Hasenhuttl puts defeat into perspective

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Ralph Hasenhuttl has called on his Southampton players to end the Premier League season with a 'good win' against Huddersfield.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says his team cannot get too down after Sunday's defeat at Newcastle, following an otherwise successful week.

Hasenhuttl’s side have eased the pressure on the Austrian’s shoulders in recent outings, beating Watford and then backing it up against Norwich.

Before the victories against the Hornets and Canaries, he looked in danger of the sack but has now celebrated a year in the job and there is a renewed confidence around his squad.

Both of those wins came by a 2-1 scoreline and they looked in good shape to extend their run on Sunday, only to fall short.

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Danny Ings opened the scoring at St James’ Park, becoming the first Saints player to find the net for five consecutive Premier League games since James Beattie in 2003.

However, the Magpies hit back through Jonjo Shelvey and Federico Fernandez to seal their second victory in a row.

December is always busy for the Premier League teams and with a midweek round of fixtures early in the month stretching squads to their limits.

While that win over Watford came on the final day of November, that result and the Norwich set the tone for a strong festive period.

Sunday’s result was far from ideal, but Southampton still played well and can look ahead with belief.

Sat 18th in the table, they take on West Ham, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace before the end of the month.

Hasenhuttl says he was left upset by Sunday’s defeat but remained philosophical, admitting that two wins out of three was a more than acceptable return for his team.

“It’s football, sometimes in the moment it is very frustrating for us,” he told the club website. “It was a big chance today for three points, three wins in a week would be unbelievable.

“Six points this week, I’ll take, but I think when you see this game more points were possible.”

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