Mark Hughes says Nathan Redmond key to Southampton relegation fight

by Frankie Norman March 19, 2018, 0:47
Mark Hughes says Nathan Redmond key to Southampton relegation fight

'They've lost a little bit of confidence of late, and that can happen, but I'm happy with the amount of talent I've got to work with in this group.

The FA Cup offers some respite from the day-to-day league woes of the South Coast club but this won't be an easy trip to the North West, where "cupsets" have been the norm for much of this campaign. Clearly, our Premier League status is a huge concern to us and we want to retain that and that is a big part of the remit I have.

"We've been working for two days and I've been encouraged by what I've seen".

The Premier League strugglers scored twice in the last half hour to give the newly installed Saints boss victory in his first game in charge but he won't have enjoyed the hour leading up to their first goal, in which his side were second best against League One opposition. 'I've been really impressed with the quality in the club itself.

Dusan Tadic's corner was stabbed goalwards by Hojbjerg and Wigan's Dan Burn couldn't react quick enough to clear off the line.

Gabbiadini had the chance to make it 2-0 from the penalty spot with just under 20 minutes remaining, but Walton saved his spot kick.

The second goal did eventually arrive, although not until the 91st minute, when Redmond played through full-back Cedric Soares, who moved the ball past Burn and carried it into the Wigan area before finishing impressively.

The match will be the first under new manager Mark Hughes after Mauricio Pellegrino was given his marching orders on Monday night. Nathan has been very positive: "I've had a good insight already".

Nathan Byrne linked up with Will Grigg after 14 minutes but the Northern Ireland global dragged his shot wide from close range.

Sparky must have had some words with his players at the break because they looked more purposeful after the break.

"You see the footage all the time of the game with Ben Watson scoring the winning goal at Wembley, and there's pictures all over the place", Elder said. It was not to be, and now they must focus on their promotion bid.

Southampton win to nil at 21/10 (2.10) is more tempting, though.

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