Hughes: We need to be more expansive

By SFC Media time Thu 19 Apr Leicester v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes believes a goalless draw at Leicester gives his team something to build on, but says Southampton will have to be more expansive in their remaining Premier League fixtures.

Saints were frustrated in a game of few chances at King Power Stadium, with Ben Hamer’s second-half save from Shane Long the closest either side came to a winner.

Hughes had overseen 3-2 defeats against Arsenal and Chelsea in recent weeks with performances he deemed superior, but the boss sees a point on the road as a positive step.

“It was probably a fair result, given the chances created,” he surmised.

“I thought defensively we were fine. Clearly they will always test you, bringing on a lot of attack-minded players with good ability and pace.

“We had to be resolute at the back and make sure we were still in the game. That was the key: to make sure we still had an opportunity going the other way.

“If I’m honest, we didn’t create anything like as many chances as I would’ve liked in general play, but maybe that was a consequence of a little bit of apprehension in our defensive work.

“It’s a point. We didn’t play as well as we have done in the last two games but we didn’t get any reward in those games, so that’s something we take from it.

“Clearly in games we have ahead of us, we’re going to have to be more expansive and take more risks.

“We’re going to have to go for it. If we get negatives going the other way, it won’t be for the want for trying to be positive in our own play.

“Today, we were a little bit conservative. We probably needed to really go for it in the last ten or 15 minutes and see where it took us.

“But for confidence and for the games we have ahead, it was important we took something out of the game, which we’ve been able to do.”

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