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Ward-Prowse – Southampton need to regroup

9th October 2019, 19:52 by Tom Hill

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse says his team need to use the current international break to have a "look at itself".

The majority of Saints’ squad are away on international duty at present and leave with the moral on the south coast at a low ebb.

Southampton have lost three of their last four games, with their only win coming in the Carabao Cup against arch-rivals Portsmouth.

Three successive league defeats to Bournemouth, Tottenham and Chelsea have seen the Saints drop to 17th in the Premier League table. They are now just outside the bottom three on goal difference, with Everton and Norwich City breathing down their necks at present.

The mood around St Mary’s on Sunday suggests some fans think they will be involved in another relegation battle, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s being convincingly beaten 4-1 by Chelsea.

Hasenhuttl has now lost three league games in a row for the first time since he took charge and Ward-Prowse thinks the whole club need to reassess a few plans in the international break.

He told the Daily Echo: “I think certainly it will be a case of having a look at ourselves individually and collectively.

“First of all, we need to see what we ourselves as individuals need to do and change to bring to the table. We’ve got a good period of time to work on a few things during the international break, so it will be a good time to work on them.

“I think we all, individually, need to be better.”

Southampton’s next league game comes on October 19 as they travel to the Midlands to face Wolves. They then face a tough run of matches as they prepare to tackle Leicester City, Manchester City, Everton and Arsenal in the coming weeks.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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