Sam Gallagher missed two excellent chances as Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Southampton 3-1 in the Premier League 2 Division 2 clash.

Rob Edwards has paid tribute to Southampton forward Sam Gallagher after his Wolverhampton Wanderers U23 side sealed a hard-earned 3-1 win on Monday night, while speaking to the club’s official website.

A striker from Austin Samuels and two from Niall Ennis meant Wolves overtook the Saints at the top of the Premier League 2 Division 2 table with just four games remaining.

Coach Rob Edwards was understandably delighted with his title-chasing side, particularly after they managed to keep Southampton danger man Gallagher off the score sheet.

The former Blackburn and Birmingham loanee missed a glorious headed chance before being denied in a one-on-one with Wolves goalkeeper Andreas Sondergaard.

“(Southampton) were strong at set pieces and being direct with Sam Gallagher’s threat – who’s a top player – but I thought we dealt with that better the longer the game went on,” Edwards said.

“Well done to the players, but it’s not over. We’ve got to continue to work hard and keep doing what we’re doing.”

23-year-old Gallagher returned to St Mary’s in the summer after a spell at Birmingham. But has been unable to force his way into the starting XI, making just his third Premier League appearance of the season in the recent 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Sun (31 January, page 58) reported that Swansea City and Nottingham Forest wanted to sign Gallagher on loan, but Southampton rejected all offers as they felt the 6ft 4ins striker could have a part to play in their survival bid.

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