Pellegrino praises Sims impact

By SFC Media Sun 25 Feb Burnley v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Josh Sims

Mauricio Pellegrino praised the impact of young winger Josh Sims after his role in Southampton's 1-1 draw at Burnley.

The 20-year-old came off the bench late on to play a crucial role in Manolo Gabbiadinio's 90th-minute equaliser, crossing for Guido Carrillo to head back to the Italian striker to lash in from close range.

It was one of a number of moments of threat from Sims, who had came close to cancelling out Ashley Barnes's scrambled goal himself within moments of coming on, only for Clarets keeper Nick Pope to somehow flick his goal-bound shot against the post.

Having returned in mid-January following a long lay-off with a knee injury, Pellegrino is pleased to have Sims as an option ahead of the final weeks of the campaign.

"Josh is an intelligent guy and is getting better every single week," he said. "He's homegrown also.

"He can make an impact and help us in these games that are really tight and really close, because his pace is the main weapon and we are happy with that."

Pellegrino added: "It's important that everybody has to be ready to help the team and Southampton will be stronger the more players are physically and mentally ready."

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