SAINTS boss Ralph Hasenhuttl paid tribute to his goalscoring 'number tens' after his side continued their remarkable away form at Crystal Palace.

Nathan Redmond’s clinical 22nd-minute opener was followed by an equally good finish from Stuart Armstrong as Saints made it four wins in a row away from St Mary’s for the first time post-Ronald Koeman.

Hasenhuttl was particularly pleased with his goalscorers, who were outstanding throughout.

“It was Reddy’s best performance of the season and a fantastic strike, I’m very happy for him," he said.

“It’s not easy to pick a player because I’m very proud of every player, especially the ‘number tens’ Armstrong and Reddy, who play the most demanding positions in my shape tactically. They did it fantastic against and with the ball, it was key to our win.”

Crystal Palace failed to get a shot on target but Saints’ victory was slightly tarnished by a knee injury to Cedric Soares, who hobbled off to be replaced by Oriol Romeu, as James Ward-Prowse went to right-back midway through the first half.

But Hasenhuttl is confident it is not serious as it “doesn’t look too bad”.

It did not stop Saints from dominating as they repeated their 2-0 win in the corresponding match of last season with Palace conceding goals from outside the area for the first time this season.

He said: “It was pleasing to win here the way we played today especially in possession was one of the best of the season; very brave and very good decision-making.

“Only once in the first half did we make a mistake. We used the right spaces and it was very hard to defend for Palace; very flexible with diagonal balls in behind.

“It’s not a coincidence we had a lot of chances. The only surprise was that we only scored once. Longy could have killed the game but only saw one chance from Palace in the second half which shows the way we play was a good one.

"They really enjoyed playing for the fans."