Mark Hughes believes they are not very far from reaching their highest level in the Premier League.
Southampton have made a pretty sluggish start to the season as they are yet to register their first win in the Premier League. The Saints are scheduled to take on Newcastle United in a clash of the bottom and a win in this match would ease pressure on the manager.
The Saints are dangerously hovering around the relegation zone and Hughes knows the importance of this match. Goals have been dried out for Hughes’ side as they haven’t found the back of the net for the last four games.
Despite all these concerns, Hughes is positive ahead of their home clash against the Magpies. “We’ve got a good group here and a group that’s working really hard.
“Our emotions are based more on frustration in terms of what we feel we should have on the board in terms of points. That’s where our frustration lies.
“We feel we are a decent side in this league and it’s up to us clearly, no one else can do it, it is up to us to make sure we get the points on the board that we feel our performances have deserved.
“That’s an ongoing process and something we try to do every time we go out to play.
“There’s a [great] spirit among the group, there’s a spring in everybody’s step.
“Everybody is working well, that gives us confidence, the environment that we’ve got here, and the feeling that we are very close to where we want to be in terms of performances being matched with results. We’re not a million miles away now.”