90% duels won: £50k-p/w Southampton beast was Ralph’s one positive in Wolves defeat – opinion

Whilst Southampton will be disappointed with the manner in which they were defeated against Wolves on Sunday afternoon, one positive they can take from the game is the performance of Stuart Armstrong.

The Scottish international was excellent in midweek and sealed the FA Cup win over the same opponents with a late goal, and he was on top form once again at St Mary’s.

He did superbly to create the opening goal of the game, skipping past two Wolves defenders before delivering an inch-perfect cross for Danny Ings to slam home on the volley.

The former Celtic man was at the heart of a lot of good things that Southampton did in the first half, and when he was replaced in the second half, they were unable to find a way back into the game.

As per SofaScore, Armstrong would earn an impressive 7.7 match rating for his display on Sunday, which was the best of any player on the pitch, with Ings earning a 7.5 rating by comparison.

During his time on the pitch, the 28-year-old, who earns £50k per week at Southampton, would have 38 touches of the ball and complete 17/21 passes, which was significantly more than Ings, despite the striker playing the entire game.

Armstrong was also successful in all three of his dribble attempts against the Old Gold, which is an improvement on his season average of 1.9 dribbles per game in the Premier League.

Perhaps most impressively was the Scottish international’s ability to win duels, as he would win 9/10 of his duels during the game, resulting in an impressive 90% success rate, which was the best of any player who started the match.

Therefore, despite the disappointing defeat, it is clear that this was another excellent performance from Armstrong, and it is a shame that he was taken off in the second half, as the stats suggest that he was the best player on the pitch up to that point.

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