Hasenhüttl calls for patience from crowd

By SFC Media time Fri 27 Dec Saints v Crystal Palace
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Ralph Hasenhüttl has asked for patience from the St Mary's crowd, as his team host Crystal Palace following their sensational Boxing Day success at Chelsea.

Saints return home tomorrow, just two days after a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge that will live long in the memory, as goals from Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond gave them a big three points.

The result made it back-to-back victories, as the side built on the 3-1 success at Aston Villa in their previous fixture, and they will now look to carry that form into St Mary's, where they were beaten by West Ham last time out.

we need to have patience. everybody – the team and the crowd – and this is what I demand for tomorrow.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager

Hasenhüttl knows expectations will be high following the latest win, but he has asked supporters to be patient.

"It's never easy, especially when you set such a benchmark now," he said. "We want to do it the same tomorrow. We ran a lot yesterday and covered a lot of distance – five kilometres more than the opponent.

"We spoke about wanting to show that we could do a good job for 90 minutes and I think yesterday the team did a fantastic job for 90 minutes, and this is the only way for us to be successful. It's important we have a good recovery today, because tomorrow I want to see a team playing like they played yesterday and this is the big challenge for us, but because of the positive result the team is absolutely feeling good at the moment and that helps you.

"It is a big, big step forward for us. We always knew what we wanted to do, and now we have shown that we can do this, and this gives us a massive lift.

"But it's an opponent who is not easy to play against, because they are very well organised and they don't give you a lot of chances of winning the ball.

"We need to have patience. Everybody – the team and the crowd – and this is what I demand for tomorrow. Go into the stadium and help us. Help us, support us, when you see that we need time to create chances.

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"We play at home now and we must carry our game on the pitch, and this is what we try from the first moment, but it will not be a game where after ten minutes it is 3-0 for us. That will not happen. We will try to have a good start, but we have to have patience.

"I think it's important for us that we have showed up in these last two games, two fantastic wins, so we come with good self-confidence in our stands and St Mary's must come back to a ground where it is tough to get points. We want to do our part, and the crowd must do their part."

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