SAINTS boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says Saturday's pre-season friendly against Swansea City provided his squad with a "good test" with the Premier League season just two weeks away.

Saints thumped their Championship opponents 7-1 at St Mary's, in a fixture split into four 30-minute quarters.

Fresh from their England call-ups this week, Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse netted twice each with Ryan Bertrand, Che Adams and Nathan Redmond also on target as the hosts raced into a 7-0 lead inside the first hour.

Saints then changed their XI for the remainder of contest and they saw out the win with Jay Fulton scoring a late consolation for Swansea.

"I think we saw two different games," Hasenhuttl told Saints TV.

"The first game was very good, the second one was not so clear or well structured. But it was a good test for us after one week of hard training.

"We tried to give everybody the chance to play because next week they are going to international break. So it was a good test for us."

Discussing the first hour of the contest, the boss added: "I think we still try to develop our game. It was better than I've seen it last season but was it was clear it was only a friendly game against a Championship team.

"But I think in the first half we showed some good movement and we will not hang it too high, but I think it was okay."

He continued: "In the first game it was amazing to see how many good chances we created and we could've even scored more I think."