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Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl questions Alex McCarthy’s professionalism

Ralph Hasenhuttl exploded Alex McCarthyThe lack of professionalism when not acknowledging the extent of the hamstring injury caused Southampton to lose 2 points against Brighton

Neal Maupaythe last hit of the groove beat Brighton with a 1-1 draw in the Premier League at St Mary’s, with the French forward played by James Ward-Prowse.

The Saints captain ran back to shield McCarthy’s left post from Jakub Moder’s extra-timed free-kick, with the home keeper fearing he wasn’t mobile enough to defend the whole of goal.

The furious Hasenhuttl was left to lament a lost victory in what he considered entirely avoidable.

The Saints boss insists he would replace McCarthy with youngster Harry Lewis if he knew about McCarthy’s injury.

“If you have a goalkeeper who is not 100 per cent fit in that moment and can’t jump up and then you put someone on the pitch, the counter-attack that comes up is usually offside,” Hasenhuttl said. .

“But Prowsey is there, so he has a free-kick on goal. This is something we cannot accept. There has to be a message: ‘I can’t dance,’ and then we can make changes.

“We still have one last change and I could have changed the goalkeeper if necessary in this moment.

“But Alex definitely has to be more professional than that. Here’s what I missed from him today in such a game.

Yes, it’s very busy at the end and everything, but this is why I sometimes keep the changes until later, because especially in a game like that that we’ve seen. today, if you change too soon, you might get one person down.

“I had a change today and I couldn’t take it because he didn’t say anything, and this is unacceptable to me.”

Armando Broja’s first-half strike left Southampton aiming for a victory too long to toast Hasenhuttl’s third anniversary at the helm of St Mary’s.

But Maupay’s predatory finish robbed a final gasp point for Brighton, who were reduced to 10 men with Leandro Trossard injured and the away team has no substitute.

The Saints could now face a goalkeeping injury crisis, with 23-year-old Lewis being the best-fit goalkeeper.

“Alex has probably been absent for a long time, and Fraser Forster also injured,” Hasenhuttl said.

“It was a situation where we played a great game, especially the first 45 minutes, dominating almost the whole game, but in the end we drew and we felt like we weren’t the best. winner today. This is horrible and unacceptable.

“It was a hamstring injury, and this is why we couldn’t play better in the second half.

“I don’t know how difficult it is, I thought he couldn’t play long balls, so I kept him in goal.

“But if I do it again, I will change him, but I can’t, because I don’t have the message.

“There is a reason why we put a substitute goalkeeper on the bench, this is no problem.

“Alex had made a fantastic save earlier, and he kept us with a three-point chance at first.

“But when he thinks he can’t jump into the corner, then I think it’s difficult, it’s impossible.”

Brighton owner Graham Potter was left to throw a final swipe back, and also to pass his fingers on Trossard’s wound.

The Seagulls had feared Trossard had dislocated his elbow, but then hoped the midfielder could have suffered only a mild neurological problem.

“We didn’t think the wound would be as bad as we first feared,” Potter said.

“We have faith as a team and one thing I don’t doubt in my players is their bravery, spirit and willingness to go to the end.

“To get past 10 men in the last 10 minutes and get the points, it’s been an incredible effort by the boys and it’s great to finally go home with something.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/ralph-hasenhuttl-brighton-southampton-leandro-trossard-alex-mccarthy-b1969906.html Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl questions Alex McCarthy’s professionalism

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