Nathan Redmond scored twice as Southampton beat Wolves to eight points clear of relegation

Southampton 3-1 Wolves

Nathan Redmond scored twice as Southampton took a huge step to preserving their Premier League status for next season with victory over Wolves.

The Saints, who were in a very precarious position when manager Ralph Hasenhuttl took over at the start of December, are now eight points clear of 18th place Cardiff with five games remaining.

Despite knowing their safety was far from certain, the tension was not noticeable among the Saints players who made a stunning start when Nathan Redmond slotted in the opener.

Josh Sims, making his Premier League start this season and big influence in the match, squared the ball to the feet of his team-mate who fired high past Rui Patricio at the near post.

Wolves equalized when Willy Boly headed in but soon after the restart the home side were back in front when Redmond clipped a shot past the Portuguese keeper.

Substitute Shane Long settled any nerves among his team-mates and the home fans when he poked in Southampton’s third in the 71st minute.

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