Southampton boss Mark Hughes feels Saturday’s clash with Watford is “huge” after the 6-1 mauling at the hands of Manchester City.
Saints had managed to keep clean sheets in goalless draws with both Bournemouth and Newcastle before making the daunting trip to the Etihad Stadium, but were unable to prevent an avalanche of goals at the weekend.
It all means the south coast outfit sit 16th in the Premier League standings, with seven points from 11 games played.
They have scored only seven league goals this campaign, conceding 20, and the Welsh tactician has urged his men to work hard on putting things right for what is now a massive game with the Hornets.
“It becomes huge. We know ourselves the areas in which we weren’t strong enough,” said Hughes. “We’ll work towards the weekend and make sure the elements of our play that were missing are present against Watford.
“There’s not too many teams who have created good moments against City because they stop things very, very quickly if you’re trying to counter-attack, but we showed good intent in that regard.”