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Hooiveld: We will learn from Wigan defeat
Jos Hooiveld believes Saints were punished for a lapse in concentration against Wigan.
The centre half said the 2-0 defeat to the Latics had taught the team some harsh, but nonetheless valuable, lessons about life in the Premier League .
Paramount among those was that the players will not be able to get away with any loss of focus this season, according to Hooiveld.
“You think you’re in control of the game, then one break and it’s a goal,” he said.
“That is something that we have to be very careful of, be very concentrated and also as a unit we have to progress in that.”
The defender added: “The thing that I now realise, two games in, is that as soon as people drop a couple of percentages in their concentration you are going to get punished, like the first goal for example.
“We controlled the game quite okay until that moment, then you know it’s going to be difficult.
“They will be behind the ball and it’s difficult to break them down and the second goal you don’t really count it.”
Hooiveld also insisted that Saints did not keep the ball against Wigan as well as they are capable of.
“We were sloppy in ball possession sometimes, very sloppy I think,” he said.
“We lost a lot of times the ball in ways that we shouldn’t have and I think that cost us a little bit the game.”
The margins between success and failure can be fine, though, and Hooiveld believes there were encouraging moments from Saints throughout the match.
Had they breached the Wigan defence during a strong first-half showing, the Dutchman is confident it would have been a different game.
“Definitely,” he agreed. “There were great crosses in and a good shot from Adam (Lallana) as well.
“It would be great of course (to have scored first). You get that extra vibe. But, just as I say, we should have done better in some moments.”