Sacked within the morning. That was the cry from the Southampton followers, aimed toward their very own supervisor Ralph Hasenhuttl as their dire kind continued with a crushing 3-0 defeat by Brentford in west London.
Thomas Frank’s facet scored twice within the house 61 first-half seconds to set themselves on the way in which to victory – one which makes them all-but mathematically secure after shifting 9 factors away from Burnley. Either side have simply three left to play.
For the Saints, security continues to be no formality. They’ve lengthy appeared like a facet prepared for the curtain to come back down on this marketing campaign. Because the finish of February Hasenhuttl’s males had picked up simply 5 factors from a attainable 27. That’s now 5 in 30. Their beautiful success over Arsenal final month is wanting increasingly more important with every passing sport.
Kristoffer Ajer celebrates netting Brentford’s third aim of their 3-0 win over Southampton
Ajer rolls the ball below Fraser Forster to cap off a snug victory for the house facet
Right here they had been undone by a Brentford show that after once more owed a lot of its brilliance to the ingenuity of Christian Eriksen.
Provided the liberty of the liberty to dictate play from his deep-lying position, the Dane duly obliged, having a hand in each objectives whereas additionally slicing the Saints defence open repeatedly along with his incisive imaginative and prescient on the ball.
It was his nook that picked out the chest of Ivan Toney for the primary aim, the striker capable of take the ball down and flash a cross alongside the face of aim that Pontus Jansson tucked house.
And it was the 30-year-old’s harmful run that was unceremoniously ended by Mohammed Salisu a matter of seconds later, just for Yoane Wissa to select up the items and profit from a superb use of the benefit by referee Michael Salisbury.
It additionally introduced one other clear sheet for the Bees – their fourth in succession at house. They appear a facet performing at each ends. The identical can hardly be stated for his or her opponents.
Yoane Wissa celebrates doubling Brentford’s lead over Southampton throughout the first half
The Bees had opened the scoring by a strike from defender Pontus Jansson (third left)
The afternoon had truly began brightly the Saints. Brentford keeper David Raya was virtually caught out within the third minute by Armando Broja because the Brentford goalkeeper misjudged the period of time he needed to cope with the Albania worldwide’s fast press.
A minute later they carved out the primary significant probability of the sport.
Romain Perraud was slipped in down the left by Nathan Redmond, however after slicing again onto his proper foot to create the house he may solely fireplace large on the entrance put up.
From there it was the hosts’ flip to use some stress. Bryan Mbeumo despatched Rico Henry scampering to the byline on the left flank. His low ball flashed throughout the six-yard field however was missed by Wissa and couldn’t be bundled house by midfielder Mathias Jensen on the again put up.
Like he has accomplished for many of this season, Toney made his presence felt up high, giving Jan Bednarek and Mohammed Salisu a day to overlook. His flick on, arrange Wissa, who battled inside Salisu however didn’t get any actual buy behind his right-footed try.
MATCH FACTS, RATINGS & TABLE
Raya 6; Ajer 7, P Jansson 7, Bech Sorensen 6, Henry 6.5; Norgaard 6.5, Jensen 6 (Younger-Coombes, 87), Eriksen 8; Mbeumo 6 (Baptiste 81), Toney 8, Wissa 7 (Dasilva 69, 6).
Subs not used: Lossl, Jeanvier, Fosu-Henry, Janelt, Roerslev, Stevens.
Supervisor: Frank 7.5
Scorers: Jansson 13, Wissa 14, Ajer 79
Forster 5, Walker-Peters 5.5, Bednarek 5, Salisu 4.5, Perraud 5.5; S Armstrong 6 (Romeu 83), Ward-Prowse 6, Diallo 5.5 (Elyounoussi 64, 6), Redmond 6; A Armstrong 5, Broja 5.
Subs not used: McCarthy, Lyanco, Lengthy, Adams, Tella, Valery, Dibling.
Supervisor: Hasenhuttl 5
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Jansson celebrates his strike with team-mate Ivan Toney on the Brentford Neighborhood Stadium
It wasn’t lengthy till the stress instructed. On 13 minutes, Toney was allowed to chest down Eriksen’s nook. He muscled his strategy to the byline and despatched the ball again throughout the face of aim the place Jansson’s protruding boot directed the ball past Forster.
Inside seconds it was two. Eriksen picked up Wissa’s flicked on and made a beeline for aim. The midfielder was scythed down by Salisu, however his fast considering team-mate had adopted his personal flick and seized on the free ball, driving to the sting of the world earlier than slotting right-footed into the right-hand nook.
The DR Congo worldwide may have had extra, and missed an excellent probability for his second. Erisken’s free kick was volleyed again throughout aim by Toney however Wissa by some means contrived to steer his effort from beneath the crossbar into the stand, the stress from Stuart Armstrong doing sufficient to place him off.
Southampton had been in determined want of a response of some variety and thought they’d discovered one within the forty fourth minute.
James Ward-Prowse makes an attempt to attain from a free-kick on the sting of the penalty field
Christian Eriksen brings the ball below management on one other constructive show from the Dane
Ibrahima Diallo’s interception ricocheted again into the trail of Adam Armstrong after Eriksen tried to clear. The striker buried the ball nicely past Raya, solely to show and see the linesman’s flag hoisted. VAR confirmed the good spot from the official.
The Saints continued their seek for a approach again into the sport at first of the second half. Wissa’s problem halfway inside his personal half spilled again into his personal field, however neither Broja nor Adam Armstrong may reap the benefits of David Raya’s air-kick.
Within the seventy fifth minute James Ward-Prowse noticed his free-kick nick the wall and spin over.
However with a bit of over ten minutes remaining the factors had been sealed. Christian Norgaard slipped a cross into the ft of Kristoffer Ajer, who slipped the eye of three yellow jerseys contained in the field to wriggle to the sting of the six-yard field, earlier than slotting between the legs of Forster.
By the tip Saints followers had turned on their very own boss, serenading Hasenhuttl with cries of ‘sacked within the morning’. It’s clear they’ve had sufficient. Judging on among the performances from these in yellow, so have the gamers.