Southampton 2 Bristol City 0: It wasn’t pretty, admits Jos Hooiveld

Southampton 2 Bristol City 0: Jos Hooiveld admits the Saints weren't at their best as they edged into the fourth round

By Liam Garrahan
Southampton
2
Bristol City
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Jos Hooiveld admitted it wasn’t a “pretty” Southampton performance after the Saints booked their place in Capital One Cup fourth-round draw after a win over Bristol City at St Mary’s.

Gaston Ramirez opened the scoring for the Saints with a superb volley from James Ward-Prowse’s header in the first half before the 18-year-old midfielder provided a second assist for Hooilveld in the 83rd minute.

City’s Marlon Harewood almost set up a nervy finale but his low shot was well saved by Kelvin Davis as the Saints held on to seal their progress.

Speaking after the cup tie, Hooiveld said: “It was just one of those games we had to win and get through to the next round. That’s what cup football is. It’s not always pretty. It was a hard fought battle.”

Southampton manager, Mauricio Pochettino, stated in his program notes that the club want a good cup to help their league form as success breeds success but they’ll have to perform better than they did tonight to advance much further in the competition.

They took the lead in the first half when Ramirez scored his second goal in the tournament as he fired in a fantastic volley from Ward-Prowse’s knock down as City failed to clear their lines – the Uruguay international cost the south coast club £12m last season and has been put on extra training to improve his match sharpness.

The first half saw very few chances for both sides with Tadanari Lee doing well to beat the offside trap for Southampton before shooting directly at the emerging Elliot Parish.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas then saw his low shot tipped wide of the near post by Davis.

Bristol City came out into the second half firing on all cylinders and looked the most likely to score.

Joe Bryan smashed a low shot goalwards from 25 yards but Davis threw himself down well to tip it wide of the bottom corner.

The veteran goalkeeper came to the rescue again for the Saints when Bobby Reid took aim from the edge of the area only to see his curling effort acrobatically tipped over by Davis.

The visitors continued to press but crosses from Emmanuel-Thomas continued to evade his team-mates in the area.

However, Southampton scored with their next clear-cut opportunity as home-debutant Harrison Reed forced a corner.

Ward-Prowse whipped his delivery towards the near post where he found Hooiveld, who continued his record of scoring under the floodlights as he guided his header into the bottom corner.

Speaking after the game, City manager, Sean O’Driscroll, was proud of his side’s efforts: “We wanted to come out of the game, regardless of the result, with some positives and I think that’s happened tonight.”

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