Belief Boosted By West Brom Win
Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has said the side must increase their confidence further following victory over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.
Heading to The Hawthorns for this weekend's action, Southampton secured all three points with goals coming from Mario Lemina, Jack Stephens and James Ward-Prowse, but the game was far from easy as the hosts opened the scoring and made it a one goal game with under 20 minutes remaining.
For Southampton though getting back amongst the goals and lifting us two points shy of the dropzone was where Pellegrino wanted to focus as he met with saintsfc for his post game press conference.
'We are really happy for many aspects but overall I think the belief and the confidence are really important. It was an important game, an important three points but in the Premier League you have got a difficult game every week and we have to be humble because we have to do a lot of work still. Hopefully these three points can help us to increase our confidence on the pitch.'
Pellegrino went on to say.
'It was difficult because we conceded quickly but the team showed personality to keep going and playing in our way. After the equaliser and our second goal the confidence was increasing little by little. We were suffering until the end because West Brom are good at set-pieces and in direct play but we did a good game.'
Momentum was also the watchword for our opening scorer on the day.
'I`m very happy for the team. I know that you have to work hard to get the wins in moments like this and we got an important one today. Let`s hope we can build on this momentum. This needs to be the standard that we set going forwards. We perhaps ought to have scored again to kill off the game quicker because they had chances and we conceded to let them back in. We`re pleased with the win but at 3-2 the result wasn`t as certain as it could have been.'
With his strike on the day being a worldy, Lemina went on to say that it wasn't 'the best goal of his career' as he feels that came at international level, but he was obviously pleased and 'proud' to have opened his account and seen it play its part in helping us to three points.