Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted Fraser Forster is heaping the strain on Southampton’s primary goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.
Forster has impressed in FA Cup motion and saved one other clear sheet as Saints claimed a superb 2-0 win at Wolves to achieve the quarter-finals in midweek.
Now Southampton will host Wolves in Sunday’s Premier League conflict, in a quick-fire return encounter, the place McCarthy ought to be restored to the beginning XI.
Nonetheless, Hasenhuttl has conceded that Forster continues to place the squeeze on his choice selections along with his performances within the cup.
“It’s at all times essential to have a duel, a battle, in each place; that is at all times good,” stated Hasenhuttl.
“He desires to remain within the cup, and have just a few extra video games, that is for certain.
“So there you might be, give us the clear sheets and the remainder is ready up for us to attain.”
Saints’ cup win at Wolves eased the strain after a run of 5 straight Premier League losses, with the south coast males now determined to hit again to profitable methods within the league.
Boss Hasenhuttl has been relieved to see a crippling damage disaster begin to abate, leaving the Austrian hoping a fitter squad can imply a return to prime type.
“It’s such an intense 12 months this season with all the issues we’ve had, powerful fixtures and intense weeks,” stated Hasenhuttl.
“It’s not at all times attainable to play with the most effective facet. All people feels it.
“An increasing number of groups are beginning scuffling with muscle accidents, however we hopefully have this behind us now.
“If we hadn’t had the damage issues I feel we could possibly be greater within the desk.
“However to be within the quarter-final of the FA Cup is a superb alternative to point out up once more.
“That’s essential for us, but it surely’s additionally essential to point out up once more within the Premier League this weekend.
“If we play like we did in midweek we undoubtedly have the standard to do higher.”