Saints boss Mark Hughes has reiterated the significance of Saturday’s home meeting with Watford and says his squad are working hard to deliver a much-needed response following defeat to Manchester City.
Hughes’s men fell to a 6-1 defeat at the champions and face Javi Gracia’s Hornets at St Mary’s ahead of the next international break, sitting in 16th.
“It becomes huge. We know ourselves the areas in which we weren’t strong enough [against Manchester City],” Hughes said.
“We’ll work towards the weekend and make sure the elements of our play that were missing are present against Watford.
“There’s not too many teams who have created good moments against City because they stop things very, very quickly if you’re trying to counter attack but we showed good intent in that regard.
“Those are the things we can take into the games ahead of us but clearly at the weekend it’s a huge game and it’s one that we want maximum points from.”