Mixed emotions for Pellegrino

By SFC Media Sat 12 Aug Saints v Swansea
Photo by Matt Watson | Mauricio Pellegrino

Mauricio Pellegrino was left with mixed emotions after Southampton's first game of the Premier League season.

Saints drew 0-0 with Swansea City at St Mary's, in what was the new manager's first competitive match in charge.

His team dominated proceedings at St Mary's, but were unable to find a way through and ultimately had to settle for a point.

"I'm a little bit disappointed, because we did everything to win the game," he said. "We couldn't, because football is like this – sometimes with a couple of chances you can score, but today we couldn't.

"As a manager, you can work on the way to create chances, on the way to control the game, but to have the courage to score goals is something that is difficult. I think we had 29 shots and just two on target.

"It's something that we have to continue working on, and keep going, but in parallel I am really happy with the performance. As a first game I think the level of the team was really high.

"Two or three players have been with us for only two or three weeks maximum and it's not enough in this level, but they showed compromise, they showed commitment and especially they were really focused, controlling the opponent, because they were waiting to do some counter attacks and play long balls and, generally, I think we did a nice game. The only thing we are a little bit disappointed about is that we couldn't score."

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