Relegation looms for Saints after Southampton draw at Leicester

Southampton manager Mark Hughes says that his team has to “take more risks” and “just go for it”, after they were held to a goalless draw against Leicester at the King Power and the prospect of relegation looms.

The Saints would remain four points from safety and are winless in their last eight games as they head into Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley.

Southampton’s Shane Long was denied from close range in the second half after Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho went close before the break.

Saints keeper Alex McCarthy also tipped over Jamie Vardy’s prodded effort as Leicester searched for a winner.

“We need to be on the front foot,” said Hughes. “We have to ask more questions than we did of Leicester.”

“Defensively we were better but we have got to get the balance right. We need to defend properly and be a threat the other way.”

“Only time will tell to see whether the point is enough for us. We are looking to get maximum points from every game now.”

“The players are a little bit flat and we have got a big game at the weekend but we are not in the situation where we are downhearted.’

Southampton’s next Premier League match is on 28 April when they host Bournemouth in one of their four remaining games of the season.

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