Mauricio Pellegrino says Saints need to get a win against West Brom at the weekend after their relegation crisis deepened with a 1-1 draw at home to Brighton.

The St Mary’s stalemate equalled Saints’ longest ever Premier League winless streak of 12 matches. The last time that happened was 1994/95.

Saints will go into the match at The Hawthorns still in the bottom three and with time running out to save themselves.

Pellegrino said: “Obviously for us to draw at home is not enough in this moment.

“I think the first 15 minutes we allowed them in the second ball to arrive to wide areas because they are a clinical team and in one ball they make a penalty.

“After the penalty I think we control totally the game.

“At the same time we couldn’t play quick enough to try to create more possibilities.

“We made some substitutions but little by little our anxiety doesn’t allow us to be in the right position in the right way to move the ball quick enough.

“It’s one point and obviously we are not happy with this.

“I think the team in the last five or six weeks was growing and we have to learn from this situation that every single detail at this level makes the difference.

“Now Saturday we have got another opportunity to try to win the game because right now we need to put three points on our table.”

There is inevitably even more pressure on Pellegrino and focus on his future, but he insisted: “I think I have got my energy thinking about trying to win this game.

“This is our reality now and sometimes football today is what happen today.

“I think the manager, the player, all the club are part of this club.

“We have to try to do our best to change this.

“I can’t say anything about that and we have lived difficult situations and this club knows about ups and downs and we have to keep pushing.

“We have I think a group of footballers ready, everybody fit except Charlie and I think we have potential to try to improve.”

Pellegrino tried to shake things up against Brighton with a double change at half time and unusually played two strikers, but it didn’t quite work.

“Some time to put more offensive people doesn’t mean you will dominate or play better,” he reflected.

“I think we arrive much more easier in the first half than the second to the by-line.

“We cross three or four times and I thought maybe with Carrillo into the box will be important but at the same time we lose this connection between the line with Dusan.

“Sometimes you have to choose and have to take a risk.

“After equalising we were really close to scoring the second, we control the game, defend well, control the counter attack.

“Today in Premier League every single team has this capacity and the level of organisation is really high and it’s not too easy to find this possibility.”