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Pochettino Praises ‘Big Effort’

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18:26 13th April 2013

Mauricio Pochettino was pleased with his team’s endeavor in the 1-1 draw with West Ham United at St Mary’s.

Southampton took the lead on 59 minutes of the contest when Gaston Ramirez struck his fifth goal of the season, but less than ten minutes later, the Hammers leveled things up when Andy Carroll struck a low free-kick in under the wall.

Pochettino felt that the timing of the equaliser was a significant factor in taking the sting out of his side’s chances of winning the game.

“You could say that we are a bit disappointed because I think we could have won the game but we were unable to,” he told Saints Player after the match.

“We put in a big effort to get the three points but conceded the goal very quickly after we scored and it was hard to play on a pitch that was so wet against opponents who are very strong physically.

“I think the goal arrived eventually because we were very patient with our play so it is a shame that we conceded so quickly after our goal.  It was an unfortunate moment in the game, but these things happen in football.”

The manager believes his side would have been good value for all three points, and was left to rue what might have been after the harsh award of a free-kick for the leveller.

“We were unlucky because the ball went through the legs of Steven Davis, and Jos has told me he didn’t think it was a free kick,” Pochettino highlighted.

“Over the 90 minutes I think we managed to nullify the way they play well and dealt with the long balls and the rebounds from the long balls.  

“We defended really well against them so I think we deserved the victory but in football you can’t deserve victories you have to get them and fight for them, we did that today but weren’t able to get the win today.

“I do think we deserved the victory because we were better than them and dealt with their long balls and the rebounds from the long balls well.  We knew that they would be a very aggressive and physical side who would exploit the long ball game.

“I want to congratulate my players today because the pitch was a bit harder to play on and it possibly favoured their style of play rather than ours, but we still managed to impose our style of play on them.”

In-form striker Jay Rodriguez was introduced as a substitute as Saints pushed for a winner, and Pochettino praised the forward for coming through his run-out after suffering from illness during the build-up to the game.

“Jay hasn’t been able to train all week because of his virus, but I think the period in which he was on the pitch he did very well,” said the gaffer, who was also without Luke Shaw for the same reason.

“Of course we would like to have had him available for the whole 90 minutes but we had to look out for his health.

“Now I just want to focus on our next game against Swansea and trying to get the three points from that game, we won’t look up or down the table we will just focus on the next game.”

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