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Hasenhüttl: "Brighton comeback was another positive step forward"


SPOT ON: Danny Ings penalty secured 3 well-earned points for Saints at Brighton

Saints boss, Ralph Hasenhüttl, agreed that the 'come from behind' 2-1 victory against Brighton was another positive step forward for his team's character and belief.


The win, which coincided with the second anniversary of the Austrian's appointment on the South Coast, saw Saints secure three points, despite not being at their best for large periods of the match.


Having been outplayed during most of the first-half, Jannik Vestergaard's towering 45th minute header - Saints only effort on target during the opening period - made it 1-1, cancelling out Pascal Groß's early penalty for the Seagulls.


The prolific Danny Ings then wrapped up the win, firing home an 81st minute spot kick, after VAR had once again played a contentious part in Premier League proceedings.


It was only the second time, since the Austrian took over, that Saints have fought back to triumph on the road, having gone a goal behind (the other being Leicester City in January 2020 - when Stuart Armstrong and Danny Ings goals helped overturn an early Dennis Praet opener for the Foxes).


Speaking ahead of this weekend's game with Sheffield United, Total Saints asked Hasenhüttl how much confidence a 'non-free-flowing, comeback victory' like that would assist his side's mentality, as they continue moving forward.


The Austrian replied, "Yes, it was very important for us, definitely, especially after the unlucky loss against Manchester United. It was important to find immediately back on the winning track. That is always important, the next game, and we knew how difficult it is to go there, I mean, a team that draws at home to Liverpool, so they have quality there, as I said."


"You can see, and you can feel, the belief of this team and also the way we play in the moment is very structured and I have never had a feeling that we had, more the problems with the pitch, it was a little slippery and that is why we haven’t played that clinical sometimes, I think." Hasenhüttl added.


"The decision making was still OK when I watched the game after. I think it was definitely a good game and the quality we have now, this is what you can feel. But it doesn’t mean that you bring it always on the pitch. Its important that you bring the quality on the pitch and if you do this then you have, I think, a good chance to be always a strong side and a good opponent.”


Saints will now look to take the momentum from that Amex success into today's tussle with the Blades.


Although they are currently bottom of the league, and without a Premier League win all season, Saints fully appreciate that Chris Wilder's side must still be respected and outfought, if another home victory is to be achieved.


Article by Ben Stanfield

13/12/20

(Photo by Matt Watson, Southampton FC)


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