Hasenhüttl frustrated by Derby draw

By SFC Media Sat 05 Jan Derby v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Southampton FC

Ralph Hasenhüttl was frustrated by his side’s failure to progress into the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup at the first attempt after a 2-2 draw with Derby County at Pride Park.

Nathan Redmond’s brace had put the visitors into the lead, but goals from Jack Marriott and Tom Lawrence in a quickfire spell means the two sides will now have to contest a replay at St Mary’s.

And Hasenhüttl feels his players can learn a lot from the contest, after the Rams second-half response.

“That’s a result we didn’t want to have. To play another game is not necessary today I think because for 60 minutes we were the better team and I felt the tactics were perfect,” he began.

“After the break, the opponent tried long balls to get more chances but we didn’t give any away until the 60th minute. At 2-0, I think we were feeling too comfortable which is always dangerous in a cup match because the opponents will never give up.

“Then at 2-1, I felt we needed to push the tempo high again but we did it too late and you can see what happens.

“In the last ten minutes both teams tried to win the game and it was open with chances for both teams but we made it difficult for ourselves.

“If you start getting sloppy then it’s difficult to win, also against a Championship team. That’s what we have to learn.

“We showed we are prepared with a new shape which is a positive thing to play the 4-2-2-2 for the first time but over 90 minutes we were not concentrated or sharp enough to take the win.”

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