Mark Hughes insists his Southampton players’ confidence will not be dented by the pain of Goodison Park, and is urging them to move within touching distance of survival with victory at Swansea tomorrow night.
Tom Davies’s last-gasp equaliser for Everton on Saturday was a bitter pill to swallow, but the 1-1 draw still lifted Saints out of the bottom three and above their hosts in South Wales.
Three points at the Liberty Stadium would relegate West Brom and leave Swansea requiring a ten-goal swing in the final round of Premier League fixtures on Sunday.
“It’s a quick turnaround so we can’t dwell on this one,” said Hughes, speaking after the Everton game.
“As I said when we came through the door, we have to look at what’s ahead of us. We’ve got a huge game very quickly and we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.
“I don’t think we’re in any way damaged by the consequences of the game in terms of confidence, so we’ll be ready to go again and it’s up to us to get the job done.
“We’ve got two games left and everybody is writing the Man City one off. We’ll give that one a go as well, but clearly the Swansea one is one that we can really decide our own fate.”
Mario Lemina was substituted at Everton with a hamstring problem and will have to be assessed, while Hughes will definitely be without Maya Yoshida, who was sent off late on at Goodison Park.
Saints will be backed by a sold-out away end at Swansea, and Hughes says that support will be crucial to his side’s fortunes.
“At Everton we had great support once again,” he added. “Everybody must be a little bit deflated, but we’re ready to go again and we know we’re capable of getting what we need to stay in this league, so we’ve got to make sure we do it."