Our French international goalkeeper wore the gloves for the first time since being injured in the opening moments of last month’s home win over Leicester.
He was named in goal ahead of Michel Vorm – who has deputised since that incident against the Foxes – at St Mary’s and was called into action on a number of occasions as we twice had to come from a goal down to claim a point.
The spirit of the players to bounce back after conceding pleased the agile stopper, who was also quick to praise Michel for his work in recent games.
“It was a tough game, as we expected,” reflected Hugo, who had started 57 consecutive Premier League games and 93 of our last 95 prior to getting injured on March 21.
“After a month it was a pleasure to come back into the team and it was a good feeling.
“My absence is part of football but it was good for Michel because he did well for the team. There is a good spirit in the team, especially between the goalkeepers.”
Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli were responsible for our equalisers as we twice fell behind to Graziano Pelle goals, with Hugo admitting the players were disappointed not to have taken all three points.
“We could have done better in the first half and the first goal put us in a bit of trouble but, after that, we had a good reaction and showed character to come back twice, so that was positive,” he added.
“However, we’re also disappointed because we wanted to win this game.
“Our first mistake opened the game up but after that we ran after them. We got the feeling that if we scored before them we could have won the game but that’s football. At the end, we have to be happy with the draw.”