Mark Hughes says Nathan Redmond key to Southampton relegation fight

Gladys Abbott
March 19, 2018

The South Coast club are now marooned in the bottom three in the Premier League with Pellegrino being dismissed after their 3-0 surrender at the hands of fellow strugglers Newcastle United out.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's goal after 62 minutes was his first for the club in his 54th appearance and came courtesy of an assist by Dusan Tadic.

The 24-year-old has gone from being one of the club's most influential players to a peripheral figure, but Pellegrino's dismissal and Hughes' appointment as Southampton's new manager represents a fresh start.

And Morsy, who is the only Egyptian left in the competition, is aiming to inspire his League One outfit past Mark Hughes' men to secure a semi-final trip to Wembley.

Wigan came into the game with three Premier League scalps under their belt in the cup this season - most notably Manchester City - and Hughes believes the players did their team proud.

Despite being second best to their League One hosts in the opening half, Saints grabbed the decisive opening goal after the break.

"Today was a game where we could take the maximum we needed in terms of positivity and we've been able to do that", said Hughes.

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Wigan applied plenty of pressure in the closing stages, but couldn't emulate their epic fifth round success against Premier League leaders City.

Making four saves the on-loan Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper commanded his box in the first half and when called upon after half-time did well to deny Gabbiadini twice.

Albion were building momentum and should have been level when Locadia headed wastefully wide when unmarked at the back post.That miss was proved costly as United's efficiency showed when Matic headed home their second goal from just their second shot on target all night.

Hughes has only been in charge at Southampton for a matter of days and gave his views on what he's seen from his new side so far and looked ahead to the tie.

The Denmark midfielder had not scored in 54 previous appearances for the Saints, but picked a ideal time to nab his first goal.

The Wigan striker scored the only goal in his side's surprise 1-0 victory over the Premier League champions-elect, firing the Latics into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

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