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Saints boss has no sack fears

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Michael Holland

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino insists he does not fear the sack despite slipping to a 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace.

His predecessor Claude Puel was sacked after an eighth-placed finish and a run to the League Cup final last season, but under Argentinian Pellegrino they have become contenders for relegation.

Shane Long's first goal in 325 days gave them the lead at St Mary's but a display devoid of confidence ensured Palace's recovery via goals from James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic.

Earlier on Tuesday club chairman Ralph Krueger had voiced his support for his manager, but after the fans again turned against him, Pellegrino said: "I feel fear for other things, not about football. In football I don't feel fear.

"I feel responsible, I am disappointed because we lost, but it's not fear. I feel fear for other things.

"The big risk in our job is to work in this job. I prefer to assume risk; I prefer to make mistakes instead of (not) do anything. Everybody, we are responsible.

"Ralph is a man of sport. He understands what people need in this environment and that everybody here is part of a context. We work to take responsibility for our acts, but are together to try to improve.

"It was a difficult night because it changed completely in the second half, when we showed another face in the first half. We gave them the possibility to be in the game, and played five metres deeper in the second half and gave Palace (a chance) with every single long ball. We never read the game, and the conditions.

"It's the lack of confidence; sometimes we'd pass backwards, just to pass the time, because you want to keep the result. The lack of confidence affects everything, and we have to react because we're in a difficult moment."

Southampton last won in November, but asked if he felt he could inspire an improvement, Pellegrino said: "Yes for sure. I'm responsible for this, and our mentality."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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