Hasenhuttl pinpoints how Southampton must improve worrying trend

Date published: Saturday 6th February 2021 5:44 - Samuel Bannister

Ralph Hasenhuttl admitted that Southampton did not deserve anything from their defeat to Newcastle and says they must sharpen up in defence.

Still feeling the effects of their 9-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United in midweek, Southampton suffered another loss.

This time, they fell two goals down inside half an hour, although they put up more of a fight. However, even with Newcastle finishing the game with nine men, Hasenhuttl’s side lost 3-2.

It marked their fifth consecutive defeat in the Premier League – a run of form that Hasenhuttl will be desperate to reverse.

However, he knows they must improve defensively if they are to get back to winning ways.

Asked by BT Sport if Southampton deserved anything against Newcastle, he said: “No.

“The way we conceded the goals were far too easy and not the way to defend in the Premier League. Tough to come back after that, scored twice and tried but when you defend like this it is hard to get points. The way we gave the goals away was too easy.

“We have to go back to the behaviours we showed early in the season. Every chance was a goal and that is too easy.”

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Hasenhuttl wants more consistency

The Southampton manager continued: “In general we have to fight back to the way we were before.

“To be consistent over 38 games is the difference between a good team and one that wants to be good.

“We have no training at the moment, just games, games, games. Scoring goals is not the biggest problem but we conceded too much.”

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