With Southampton fantastic victory last weekend over Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium, everyone – including new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl – took a huge boost of confidence from that and we are of course now looking to build on those three points as we face Huddersfield Town this Saturday.
Goals from Danny Ings (2) and Charlie Austin gave us a deserved victory over Unai Emery’s side and a similar performance will be needed against David Wagner’s well-drilled Terriers, and in spite of our form this year, there is more than enough in the camp to be confident of a first back to back win of the 2018/19 campaign.
Speaking to Sky Sports on Thursday afternoon as he met with the media to preview the game, the Austrian’s spirits were high.
“You could feel that everyone enjoyed it a lot. They are following really well now and it is important for them to see that this kind of game is fitting us and it can be successful, so it was important. It gives us a little hope for the future. We can see there is more light at the end of the tunnel.”
The Arsenal result put the Saints into 17th position outside of the relegation places, and Huddersfield are now two points behind us in 19th, so the game is massive when it comes to creating that little buffer zone to allow for slip-ups and a bad day.
Hasenhuttl knows back to back victories would also send a ‘strong signal’ to others in the division that we were no longer an easy touch. It also represents an opportunity for a first away win of the year as long as my marbles are still intact and given the close proximity of the sides, it is the proverbial six-pointer.