Danny Ings is confident that this crop of Southampton players can put last Friday’s shocking 9-0 defeat against Leicester behind them.
The loss set a club record for the heaviest defeat in the Saints’ history, and saw Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side drop into the bottom three in the Premier League ahead of an extremely challenging game against Manchester City this weekend.
However, after a spirited second-half performance in the EFL Cup midweek, where Southampton grabbed a goal against Man City during a 3-1 defeat, frontman Danny Ings believes that the team can now put last week’s humiliating defeat behind them.
“It [losing 9-0] was something that will stay with us but also something that can’t affect us moving forward,” said the 27-year-old (via the Daily Echo).
He continued: “We know how difficult this league is and we know that we are going to have to perform a hell of a lot better than that night.
“It’s something I believe we can do. We’ve got the ability, we’ve got the players and we’ve got a manager who is really passionate about doing well.
“It’s important that we are all together to move forward.
“I really feel that the next few weeks are exciting for us because moments like that can change situations.”
After the Foxes’ mauling, Southampton players reported for training over the weekend, and also donated their weekly wages to the Southampton Foundation.
Ings was substituted at half-time against Leicester as Hasenhuttl brought on two defenders in a failed attempt to damage limitation.
Speaking about what it was like inside the home changing room after the thrashing, the forward said: “It was very quiet.
“I think a lot of us were in a bit of shock about what just happened.
“The game got away from us very, very quickly and that was on us. We all take responsibility for that.
“It wasn’t the ideal changing room to walk into after a game but, as tough as it is, that’s behind us now.” (via the Daily Echo).
There’s no doubting that last Friday’s result will have scarred Southampton players, and rightly so, though there is no point in dwelling on it anymore.
Hasenhuttl’s men face a huge battle against Manchester City this weekend, and simply must show some sort of fight to ensure they don’t fall victim to another embarrassing result at the Etihad.
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