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Hojbjerg wants Southampton response

 

Act now: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
Act now: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

By Ed Elliott

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg says Southampton's players must show on the pitch that they are truly sorry for the 9-0 humiliation against Leicester, starting with two daunting trips to Manchester City.

Captain Hojbjerg has apologised and vowed to prevent a repeat of the heaviest defeat in the south coast club's history.

Saints' desire to make immediate amends for the drubbing will be anything but easy as they face Pep Guardiola's City in the Carabao Cup fourth round tonight before returning to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.

Midfielder Hojbjerg believes talk is cheap and producing vastly improved performances is the only way to atone for the embarrassment against the Foxes.

"If there is one saying it's, 'Tough periods make tough people'," said Hojbjerg, according to the Southern Daily Echo. "I can try and say something, but it won't change anything.

"I don't want to speak, I want to show by action. I don't care who is coming up. Our actions have to speak.

"We never want to be in this position again. We have to get back up and make sure this never happens again.

"We can put quotes out, apologise and say something, but the only thing that's the real deal now is actions."

Southampton's first-team players and coaching staff will each donate one day's wages to the Saints Foundation after capitulating to the joint worst loss of the Premier League era.

Saints have not won away to City for more than 15 years.

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