Hughes: No lack of focus

By SFC Media Sat 12 May Saints v Man City
Photo by James Bridle | Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes says there has been no loss of focus from his Southampton players, as they look to ensure their Premier League status when they host champions Manchester City on Sunday.

Saints moved to within touching distance of safety thanks to Tuesday's 1-0 win at Swansea City, meaning the only scenario by which they would go down being a defeat, coupled with a Swans win and at least a ten-goal swing.

Hughes's sights, though, are set much higher than simply avoiding a heavy defeat.

"I'd like to finish with a good performance and with a win preferably," he said. "I think we're playing well enough to do that.

"Clearly we're up against an exceptional team, who are champions of England, and we'll have to give them the respect they deserve in terms of their ability, but I think it's important we get the job done.

"I was really conscious coming into training that I didn't want to see any indication that anybody had switched off, or that anyone's focus was in any way diminished, and I haven't seen that. That's what I expected, I didn't expect anything less, and we're ready to go, so we're looking forward to it.

"We obviously still have a job to do, we're not over the line yet, and I think that's good for us. I think that will help us to keep that focus and make sure we get the job done.

"After the game, once we're over the line – which we all feel we will be – then everybody can enjoy themselves, but up until that point we'll try to keep the anxiety out of our play and make sure we perform."

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