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Pochettino feels Southampton deserved better

Created on 24 Aug., 2013 8:26 PM GMT

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino feels that his side deserved more than a 1-1 draw against Sunderland at St Mary's on Saturday.

The hosts fell behind to an early goal from Emanuele Giaccherini but dominated proceedings and should have found the net on a number of occasions through Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez, before Jose Fonte scored a last-gasp equaliser from a free-kick.

And despite being two minutes away from defeat, Pochettino was disappointed not to see Southampton come away from the game with three points.

"At the moment, I'm disappointed," he said.

"I'm happy with our second-half performance, though. We created a host of chances and if you look at the second half we deserved to win the match.

"All the work we did after conceding the early goal was important and we fully deserved to get that goal and more."

Giaccherini headed home from a brilliant Sebastian Larsson corner to give Sunderland the lead inside three minutes, and Pochettino accepted full responsibility for the goal.

"I'm not disappointed in the way we conceded the goal," he added. "I take full responsibility for that and it can never happen again.

"It was a lack of concentration and communication. The ball went into the box and the shortest player was unmarked and got his head on the ball.

"We will have to work a lot harder on our communication and that's where I step in."

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