Southampton progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win against Wolves at Molineux on Thursday night, setting up a trip to Bournemouth in the next round.
Goals from Danny Ings and Stuart Armstrong were enough to hand Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side the victory, with the hosts rarely threatening as they continue to struggle in the absence of Raul Jimenez.
Whilst Armstrong might earn the plaudits after an excellent all-round display, it was perhaps the performance of Ryan Bertrand that stood out the most against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
As per SofaScore, the left-back would earn an 8.5 match rating for his display, which was the best of any player on the pitch, whilst Armstrong would earn an 8.2 rating, which was the second-best.
The former Chelsea man was superb from both an attacking and a defensive point of view, providing the pass for Danny Ings’ opening goal at Molineux.
The 31-year-old was on top form with his defending, as he made two interceptions and two tackles during the game, whilst he wasn’t dribbled past once – despite Wolves bringing on Adama Traore in the second half.
Traore failed with all three of his dribble attempts and earned a 5.8 match rating for his performance, which emphasises that Bertrand well and truly had the better of him at Molineux.
The Saints left-back also impressively won all six of his duels during the game, whereas Kyle Walker-Peters would win just two of his five duels on the opposite flank, which again demonstrates that he was on the top of his game on Thursday evening.
However, it was perhaps his attacking play that was most impressive, as he played as many as five key passes during the game – more than any other player on the pitch and more than all of the Wolves players combined.
In the Premier League this season, Bertrand has averaged just 0.5 key passes per game, which highlights just how good he was against the Old Gold.
Hasenhuttl will surely be delighted with the left-back’s impressive display and will be hoping for a repeat when his side face Wolves again at St Mary’s on Sunday.