Hasenhüttl: We're motivated to progress

By SFC Media time Sat 25 Jan Saints v Spurs
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Ralph Hasenhüttl believes Southampton were unlucky not to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup following an entertaining 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's, forcing a replay.

Sofiane Boufal cancelled out Son Heung-min's opener late in the second period, but the hosts had chances to clinch it, with Danny Ings going closest to a winner.

The draw means Saints' winter break will be cut short in two weeks time, when Hasenhüttl's side will travel to north London to contest for a place in the last 32 of the competition.

"It was a good game," the manager asserted. "A lot of chances for us and for them. I think in the end we came close to winning.

"Ingsy was a little bit unlucky today but was always dangerous in the box. He's fantastic. Also the subs did a good job today, all three that came on.

we had a lot of chances in the end, the only pity is that we have a replay.

ralph hasenhüttl

"That's the reason why we need every player. We changed the shape also. In the cup it's all or nothing.

"We had a lot of chances in the end, the only pity is that we have to have a replay. I would have liked to have a decision today, either winning or losing.

"There are so many games in England, I don't understand. But this is the rule and we have to accept that.

"For the players this isn't easy, because they don't get much time off. It's frustrating, but we are motivated to go to the next round."


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