It was another poor weekend for Southampton and manager Ralph Hasenhuttl as Sunday’s hosting of Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side went against us as we fell to a 4-1 defeat and slipped into 17th place.
The concern this year is understandable but with our newbies still to truly settle at the club following their arrival over the summer, I think we’ve seen enough to know we’re on the right track and improvement will be forthcoming – but after the last few years we’ve had at St Mary’s Stadium, the sooner that improvements really transmits to additional three points the better for everyone.
Reflecting on the weekend’s disappointment as he spoke with saintsfc following the game, Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg knew that we’d again been harshly punished for our own errors, but he too was confident that there was more than enough in the dressing room to see our form turn around and enjoy the kind of season we were all hoping for – ie not another relegation battle.
“I think we conceded too easily. It isn’t just the back four or back five. It is all 11 players who need to be committed. Maybe some chances at the other end we could have converted. We could have been a bit more dangerous and a bit more direct. We made the game too open and with Chelsea’s individual quality they punish our mistakes. It was too easy. You don’t get points against Chelsea like that.”
Hojbjerg went on to say.
“There is the mental part as well, it isn’t easy. But I promise you we are very hungry and very ambitious to show that this isn’t what we want. It isn’t what we’re hoping for. It’s only up to us, to the players in the dressing room to change that. We need to give the fans and everyone around the club what they deserve. We want to work on the next game already and look forward. At the moment looking back is not the easiest part. It isn’t acceptable so we need to put our heads together and show our personalities. Dig deep, it’s pretty simple.”
With the October international break now in full flow, there’s time to work on further things at Staplewood and although Wolverhampton Wanderers after the break isn’t going to be an easy tie, they aren’t having the best of times of it this year either, so perform how we can and we can take the three points from Molineux.