Mark Hughes Verdict On Derby Defeat
Sunday, 22nd Jul 2018 11:11
Mark Hughes spoke to the pres after Saints went down to a 3-0 defeat at Championship side Derby County, read his thoughts here.
The Saints boss was obviously disappointed with the result, but is not unduly concerned at this stage of the pre season.
“It’s pre-season. Clearly we want to do better than we showed but credit to Derby, they look in good nick and are a week ahead of us and that makes a difference at this stage.
to say they were nice and bright and at times we weren’t bright enough.
“We have got a good week next week when we go away and we have got to look to get the sharper elements of our play up to speed. We have only been back a couple of weeks and with the travel we’ve had we’ve had to concentrate on being a little bit careful with them.
“We can look to good work now. We have had just a week back home which has helped us but on today’s showing we need a little bit more.”
He added: “There is a little bit of a lack of intensity and anticipation and a lot of that is to do with timing.
“We need to step up. We have had three games now, we have conceded too many goals than I would like so we still need to do the fundamentals right in terms of getting the defensive work right.
“I am glad that the situations that could have been addressed have been highlighted so we can highlight that and learn from them.”
New signing Jannik Vestergaard was at fault with one of the goals but it wasn’t anything that unduly worried the Saints manager.
“He’s a big guy but he’s got a good appreciation of a pass, there was one incident where he mistimed but that’s just a timing issue so he will be ok."
“Sometimes you worry about maybe coming from a different type of league but from the Bundesliga to the Premier League is probably the best transition you can have.
“There is stuff to work on and that’s what pre-season is for.”
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