Hughes: We were excellent

By SFC Media Sun 13 May Saints v Man City
Photo by Matt Watson | Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes hailed an “excellent” Southampton performance against the runaway Premier League champions, who found a solitary goal at St Mary’s deep into stoppage time to hit the 100-point mark.

Substitute Gabriel Jesus escaped the Saints defence in the fourth minute of added time, after a minimum of three was signalled, and finished in style with a cool lob over Alex McCarthy.

Up to that point, Saints had created just as many chances of note as their record-breaking visitors, with Wesley Hoedt heading against the crossbar and Dušan Tadić seeing a shot cleared off the line by Fernandinho.

“I thought we were excellent today,” Hughes said.

“We probably got a little bit giddy towards the end because we fancied actually getting the three points ourselves, and started to create a few chances.

“They (the players) have been absolutely excellent. I would’ve preferred to have won, but you can’t have everything.

“The key was that we needed a good, professional performance today. That’s what we got.

“Man City are the best team in the league, one of the best teams in Europe and we’re disappointed we’ve lost a last-minute goal to them.

“It shows the quality they have. Credit to them, they deserve all the plaudits they get because it’s an outstanding season. Congratulations to them.”

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