Pellegrino On St Gallen Draw
Manager Mauricio Pellegrino has been reflecting on our scoreless draw with St Gallen on Saturday afternoon.
The game was set up at the end of our Austria training camp and we made the small trip across the Swiss border for the game at the Sportanlage Kellen.
It was very much a mixed side for Pellegrino, selecting experience and youth and it was all change in the second half as ten new players were introduced so match minutes could be shared around.
Lopar, Koch (Schulz 77), Haggui, Wiss (Gonitzer 77), Kukuruzovic (Ben Khalifa 59), Buess (Babic 71), Barnetta, Tafer (Staubli 77), Wittner, Aratore, Tschernegg.
Forster (McCarthy 45), Flannigan (Pied 45), O'Driscoll (Jones 45), Yoshida (Gardos 45), McQueen (Little 45), Romeu (Hojbjerg 45), Clasie (Davis 45), Tella (Johnson 39), Boufal (Long 45), Tadic (Gallagher 45), Austin (Gabbiadini 45).
Speaking to saintsfc following the match, the gaffer explained.
'It was a difficult game, because the pitch from the beginning was too dry from my point of view. We couldn't see too many things on a technical level, or on an attacking level, because we couldn't give many passes to try to be more on the opponents' end of the pitch, to try to create more attempts, or get into in wide areas that we were expecting from the beginning. In the second half, more or less it was the same dynamic. But it was a physically demanding game and, for us, as the first one, more or less I am happy for that.'
With plenty of youngsters getting game time, he went on to say that overall the week and the match had been a positive experience for our next generation.
'You know that we are working with a lot of young players who we are watching. I want to give the opportunity to everyone and, for that reason, we are mixing the young with the players with the more experience. We have a lot of work to do, but I have confidence that we will be much better in the next few weeks.'