Date: 16th October 2017 at 4:49am
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Manager Mauricio Pellegrini has said that he was pleased with Southampton’s response to Newcastle United twice taking the lead in Sunday’s clash.

Hosting Newcastle at St Mary’s Stadium for the game, Southampton had to come from behind on two occasions with Manolo Gabbiadini helping himself to a brace as we battled to a point on the day, and whilst Pellegrino was disappointed to see us lose the two goals, he was pleased to see us react and get ourselves back into the game both times.

Speaking to saintsfc as he met with the media for his post game press conference, he explained.

‘It was dramatic with a lot of chaotic moments. The most difficult moment for us was straight after we equalised, when we conceded the second goal. That was a pity because in that moment our mentality was right and we were on top of them. We cannot concede that type of goal, but our reaction was positive.’

Despite him taking the positives he could, Pellegrino admitted we weren’t in charge of the game and he’d wanted us to have a much better control of the 90 minutes.

‘In the last 20 minutes I felt we could win but we could also lose. It was too chaotic. In other games we`ve controlled the game and not scored. Today the team was too separate, but with my responsibility.’

He added.

‘In the second half I told them to play more direct to create something close to the box. We did that, but I think we had to be closer to them on the second ball. The positive thing was the character of the team and the fans pushing us.’

Sky Sports also have him saying.

‘We are conceding goals in every single game at home, goals we can avoid. It is one point, it is not the best for us but in how we conceded the first and second goals the point is positive.’

There was also praise for the goalscorer on the day and Pellegrino is clearly hoping the confidence boost Gabbiadini would’ve taken from the two goals will help us moving forward.

‘Manolo is an important player for us. It’s positive for his confidence but the most important thing is he was working really hard, not just for himself but for the team.’

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