It is fair to say that Mauricio Pellegrino's stint on the South Coast hasn't exactly gone to plan so far. The Saints have struggled in the Premier League this season, and the fans are growing restless. However, the Southampton players are still right behind their manager and they have lost just 1 from 6.
Four matches during that spell finished level though, including their last outing vs Burnley at Turf Moor. A late Gabbiadini strike earned Southampton a 1-1 draw and dragged them out of the bottom three. It was a welcome relief for Pellegrino, and he was delighted with the spirit shown by his team.
Pellegrino Pleased With Point
When you are fighting for Premier League survival, every point counts. Especially away from home. So, it was no surprise to see that Mauricio Pellegrino was thrilled with his team's late equaliser at Turf Moor. He said: ‘I believe in the character and attitude of my team and that is the most important thing right now.’
Ahead of a crucial clash with Stoke this weekend, Pellegrino had a message for his players. He said: We have to put everything on the pitch, try to finish empty with out energy and give 100 per cent. We need togetherness from every single fan, from every single player, to be together, to try to play our football and to be brave in character.”
Can The Saints Save Themselves?
On paper, Southampton have more than enough quality to avoid the drop. However, it takes more than just quality when you are in a relegation scrap. Players must also show they have the stomach for a fight.
Recent fixtures have shown that Southampton lack nothing in the latter department. It is a shortage of quality in the final third that has let them down. If Gabbiadini's goal sparks him back into the sort of form he showed last season, The Saints should have no problem staying up.