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Southampton snatched a late point at Burnley this afternoon to move out of the bottom three in the Premier League and their manager Mauricio Pellegrino saw it as a potential big point.

He said after the game: “I think in the way that we equalised we can be happy because it was really difficult after conceding against this side who don’t conceded too much themselves.

“But, obviously, we have to analyse well, because we have to improve in different aspects, how can we play against those teams who will press and are really aggressive physically, and who try to put you under pressure all the time?

“I think our concentration was good, and our intensity too, but I think we were a little bit nervous in some moments. When you don’t want to take any risks sometimes the ball is always in the air and for us it was difficult to play.

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“We had a couple of chances to equalise and at the end we got this goal that allowed us to get one point. It’s not the best, but in this moment one point can be the big difference at the end.”

Sean Dyche must have thought we’d finally broken the run and got that win only to be frustrated when they got that 90th minute equaliser to which referee Bobby Madley inadvertently contributed by blocking off Ashley Westwood.

“I thought we did enough to win that game, but there was stuff out of our control which is really frustrating,” he said. “Without being brilliant it was a nice, solid performance, but it’s a tough one to take because we’ve not had much go for us during the game.

“Their keeper handles outside the box and nothing is given, then just before our goal, Ashley is fouled with two hands in his back, but luckily gets up to get his goal. Then they get a goal out of the referee blocking the ball, which is unfortunate, but when they attack in our box there’s a pull on Kevin Long’s shirt. People go down when they have their shirt pulled and it’s given, yet it doesn’t get given and they score.

“It’s hard for referees to try and get out of the way of everything, but my point is if you are the referee and you have just put them on the counter attack, they see a defender pulled in the box, I think as a referee my decisions would be that is a foul because it’s cost a team a goal.

“Then, lo and behold, right at the end Barnesy gets pulled down again, and I’ve seen all these back by the way, and I think it’s a penalty for a team that hasn’t had one all season. All that is outside of our performance and you hope they take care of business, which I think it did today.

“The game was petering out into a 1-0 victory and I think everyone in the stadium could feel that. So, for them to get a goal out of a nothing situation and us to lose two points on the back of that is very frustrating.

“We know we are still getting back to what we can be as a squad and we still know we need to open up better chances, so there’s still more to come, but we did enough today, I felt.”

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