Spurs gave me sleepless night - Poch

Basingstoke Gazette: Mauricio Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino admitted he suffered a sleepless night after Saints’ defeat to Tottenham but says there is no magic formula to returning the team to winning ways.

Pochettino wasn’t attempting to find excuses for his side, despite a nasty spate of injuries, as defeat to Spurs made it just two points from the last possible 18.

Saints now travel to Cardiff on Boxing Day before a trip to Everton and a visit from Chelsea on New Year’s Day and the manager knows his side can ill afford to allow things to slide further.

“I had trouble sleeping. I couldn’t really sleep trying to digest the defeat,” said Pochettino of the Tottenham game.

“It was a very tough defeat but we can’t think about it too long because we have to focus on the next game up ahead.”

Things really have turned for Saints who could do no wrong at the start of the campaign and are now struggling for form.

Pocehttino is quite open about the situation and is desperate to change it around against a Cardiff side who have been in the headlines due to the uncertainty surrounding the future of manager Malky Mackay.

“Our biggest challenge will be to recover our winning ways,” he reflected.

“We can’t really be thinking about Cardiff or what’s happening at their club.

“Our most important target is to recover our level, to recover our winning ways and to recover our players collectively and individually and think about what this club does. We can’t really be thinking about anything else.”

When asked as to how Saints can change it other than get players back fit again he said: “We just have to work at it. There is no secret formula to change the situation.

“We have shown in the past that when we have a fully fit squad that we are a very solid team and a very competitive side and we need to recover that fully fit team.

“There have been various reasons that after the last international break and the game against Arsenal things started to go a bit on the downside and now we need to invert the situation, try to understand the situation and invert it as quickly as possible and get back to winning ways.”

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12:43pm Tue 24 Dec 13

montecristosaint says...

ffs dont pick Fox Hooveld or Gazanniga again its asking for trouble, inwardly digest, Poch...
ffs dont pick Fox Hooveld or Gazanniga again its asking for trouble, inwardly digest, Poch... montecristosaint

1:00pm Tue 24 Dec 13

westendsaint says...

montecristosaint wrote:
ffs dont pick Fox Hooveld or Gazanniga again its asking for trouble, inwardly digest, Poch...
Who else should he pick then.
He obviously believes they were the best players available.
[quote][p][bold]montecristosaint[/bold] wrote: ffs dont pick Fox Hooveld or Gazanniga again its asking for trouble, inwardly digest, Poch...[/p][/quote]Who else should he pick then. He obviously believes they were the best players available. westendsaint

2:30pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Rising_Son says...

westendsaint wrote:
montecristosaint wrote:
ffs dont pick Fox Hooveld or Gazanniga again its asking for trouble, inwardly digest, Poch...
Who else should he pick then.
He obviously believes they were the best players available.
I honestly think Montechristo is revelling in it. Of course, he can't tell you who should be picked. He's having too much fun being negative.
[quote][p][bold]westendsaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]montecristosaint[/bold] wrote: ffs dont pick Fox Hooveld or Gazanniga again its asking for trouble, inwardly digest, Poch...[/p][/quote]Who else should he pick then. He obviously believes they were the best players available.[/p][/quote]I honestly think Montechristo is revelling in it. Of course, he can't tell you who should be picked. He's having too much fun being negative. Rising_Son

6:24pm Tue 24 Dec 13

bakeyboy says...

Give Cody Cropper, Matt Targett and Yoshida a go or if you are going to play Jos and Fox again, keep them apart put Lovren on the left to keep an eye on Fox. But lets be totally honest here Jos and Fox are not good enough at this level and will always be liabilities in the team who are capable of making the most basic errors under pressure. I really hope we can find some money in January and get ourselves a quality centre half and bring in Jack Butland who is on lone at Barnsley, he would definately give us more confidence at the back.
Give Cody Cropper, Matt Targett and Yoshida a go or if you are going to play Jos and Fox again, keep them apart put Lovren on the left to keep an eye on Fox. But lets be totally honest here Jos and Fox are not good enough at this level and will always be liabilities in the team who are capable of making the most basic errors under pressure. I really hope we can find some money in January and get ourselves a quality centre half and bring in Jack Butland who is on lone at Barnsley, he would definately give us more confidence at the back. bakeyboy

8:11am Wed 25 Dec 13

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

Watching the replay of Adebaydonkey's goal I find it hard to believe that Jos and Fox can be guilty of such fundemental errors. Premier league defenders they ain't. Jos failed to watch the ball (he was actually looking at adebayeyore and had his back to the ball so had no idea where the ball was) whereas Fox could see the ball and adebayeyore yet he backed away from both! My first thought was that they had been paid by a Malaysian betting syndicate then I remembered it was typical Hoover and Fox. Can't remember two more error prone defenders playing for Saints; certainly not at the same time.
Watching the replay of Adebaydonkey's goal I find it hard to believe that Jos and Fox can be guilty of such fundemental errors. Premier league defenders they ain't. Jos failed to watch the ball (he was actually looking at adebayeyore and had his back to the ball so had no idea where the ball was) whereas Fox could see the ball and adebayeyore yet he backed away from both! My first thought was that they had been paid by a Malaysian betting syndicate then I remembered it was typical Hoover and Fox. Can't remember two more error prone defenders playing for Saints; certainly not at the same time. Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child

8:15am Wed 25 Dec 13

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

First rule of defending: attack the ball! Hoover turns his back and Fox backs away. Poor.
First rule of defending: attack the ball! Hoover turns his back and Fox backs away. Poor. Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child

10:50am Wed 25 Dec 13

swesaint says...

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child wrote:
Watching the replay of Adebaydonkey's goal I find it hard to believe that Jos and Fox can be guilty of such fundemental errors. Premier league defenders they ain't. Jos failed to watch the ball (he was actually looking at adebayeyore and had his back to the ball so had no idea where the ball was) whereas Fox could see the ball and adebayeyore yet he backed away from both! My first thought was that they had been paid by a Malaysian betting syndicate then I remembered it was typical Hoover and Fox. Can't remember two more error prone defenders playing for Saints; certainly not at the same time.
As a coach myself its actually wrong to get caught watching the ball and you should stick to your player. He got caught somewhere in between the two unfortunately
[quote][p][bold]Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child[/bold] wrote: Watching the replay of Adebaydonkey's goal I find it hard to believe that Jos and Fox can be guilty of such fundemental errors. Premier league defenders they ain't. Jos failed to watch the ball (he was actually looking at adebayeyore and had his back to the ball so had no idea where the ball was) whereas Fox could see the ball and adebayeyore yet he backed away from both! My first thought was that they had been paid by a Malaysian betting syndicate then I remembered it was typical Hoover and Fox. Can't remember two more error prone defenders playing for Saints; certainly not at the same time.[/p][/quote]As a coach myself its actually wrong to get caught watching the ball and you should stick to your player. He got caught somewhere in between the two unfortunately swesaint

7:10am Thu 26 Dec 13

Stroppy_gramps says...

in another time, the response would have been to leave the Gentleman in a room with a loaded pistol.

However I would happily settle for the weak links to be loaned out or moved on. I know that the goal NC wants is going to require meticulous planning, incremental improvement and a lot of effort. There will be setbacks.

However, some of these squad players are making the road very rocky and it's not doing my heart any good.
in another time, the response would have been to leave the Gentleman in a room with a loaded pistol. However I would happily settle for the weak links to be loaned out or moved on. I know that the goal NC wants is going to require meticulous planning, incremental improvement and a lot of effort. There will be setbacks. However, some of these squad players are making the road very rocky and it's not doing my heart any good. Stroppy_gramps

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