Pellegrino's focus turns to West Brom

By SFC Media Wed 31 Jan Saints v Brighton
Photo by Chris Moorhouse | Mauricio Pellegrino

Mauricio Pellegrino is already looking ahead to Saturday’s trip to West Brom after seeing his Southampton side held to a frustrating 1-1 draw against Brighton at St Mary’s.

The Seagulls snatched an early lead from the penalty spot through Glenn Murray, giving them something to hold on to with Saints needing three points to leapfrog the visitors in the Premier League table.

Home pressure increased after the interval, as Saints drew level through Jack Stephens’s second goal in two games, but a priceless winning goal proved elusive for Pellegrino’s men.

“I think in the first 15 minutes they were a little bit better in direct play,” said the boss.

“They won some second balls and from this situation we conceded a penalty.

“After the goal, we totally controlled the game, but we couldn’t play quick enough to break through their defenders.

“Little by little they would drop and for us, it was really difficult to find the space to create more chances.

“We were patient and well organised because I don’t remember many actions from them, so in defence we controlled them well most of the time.

“In this situation, every single victory is massive, but we have to keep pushing and on Saturday we have another opportunity.”

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