RALPH Hasenhuttl insists he’s confident about Saints’ trip to Wolves despite their impressive defensive record because: “We’ve shown against a team that defends deep like Brentford that we can create our momentum and are strong at set pieces.”

Hasenhuttl’s side go into the test at the Molineux Stadium off the back of an impressive 4-1 hammering of Thomas Frank’s promoted Bees.

The Dane lined his team up in a similar three/five-at-the-back shape that Wolves manager Bruno Lage will likely field his XI in, and Saints matched that with success on Tuesday.

However, the eighth-placed Black Country outfit have only conceded 14 goals all Premier League campaign, which is the second-fewest of all teams in the division.

Daily Echo: Goalkeeper Jose Sa has been a revelation since his summer arrival (Pic: PA)Goalkeeper Jose Sa has been a revelation since his summer arrival (Pic: PA)

They have also only scored 14, of which only bottom Norwich have netted less, and their favourite scoreline has been 1-0. They defeated Saints 1-0 at St Mary’s back in September.

Speaking ahead of the contest, Hasenhuttl said that his side showed him versus Brentford what will be needed to get a rare league result at Molineux.

“I mean the way how they want to play football hasn't changed that massively (from last season),” the Austrian said, assessing their style of play.

“I think he tried in the beginning of the season to play a little bit different, it didn't work very good. They came back to the basic shape from last season and I think that the behaviors are not that different to the season before.

Daily Echo: Wolves manager Bruno Lage (Pic: PA)Wolves manager Bruno Lage (Pic: PA)

“I think it's based on the players you have there and they are used to this way of playing football and know that what they do, they do well.”

He continued: “It is absolutely, discipline, that deep defending is maybe one of the best in the league in and around the box. They are super-strong one against one.

“But we have shown against a team that defends deep like Brentford that we can still create our momentum and our chances and we are strong at set pieces.

“This is also a weapon that we can use against them and hopefully we will get a few goals.”

Daily Echo: Jan Bednarek headed in from a corner during the victory over Brentford (Pic: Stuart Martin)Jan Bednarek headed in from a corner during the victory over Brentford (Pic: Stuart Martin)

Hasenhuttl reserved some praise for his counterpart, Lage, who arrived at Wolves in June after long-term manager Nuno Espirito Santo moved to Tottenham.

“Yeah, very tough team to break down because they don't concede a lot,” he added. “Of course, conceding the second least of the league is unbelievable defensive work.

“We had a good game against them at home, lost 1-0. It was the only game we lost at home.

“And so we have to learn from this game and to do it better and I think we go there, we have had some very good games in this stadium, and we are going there with the clear plan to do it better than at home.

“I think it's possible for us.”