Hasenhuttl Rues Costly Error

Hasenhuttl Rues Costly Error

New manager Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl bemoaned his side’s defending after losing his first game in charge at Cardiff. Callum Paterson capitalised on Jannik Vestergaard’s dreadful 74th-minute mistake to give Cardiff a 1-0 victory and move the Bluebirds up to 14th in the Premier League.

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Saints, who have won only once this season, are now five points adrift of Cardiff and drop one place to 19th, and Hasenhuttl says they cannot afford to make silly mistakes.

“At this level you cannot give the ball away twice in that manner,” Hasenhuttl said of the defining moment of a scruffy game. “It is very hard to accept that we didn’t get a point, but with these mistakes we don’t deserve it.

“After half-time was the best period of the game for us. We had a lot of pressure and we were good with the ball, but we played too much from deep and inside instead of penetrating them.

“We need more forward runs in the coming months and less mistakes in the defence.”

The Austrian faces a difficult start to life in the Premier League with Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea among his next five opponents.

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