Alan Pardew says Wembley trip distracted Southampton against Hartlepool

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Alan Pardew admitted Saints were distracted by their upcoming Wembley final as they defeated Hartlepool 3-2 at St Mary’s.

The win cut the gap on the top six by another two points, meaning Saints are now looking at making up 11 points in their final nine games.

But it wasn’t without a few problems as a slow start saw Hartlepool take the lead.

Pardew said: “The result pleased me more than anything because we took our eye off the ball and you can’t do that.

“It’s a big game for a lot of these young players on Sunday but as much as we tried to get it out of their minds it wasn’t.

“The players that have been there and done it stood up a little bit – Fonte is a top player and you would think he was playing the semi-final of the Cup against Liverpool with his attitude.

“Some of the players took their eye off the ball, not a lot, just ten per cent, but it was enough to put in a performance that was a little disjointed, just not quite right.

“Tactically we set up with a different system and I made a mistake.

“There were a lot of errors but the most important thing for us was we won.”

For full story and reaction to last night's 3-2 win over Hartlepool don't miss today's Daily Echo.

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8:47am Wed 24 Mar 10

Tony in Liberia says...

I like a man who is willing to admit that he made a mistake - as long as he learns from it!

Security word is card-fail, which in my case isn't accurate as I won $5 at my regular poker game last night :-)
I like a man who is willing to admit that he made a mistake - as long as he learns from it! Security word is card-fail, which in my case isn't accurate as I won $5 at my regular poker game last night :-) Tony in Liberia

9:37am Wed 24 Mar 10

rossofficial says...

Going to wembley sunday cant wait!!!
this day out will leave me skint and if we make the play offs i might get sky sports as im living in bristol now!
great result last night lads! i was a tad nervous at the end though!

come on saints!! yes alan would also be a legend if he gets us up!! keep the faith!

ross
Going to wembley sunday cant wait!!! this day out will leave me skint and if we make the play offs i might get sky sports as im living in bristol now! great result last night lads! i was a tad nervous at the end though! come on saints!! yes alan would also be a legend if he gets us up!! keep the faith! ross rossofficial

9:56am Wed 24 Mar 10

helltowatch says...

Tactical Mistake - I should say! Luckily he worked it out and changed it in the first 10 minutes.

Waigo and Puncheon were under each others feet on the left.

As soon as he put one on each flank we were much more balanced and Waigo's cross produced the equaliser.

Keep it simple AP!!!
Tactical Mistake - I should say! Luckily he worked it out and changed it in the first 10 minutes. Waigo and Puncheon were under each others feet on the left. As soon as he put one on each flank we were much more balanced and Waigo's cross produced the equaliser. Keep it simple AP!!! helltowatch

10:07am Wed 24 Mar 10

kev63 says...

Totally agree about the comment regarding Fonte, a really professional job and never feel nervous when he's on the ball.... Yet another great signing well done A.P.
Totally agree about the comment regarding Fonte, a really professional job and never feel nervous when he's on the ball.... Yet another great signing well done A.P. kev63

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