It should be a quick turnaround for Ralph Hasenhuttl and his Southampton side as they prepare to face Brighton this weekend.
The Saints travel to the Amex Stadium on Sunday afternoon, less than 72 hours after their match at Burnley ended, with Southampton now seeking an answer to a poor performance at Turf Moor.
Hasenhuttl’s side were beaten 2-0 by relegation-threatened Clarets, who secured just a fifth league win of the season to bolster their hopes of staying in the Premier League, while denting Saints’ chances to finish in the top ten.
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And Hasenhuttl now wants his side to show an answer against another side battling for a place in the first half as they head to Sussex to take on Graham Potter’s Seagulls.
Here is every word Hasenhuttl said ahead of the game against Brighton, who currently sit tenth in the table, one point and three places above Southampton.
How big is Brighton’s game against the backdrop of a first-time top ten under you Ralph?
We have to play differently the better for sure. Otherwise we have no chance there and I’m sure we can do it better than we did [against Burnley].
What will be the main message you will give before the match?
First, look at the game. Look in our time what I saw [against Burnley] and hopefully – we don’t have a lot of time – to give them a chance to react.
We know how badly you want to finish in the top ten, is the Brighton game a big chance for you personally?
We now have all the teams around us and if you are stronger than them, you deserve to be there. If not, it’s a very simple question.
The performance against Burnley was one where you might think there’s not much to play for. This should be unacceptable because, as you said, there are things to play and to achieve this season.
Absolutely. We know what to expect when you come here and that’s exactly what happened, but we couldn’t find the right answer on the ground. Physically, not strong enough. With the ball, not calm enough. When you want to create something against them, you have to be brave at the right times.
You don’t agree with the feeling that the players could be on the beach for the last matches?
I mean the first goal [at Burnley] changed a bit. You can take that as an argument. Up to that point we had a not so bad start I think. But also our game with the ball was far from what we wanted to do and why this thing happened we have to look.