Ralph Hasenhuttl is hoping for a response from his players against Fulham following Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Arsenal. 18th-placed Southampton are again on course for the Championship, unless they can turn things around quickly, and face a huge game against the Cottagers on Wednesday night.
Against the Gunners, they produced one of their poorest performances since the December appointment of Hasenhuttl as successor to the sacked Mark Hughes, despite having had a fortnight off, including a trip to Tenerife, to prepare.
On Wednesday they host fellow strugglers Fulham and Hasenhuttl said: “We don’t look if it is easy against them -it is not an easy game for us. We knew from the beginning that to take the points we need to stay in the league and to take these wins, we (must) try against every opponent. “We also tried (against Arsenal) but it is not easy to win here. It is also not easy to win against Fulham -it is another important game for us. “We saw a good start from our team, had the first big chance, a very, very big chance, and then on the counter-attack you are 1-0 behind.
That’s horrible, for the mentality and the mind; the worst thing that can happen in that moment. “After this goal we also had a lot of chances to score, when we tried to attack it was not so bad, and then the second goal was a horrible mistake in a zone we didn’t have to take any risks in, and against such a team they’re killing you in that moment. After this it was easy for them.”