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Pochettino: Southampton lacked aggression

8 February 2014 19:53

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino felt his side lacked "aggression" in the 2-2 with Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday.

Pochettino watched on in frustration as Southampton twice blew the lead against Stoke, with all four goals coming in the first half.

Rickie Lambert gave Southampton an early lead with a great curling free-kick into the top-right corner, but a surprise equaliser from Peter Odemwingie then drew Stoke level against the run of play.

Steven Davis put Southampton ahead three minutes later, but the home side were cancelled out again when former Southampton striker Peter Crouch headed home a few minutes before half-time.

Pochettino expressed is disappointment before urging his side to start stamping their authority on matches in order to progress in the Premier League.

"I wouldn't say it was frustrating, I would say it was disappointing," he said.

"I think over the full 90 minutes we deserved to win the game but in football you can't deserve to win a game, you need to show you can win the game and it wasn't to be.

"It was a great goal (from Lambert) but the only thing I would say to that is that after we got that first goal we weren't aggressive enough to go on and get the second that would have put the game to bed.

"We conceded a soft goal, it was 1-1, then we got the lead again and it was 2-1 but we weren't able to hold onto that lead and conceded a second goal and perhaps we needed a bit more aggressiveness to maintain the lead.

"In the second half we practically nullified Stoke and were creating all the chances but in the end it just wasn't to be."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
8 February 2014
Game week
25
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
2 - 2
Full-time
2 - 2

Goals

1 - 0
1 - 1
38' P. Odemwingie
 (assist by C. Adam)
S. Davis 41'
(assist by N. Clyne) 
2 - 1
2 - 2
44' P. Crouch
 (assist by C. Adam)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
3
17
20
5
16 28'
6
25 44' 67'
9 38' 90'
19 83'
24
Coach: M. Hughes

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
22
1
12
16
21
26
27
# Player Bookings
15
23
8
28
29
30
32

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23:44
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23:04
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22:27
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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +2 3
2 1 +2 3
3 1 +1 3
4 1 +1 3
5 1 +1 3
6 1 +1 3
7 1 +1 3
8 1 +1 3
9 1 +0 1
10 1 +0 1
11 1 +0 1
12 1 +0 1
13 1 -1 0
14 1 -1 0
15 1 -1 0
16 1 -1 0
17 1 -1 0
18 1 -1 0
19 1 -2 0
20 1 -2 0

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