Southampton seal vital Wolves win to almost guarantee Premier League survival
NATHAN REDMOND all but preserved Southampton’s Premier League status with a quick-fire double against Wolves.
Redmond’s super show severely dented Wanderers bid to take seventh spot and maybe a Europa League place if Manchester City win the FA Cup.
But his heroics lifted the Saints eight points clear of third-bottom Cardiff who went down 2-0 at Burnley.
Redmond took just 94 seconds to open the scoring with the Saints fastest goal in 28 months.
And the winger’s first brace in two years heaped more misery on Nuno Espirito Santo’s wounded Wolves.
The Wanderers arrived at St. Mary’s still shell-shocked by last weekend’s 3-2 FA Cup semi-final extra-time defeat to Watford after being two goals up.
The last thing they wanted was to go behind early and that’s exactly what happened when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg set-up Redmond to crash the ball into the roof of the net.
Ruben Neves and Leander Dendoncker both went close for the visitors before Willy Boly equalised on 28 minutes.
The giant French centre-back outjumped two home defenders to thunder home an impressive header.
But Redmond hit back within 118 seconds with another classy finish to put the pressure back on Wanderers.
Danny Ings split open the visitor's defence with a delightful pass which allowed the winger to chip over goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
And Josh Sims should have emulated Redmond skills when Ings put the striker clear but he shot wide of Patricio and the far post.
Wolves top scorer Raul Jimenez had a stinker summed up on 69 minutes when his six-yard volley was so wide it went for a Saints throw-in.
And substitute Shane Long wrapped up victory for the super Saints when he flicked home Maya Yoshida’s 71st-minute pass.
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