Southampton went 7 unbeaten on Monday and we learned a lot about this team against a tough opponent in Wolverhampton and still without Ings.
Southampton took the lead in the second half against their opponents only to see it slip away later in the match. It was a hard-fought draw and the team cannot be too upset with coming away with a point.
Overall, it was a well-played match by the Saints but either team really had a chance to take all three points. Theo Walcott missed a chance minutes after his goal to double the lead and Alex McCarthy denied Wolves the lead multiple times with reaction saves.
Let us take a look at some takeaways from this match.
McCarthy looks like a new Keeper
If you compared Alex McCarthy’s play from last year to this year you would not believe it was the player. He looks incredibly comfortable with the ball at his feet now and his distribution has improved immensely.
Not only has he improved with the ball at his feet, he has also improved his shot-stopping. So far this season he has made some jaw-dropping saves that have saved points for Southampton.
He has been fun to watch this season and I’m looking forward to watching him continue this run of form and where he can take this team with his play.
Che Adams is really good at passing
Week after week I always come away thinking to myself, “Wow, Che made some really good passes today.” And now I think it is time to fully recognize just how good of a passer he is.
He collected his third assist on Monday and really could have had two more if Theo and Stu could have put away their chances. I believe he has created 10 chances now for his teammates so it looks like his assist total will only go up this season.
I predict he will finish with double-digit goals and assist this season and it cannot be emphasized enough how massive that is for this team.
No Ings No Problem (Sorta)
Do not get me wrong, Danny Ings is sorely missed. But the team has now managed two of two results without him and have shown a resilience we have not seen for some time.
Ings will likely return in December so it will not be much longer until we see him again but the question that was asked about this team for some time now is how would they fare without the striker?
We are finding out that his presence is missed but the team is still capable of getting points and scoring goals without him.