The evening’s deputy manager Richard Kitzbichler said his team could be satisfied with winning the point against West Ham at St. Mary’s as they worked hard to reach the seventh shutout of the season.
Ralph Hasenhüttl missed the draw after a positive Covid-19 test in his household, but dialed in from home and led the team from a distance, supported by Kitzbichler and the rest of his first-team coaching staff.
Having highlighted the need for defensive stability over the past few weeks, the coach will no doubt repeat his assistant’s thoughts on defensive improvements as Saints have kept clean for the second time this season.
“I think it was okay for us, the good thing was that we played to zero again,” explained Kitzbichler. “It’s not easy against West Ham because they can score out of nowhere.
“They are a strong team, we have seen that we have played against them in the past, so the goal we conceded is positive and the effort was good, especially in defense.”
We can be very happy that we conceded fewer goals.
First team assistant coach
“We also had good games on the ball, some good combinations. We may not have been able to find the last action to score a goal. But all in all we can be satisfied with one point.”
“We can be very happy that we conceded fewer goals. This is very important. Even if you don’t hit, it scores a point. It’s a good development. “
“[Danny Ings and Oriol Romeu] are a big part of our squad. The goals will come again for Danny but the work he does against the ball is really good.
“Of course it’s different [without Ralph Hasenhüttl in attendance], but maybe it sums up the whole year with what happened. It goes well with the last game of the year.
“We prepared well and held our meetings online, Ralph was always connected to the team, so we learned a lot about technical things this year. It was okay. Of course he would love to be here in person, but he will be back very soon. “