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Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino is under no illusions after his side escaped the relegation zone after their first PL win since November on Saturday.

The Saints beat West Brom on a 3-2 scoreline, a massive win for the side who are much better than their current league position suggests. WBA initially went ahead through Hegazi and a chorus of "you're getting sacked in the morning" rang out from the home fans aimed at the Saints' boss. Pellegrino knows how close he has been to losing his job and touched on his own worries in his post-match comments: "Overall, for me, to believe and have the confidence in what we are and what we do on the pitch to reinforce our identity is important." He also expressed his delight at his side's comeback after going behind which showed personality and belief. The Saints have a mixed schedule ahead but should have the quality to pull through and survive if they play to their potential. As the coach concluded: "We have to do a lot of things still."
Feb 5 - 10:44 AM

Southampton earned a massive three points with its first win in 13 matches with a 3-2 victory against West Brom.

The win pulls Southampton out of the bottom three and all the way up into 14th place, which reflects how tight it is at the bottom. Saints had to overcome an early deficit after giving up a header to Ahmed Hegazi in the fourth minute. But the floodgates opened just before the half with Mario Lemina's thunderous strike in the 40th minute from 25 yards out. Just three minutes later, James Ward-Prowse's cross found Jack Stephens for a header and the lead. Then, after the half, Ward-Prowse continued his impressive form with a free kick that found its way around the wall and into the back of the net.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 3 - 12:06 PM

While James Ward-Prowse found Jack Stephens on the end of a free kick, it wasn't enough as the Sants stay in the relegation zone.

Ryan Bertrand and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg had the best chances for Southampton but it was Stephans that fond the net in the 64th minute. It wasn't a good free kick from Ward-Prowse but Brighton was caught sleeping in the box as Stephans was the first to react. The goal was his first ever for Southampton.
Jan 31 - 5:25 PM

It seems that Southampton's attempts to sign Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Promes are doomed to fail as the Russian Premier League side are struggling to find a replacement.

Southampton have been pursuing the Dutchman's signature all January and had expected to part with about £20 million to secure his services initially. However, local Southampton outlet the Daily Echo are reporting that the Saints could still complete the deal if they meet the player's buyout clause and pay a further 15% of that to the player himself, which would see their total fee rise to about €35 million - over the odds for the player's market valuation. Regardless of the transfer, Mauricio Pellegrino's focus is on securing three points in the relegation battle tonight with Brighton: "I am not worried about that because there are people in the club working and negotiating and talking... I am not part of the negotiation."
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 31 - 6:42 AM

Southampton have completed the signing of Monaco striker Guido Carillo for a club record fee.

The deal is reportedly worth £19 million (about $27 million). The Argentine has signed a three and a half year contract which will keep him at St. Mary's until the end of the 2020/21 season. "I'm very happy. It's a great feeling to be a part of this club," said the forward. The arrival of Carillo is Mauricio Pellegrino's first move to fix the lack of goals scored by his strikers this term, with top-scorer Charlie Austin sidelined whilst Long and Gabbiadini have struggled to get their seasons going. The target man has been less than prolific in years gone by and probably will not provide the goals The Saints need although he will help them play more directly, something they have been unable to do since Pelle left the club.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 27 - 11:08 AM

Southampton are reportedly hopeful that they can complete the signing of Monaco striker Guido Carillo before next week.

It is thought that the two clubs have agreed a £19.1 million ($26+ million) fee for the Argentine, with local outlet The Daily Echo believing that Carillo could be a confirmed Saint before Southampton's FA Cup clash with Watford on Saturday. This proposed transfer is interesting given that Southampton's biggest flaw this term has been finishing - not something Carillo has made a name for. Instead, he is a tall and powerful forward who will give the Saints an aerial presence and the chance to play more directly. Consider him to be broadly a replacement for Graziano Pelle and Ricky Lambert. Mauricio Pellegrino is keen to rekindle his previous success with Carillo back in their native Argentina, where Carillo had his most potent season under the embattled Southampton boss, scoring 13 time in 37 games.
Jan 25 - 6:39 AM

Matt Targett has moved on-loan to Championship play-off hopefuls Fulham until the end of the season.

Targettt, 22, has been a fringe player under Mauricio Pellegrino, making just two appearances for the Saints. He is currently the third choice left-back behind starter Ryan Bertrand and Sam McQueen. "I’m really happy to be here," Targett told the London club's website. "I am looking forward to helping the side push on to the play-offs." Fulham are the top team in the Championship over the last six fixtures, winning five and drawing just one.
Jan 22 - 10:06 AM

Southampton look set to splurge over £50 million this week to bring two new faces to St. Mary's in a bid to arrest their poor form so far this season.

The two players who they Saints are chasing are Spartak Moscow's Quincy Promes, a Dutch winger, as well as Guido Carillo, a striker at French side Monaco. Mauricio Pellegrino hinted that he thinks deals could be wrapped up this week but he was careful to point out that you can never be sure in football: "Hopefully next week will be a good week for us," said Pellegrino. "In the market anything can change in one second. It’s like football. Negotiation is about two sides and you have limitations to arrive at a point and then you need the other part to do the job." The manager was also cerebral about rumours that he is on the verge of the sack, explaining that risk is inherent in football management, but he is not unhappy in his pressured role "I enjoy doing my job in a difficult moment."
Jan 22 - 9:55 AM

17 year-old Southampton striker Michael Obafemi admits he was "overwhelmed" by making his PL debut unexpectedly on Sunday but he is looking to build on his decent 10 minutes display.

