Southampton’s new owners watched from the stands as the club registered their biggest Premier League win of the season by thrashing Brentford 4-1, and boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was happy to put on a show.
Goals from Jan Bednarek, Armando Broja and Che Adams, plus an own-goal from Bees goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez, secured a resounding victory in Saints’ first top-flight outing since last week’s takeover.
Brentford midfielder Vitaly Janelt briefly levelled proceedings with a fine first-half volley but the evening belonged to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s rampant hosts.
Victory for Southampton – secured in front of lead investor Dragan Solak – moved them to 11th in the table, a point and two places above their opponents.
And speaking after the game, Hasenhuttl said: “They [the owners] saw a good game today and a deserved three points.
“We had 120 minutes on Saturday so to see our energy today form the beginning was impressive. Scoring four goals for the first time since 2017, it’s not very often that injury time plays out and we feel comfortable because sometimes it’s tight here. Today we had a fantastic performance.
“Our attitude today was don’t give up, go for every ball. You could see there is a reason Brentford are having a good season and we knew we had to keep them away from our goal, they are dangerous on set pieces and around the box. We had quick strikers up front and it was a very controlled and disciplined performance today.
“New formation that we haven’t played for a while but Oriol [Romeu] was good and James [Ward-Prowse] was fantastic. We are happy.”
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On the impressive performance of Broja, he added: “He’s a great threat. He didn’t have many poor games this season so today he showed again how dangerous he can be for the opponent and he’s very helpful for our game.
“Important result for us. Unbeaten in five games now and even longer at home. We spoke about getting a second and third goal and being able to play calmer football so that was fantastic to watch. Today was one of the best performances at home.”
Broja buzzing after dream night
Broja, speaking to BBC Match of the Day, added: “Amazing night – here at home amazing atmosphere they backed us and it was a great performance from start to finish. Couldn’t ask for much more really.”
As for his game, the forward said: “Big credit to Oriol [Romeu] it was a great ball I had a lot to do but thankful for a great ball from Oriol and a great performance from the boys.
“It’s going well, I’m trying to keep focussed and I don’t think too much about that stuff. I’m young so it’s important for me to keep my feet on the ground and just keep helping the team so I just try to help the team as much as possible.
“To come from the Dutch league to the Premier League is a big step, I had to learn very quickly how the Premier League is. It’s amazing, the best league in the world so it’s very tough but the experienced boys have all helped me and helped me settle in. I’m just enjoying my football at the moment, it’s going well.
“There was an element where we had a lack of goals and we needed to win games, as a team performance it’s amazing that the goals came today but we are starting to find our rhythm as a team in recent weeks.”