Pellegrini praise for Saints

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Manuel Pellegrini praised Saints for their display against his free-scoring Manchester City side at St Mary's.

Life away from the Etihad Stadium has been tough for City, who have won just two away Barclays Premier League matches this season - the latest of which came at West Brom last Wednesday.

It had looked like Pellegrini would oversee another as City came flying out of the blocks on the south coast, with Sergio Aguero sweeping home early on.

However, Saints rallied with a performance that belied their recent poor form and deservedly levelled just before the break through Dani Osvaldo's exquisite strike.

Mauricio Pochettino's side bossed the remainder of the match but were unable to find a winner.

"It is a good point," Pellegrini said. "I don't feel like we lost two points.

"In all the other games away I felt like we deserved more but here this was the result that both teams deserved.

"I always say that if you don't play well and you can't win, then at least don't lose. We didn't play well but we got a point."

It had looked early on as if City would run amok at St Mary's, as Aguero struck home and Aleksandar Kolarov nodded just wide moments later.

Aguero also wasted a gilt-edged chance midway through the first half - something City were made to rue as Saints' high pressing and possession game made life difficult.

"I know how (Mauricio) Pochettino likes his teams to play and they did very well," Pellegrini said, having faced the former Espanyol boss during the pair's time in Spain.

"It's a hard place to come. It's a very good team, in a good position in the table.

"They lost their last few games against Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa but before that they played really well.

"We lost control of the game. We started well, we had chances to score the second one and after that I think we started to play too quickly.

"That was the problem during the first half."

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2:42pm Sun 8 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

That's fair enough, hope he learned that you can get English players to perform in the Premier, it's sad when they only play one.
That's fair enough, hope he learned that you can get English players to perform in the Premier, it's sad when they only play one. OSPREYSAINT

2:46pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Costa Baz says...

The high pressing game makes teams play too quickly, which is why they mishit passes and we get it back again. Simples.
The high pressing game makes teams play too quickly, which is why they mishit passes and we get it back again. Simples. Costa Baz

3:04pm Sun 8 Dec 13

SnapperSaint says...

Costa Baz wrote:
The high pressing game makes teams play too quickly, which is why they mishit passes and we get it back again. Simples.
The only thing is when teams like Villa on Wednesday and Chelsea last weekend go for hitting us on the break, or they take the long ball approach, we seem to get caught out then.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: The high pressing game makes teams play too quickly, which is why they mishit passes and we get it back again. Simples.[/p][/quote]The only thing is when teams like Villa on Wednesday and Chelsea last weekend go for hitting us on the break, or they take the long ball approach, we seem to get caught out then. SnapperSaint

3:08pm Sun 8 Dec 13

SnapperSaint says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
That's fair enough, hope he learned that you can get English players to perform in the Premier, it's sad when they only play one.
Yeah and if he's not careful with his star English goalkeeper we'll have him at Saints too!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: That's fair enough, hope he learned that you can get English players to perform in the Premier, it's sad when they only play one.[/p][/quote]Yeah and if he's not careful with his star English goalkeeper we'll have him at Saints too! SnapperSaint

3:29pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Holy Saint says...

Quite disappointed to hear Saints using the same song for Osvaldo which is used for Ramirez, I all feel that the songs in general have been below par. I have spent many years in the Archers before the Northam.I have therefore suggested some below,

Wanyama
He comes from KEN Y A,
He'll F...ing murder ya,
Wanyama, woooo, Wanyama

Osvaldo
Dani, Dani cool,
Dani, Dani cool

Ward Prowse,
Ward Prowse,
In the middle of our pitch
Ward Prowse,
In the middle of our pitch
(Same as claus)

Lovren,
Dejan, ..Dejan Lovren
Dejan,.. Dejan Lovern
(Same as your **** and you know you are)

Clyne
He's f...ing sublime,
He's Nathaniel Clyne,
He's f...ing sublime,
He's Nathaniel Clyne,

I will also post on other Saints websites, look forward to hearing these when we smash Spurs to pieces
Quite disappointed to hear Saints using the same song for Osvaldo which is used for Ramirez, I all feel that the songs in general have been below par. I have spent many years in the Archers before the Northam.I have therefore suggested some below, Wanyama He comes from KEN Y A, He'll F...ing murder ya, Wanyama, woooo, Wanyama Osvaldo Dani, Dani cool, Dani, Dani cool Ward Prowse, Ward Prowse, In the middle of our pitch Ward Prowse, In the middle of our pitch (Same as claus) Lovren, Dejan, ..Dejan Lovren Dejan,.. Dejan Lovern (Same as your **** and you know you are) Clyne He's f...ing sublime, He's Nathaniel Clyne, He's f...ing sublime, He's Nathaniel Clyne, I will also post on other Saints websites, look forward to hearing these when we smash Spurs to pieces Holy Saint

4:34pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Home draw for Saints v J-Rods old team
Home draw for Saints v J-Rods old team Norwegian Saint

7:59am Mon 9 Dec 13

miltonnroad76 says...

Ossie Ossie he is the king of Italy!
Ossie Ossie he is the king of Italy! miltonnroad76

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