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Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl celebrates after the match. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl celebrates after the match. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs

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Ralph Hasenhuttl believes he has built a "special relationship" with Nathan Redmond to coax the best out of the Southampton forward.

Redmond fired his first top-flight double in two years to drive Saints to a win over Wolves at St Mary's that all-but secures their Premier League safety.

Redmond now boasts eight goals in 20 games in all competitions during Hasenhuttl's tenure.

"It's a little bit of everything, sometimes give him the smooth shoulder, sometimes criticise him," Hasenhuttl replied when asked how he helped Redmond to recapture his form.

Wolverhampton's Adama Traore (right) and Southampton's Nathan Redmond battle for the ball. Photo: Mark Kerton/PA
Wolverhampton's Adama Traore (right) and Southampton's Nathan Redmond battle for the ball. Photo: Mark Kerton/PA

"We have a special relationship. He knows that I demand a lot from him, not only with the ball. He shows in every game that he's learning and getting better."

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