Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
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Mark Hughes says Nathan Redmond key to Southampton relegation fight

Mark Hughes says Nathan Redmond key to Southampton relegation fight

Also, this is only the fourth ever game that the teams have met with two being in the FA Cup - the Saints were the victors 3-0 in a fourth round tie in 1986 where ironically Wigan boss Paul Clarke played for the club that day.

First when the Italian was played in on goal by Nathan Byrne's backpass the Englishman reacted well to save from point-blank range.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for Cook's side, who looked to be further pegged back on 72 minutes after conceding a penalty for a foul on Gabbiadini by Dan Burn.

But victory against impressive and unsafe League One opponents has presented not only Hughes but his widely criticised new players, the chance to salvage their season.

'Wigan were an absolute credit to their manager and their fans, I congratulate them and they pushed us hard, ' he continued.

Bournemouth, West Ham United and, most notably, Manchester City had fallen at the DW Stadium in the previous three rounds, but a much-improved...

However, the visitors started the second half in far more ambitious mode with Gross appearing in risky positions to, first, shoot just wide and then see an effort blocked.Jurgen Locadia then forced Romero into a fine save high to his right.


The Latics were left to rue their missed chances when Southampton came out in the second half with more intensity and urgency.

Gabbiadini, scorer now of one goal in his last 20 games, had the flawless opportunity to improve that desperate record but saw a firm spot-kick saved brilliantly by Christian Walton, diving to his left. Cedric Soares headed the ball past Byrne and then won the race before finishing nicely past Walton.

Michael Jacobs sent an angled drive over the crossbar from the edge of the box early in the second half as Southampton continued to struggle.

The scoreline could have been even better for the Saints but Manolo Gabbiadini's penalty was superbly kept out by Christian Walton.

"We have work to do in the Premier League, but we will enjoy this moment".

"They have lost a bit of confidence recently but they are good players".

The game will be shown live on BBC One from 13:15. "It's a massive disappointment to go out so close to Wembley but the focus now is promotion". Goals: Hojbjerg 62, Soares 90.

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