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SCR Altach 1 – 1
14 July 2019
Goalscorer: Adams 2’
Ché Adams scored inside two minutes of his debut as Southampton drew 1-1 with Austrian Bundesliga side SCR Altach in their pre-season opener.
Adams was sharp out of the blocks, firing home Shane Long’s
pass to give Saints an early lead at the Cashpoint Arena, which lies just a
mile from the Swiss border.
But the Austrian hosts fought back to level the scores in the first half through an explosive shot on the turn from Manfred Fischer.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl fielded a separate XI in each half as his team ended their week-long training camp with a first friendly of the summer.
Preston North End 1 –
20 July 2019
Goalscorers: Inghs 11’, Ings 45’, Vokins 82’
Southampton registered their first win of pre-season after Danny Ings’s first-half brace laid the foundations for a deserved victory at Preston.
There was a large slice of luck about Saints’ opener, as
North End goalkeeper Connor Ripley rifled a clearance against Ings and watched
the ball loop back over his head, but the hosts did not take long to draw level
through Billy Bodin’s crisp strike.
Saints were the more creative force throughout, with Ryan Bertrand a constant menace down the left, and it was his cross that picked out Ings to head home in the final minute of the half.
The visitors continued to carry the greater attacking threat after the interval, and it was Bertrand’s 19-year-old replacement, Jake Vokins, who put the result beyond doubt by finishing off a move he started himself, eight minutes from time.
Having started the SCR Altach friendly with a back four, Ralph Hasenhüttl switched to a three-man defence at Deepdale, made up of Jan Bednarek, Jack Stephens and Wesley Hoedt.
Guanbgzhou R&F 0
– 4 Southampton
23 July 2019
Estadio Campo Desportivo
Goalscorers: Adams 1’, Long 18’, Valery 38’, Klarer 90’
A youthful Southampton side comfortably saw off Chinese Super League outfit Guangzhou R&F at the Estádio Campo Desportivo in Macau.
It was three of the more established players, Ché Adams,
Shane Long and Yan Valery, who did the damage in a first half in which Saints
might easily have doubled their tally.
Adams saw a penalty saved and Callum Slattery’s smart volley was ruled out before Ralph Hasenhüttl made five half-time changes and opted to rest his big guns for the second period.
Substitute Tyreke Johnson was denied by the frame of the goal as Saints chased a fourth, which eventually arrived in added time when Christoph Klarer headed in from a corner.
With the bulk of his first-team squad away in Dublin, Hasenhüttl had a young and enthusiastic group to choose from, strengthened by an experienced spine of Fraser Forster, Maya Yoshida and Long.
Feyernoord 1 – 3
28 July 2019
Goalscorers: Adams 6’, Yoshida 34’, Boufal 90’
Southampton’s pre-season hot streak extended to four wins from four games played on Sunday afternoon, with a 3-1 victory over top-flight Dutch side Feyenoord.
Che Adam’s opener laid the foundations for a deserved
victory at De Kuip, before Maya Yoshida and Sofiane Boufal added strikes of
their own – equalling the three-goal tally Saints registered against the
Eredivisie outfit back in 2015.
There was a slice of luck about Saints’ opening goal, but nevertheless, Ralph Hasenhüttl will be pleased with another bright performance, not to mention another positive result; adding to friendly wins over Brentford, Preston North End and Guangzhou R&F – as well as a hard-fought draw with SCR Altach.
Southampton 2 – 0
03 August 2019
St Mary’s Stadium
Goalscorers: Ings 3’, Højbjerg 53’
Southampton signed off a positive pre-season with a 2-0 victory over German club 1.FC Köln, at St Mary’s.
A first-half penalty from Danny Ings and a second-half
strike from captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg sealed the latest in a long line of
encouraging results over the summer for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s team.
Saints now head into their opening Premier League game of the season, away to Burnley next Saturday, off the back of an unbeaten pre-season, having earned four wins and a draw in their friendly encounters over the past few weeks.
Hasenhüttl was not in the dugout for the game himself, having undergone a minor procedure on a leg injury, but remained in contact with his coaching staff via video link, and would no doubt have been pleased with much of what he saw.