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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 will give our best with our fans to go on from this period and win against Burnley.”


Mauricio Pellegrino: “We feel happy for many reasons. As a team, the spirit that we showed today was really good from the beginning until the end.

“West Brom were looking to play long, put us under pressure and make the match into a physical battle but we competed very well especially at set-pieces, even scoring one ourselves.

“You have to be focused from the beginning and that was one of many small details that made the difference here.

“Until the end we tried to make them think about our attacking threats - like Manolo and Josh from the bench - instead of us worrying about theirs and a possible equaliser; it nearly paid off because we were unfortunate not to score a third late on.

“We have moved to the next round which is important but the most pleasing thing for me is the belief in our work and the knowledge that we can compete well in difficult situations.

“The best thing as always is to look to improve as a team and make sure we take that out onto the pitch. Good results will be the consequences of that.

“Nathan (Redmond) is looking to rediscover his best level. It will take time for us to get him there again together. It is never easy coming back into the team after a spell out of it but I was impressed with him today, he had some good moments.”


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