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Poch: Saints denied 'blatant' penalty
Mauricio Pochettino was unable to fathom why his side weren’t awarded a first-half penalty in their defeat to Norwich.
Referee Howard Webb and his assistant, Mike Mullarkey, failed to award anything for what appeared to be a blatant handball from Bradley Johnson, as he charged down an Adam Lallana shot in the area.
The decision meant the game stayed at 0-0, with the Canaries going on to win through Nathan Redmond’s second-half strike.
“The overall feeling is that we played well, that we deserved a bit more from that match,” said the Saints boss.
“We don’t want to take credit away from Norwich, they actually played very well, but there was a penalty call that was not given and that would have changed completely the nature of the game. It was a penalty that should have been given.
“I don’t understand why it wasn’t given. The referee was very close to the action, so I really have no idea why it wasn’t given. It was blatant.”
Pochettino also poured cold water on reports that midfielder Jack Cork could be on his way to Fulham.
“There’s no offer from Fulham,” he said.
Asked if he would be willing to sell him, Pochettino responded: “He’s a first-team squad member, he’s a part of this team. If we start selling players we’re only going to be left with just 11 players, so no.”
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