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Pellegrino: We are on the right track

Not a conductor, but it is agreed Southampton is heading in the right direction.

Southampton v Swansea City - Premier League Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino’s expects more from his side when they host West Ham on Saturday.

The Pellegrino era at Southampton began by adding another 90 minutes on top of an already long home goal drought reaching nine hours, but it is evident the goals will come.

“[West Ham] is a team that normally want to press, to attack, want to keep the ball and is aggressive,” said Pellegrino in his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

“At the beginning I imagine a really tough game. I think we have to be there and control the ball like we did against Swansea because we know that it will be a really difficult game.”

Saints, who have no fresh injury concerns, will look to finally find the end product, which has eluded them further.

“We have to keep going in the same way,” said Pellegrino. “But we have to improve the last step in the final third.

“I think as a first game the performance as a reference for us — I will repeat that, in general, we played a really good game, but we couldn’t win.

“We have to keep going and keep pushing, but we are on the right track.”