Poch: fans should be proud of players

Poch: fans should be proud of players

Poch: fans should be proud of players

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

Mauricio Pochettino said Saints fans should be proud of the performance of their team at Sunderland after a difficult few days for the club.

A week which saw Saints in the headlines for the resignation of former executive chairman Nicola Cortese and the appointment of club owner Katharina Liebherr as the non-executive chairman ended with a game at Sunderland.

Saints put in a superb performance but a lack of incisiveness in the final third and a couple of slack moments at the back meant they let a two- goal lead slip to draw 2-2.

However, after all the talk of player revolts there was little evidence of anything other than a stirring display from Pochettino’s side.

“I am very happy with the performance. They showed they are great professionals and they had the right attitude,” said the Saints boss.

“I want to congratulate them as I have done in the past.

“I think all Southampton supporters should be very proud of their team because they played very well in light of what happened this week.”

Despite all that though Pochettino couldn’t hide his disappointment at only getting a draw from a game in which Saints should have won very handsomely indeed.

“I am quite disappointed with that point. I think we deserved to win the match.

“In the end we leave with one point and two injuries and we hope these injuries are not as bad as they seemed.

“I think there were many chances we created, maybe double than what Sunderland created.

“I think offensively we lacked aggressiveness and in the end we were superior to them but we not able to mark that in the final result.

“We were able to dominate the opposition and create many chances but overall in the future we need to work on our effectiveness. We need to be a lot more clinical.”

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6:33am Mon 20 Jan 14

willygetaway says...

We Are MoPo, we are also proud of you, this is the best team we have had for decades. COYR
We Are MoPo, we are also proud of you, this is the best team we have had for decades. COYR willygetaway
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7:24am Mon 20 Jan 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

willygetaway wrote:
We Are MoPo, we are also proud of you, this is the best team we have had for decades. COYR
Agree , Uncertainty is as serious as a INJURY , the quicker WE ALL know exactly , the BETTER for all of us . COYR and please please please let M.P. & the TEAM settle down to business on the pitch
[quote][p][bold]willygetaway[/bold] wrote: We Are MoPo, we are also proud of you, this is the best team we have had for decades. COYR[/p][/quote]Agree , Uncertainty is as serious as a INJURY , the quicker WE ALL know exactly , the BETTER for all of us . COYR and please please please let M.P. & the TEAM settle down to business on the pitch SPIKEISLANDTRADER
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7:27am Mon 20 Jan 14

SiamSaint says...

We are very proud of them, we are. And you Mozza should be proud of us, and say it now and again. In Spanish would be fine. :)

Is it just me though, or does anyone else find our system inflexible? I ask because we seem to get shocked when the opponents make double substitutions. It is admirable to play the same way across the club, but when another team spots what is going on and puts on two (or three) subs to counteract it, then surely it's time to have a plan B and C.

Also, we need to have a fuller squad. We ran out of steam and legs last year and it looks like it's happening again.

I guess I will get some barracking for being dismal, but I am trying to concentrate on two things - the football and the fans.
We are very proud of them, we are. And you Mozza should be proud of us, and say it now and again. In Spanish would be fine. :) Is it just me though, or does anyone else find our system inflexible? I ask because we seem to get shocked when the opponents make double substitutions. It is admirable to play the same way across the club, but when another team spots what is going on and puts on two (or three) subs to counteract it, then surely it's time to have a plan B and C. Also, we need to have a fuller squad. We ran out of steam and legs last year and it looks like it's happening again. I guess I will get some barracking for being dismal, but I am trying to concentrate on two things - the football and the fans. SiamSaint
  • Score: 4

9:56am Mon 20 Jan 14

Clever Dick says...

SiamSaint wrote:
We are very proud of them, we are. And you Mozza should be proud of us, and say it now and again. In Spanish would be fine. :)

Is it just me though, or does anyone else find our system inflexible? I ask because we seem to get shocked when the opponents make double substitutions. It is admirable to play the same way across the club, but when another team spots what is going on and puts on two (or three) subs to counteract it, then surely it's time to have a plan B and C.

Also, we need to have a fuller squad. We ran out of steam and legs last year and it looks like it's happening again.

I guess I will get some barracking for being dismal, but I am trying to concentrate on two things - the football and the fans.
I don't think the team are running out of legs. The Sunderland game should have been a big win for us. Unfortunately, as often happens in football, we conceded a sloppy goal. This gives the opposition a huge lift so they were up and at us for the rest of the game, giving the impression that they have worked us out. We just need to be a bit more clinical and hammer sides when we are clearly so much better than them.
[quote][p][bold]SiamSaint[/bold] wrote: We are very proud of them, we are. And you Mozza should be proud of us, and say it now and again. In Spanish would be fine. :) Is it just me though, or does anyone else find our system inflexible? I ask because we seem to get shocked when the opponents make double substitutions. It is admirable to play the same way across the club, but when another team spots what is going on and puts on two (or three) subs to counteract it, then surely it's time to have a plan B and C. Also, we need to have a fuller squad. We ran out of steam and legs last year and it looks like it's happening again. I guess I will get some barracking for being dismal, but I am trying to concentrate on two things - the football and the fans.[/p][/quote]I don't think the team are running out of legs. The Sunderland game should have been a big win for us. Unfortunately, as often happens in football, we conceded a sloppy goal. This gives the opposition a huge lift so they were up and at us for the rest of the game, giving the impression that they have worked us out. We just need to be a bit more clinical and hammer sides when we are clearly so much better than them. Clever Dick
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10:51am Mon 20 Jan 14

Costa Baz says...

