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Monday 19 March 2018

Sunderland's Pochettino left deflated by Southampton


Southampton's Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino
Southampton's Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino
Marcos Alonso of Sunderland in action
Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet

Damian Spellman

Mauricio Pochettino has vowed to carry on with his Southampton master plan despite Nicola Cortese's departure.

The Argentinian has signalled his intention to review his position at the end of the season following Cortese's exit and the appointment of club owner Katharina Liebherr as non-executive chairman.

Asked how the boardroom changes might affect the club's long-term vision after yesterday's draw at Sunderland, Pochettino said: "It's clear that that's a question that should be directed to the chairwoman, and it's also clear that we are just going to continue on the path we have been on."

Pochettino left Wearside counting the cost of an eventful 90 minutes at the Stadium of Light during which his side squandered a 2-0 lead.

The visitors looked to have taken a decisive lead when Jay Rodriguez put them in front after four minutes and Dejan Lovren volleyed home a 31st-minute corner. Sunderland dragged themselves back into the match within seconds through Fabio Borini's effort, but they were second-best for an hour.

However, the Saints failed to capitalise on the wealth of opportunities they created and they were made to pay with 19 minutes remaining when Adam Johnson smashed a stinging shot through 'keeper Artur Boruc's hands to snatch a point.

"I am quite disappointed with a point," Pochettino said. "I think we actually deserved to win the game, but in the end we leave with one point and two injuries."

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was relieved to have emerged with a point after a dreadful start to the game.

"It's a very good point. I am very realistic, it looked bad, really bad. It looked really dark. It looked like nothing was right for us, so at that time if you had said to me, 'You are going to get a point from the game' I would have taken it, for sure."

Irish Independent

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