Hughes: Players are determined

By SFC Media time Thu 19 Apr Leicester v Saints
Photo by James Bridle | Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes says his Southampton players must not let their situation in the table inhibit them as they embark on the final five games of the Premier League season.

Saints take their survival bid to Leicester tonight, as they look to earn a precious three points that would close the gap on the sides above them.

There is no doubting the sense of urgency that exists, but Hughes has stressed it is vital the players do not let that get in the way of what they are trying to do on the pitch.

"I don't sense there's any real damage done in terms of confidence, and people will think that can't be right, because of the circumstances, but I think it's more a sense of frustration rather than disappointment,” said Hughes, whose side have performed well in their last two games, only to suffer 3-2 defeats against Arsenal and Chelsea.

“But we need to pick ourselves up, go again and continue to do the things that we're doing well at the moment, of which there's many, and make sure that the details of the game and the management of the game is better than we've been able to show in the last two games certainly.

“If we get that right, along with the level of performance we're putting in at the moment then we'll get positive results I'm sure.

“We've got a number of games coming up where we're up against teams we feel give us a good opportunity to get more points on the board, and that's what we'll strive to do.”

Expanding on the importance of the players’ mindset right now, the Saints boss added: "You've got to stick your chest out and say to yourself as an individual that you've got to try and affect and turn this situation around, as an individual and collectively as a team, and I sense there's a real determination to do that.”

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