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Mark Hughes: 'Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg dismissal was unfortunate'

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Southampton boss Mark Hughes deems Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's dismissal in the 2-1 loss against Leicester City as "unfortunate" because of two "soft" bookings.

Southampton boss Mark Hughes has described Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's dismissal in the 2-1 loss to Leicester City as "unfortunate" because of two "soft" bookings.

With 13 minutes remaining at St Mary's Stadium and the scores level at 1-1, the midfielder was shown a second yellow card for diving in the penalty area.

The hosts looked to have held on for a point, but Harry Maguire went on to score the winner in stoppage time and inflict a second successive defeat on Saints.

"In my opinion, going down to 10 men was unfortunate," Hughes told BBC Sport at full time.

"To defend Pierre, I think both yellows were a bit soft. The first one was just a coming together. But if you've got one, you walk a tightrope.

"I think he was clipped when he went down on the second, but Mr Moss was in position and he sent him off."

Southampton travel to south coast rivals Brighton & Hove Albion in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday before visiting Crystal Palace in the Premier League next Saturday.

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