The Sunday Post (Inverness)

Hassenhutt­l’s presence fails to boost Saints

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New manager Ralph Hasenhuttl bemoaned Southampto­n’s defending after losing his first game at Cardiff. Callum Paterson capitalise­d on Jannik Vestergaar­d’s dreadful 74th-minute mistake to give Cardiff a 1-0 victory and move the Bluebirds up to 14th.

Saints, who have won only once this season, are now five points adrift of Cardiff and drop one place to 19th.

“At this level you cannot give the ball away twice in that manner,” Hasenhuttl said of the defining moment of a scruffy game.

“It is very hard to accept that we didn’t get a point, but with these mistakes we don’t deserve it. “We had a lot of pressure and we were good with the ball, but we played too much from deep and inside instead of penetratin­g them. “We need more forward runs in the coming months and less mistakes in the defence.’’ Burnley boss Sean Dyche admitted there was a feeling of relief after his side registered their first win in nine Premier League matches with a 1-0 home victory over Brighton.

The goal came in the 40th minute when Jack Cork hit a shot and the ball went in off James Tarkowski’s chest. Having survived Brighton’s pressure in the second half to secure what was only their third league win of the season, the Clarets moved up from second-bottom to 17th in the table. Dyche, whose side had lost six of their previous eight games, said: “We are getting back to where I think we should be performanc­e-wise, but then you’ve got to turn performanc­es into results.”

At the Emirates, Unai Emery praised his Arsenal team and Lucas Torreira for finding the goal that secured a victory over Huddersfie­ld after a frustratin­g afternoon which nearly cost them two points.

Torreira’s 83rd-minute finish maintained their pursuit of a top-three finish,

Manuel Pellegrini has set his sights on sixth spot after West Ham climbed into the top half. Goals from Robert Snodgrass, Javier Hernandez and Felipe Anderson sank Crystal Palace 3-2 at the London Stadium, after James Mcarthur had given the Eagles the lead.

The Hammers, rock bottom after losing their first four Premier League matches of the season, are now up to 10th just five points behind Manchester United in sixth.

“We are now in position No.10, five points from the sixth,” said Pellegrini. “I hope in the next three games we can add more points and try to be as near the top as we can.”

In the day’s late game, Tottenham left Harry Kane on the bench, but were still comfortabl­e 2-0 winners at Leicester. Heung-min Son opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time and Dele Alli added a second after the break.

 ??  ?? West Ham United’s Felipe Anderson
West Ham United’s Felipe Anderson

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