St. Mary's Stadium

Next Game

So'ton v Stoke

Saturday, 25 October 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

St. Mary's Stadium

Last Game

So'ton 8 - 0 S'land

Saturday, 18 October 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Pochettino praises character

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino praised his side's character after they battled back from a freak goal to earn a point at Stoke.

Last Updated: 02/11/13 at 18:48 Post Comment

Mauricio Pochettino: Southampton boss pleased with how his side battled back to

Mauricio Pochettino: Southampton boss pleased with how his side battled back to

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic notched the opener in just 13 seconds at the Britannia Stadium, with a long kick forward taking one bounce and flying in over Artur Boruc's head.

But Saints equalised when Jay Rodriguez headed home three minutes before the break before Pochettino's side had two penalty claims refused in the second period as the game ended all square.

He told Sky Sports News: "We were very unlucky, we were 1-0 down in the first 15 seconds so it was hard to take that.

"But after that we were prepared, we showed that we had good character, good personality and we did well after that."

Complicated match

Regarding the goal, he added: "I just think it was an unlucky play, it was a very complicated match overall.

"I think the pitch was not up to par today - the wind was very strong but I'm not here to make any excuses.

"It was just a very tough match, a very tough day at the office and we did our best today, we showed very good character."

Pochettino believed his side created enough chances to win the game, adding: "I think we controlled the match, especially in the second half.

"We created a lot of chances in the second half. There were two possible penalties - I'm pretty sure they were penalties - and we created the last chance of the match as well.

"So overall, I'm really pleased with the resilience and the character and the identity that my team showed."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

F

ergie, aren't you supposed to make a beep beep noise when backing up like that?

simonthfc
Ferguson: Club made Moyes decision

S

ome of these are quality! Why you no like him F365?? :(

left right out
The, Erm, 'Best' Of Henry James Redknapp

W

e're our own worst enemy. We're suicidal in defence, and we may just get slaughtered on Sunday. Other than that, I am very pleased with my team.

bob the manc
Van Gaal: We can catch Chelsea

Footer 365

Fabio Cannavaro under investigation over taxes

World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro is under investigation over a suspected major tax fraud, Italian police have confirmed.

Ron Gourlay stands down as Chelsea chief executive

Chelsea have announced that chief executive Ron Gourlay is stepping down after 10 years on the club's board.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew lifts lid on disastrous start

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits he has been finding life tough after a disastrous start to the season.

Mail Box

Do Man City Have A 'Small Mentality'?

That's one claim in the mailbox after Vincent Kompany focused on a few hundred CSKA fans sneaking into the ground instead of City blowing a two-goal lead...

City: Like A Deer Caught In The Headlights

...while Chelsea just live for Champions League nights. That's one view in a mailbox that also includes several happy football fans and looks forward to Michael Carrick's return...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property