Hasenhüttl: We are showing the right mentality

By SFC Media Fri 01 Feb Burnley v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Ralph Hasenhüttl believes the mentality and character his team have been displaying in recent weeks is what they will need to show again in Saturday's trip to Burnley.

Saints make the trip to Turf Moor for another big Premier League game against a side that is also fighting to retain its top-flight status.

The teams head into the game locked on points – Hasenhüttl's men sit above the 17th-placed Clarets on goal difference – with both knowing that a win would represent a significant step towards securing survival, as they each look to build on the four-point gap to the bottom three.

it is a team that is also fighting for everything.

ralph hasenhüttl
on burnley

Saints go into the contest on a run of four games unbeaten in the Premier League, having dug out a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, thanks to James Ward-Prowse's late equaliser.

Hasenhüttl has been pleased with the show of commitment and determination, as well as patience when things have not been going the team's way, and he thinks those qualities will be valuable again at the weekend.

"It is a team that also is fighting for everything and it is not easy to take points in such games," said the Saints boss.

"But I saw also that these type of games we are playing now we have the mentality and we have the character to win them and that's what we want to do."

While three points on Saturday would be another huge boost for Saints, ahead of hosting 18th-placed Cardiff a week later, Hasenhüttl explained that coming away with at least a point is paramount in such matches

"It's more important that we go unbeaten against these types of opponents," he said.

"It was for sure that these three games can be the most important in the season. We are in a good position now, four points ahead of Cardiff with a better goal difference, so it looks good, but we are still not out of trouble."

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