It was clinical finishing all round and very pleasing to see
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl suffered defeat against Burnley for the first time as two goals from Ashley Barnes and a third from Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson condemned them to a 3-0 defeat at Turf Moor and he felt it was the twelve minutes after the first goal that let his side down.
“For sixty minutes, it was ok,” he said. “I thought we had the better chances with Nathan two times. It was clear that you don’t get many chances here, against an opponent who doesn’t give you a chance to win the ball early because they take no risks.
“Every time it’s long balls but we knew this and we had to adapt our game. In the first half, with the wind, it was easier to defend. In the second half, it was not so easy, and one time we had bad timing on a long ball.
“What I didn’t like was the twelve minutes after the first goal when we completely lost our pathway. We lost every duel and that is not the way we want to play. For sure it’s not easy to stand what happened, but the reaction was not the best.”
“We started asking more questions in the second half and lifted the tempo and without putting them on the back foot we suddenly made life awkward. You could sense the game start to change and of course it was a fantastic goal from Barnesy. It’s a brilliant touch and hit and that settled us down. From that moment we kept at it and went after them on the front foot and asking questions.
“It’s brilliant football for the second goal and to top it all off it’s a brilliant piece of play and finish from Jόhann. It was clinical finishing all round and very pleasing to see.”
He added: “Popey didn’t have a lot of do, which was also pleasing. Their keeper didn’t either, but he’s picked the ball out of the net three times and that’s the bit I like. We know we can still improve with the details, but it’s a nice start. We all know it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, but it’s nice to get that first win under the belt.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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