RALPH Hasenhuttl wants his Saints side to go out and be brave against Everton this afternoon.

It’s the south coast side’s first game back at St Mary’s since the 9-0 defeat to Leicester at the end of October.

And Hasenhuttl is urging his players to try and forget about that result when they step out onto the pitch for their match with the Toffees.

“Brave is good, and we always try to brave this season.

“Brave can help you to surprise the opponent sometimes but in the moment you are struggling yourself brave can also help you to get disorganised and out of balance.

“I think after the results we had so far in the season we had moments after the wins away and we were feeling strong and it’s normal that after a few result snot so good you are struggling.

“We speak about the 9-0 and we almost forget we were one man down after ten minutes so we forget it was also a game we started very brave.

“We should try to follow this track what we started together and when the players are convinced what they can play and what they have shown so far we can come back in a successful line.”

When Hasenhuttl arrived at Saints last year he provided a spark that resulted in the club maintaining their Premier League status.

His side are currently three points adrift of safety, with Everton being the closest team to them in the table.

Although the Austrian was pleased with how Saints played against Man City in their previous two matches, he still wasn’t satisfied.

He pointed out that given the predicament the St Mary’s outfit are currently in, the only thing that will please him is a win.

Hasenhuttl added: “At the moment it’s all about getting the first result and the first win because that will help us massively to believe in what we are doing and to believe in our quality and this is something every player needs.

“Sometimes a coach also needs a win.

“It’s not enough to have a good game against it and be 70 minutes in the lead against a strong side, sure that helps a bit, but in the end we didn’t get anything but warm words.

“I want wins and points and as long as we don’t have them it’s normal confidence is not the highest.”