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FA Cup: Wigan 0-2 Southampton

Southampton beat Wigan by two goals to nil in Mark Hughes' first game as manager to see the Saints into the semi-final of the FA Cup. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Cédric both scored their first goals for the club, whilst Manolo Gabbiadini had a penalty well-saved.

Saints will face Chelsea in the last four at Wembley.

Mark Hughes: “I was delighted, I have to say. It was a difficult fixture for us against a Wigan side whose manager and staff deserve huge credit for the way they set up and their philosophy of how they want to play.

“This year they’ve gone up against other top Premier League clubs and overcome them, so we were the next in line, apparently, but we weren’t prepared to play that game.

“We had to match their intensity and endeavour – that’s what lower league teams will always have in abundance.

“If you don’t match that, sometimes you can come unstuck, but as a consequence of matching their endeavour, we were able to show the level of quality we have above them. Tha…
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Saints appoint Mark Hughes

Southampton have appointed Mark Hughes as manager until the end of the season.

The 54-year-old has taken charge of almost 450 Premier League games having managed Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and most recently Stoke City.

The new Saints boss said: “It's a challenge I'm excited by. It's a great opportunity to come back to a club I know well, and a club I've got real affinity with, and I couldn't turn that down.

"I bring experience of the Premier League. I understand what it takes in this league to win games. But first and foremost I think it's about coming in and maybe being that different voice, that different message from myself and the staff, that will enable the players to recognise and focus on what needs to be done in this key period of the season.

"The objective clearly is to remain in the league and make sure we're a Premier League club next year. That's where this club needs to be, that's where it s…

Pellegrino sacked

Southampton have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino with the club just one point and one place above the relegation zone. Saints have just one win from their past 17 games and have eight games remaining to try to stay up.
Club statement in full: Southampton Football Club can today confirm that it has parted company with First Team Manager Mauricio Pellegrino. Assistant Manager Carlos Compagnucci and Assistant First Team Coach Xavier Tamarit have also parted company with the club. 
We would like to place on record our thanks to Mauricio, Carlos and Xavier for their efforts during their time with Southampton, and wish them well for the future. 
The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already underway.

Former Southampton defender Francis Benali on BBC Radio 5 live: "It is something that has been bubbling away and has been talked about by Southampton fans for a while. 
"I think Pellegrino has had a…

Southampton 0-0 Stoke

Southampton were held to a frustrating goalless draw against Stoke at St. Marys. Josh Sims made his first start of the season for Saints.


Josh Sims: “Mixed emotions really, for me personally I'm happy to be back in the starting XI. It's a real shame we couldn't get the result.

“Everyone will agree that first half we weren't good enough, the tempo wasn't there and we were sloppy. But it was completely different in the second half, we were pressing high and were faster on and off the ball.

“We created a lot of opportunities, and it's a shame we didn't do that from the start. We've got another game coming up [against Newcastle] that we're going to have to correct things.

“We should have scored, considering the amount of opportunities we had, so we have to take that into the next game and change that feeling of disappointment into positives.”


Mauricio Pellegrino: “Obviously we are disappointed because in the second half we did everything…

Burnley 1-1 Southampton

Manolo Gabbiadini came off the bench to score a 90th minute equaliser to rescue a point for Saints at Burnley in a 1-1 draw.
Alex McCarthy: “Obviously coming away to Burnley we knew it was going to be a tough game, but to get the point in the end is massive.

“We haven’t had a lot of luck this season, but getting that bit of luck has obviously resulted in a goal for us.

“It wasn’t going to be a pretty game, but the boys stuck together and we got the point in the end.

“We’ve got great character in this group and a great squad with great players.

“The boys still think we could’ve done better out there – we know we can – but there are a lot of positives we can take into Stoke next week.”

Mauricio Pellegrino: "I think in the way that we equalised we can be happy because it was really difficult, after conceding against this side who don't concede too much themselves.

"But, obviously, we have to analyse well, because we have to improve in different aspects – how can we pla…

FA Cup: West Brom 1-2 Southampton

Saints progressed to the quarter finals of the FA Cup thanks to a 2-1 win over West Brom. Dutch defender Wesley Hoedt scored his first goal for the club before Dusan Tadic doubled the lead. Salomon Rondon netted for the hosts.

Dusan Tadic: “We are very happy because we showed great character to fight against a physical and strong team, especially in the second-half.

“It was very important to get an early goal. I think from the start we had a control on the game.

“In the second-half it was a little bit difficult because they played direct and you need to defend against that. We showed we can do that.
"It was a nice finish but I am more pleased with our teamwork today. Nathan played a nice ball to Guido who found me and that’s the most important thing.

“We will have these kind of teams in the rest of the season. Next game we have Burnley who are also physical and we need to compete against them.

It’s a lot about confidence and I think we are going in the right direction. We w…

West Brom 2-3 Southampton

Saints secured a much-needed three points to get out of the relegation zone. Mario Lemina scored his first goal for the club before Jack Stephens headed in his third goal in consecutive games. James Ward-Prowse also netted a fine free kick.


James Ward-Prowse: "We knew it was going to be tough here, but it's an important three points.

"No matter how we won the game, it's just important that we dug in deep. Ok, we've not been playing the best of football, but we dug in together and got the vital three points.

"There's a bit of competition for the free-kicks, but it shows how passionate we all are.

"There's a good feeling around the team and all the lads want to do well to help the team. Thankfully for me, I was able to do that today, but Sofiane played brilliantly and did his part as well."


Jack Stephens: "I was disappointed with West Brom's opening goal – he was my man – so it's nice to make up for it."

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