Ralph Hasenhuttl: New Southampton boss prepared for 'tough challenge'

Ralph Hasenhuttl steps in at Southampton till 2021

Kelvin Davis, who took charge of Southampton in a caretaker capacity on Wednesday, has been invited to stay on as part of Hasenhuttl's coaching staff, and he has backed the Austrian to succeed.

The Saints hit the frame of Hugo Lloris's goal on three separate occasions but gave the hosts a helping hand with Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Hueng-min goals.

"We started the second half really well", said the Argentine.

He added: "What we have to do is try and work out a formula where we take our chances away from home and try and defend better". I don't like it so much.

"I'm delighted to be back in the team and to get the three points".

What you can see in this team is they have a lot of automisation and play very physically and work hard against the ball, so they're not easy to beat. "We were sitting in the football school together and made our pro licence together and I was always a fan of his football".

Southampton's next fixture is at relegation rivals Cardiff.

Southampton, who suffered a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham on Wednesday, are now 18th in the Premier League. It's a bit back to the roots for me, past year was maybe easier because I had a fantastic Champions League team, and we were on a very high level tactically.

Neil Warnock believes the upturn in results is the sign of a team becoming increasingly comfortable in the Premier League.

Southampton are on the longest winless run in the Premier League this season with their last victory coming at Crystal Palace in September.

Southampton have won just nine points from their opening 15 games this season.

Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen has provided at least one assist in each of his last three Premier League games (four total), the first time he has done so within a single campaign since April 2016.

He left Aalen after losing several key players, suggesting to Swabische that he could "not set new goals" with the club.

Tottenham's Oliver Skipp (18 years and 79 days) is the youngest player to debut for the club since Gareth Bale against Manchester United in August 2007 (18 years and 40 days).

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