Pellegrino: It could be a big point

By SFC Media Sat 24 Feb Burnley v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Mauricio Pellegrino

Mauricio Pellegrino believes the late point Southampton secured at Burnley could prove to be a crucial one come the end of the season.

Substitute Manolo Gabbiaidini's 90th-minute strike earned Saints a draw when it looked as though Ashley Barnes's scrambled effort midway through the second half was going to separate the sides at Turf Moor.

Gabbiadini's first goal since October lifted Pellegrino's team two places in the table and took them out of the relegation zone ahead of next weekend's big home game against Stoke City.

"I think in the way that we equalised we can be happy because it was really difficult, after conceding against this side who don't concede too much themselves," said the Saints boss.

"But, obviously, we have to analyse well, because we have to improve in different aspects – how can we play against those teams who will press and are really aggressive physically, and who try to put you under pressure all the time?

"I think our concentration was good, and our intensity too, but I think we were a little bit nervous in some moments. When you don't want to take any risks sometimes the ball is always in the air and for us it was difficult to play.

"We had a couple of chances to equalise and at the end we got this goal that allowed us to get one point. It's not the best, but in this moment one point can be the big difference at the end."


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