Manager, Goalkeeper and Defenders
Ralph Hasenhuttl, Manager – 8
Going with experience in his starting eleven was truly playing with fire. Changed nothing from a tactical standpoint and left the subs real late despite a 3-0 lead and the team in total control. The double centre-back substitution is likely a first for many fans, but it was primarily to protect the two starters on cautions. Not sure it was necessary running Stuart Armstrong for the entire match as well as KWP and Djenepo for as long as he did, but maybe the “we are worse when we make subs,” was floating around his mind. It is clear he has committed to this competition and has his team in a semi-final and what is that worth this season? A relegation battle? It’s up to you to judge.
Fraser Forster, Goalkeeper – 8
One strong palm save in the opening half hour for the big man. One or two additional first half catches. Good low save immediately following Southampton’s first substitutions was a welcome sign. Another shutout for Fraser as he has yet to concede in the FA Cup.
Ryan Bertrand, Left-Back – 6
Not sure what he did of note in the entirety of the first half. Never like his attitude in working with Djenepo, some call it tough love, but it’s not supportive of the winger’s mindset as he looks up to the senior players. His shot from atop the box was awkward as he forced it to his left foot and opened his body too much to do so, sending it wide. Very little defending was needed outside of launching himself at a header for no apparent reason. It must’ve been a fun match for the left-back because it was as routine as it gets.
Jannik Vestergaard, Centre-Back – 7
A couple of very well-timed opening tackles broke Bournemouth’s early attacks. Offered the opposition a line of credit just before the half, but his teammates bailed him out. Earned a silly yellow while trying to dribble out of pressure. Subbed before the match ended likely because of the caution.
Jan Bednarek, Centre-Back – 6
Deserves credit for picking out KWP on the VAR disallowed goal. Looked awkward in defence more than once in the opening half an hour and earned a yellow via a dumb tackle. Quiet second half as Southampton dominated play and was subbed off with his partner likely to protect him from a red.
Kyle Walker-Peters, Right-Back – 8
So important to the team in offering an extra-attacker. Deemed offside by an arm on the disallowed goal, but that run is so critical to Southampton success. Not much defending to worry about in this one and made it through healthy.