Southampton News: Hughes searching for Saints improvement

3 months ago

In the latest Southampton news, boss Mark Hughes says his side must be better in the “key moments” of their games.

The Saints went down 2-0 away at newly promoted Wolves on Saturday after late goals from Ivan Cavaleiro and Jonny Castro.

Southampton were arguably good value for a point against Nuno Espiro Santo’s men but could not create enough chances during the game, even though they made the bold move of playing both Charlie Austin and Danny Ings up front, in a throwback 4-4-2 system.

Wolves though were able to find the answers late on, with substitute Adama Traore creating the opening goal with a blistering run down the right flank before Cavaleiro rifled into the roof of the net.

Jonny’s close-range finish three minutes from time sealed the 2-0 win and Hughes lamented his side’s display in what he feels were key moments of the match.

“We talk and talk about the key periods of every match, and that’s the opening ten minutes, the ten minutes either side of the half-time break, and clearly the last ten minutes,” said Hughes.

“For the most part, we got three of the four right, but if you don’t get them all right then you run the risk of conceding and losing games.

“I didn’t think we deserved to lose. I think Wolves will feel quite fortunate to have the margin of victory they did, but the reality is we got beat, so we’re going to have to be better.

“From about 15 minutes on up until they scored, I thought we were the better team, and the team more likely to convert a chance if we created the right one, so that’s the frustration, because you obviously want to capitalise when you’re in the ascendancy and we weren’t able to do that, unfortunately.”

Southampton next face unbeaten Chelsea at St Mary’s on Sunday and although they are the unsurprising 11/2 outsiders to win with bet365, while Chelsea are priced at 4/7, with the draw at 13/5.

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