Southampton have been cut to 4/1 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds after a dramatic 2-1 home loss to Cardiff pushed them into the bottom three.
After Sol Bamba had given Cardiff the lead against the run of play, Jack Stephens’ equaliser in the first minute of added time looked to have earned the hosts a point.
However, Bluebirds substitute Kenneth Zohore struck two minutes later to inflict Saints’ first Premier League loss of 2019.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg said: “You have to give credit to Cardiff for keeping believing, because in this case you have to believe until the end.
“We’re going to work on what we have to work on and come back stronger – that’s what this club is about, that’s what the players are about and that’s what the coaches are about.
“We have a big potential, but we still have to put it into excellence. This is what we will work on.”
Saturday’s match was the Bluebirds’ first since the confirmation that record signing Emiliano Sala had been killed in a plane crash.
Bamba told Cardiff’s website: “There was a lot going through my mind after scoring. I knew Emiliano was watching from up there, so it was so good to get the three points.
“It has been a tough couple of weeks and we knew that we needed to come here and get a result. It wasn’t easy, especially with the events that have unfolded recently.
“The result is a massive boost, especially at this stage of the season. We want to build up momentum and go on a run of games.
“With the matches coming up, we know that we can get three points from every game, especially at home.”
Magpies denied Molineux triumph
Newcastle also nudged a point above Saints after drawing 1-1 at Wolves and are 6/1 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds.
Isaac Hayden’s second-half opener looked set to earn the Magpies a crucial victory until Willy Boly’s controversial injury-time header levelled things up.
The defender challenged Martin Dubravka for Adama Traore’s looping cross to nod in from a yard out.
Rafael Benitez moaned: “In England they don’t understand the rules. I can say many things but it will not change anything.
“I didn’t like the challenge at the end. You have to protect the keeper. We have been here for years and it’s still very difficult to explain that.”
Burnley moved three points clear of the drop zone thanks to a 3-1 victory at Brighton and are now 3/1 to fall.
A brace from Chris Wood and a penalty from fellow former Seagulls striker Ashley Barnes did the damage at the Amex Stadium.
The Clarets have claimed 15 points from a possible 21 to boost their survival hopes after a slow start to the campaign.
Manager Sean Dyche says he could “smell” mental strength returning to his players and beamed: “Pleased with seven unbeaten in the Premier League, it’s another historical marker for these players.”
Brighton are level on points with Burnley and 8/1 for the drop after going six top-flight fixtures without success.
Chris Hughton commented: “I think we need to be better in front of goal. We need to be scoring more goals. You leave yourselves vulnerable if you are not able to score.”
Fulham are 9/100 for a quick return to the Championship after a 3-0 home loss to Manchester United left them eight points from safety.
Huddersfield were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal at John Smith’s Stadium and are six points further adrift at the foot of the table.
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