Clean sheet some solace for Puel

By SFC Media Sun 30 Apr Saints vs Hull
Photo by Matt Watson | Claude Puel

Claude Puel was left far from satisfied with Southampton's performance in their goalless draw with Hull City, but he was at least pleased to reflect on a clean sheet.

While Saints were unable to create anywhere near as much as they would have liked going forward, they did at least keep the Tigers at bay at St Mary's.

Having conceded three against Manchester City and then four at Chelsea in their previous two matches, Puel was much happier with the efforts at the back.

"It's a good thing, of course, because after taking seven goals in two games it was important to have a clean sheet," said the Southampton manager.

"It was important to recover the ball, because Hull are an interesting team up front. This was ok, but when we had the ball it was not enough. It's important to correct this, of course, for the next games."

On the horizon now is a trip to Liverpool next Sunday, and Puel is expecting a different performance there.

"We are angry about our game – the staff, the players and the fans," he said. "It's important to give another picture of our play.

"We were not happy after the game of Chelsea, but that was a good game, with quality on the pitch, against a strong team.

"It was very interesting and it was important to correct the details and to defend better in different situations. We found this today, but we lost the quality to attack."

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