Southampton made the tricky trip to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening, coming away with a vital 0-0 draw to boost their quest for Premier League survival, and after the match their fans were very complimentary about one of their stars on the night.

Ralph Hasenhuttl made another bunch of changes to his Saints side for the contest, ensuring that nobody was flogged over the Christmas period, and he was rewarded with a fine defensive rear-guard and a much needed outcome.

After bringing in a number of fringe players for the defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, the Southampton boss recalled most of his first choice men for the trip to Stamford Bridge, and got the desired result.

One surprising selection was between the sticks, where Hasenhuttl gave a Saints debut to former Manchester City young goalkeeper Angus Gunn, but it was a switch which worked out very well indeed.

Alex McCarthy had been occupying the spot behind the defence, but he didn’t have his best game against the Citizens, and was replaced by the England under-21 stopper, who had a first Southampton game to remember.

Gunn wasn’t overworked, thanks in part to a wonderful performance from the Saints’ back line, but when he was called upon he did his job with comfort and a reassuring confidence, and the longer the match went on the more you felt the Hampshire side were capable of holding out.

Southampton now have an FA Cup tie against Derby at the weekend, so it remains to be seen who will be in goal for that match, but the debutant certainly did his long-term prospects no harm.

Hasenhuttl was full of praise for the Saints man after the draw, and he wasn’t the only one. Many of the travelling fans took to social media to rave about the youngster, once the full time whistle had sounded.

Here are some of their messages:


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