Hughes reflects on Burnley draw

By SFC Media time Sun 12 Aug Saints v Burnley
Photo by Matt Watson | Southampton FC

Southampton boss Mark Hughes felt his side grew into the contest and dominated the second-half during their 0-0 draw with Burnley at St Mary’s.

The visitors settled into the opening period quickly and saw Jack Cork’s effort ruled out for an offside decision in the first ten minutes.

But positive early changes in Danny Ings and Moi Elyounoussi after the interval saw Saints establish dominance.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Danny Ings of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Burnley FC at St Mary's Stadium on August 12, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

“I think we steadily improved and in the second-half I made a change because I felt we weren’t able to get any pressure on the ball to stop them playing into the channels,” Hughes reflected.

“We needed to gain control of the game so we changed the personnel and the shape as well which helped us. We were able to get up the pitch and controlled the second-half.

“We created a number of chances and on another day I think we did enough to win the game.

“In the first-half, we didn’t start with the intensity I’d hoped because you’ve got to impose what you want to do on the opposition.

“Credit to Burnley, I think it showed they're ahead of us in terms of competitive action so they probably had a little bit more speed than us in the opening period.

“I think we got better as the game went on and in the end I think they were trying to run the clock down and get the draw, whereas we were trying to win the game.”

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