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Saints strike pair 'will take time' to settle
8:10am Monday 2nd September 2013 in Sport
The pair started together at Norwich, for the first time since Osvaldo completed his club-record move from Roma, with the Italian international initially being deployed just off Lambert.
However, chances were few and far between for both players, with Osvaldo’s quick-fire shot on the turn in the second half, which drew a fine save from John Ruddy, the only effort of note from either.
Pochettino says patience will be required while the duo forge an understanding.
“It’s normal that they weren’t able to link up well,” he said. “It takes time for a player to gel, to get into a squad.
“It’s their first game together and he (Osvaldo) needs time, he needs effort, to actually start to play well with Rickie, so it will take time.”
Pochettino also addressed his decision to take off Adam Lallana in the second half, with his first substitution, despite the midfielder being arguably Saints’ most threatening player.
“We were basically looking for alternatives to our game,” he said. “Gastón Ramírez (his replacement) is also a creative player. Spark We were trying to spark a different type of creation play.
“Gastón has a similar function to Adam Lallana, but it’s clear that when you lose a game probably the decisions that you made would have been different – or you wanted to be different.”
Pochettino was bemused as to why his team weren’t awarded a penalty in the first half, when the score was 0-0, after Bradley Johnson charged down a Lallana shot with his hands.
“The overall feeling is that we played well, that we deserved a bit more,” 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 added: “The first 15 minutes Norwich were dominating, but after that we were able to match them and their strength and their effort.
“After those 15 minutes we played well. In the second half when we were playing our best football we received the goal and it was very hard to get back from that. “That’s basically what happened.”
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