Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has demanded more urgency and aggressiveness from his players when they play Watford on Tuesday night.

The Saints were dispatched by Ayoze Perez hat-trick to ensure the safety of the Magpies and compound the woes of Hasenhuttl’s men in the top flight.

Liverpool’s win over Cardiff was cheered by Southampton fans as it kept them five points clear of the drop zone.

However, Hasenhuttl is asking for more against Watford as they fight to avoid relegation.

“The message must be that a little bit of playing football is not enough for us, so we have to be aggressive again,” he said via Sky.

“We have to work harder than we did on Saturday in the first half because otherwise against Watford, a very strong team, it is again a big problem to take something.

“I think we have the quality to win there or to take a point, but we need a really, really clinical and perfect performance.”

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Watford face Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 18 but Hasenhuttl does not believe that will have any impact on how they perform against Southampton.

“They have two chances to get into Europe, so they will try to grab the first one with both hands on Tuesday,” he added.

“To go there is nearly as difficult as to play against one of the top six, so we need a very, very good performance.”


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