SiamSaint wrote:
We are very proud of them, we are. And you Mozza should be proud of us, and say it now and again. In Spanish would be fine. :)

Is it just me though, or does anyone else find our system inflexible? I ask because we seem to get shocked when the opponents make double substitutions. It is admirable to play the same way across the club, but when another team spots what is going on and puts on two (or three) subs to counteract it, then surely it's time to have a plan B and C.

Also, we need to have a fuller squad. We ran out of steam and legs last year and it looks like it's happening again.

I guess I will get some barracking for being dismal, but I am trying to concentrate on two things - the football and the fans.
I don't think it is the lack of a plan B or C, that is the problem. The problem is the inconsistency of our players, and their inability to convert chances, when they are created.

JRod scored with his most difficult chance, at Sunderland, and could easily have walked off with the match ball, had he done better with two easier chances.

On Saturday, even after Sunderland's first goal, we still controlled the game.
The double substitution, by Sunderland, certainly gave them more energy and allowed them to close our players down more quickly, but it is up to our players to recognise this and step up a gear themselves, to negate it.

Does anyone know why, at one stage, Kelvin was readied to replace Boruc?
Also, was it Boruc's left hand that was injured? He certainly didn't get it behind the ball, to stop the equaliser.
[quote][p][bold]SiamSaint[/bold] wrote: We are very proud of them, we are. And you Mozza should be proud of us, and say it now and again. In Spanish would be fine. :) Is it just me though, or does anyone else find our system inflexible? I ask because we seem to get shocked when the opponents make double substitutions. It is admirable to play the same way across the club, but when another team spots what is going on and puts on two (or three) subs to counteract it, then surely it's time to have a plan B and C. Also, we need to have a fuller squad. We ran out of steam and legs last year and it looks like it's happening again. I guess I will get some barracking for being dismal, but I am trying to concentrate on two things - the football and the fans.[/p][/quote]I don't think it is the lack of a plan B or C, that is the problem. The problem is the inconsistency of our players, and their inability to convert chances, when they are created. JRod scored with his most difficult chance, at Sunderland, and could easily have walked off with the match ball, had he done better with two easier chances. On Saturday, even after Sunderland's first goal, we still controlled the game. The double substitution, by Sunderland, certainly gave them more energy and allowed them to close our players down more quickly, but it is up to our players to recognise this and step up a gear themselves, to negate it. Does anyone know why, at one stage, Kelvin was readied to replace Boruc? Also, was it Boruc's left hand that was injured? He certainly didn't get it behind the ball, to stop the equaliser. Costa Baz
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11:14am Mon 20 Jan 14

el caballo santos101 says...

SiamSaint wrote:
We are very proud of them, we are. And you Mozza should be proud of us, and say it now and again. In Spanish would be fine. :)

Is it just me though, or does anyone else find our system inflexible? I ask because we seem to get shocked when the opponents make double substitutions. It is admirable to play the same way across the club, but when another team spots what is going on and puts on two (or three) subs to counteract it, then surely it's time to have a plan B and C.

Also, we need to have a fuller squad. We ran out of steam and legs last year and it looks like it's happening again.

