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Armstrong: Saints to show quality


BELIEF: Stuart Armstrong. Pic: PA

BELIEF: Stuart Armstrong. Pic: PA

BELIEF: Stuart Armstrong. Pic: PA

Midfielder Stuart Armstrong maintains Southampton have the quality needed to get their season back on track - and can show it with victory in the League Cup tie at Leicester tonight.

Saints boss Mark Hughes has found his position further under scrutiny after Premier League action resumed with a 3-2 defeat at Fulham on Saturday, leaving them in the relegation zone.

The only victory in the past 10 matches came via a penalty shoot-out win at Everton in the last round of the League Cup back in early October. Southampton will be looking to put themselves on the front foot again when they travel to the King Power Stadium for tonight's tie, which was postponed following the death of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash.

Scotland international Armstrong, signed from Celtic during the summer, scored both goals at Craven Cottage.

Armstrong accepts everyone in the squad must look to somehow dig out another positive result as they look to secure a place in the League Cup quarter-finals.

"We have to learn from these games, of course we do," Armstrong said. "Tuesday is a good chance to make amends, move forward and progress.

"The quality is there - we have a very talented squad and I feel we're better than the league position shows. We've had a number of results where we've ended up with a draw when we've felt we could've had more, so we need to start turning those draws into wins."

Hughes hopes a win at Leicester could have a knock-on effect, with his side set to host Manchester United next in the Premier League before travelling to Tottenham.

"We've got an opportunity in the cup to give guys that have not had as much game time as some in recent weeks, that might shape my view in regard to Premier League games as well," the Southampton manager said.

"It's a competition we want to stay in. The draw hasn't been too kind to us up to this point, with all Premier League teams.

"We have beaten two and are going to have to beat another one. We will give it a go."