Hughes: We can take confidence to Goodison

By SFC Media Fri 17 Aug Everton v Saints
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Mark Hughes believes his Southampton side can carry confidence to Goodison Park as they prepare to meet Everton this weekend.

Saints grew into their opening day contest, dominating the second-half against a resilient Burnley who arrived with the benefit of competitive Europa League action.

“I think the main thing was to gain confidence from the performance. In the opening period, clearly, they were a bit ahead of us in terms of sharpness I felt as a consequence of more competitive minutes,” Hughes reflected.

“We weren’t able to pressure Burnley as readily as I’d hoped but we came into it towards the end of the first-half and then we looked at it again in the second-half.

“We weren’t quite where we needed to be to really force the issue so I made a couple of changes and we were better for it.

“I think we need to gain confidence from that and the way we finished is something we can take into this game.”

Marco Silva’s men have made a significant investment in the summer and opened their Premier League campaign with a 2-2 draw at Wolves, despite Phil Jagielka’s early dismissal and Hughes is readying his troops for a difficult test.

“It was a decent performance. Obviously going down to ten men was difficult for them but they showed good character.

“It’s not easy going to Goodison Park because they will always test you. It’s always a difficult fixture on the calendar but if we revert back to lack year and what we produced there then under different circumstances I think we’ve got good memories for the most part.”

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