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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."

Describing his goal, Stephens said: "It was one of them where as soon as you head it you know it's going to go in.

"Obviously, Prowsey put in a great ball, as he usually does, and it's all about getting the timing on your run and thankfully I did that.

"I think going into the break 2-1 up made a big difference and gave the dressing room a big boost.

"Obviously, coming out after half-time I thought we played really well. We then gave away a sloppy goal and had to hold on for the last 20 minutes, but overall it's a great three points.

"We need to keep going now. There's no point coming here and getting a big three points then going on losing or drawing. We need to use this to push on now and get out of the situation we're in.

"No one at this football club wants to be in this situation. It's down to us that we're in it, and it's only us who can get out of it."


Mario Lemina: “I’m very happy for the team. I know that you have to work hard to get the wins in moments like this and we got an important one today. Let’s hope we can build on this momentum.

"This needs to be the standard that we set going forwards. We perhaps ought to have scored again to kill off the game quicker because they had chances and we conceded to let them back in.

“We’re pleased with the win but at 3-2 the result wasn’t as certain as it could have been.

“The best goal of my career? No, I scored an even better one against the Ivory Coast for Gabon. But still, this was a very important one to get us off the mark. I am proud to have scored my first goal for the club.”


Mauricio Pellegrino: “We are really happy for many aspects but overall I think the belief and the confidence are really important.

“It was an important game, an important three points but in the Premier League you have got a difficult game every week and we have to be humble because we have to do a lot of work still.

“Hopefully these three points can help us to increase our confidence on the pitch.

“It was difficult because we conceded quickly but the team showed personality to keep going and playing in our way.

“After the equaliser and our second goal the confidence was increasing little by little.

“We were suffering until the end because West Brom are good at set-pieces and in direct play but we did a good game.”


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