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Poch vows to avoid brawl repeat
5:51pm Saturday 14th December 2013 in Football
Maurico Pochettino said he never again wants to see his bench involved in a brawl like the one that broke out at the end of the 1-1 draw with Newcastle at St James’ Park.
An injury time challenge by Morgan Schneiderlin that saw the midfielder pick up a yellow card led to staff from both benches getting involved in a melee that was broken up by stewards.
The respective goalkeeping coaches, Toni Jimenez of Saints and Andy Woodman of Newcastle, were sent to the stands for the remainder of the game.
Alan Pardew described the bust up as “panto season” and Pochettino said: “I think what happened at the end of the game is not a good example. It’s not good for football.
“From our point of view we are going to try our best not to let it happen again because it’s not good for anyone, not good for the sport.
“I think it is avoidable but also in a high intensity game such as that any little spark can lead to something else and I think that’s what happened.
“Overall from our point of view it’s something we regret and we don’t want ever to happen again.”
The incident somewhat overshadowed a decent game and a good result for Saints who fought back from a goal down to level through Jay Rodriguez.
“I think overall in the analysis of the 96 or 97 minutes played the draw was a fair result,” said Pochettino.
“Perhaps we could have even got something a bit more from this game.
“I think both halves were completely different.
“In the first half it was wide open and both teams were creating good chances for themselves.
“I think in the second half Southampton was completely dominating the game and could have gone on to win.
“The overall analysis is the draw is a fair result.”
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