Date: 6th April 2014 at 8:40pm
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Manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he was fuming at full time in the loss to Manchester City, and angry all game long following the officials missing a blatant offside from David Silva as he set up Samir Nasri to put City back in front in the game, the gaffer believes that it was the turning point in the match after we had worked so hard to get ourselves back on level terms.

Speaking to saintsfc following the four one loss, Poch bemoaned how the game changed.

‘I am very angry – fuming. The linesman killed the game in that moment. It’s difficult to understand the decision and difficult to try and explain. The only way you can win when you come to Man City is to play in the way we were playing.’

Southampton were rocked by a very early penalty, and then we lost striker Jay Rodriguez to what looked a very nasty injury, so the manager was very pleased with how we regrouped as a team and got ourselves level against through a Rickie Lambert penalty and he feels we were ‘superior’ to Manchester City in the first half, so to see the officials give them the advantage in that way – and an advantage that disappointingly shellshocked us for a bit, leaving them free to take full advantage and score again a matter of seconds later, really irked and rankled with our manager.

‘Up until that moment we were doing very well and were superior to Manchester City, but that decision killed the game and decided the game basically.’

Pochettino’s anger could be clearly seen in the Match of the Day interview he did as when talking about the goal it was in English before his translator took over again, and that in itself speaks volumes for me.

Dealing with the second half, the gaffer added that he wasn’t going to analyse that too much because the team were ‘risking a lot’ to try and get back into the game again so it would be unfair of him to deal with negatives and criticism there because it was a forced situation and he wasn’t going to blame the players for that, because chasing the game, and with the quality City have you can be done on the break and that was what they did.

‘The only positive I can draw was the first half where we actually played really well.’

Immediately after the game the severity of the injury to Jay Rodriguez wasn’t known but Poch did admit it wasn’t looking good at all but obviously before anything was said about that, he would undergo all the necessary scans first, but with the way he went down it does look like it may be a case of season over for him which is obviously a blow for both him and us if it turns out to be that bad, because on a personal level for him it also throws into doubt his England chances.

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