Southampton News: Hughes demands Saints fight

1 year ago

In the latest Southampton news, manager Mark Hughes has called on his players to show resilience and desire as they push for survival.

Saints are in the Premier League’s bottom three ahead of their trip to Arsenal on Sunday.

Hughes was left disappointed by his side’s performance in their 3-0 defeat at West Ham last time out and has demanded a better showing at the Emirates.

Southampton are 11/2 with bet365 to secure all three points at Arsenal and Hughes feels it is vital they get a result as they bid to preserve their top-flight status.

“We need to be more resilient when momentum goes against us,” he told Sky Sports. “I’ve told them this week what is acceptable in games and what isn’t.

“We’ve got to go there and get a positive result. The bare minimum is a good performance for the travelling Saints fans and to be positive in our outlook.”

Hughes has a virtually fully-fit squad available for the tough trip to north London, with defender Sam McQueen the only confirmed absentee, while midfielder Mario Lemina is rated as a doubt after missing training for most of the week through illness.

Arsenal are without Henrikh Mkhitaryan after he picked up a knee injury in the midweek Europa League win over CSKA Moscow.