Date: 22nd April 2014 at 6:31am
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Nathaniel Clyne and Victor Wanyama have both given their reactions to the score less draw against Aston Villa last weekend.

Starting with Clyne, he told saintsfc following the game that he genuinely felt we had been denied a penalty in the match when Ryan Bertrand handled the ball, from a Clyne cross.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino had already been in the press in his post game comments saying.

‘It was a clear penalty. You (press) all probably had a better view from the TV but from my point of view it was a clear penalty and the linesman as well was quite close. I really don’t know. It’s unexplainable to me, why that penalty was not given.’

Poch himself qualified it by saying it wasn’t the first decision that had gone against us in recent times, and the frustration for him is that had we had those opportunities go our way, he fully believes we’d have had more points on the board at this stage.

As for Clyne, he said himself.

‘I felt it was a penalty. It got one on one, crossed it and he’s touched it with his hand, but the referee didn’t give it and we carried on with the game.’

Clyne himself says he was surprised the linesman didn’t give it given his proximity to the event, but such is football unfortunately.

As for the game and our season as a whole, he goes on to say that we always go out to win, but when that isn’t possible the next step is to make sure we don’t lose, and that was what happened in the last game.

‘This season we’re doing well and we’re high up the league because of that. We just played our normal game really, we knew Villa are a counter attacking team so we had to be focused, and I felt we did that by keeping a clean sheet.’

Although we didn’t get the goal last weekend, Clyne says the team will be doing all we can to get the goal and the three points again.

As for Wanyama, his focus from the game was mainly to have returned to the starting line up following his leg injury that was in fact first sustained in the last match against Villa.

‘It’s a bit frustrating, we had chances to score and couldn’t, but we just have to keep on going. We’ll improve I think. I’m happy to be back again, it has been really long, and also the lads have been doing well. I’m happy to get a chance to play and hopefully I will get many chances to play again.’

As for the penalty, it’s not exactly caste iron but we have certainly seen very similar ones given this season, and by far softer ones than that as well. Had it been awarded I doubt Villa could’ve argued really, so it’s not distracting from the game for people to talk about it – but had it been the other way round I could see myself sat here asking what he was meant to have done with his arm.

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