Wednesday 20 February 2019

Bridge backing Saints

SURVIVAL FIGHT: Mark Hughes. Photo credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire.
SURVIVAL FIGHT: Mark Hughes. Photo credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Former England international Wayne Bridge believes it would be "ridiculous" if boyhood club Southampton get relegated from the Premier League given the quality at their disposal.

Things have gone awry this term, with Claude Puel's successor Mauricio Pellegrino floundering and players under-performing, leaving the south-coast side in the drop zone with only three matches to go under new manager Mark Hughes.

The win against ­Bournemouth gave Southampton a much-needed shot in the arm ahead of today's trip to Everton, but youth product Bridge is struggling to comprehend the prospect of a side boasting so much talent potentially going down.

"The lads put in a performance and got my hopes up that we'll be getting out of trouble, to be honest," the former left-back said. "From what I have seen, it's just been a bit disappointing.

"I don't think the lads have shown as much quality as what they have got because there's some quality players.

"You need to fight a lot when you're down there.

"So, the quality players that Southampton have got, to see them go down would be ridiculous."

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