Pierre-Emile Højbjerg has told his Southampton teammates to rally a response in the next week of matches in all competitions, starting with Wednesday’s Emirates FA Cup replay against Norwich.
Højbjerg was part of the Saints team which lost a fourth Premier League match in succession with a 1-0 defeat at Burnley on Saturday, and says the only way to get over that disappointment is to “stand together” for the next run of games.
Saints host Norwich in the FA Cup, followed by Leicester City in the Premier League before travelling to Liverpool in the crucial second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final, and Højbjerg believes building momentum can get them back on track.
“First of all, as a team we need to stand together and stand up for each other because this is what for me made us good in the first half of the season, and it’s what makes us Southampton Football Club,” he said.
“If we don’t stand together, we have a big problem.
“We have fantastic guys in the team and good spirit.
“When you lose it’s difficult sometimes to believe in that and that is normal, we are human, but you need to really stick together and we will bounce back, we will come back against Norwich, against
Leicester, and of course against Liverpool. We will rise again, not doubt on that.”
Saints were defeated at Burnley despite having more chances in the contest, and the Dane says there’s work to be done on the back of that match to be ready for the next fixtures.
“We didn’t control it so much and what can I say, you lose 1-0 in Burnley when you think you’re better than them and you have more quality, but the score sheet shows something else,” he explained.
“We need to get back home and analyse it, work on it, and then look forward to the FA Cup and the next Premier League game because you lose that one, but there’s a new game Wednesday and Sunday and we need to be sharp and concentrated.”