Nathan Redmond showed he was unfazed by the bizarre confrontation with Pep Guardiola as his half time introduction helped Saints to hit back and grab a draw at Bournemouth.

Guardiola’s odd rant at Redmond after City had scored a late winner against Saints at the Etihad Stadium attracted much attention in the football world.

Redmond started the game at Bournemouth on the bench, but was introduced at half time and made a big difference for Saints, including laying on the equalising goal for Austin.

Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino insisted he was never concerned with how Redmond might react to the situation.

“I don’t think so, it is just a comment,” said Pellegrino.

“One comment will not change the performance of one player or the team.

“The most important thing is how we play in the second half.

“We have to learn from this week which is really positive for the team and we have to look forward and see how we can improve in the future with this performance as a base.”

He added: “Nathan is an important player for us but after the other day I made six changes because I expect more player fresh.

“I imagine that it could be a really physical game and because I have got enough squad and we show that most of them deserve to play in this team.

“I think he played well and our reaction in the second half was good, especially in wide areas we arrived many times creating chances.

“We couldn’t score the second but we were really close. Also the opponent was close to a goal but our goalkeeper was really good today and saved a couple of chances.

“Both teams show from the beginning until the end that we want to win the game.”

There was a less positive moment for centre back Wesley Hoedt, after the £15m summer signing was caught in possession as Bournemouth scored the first goal at the Vitality Stadium.

“Obviously he is upset, but it part of our style of play,” said Pellegrino.

“Sometimes you have to realise that the opponent knows how are your qualities and they were pressing really well.

“We have to learn for the future to not make this mistake.”

While much focus is on Charlie Austin and his current goalscoring form, Pellegrino is still after more in an attacking sense from his team as a whole.

“I think the solution is to create chances, the solution is to move the ball with more tempo and arrive more with more determination to the box,” he reflected.

“Also the confidence of the striker is important but always it is not just to put the striker or to put bodies into the box but how to create more chances and to find different solutions.”