RALPH Hasenhuttl revealed Danny Ings gave him a fitness scare after the Norwich win.

Ings has been Saints’ best player so far this season, with his goal against the Canaries being taking him to double figures.

However, Hasenhuttl took him off in the 77th minute at St Mary’s, bringing on Che Adams in his place.

Saints’ boss said: “I was a little bit afraid because he had a little bit of a problem with his hamstring after the Norwich game, a little bit of cramp.

“With his history, it’s always dangerous for him.

“He’s had a fantastic season so far because he’s fit and is working very much on the pitch.

“It’s a logical result that when he gets chances he scores because he is always there, and he has found his rhythm now.

“He is in a flow at the moment and every time he is in the box he is dangerous. Even outside the box, he is working fantastically for the team because of the mentality with his running.

“If you see someone beside you sprinting you also start doing it because he has influenced you.

“This is exactly the Danny Ings we want to see.”

Despite Ings’ excellent start to the campaign, Hasenhuttl doesn’t want to become too reliant on the former Liverpool player being his only goalscorer.

Midfielder James Ward-Prowse has played his part in front of goal in recent weeks, with Ryan Bertrand also getting in on the action.

And Hasenhuttl is hoping the other members of his squad will follow suit.

He added: “The whole time of my management career, I was never focused on having one big striker or goalscorer.

“If the one scorer has a problem, then you have a problem.

“It’s better to have more players who can score. In the last game, we had a new one with Ryan and it can be more.

“We have players on the pitch who can also score and then you aren’t so easy to play against.”