Southampton boss Hasenhuttl apologises for not shaking Hughton's hand

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has apologised for not shaking Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton's hand immediately after the final whistle this afternoon.

Saturday, 30th March 2019, 6:30 pm
Updated Saturday, 30th March 2019, 10:16 pm
Ralph Hasenhuttl. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Saints won the Premier League match 1-0 at the Amex through Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's goal early in the second half as they moved level on points with Albion and five points clear of the relegation zone.

Hasenhuttl celebrated when the final whistle blew and explaining his actions afterwards, he said: "It was such a big feeling at the end that I forgot to shake the other manager's hand, so I have to apologise.

"I understand he was maybe a little bit angry with me.

"I always forget everything when the final whistle goes, so I'm sorry. I was five seconds too late but then I came and shook their hands.

"For us in our situation it's very important to take this win against a tight opponent (in the table). The three points are very important."

Brighton boss Hughton was also asked about the handshake incident post-match and said: "It's an emotional game. I don't know him but he seems a very good coach and a good fella as well.

"If that's the case (an apology), I appreciate it but it's an emotional game and the emotions are as high when you win as they are low when you lose."

On the win, Hasenhuttl said: "You don't get a lot of chances against this opponent, it's always a very tight game here.

"You have to wait for the moment and then know exactly what you have to do.

"The guys were very concentrated with a new shape and new organisation. That's all we've been working on the last few weeks.

"It was only for ten to 20 minutes in the second half when we struggled a little bit because the opponent took a higher risk and we had luck one time when the ball hit the bar."

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