Hasenhüttl "not scared" by goal tally


Ralph Hasenhüttl is confident the goals will come for his Southampton side, given the number of chances being created in recent games.

Saints’ two Premier League wins, against Leeds and Watford, were both 1-0 victories in dominant performances worthy of a more convincing scoreline.

Whilst only Norwich have scored fewer goals than Saints, there are just six clubs who have conceded fewer, and Hasenhüttl is keen to point out the improved defensive stability of his team, as well as the number of opportunities to find the back of the net.

“No, absolutely not,” was Hasenhüttl’s emphatic response, when asked if he is concerned by Saints’ lack of goals.

“Maybe this season we have not had a game with four or five goals, but last season we only had one of those, which was Villa away.

“I see the quality we have up front. I know these players have a new impact in the Premier League, especially Broja and Adam Armstrong – they’re new and it takes a little bit of time.

“Ché Adams is in his third year now in the Premier League, Nathan Tella is young and also new. We have only one experienced striker, this is Longy, and Reddy (Nathan Redmond) was sometimes playing up front also.

“I am not scared that we cannot score goals. I think we get better and better in this part this season, and I think the game will come when we score more than one goal.

“In the opposition box I think we can be more clinical. We have a lot of chances there. We’re getting better, but we could still score more often, and this is something I think we can improve.

“We can score goals. For me, it’s more important we have clean sheets, because then one goal is enough to win, which we have shown in the past.”

Whilst Ché Adams and Armando Broja have both scored twice in two games, summer signing Adam Armstrong is without a goal since the opening day of the season.

“It’s only a question of time for me until he will score again,” Hasenhüttl added. “He scored once in the first game and then not anymore, but in the last game he had a few very good moments, a few inches missing.

“I believe in our attacking game at the moment, with a lot of chances created in our last three games and I’m sure that we will score again.”