Ralph Hasenhuttl felt Southampton deserved to beat Burnley after reaping the rewards of hard work during the international break.
Saints fell two goals behind as Chris Wood converted a 12th-minute penalty and Matej Vydra volleyed home 16 minutes later. But Stuart Armstrong and Danny Ings both found the net before half-time to even up proceedings. Nathan Redmond notched the winner on 66 minutes to give the south-coast outfit just their second win since January 4. It means they are now 10 points clear of the relegation zone with eight games to go.
Hasenhuttl was delighted with the result and the fact his players were able to put new strategies into practice.
“A difficult start for us, and normally an opponent that is not helpful if you go two down,” he told the BBC. “I’m very happy to see things we were working on over the last two weeks – our decision-making in the final third was fantastic.
“We could have scored five or six or more goals against a team that doesn’t normally give you many chances. It was a deserved win.
“We tried to keep the tempo very high and stretch them all the time and it worked. We have belief in what we are doing and I think you grab the chance when you get it.”
Dyche left scratching head as Hasenhuttl does double over Clarets
Southampton made a blistering start to the season. They picked up their first win of the campaign with a 1-0 triumph over Burnley on September 26.
Things have nosedived since the turn of the year but they now seem safe in mid table. Conversely, the Turf Moor outfit have improved after a disastrous start saw them gain two points from their first seven matches.
Sean Dyche has made his side hard to beat once again. They had conceded more than one goal just once in their previous eight games before Sunday’s defeat.
And the Burnley chief was at a loss as to why his charges were unable to maintain their focus throughout the encounter.
“We were controlling a lot of aspects of the game at 2-0. It’s not like us to show a bit of naivety, go off the boil,” Dyche told Premier League Productions. “We switched off for 15 minutes. A poor first goal from our point of view and the second one’s a mistake.
“We know the requirements of the Premier League and what you have to do to see things through.”
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