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Hasenhuttl Accepts Saints Defeat

Hasenhuttl Accepts Saints Defeat

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said too many of his players were below par after they suffered a 2-1 home defeat to West Ham. Saints went into the game in high spirits after back-to-back victories but were brought back down to earth as Felipe Anderson’s brace cancelled out Nathan Redmond’s opener.

The defeat leaves Saints sitting in 16th place in the Premier League and Hasenhuttl admits there is still plenty of hard work to be done to pull clear of trouble. “We have to keep working,” Hasenhuttl told Sky Sports. “It is not about a miracle, it is about hard work every week. “It is an intensive time now – one game after another.

 

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We know the fixtures are not so easy, but that is the Premier League. We saw (tonight) we have a lot of steps to go. “It was a good beginning, but we are still near the (relegation) zone. “We have to learn that we cannot give West Ham the opportunities that we gave them. We are critical of ourselves. We were hungry today, but not as speedy as in the last two weeks. “We had a lot of players who were not at their top level today, but we still had a chance to win. We gave it away too easily – one shot outside the box and one counter-attack after a corner from us. “We did not make our best match today. We could see from the first 15 minutes that West Ham were going to have plenty of possession, but we did not put much pressure on the ball.” Ralph Hasenhuttl concluded.

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