Date: 1st December 2013 at 8:57pm
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Manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he’s been left very frustrated and disappointed following the loss to Chelsea tonight.

We couldn’t have had a better start following Jay Rodriguez’s opening goal, but even the gaffer admits that we didn’t get the rub of the green when it came to us not taking the other chances we created on the evening, and then the double injury setback we also suffered.

Speaking to saintsfc Poch explained that he was delighted to see us take the early lead and really get on the front foot in the match, and he thought the game in the first 45 minutes was very evenly matched and a credit to how far, how quickly, Southampton have come.

However whilst we may have started the second half well in his eyes and dominated and controlled parts of it, prior to the goals. Today truly was the proof that goals change games – with a veiled barb at some of the decisions taken by a certain individual in the match.

‘Second half, I think we were doing well and controlling the game before the goals. So I am angry with the end result because there were many decisions in the second half that didn’t go our way. We are quite upset about that that. I think the deciding factor was that the decisions were not going our way – and the person making those decisions was wearing neither red or blue. Overall we are frustrated and disappointed with the result.’

Choosing to direct his attention where he does in that particular quote, the gaffer also admitted that clearly the injuries to Boruc and Schneiderlin could’ve more than played their part in our second half demise as well, but even then he doesn’t feel you can specifically say that those forced changes really upset our flow.

‘We were correcting many things and I think we were carrying the weight of the game well. Then we conceded and it all went a bit pear shaped for us because of Boruc’s injury and Morgan going off as well. Overall, there were many factors that were out of our control and went against us in the end.’

One key thing for the gaffer now though is that despite having back to back defeats in London in games recently, that the players don’t lose faith in themselves as we go into a home double header against Aston Villa and Manchester City. Whilst the score lines might not have gone for us in our last two games, he believes that there is more than enough confidence that can be taken from our performances, so he wants the players to remain high with our start to the season, but obviously learn what lessons we can from these defeats so we don’t repeat them basically.

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2 Replies to “Poch – Frustration & Disappointment”

  • Ramires in particular is a disgrace and should have at least been booked. Mind you we didn’t help ourselves not starting Lambert and ignoring Corkie. Seems you have some work to do MoPo. Hope Schneiderlin at least is back for Wednesday.

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