Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino says Brighton draw ‘was a tight game’

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino says neither side could get total control of the game as they drew 1-1 with Brighton

Mauricio Pellegrino says Southampton’s draw with Brighton “was a tight game” after their 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

The Saints went ahead early in the match as Steven Davis headed home a rebounded James Ward-Prowse free-kick, but were pegged back by a Glenn Murray goal in the second half as the points were shared.

Following the game, Pellegrino said the game was a close affair, but they were playing against a side who were in a good spell of form.

“It was a really tight game. It was high tempo, up and down all the time,” he told Sky Sports.

“We never could control the ball totally and create more action because both teams were really compact and there were not too many spaces to think about. My players competed well, although we couldn’t win.

“Brighton are coming from a good moment, they are playing good games and are strong at home. Maybe it is the most difficult moment to come here.

“It is a pity because we couldn’t make the difference to score a second goal before they did, but every Premier League game is different.”

Pellegrino is now ten matches into his first season as Southampton manager, and while he says his side perhaps deserve more than their 13 points, they are in a congested pack of teams.

“I think it is a season with ups and downs,” he added when asked about the opening few months of the season.

“In terms of results, I think we deserve a little bit more in terms of points but our league now is really close between 10 and 12 teams from the bottom of the table until sixth. It is really tight and we have 13 points, so we are in this group.”