MX23RW : Friday, October 19 12:20:41
Sep 29, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​Molineux
WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers
2-0
Southampton
Cavaleiro (79'), Castro Otto (87')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Hughes hopes Saints can burst Wolves' bubble

Hughes hopes Saints can burst Wolves' bubble
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Wolves earned a 1-1 draw at Manchester United last weekend.

Southampton boss Mark Hughes wants his side to put a dent in Wolves' confident start to life back in the Premier League when they head to Molineux.

Nuno Espirito Santo's men have produced a string of impressive displays after winning promotion to the top flight, which culminated in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

With just one Premier League defeat from six games, Hughes admits Wolves deserve all the plaudits coming their way – but intends for the Saints to bring everyone at Molineux back down to earth on Saturday.

"They do impress you with how they approach the game, with a lot of depth to their play," Hughes said.

"They can rotate the ball and have a danger in key areas of the field, with good threats in wider areas.

"They are very positive and proficient in what they do, having come off the back of a really outstanding season last year so they are in a really good frame of mind confidence-wise.

"They are well drilled, they know what they are about and that is why they have made a good start.

"We will have to be ready for them, but clearly we have threats of our own which we can test them with."

The Southampton manager added at a press conference: "When you come into the Premier League as a promoted team, everything is bright and shiny, everyone is enthused and excited.

"Clearly that will still be in place in terms of their attitude, because they have had nothing really to dent their confidence up to this point and that is credit to them.

"It is about making sure we understand what they are trying to do and how we negate that."

Hughes accepts Southampton remain very much a work in progress as he looks to move the squad on from last season's battle to stay up.

Missing on-loan striker Danny Ings at Liverpool, the Saints went down 3-0 which was a third Premier League defeat of a so far indifferent campaign.

Hughes, though, is confident things are slowly starting to come together.

"We are still in need of a little bit more time, but I see good signs of what we are trying to do," said Hughes, who took on the manager's job permanently over the summer having been parachuted in during March.

"A lot of things we are working on in training become natural, which shows the work we are doing is being transferred onto the pitch."

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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