Instant Reactions - Southampton v Brighton (31/1/18)
Following today's clash between Southampton and Brighton, here are the instant reactions from both managers.
Southampton hosted Brighton at St Mary's Stadium for a 7.45pm kick off on Wednesday January 31, with both sides playing out a score draw.
A Glenn Murray penalty in the 14th minute opened the scoring for the visitors, but the hosts were back on level terms as Jack Stephens scored in the 64th minute and with neither side taking advantage again that was where the scoring ended.
McCarthy, Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu (Boufal 45), Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Tadic (Carrillo 45), Long (Gabbiadini 79).
Yoshida, Lemina, Pied, Forster.
Ryan, Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, March, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo, Gross (Kayal 83), Murray (Ulloa 77).
Baldock, Knockaert, Goldson, Rosenior, Krul.
Speaking to the BBC's cameras a short time after match day referee Mike Dean blew the final whistle, Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino explained.
'I think in the first 15 minutes they were a little bit better in direct play. They won some second balls and from this situation we conceded a penalty. After the goal, we totally controlled the game, but we couldn't play quick enough to break through their defenders. Little by little they would drop and it was really difficult to find the space to create more chances. We were patient and well organised because I don't remember many actions from them, so in defence we controlled them well most of the time. In this situation, every single victory is massive, but we have to keep pushing and on Saturday we have another opportunity.'
Brighton manager Chris Hughton in his comparative interview explained.
'I think we were well worthy of the point that we've got. When you come here, with the way they play and the players they've got, you'd expect them to have good possession and threaten. But I think we restricted them to one half-chance or so. We had a lot of the ball and threatened ourselves, and we were resilient in what we did. We had very good opportunities once we got into that final third. So overall, I'm reasonably happy.'