Hasenhüttl reflects on Derby defeat

By SFC Media Wed 16 Jan Saints v Derby
Photo by Chris Moorhouse | Southampton FC

Ralph Hasenhüttl was left frustrated after his Southampton side surrendered a two-goal lead before eventually bowing out of the Emirates FA Cup on penalties to Derby County.

Goals from Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond put Saints in control but the same story as the first meeting followed, with Harry Wilson and Martyn Waghorn on target to level things and force extra-time.

That was before the lottery of a penalty shootout to see who would face Accrington Stanley, with Redmond the unfortunate man to miss.

“It’s a nightmare I think because we had again a big chance to be in the next round and gave it away. If you have two times a chance to win and don’t do it then you don’t deserve to be in the next round so congratulations to Derby County. We have to concentrate on the Premier League now,” Hasenhüttl reflected.

“We didn’t have a good first-half but we made the right decisions at half-time and change the system and the shape. It was much better in the second-half as we had more chances and more pressure in front.

“After the 2-0, we were maybe thinking about what happened in Derby and then at 2-1 you could feel that the guys were a little bit nervous and they got the second goal. It was too easy.

“In extra-time there were three great chances for us, also for Derby too but both teams were struggling and in the shootouts it’s always about luck but they deserved it more because they fought back twice.”

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