Saints share the spoils on final day 

By SFC Media Sun 12 May Saints v Huddersfield
Photo by Matt Watson | Nathan Redmond
Sun 12 May 3PM
Premier League
Southampton
1
Huddersfield Town
1
Redmond [41']
Pritchard [55']
Hogg (84')
Referee: Lee Probert | Venue: St Mary's Stadium | Attendance: 30,367

Southampton were forced to accept a share of the spoils on the final day of the Premier League season, despite a wonder strike from this year’s star man Nathan Redmond, who claimed double honours at last week’s end-of-season awards evening.

The strike takes Redmond’s seasonal tally to nine - a career best in the Premier League - but it wasn’t enough to earn Saints all three points, after Alex Pritchard's rather fortuitous second-half equaliser.

The game’s stunning opener would have provided a perfect St Mary’s send-off for the 30,000 inside the ground, but Pritchard was alive to rescue a draw for Championship-bound Huddersfield, who bow out of the top-flight having added another point to their modest tally.

Ralph Hasenhüttl, having arrived in England less than two months before today's opposite number Jan Siewert, finishes the season having claimed eight wins from his 23 Premier games in charge - a platform to build on ahead of his first full term in charge.

The manager made good on his pre-match promise, restoring the starting XI to personnel he’d become accustomed to picking during his five month Southampton reign.

Nathan Redmond, James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu returned, while Angus Gunn was reinstated between the sticks.

And it was Saints, with their eagerness to please the home crowd at a sun-laden St Mary’s, who started the brighter, forcing their visitors to retreat and restricting the majority of play to Huddersfield’s defensive third.

There was nothing to lose for the boys in red and white, but plenty to gain, with the chance to climb as high as 15th and leapfrog Burnley - who were themselves beaten by Arsenal 3-1 on the day.

Danny Ings goes close in the first half

January acquisition Karlan Grant fired down the throat of Gunn from a tight angle in the eighth minute, but it didn’t pose much threat to the Saints stopper, who regained his starting berth in place of Fraser Forster.

Shortly after, Aaron Mooy curled a speculative effort towards goal in the 12th minute, which Gunn was happy to watch over his upright.

Danny Ings, enjoying a lively opening quarter, wasn’t able to steer his first shot of the afternoon on target, before Redmond came alive on the break. He skipped away from Hogg with ease, before finding Ward-Prowse whose eventual shot was charged down.

The same pairing combined on the quarter-hour mark - Redmond’s energy again too much for Huddersfield’s backline to supervise - as he drew Tommy Smith towards the ball before slipping it to Ward-Prowse. In turn, the midfielder attempted to present Ings with the chance to shoot, where perhaps he was better placed to take the chance on himself.

Characteristic of his creative yet unselfish play, Ward-Prowse has crafted more chances than any other player who has yet to provide an assist in the Premier League this season.

Undeterred, Saints continued to pour forward and were granted their just rewards in the 40th minute, courtesy of a moment of magic from Redmond.

Allowing the winger to cut inside was Huddersfield’s first mistake, but permitting him to shoot was even more costly, as he wrapped his right boot around the effort and watched it fly into Joel Coleman’s top left.

He sprinted away to a rapturous applause from the home crowd - no less than the strike deserved.

Nathan celebrates netting Saints' opener - his ninth of the season

Saints in control then, giving Huddersfield, in their neon yellow strip, little chance for redemption, before Lee Probert blew his half-time whistle.

A shift in formation followed the interval, with Saints reverting to three at the back, as Shane Long was withdrawn in place of Matt Targett. The early signs looked promising.

Targett was gaining plenty of joy down the left, while Ward-Prowse was afforded space to roam in midfield, and crashed an effort off the crossbar two minutes after the restart.

But, with the scoreline precariously poised, there was always incentive for the away side; enough to force an avoidable equaliser in the 55th minute.

Pritchard robbed Gunn of the ball on the edge of his own technical area, and unable recover with the goal unmanned, the forward rolled into an empty net.

Saints rallied thereafter, but a second goal proved evasive. Presentable chances came and went for Ings and Redmond, while Targett was gaining territory down the left, but unable to find the killer pass.

The visitors - after ending their eight-match losing streak last weekend with a 1-1 draw against Manchester United - appeared happy to accept parity, having rewarded their travelling supporters with at least one final Premier League goal to savour.

Charlie Austin’s 76th minute introduction encouraged yet more waves of Southampton attacks, but no breakthrough. Redmond steered the ball his way ten minutes from time, but under pressure from Smith, he was unable to connect with the cross.

Anxious for one final opportunity, Austin so nearly had the final say in stoppage time. Redmond was the instigator, as he’d been all game, and he squared the ball to the substitute striker, who fired a whisker wide of the mark.

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Huddersfield Town
  • Possession (%)
    54
    46
  • Shots
    10
    10
  • Shots on target
    3
    3
  • Corners
    4
    3
  • Passes Complete
    325
    254

Southampton

28
Angus Gunn (GK)
43
Yan Valery
21
Ryan Bertrand
5
Jack Stephens
35
Jan Bednarek
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
14
Oriol Romeu
Josh Sims (84′)
22
Nathan Redmond
16
James Ward-Prowse
9
Danny Ings
Charlie Austin (76′)
7
Shane Long
Matt Targett (45′)
39
Josh Sims
17
Stuart Armstrong
32
Alfie Jones
18
Mario Lemina
33
Matt Targett
44
Fraser Forster
10
Charlie Austin

Huddersfield Town

13
Joel Coleman (GK)
26
Christopher Schindler (C)
27
Jon Gorenc Stankovic
2
Tommy Smith
5
Terence Kongolo
10
Aaron Mooy
7
Juninho Bacuna
Matty Daly (66′)
6
Jonathan Hogg
16
Karlan Grant
18
Isaac Mbenza
21
Alex Pritchard
Steve Mounie (86′)
44
Aaron Rowe
9
Elias Kachunga
11
Adama Diakhaby
38
Demeaco Duhaney
41
Matty Daly
1
Jonas Lössl
24
Steve Mounie
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