Hughes on encouraging Ings display

By SFC Media time Sun 19 Aug Everton v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson

Mark Hughes felt Danny Ings’s first Southampton strike since his deadline day move from Liverpool can be the catalyst for more.

After a number of chances in the first-half, which included a stunning save from Jordan Pickford at point-blank range, Ings pounced to make it 2-1 and give Saints hope after the interval.

And while taking away precious points from Goodison Park was the priority, Hughes noted a positive individual contribution.

“Danny looked sharp and could have scored in the first-half but it’s actually a fantastic save having seen it since. I thought it was just a close-range miss but he’s actually saved it so credit to their ‘keeper,” Hughes said.

“We got him off and running in the second-half so for him coming to a new club, as a striker you want to get off the mark very, very quickly and that’s what he has done so that’s a positive.”

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