MAURICIO Pellegrino still believes he can make a success of the Saints job despite angry supporters calling for his head after last night’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at St Mary’s.

The Palace defeat saw Saints drop to outside the relegation zone on goal difference alone and follows chairman Ralph Krueger’s words of support for the besieged Argentine in an interview with the Daily Echo.

“For sure because I think sometimes there are moments,” he said, when asked if he believes he can turn it around after just four victories in 22 league matches.

“I will repeat that from the first half to the second the confidence affects everything because the players are the same.

“I am responsible for this and obviously for our mentality.

“Every single game is an opportunity to show a different face and now we have Saturday and next week with another possibility to bounce back.”

Pellegrino was booed off at St Mary’s and there were chants of ‘getting sacked in the morning’ emanating from the stands.

Reacting to that, he said: “I understand the fans because we have the same feelings.

“Everybody wants the best for this club.

“Obviously I respect their reaction to the performance but this situation is not about just today it’s about a period of time that we couldn’t compete as we want and we understand the reaction of the people.”

The 46-year-old is thankful for Krueger’s understanding during a difficult time for the team and says that “together” they can change Saints’ fortunes.

“I think Ralph was manager in a different sport, working as a man of sport, and he knows and also Les has got the understanding of what the people need in this environment,” he said.

“Everybody here is part of a context and we have to take responsibility for our actions, but we are together and try to do our best to improve every single day.

“Sometimes when one side are winners and one side are losers. We are on this side and we have to be on the other.”

Pellegrino takes the blame for the Palace defeat, which saw Shane Long score his first goal since February 11 before the Eagles came back to win thanks to goals from James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic.

“Yes, for sure. Everybody here is responsible. Me, as the first one,” he said.

Pellegrino doesn’t fear for his job, though.

He said: “We know that the biggest risk in our job is to work.

“I prefer to assume risk instead of doing nothing.

“The people that do things is the people that make mistakes and I prefer to make mistakes instead of do nothing.

“Sometimes I do the right thing, sometimes no, but every we are responsible.”