Mark Hughes felt his Southampton side showed some improvements in Saturday’s 0-0 Premier League draw at Bournemouth. The Saints went to the Vitality Stadium to face Eddie Howe’s in-form Cherries on the back of a three-match losing run going into the international break.
And, having survived some early chances for the hosts, the visitors could have snatched the spoils late on when Stuart Armstrong missed his kick from close range and Italian striker Manolo Gabbidini headed over in added time with the goal gaping.
Saints have now gone 385 minutes in the Premier League without a goal but Hughes felt his team edged the contest and showed improvement following their recent struggles.
“I was pleased with the performance. It was important to give a bit more of a statement,” said Hughes.
“We were all disappointed with what we were able to produce against Chelsea (a 3-0 loss).
“It seems a long time since that game and it was important that we came back after the international break and showed what we were about.
“The back four were very good for us, they set the tone for us.”
He added: “We negated the threat Bournemouth clearly have, they have a lot of pace and power at the top end of the pitch and found it very difficult to show it today because of how we approached the game.
“Clearly we did enough to win the game. We had three or four clear-cut chances that on another day you want to take.
“We’ll take a point and build from here.”