Danny Ings. Stuart Armstrong and former Norwich player Nathan Redmond on target in persuading away win at Carrow Roadway,
Norwich’s survival hopes got a major blow as Southampton took a huge stride towards safety thanks to Danny Ings, Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond strikes.
With Daniel Farke‘s 6 points adrift and fast lacking time, the rock-bottom Canaries frantically required to make a winning go back to Premier League action after a 104- day break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However a fine Norwich start rapidly abated as Southampton moved 10 points clear of the drop zone, with second-half goals from Ings, Armstrong and Redmond sealing a 3-0 win at an empty Carrow Roadway.
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Saints waltzed to triumph in East Anglia however things might have been so various had actually Ings not looked out in his own box during the opening minutes to shut down Tom Trybull
Ralph Hasenhuttl, who signed a new offer till 2024 previously in the month, would see his side control the match after an unstable start, with Ings striking the crossbar in the first half.
Saints turned their supremacy into goals quickly after half- time, with the England confident scoring a great curling effort prior to establishing Armstrong to bury a low shot past Tim Krul
Redmond added a 3rd against former club Norwich, whose uphill struggle to prevent an instant go back to the Championship now has an even steeper slope.
The players from both teams took a knee at the start (PA)
As at Wednesday’s Premier League matches, both sides took a knee as part of the Black Lives Matter movement after observing a minute’s silence for those affected by Covid-19
Norwich flew out of the blocks when play got under way and penned the visitors in their own half, with Ings producing a fine recovery obstacle to ward off Trybull from a free-kick simply 2 minutes in.
Saints looked set to be captured cold however practically held out as Kenny McLean gunned a low shot simply broad prior to Josip Drmic was liquidated.
However Norwich’s out of breath start disappeared as the visitors took control, with Armstrong going close from a corner taken by newly-appointed club captain James Ward-Prowse
Southampton’s Danny Ings scores his side’s first goal (PA)
Saints were pushing non-stop and Jack Stephens remarkably swept up, prior to breaking forward from the midway line and playing broad for Ings to strike a first- time strike that struck the woodwork.
Hasenhuttl’s men were not able to find a first-half development however required simply 4 minutes of the second duration to pull ahead.
Norwich failed to handle a throw-in left wing and Armstrong prodded into Ings, who curled a charming shot from simply inside the box past Krul into the leading right-hand corner.
The functions reversed in the 54 th minute as Saints extended their benefit.
Stuart Armstrong doubled the benefit (PA)
Ings played the ball to Armstrong and the Scotland international revealed excellent control and a cool head prior to shooting a low shot past Krul from the edge of the box.
It was a gut punch that left Norwich reeling, with Jan Bednarek two times obstructing Teemu Pukki prior to replacement Mario Vrancic saw a goal eliminated for offside.
A great goalline clearance by Max Aarons avoided Ward-Prowse getting in on the act, with Krul tipping an Armstrong shot wide as Saints searched for a 3rd goal.
Former Canaries player Nathan Redmond finished the scoring with this shot (PA)
It showed up in the 79 th minute. Michael Obafemi cut the ball throughout to former Norwich forward Redmond, who all too quickly took the ball past Ben Godfrey and fired a low shot past Krul.
Nathan Tella began for his debut as the clock injury down on a best reboot for Saints. When it comes to Norwich, Farke has lots of work to do.