Ryan Bertrand hoping Saints learn from tough campaign


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Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand is hoping he and the rest of the squad can learn from their tough campaign.

The Saints are all but safe going into the final weekend, with Swansea needing a miracle on Sunday.

Mark Hughes’ men travelled to Wales to beat the Swans on Tuesday and their 1-0 win leaves them three points clear of Swansea with a superior goal difference.

A 10-goal swing is needed on the final day for Southampton to go down and Bertrand is now looking ahead to next season as he tries to help the club kick on.

The England international concedes the players need to blame themselves for being so complacent but he has praised the impact made by Hughes.

He told Sky Sports News: “It wasn’t necessarily an ideal season but having seen the progress that Southampton have made year after year you possibly get a bit complacent on and off the field.

“It was kind of like a wake-up call that maybe we needed as a whole and hopefully we can analyse all of those things and hopefully move on again next season.

“He’s been amazing since he’s come in. Hughes and his team have come in and set very high standards. They have accepted nothing less than a hundred per cent day in day out.

“The players really bought into what he’s done, he gave us a lot of confidence and he’s had clear game plans.”

Swansea face Stoke at home on the final day, while Southampton will welcome recently-crowned champions to St Mary’s.

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