Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed that it was not perfect to question the professionalism of goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and would handle the situation differently in the future. The manager accused the goalkeeper of not admitting the full extent of his injury which cost the team a last-minute equalizer in the Premier League. James Ward-Prowse ran back to protect the keeper and ended up playing the striker onside.
“I was not perfect to do this after the game.” Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said. “I didn’t have all the information I should have after the game and that is always an issue. I hadn’t spoken with everybody. I know more now about what happened on the pitch and I would do it differently. But now isn’t the time to speak about it. We took a few good things from the last game.”
“Everybody is in good shape at the moment and it’s a pity Alex is out now,” he added. “I think against Brighton he did a very good job and kept us in the game two or three times in a fantastic way. What happened at the end was not right from our side. We’ve worked with him on some information, video clips, so he knows how he has to play with the ball and against the ball. It’s important for a goalkeeper. He’s a smart guy, he is fit and coming in with a willingness to help us and this is what we need now.”