Hasenhüttl calls for clinical edge

By SFC Media Fri 23 Aug Brighton v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl wants to see a more clinical edge from his team on Saturday, as they look to build on their strong showing against Liverpool with a positive result against Brighton.

Saints head to Amex Stadium looking for their first points of the season, following last week's narrow home defeat to the European champions, which came after the opening-day loss at Burnley.

Hasenhüttl was happy with the reaction that he saw after the 3-0 setback at Turf Moor, but he wants that to now translate into a good result this weekend.

we must show we are concentrated enough to have maybe a clean sheet and work 90 minutes to get a good result.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager

"It was important to see that we had a reaction after the Burnley game," he said. "That day was not good, and I think it was much better against Liverpool. But, even then, the chance was there to take something and we didn't, and that means we have no points so far.

"I don't want to say this is more pressure, because we give ourselves the most pressure. We want to take points consistently, and so far we didn't, and that means we want to go to Brighton and show again a reaction in a way that means we are also able to take points in an away game."

Hasenhüttl was also pleased with the impact of his substitutes against Liverpool last week, with Danny Ings, Stuart Armstrong and Moussa Djenepo all having positive impacts, and the Saints boss is happy to have them keeping others on their toes.

"We spoke about the substitutes and how they helped us in the last game," he said. "I think it's important for the group that you see that these guys try to put pressure on the others.

"After two games of not taking any points it's normal that they do it. The atmosphere is focused, and they try to work hard, but finally we must show on the weekend that we are concentrated enough to have maybe a clean sheet and work 90 minutes to get a good result."

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