With a morale boosting victory over Portsmouth in the midweek EFL Cup clash, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl turned his thoughts back to Premier League action on Saturday as we made the trip to Tottenham Hotspur’s swanky new ‘Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’.
It was a busy opening 45 minutes as Spurs took the lead twice, but we didn’t managed to restore parity for a few minutes with striker Danny Ings capitalising on a goalkeeping error to find the back of the net. We were also handed the one man advantage on the half hour mark, but we couldn’t make that pay in the second half, despite good chances for Maya Yoshida and James Ward-Prowse in particular.
There are positives despite the defeat, but we still need to do more.
Speaking to the BBC following the full time whistle, Hasenhuttl said of our efforts on the afternoon.
“When you get the chance to come back twice and don’t take it, you must be frustrated. We tried to move them around, find space behind the last line. It’s tough but we had fantastic chances, Maya Yoshida’s header and shots outside the box but not enough to get Spurs struggling. I wasn’t happy with my subs today, it was not enough when we get weaker in the last 20 minutes instead of more pressure on the opponents. In the last 15 minutes was not enough.”