Hasenhuttl hints at Southampton priorities after FA Cup progress

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Ralph Hasenhuttl suggested that Southampton could prioritize the FA Cup this season after reaching the quarter-finals.

Southampton They haven’t won the competition for 45 years, but are now among the last eight teams in the competition this season.

Danny Ings and Stuart Armstrong attacked in the second half when the Saints beat Wolves 2-0 to win a quarter-final tie at Bournemouth.

The visitors were deserved winners at Molineux as they look to lift the trophy for the first time since 1976.

It was also the Saints’ first clean sheet in five games, having conceded 16 goals in their previous four outings, including last week’s 9-0 loss to Manchester United.

Hasenhuttl said: “We are still in the Cup, which is fantastic.

“We said that when we are more comfortable in the league we can focus on the Cup, we want to go for the FA Cup and this is an opportunity to win something.

“We have not had an easy time in recent weeks so it is important to win and they are convinced of what they are doing.

“In the end we deserved to win. It’s not easy to create chances against Wolves, we had the best and we never stopped believing. This time we were lucky with VAR for the first time in a long time.

“We have a derby on the south coast now that it is always intense and we are going to try to win.”

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Nuno disappointed with the way of defeat

Meanwhile, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo admitted his disgust at the form of the goals they conceded against Southampton.

Looking ahead to the two teams meeting on Sunday, this time in the Premier League, he said: “It was a tight, tough, competitive match with few spaces against a good team.

“In the second half, the way we conceded the first goal, I’m very disappointed with that, very disappointed.

“We are not producing enough. The finishing touch is not there and we are not clinical enough. We have problems in the last third of the field.

“It requires improvement. It requires better decisions and it is our job to improve our players. On Sunday we will face Southampton again and we have to give them a better fight.

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