Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton rise is ‘scary but not surprising’ | Football News

first_img“The first 15 minutes was probably our worst spell after half-time. We couldn’t get out. We kept giving the ball back to them and when you’re in that situation it becomes difficult for. Congratulations to Southampton on the night. They were far better than us and we couldn’t cope with them.“We go up and down too quick. That’s one thing we have to resolve. We go along nicely then all of a sudden we don’t play well enough in the game. It nags me.”What’s next?Southampton travel to face Wolves on Saturday November 21 after the international break; kick-off 3pm.Newcastle will host Chelsea at St James’ Park at 12.30pm on the same day. Ralph Hasenhuttl heaped praise on his players after Southampton moved top of the Premier League, but admits his side’s rise has not come as a surprise to him.Saints moved top of the Premier League for the first time in their history after beating Newcastle 2-0 at St Mary’s on Friday night. A seventh-minute strike from Che Adams gave the home side an early lead and they wrapped up victory in the 82nd minute through Stuart Armstrong.- Advertisement – Jamie Redknapp and Alan Pardew felt that Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles was lucky to avoid conceding a penalty after a reckless tackle on Southampton’s Theo Walcott. Inconsistency frustrates Bruce – Advertisement – 1:14 Newcastle, who had yet to be beaten away from home in the Premier League this season and headed into the game on the south coast in good form, having beaten Everton 2-1 in their previous fixture, but often lacked control and managed just four shots during the game.“Certainly, the best team won,” Newcastle boss Steve Bruce told Sky Sports. “We didn’t get anywhere near where we were five days ago. We didn’t look after the ball well enough and we gifted them two goals. We didn’t do enough to win the game. We didn’t handle the full press and it was a difficult night.“The one thing you can’t do at this level is give them the goals we did. We gave the ball away far too often. We knew what to expect from them – the full press – and unfortunately we couldn’t play through it. Che Adams rattles in Theo Walcott's cross to put Saints in frontImage:Che Adams rattles in Theo Walcott’s cross to put Saints in front A year ago, Southampton sat in the bottom three of the Premier League, but the Austrian believes his side are now showing their development and the fruits of their investment both away from the pitch and on the training ground, away from the pressure of playing in front of supporters. 3:03 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Southampton’s win over Newcastle preview image preview image “It’s amazing what my team does in the moment,” he told Sky Sports. “Congratulations to everybody around the pitch and the team. Amazing. We could maybe have scored more but the rest was perfect. Everybody was on the highest level. It is a little scary what we are doing at the moment to be honest but not surprising when I see what we are working on.“Earlier, we could have closed the game, earlier. That was definitely possible. The way we played through lines was fantastic to watch. We can then make the last pass and final decision even better but this is criticism on a high level. We know it’s not so easy to create a lot of chances against these teams.- Advertisement – Hasenhuttl’s men dominated possession and chances as they sealed a comfortable win that saw them replace Liverpool at the top of the table ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.The Saints last stood at the summit of English football 32 years ago under the management of Chris Nicholl and it marks a remarkable 12 months for the Austrian manager since their 9-0 thrashing by Leicester last October. 2:35 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce was very disappointed his side couldn’t follow up their win against Everton with a good performance and admits his side’s biggest problem is consistency after their 2-0 defeat to Southampton in the Premier League. Hasenhuttl added: “I’m happy for the fans that we’re top of the league at the moment, but the season is very long. We have a very intense period over Christmas but the squad is nicely balanced. We’ve restructured a few things and this now shows that the players are stepping up.”“It’s the first time that we’ve had three wins in a row and this was the goal for today. It’s the first time that we’ve taken three points over Newcastle as the last three times we’d lost. We’re top for now, but it’s only for a few moments. Of course, it’s nice for the fans and the players. For me, it’s important that we say hungry and don’t lean back.” Stuart Armstrong sealed the win to put Southampton top of the leagueImage:Stuart Armstrong sealed the win to put Southampton top of the league Ralph Hasenhuttl shakes hands with Adams at the final whistleImage:Ralph Hasenhuttl shakes hands with Adams at the final whistle “We’re a strong side and this is not a coincidence as we’ve developed every part of our game. Our game management has been very brave and I feel it has helped us in some situations where there’s no crowd in the stadium so we can develop our game, as there’s not so much stress now, and we’ve got used to it. As a result, we’ve now got a more complete game.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Stoke boss Mark Hughes backs Jack Butland to stake serious England claim

first_img Butland on Tuesday capped his latest impressive performance of 2015-16 by winning a penalty shoot-out for the Potters in the Capital One Cup against Chelsea, making the decisive save from Eden Hazard’s kick. The 22-year-old, getting his first proper run as a Barclays Premier League number one this term, also made his second senior England appearance earlier this month. Press Association Speaking at his press conference for Stoke’s league trip to Newcastle on Saturday, Hughes said: “Jack is playing exceptionally well and is full of confidence, which is a big thing for goalkeepers. “He is enjoying his work and being number one here – it is what he believes he should be. “He is growing day on day in terms of his presence and influence on the team and that is credit to him.” Manchester City’s Hart, 28, is England’s established first-choice goalkeeper, but Hughes said: “I think Jack will play many games at international level. “There is an exceptional goalkeeper in Joe Hart ahead of him at the moment, who is still a very young man himself. “So there will be great competition for that position in the years to come and I think if Jack keeps fit and well and progressing at the rate he is at the moment, it will be a huge choice for whoever is the England manager – but a nice choice to have.” After Butland’s heroics helped them into the cup quarter-finals, Stoke head to Newcastle looking to return to winning ways in the league, having lost 2-0 to Watford last weekend – a result which halted a run of top-flight victories that had reached three games. Their hosts have had a similar change in fortunes over their previous two outings, the Magpies beating Norwich 6-2 and then losing 3-0 in the derby at Sunderland. Stoke boss Mark Hughes feels Jack Butland is growing in stature by the day and expects a major tussle ahead between the goalkeeper and Joe Hart for an England starting spot. The Norwich result was the Tyneside outfit’s first league victory this season and they are second-bottom in the table. Things have been difficult so far for Steve McClaren since his appointment as Newcastle manager over the summer, but Hughes has backed the former England boss to prosper at the club. “There are huge demands and it seems to be a club that sways from one issue to another,” said Hughes, whose own side are currently 14th. “It seems there is a little bit of noise that surrounds the club and that that has been the case for any number of years. “Whoever is the manager has to deal with that and it is sometimes the issues off the field rather than on the field that seem to take up their time. “But Steve is a very experienced manager who has been through these kinds of periods before. “Steve will be looking to turn things around very quickly – and I’m sure he will.” last_img read more

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