Neto stunner sees Southampton lose sixth successive league game

Pedro Neto of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring their team's second goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St Mary's Stadium on February 14, 2021 in Southampton, England.

Pedro Neto scored a stunning individual goal as Wolves came from a goal down to beat Southampton at St Mary's.

It was a tale of two halves, with the visitors improving markedly as an attacking force after the break to hand Southampton their sixth successive Premier League defeat.

The home side controlled the opening period and took the lead when Danny Ings scored with a brilliant volley after he was picked out by Stuart Armstrong.

However, the game turned in the 52nd minute when referee Graham Scott awarded a penalty after ruling that Ryan Bertrand's use of his arm to block Nelson Semedo's attempted delivery was illegal. The Saints full-back and his team-mates appeared perplexed by the decision, but it stood and Ruben Neves converted from the spot.

Wolves, buoyed by the goal, went on the front foot and took the lead when Neto jinked his way past Jannik Vestergaard before threading his angled strike between Jan Bednarek and keeper Alex McCarthy.

Saints pressed for an equaliser but were thwarted by Wolves stopper Rui Patricio who made a double save from James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams.

Wolves go 12th in the Premier League table, a point and a place above Southampton.

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