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Southampton are at the Turf tomorrow and that means a first ever game here for their manager Ralph Hasenhüttl who has replaced Mark Hughes.

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Hasenhüttl has made a good start as Southampton manager and was nominated, as was Sean Dyche, for the January manager of the month in the Premier League. Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game, and our position in the league, he said: “It is a team that also is fighting for everything and it is not easy to take points in such games. But I saw also that these type of games we are playing now we have the mentality and we have the character to win them and that’s what we want to do.”

He added: “It’s more important that we go unbeaten against these type of opponents. It was for sure that these three games can be the most important in the season. We are in a good position now, four points ahead of Cardiff with a better goal difference, so it looks good, but we are still not out of trouble.”

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Sean Dyche has seen our recent run of results move us closer to the group of clubs just ahead of us in the table. He said: “We are beginning to draw in some of the teams above us and without the decisions that went against us recently we’d be even closer and maybe even drawing one or two more in.

“We control ourselves and the main thing is to keep the consistency going. We are in a good place and the fans were brilliant again the other night at Manchester United and we’re going to continually need that. They’ve been patient in backing the team and pushing them with a positive demand and we want that to continue.”

It will be the first time he’s come up against Hasenhüttl and he added: “We face a side with a relatively new manager. He has gained that bounce and they are still a very good Premier League side, but we are at Turf Moor where we’ve shown we can deliver.

“At the end of the day we have to look at our own performance because when we do that, whoever we take on, we’ve shown we are a threat. That’s a really healthy place to be.”

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