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SportWard-Prowse praises Hasenhuttl following Spurs victory

19:55  09 march  2019
19:55  09 march  2019 Source:   readsport.co

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Ralph Hasenhuttl praised James Ward - Prowse 's ability to go from disaffected 19th man to Southampton's ever-present driving force. Ward - Prowse , 24, has been touted for an England return after stringing together an impressive spell in the heart of midfield, scoring four times.

Ward-Prowse praises Hasenhuttl following Spurs victory © Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Sport Southampton FC v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

James Ward-Prowse praised Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl following their 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Saturday.

The midfielder scored his second free kick in successive league games to complete the comeback for Saints, who fell behind in the first half after Harry Kane gave Spurs the lead.

The away side spurned a host of chances, hitting the post and the bar in the opening 45 minutes, while Angus Gunn produced a fine save to deny Kane from doubling Tottenham’s advantage.

Hasenhuttl made two tactical changes at half time, replacing Oriol Romeu and Charlie Austin, and Ward-Prowse revealed to BBC Sport after the game that the Austrian’s changes at the break changed the game and “epitomised” the Saints boss.

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Saints player ratings: Tottenham (H) James Ward-Prowse’s brilliant free kick gave Southampton a 2-1 victory over Tottenham and moved Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side two points clear of the relegation zone. The midfielder scored his second free kick in as many league games after last week’s strike against Manchester United, completing an unlikely turnaround at St. Mary’s after Harry Kane had given Spurs the lead. Maurizio Pochettino’s side were much the better side in the first half and went into the break deservedly leading.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has praised James Ward - Prowse ’s recent progress at Southampton now that he’s added an aggressive streak to his game. Ward - Prowse has been one of the most improved players at St Mary’s since Hasenhuttl came in as new boss, scoring three goals in his last five games.

Follow your club now for first access to all our news, views and analysis. Hasenhuttl has opted for two, high energy midfielders at the heart of his 4-4-2 with James Ward - Prowse and Ward - Prowse has also made 143 ball recoveries compared to 112 and won 120 duels compared to 72 last season.

“It is hard to put into words, we were lucky to get in at 1-0 at half-time. We changed a few things at the interval and got our rewards at the end. The manager told us to be a bit more aggressive, we sat off them a little in the first half. The second half epitomised everything he has done for us so far.”

Ward-Prowse praises Hasenhuttl following Spurs victory © Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Sport Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Sport

Ward-Prowse followed up his brilliant free kick against Manchester United last weekend with another stunning set piece to win the game for Saints, and the midfielder believes his hard work practicing from dead ball situations is paying off.

“I spend a lot of time practising the free-kicks and thankfully this has contributed to three points today.”

Southampton moved two points clear of the relegation zone following the victory, but Cardiff remained within touching distance of Hasenhuttl’s side with a 2-0 win over West Ham.

And Ward-Prowse believes the victory over Spurs makes the relegation battle look “a little better” for Saints.

“We have to do our job, Cardiff have done theirs too but the picture looks a little better for us.”

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