Puel: We need a reaction

By SFC Media Fri 09 Dec Saints vs Be'er Sheva

Claude Puel says Southampton need to show a positive reaction when they host Middlesbrough on Sunday, following their UEFA Europa League exit.

Saints were knocked out of the competition on Thursday night, after a 1-1 draw with Hapoel Be'er Sheva in their final group match.

They have a chance to quickly go some way towards overcoming that disappointment when they host Boro in a Premier League match this weekend, and Puel wants to see a response from his players.

"It's important to look forward and come back with a good spirit and come back in the first half of the table and keep the good concentration for the next game in the Premier League," said the Saints boss.

"It's an opportunity to play quickly. It's a good thing to have this game on Sunday and to have a good reaction."

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