Southampton continued their preparations for the 2019/20 season on Saturday as they defeated Preston North End 3-1 at Deepdale. 

The Saints travelled to the Championship club after drawing 1-1 against SCR Altach in Austria last Sunday. They also took part in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brentford on Friday and came out on top. 

Ralph Hasenhuttl gave chances to several players against Preston and was content with the efforts of his men as they eased to a 3-1 victory. 

Danny Ings opened the scoring after Connor Ripley’s clearance looped off the striker’s thigh and into the back of the net. Southampton’s lead was short-lived, though, as Billy Bodin fired home for the hosts to equalise. 

The Saints came out with a strong display in the second half and took the lead through Ings once again, as he thumped home Ryan Bertrand’s cross with a well-timed header. 

Promising left-back Jake Vokins capped a successful afternoon with his side’s third and final goal in the closing stages of the match. 

Here are four findings from Southampton’s 3-1 win against Preston.