectly weighted through ball by Ings finding Redmond who chips it over Patricio. Substitute Shane Long closed the game by scoring a scrappy tap in during a poorly defended corner.
Wolverhampton continues their struggle against teams outside of the top-6.
Juan is a senior at the University of Florida. He is an aspiring sports writer, analyst, and commentator.