'It wasn't to be' says Poch

Basingstoke Gazette: Mauricio Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino admitted Saints are on a bad run after suffering their third successive defeat but said the loss to Aston Villa was “one in 1,000.”

Saints were desperate to get back to winning ways after defeats at Premier League big boys Arsenal and Chelsea but they lost a game they dominated against Villa 3-2.

Villa enjoyed just 23 per cent of the possession and had only three shots on target during the 90 minutes - all of which resulted in goals.

On top of that an already injury hit Saints squad lost two more key men in the shape of Victor Wanyama and Nathaniel Clyne during the match.

Pochettino was seeing the positives though.

“It is very difficult because the team put in a great effort. I think they did very well,” he said.

“It’s a game you lose one in 1,000 and it happened that we lost it.

“We wanted to bounce back but we lacked what we always had – to be solid at the back. We were not solid at the back.

“When the opposition arrives four times and they score three goals you know that you’re lacking defensive solidity and not solid at the back.

“I can’t fault my players for anything because they put in a great performance.

“We tried as much as we could but it wasn’t to be.”

He added: “It’s clear that we are on a bad run at the moment, I am not going to negate that, but we have to be strong.

“We have to keep on working as we have been so far.

“We are experiencing the other side of football which is the negative side, but again we have to keep on working and recover because we have a very tough game on Saturday.”

Saints were guilty for the second game in a row of conceding a couple of soft goals and ultimately it cost them.

“We made some defensive mistakes and we were punished heavily for those defensive mistakes,” reflected Pochettino.

“Sometimes errors happen and they can be solved but we made two mistakes and that gifted them two goals.

“That put us on the back foot from then on and it was really hard to recover after making those mistakes.

“I’m not being hard, just on the situation. The situation is frustrating.

“I think we were unlucky and the players put in an amazing effort. I can’t fault them for anything.

“They played well, they put in a good shifts. They fought hard.

“The defeat was undeserved and overall I’m actually happy with my players in the sense that they performed well and tried their best.”

Saints now have the small matter of Manchester City at St Mary’s on Saturday with which to recover and try to stop a fourth successive defeat.

“The most important thing at the moment is to recover my players and recover the situation,” said the Saints manager.

“We need to recover from this defeat mentally, we need to think ahead of this game and 100 per cent positively for the game ahead against Manchester City.”

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11:10am Thu 5 Dec 13

Malcombe says...

I wasn't there last night so I can't be too critical however I read most comment to those who did go for there opinion, I'll be my own Judge when I see Saints on Saturday against Man City but the change of a Defender did seem strange unless Fonte was carrying a slight injury and M P wanted to save him for Man City, perhaps we shouldn't misjudge M P as Yoshida is an established Saints Player and International who knows M Ps style of playing and can be trusted to do the same job as Fonte, there is this theory that Players need games to be aware and sharp and playing is the best way to learn there job,I use to think well he's a Footballer it's his job so he must know what his job entails. With the fantastic start that Saints have made this season and there position in the League up to last Saturday they looked unstoppable and playing attractive Football admired by many so what better to prove that Saints are equal to an opposing Team is this Saturday with a win against Man City who have some of the best Players in the world, Saints did it last season lets all hope it wasn't a fluke and beat them again COYR
I wasn't there last night so I can't be too critical however I read most comment to those who did go for there opinion, I'll be my own Judge when I see Saints on Saturday against Man City but the change of a Defender did seem strange unless Fonte was carrying a slight injury and M P wanted to save him for Man City, perhaps we shouldn't misjudge M P as Yoshida is an established Saints Player and International who knows M Ps style of playing and can be trusted to do the same job as Fonte, there is this theory that Players need games to be aware and sharp and playing is the best way to learn there job,I use to think well he's a Footballer it's his job so he must know what his job entails. With the fantastic start that Saints have made this season and there position in the League up to last Saturday they looked unstoppable and playing attractive Football admired by many so what better to prove that Saints are equal to an opposing Team is this Saturday with a win against Man City who have some of the best Players in the world, Saints did it last season lets all hope it wasn't a fluke and beat them again COYR Malcombe

12:34pm Thu 5 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Wouldn't it be great if we had an absolute nightmare on Saturday and come away with a 1 0 victory! Stranger things happen in football.
Wouldn't it be great if we had an absolute nightmare on Saturday and come away with a 1 0 victory! Stranger things happen in football. OSPREYSAINT

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