Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
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Southampton sack manager Mauricio Pellegrino

Southampton sack manager Mauricio Pellegrino

"Against Bournemouth (a 2-2 draw having been 2-0 up) we were really good going forward, Burnley was the same (late equaliser conceded), and we have to manage better this advantage".

Dwight Gayle is backing a united front to ease Newcastle to Premier League safety.

It was entitled to be a tense and nervy affair on Tyneside with just one point and one place separating the sides in the table before kick off, but Rafael Benitez's men blew their opponents away to ease fears of them going down.

"We're confident in the system we play and in each other". Then he can understand, although he also speaks English well.

He has slotted in very well and, to be fair, the atmosphere between players is very good.

Shane Long and Josh Sims came on for Southampton for the second half but the changes had little impact on the pattern of play as Newcastle continued to dominate.

"He's a young player".

Southampton legend Le Tissier could see the sacking coming, and says the fans had expected a certain style of play after success under Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman in previous years. Florian Lejeune has been rock solid since returning from injury at the start of last month, and full-backs DeAndre Yedlin and Paul Dummett have barely put a foot wrong in the last few games.

"At this level you can not start this way, you can not make this mistake".

In the meantime, Benitez will take his players to Spain for a four-day training break and friendly match later this week.

"To win, is great; we were strong enough to control the game, now it is to the next game and we have to be strong for that one as well".

Southampton has 29 goals in 30 games, winning only five of them.

"We are disappointed because from the first minute we were unfocused, we made this mistake, we pay the price the rest of the game", Pellegrino said.

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