Hasenhuttl hoping to replicate Cup form

21 March 2021 05:22:58 GMTPlus10

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to see his team reproduce their cup performances in the Premier League after they cruised past Bournemouth in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Saints had few problems in easing past their Championship opponents as a Moussa Djenepo opener and two goals from Nathan Redmond booked their place in the semi-finals as they search for their first FA Cup triumph since 1976.

They have already beaten Shrewsbury, Arsenal and Wolves in this year's competition and their performances have been in marked contrast to their recent league efforts.

Hasenhuttl's side have lost ten of their last 12 Premier League matches, including a 9-0 thumping at Manchester United last month, and their only win in that time came against basement boys Sheffield United.

They will return to league action at home to Burnley on 4th April and the manager hopes his team will be able to arrest their decline when they return from the international break.

"I am very, very pleased. We said in general we want to focus on the FA Cup," he said. "But maybe I should have said we focus on both the cup and the Premier League. We have done a good job with the cup performances so far.

"It would be perfect if not so many players went to international games so we can work on these things.

"This win helped us get a little bit more quality in our game but when the Premier League returns we will have to show our quality again."

Southampton are 19/20 to beat Burnley, who are 16/5 to take three points, while the draw is available at 23/10.

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