Southampton News: Hughes eyes FA Cup boost

1 year ago

In the latest Southampton news, manager Mark Hughes hopes his side can start a winning run with an FA Cup victory at Wigan on Sunday.

Hughes replaced Mauricio Pellegrino earlier this week and the cup meeting with the Latics will be the former Saints forward’s first game in charge.

Southampton are struggling at the wrong end of the Premier league table and may find themselves in the bottom three by the time they play in the league again.

Hughes admits top-flight survival is the priority although he insists they are still keen to progress in the FA Cup, and he feels a win at Wigan could be the springboard they need to pull clear of danger.

“We’re looking for quick wins. We need to improve our confidence as we’ve been on a run that has tested everybody,” he told the club’s official website. “We’ve got to turn a little bit of negativity into positives and I sense that the players understand that.

“There’s concern there given our current situation, but we can park the Premier League for a short period and just focus on getting through to the latter stages of a great competition.

“It was a competition that was good for me during my playing career and I was very fortunate to win it on a number of occasions, so it’s always figured highly.

“The intention and the aim is to win it, that would be a bonus, but we can use it as a positive as well to lead into the league games.”

Southampton will be without Charlie Austin and Steven Davis due to respective hamstring injuries. Defender Maya Yoshida may make his return following a knee problem.