Mauricio Pellegrino was pleased with the positive reaction of his team after Saints twice fought back from behind to earn a point against Newcastle United at St Mary’s.
Isaac Hayden’s low shot gave the visitors a half-time lead, but Manolo Gabbiadini drew Saints level with a well-taken equaliser just after the interval.
Parity was short lived as Ajose Pérez immediately fired Newcastle back in front, but again Gabbiadini had the answer, this time from the penalty spot after Shane Long was tripped 15 minutes from time.
“It was dramatic with a lot of chaotic moments,” Pellegrino said.
“The most difficult moment for us was straight after we equalised, when we conceded the second goal.
mauricio pellegrinothe positive thing was the character of the team and the fans pushing us.
“That was a pity because in that moment our mentality was right and we were on top of them.
“We cannot concede that type of goal, but our reaction was positive.”
While happy with Saints’ powers of recovery, the boss admitted his side did not have control of the game.
“In the last 20 minutes I felt we could win but we could also lose,” Pellegrino added. “It was too chaotic.
“In other games we’ve controlled the game and not scored. Today the team was too separate, but with my responsibility.
“In the second half I told them to play more direct to create something close to the box. We did that, but I think we had to be closer to them on the second ball.
“The positive thing was the character of the team and the fans pushing us.”