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Hasenhuttl Fires Safety Warning

Hasenhuttl Fires Safety Warning

Ralph Hasenhuttl insists Southampton are still not safe from relegation after his side drew 1-1 at Watford last night. Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history, firing his side ahead after only 7.69 seconds to stun Vicarage Road, but it was cancelled out by a last-minute one from Andre Gray as the Hornets snatched a 1-1 draw.

A point left Saints six ahead of Cardiff in the final relegation spot with three games remaining and Hasenhuttl is refusing to say it is mission accomplished just yet. “We have 37 points and until we have 40 we do not speak about being safe,” he said after the game.

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“Now we have a home game against Bournemouth. “If you’d told me that we’d have a chance to secure safety in that game when I took over, I’d have taken that.” Southampton could have scored more in the first half with Nathan Redmond and Ryan Bertrand both hitting the woodwork.

“We missed chances in the first half and were unlucky when we hit the post twice,” the boss added. “In the second half the pressure was massive in the last 10 minutes. It was a pity they got the equaliser but for us it’s more positive than negative because a point here is not easy.”

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