Photo: Ralph Hasenhuttl shows Southampton love after Premier League win over Leicester

Ralph Hasenhuettl, Manager of Southampton acknowledges the fans following the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at The King Power Stadium on January 12, 2019...

The Saints manager is making a name for himself among the St Mary's fans and he's definitely taking the club to heart too.

Ralph Hasenhuttl of Southampton during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at The King Power Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

On Saturday afternoon, Southampton edged out of the Premier League bottom three thanks to a gutsy 2-1 win away at Leicester City.

Ahead of kickoff at the King Power Stadium, the Saints had only won away once in their last 12 games against the Foxes, a 4-0 win all the way back in December 2001.

However, Southampton took the lead on 11 minutes through James Ward-Prowse's penalty, after Shane Long was bundled over in the area by Nampalys Mendy.

The visitors then suffered a setback when defender Yan Valery was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Marc Albrighton, leaving Saints to play more than 45 minutes with ten men.

 

However, Shane Long doubled Southampton's lead just before the break by beating Kasper Schmeichel from a tight angle and, even though Wilfred Ndidi bundled home Ricardo Pereira's cross on 58 minutes, Ralph Hasenhuttl's charges held on for a crucial victory.

The former RB Leipzig manager has already endeared himself to the Southampton faithful big time and his latest show of affection, this time towards the club badge, is sure to make them love him even more.

Here are some photos from an encounter which could prove absolutely crucial to Southampton's survival hopes:

James Ward-Prowse of Southampton scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at The King Power Stadium on January 12, 2019 in...

James Ward-Prowse of Southampton scores a goal to make it 1-0 during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at The King Power Stadium on January 12, 2019 in...

James Ward-Prowse of Southampton celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0 during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at The King Power Stadium on...

Shane Long of Southampton scores a goal to make it 0-2 during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at The King Power Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Leicester,...

Shane Long of Southampton celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 2-0 during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at The King Power Stadium on January 12,...

Ralph Hasenhuettl, Manager of Southampton acknowledges the fans following the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at The King Power Stadium on January 12, 2019...

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