Pellegrino Wants To Be In The Hat
Mauricio Pellegrino has promised that Southampton will be doing everything they can to beat West Bromwich Albino this weekend and put ourselves in the hat for the next stage of the competition.
Southampton head to The Hawthorns on Saturday for the fifth round FA Cup tie and a place in the quarter finals is up for grabs and given our Premier League form so far this year, victory would certainly boost spirits with the group as we sit one point from safety in the dropzone.
Speaking to saintsfc as he met with the media for his pre game press conference, the Argentine explained that despite league struggles, the Cup wasn't a distraction and he continued to take it seriously.
'The FA Cup is an amazing competition. We will have in 90 minutes, or 180 minutes, the possibility to move forward. If we win, amazing, but if we draw we will have a second leg here at home and we have to try to be really well prepared.'
Pellegrino went on to say that it was about the players 'leaving everything' on the pitch in this one as ideally we progress without the need for a replay so we can better address our league form.
'We have to translate everything on the pitch. We have to talk by action on the pitch and this is the most important thing. The competition is really hard, but I think we are well prepared. It's an amazing competition, we want to move forward and we will do everything to try to win.'
Boosting spirits ahead of the game is the fact that we've already beaten West Brom twice so far this season, most recently under a fortnight ago at The Hawthorns where we took all three points in a three two win.
Many couldn't be blamed for thinking it might be third time unlucky though given the season we've had.
'When you know your opponent really well. I think the manager will try to adjust some situations. We try to keep going in the good feelings, but little by little it's tighter because the level of knowledge is higher, so we have to be focused.'
With tickets for the trip already sold out, Pellegrino had praise for the fans and he just hoped they sent them home happy.
'Hopefully we can give them a good performance on the pitch, we can feel the energy from outside, and together we will be stronger.'