Sunday 22 April 2018

Boruc the hero

Norwich 0 Southampton 0

Jim van Wijk

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed the "massive" penalty save of Artur Boruc after the Poland goalkeeper earned his side a 0-0 draw at Norwich with a dramatic stop in added time.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed the "massive" penalty save of Artur Boruc after the Poland goalkeeper earned his side a 0-0 draw at Norwich with a dramatic stop in added time.

With heavy rain being followed by sleet, neither side was able to get any real spell of possession.

After Saints skipper Adam Lallana had blasted over when in front of an open goal, and Japan defender Maya Yoshida made vital blocks to prevent Grant Holt and Robert Snodgrass scoring, there was still time for some late drama.

Full-back Luke Shaw was ruled to have pushed over Holt just inside the penalty area, as referee Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot after consulting with his assistant.

Southampton, though, felt justice was served as Boruc produced a decent stop.

"Boruc made a massive save for us and saved us a point," Pochettino said. "I am happy because we regained our fighting spirit which we lost a bit against QPR.

"Before the penalty we deserved to be leading, so my anger was double fold, that the penalty should not have happened and also we should have been ahead."

Irish Independent

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