Relegated Southampton made the becoming start to existence assist in the English Soccer League attributable to substitute Che Adams’ tedious winner at promoted Sheffield Wednesday.
The visitors took an early lead when Nathan Tella lower in from the upright and unleashed a beautiful left-footed shot from the perimeter of the space, that took the smallest of flicks off the assist of team-mate Adam Armstrong’s head on its plan past Owls goalkeeper Cameron Dawson.
The home aspect, who had been totally outplayed in the first half, levelled after the damage when Lee Gregory smashed home after a corner was headed assist at some stage in aim.
It looked set to fizzle out to a draw before Saints skipper James Ward-Prowse, making his first league look beneath the highest flight, lower the ball assist for Scotland striker Adams to transform from terminate vary and offers Russell Martin a win in his first league game in rate.
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Martin has built a status as a coach who requires his aspect defend possession at some stage in spells with MK Dons and Swansea and his fresh prices made 477 successful passes, the most recorded for any team at this level, in a most indispensable half the set they looked succesful of blowing the home aspect away.
Surprisingly, for 2 teams who changed leagues and executives in the summer season, there was upright one fresh signing in every starting XI, as both managers caught with players who had been gotten smaller to the membership last season.
Southampton, taking part in in the Championship for the first time since 2012, were on the entrance foot from the start and took a deserved early lead when Tella’s effort, which was completely aim-traipse, brushed a ducking Armstrong’s head on its plan in.
For all their dominance Saints struggled to glean a 2d aim and a Jack Stephens effort from a corner, hacked off the road by Callum Paterson, was as terminate as they came.
Wednesday, beneath Xisco Munoz for the first time after Darren Moore left the membership in the summer season despite main them to promotion from League One, made a significantly better start to the 2d half and Gregory kept his wintry to equalise.
It was in all probability becoming that England world Ward-Prowse, who has been linked with a pass to West Ham and appears no longer going to consume a season in the 2d tier, was at the coronary heart of the winning aim. His penetrating hasten into the home space was no longer tracked and his pullback left ex-Sheffield United man Adams with a straightforward faucet-in.
The south-coast team had ended last season on a hasten of 13 games without victory, but they stood firm by 9 minutes of time added on to protest a most indispensable opening-day win in a decade.
On this proof, there needs to be many more wins this season than last.
- 1DawsonBooked at 78mins
- 13PatersonBooked at 30mins
- 4VaulksSubstituted forPalmerat 77′minutes
- 15DelgadoBooked at 45minsSubstituted forFletcherat 77′minutes
- 11WindassSubstituted forJamesat 86′minutes
- 9GregoryBooked at 28minsSubstituted forMusabaat 68′minutes
- 5StephensBooked at 84mins
- 3ManningBooked at 37mins
- 22AlcarazSubstituted forS Armstrongat 73′minutes
- 11TellaBooked at 64mins
- 9A ArmstrongBooked at 27minsSubstituted forAdamsat seventy 9′minutes
- 23EdozieSubstituted forAriboat 89′minutes
- 17S Armstrong
- Robert Madley
Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Southampton 2.
2d Half of ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Southampton 2.
Joe Aribo (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Inferior by Tyreeq Bakinson (Sheffield Wednesday).
Will Smallbone (Southampton) wins a free kick on the upright wing.
Inferior by Ashley Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).
Try neglected. Akin Famewo (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the field misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by James Ward-Prowse.
Try blocked. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the field is blocked.
Substitution, Southampton. Joe Aribo replaces Samuel Edozie.
Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Southampton 2. Ché Adams (Southampton) upright footed shot from the centre of the field to the centre of the aim. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.
Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Reece James replaces Josh Windass.
Jack Stephens (Southampton) is confirmed the yellow card for a base flawed.
Inferior by Jack Stephens (Southampton).
Ashley Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the upright wing.
Lengthen over. They are ready to continue.
Lengthen in match (Southampton).
Try neglected. Jack Stephens (Southampton) header from the centre of the field is terminate, but misses to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a substandard following a corner.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Akin Famewo.
Try blocked. Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton) upright footed shot from the upright aspect of the field is blocked. Assisted by Will Smallbone.