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Southampton’s revenge win over Leicester is a lesson in avoiding knee-jerk reactions

At 9.45pm on October 25, Southampton were at an all time low.

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester had just inflicted a humiliating 9-0 defeat on the Saints and it looked as though the only way was down for Ralph Hasenhuttl and his men.

Fast forward three months, Southampton have got their revenge and the stark contrast in mood around the club is almost unbelievable.

Danny Inks

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Danny Inks

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Danny Ings’ winner earned the Saints a fully deserved three points against Leicester, a result that was inconceivable a matter of weeks ago.

The temptation from the club’s hierarchy to part ways with Hasenhuttl back in October must have been overwhelming, but their decision to stick by their man has been vindicated and then some.

Post-Leicester humiliation

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Post-Leicester humiliation

Southampton’s commitment is a far cry from the knee-jerk approach that is taken far too often by clubs resting perilously close to the drop zone.

Their remarkable upturn in fortune proves there can in fact be light at the end of the tunnel after a difficult start to the season, and that a rash decision isn’t always the best policy.

Watford, now finally reaping the benefits of finding the right manager, first went through two appointments in quick succession while they attempted to stop their slide down the table.

Quique Sanchez Flores was drafted in… again

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Quique Sanchez Flores was drafted in… again

It was a strategy that came to no avail before Nigel Pearson’s arrival at Vicarage Road.

As we speak, the corridors of power at Bournemouth are likely housing discussions over Eddie Howe’s future, similar to the roundtables held at Southampton in the aftermath of their mauling at the hands of the Foxes.

The Cherries have slipped into the bottom three after just one win in ten games, however Southampton’s recovery might just be the shining example that saves Howe his job.

Will they stick or twist?

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Will they stick or twist?

Hoping on the managerial merry-go-round is the default decision taken by most struggling clubs in a desperate effort to stop the rot.

But, with Southampton no longer looking over their shoulder and instead with eyes on a mid-table finish, it proves the grass can get greener with the same man at the helm.

Patience is a virtue.