Playing for Southampton ‘means something’ to Theo Walcott, says Ralph Hasenhuttl after goal versus Wolves

Jimenez had a header rightly ruled out for offside and McCarthy saved well from Neto as Wolves failed to find a winner.

They climb to ninth, three points behind the Saints, but Nuno Espirito Santo felt referee Andre Marriner missed the foul on Ait-Nouri.

He said: “Yes, yes, I didn’t see the image clear, but the perception I have from the pitch, I have a clear sensation there was a foul.

“It was a good game, a very intense game with a high tempo. Southampton are a good team.

“We had some good spells of possession and we finished the game very strongly, on the front foot, pressing and creating huge problems for Southampton and having good chances.”

It was also the first league game since September 2017 in which Conor Coady did not start, due to coronavirus rules, with the captain self-isolating after pulling out of the England squad having come into contact with someone with Covid-19.

“The protocols make it very hard for everyone, for all the teams,” Nuno added.

“It’s been many games with the same lines [formation] but the adaptation was very good. We have a good foundation, which allows us to grow our game.”

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