Date: 18th March 2018 at 10:11pm
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New Southampton manager Mark Hughes celebrated victory over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup in his first game in charge.

Having been given the boot by Stoke City the other month, Hughes was appointed as Mauricio Pellegrino’s replacement last week and although his primary focus will be on ensuring Southampton move out of the relegation zone with form seeing only one win in the last 17 Premier League matches, he’ll certainly have taken the positives from his opening game in charge.

Heading to the DW Stadium to take on a highly impressive Wigan Athletic given their exploits in the Cup this year, goals from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Cedric Soares put them through to the next stage of the competition following the sixth round tie.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Michael Oliver blew the final whistle, former Manchester United striker Mark Hughes explained.

‘It was an important day for the players today. I have been really impressed with the quality of the talent I have. They have lost a bit of confidence recently but they are good players. We stood up to Wigan. It was a statement of intent and a start. We have work to do in the Premier League, but we will enjoy this moment. We did not create enough in the first half, but we were resolute throughout and made the right decisions in the key moments.’

Ouch to a few of the reactions on twitter!


4 Replies to “A Debut Win For Hughes – His Thoughts”

  • Mark didn’t say a lot after the match but I liked the way he spoke to some players after they came off.

  • I agree. We were terrible in the 1st half and we were playing a Division ! outfit albeit a very good one.

  • From the bits I’ve seen Wigan impressed me against the bigger boys, and given Southampton’s form I wouldn’t have overly bet against a loss so the win is a relief. The character seeing it out and going until the end could be key confidence wise. Next match is even more important now for momentum.

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