Hughes eyeing cup run

By SFC Media time Mon 27 Aug Brighton v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Southampton FC

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.”

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