Mark Hughes says Southampton are eyeing a long Carabao Cup run as they prepare to face Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday night.
Hughes’s men go into the second round contest off the back of a good display against Leicester City, despite falling to a cruel 2-1 defeat.
And the Saints boss believes that a good cup can only be positive in helping to enhance their league form.
“We’ll go there strong and we’re looking forward to it. We’ve got a lot of guys that are itching to get their season started so we’ll look to get a number of them involved,” Hughes said.
“It’s a competition we want to do well in. It will enable us to keep everybody at the right level. If we can get a good cup run, we can use that to good effect.
“I don’t think it’s ever a distraction. People suggest it is sometimes but not for me, I think they can sustain and enhance your Premier League form if you can get through difficult rounds against good opposition.”