Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl admitted defensive mistakes and injuries to key players effected his team during their 2-1 defeat to West Ham tonight.
The Saints took the lead through a scrappy Nathan Redmond effort in the in the 50th minute, but Brazilian attacker Felipe Anderson would strike with two excellently taken finishes to condem Hasenhuttl to his second defeat in four games as Southampton boss.
Speaking afterward the Austrian coach lamented his sides defensive lapses and also rued injuries to midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and young striker Michael Obafemi.
“It’s an intensive time now, it’s one game after the other. We have two days and then face Man City and Chelsea. It’s the Premier League. When you have a chance to get points, you are not allowed to give it away too easily. We saw we have a lot of steps to go.’’ Hasenhuttl told BBC Sport.
“We learned that against such teams, it’s not possible to give them the opportunities we gave them. To give away a goal from your own corner, it’s not possible in your own stadium. We were hungry today but not that speedy like we were in the past two weeks.
“It’s a shame we were with Hojbjerg and Obafemi today. Obafemi, we could have used his speed. Everybody faces injuries and so do we.”
Next up for the Saints is a home game against reigning Champions Man City on Sunday.