Hasenhuttl was introduced in after Mark Hughes was sacked on Monday and, aware that the Titanic had sailed from Southampton, spoke of not “hitting any icebergs” at his first press convention.
However Southampton had been sunk by the type of mistake which has left them within the uneven waters of the relegation zone and value Hughes his job.
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There appeared no hazard within the 74th minute when Jannik Vestergaard was in management and seemingly shepherding the ball again to his goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.
Referee Jon Moss was contemplating bringing the play again for a foul on Cardiff’s Victor Camarasa, however the massive Danish centre-back made a hash of his possession.
The split-second was all that Paterson wanted and the striker, who was signed as a right-back and who nonetheless fills that place for Scotland, nipped in to beat McCarthy for his fourth objective of the season.
So it was the identical previous story for a Southampton aspect who’ve received solely as soon as within the Premier League this season and drop to 19th place, 5 factors adrift of upwardly cell Cardiff.
The Saints noticed claims for a penalty refused after Stuart Armstrong took a tumble on the hour, however Hasenhuttl – the primary Austrian to handle within the Premier League – is aware of he has his work reduce out to show round their fortunes.
Aside from a spell at first of the second half, Southampton had been second-best in opposition to opponents who’ve now received 4 of their final 5 house video games and seem like delighting in proving unsuitable these critics who wrote them off in August.
Hasenhuttl sprang a serious shock by making no fewer than six modifications, and the Saints resembled a staff that had simply been launched to one another throughout a disjointed first interval.
Charlie Austin flicked vast two early half-chances, however Cardiff ought to have been forward within the 10th minute when Josh Murphy started his torment of rookie right-back Yan Valery.
Murphy and Camarasa mixed and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing hooked the ball again on the far publish for Harry Arter to ship a weak volley straight at McCarthy.
There was one other escape for Saints when Jan Bednarek was caught dozing by Paterson and Valery did simply sufficient to forestall Murphy getting his shot away.
Southampton supplied little risk till Paterson’s miscued clearance from a nook looped onto the Cardiff crossbar and Mario Lemina despatched the rebound over on the volley.
However Cardiff completed the half on high and Mendez-Laing’s agency try was acrobatically tipped over by McCarthy.
Southampton referred to as for a penalty on the hour when Camarasa left a leg dangling and Stuart Armstrong went over it, however referee Moss was not .
It proved a decisive second as Vestergaard’s colossal mistake was punished and Morrison ought to have added to Saints’ distress when he planted a free header vast from eight yards.