‘We must win this game’ – Ralph Hasenhuttl in Southampton’s tie and refereeing with Leeds United

Leeds got off to a brighter start and took the lead through Jack Harrison before their visitors rose in the competition and equalized early in the second half with an excellent free kick from James Ward-Prowse.

Both teams had opportunities to score the second goal and while Jesse Marsch insisted Leeds would have deserved it, Hasenhuttl saw the situation differently.

“I think it was the expected game today,” he said.

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“I said before the game that it would be like ping pong, two teams that like to play fast. We tried to avoid playing in our own midfield, we knew the pressure would be intense, we wouldn’t have much time. His behavior is similar to ours. the more chances, the better, we were closer to winning this game. We won the point, it’s a good step forward in an intense atmosphere and game. Going out with a point is fine.”

Hasenhuttl was seen protesting with the referees after Leeds took the lead, clearly believing that Armando Broja had been fouled in the game, but after the game he had more problems with his team’s defence.

“I think it was a difficult game for the referee, lots of fouls and intense duels,” said the Austrian.

“Broja is fast when the ball is passed, the only chance to stop him is with a body, so it’s up to the referee to decide, he said no, but we can’t complain, we have to defend and we didn’t at this moment. goal where we normally have chances. Annoying and disappointing. The good thing is that we adapted at half-time, we had some problems with our six, a little too high, second half much better. In the end we had the best chances, we should win this game.”

THE EQUALIZER – Leeds United saw their lead disappear when James Ward-Prowse scored a free-kick in the top corner of the net. Photo: Bruce Rollinson

Hasenhuttl, however, suggested that referee Anthony Taylor could have given more protection to Kyle Walker-Peters, who caused real problems for Leeds on the right flank and won the free kick that Ward-Prowse placed in the top corner of Illan Meslier.

“Today there were several situations where it was a clear foul on him, the only way to stop him,” said the Santos coach.

“It’s not always easy to find the right decision for the referee. You have to improve with him. Everyone knows it’s hard to stop in 1v1. It’s not the first time we’ve seen him fall, pass the player and not make it I usually like that, the referee doesn’t interrupt the game and let it run, but sometimes it’s…”

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