Southampton News: Saints urged to keep up momentum

1 year ago

In the latest Southampton news, boss Mark Hughes has urged his team to build on their derby win over Bournemouth as they try to avoid the drop from the Premier League.

The Saints remain in the bottom three but recorded a vital home win at the weekend against the Cherries. Two goals from Dusan Tadic ensured Southampton won 2-1, just their second success in 21 league games.

Southampton are now on 32 points from 35 games but remain one point from safety, with Swansea and Huddersfield narrowly above the drop zone.

Hughes’ men face Everton, Swansea and Manchester City in their final three games and he has demanded more from his troops.

The Welsh tactician was part of the Saints squad that avoided relegation in 1999 and insists the whole club has felt the benefits of another three points.

“My memory of that time was that everybody was together. Everybody knew we were in a difficult situation but everybody stuck together; players, staff, and fans, most importantly,” he said.

“That’s what got us over the line then and hopefully we can do it the same this time. We’ve set the bar higher in terms of the qualities we will need to show in the games ahead of us so it’s not going to be easy.

“It has to be that level, if it’s not then we won’t do it. We’ve given ourselves an opportunity and a chance to turn this around.

“Results change everything. They change perception, they change people’s mentality, they change fans’ mentality, it’s not all negative now. The performance and result together puts everyone in a different frame of mind.”

Although the odds are stacked against them, Southampton remain 4/5 with Sky Bet to stay up this season.