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Southampton beat Burnley 1-0 last night to give their manager Ralph Hasenhüttl his first ever win against us at the fourth attempt.

He was delighted with the victory too, one he felt his side thoroughly deserved. “It’s difficult to play here,” he said. “I think we had a very good performance tonight, especially against the ball and out of possession. We defended a lot but deserved the win. We still can do it better, the pressure was getting up and up in the second half.

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“Yes, the goal was absolutely fantastic play. The deep run from Che was fantastic and the pass back in the area, fantastic goal from us.  The work against the ball from the strikers was amazing and that was absolutely needed today.

“This time we really tried to play more, keep the ball on the ground and stay protecting our goal. I think I only saw one chance for Burnley. We did it much better than the last time we were here, we couldn’t concede late because we deserved to get the three points today.”

Life isn’t easy for Sean Dyche right now. With the lack of signings added to the incredibly long injury list is proving difficult. “It is a challenge for this period, but we will be getting players back fit, which is important, but with all the injuries we have we did expect this first few games to be a challenge,” he admitted.

“I’m pretty pleased overall. We got off to a bad start and defensively it was a poor goal to concede, when we normally deal with those situations well, but that was probably their only real effort. They were better in the first half, but in the second half I was really pleased. We dominated, did ask questions and mainly it was the final cross of the final effort, that was not there. Good deliveries were going into the box that we didn’t quite get on the end of, so it was frustrating. We deserved something from the game, but alas we didn’t.”

He added: ” We applied ourselves to try and win the game, but the margins are tight, they often are and we get on the right side of them a lot. Tonight we didn’t and we are stretched to the limit at the moment, we know that. So, we will just keep working with the players we’ve got. There was certainly no lack of effort tonight, or commitment to the cause. It was just those final moments.”

The Clarets had an penalty appeal turned down in the first half when Chris Wood appeared to be pushed. Dyche said of that: “It would be a soft one, but soft ones are given at this level of football. It’s a push in the back and anywhere else on the pitch you would give a foul. Certain players in this league go down in situations like that and it’s a foul, but we don’t seem to get those. Everyone knows our penalty record; and we’re not blessed with getting them.”

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