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Pellegrino: We did everything to win the game

... Everything except find the goal. But it was an encouraging performance nonetheless.

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Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino was denied a winning start to the Premier League season when his side failed to find the target against Swansea.

Saints set up a shooting gallery, but forced just two saves from Swans goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in a 0-0 draw.

"I'm a little bit disappointed, because we did everything to win the game," Pellegrino told the Official Southampton FC Website. "We couldn't, because football is like this – sometimes with a couple of chances you can score, but today we couldn't.

"As a manager, you can work on the way to create chances, on the way to control the game, but to have the courage to score goals is something that is difficult.”

Southampton missed a flurry of chances, including several from close-range. Dusan Tadic and Maya Yoshida each fired wide from inside the six-yard area.

Despite an encouraging performance, Southampton’s goal drought at St Mary’s climbed to 545 minutes — and they’ve not scored in the league in just over five hours.

"It's something that we have to continue working on, and keep going, but in parallel I am really happy with the performance,” said Pellegrino. “As a first game I think the level of the team was really high.

“I think we did a nice game. The only thing we are a little bit disappointed about is that we couldn't score."

Southampton will look to get off the mark when they host West Ham on August 19th.