Sunday 19 November 2017

Pochettino pleased as Southampton defend well

Southampton 1 West Brom 0

Southampton's Adam Lallana
Southampton's Adam Lallana

Simon Peach

Mauricio Pochettino was pleased to see Southampton regain their defensive solidity against West Brom, whose new manager Pepe Mel helped pave the Saints boss' way into management.

Adam Lallana's second-half strike proved the difference in what was for the most part a dull and frustrating encounter at St Mary's.

The 1-0 victory was only Saints' second in 10 league attempts as they collected a first home clean sheet since October, having conceded 11 goals in those five previous matches.

That represented quite a drop-off by what had been the sternest backline in the Premier League and Pochettino was pleased to see them looking strong again.

"I think the team as of late has been playing better, but it has been lacking defensive solidity. I think today we recovered that, we recovered that winning spirit, we recovered that solidity at the back.

"The most important thing about this team is that regardless of that fact it has been facing some struggles, it has kept on believing in the work that we do and how we play."

The return of 'keeper Artur Boruc after six weeks out with a fractured hand played a key part in the clean sheet, with his fine save preventing Shane Long grabbing a late equaliser.

Irish Independent

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