Southampton must 'go for it' – Hughes wants more after draw at Leicester

Shane Long

Southampton should “take extra dangers” and “simply go for it” says supervisor Mark Hughes, after the Saints had been held to a goalless draw in opposition to Leicester on the King Energy.

The Saints stay 4 factors from security and are winless of their final eight video games as they head into Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final in opposition to Chelsea at Wembley.

“We should be on the entrance foot,” stated Hughes. “We now have to ask extra questions than we did of Leicester.”

Southampton’s Shane Lengthy was denied from shut vary within the second half after Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho went shut earlier than the break.

Saints keeper Alex McCarthy additionally tipped over Jamie Vardy’s prodded effort as Leicester looked for a winner.

“Defensively we had been higher however we now have obtained to get the steadiness proper,” added Hughes. “We have to defend correctly and be a risk the opposite method.

“Solely time will inform to see whether or not the purpose is sufficient for us. We want to get most factors from each sport now.

“The gamers are somewhat bit flat and we now have obtained a giant sport on the weekend however we’re not within the scenario the place we’re downhearted.”

Southampton’s subsequent Premier League match is on 28 April after they host Bournemouth – one in every of 4 remaining video games of the season.

Saints miss likelihood to shut the hole

Southampton regarded in need of concepts and low on confidence as they had been compelled to accept a attract a efficiency symptomatic of a group preventing to get out of the underside three.

It took till the 18th minute for the guests to have a tame shot on purpose they usually recorded only one contact in Leicester’s field earlier than the half-hour mark.

And when Lengthy fluffed his tried cut-back simply moments earlier than the half-time whistle, supervisor Hughes thrust his arms into the air in frustration and turned again to the bench with a huff.

Southampton's Shane Long

There was a slight enchancment in direction of the top of the primary half – Ryan Bertrand and Cedric Soares had promising efforts on purpose – nevertheless it was nonetheless a timid finish to a reasonably lacklustre opening 45 minutes.

Southampton confirmed extra depth within the second half and may have taken the lead when Lengthy’s poke from shut vary was blocked by goalkeeper Ben Hamer.

However in the long run they needed to accept a draw which isn’t the consequence Southampton would have hoped for of their quest to keep away from relegation for the primary time since 2012.

The Saints have recorded only one league victory of their final 21 video games – in opposition to backside membership West Brom – they usually missed an opportunity to select up all three factors in opposition to a cushty Leicester aspect who had the liberty to experiment barely.

Southampton can benefit from the prospect of an FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, which is a uncommon alternative for followers to be optimistic, however their future within the Premier League appears to be like to be coming to an finish.

They’ve 4 video games remaining to select up as many factors as attainable however with champions Manchester Metropolis visiting on the ultimate day, Southampton’s hopes look slim.

Southampton’s remaining Premier League fixtures
28 April – Bournemouth (H)
5 Could – Everton (A)
eight Could – Swansea (A)
13 Could – Manchester Metropolis (H)

Puel experiments with personnel

Leicester’s efficiency epitomised that of a group comfortably in mid-table and with little to play for because the season reaches its conclusion.

Ex-Saints supervisor Claude Puel used the sport as a chance to check out new formations and partnerships forward of subsequent season.

Marc Albrighton performed on the correct of a again 4 in a Four-Four-1-1 formation however was nonetheless in a position to current a risk together with his supply – offering a number of probabilities for Vardy within the second half.

And Vardy additionally linked up nicely with Iheanacho – who made his fourth begin of the season – creating probabilities throughout a vivid spell after they dominated within the first half.

However apart from a couple of tweaks, it was a comparatively forgettable efficiency from Leicester as they not often peppered Southampton’s purpose in a match which lacked high quality.

Kelechi Iheanacho

One other goalless draw – the perfect of the stats

  • This was the 27th Zero-Zero draw within the Premier League this season, equalling the tally from 2016-17 (27) however with 4 matchdays remaining.
  • Southampton have been concerned in 5 of those goalless attracts in 2017-18; greater than some other aspect.
  • The Saints did not try a single shot on track till the 57th minute of this match. They solely tried yet another within the sport, and that got here within the 90th minute.
  • Leicester have collected 44 factors this season, degree with their factors tally in the entire of 2016-17.
  • Southampton (29 factors) want three factors from their remaining 4 league video games of the season to even match their worst-ever factors tally in a Premier League season (32 in 2004-05, after they completed backside).
  • After profitable the 2015-16 Premier League title with 23 wins to their title, Leicester Metropolis have received the very same variety of matches (23) in 72 video games since August 2016.
  • Wilfred Ndidi made six tackles on this match; double the variety of some other participant. Total this season, he is made essentially the most tackles within the competitors (135); 29 greater than some other participant.

‘Solely time will inform’ – what the managers stated

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Leicester supervisor Claude Puel: “We’re somewhat bit disillusioned to not win however I am proud of our efficiency. It was essential to proceed the momentum from the second half in opposition to Burnley and I believe we did that.

