Southampton’s worrying slide in 2021 has stretched on to six straight Premier League defeats as Wolves picked up a vital 2-1 comeback win.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have now slid out of the Top Ten as Nuno Santo’s improving team have completed a league and FA Cup double over them inside a week.
But despite their struggles of late, it was the Saints who had the better of the opening stages with Rui Patricio called into action to deny Takumi Minamino and Danny Ings.
And it was their go to man who deservedly edged them in front as Ings emphatically volleyed home Stuart Armstrong’s pass.
But when your luck is against you it really against and Wolves were given a huge stroke of luck just minutes after the restart.
Ryan Bertrand was judged to have handled Nelson Semedo’s cross inside the box and Ruben Neves confidently stepped up to smack home from the spot.
And it was that strike that tipped the whole balance of the tie beyond the hour as Pedro Neto checked inside Jannik Vestergaard and fired past Alex McCarthy.
The downbeat Saints did carve out another chance in the dying minutes, as they pushed to snatch a point, but Patrico pulled off another fine stop to deny James Ward-Prowse.
Full Time from the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 1 Wolves 2