Ralph Hasenhüttl says Southampton must learn lessons from their difficult start to the season and show their strength against Burnley at Turf Moor tomorrow.
The boss admits he was critical of his team in the aftermath of the home defeat to Tottenham, but is now targeting a first win of the campaign in Lancashire.
Saints are without a victory in their last seven meetings with the Clarets, but three points would kick-start their season ahead of the visit of West Brom to St Mary’s in the last round of Premier League matches before the October international break.
“We are a little bit critical when we watch our performance because we know the level that we have shown at the end of last season,” Hasenhüttl said.
“We are not that happy to see us playing – even in the first half (against Tottenham), when we definitely didn’t play bad, was still not the way we can play. We can still be calmer and more efficient in our game with the ball.
“In the second half, there was a good start but after a big chance for us we conceded the second goal in a much too easy way and then we stopped defending.
“This is something I haven’t seen for a long time. We suddenly lost our way completely and mentally were not strong enough to fight back.
“This is impossible and definitely something we criticised this week. For us, it’s a clear message to do it better and show up.
“We have to show that we are better than we have shown in the first two games. To win there (Turf Moor) is not easy, but we will try.”