Hasenhuttl wants more after shock City scalp

06 July 2020 21:34:32 GMTPlus10

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl hopes his side's shock 1-0 home win over Manchester City on Sunday will spark an improvement in their Premier League form at St Mary's.

Saints had the worst home record in the top flight, having lost ten of their 16 games on their own patch this season, but they produced a gutsy performance to see off the in-form Citizens thanks to an early goal from forward Che Adams.

Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, whose blunder had given Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah a goal in Southampton's previous home match, made a string of fine saves to keep out a City side who had thrashed champions Liverpool earlier in the week.

Southampton have climbed the table impressively since a dismal run of form in the autumn, including a record 9-0 home defeat to Leicester, but most of their best work had been done away from home.

Before the City game, eight of Saints' 12 league victories had come on the road, so fixing their poor home form was a priority for Austrian manager Hasenhuttl and his coaching staff.

The Saints boss said after the game: "Every win is important. We were last in the home rankings and definitely didn’t do the best job at home this season.

"But today was by far the best home game since I've been the manager. We had so many home games where we gave goals away but today we invested everything to block shots and defend our box."

Southampton, who are 13th in the table, are now 17.00 to finish in the top half of the Premier League 2019/20.

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