SAINTS’ manager isn’t concerned about his defence's struggles in dealing with powerful centre-forwards.

Ralph Hasenhuttl watched on from the dugout as Wolves’ Adama Traore caused the back-four, in particular, Jack Stephens and Jan Bednarek, all sorts of problems in the second half on Saturday.

In spite of this, Saints’ boss believes his side have been dealing with the threat in recent weeks.

He said: “Every defence has problems when a player is running one-v-one, but if they are running one-v-two, then they [the attackers] have the problems.

“Most of the time, we did defend like this in the last few weeks.

“It’s been our secret that we’ve been very ball-orientated and when we do it we are successful.

“When we don’t do it, the quality of our opponents make it difficult.”

Crystal Palace have recently signed Cenk Tosun who marked his debut with a goal against Manchester City on Saturday.

Despite his quick start to life at Selhurst Park, Saints’ biggest concern will be keeping Wilfried Zaha quiet.

In the reverse fixture at St Mary’s in December, Hasenhuttl’s side managed to get inside the winger’s head which led to him spending more time haranguing the referee than playing his best.

“They have Zaha who isn’t so bad because he can also kill opponents with one action,” continued Hasenhuttl.

“Every Premier League team has quality within their lines, so you always have to be aware.

“We know that we have to have a good and committed defence. If we do that together, like in the last weeks, and we do it 100 per cent, we have a chance to win.”

Hasenhuttl also added there will be no time for complacency at Selhurst Park, saying: “We know we are six points from the relegation zone and six points to the Europa League. We are really in the middle.

“Every game shows a direction and we have two away games against very strong opponents. We know we have been successful in away games so let’s show a good reaction.”