Hughes's press conference round-up

By SFC Media time Thu 23 Aug Saints v Leicester
Photo by Matt Watson | Mark Hughes

Get a bitesize catch-up on Mark Hughes's press conference, ahead of Southampton's home Premier League game with Leicester City...

On responding to defeat at Everton

We had a disappointing result. It's always difficult going to Everton, they're a very accomplished side at home, with a new manager in his first home game, but apart from a couple of defensive lapses which damaged us I thought it was an ok performance. There were elements that needed to be better and I'm hoping and expecting those elements will improve in our third game.

On finding his best XI

I've got an idea of that. At this stage of the season there's still a few vagaries in terms of guys who have come back late from World Cup who've had disrupted pre-seasons, so there's still a levelling off in terms of what people are producing and capable of. I think that will resolve itself in the next couple of weeks.

On Leicester City

Leicester are probably the club that gain more points on the road than most. They're a very accomplished counter-attacking team and it's very difficult to go up against them. You want to be on the front foot, but you've always got to be mindful of the threat they have on the break

On Jamie Vardy missing for the Foxes

You would imagine that would be a bonus for us, but they have good resources. He's been there a long time and is a big part of how they play, but they've got guys who can come in and affect the game in similar ways.

Team news update

Moi Elyounoussi has trained today, so we're hopeful he can be an option for us. Obviously, he needs to have a good day tomorrow in terms of no reaction from the work he's done today.

On Virgin Media donating their shirt sponsorship to Scope on Saturday

It's important. Virgin Media have given up their sponsorship of this game to a charity that does great work. Scope is a fantastic organisation, so we're more than happy to have their name on our shirt.

On Danny Ings

He's a goalscorer. He's a technical player as well, who can link the play between the lines, and that's something we need to be better at.

On the possibility of loaning out young players

There's been a number of enquiries to us from Championship clubs in regard to our young players. Some may go through. We'll have to see what develops. It's just whether we feel it's the right club at the right time for these young guys' circumstances.

 

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