Hughes: We executed our plan well

By SFC Media Sat 20 Oct Bournemouth v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Mark Hughes

Southampton manager Mark Hughes was delighted with how his team executed their game plan at Bournemouth – even if they didn't get all that they deserved from it.

Saints earned a 0-0 draw away to a Cherries side that had started the season in blistering fashion, nullifying much of their attacking threat and creating the better chances throughout.

The only downside for Hughes was that they were unable to take one of those opportunities and turn a point into all three.

Asked if he was happy with the performance, the manager said: "Very much so. We're not pleased with the one point, because I think we deserved more than that.

"I thought in terms of clear cut chances on the day, ours were obviously more clear cut and we had more potential to convert, but in the end it's a good performance.

"We've come to Bournemouth who are absolutely flying at the moment and putting a lot of teams to the sword, with a lot of attacking play and the power and pace that they've got, but we came here with a plan and really negated their threat all afternoon.

"They never really got any significant periods of momentum. They may have had a little bit of a go towards the end of the game, but for the most part we dealt with everything that they threw at us and we were always a problem going the other way for them.

"I felt the performance deserved three points, but we'll take the point because it's a difficult place to come here."

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