Ralph Hasenhuttl: Defence key for Saints


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Southampton boss Hasenhuttl says his side will need strong “defensive organisation” when they make the trip to the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday to take on Huddersfield Town.

Hasenhuttl picked up his first victory as Saints boss at the second attempt last time out with a hard-fought 3-2 victory at home to Arsenal, a result which ended the Gunners’ 22-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Southampton moved out of the relegation zone with that win and they will be aiming to pull clear of the bottom three when they make the trip to West Yorkshire on Saturday.

Huddersfield, who sit 19th in the Premier League, have lost their last four matches by a margin of one goal and are the lowest scorers in the top flight, having found the back of the net just 10 times.

Despite the Terriers’ poor run of form, Hasenhuttl is expecting a difficult encounter and knows his side must produce a solid defensive display in order to come away with a positive result.

“It will be different to the game against Arsenal because I think Arsenal is a better team, but this team we are facing now have a very, very good mentality,” he said at a press conference.

“We don’t have a lot of time to create chances and what we will need is a very, very compact defensive organisation like we had against Arsenal.”

Southampton, who are a big 23.00 to finish bottom of the Premier League, are 2.50 favourites to pick up the win on Saturday, whilst a draw and a Huddersfield win are the same price at 3.10.

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