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Poch sees bright future for Osvaldo
The striker, who joined from Roma last week in a deal that could reach nearly £15m, played the second half of yesterday's match at St Mary’s.
His introduction coincided with a noticeable improvement in Saints’ performance, as José Fonte’s late header cancelled out Sunderland’s early opener.
Osvaldo showed flashes of his ability and, while he was fortunate to avoid a sending off at one stage, his committed performance left many impressed.
“I thought he did well,” said Pochettino. “On a personal basis, he’s well established. He still needs to have a bit more of a run in a professional sense, getting used to his new teammates and the way that we play.
“So we hope that he enjoys his time here, that he can do his job well, and that he fully establishes himself with the team.”
Osvaldo’s teammate, Jay Rodriguez, added: “He’s been brilliant, really good, a great addition to the team. You can see how good he is just from the few minutes he’s had on the pitch.
“He’s a good player to learn off as well in training, so he’s something to look forward to.”
The late nature of Saints’ equaliser meant that a point was, in the end, gratefully received for Saints, but it couldn’t mask the feeling that they should have had all three.
After a fairly flat first half, in which they fell behind to Emanuele Giaccherini’s third-minute header, the hosts dominated after the interval.
But they had to wait until two minutes from time before levelling, as Fonte headed in James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick.
“I am not really happy,” said Pochettino. “I am more disappointed “I am disappointed in the way we conceded the goal early on – I take full responsibility for that.
“That is not acceptable and it will serve as a wake-up call because it can never happen ever again. It is not right.
“At the same time I am happy and content with our industry during the second half.
“We created a host of chances and, if you look at the second half, we deserved to win the match.
“We secured a draw in the last few minutes of the game and it showed us that all the work we did after conceding that early goal was important and we fully deserved to get that goal. Perhaps even more.
“I am very clear that in the sense that we’ve had a very good pre-season. It shows in the effort that we put in today, that we are physically strong over 90 minutes like we were last week as well.”
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