Southampton took a gigantic step towards securing Premier League survival with a 1-0 win over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night.
Manolo Gabbiadini scored the only goal of the match as the Saints moved three points clear of the relegation zone.
Southampton’s superior goal difference means that only an incredible turn of events on the final weekend of the Premier League season will see Mark Hughes’ side relegated.
The Saints conceded late to draw at Everton on Saturday, but collected all three points in Wales.
Gabbiadini’s goal was the difference, but Wesley Hoedt put in an impressive performance at the heart of the defence. The Dutchman has had some disappointing games this term, but he came to the forefront in Wales.
The 24-year-old, who is valued at £13.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has now made 31 appearances in all competitions for Southampton during the 2017-18 campaign, and he was widely praised by the club’s supporters following the Swansea match.
A selection of the Twitter reaction to the centre-back’s performance can be seen below:
— Wesley Hoedt (@wesleyhoedt) May 8, 2018
Appreciate it, Wesley ❤
— Rob (@rjcsfc) May 8, 2018
Great performance, stepped up tonight. Big season for you next year, time to get stronger and better!
— Henry Smith (@HenrySmith39) May 8, 2018
Unbelievable night but please stop doing those Cruyff turns!!
— Stuart Herrington (@Stuhezza) May 8, 2018
— Tracy WarlAnd (@WarlandTracy) May 8, 2018
Well played big man. The will not to concede a goal was massive.
— Glen de la Cour (leagueoneminus10) (@L1minus10) May 8, 2018
Well done Wes !!! Have you been watching lallana videos ?
— daveee (@ALEXAJUICY) May 8, 2018
Big performances from you and @jackstephens_18 at heart of defence! Superb 🙌🏻
— kevin willsher (@wilts34uk) May 8, 2018
Well done tonight. You’re best game for a while just when it was needed. #SaintsFC
— Peter Edwards (@petergedwards1) May 8, 2018