Hasenhüttl targets defensive stability

By SFC Media time Sun 06 Dec Brighton and Hove Albion v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Not too disheartened by last week's narrow Manchester United defeat, Ralph Hasenhüttl and squad are approaching their latest Premier League test full of confidence, not least because they had gone seven games unbeaten prior to the visit of Ole Gunnar Solskjær's side.

Hasenhüttl, who celebrated his two-year anniversary at the club on Saturday, is targeting a strengthening of defences to allow Saints a better chance of taking consistent points from games, noting that clean sheets are a must in such a competitive league.

He also talked about the quality of Monday night's opponent Brighton, whilst remembering Saints' last trip to Amex Stadium, which resulted in a 2-0 triumph.

"To lose in the last minute against Man United is not nice but these things can happen," the manager reflected. "It's a Champions League team. It was a bit disappointing in the end, particularly to give a two-nil lead away.

"We showed some good habits and some good behaviours, but also some that we should do better in the future. This is what we immediately try to turn around in the next game.

"The fixtures coming up are not easy. We must get better and that's the target we have in training every day. The guys are fully focussed on the next game. We have some injured players returning to training this week so this is good for us.

"What we've showed after the first two games of the season has definitely been an improvement of our game. We still must pay attention to try and keep clean sheets, that is the key to winning games.

"It's not always possible to score three or four times, we must sometimes try to win games by only scoring once or twice. If we can manage this we have a bigger chance of taking points.

"Brighton have the quality to be higher in the table, they had a lot of chances to actually win against Liverpool [last week]. Last season [against Brighton] was a very important win for us, our first of the season, we took a clean sheet and scored in the right moments."

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