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Hughes is right to highlight Southampton’s failure to be clinical

Hughes is right to highlight Southampton’s failure to be clinical

After a lacklustre start to the season, Southampton currently find themselves 16th in the Premier League table and just two points above the relegation zone.

Prior to their recent 3-0 defeat at home to Chelsea, Southampton had dropped points against the likes of Wolves, Leicester City and Brighton.

And manager Mark Hughes has since sent his side a clear message: we need to be more clinical.

The Breakdown

“Clearly the end game is getting the ball in the back of the net and that’s what wins you games, it goes without saying,” Hughes told Sky Sports.

“It’s not as though we not getting shots off. I think if you look at the amount of shots we’ve had in the season to date it’s up there with everybody.

“It’s just our conversion rate we need to increase. If we do that and we convert more of the chances we create and the shots we take we will score more goals and win more games.”

Looking back at Southampton’s latest loss at the hands of Chelsea, Hughes certainly has a point.

Danny Ings, who in all fairness has looked promising since arriving at St. Mary’s during the summer, missed a very big chance versus Maurizio Sarri’s men and could have changed the whole complexion of the game had it found the back of the net.

But as well as up front, defensively, Southampton have not looked entirely convincing either.

The Saints blew a 2-0 lead against Brighton last month and, in general, never look confident after going in front.

For Southampton, there is much work to be done in both halves of the pitch.

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