"Oba" had actually been preparing to play for the Saints' Under-18 side on Saturday when he was called up to the senior squad's training with Shane Long out due to illness. Having scarcely lined out for the Under 23 team, it was a surprise to make his PL bow against last season's runners-up. The Republic of Ireland Under-19 International showed good movement and got himself in a golden position to finish off a low cross from Dusan Tadic however he wasn't quite able to make a proper contact with the ball. "I don’t really know what happened to be fair, I just got caught in the moment and didn’t take the chance." He added: "Hopefully I’m able to start in the Premier League but now I’ve got to move on and use this as a starting point."
Jan 22 - 9:46 AM

Southampton remain in the relegation zone but will be happy to earn a 1-1 draw with Tottenham as they were helped by an early own goal.

The Saints were looking for a bit of luck as underdogs in this one and they got their wish in the 15th minute, when Ryan Bertrand's low cross was directed into the Tottenham goal by Davinson Sanchez, giving Southampton the early advantage. It turned out to be crucial, as Spurs were able to equalize a few minutes later and it appeared the favored side may go on to put the Saints away. As time went on, in tough weather conditions, the Saints began to take control of the game, with fine performances by James Ward-Prowse creating chances and Jack Stephens having a header go inches wide. In the second half, they were the better side, but they could not find an end product. One chance came late on, when 17-year-old Michael Obafemi came on for his debut and side-footed a shot from close range wide of the target. The result should buy Mauricio Pellegrino another game to keep his job, he is still on the hot seat.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 21 - 1:16 PM

James Ward-Prowse scored two first half goals but Southampton couldn't hold the lead and had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road.

We have been waiting for the James Ward-Prowse breakout since he arrived as the mooted next prospect off the Southampton assembly line. It hasn't really worked out yet for Ward-Prowse but today's match was a ray of hope for a club that needs attacking options to come good.
Source: Espn.com
Jan 13 - 12:09 PM

Wesley Hoedt, Cédric and Jérémy Pied are all back in training ahead of Southampton's match at Watford on Saturday.

It is thought that Hoedt and Pied are more certain to be ready for the game than Cédric. Southampton will be hopeful that they can end their poor form in the PL and build on their FA Cup win over Fulham. Watford come into the game with just one win in 9 PL games, a run which has reversed their brilliant start to the season. Pellegrino also confirmed that Charlie Austin is out with a hamstring injury. He will not be available to play in the short-term, making the Saints' pursuit of a new striker even more pressing.
Jan 12 - 2:25 PM

Southampton scraped past Fulham in the FA Cup Third Round thanks to a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage.

Southampton entered the tie without a win in nine attempts and had won just once on the road since the arrival of their new manager back in the summer. The valuable win came courtesy of a James Ward-Prowse goal, with the young Englishman scoring in the first half after reacting first to an unlucky bounce off a Fulham defender. Jack Stephens hit the bar and Gabbiadini skied a chance whilst 1 on 1 with the opposition goalkeeper in the Saints' other good opportunities whilst Fulham's Ollie Norwood sent a header in a promising position wide. Pellegrino will be relieved to come through the match with a win given that he played a strong side to get it, though he will again be frustrated that his players couldn't find the net more with Charlie Austin injured.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 6 - 1:20 PM

Southampton picked up a point from a goalless draw at Manchester United despite being without first-choice goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino was rewarded for his decision to rest Forster, as Alex McCarthy made three saves and kept a clean sheet on his first start of the season. The Saints were denied an early lead when David de Gea ranged low to deny James Word-Prowse's low strike after six minutes, before Juan Mata forced a save from McCarthy and Jesse Lingard headed wide. The start of the second-half presented Shane Long with the Saint's best chance to win the match, but De Gea fought off the strike with a superb leg save. Paul Pogba did have the ball in the net for the apparent match-winner on 82 minutes, but his goal was ruled out for offsides. Overall, it was a good result for Southampton, who remain 13th in the table despite a run of eight matches without a win.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 03:16:00 PM

Southampton are resigned to losing Charlie Austin for a ‘significant period’ after tests confirm the striker suffered extensive damage to his hamstring.

The 28-year-old was forced off during the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield, a game which incidentally, saw the striker receive a retrospective ban for violent conduct following his challenge on goalkeeper Jonas Lössl. Austin was handed a three-match suspension by the Football Association, but based on an initial assessment, he now looks set to miss a lot more through injury. "Charlie will be probably out for a long period of time," said Pellegrino. "It is a little bit more serious [than we first thought]." Striking responsibilities fell to Shane Long at Tottenham [GW20], but the Republic of Ireland international isn’t known for his scoring prowess with his last top-flight goal coming at Sunderland almost 10 months ago. The Saints boss could look to Manolo Gabbiadini who hit the ground running following his arrival from Napoli a year ago, however, he has failed to recapture his form since recovering from a groin strain back in April.
Wed, Dec 27, 2017 02:49:00 AM


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