Pellegrino plays down job fears

04 March 2018 10:44:51 EST

Mauricio Pellegrino claims he is just focusing on trying to guide Southampton to some much-needed victories and is not worried about being sacked.

The pressure on the Saints chief went up another notch on Saturday after the side were booed off after being held to a 0-0 draw against fellow strugglers Stoke City at St Mary's.

It resulted in an unwanted club record of eight Premier League home matches without a win, while they have now won just once in 16 outings.

Southampton is more important than the players and the manager. It's amazing that we're part of something that is more important than everyone.

Mauricio Pellegrino

Despite the poor run, the south coast outfit sit a point outside of the relegation places and boast a superior goal difference to the teams below them.

Pellegrino was disappointed that his players couldn't find a winning goal despite dominating the second half, while he also played down suggestions that he could be sacked.

He said: "For me the most important thing now is Southampton, more than me.

"Southampton is more important than the players and the manager. It's amazing that we're part of something that is more important than everyone.

"We are obviously disappointed with the result. Frustrated? No. Frustrated is when you give up. In the second half we played much better than them to try to win and I think we deserved it.

"You have to score goals, we couldn't do it. We have to use the second half as a reference for the future."

The Saints, who are now 100/1 to be relegated, are available at 39/20 to pick up a win against fellow strugglers Newcastle in their next Premier League game at St James' Park on Saturday. The Magpies are priced at 17/10 and the draw is 11/5.

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