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Hasenhuttl Urges Saints to Kick On

Hasenhuttl Urges Saints to Kick On

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says there is still plenty of work to be done to avoid the drop after a huge win over Tottenham.

Spurs had been leading courtesy of a Harry Kane strike, but quick-fire goals from Saints pair Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse in the final 15 minutes dented Spurs’ top-four ambitions, while keeping the struggling hosts out of the drop zone.

After fellow strugglers Cardiff beat West Ham, Saints’ success ensured they remain two points above the bottom three. Hasenhuttl felt his players used the disappointment of last weekend’s late loss at Manchester United to secure a significant step towards safety.

“The good thing was we were only one goal down, that gave us the chance to change a few things and to force a little nervousness and put them out of their comfort zone because Tottenham were amazing (in the first half),” said the Austrian.

“We lost against Man United after a really sensational game we played there. And we only earned warm words and I said to them we want to earn more than only warm words, we want to earn points.

“That’s what the crowd felt in the second half, that there’s a team on the pitch fighting for every point and that was a moment to celebrate with them but also to tell them that it’s only one step, a big one maybe. “But, as you see with the other results, we have still wins to take and a long way to go.”

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