Hughes rues 'key moments' after Fulham defeat

By SFC Media time Sat 24 Nov Fulham v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes was left to rue mistakes in key moments as Southampton fell to a 3-2 defeat against Fulham in the Premier League.

In a contest where the momentum swung with regularity, Stuart Armstrong put Saints ahead before goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Andre Schurrle saw the hosts into the break ahead.

And despite Armstrong adding a stunning effort to level things, there was an all too familiar feeling when Mitrovic doubled his personal tally to win it.

“It was very similar to a lot of the games we’ve been involved in unfortunately. There was a lot of good things, a lot of good play,” Hughes reflected.

“As the away side we came here with a really good attitude towards what was ahead of us and deservedly took the lead through a great goal.

“I felt Stuart Armstrong was excellent today and it was a shame he had to come off late on because of cramp again, which we need to get to the bottom of.

“We played well in that first 45 minutes and then quickly found ourselves 2-1 behind and we’re walking in at half-time thinking ‘how has that happened?’.

“I thought we were very much in control and they had very few opportunities to really test us in an attacking sense but all of a sudden they put two balls into the box and we’ve been poor in the key moments. At this level, if you give good players opportunities you get punished.

“The story of the game is them taking their chances. Our conversion rate is way below that so that’s the difference on the day.

“As an away side, we’ve had 19 shots and had 60% to their 40% possession but those stats mean nothing as the only one that counts is the scoreline and that’s gone against us.

“There’s frustration once again and we need to turn it around and learn from the moments where we have to do the right thing.”

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