I guess I will get some barracking for being dismal, but I am trying to concentrate on two things - the football and the fans.
surely with all the modern technology that clubs have nowadays I think other teams `spot what is going on` before we even play them and would want to alter their tactics accordingly. some managers think that their system is better or can cope with the way we play, most change from that when we start to batter them.
look at the great manure teams of the 90/00s. everyone new what was coming and how they would play but they couldn't stop them.
like you say, at the moment we are still 2/4 players short of being able to cope with the injuries we`ve had. if MP is allowed to spend this window things may change.
as for the system being inflexible, it has been changed during games, slightly but still changed. we have gone from 1 up and 3 behind to 2 up and 2 out wider.
not sure we have run out of steam, I think its more that we have, at one time or another, had half the first team out injured. the press are happy to give fat face sam excuses due to his injuries but with us they just say we had a dip in form. both cb`s both lb and rb both cm`s both first and second choice keepers and most expensive player ever in Danni. oh and now dejans gone again, gastons gone again and Big Vic is just coming back from several weeks out and wont be match fit.
I don't think you are being dismal. you are just worried, like most, about our teams recent form or lack of.
as for being `proud` of our players, every time someone puts on a saints shirt and crosses the white line I am bursting with pride. why wouldn't I be? we all know we`re the greatest team the world has ever seen. with the greatest manager as well.
[quote][p][bold]SiamSaint[/bold] wrote: We are very proud of them, we are. And you Mozza should be proud of us, and say it now and again. In Spanish would be fine. :) Is it just me though, or does anyone else find our system inflexible? I ask because we seem to get shocked when the opponents make double substitutions. It is admirable to play the same way across the club, but when another team spots what is going on and puts on two (or three) subs to counteract it, then surely it's time to have a plan B and C. Also, we need to have a fuller squad. We ran out of steam and legs last year and it looks like it's happening again. I guess I will get some barracking for being dismal, but I am trying to concentrate on two things - the football and the fans.[/p][/quote]surely with all the modern technology that clubs have nowadays I think other teams `spot what is going on` before we even play them and would want to alter their tactics accordingly. some managers think that their system is better or can cope with the way we play, most change from that when we start to batter them. look at the great manure teams of the 90/00s. everyone new what was coming and how they would play but they couldn't stop them. like you say, at the moment we are still 2/4 players short of being able to cope with the injuries we`ve had. if MP is allowed to spend this window things may change. as for the system being inflexible, it has been changed during games, slightly but still changed. we have gone from 1 up and 3 behind to 2 up and 2 out wider. not sure we have run out of steam, I think its more that we have, at one time or another, had half the first team out injured. the press are happy to give fat face sam excuses due to his injuries but with us they just say we had a dip in form. both cb`s both lb and rb both cm`s both first and second choice keepers and most expensive player ever in Danni. oh and now dejans gone again, gastons gone again and Big Vic is just coming back from several weeks out and wont be match fit. I don't think you are being dismal. you are just worried, like most, about our teams recent form or lack of. as for being `proud` of our players, every time someone puts on a saints shirt and crosses the white line I am bursting with pride. why wouldn't I be? we all know we`re the greatest team the world has ever seen. with the greatest manager as well. el caballo santos101
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12:15pm Mon 20 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Costa Baz wrote:
SiamSaint wrote:
We are very proud of them, we are. And you Mozza should be proud of us, and say it now and again. In Spanish would be fine. :)

Is it just me though, or does anyone else find our system inflexible? I ask because we seem to get shocked when the opponents make double substitutions. It is admirable to play the same way across the club, but when another team spots what is going on and puts on two (or three) subs to counteract it, then surely it's time to have a plan B and C.

Also, we need to have a fuller squad. We ran out of steam and legs last year and it looks like it's happening again.

I guess I will get some barracking for being dismal, but I am trying to concentrate on two things - the football and the fans.
I don't think it is the lack of a plan B or C, that is the problem. The problem is the inconsistency of our players, and their inability to convert chances, when they are created.

JRod scored with his most difficult chance, at Sunderland, and could easily have walked off with the match ball, had he done better with two easier chances.

On Saturday, even after Sunderland's first goal, we still controlled the game.
The double substitution, by Sunderland, certainly gave them more energy and allowed them to close our players down more quickly, but it is up to our players to recognise this and step up a gear themselves, to negate it.

Does anyone know why, at one stage, Kelvin was readied to replace Boruc?
Also, was it Boruc's left hand that was injured? He certainly didn't get it behind the ball, to stop the equaliser.
I was told that Artur had a ball hit him in the privates and was feeling a bit groggy, but recovered enough to carry on.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SiamSaint[/bold] wrote: We are very proud of them, we are. And you Mozza should be proud of us, and say it now and again. In Spanish would be fine. :) Is it just me though, or does anyone else find our system inflexible? I ask because we seem to get shocked when the opponents make double substitutions. It is admirable to play the same way across the club, but when another team spots what is going on and puts on two (or three) subs to counteract it, then surely it's time to have a plan B and C. Also, we need to have a fuller squad. We ran out of steam and legs last year and it looks like it's happening again. I guess I will get some barracking for being dismal, but I am trying to concentrate on two things - the football and the fans.[/p][/quote]I don't think it is the lack of a plan B or C, that is the problem. The problem is the inconsistency of our players, and their inability to convert chances, when they are created. JRod scored with his most difficult chance, at Sunderland, and could easily have walked off with the match ball, had he done better with two easier chances. On Saturday, even after Sunderland's first goal, we still controlled the game. The double substitution, by Sunderland, certainly gave them more energy and allowed them to close our players down more quickly, but it is up to our players to recognise this and step up a gear themselves, to negate it. Does anyone know why, at one stage, Kelvin was readied to replace Boruc? Also, was it Boruc's left hand that was injured? He certainly didn't get it behind the ball, to stop the equaliser.[/p][/quote]I was told that Artur had a ball hit him in the privates and was feeling a bit groggy, but recovered enough to carry on. OSPREYSAINT
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2:39pm Mon 20 Jan 14

mbetts says...

MoPo in line for a bumper pay rise, sign him up!
MoPo in line for a bumper pay rise, sign him up! mbetts
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