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Thursday 17 October 2019

Hasenhuttl tells Saints to be brave

New Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl
New Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl

New Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has urged his players to be brave in order to end their dreadful form at St Mary’s.

The Austrian, who replaced sacked Mark Hughes on December 5, takes charge of his first home game against in-form Arsenal tomorrow.

Saints fans have been starved of success in the past year with just one Premier League win at St Mary's.

"I think it's not so difficult to get a good atmosphere in St Mary's. It needs one chance against such a team and they are immediately behind us and help us," said Hasenhuttl.

"It's all about being brave and also having good ball possession and good decisions and deep runs, good transition after winning the ball, transition not only at the back but also the front.

"It's important that we become a team that is not easy to play against.

"The fixtures we face now are not the easiest but it's a good chance because nobody expects us to beat Arsenal. But I see a chance to make a surprise for everyone."

Saints sit 19th in the table on nine points having won just once in the league all season.

Scoring has been a big probelm for them with just 13 goals so far in their 16 top-flight fixtures.

Hasenhuttl has received a boost ahead of the clash with Unai Emery's Gunners - 22 games unbeaten in all competitions - with the return to fitness of strikers Danny Ings and Shane Long.

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