Pellegrino: Let's start the way we finished

By SFC Media time Fri 20 Oct Saints v West Brom
Photo by Matt Watson | Mauricio Pellegrino

Mauricio Pellegrino wants to see Southampton start against West Brom the way they finished against Newcastle when they host the Baggies at St Mary’s tomorrow.

Saints twice trailed last weekend, but drew level on both occasions before pushing for a late winner.

The response of his players pleased Pellegrino, but the manager admits there is a balance to be struck in being too adventurous too early in a game against well-drilled opponents.

“The reaction of the team was really good, but we have to start from the beginning with this spirit,” he said.

“Sometimes you have to be patient, because at the beginning teams have more energy, they are fresher and they can press you better.

“I think we feel comfortable with the ball. If we are precise with the ball and with our tempo, we can create more problems – it doesn’t matter who we are playing.

“We know that West Brom are really strong physically, and dangerous from set plays and on the counter-attack.

“That’s something we’ve been working on this week. Every single week we are learning from our last few games, and I feel that my players are better prepared.”

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