Pellegrino: We'll do everything we can

By SFC Media time Fri 16 Feb West Brom v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Mauricio Pellegrino

Mauricio Pellegrino says his Southampton side will do everything to try to keep their FA Cup journey going when they visit West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Saints head to The Hawthorns for a fifth-round clash, with a place in the quarter-finals of this season's competition at stake.

That would put Pellegrino's men one win away from a trip to Wembley, in the semi-finals, and the manager wants his players to take full advantage of their promising start in the FA Cup.

"The FA Cup is an amazing competition," he said. "We will have in 90 minutes, or 180 minutes, the possibility to move forward.

hopefully we can give the fans a good performance, we can feel their energy, and together we will be stronger.

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southampton manager

"If we win, amazing, but if we draw we will have a second leg here at home and we have to try to be really well prepared."

Pellegrino added: "We have to translate everything on the pitch. We have to talk by action on the pitch and this is the most important thing.

"The competition is really hard, but I think we are well prepared. It's an amazing competition, we want to move forward and we will do everything to try to win."

Saints have beaten West Brom twice already this season, most recently under a fortnight ago, when they triumphed 3-2 in the Premier League, at The Hawthorns.

"When you know your opponent really well. I think the manager will try to adjust some situations," he said.

"We try to keep going in the good feelings, but little by little it's tighter because the level of knowledge is higher, so we have to be focused."

With Southampton's allocation of tickets having sold out, Pellegrino is buoyed by the prospect of another fantastic following at The Hawthorns, following on from the supporters' memorable backing there earlier this month.

"Hopefully we can give them a good performance on the pitch, we can feel the energy from outside, and together we will be stronger," he said.


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