“We confirmed a number of high quality and had two or three good probabilities to attain within the first half and we performed with a very good tempo and depth. If we will repeat this efficiency within the subsequent sport in opposition to Crystal Palace we are going to do nicely.

“Kasper (Schmeichel) will play the subsequent sport, it was not a giant damage however I am proud of Ben Hamer’s efficiency and he made a very good save within the first half.”

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Southampton supervisor Mark Hughes talking to BBC Sport: “We hoped to get extra out of the sport and we had a few probabilities. Their keeper made a very good save in opposition to Shane Lengthy however we had been up in opposition to a very good aspect and we needed to keep within the sport. Clearly we’d have favored to have been extra expansive however we obtained a degree, and we play at dwelling subsequent which is large for us.

“Solely time will inform to see whether or not the purpose is sufficient for us. There was somewhat little bit of apprehension in our play. The gamers are somewhat bit flat and we now have obtained a giant sport on the weekend however we’re not within the scenario the place we’re downhearted.

“It is the frustration of not getting most factors, however the important thing was to get one thing from the sport. Tonight we in all probability did not play in addition to in current weeks however we took one thing from the sport.”

What’s subsequent?

Leicester’s subsequent match is not till Saturday, 28 April after they journey to Crystal Palace (15:00 BST).

Southampton tackle Chelsea within the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday (15:00 BST) earlier than returning to league motion on Saturday, 28 April after they host Bournemouth (15:00 BST).

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 12Hamer
  • 11Albrighton
  • 16Dragovic
  • 15Maguire
  • threeChilwell
  • 26Mahrez
  • 14Adrien SilvaSubstituted forBarnesat 90+1′minutes
  • 25Ndidi
  • 7GreySubstituted forChoudhuryat 90+1′minutes
  • eightIheanachoSubstituted forDiabatéat 76′minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 2Simpson
  • 5Morgan
  • 17Jakupovic
  • 28Fuchs
  • 32Barnes
  • 33Diabaté
  • 38Choudhury

Southampton

  • 13McCarthy
  • 35Bednarek
  • threeYoshida
  • 6Hoedt
  • 2Soares
  • 14Romeu
  • 23HøjbjergSubstituted forRedmondat 88′minutes
  • 21Bertrand
  • 16Ward-ProwseSubstituted forDavisat 58′minutes
  • 11Tadic
  • 7LengthySubstituted forAustinat 73′minutes

Substitutes

  • eightDavis
  • 10Austin
  • 20Gabbiadini
  • 22Redmond
  • 26Pied
  • 39Sims
  • 44Forster
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
31,160

Match Stats

House StaffLeicesterAway StaffSouthampton
Possession
House54%
Away46%
Photographs
House11
Away6
Photographs on Goal
Housethree
Away2
Corners
House11
Awaythree
Fouls
House10
Away10

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Match ends, Leicester Metropolis Zero, Southampton Zero.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester Metropolis Zero, Southampton Zero.

Nook, Leicester Metropolis. Conceded by Cédric Soares.

Nook, Leicester Metropolis. Conceded by Wesley Hoedt.

Try blocked. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester Metropolis) left footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Try missed. Harvey Barnes (Leicester Metropolis) header from the centre of the field misses to the correct. Assisted by Ben Chilwell with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester Metropolis. Harvey Barnes replaces Adrien Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester Metropolis. Hamza Choudhury replaces Demarai Grey.

Try saved. Charlie Austin (Southampton) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is saved within the centre of the purpose. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Nathan Redmond replaces Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Offside, Leicester Metropolis. Marc Albrighton tries a by way of ball, however Harry Maguire is caught offside.

Demarai Grey (Leicester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the attacking half.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

Nook, Leicester Metropolis. Conceded by Wesley Hoedt.

Try missed. Adrien Silva (Leicester Metropolis) left footed shot from the left aspect of the field misses to the correct following a nook.

Nook, Leicester Metropolis. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

Nook, Leicester Metropolis. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

Nook, Leicester Metropolis. Conceded by Cédric Soares.

Try missed. Fousseni Diabaté (Leicester Metropolis) left footed shot from a troublesome angle and lengthy vary on the left is shut, however misses to the left. Assisted by Demarai Grey.

Jamie Vardy (Leicester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the attacking half.

Foul by Jan Bednarek (Southampton).

Nook, Leicester Metropolis. Conceded by Oriol Romeu.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester Metropolis. Fousseni Diabaté replaces Kelechi Iheanacho.

Demarai Grey (Leicester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Nook, Southampton. Conceded by Riyad Mahrez.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Charlie Austin replaces Shane Lengthy.

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester Metropolis).

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Nook, Leicester Metropolis. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

Try saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester Metropolis) left footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the high centre of the purpose. Assisted by Marc Albrighton.

Nook, Leicester Metropolis. Conceded by Wesley Hoedt.

Marc Albrighton (Leicester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).

Offside, Leicester Metropolis. Demarai Grey tries a by way of ball, however Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

Foul by Harry Maguire (Leicester Metropolis).

Shane Lengthy (Southampton) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Marc Albrighton (Leicester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

purpose

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