Date: 8th May 2018 at 9:30am
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On the back of the disappointing draw against Everton at the weekend, Southampton manager Mark Hughes has insisted the side won’t be ‘damaged’ given the nature of the Goodison outfits late showing.

A controversial foul, a freekick from the wrong position and an idiotic referee all conspired to help the hosts to an unjustified point but the fact is Southampton should’ve killed the game off really.

We now head into tonight’s tie at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea City knowing that victory could count for everything in this years’ battle for survival and speaking to saintsfc as he met with the media this week, Hughes said that confidence hadn’t been knocked – in many ways given the manner of the overall performance it had probably been boosted.

We are above tonight’s opponents on goal difference and we are outside of the relegation zone owing to the point.

“It’s a quick turnaround so we can’t dwell on this one. As I said when we came through the door, we have to look at what’s ahead of us. We’ve got a huge game very quickly and we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. I don’t think we’re in any way damaged by the consequences of the game in terms of confidence, so we’ll be ready to go again and it’s up to us to get the job done.”

Hughes admitted that most had written off the season ender against Manchester City, so it was this game that mattered in terms of opening up a gap and then whatever happened against City it would take a significant goal swing for us not to be safe.

We have to make sure that is the case come the full-time whistle.

 

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