Southampton boss Pochettino disappointed despite last-gasp equaliser

John O'Shea and Seb Larsson close down Southampton's Dani Osvaldo
John O'Shea and Seb Larsson close down Southampton's Dani Osvaldo
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SOUTHAMPTON boss Mauricio Pochettino felt justice was done at St Mary’s with Jose Fonte’s late equaliser against Sunderland.

There were only two minutes of the 90 remaining when the Portuguese centre-half rose unmarked to head home James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick to send waves of massive relief around the south coast ground.

Home fans had begun to fear that an equaliser would never come, but the Argentine manager said that it was the least his team deserved.

His over-riding emotion, he said afterwards, was disappointment.

“I was glad that we scored the goal but I’m not happy after the game,” he said.

“I’m more disappointed that we didn’t win the game – we created more than enough chances.

“And I’m disappointed with the way we conceded that goal, especially conceding it so early.

“I take fully responsible for the goal though – it was poor communication from my players that allowed Sunderland an unmarked player in the box – and it is my responsibility to make sure that doesn’t happen.

“You have to be disappointed when you concede goals like that and when you have games where you dominate but do not win.

“At the same time, I’m happy and content with our industry in the second half.

“We created a host of chances in the second half and deserved to win it purely on the chances created after the break.”

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