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Southampton boss asks the team to produce a perfect performance

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Ayoze Perez scores his and Newcastle's third and hat trick goal past goalkeeper Angus Gunn during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton FC at St. James Park on April 20, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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The team will play against Watford in the English Premier League, but the Hornets have been very good lately in the competition.

Southampton was beaten 3-1 by Newcastle United on Saturday, thanks to a hat-trick by Ayoze Perez.

And today manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has called his team to produce a perfect performance, as they face Watford in the next fixture, a team that’s been enjoying a very good season.

“The message must be that a little bit of playing football is not enough for us, so we have to be aggressive again,” he told the Daily Mail.

“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.”

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

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

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

“For us, it’s about getting better in the game, like against Newcastle, and if we do so, then I am convinced about my team that we always can score, we always can win games, also away games, so I am not frightened about this game.”

“But we must be clear that we need a better performance than on Saturday,” he continued.

“As always, we know that we are flexible and can change the shape sometimes. We showed that again, that we can immediately change the shape and get more comfortable.”

“But preparing for this game, we will have a look at what this opponent demands from us, and then we will decide,” the Saints boss concluded.