With Sunday’s disappointing defeat for Southampton at the hands of Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, tonight’s midweek Premier League action is a relegation basement battle against Fulham at St Mary’s Stadium.
Victory for manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side would see us move back out of the bottom three but another defeat didn’t bare thinking about.
A far stronger showing from the side saw Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse prove Hasenhuttl right when he said pre-game that goals would come from other areas of the pitch given our striker problems and we went into the halftime break with a 2-0 advantage.
The second half didn’t see similar excitement and even though Fulham had more possession, chances overall and efforts on target for both sides were identical. We did, however, keep the clean sheet and in doing so we held on for a much needed win to move into 17th place and knock Cardiff down to 18th.
Speaking to the BBC following the fulltime whistle, our Austrian gaffer said of the 90 minutes.
“It was a very important win for the whole club. We are out of the relegation zone now but it was only the first step and it was an important one against an opponent that never gave up. It was a professional performance and we switched the speed at the right moment which is why we scored. It’s the first clean sheet in a long time and we showed we can play without mistakes. We had more experience on the pitch today. We knew that it was a very important game because we play against Man United and Tottenham next, so maybe today was the easiest game to take three points.”