Mixed emotions for Pochettino

By SFC Media Wed 29 Jan First team

While not unhappy to take a point from Arsenal this evening, Mauricio Pochettino says his side deserved to beat the league leaders.

José Fonte headed Saints into the lead against the Gunners, who then hit back with two goals in the space of five minutes early in the second half.

But captain Adam Lallana quickly levelled matters once again, with the two sides unable to be separated in the final half-hour.

“I thought the result was good, but that we also deserved to win the game,” Pochettino told Saints Player after the match. 

“We should have got a bit more from the game but, overall, I want to congratulate the players because they played really well today.

“We had a fantastic first half, but we were also were good in the second half when we had to get back into the game after those two Arsenal goals.

“When you make mistakes against a team as good as Arsenal, there’s a heavy price to pay, but the team was really brave and courageous, and we did really well to get back into the match. 

“The players showed a lot of character and great spirit today. Overall, we feel positive about this game and positive about the future from here on.”

Pochettino reserved praise for defender Fonte, who has been the subject of newspaper headlines over the past week.

And the manager also had words of encouragement for 18-year-old striker Sam Gallagher, who impressed on his first start for the Club.

“It was fantastic for José to get that goal – it was fully deserved,” said Pochettino, “but I want to congratulate all of the players. 

“I also want to congratulate the Academy because all of the work they do made it possible for Sam Gallagher to play his part in the game today.”

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