Hasenhüttl: We're not there yet

By SFC Media Fri 19 Apr Newcastle v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl insists there is plenty of work still to be done to ensure the club's Premier League status for next season, as they prepare for a trip to Newcastle United this Saturday.

Saints beat Wolves 3-1 at home last weekend to open up an eight-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone, but that was cut to five in midweek as 18th-placed Cardiff won 2-0 at 17th-placed Brighton in a huge battle between the two sides immediately below them.

no one in this building has the feeling we are safe, so let's keep on working hard.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager

Hasenhüttl, who has navigated his team into a strong position ahead of their final five games, is taking nothing for granted and has set a target of going unbeaten through to the end of the campaign, starting at St James' Park on Saturday.

"It was an important win, a massive win," said the Saints boss, reflecting on last weekend's game. "You see the result on Tuesday shows that it was important that we won against Wolves, and there is now still a way to go.

"It underlines that speaking about 40 points is not being negative, but being clear what it's about to stay in this league. It looks good in this moment, but there is still a way to go and I know no one in this building has the feeling that we are safe, so let's keep on working hard.

"The goal is to not lose any games until the end of the season. I think that's a goal that is possible, and with our quality in the moment reachable for us.

"The players like to play in the style we are playing in at the moment, they feel comfortable and they are hungry, and that's the most important thing – hungry for taking points and hungry for taking wins, and that's what we will do on Saturday."

Saints have now won four of their past six matches, with a hard-luck defeat to Manchester United and a close-run loss to Liverpool the only blemishes in that stretch, and Hasenhüttl believes the signs of progress are evident.

"I think they feel now that, with this hard work they have invested during the last month, they can earn a lot with it and the style we play football in at the moment," he said.

"I think that's a good sign and a good signal for them and it gives motivation for the future, because you like to work hard if you feel that it helps you to win games.

"If you work hard and you have the feeling nothing changes then I think the motivation goes down, but in our case the motivation stays high and that's the most important thing."

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