Southampton took on Saturday afternoon an important step in the fight to avoid relegation from the English Premier League as they away defeated Brighton, which also is a part of the nerve-racking struggle for survival lives on.
And the man behind the lone goal in the 1-0 victory, Danish Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, is emphasized as the crucial difference for the guests in several of the English media.
At Sky Sports was the long-standing and renowned commentator Charlie Nicholas not stingy with the roses, when he after the match was asked to estimate the Højbjergs role. Both as a motivator and in relation to the manager Ralph Hasenthüttls tactical presentations.
- Southampton tried to set a trap up for the Brighton, by allowing them to play their long balls forward along the track, and then turn and shut them down. And he performed his role brilliantly in the day. He won the ball that led to the goal, and it was a beautiful ending.
- His energy, his drive, his commitment. He played really as a captain in the day, says Nicholas.
Spectators and players applaud Højbjergs scoring. The experts followed up on the jublen after the match. Photo: IAN WALTON/Ritzau Scanpix
And just Ralph Hasenthüttl was at the press conference after the match, understandably, also quite pleased with his captain. When asked about his views on the situation that led to the sejrsmålet, praised the he Wigan for a cool head and a good performance.
- It was a perfect moment. A good dybdeløb, and so is he cool enough to deliver a perfect ending. You do not get many chances against an opponent such as Brighton. You have to wait for opportunities like this, and then you should be ready to do what is required, he says.
At the rivals local newspaper, the Brighton & Hove Independent, are either not saved on the recognition for the hard-working dane.
Together with teammate Nathan Redmond, who provided the outline for Højbjergs scoring, he gets the only a grade of 8 out of 10, and get praise.
- the Team's beating heart in the middle of the field. Played Bertrand free with a wonderful ball through Brigthon-the defense and scoring when he coolly kicked the ball past Ryan in the 53. minutes, they write.
the Newspaper the Daily Echo has made a list of 'Five things we learned' after the fight, and the captain has here got its very own section under overskiften '. " entered in the nature, as the Saints had no use for him.'
In a age of only 23 showed. great leadership skills and helped the Saints to victory on Saturday afternoon.
- the goal he won the ball, started the attack and finished flawlessly.
- And when Southampton came under hard pressure, was the midfielder to direct and inspire his team in the heart of the midfield, they write.
Southampton is located after the victory in a 16. place in the Premier League with five points down to Cardiff under the relegation line.
the Sun is shining, the captain cheering. Southampton is closer to survival. Photo: PETER CZIBORRA/Ritzau Scanpix