Hughes on Wigan encounter

By SFC Media time Sat 17 Mar Wigan v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson

Southampton boss Mark Hughes hopes a victory in the Emirates FA Cup quarter final against Wigan Athletic can help give his side a lift.

Saints will look to book their place in the semi final of the competition in Hughes’s first game in charge after being appointed on Wednesday night.

And Hughes has outlined an intention to give the supporters something to smile about again after a positive couple of days on the training pitch.

“It’s been really positive. We’ve been really pleased with the level in terms of technical ability first and foremost, but also in terms of the players attitude and application which has been first class," Hughes reflected.

“It’s what I expected, it’s what I demand and I haven’t been disappointed.

“We’re looking for quick wins. We need to improve our confidence as we’ve been on a run that has tested everybody.

“We’ve got to turn a little bit of negativity into positives and I sense that the players understand that.

“There’s concern there given our current situation but we can park the Premier League for a short period and just focus on getting through to the latter stages of a great competition.

“It was a competition that was good for me during my playing career and I was very fortunate to win it on a number of occasions, so it’s always figured highly.

“The intention and the aim is to win it, that would be a bonus but we can use it as a positive as well to lead into the league games."

Hughes, whose side will be backed by 4,283 supporters for the televised clash, added: “We’ve got a huge following going to Wigan, a following that we’ll need now until the end of the season and we’ve got to give the fans something to grasp and allow them to enjoy their football again.

“It’s been difficult times, but we’re in the here and now and it’s about time we started winning again and putting smiles on people’s faces.”

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