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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Danny Ings said he was "proud" of the way Southampton fought back to beat Leicester City 2-1 on Saturday, a result which helps to erase the memories of the 9-0 defeat from earlier in the season.
Dennis Praet opened the scoring for Leicester in the 14th-minute at the King Power Stadium to set the hosts on course for another win over Southampton. However, Stuart Armstrong struck back just five minutes later with a deflected shot before Ings scored nine minutes from time – his 10th goal from his last 10 league starts – as the Saints exacted revenge for October's record defeat.
"We did everything we could to turn it around and we've done that and better. So proud of the team," Ings said. "We take each game as it comes. We have smiles on our faces, we are getting back to enjoying football."
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl lauded his team's performance following a win that moved the club up to 12th in the standings, eight points clear of the relegation zone.
"It was maybe the best away performance from us this season," the Austrian told the BBC. "We played fantastically quick behind the lines. We had to be nervous until the end but we tried to press them high and keep them away from our goal. It was a fantastic game I think.
"It was a very important game for us in this season. We changed completely our mind and worked so hard to find a successful way and at the moment to see this team play enjoyable all the time."
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers believes mistakes prove costly for his team, who could drop to third in the league if Manchester City collect at least a point at Bournemouth on Sunday.
"We were just not quite at our best today," he said. "Normally we are very, very good defensively. We didn't press well enough and we made too many mistakes with the ball. A couple of goals came from us making wrong choices. A disappointing day for us."
It was a better day for Leicester's top-four rivals Chelsea, who ran out 3-0 winners against Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
Jorginho broke the deadlock from the penalty spot after 27 minutes before Tammy Abraham doubled Chelsea's advantage when Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope failed to stop the striker's header. Callum Hudson-Odoi added gloss to the result four minutes after half-time.
"It's a very convincing win," Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said. "I thought there were some great passages of play throughout the game but the overall performance was superb.
"We played with a really positive attitude – particularly Ross [Barkley] and Callum [Hudson-Odoi]. We have set a standard today and we know we haven't reached that recently."
At Goodison Park, Everton continued their good form under new manager Carlo Ancelotti following a 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion, with Brazilian winger Richarlison scoring the only goal of the game to make it three wins in four games since the Italian took charge.
In Saturday's other fixture, Wolves and Newcastle United played out a 1-1 draw at Molineux. Miguel Almiron put the visitors in front on seven minutes, only for Leander Dendoncker to equalise when he turned in Joao Moutinho's corner seven minutes later.
Updated: January 11, 2020 09:53 PM
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