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 to try and win the game.

“Sometimes the opponent was fresher in the first half. They were really aggressive and we couldn’t find spaces to move the ball quicker.

“Everybody realised that we had to play one step forward in all different aspects – in attack, in defence and in transition.

“We had to react better and I think we did, but to learn for the future we have to do that from the beginning.

“In the second half, I think we created some clear chances, but in the Premier League every game is difficult and football is about efficiency, not what you deserve.

“You can talk about many reasons, but the reality is we couldn’t win.”


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