Southampton won successive Premier League games for the first time since April 2017 to condemn Huddersfield to a fifth consecutive defeat.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were 2-0 up at the break thanks to Nathan Redmond’s cool strike and a Danny Ings penalty.

The hosts improved after the break and halved the deficit through Philip Billing’s swerving, long-range effort.

But Michael Obafemi’s goal sealed a seventh home defeat of the season for Town, who stay in the relegation zone.

Huddersfield, with just four goals scored at home so far this season, remain in 19th and are without injured top scorer Aaron Mooy until February.

Southampton, who followed up last week’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal at St Mary’s, move one place up the table into 16th.

The Terriers were poor before half time, and on the back foot from the moment Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s through ball scurried through the legs of Terence Kongolo. allowing Redmond to race on to the pass and smash a first-time shot beyond Town keeper Jonas Lossl.

Mathias Jorgensen’s trip on Ings inside the area gave the on-loan Liverpool striker the chance to send Lossl the wrong way from the spot, but Huddersfield’s impressive fightback after the break was capped by Billing’s second goal of the campaign.

But just when it looked like the home side might complete a comeback, Christopher Schindler’s mistake near the byline allowed Redmond to feed the exciting Obafemi, who steadied himself near the penalty spot before calmly rolling the ball into the net to put the Saints in a commanding position.

The Hasenhuttl Effect

Although the manner of the performance was impressive enough, Saints fans will be stirred by the sight of their new manager out on the pitch celebrating with his players and in front of the hardy souls who had travelled to West Yorkshire on a bleak midwinter’s day.

Prior to the arrival of the ‘Klopp of the Alps’, Southampton looked odds-on for a struggle in the darkest time of the year and with games piling up over the festive period.

But by seeing off Arsenal at home and then Huddersfield on the road, the Austrian has undoubtedly lifted spirits at Southampton.

Rather than the aggressive pressing style he is known for, Hasenhuttl’s unchanged side bided their time against their pumped-up hosts before Redmond pounced to set them on their way.

And the cameo performance of Obafemi was another bright spot. At 18 years and 169 days old, the Irish international became Southampton’s youngest scorer in the Premier League, and he forced Lossl into a save late in the match as Southampton threatened to increase their lead.

Bad day at the office for Huddersfield

The errors by Kongolo and Schindler that led to Southampton’s first and third goals summed up a one step forward, two steps back approach for the Terriers, with each undermining periods where they could have taken hold of the match.

And Jorgensen’s trip on Ings for the penalty just before half-time only added to the problems faced by Huddersfield manager David Wagner.

Maybe the German roused his side in the dressing room, because they looked a different proposition until Obafemi’s killer blow but the stark facts now are that Huddersfield have huge problems as the season nears the halfway point.

That Billing’s goal was just the fourth scored by the home side at the John Smiths Stadium this season is worrying enough, but the absence of top scorer and team heartbeat Mooy until February is another headache for Wagner to contend with.

What’s next?

The Terriers travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday, 26 December to face Manchester United at 15:00 GMT. Southampton get an extra day off, and face West Ham at home on Thursday, at 19:45.

More to follow

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Lössl
  • 25M JorgensenBooked at 63mins
  • 26Schindler
  • 5Kongolo
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 7BacunaSubstituted forKachungaat 65′minutes
  • 8Billing
  • 15LöweBooked at 11minsSubstituted forDurmat 45′minutes
  • 21Pritchard
  • 18MbenzaSubstituted forQuanerat 81′minutes
  • 24Mounie

Substitutes

  • 9Kachunga
  • 11Diakhaby
  • 12Hamer
  • 20Depoitre
  • 23Quaner
  • 27Stankovic
  • 37Durm

Southampton

  • 1McCarthy
  • 35Bednarek
  • 3Yoshida
  • 4Vestergaard
  • 43ValeryBooked at 52minsSubstituted forStephensat 79′minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 14Romeu
  • 23HøjbjergBooked at 86mins
  • 33Targett
  • 22Redmond
  • 17ArmstrongSubstituted forLeminaat 69′minutes
  • 9IngsSubstituted forObafemiat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Stephens
  • 7Long
  • 10Austin
  • 18Lemina
  • 28Gunn
  • 61Obafemi
  • 66Ramsay
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
22,384

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home16
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Southampton 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Southampton 3.

Foul by Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town).

Maya Yoshida (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Zanka tries a through ball, but Elias Kachunga is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Zanka (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Collin Quaner.

Foul by Zanka (Huddersfield Town).

Michael Obafemi (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Philip Billing.

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mario Lemina.

Foul by Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town).

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Michael Obafemi (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.

Booking

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Foul by Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town).

Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Jan Bednarek.

Booking

Jack Stephens (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jack Stephens (Southampton).

Erik Durm (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Southampton).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Collin Quaner replaces Isaac Mbenza.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Erik Durm.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Jack Stephens replaces Yan Valery.

Attempt blocked. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

Attempt missed. Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Philip Billing following a corner.

Attempt missed. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Maya Yoshida.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jan Bednarek (Southampton) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Southampton 3. Michael Obafemi (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

Attempt missed. Michael Obafemi (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jannik Vestergaard with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Mario Lemina replaces Stuart Armstrong.

Attempt missed. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Philip Billing.

Attempt blocked. Isaac Mbenza (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

goal

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here