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10:00 19th May 2017
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MARK HUGHES has challenged his players to end the season in triumphant fashion against Southampton this weekend.
Last weekend’s 4-1 reverse at home to Arsenal ended hopes of securing a fourth consecutive top half finish, although the Welshman says there is still plenty at stake.
Speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, Hughes highlighted the importance of chalking up three points.
“We disappointed ourselves last week, especially in the first-half, so we will be looking to end the season positively on Sunday,” he said.
“Unfortunately, we’re not going to hit our pre-season targets now, but there is still the chance to move up the table two or three spots.
“Obviously, we would like to do that, but we know we are going to have to win our game if we are to have any chance of doing that.
“It’s been a frustrating season for us, but there is one final opportunity to get points on the board, and if we can do that then it will undoubtedly give us a better summer.”
Despite Southampton guaranteeing themselves a top half finish, Hughes feels there have been plenty of similarities between the two sides over the course of the campaign.
“It just shows the fine margins of the season that they are just four points ahead of us, but sit in eighth position,” he added.
“It’s been a very tight and congested season for a lot of us, and to be perfectly honest I don’t feel there is a great difference between the majority of us.
“Southampton have good players, just as we do, so hopefully it will be an entertaining game, but one that we can come out of with maximum spoils.”