Saints drew at Championship side Brentford in the second of their pre season friendlies and Mauricio Pellegrino is satisfied with the progress being made.
Saints drew 2-2 at Griffin Park after going in a goal down at half time, Charlie Austin scored twice to give Saints the lead before a howler from Fraser Forster in the closing stages gifted the Bee’s an equaliser.
Saints once again mixed and matched using 20 players, however it was not a case of a complete turnaround at half time, although some changes were made at the break, others were made in the closing stages.
There was a debut for Polish central defender Jan Bendarek and again much of the youth were used in a game that was with three weeks to go before the season more about giving Mauricio Pellegrino a chance to see his squad in action than about results.
Indeed the manager was happy with what he saw feeling it was a good run out for his side.
“It was an important game for us because we need minutes on the pitch,” started the Argentine.
“I think the game was with tempo and quality at times. We had a lot of things we had to adjust to, but that is normal at this time.
“We have worked with intensity in the last few weeks – I think that we are in a good way.”
“It’s always important for the team when people are ready and prepared to play and give a good performance on the pitch,” continued Pellegrino.
“We needed that from everybody today. Charlie scored the goals, but what is important is the dynamic of the team on the pitch.”
Given where Saints are in the pre season programme. this being the second game whereas Brentford who kick off a week earlier in Aufust in the Championship and are ahead in their preparations Pellegrino will be happy, it was a reasonable performance given the number of changes made and it was sadly marred by a soft equaliser, without that it would have looked even better, but it is not about results it is abot the manager assessing the squad and looking at what we need.