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Thursday 23 January 2020

Hasenhuttl hails Saints

Ralph Hasenhuttl
Ralph Hasenhuttl

Ralph Hasenhuttl believes Southampton's players cannot be praised enough for their "absolutely outrageous" response to the 9-0 humiliation at the hands of Leicester.

Saints suffered the ignominy of the joint worst defeat in Premier League history when the high-flying Foxes ran riot at a stunned St Mary's in late October.

The south coast club have recovered well from the humbling and sit five points clear of the relegation zone ahead of tomorrow's return meeting with Brendan Rodgers' second-placed side.

Manager Hasenhuttl admits memories of the embarrassment cannot be erased but feels it may have served as a catalyst for major improvement.

"We had a moment we will never forget, that is for sure," he said.

"Now two months later you must say that this can be an important result for us, especially when we show the right reaction.

"What the team showed after this result - where we knew it was absolutely disaster for us - was absolutely outrageous from the mentality and from the character and fighting back to a successful way.

"Games were coming - not easy games - and we did it really well.

"When you look now how the team's playing, it looks completely different."

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