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Hughes Upbeat On Saints’ Struggles

Hughes Upbeat On Saints’ Struggles

Southampton manager Mark Hughes believes there is no cause for alarm at his team’s lack of goal threat in recent weeks. The Saints host strugglers Newcastle United on Saturday looking to end a run of four Premier League matches without a goal and in search of a first victory at St Mary’s this term.

While Hughes accepts his team could do with a “little bit of luck and fortune” in front of goal, he has seen enough positive build-up play which he believes will soon be rewarded.

“I would be more concerned if we were coming out of games, looking at chances created and seeing it is a low number,” Hughes, whose side have netted six times in nine games this term, said at a press conference.

“In all the games we failed to score in, we had clear-cut chances in each and every one of them, but we need to up our conversion rate.

“We are still creating chances where you expect us to score, but we haven’t taken them, so that is clearly what had held us back.

“I would be more concerned if we were not creating chances at all. But in terms of shots on goal, we are up there in the top five or six in the Premier League.

“It is about taking the chances we are creating, that is the key to us improving the ‘goals for’ column.”

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