Southampton continued their pre-season preparations with a convincing 4-0 win against Guangzhou R&F.
The Saints locked horns with the Chinese Super League outfit in Macau and were rampant in their victory as a blend of experienced heads and younger players put their counterparts to the sword.
It took just 56 seconds for Southampton to take the lead. Che Adams thumped an effort towards goal, and the Guangzhou goalkeeper could do little apart from apologetically spill the ball into the net.
Shane Long doubled his side’s advantage soon after. He capitalised on a loose clearance to clip a well-placed first-time effort into the top corner, making it 2-0 to the Premier League side.
It was 3-0 to Southampton before the half-time whistle blew, as Yan Valery slalomed his way through the Guangzhou left side to calmly slot home the Saints’ third of the first 45 minutes.
Ralph Hasenhuttl saw his men coast through the match until they added a fourth to cap a comprehensive win in the 91st minute courtesy of a header from promising Austrian defender Christoph Klarer.
Here are our Southampton player ratings from the win against Guangzhou.
Fraser Forster - 6
Forster was rather untested in the Southampton goal. Nonetheless, he gained valuable minutes in Macau.
Christoph Klarer - 8
Klarer looked at home in the back three. He capped a solid performance with a powerful header in stoppage time.
Maya Yoshida - 6
Yoshida was relatively untroubled at the back. He provided an experienced presence for a youthful Southampton side.
Thomas O'Connor - 7
O’Connor performed well in central defence. He was good on the ball throughout.
Yan Valery - 8
Valery was typically impressive. He operated as a right wing-back and scored a fine goal.
Callum Slattery - 7
Slattery was unfortunate to have had a rasping volley disallowed. He kept play ticking over nicely in the middle.
Will Smallbone - 7
Smallbone was comfortable in the middle. He had some nice touches and worked well alongside Slattery.
Jake Vokins - 7
Got up and down the left flank well. He is proving to be a more than able deputy for Ryan Bertrand.
Shane Long - 8
Long was a threat during the first half. He won a penalty and scored a fantastic goal, providing a menacing presence for the Guangzhou defenders.
Josh Sims - 6
Sims worked typically hard in the first half. He looked dangerous at times but would have hoped for a greater impact in the final third.
Che Adams - 7
Adams scored in somewhat fortuitous circumstances in the opening minute and always occupied the Guangzhou centre-backs. He also had a penalty brilliantly saved.
Aaron O’Driscoll – 6: Looked comfortable upon his introduction. Will have gained valuable experience from his first pre-season outing.
Oludare Olufunwa – 6: Like O’Driscoll, Olufunwa was solid. He looked at ease when he received the ball and used it with composure.
Tyreke Johnson – 7: Made intelligent runs. He posed a threat with his turn of pace.
Marcus Barnes – 6: Occupied the Guangzhou defenders throughout the second half. He would have hoped for some more clear sightings of goal.
Dan N’Lundulu – 7: N’Lundulu played with confidence. He has looked sharp in outings against SCR Altach and Guangzhou.
Alex Jankewitz – 6: Contributed with some nice touches. He will hope to feature again in pre-season.
Caleb Watts – 6: Took to the occasion with composure. He was solid throughout.
Jack Bycroft – 6: Had little time to make an impact following his introduction in the 76th minute.
Kornelius Hansen – 7: Looked impressive on the ball. He came close to scoring after some excellent work on the left.
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