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Southampton boss Pellegrino: We controlled long ball West Brom

Crisis club West Brom are out of the FA Cup after defeat to Southampton.

Southampton piled more misery on West Brom to progress into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a confidence-boosting 2-1 victory at The Hawthorns.

Saints advanced following goals from centre-back Wesley Hoedt and Dusan Tadic to dump out their top-flight rivals at the last-16 stage.

Salomon Rondon reduced the deficit in the 56th minute with a brilliant volley from Grzegorz Krychowiak's lofted through-ball but the Baggies could not get an equaliser as Ahmed Hegazi hit the bar and Ryan Bertrand cleared Rondon's follow-up off the line.

“We feel happy for many reasons," Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino said. “As a team, the spirit that we showed today was really good from the beginning until the end.

“West Brom were looking to play long, put us under pressure and make the match into a physical battle but we competed very well especially at set-pieces, even scoring one ourselves.

“You have to be focused from the beginning and that was one of many small details that made the difference here.

“Until the end we tried to make them think about our attacking threats - like Manolo and Josh from the bench - instead of us worrying about theirs and a possible equaliser; it nearly paid off because we were unfortunate not to score a third late on."

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