Hasenhüttl: A chance missed

By SFC Media Sun 08 Dec Newcastle v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson

What began as a hopeful afternoon for Southampton ultimately ended in disappointment as a resurgent Newcastle United stole all three Premier League points at St James' Park.

Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl was left frustrated by the manner of the defeat, having gone ahead in the tie - Danny Ings with his fifth goal in as many games - and believes that Saints' performance warranted a share of the spoils.

Indeed the visitors dominated for the majority of the tie, with Hasenhüttl citing parts of the game as one of the best away displays of the season, but also knows the opportunity to supplement back-to-back wins with at least another point slipped Saints by today.

"It's frustrating for us," the Austrian admitted. "I think we showed today a third good game in the space of a week.

"After two good wins at home we started well, and it was maybe our best away performance of the season for 60 or 70 minutes.

six points this week, i'll take, but i think when you see this game more points were possible.

ralph hasenhüttl

"In the end the opponent played long balls to Andy Carroll. It's difficult to defend, but again after the equaliser we created chances to score again.

"We must do that. It's very frustrating that we didn't take a point today. A good performance but not enough.

"It's not so easy to create chances away from home, but we were aggressive especially when we lost the ball. Counter pressing was fantastic today.

"It's football, sometimes in the moment it is very frustrating for us. It was a big chance today for three points, three wins in a week would be unbelievable.

"Six points this week, I'll take, but I think when you see this game more points were possible."

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