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Poch puzzled over Hammers defeat
Updated 6:28pm Saturday 22nd February 2014 in Sport
Mauricio Pochettino was left scratching his head wondering just how his Saints side failed to get anything from their game at West Ham.
Despite 69 per cent possession and 25 shots, Saints came away on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat at Upton Park.
Pochettino was frustrated with refereeing decisions in Mark Clattenburg’s first Saints fixture since the furore that erupted following the Everton game, but refused to make a big fuss over it.
The Saints boss, who normally says he doesn’t like statistics, joked: “I do like statistics to justify the defeat.
“I am very disappointed with the defeat. I felt we fully deserved to get something more from the game.
“We had full control of the game and that led us to get the 1-0.
“It’s clear that the 1-1 came from an offside position and that was unlucky for us and the team struggled to recover from the 2-1 which made everything difficult for us.
“I thought in the second half we created many good chances and we were unlucky not to get the 2-2 that would have changed the game.
“I thought overall we were quite unlucky with the refereeing decisions and that we didn’t score more goals.”
He added: “The refereeing decisions actually influenced the game and we were unlucky in that sense.
“We are not going to make anything more of it.
“It seems that the stars are not with us whenever Mr Clattenburg referees for us.”