SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom: Spirit and aggression are vital for Southampton’s hopes of turning their fortunes around and avoiding relegation from the Premier League this season, manager Mauricio Pellegrino said.
Southampton, who secured an eighth-placed league finish last season, have won just five of their 30 matches this campaign to sit a point and a place above the relegation zone after Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United.
Pellegrino believes that the poor result at St James’ Park was a reflection of his team’s hopelessness and has urged his players to not give up with eight league games remaining in the season.
“The spirit of the team and the attitude of the team is everything,” Pellegrino said.“You can have good players, you can have budget, but without spirit and personality (it) is really difficult to compete.
“This is the minimum that we have to show. If not it will not be easier. At this level we have to cope with a different attitude.”Southampton, who are winless in their last four league games, will be hoping to get a morale-boosting win when they meet League One (third tier) side Wigan Athletic in their FA Cup quarter-final tie next Sunday.