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Man United 0-0 Southampton

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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

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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.
Reaction:
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

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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.

Reaction:

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

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

Reaction:

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…

Southampton 1-4 Leicester

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Saints fell to a heavy home defeat at the hands of former boss Claude Puel's Leicester City side.



Southampton 1-1 Arsenal

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A late goal from Olivier Giroud meant it finished 1-1 at St. Mary's. Charlie Austin scored his fourth goal in as many games for Saints.

Reaction:

Charlie Austin: 

“It’s a massive sense of frustration. We started off like a house on fire, with four chances in the first seven minutes, but we needed to get the second goal.

“I feel like I’m going to get chance after chance, so I’m putting myself in the right positions and luckily I’ve put the ball in the net.
"I should’ve scored the one when I went across Cech. As a kid growing up I was always told to go across goal, but he’s made a good save.

“I was delighted with the goal, but it was just instinct really. It got us a great start, but it’s one of them where we should’ve got the three points.

“We’ve got one and in hindsight, if we’d drawn against Man City we’d be [four games] unbeaten.

“We’ll go again – we’ve got big games coming up and a quick turnaround with Leicester at home, so hopefully we can give a good performance again.”


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Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton

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Charlie Austin soored for the third time in a week to earn Saints a point at Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser had put the hosts 1-0 up just before half time. Austin equalised midway through the second half.