Southampton's Danny Ings faces three weeks out with hamstring injury

Ruben Hill
February 10, 2019

Despite Ings' absence, Hasenhuettl believes Southampton are not short of goalscoring options - citing midfielders James Ward Prowse and Nathan Redmond's purple patch in front of goal which have helped the club climb out of the relegation zone.

Hasenhuttl, who tasted defeat at Cardiff in his first game as Saints boss after two days in charge, says his team are not as wet behind the ears.

That December defeat in Wales put Cardiff five points ahead of Southampton, but now the Saints, who are unbeaten this year, are two points above Neil Warnock's side.

The first time the sides met was Hasenhuttl's first match in-charge and ended in a 1-0 loss for the Saints, after a Vestergaard mistake on the ball.

'After one training session with the team, this match was a little bit early.

"In the last two months, we have changed a lot - we have taken 15 points since then, which we had to because we are still in a lot of trouble", he said.

Southampton's leading goalscorer Danny Ings has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a hamstring injury. He's a good player for us and I need him fit.

After seeing two points blown at fellow strugglers Burnley after conceding a late penalty, Hasenhuttl is determined to tighten up at the back.

"I don't think we are showing at the moment that we have a problem to score", Hasenhuettl said.

"I think Prowsey has made a good development with his aggression because that's what I missed from him the most when I came here".

"We know we gave two points away against Burnley in the last minute, and that hurts a lot". We should be focused to have more clean sheets in the future.

"A little bit of feedback is very important for them, and therefore we need a lot of time, but I think they appreciate that and they need that to make their next step and therefore it is flawless to go there and have time together".

"Fortunately for me, the players have grasped that and now we've got 13 cup finals".

"It is also partly about the better weather conditions when you want to train tactical things on the pitch, because then you can rest for two or three minutes and you can explain more without catching a cold, and you can work in a good atmosphere".

Mario Lemina and Michael Obafemi both remain sidelined, while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will be assessed after missing last week's game with a head injury.

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