Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was pleased with his side’s reaction as they fought their way to a 2-2 draw with two late goals after back-to-back defeats by Leeds.
Rodrigo had struck twice early in the second half to put the visitors in a dominant position but Jesse Marsch’s side were unable to match their second consecutive Premier League win.
Joe Aribo struck home to halve the deficit in the 72nd minute before Kyle Walker-Peters equalized in the 81st minute.
The Austria coach praised his side’s reaction, saying: “Sorry we ruined a few headlines because maybe they were written at that moment.
“But the team provided the answer.
“We had a tough week due to some circumstances but we showed a good reaction and nothing less than I expected from this fantastic group.”
Southampton bounced back from their 4-1 defeat by Tottenham on opening day to fight back and Hasenhuttl was happy to take something from the game.
“It was a good comeback from our side and I think the team gave their answer today,” he said.
Marsch believes Leeds have made progress to be disappointed to leave the south coast with just a point after dominating large parts of the game.
“Obviously we’re disappointed,” said the Leeds coach.
“It’s a horrible feeling to play so well and change the game and come away with what feels like less than a point.
“But I think it’s progress for us to be so disappointed with just one point and then we also have to look through the trees a bit again and understand that the performance was quite good from an individual point of view and collectively.
“I think we are very stable and also find ways to become dangerous. So I always think about how to have a glass half full, even in a moment like this.
“But the group is progressing, there’s no question about that, and it’s great to see so many individuals playing at a high level.”
Marsch also believes Patrick Bamford’s early exit through injury in the first half will not pose a serious problem for the club.
“I don’t think Patrick is bad,” he said, adding, “He had a little bit of tightness in his adductors. I challenged him to be honest with us about where he was on things and he felt like he wasn’t 100 percent.
“So he didn’t want to emphasize it and made the right decision to walk away, even if it’s a cup final, I think he keeps playing.
“With a lot of games coming up, we just wanted to make sure we were managing him properly.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/ralph-hasenhuttl-southampton-leeds-kyle-walkerpeters-rodrigo-b2144589.html Ralph Hasenhuttl was delighted with Southampton’s reaction to secure a draw against Leeds