Hasenhüttl: Norwich will pose a different threat

By SFC Media time Wed 04 Dec Saints v Norwich
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Ralph Hasenhüttl is anticipating a different game to what Southampton experienced against Watford when they host Norwich City in another huge home clash on Wednesday night.

Saints came from behind last Saturday to earn a crucial three points, as Danny Ings's equaliser and James Ward-Prowse's late free-kick overcame Ismaila Sarr's opener for the Premier League's bottom-placed side.

The result meant that Hasenhüttl's men climbed above Norwich in the table, moving up to 18th, while also giving them a chance to potentially get out of the bottom three when they take on the Canaries.

Daniel Farke's team will also arrive at St Mary's with confidence, having won at Everton and drawn at home against Arsenal in their previous two fixtures, and Hasenhüttl expects them to offer a different challenge to Watford.

"It was important that we took three points for the mentality and the atmosphere, absolutely, and finally also for the self-confidence when you go into the next game," said the Saints manager.

"But it's still a completely different game, against a good opponent who has shown that they can really compete with also the bigger teams in the league. It's a very interesting game I think, against an opponent with a clear plan and good automatism.

turning the table at home in such a high-pressure game absolutely gives you a lift.

ralph hasenhüttl
on beating watford

"They play a little bit of a different style – more football, more combination, better on the ball, but also with good counter-pressing and good organisation against the ball, so a completely different tactical performance and for us it means that we must prepare for everything.

"I think the important thing is that we keep the momentum on our side. Turning the table at home in such a high-pressure game gives you absolutely a lift.

"That means even if you don't have the perfect start we can be brave, we know that we can score also at home and we have 90 minutes to get a good result.

"We must start with more bravery than in the last game, and with a clearer way of playing forward also. I think the first half finally wasn't as bad as I thought at first, but I think we could do it much better from the beginning, and this is what we will try."


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