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Poch bemoans Saints' lack of killer instinct
10:30pm Sunday 15th September 2013 in Sport
Mauricio Pochettino is confident his side will hit the goalscoring trail very soon.
Saints were held to a 0-0 draw by West Ham at St Mary’s yesterday despite another strong performance.
Pochettino’s team have by general consensus had a good start to the season, but are frustrated at having only netted twice in the Premier League in the first four matches of the campaign.
One of those was from the penalty spot and the other from a free kick meaning a regulation goal from open play has yet to arrive.
However, Pochettino is confident it is on its way.
He said: “We created the better chances and were much closer than they were to getting a victory.
“In football it’s not just about creating chances and you need to make them goals. Today we weren’t able to do it and we are frustrated about that.
“I am pleased with all of my players.
“I think they all played very well and put in a great effort.
“On the one hand I am a little frustrated we didn’t get the three points but at the same time I am pleased because I saw that we played very well.”
Much of the focus has inevitably fallen on Rickie Lambert, who has starred for England but only has one Saints goal to his name so far this season, a penalty against West Brom on the opening day.
“He has played the last two games for the national side and that must be a huge boost for his self-confidence,” said Pochettino.
“At the same time strikers need to score goals, it’s their bread and butter, and he hasn’t been able to do that.
“None of my players were able to do that and we are frustrated about that.
“Overall we are pleased because we created many good chances and I’m sure that in the future those chances will be goals.”
He added: “More than being worried about that I am more worried about getting three points from every single match that we play and winning games.
“The job of a manager has to be to make it so that the strikers are able to create many chances amongst themselves so they are and scoring goals and enjoying their football.
“Scoring goals is sometimes just a matter of luck, a run of scoring goals or having a dry run and it can also depend on your fitness, your own mentality, how you wake up that morning – there are many factors that can influence it.”
Pochettino confirmed Luke Shaw left the pitch late on with an ankle sprain, but it is believed to be a minor problem.
He was also asked by the Japanese press contingent about Maya Yoshida, who continues to be absent from the squad.
“It doesn’t have to be there is a problem with Maya,” he insisted. “There is no problem with Maya Yoshida but if one plays others don’t.
“It’s a very obvious question with a very obvious answer.”
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