Mark Hughes has called for more of the same from the Southampton supporters, paying tribute to the way they responded at the end of Saturday’s home game with Chelsea.
It was a bitterly disappointing result for Hughes in his first game in charge, but the manager was encouraged by what he saw from his players, who led 2-0 until the last 20 minutes.
Even after Chelsea mounted a comeback to snatch victory, Hughes pointed to the way his players were applauded off the pitch at full time.
“I felt the players gave everything today and we had fantastic support from the crowd – they recognised the huge effort and that everyone was fighting for the shirt,” he said.
“Clearly, we had a good response at the end of the game, even though we lost a game we should’ve taken something out of.
“That’s encouraging from our point of view, because we need everybody with us. If we continue to perform like that, we’ll get more results.
“We, as a team, have to give the fans something to get behind and I think we did that from the first moment.
“We hope we haven’t disappointed people too much because I think they’ll recognise that we’ve got a group who are really pushing hard to turn things around. We need everybody behind us.”