Michael Obafemi targets a perfect end to Southampton’s season
MICHAEL Obafemi hopes Saints can capitalise on their excellent run of results by adding another home win against Brighton on Thursday.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side went four games without defeat after the striker’s last-minute equaliser at Old Trafford at the start of this week.
Thursday’s fixture will be the club’s first home tie since they pulled off a shock win against former Premier League champions Manchester City.
When asked about Saints’ chances of building their momentum, Obafemi replied: “Yeah, for sure.
“I mean obviously our home form hasn’t been the best but we’re trying to rectify that.
“As you saw against City at our ground, we defended amazingly. Che (Adams) got his first goal, which was amazing for him so, as you can see, the team is looking good.
“We want to win as many games as possible, to get as many points in the last three games and finish as high as we can.
“As you can see in our last results, the boys have been put in an amazing performance and got amazing results.
“That’s the main thing and that’s our aim.”
Saints have been recently lauded for their exemplary fitness levels since the Premier League resumed back in June.
Hasenhuttl’s previously said he was “amazed” at how fit his squad were when they reported for duty in May.
A lot of work was done by Alek Gross, the club’s head of sports science and first team fitness coach, and his team to ensure the St Mary’s side stayed in tip-top physical condition.
Against Manchester United on Monday, minus the passages of play that led to the hosts taking the lead, Saints were relentless with their pressing.
And Obafemi revealed that it’s down to the work being done at Staplewood, adding: “I mean, he’s [Hasenhuttl] just making sure that in training we practice our pressing, making sure we get it right in the games and it’s paying off.
“You can see it in the matches. You can see that we’re pressing in the right way and everyone looks fit.”