Southampton has turned the corner, says Danny Ings
SOUTHAMPTON: Southampton striker Danny Ings he thinks they've turned the corner after their goal earned them a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur to climb from the last three on Wednesday.
The former Burnley and Liverpool striker produced a moment of magic in the 17th minute, dinking the ball over Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld before shooting home.
Ings has now scored 13 Premier league goals this season, just behind Leicester City 's Jamie Vardy in the score table.
His latest effort lifted Southampton to 11th in the table with 25 points from 21 games - 10 of their points coming in four games over the Christmas period.
"It 's a massive win. To start the new year like that was brilliant," Ings, who has scored 20 Premier league goals in 45 appearances for Southampton , behind only Marians Pahars in the time to reach that milestone for the club, said.
We have raised the demands and strive to be better. I feel that we have done it. This season has been high and low, but I feel we have taken a turn.
Things looked grim for Southampton when they lost at home to West Ham United on Dec. 14 to stay in the bottom three.
But manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has changed course and the club on the south coast has become stricter in the back while still enjoying the threat of goal provided by Ings.
Hasenhuttl said the improvement in the home form has been especially important and also praised the improvement in his side 's defensive discipline.
It was important for us to start winning at home, especially against a strong team, he said.
We always expected to see such a game from our side. We did a fantastic job today.
"Everybody was so sharp and put everything on the pitch, and this is the only way we want to play and how our fans want us to play. It 's the first step in the right direction if you defend like a Premier league team. We are defending very well.
We know we can always score with Ingsy up front. When he has a chance, the chance is big that he scores and it 's enjoyable to watch this team at the moment. If you are brave then you deserve to get something and today we got a lot.