Maurcio Pellegrino says Southampton must learn from Watford defeat
By Robert O'Connor
Last Updated: 09/09/17 6:48pm
Maurcio Pellegrino insisted his Southampton players must learn from their 2-0 defeat to Watford at St Mary's on Saturday.
The defeat was the third time in four outings since Pellegrino took charge that the side have drawn a blank.
"They were better in the first half especially with long balls and second balls," said Pellegrino.
"Physically, they were fresher than us. They created enough to score. We have to learn from today. In the second half, we were much better but we couldn't create.
"The game is 22 players to analyse not just 11. I will talk about my team and the other manager will talk about his. They had a lot of people behind the ball and it was difficult for us.
"It was tough. They were better than us in the first half."
Saints went down to excellent long-range goals from Abdoulaye Doucoure and Daryl Janmaat in a poor performance in which they failed to register a meaningful shot on goal until full-back Alves Cedric's stoppage-time drive.
"Southampton, for this reason, changed the manager," said Pellegrino of his team's woes in front of goal. "If not and everything is perfect then maybe Mauricio would not be here.
"It's difficult to create chances and score goals but we have to keep going. We have some characteristics and quality and we can improve if we follow the dynamic of the last three games."