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Sunday 25 February 2018

Saints rally after freak Begovic goal


Carl Markham

Stoke manager Mark Hughes was more than grateful to accept the gift of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic's goal after 13 seconds but admitted conditions spoiled the game overall.

The Bosnia international scored after his wind-assisted hoof downfield took a huge bounce over opposite number Artur Boruc to give the Potters the perfect start only for Jay Rodriguez to equalise just before half-time.

"It was a fortunate goal, quite bizarre, and we were grateful for it," said Hughes.

"You could tell as soon as the two centre-halves made the decision to let it bounce the goalkeeper was going to be in trouble because it took a hop, skip and a jump and he was never going to get anywhere near it.

"I don't think I've ever seen a goalkeeper do that, which was great for us. The idea in the first half was to take advantage of the conditions but unfortunately conditions spoiled the game."

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino apportioned no blame to Boruc.

"As a manager that is the first time I've had to experience a moment as unlucky as that," he said. "I don't blame him at all."

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