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Southampton 1-1 Tottenham

Saints shared a point apiece with Spurs at St. Mary's. Davison Sanchez's own goal opened the scoring after good work by Ryan Bertrand before Harry Kane hit back with an immediate reply.
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Mauricio Pellegrino: “We have to be pleased with the way we competed.

“We showed the right attitude and I think we are on the right path, even though looking at the table we know we are in a difficult moment.

“In three or four weeks’ time, everything can change.

“We have to use this attitude to grow and to believe, because confidence and belief in ourselves is the best drug for our dressing room right now.

“I think we were a little bit lucky in some aspects, but unlucky with our chances too.

“We took some risks and we were in the game until the end; we could win and we could lose, but that’s part of football.”

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Watford 2-2 Southampton

Southampton drew 2-2 at Watford despite leading 0-2 at half time. James Ward-Prowse netted twice for Saints and has now scored 3 in 2 games. Watford pulled one back through Andre Gray before a controversial late equaliser from Abdoulaye Doucouré.

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James Ward-Prowse: “At first it didn’t look like handball. From my position it’s hard to see his right arm but having seen it again in the changing room it’s clear.
“It’s frustrating because having dug in deep late on in the game and a refereeing decision cost us, that’s disappointing.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the VAR system this week and whether that is something that can help eradicate those sort of things we’ll have to wait and see.

“We can’t change that now. We started the game very well and the second-half didn’t match the first that we had. “We should have put the game to bed. The second-half has not been great for us lately, it’s been a bit of a trend and we have to put that right very quickly.

“We have to change our …

FA Cup: Fulham 0-1 Southampton

James Ward-Prowse scored the only goal of the game to help Saints into the next round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Fulham.

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Jan Bednarek: "The most important part was just to reach the next round and give 100%. We haven’t won for a while and played poorly last time out so it was important to be one team and play together. The fans helped us very well. 
"We have to go step by step and stick together to reach our goals. The result was the most important thing here, more so than how we did it. We struggled in some moments of the game but we deserved to win.

"I was calm because I have been working hard for this opportunity. I was patient and showed to the coach that I was ready. I did my job, kept a clean sheet so I’m happy.

"To be honest, it was my first game in professional football as a right-back. My team-mates helped me through it very well and overall we defended well."

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Mauricio Pellegrino: “It was important because we needed a performance…

Man United 0-0 Southampton

Southampton earned a well-deserved point at Old Trafford holding Manchester United to a goalless draw. Alex McCarthy made his first Premier League appearance for Saints in place of Fraser Forster and kept a clean sheet.

Hear the reaction of Mauricio Pellegrino and Alex McCarthy below:
#SaintsFC boss Mauricio Pellegrino hailed the character shown by his side during their 0-0 draw against #MUFC: pic.twitter.com/RiIOX9j3tU — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 30, 2017
Goalkeeper @Alex_Macca23 hopes #SaintsFC's clean sheet at #MUFC can act as a turning point in the club's fortunes: pic.twitter.com/Ht2BYOKGrd — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 30, 2017


Tottenham 5-2 Southampton

Saints were badly beaten at Wembley. A Harry Kane hat-trick and a goal each for Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son saw Spurs find the back of the net five times. Soufiane Boufal and Dusan Tadic replied for Southampton but it was far too little, too late.
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Mauricio Pellegrino: “When we concede the third goal it was really difficult to come back. I think we reacted well in the second half, to try to score goals and be in the game.

“Obviously our goals came late, but we pressed higher and tried to show what we are [capable of]. It was important to show some character in those moments.

“Sometimes the difficult moments are useful for seeing how people will react. Our profession and our life in football is made from these moments, the difficult times help the team to be together and be stronger. Hopefully we can bounce back from this moment.

“Against the top teams, you cannot make any mistakes, because they don't make too many. Some amazing players today, a lot of quality up front, allo…

Southampton 1-1 Huddersfield

Charlie Austin scored his fifth goal in as many starts of the for Saints but Mauricio Pellegrino's side failed to win again as Laurent Depoitre netted a second half equaliser for Huddersfield.

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Mauricio Pellegrino: "We were really close to scoring the second goal, but then we conceded and we have to try to improve this type of goal.
"Obviously we are disappointed because I think we had to win this game and now we are in the middle of the season, but still we have got a lot of possibility to bounce back from this situation and to change our results and convert this start into more points and more goals.

"Football is efficiency. You need to score goals, and in this type of game you have to try to score the second earlier and we have had a couple of chances, but I would repeat that our accuracy wasn't the best.

"It's a pity because I think we did in some moments react well. In some other moments it was a little bit flat because there were a lot of…

Chelsea 1-0 Southampton

A Marcos Alonso free-kick proved to be the difference at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea took all three points against Saints.

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Mauricio Pellegrino: “In some moments, we were strong. We defended with personality and we counter-attacked with spirit. Our idea was to be in the game until the end.

“When we made the changes, we created a couple of chances and I think we were there. We were really close to a draw in this game.

“I changed the position of Nathan at half-time a little bit and after we changed again with Sofiane and Charlie coming on because it was difficult to arrive in wide areas with their three defenders and two wing-backs. They move the ball with tempo.

“They want to open the corridor in the middle. It wasn’t easy to defend the open play from them.

“In general, we competed well and we were in the game until the end.”

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James Ward Prowse: “It was an important reaction to Wednesday night, which didn’t go the way we wanted it to go, but I think to a man we worked very h…