Southampton secured their place in the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 win against League One Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night.
Dan N’Lundulu scored his first goal for the Saints with a driven finish early on, before James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick ensured victory in the closing stages.
Whilst it may be those two who earn the plaudits after impressive displays, the performance of Jan Bednarek at the back for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side should not go unnoticed.
As per SofaScore, the 6 ft 2 Polish defender would earn a 7.5 rating for his display, which was only bettered by Ward-Prowse, who earned an 8.2 rating.
During the 90 minutes, the 24-year-old would make four interceptions and three clearances, whilst he usually makes on average just 1.7 interceptions per game in the Premier League.
Shrewsbury’s players failed to dribble past the centre-back once during the game, which emphasises that he had the better of the League One opposition throughout the tie.
Perhaps most impressively, Bednarek would have 112 touches of the ball, with only his centre-back partner Jack Stephens having more.
He would also complete 95/103 passes against the Shropshire side, resulting in an impressive pass accuracy rate of 92%, which was also six more than the number of passes played by Ward-Prowse.
For comparison, the centre-back would have just 88 touches in Southampton’s last game against Leicester City, completing just 58/75 passes, resulting in a far less impressive 75% pass accuracy. While this encounter may have been against lower opposition at home, they are impressive numbers to say the least.
The former Lech Poznan man would also win 6/7 of his duels on Tuesday evening, resulting in an overall success rate of 86%, and the five aerial duels he won was far better than his season average of 2.5 in the Premier League.
Therefore, whilst it was against slightly more inferior opposition than the Polish international is used to, there is no doubt that he did his job excellently against the League One side on Tuesday night, and was a big reason why they were able to progress so comfortably.
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