Poch wary of Everton threat

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Everton’s first home league defeat of 2013 might be viewed by many as a positive for Saints – but Mauricio Pochettino insists he is disappointed by it.

The Merseyside club were beaten 1-0 by Sunderland on Boxing Day, ending a run of nearly 12 months without a loss at Goodison Park.

Everton’s previous Premier League home defeat had been at the end of December 2012, against Chelsea.

While the Toffees losing the winning feeling at Goodison Park can be seen as a good thing for Saints, ahead of their trip there tomorrow, Pochettino would have preferred things to be different, as he wanted his team to be the ones who upset them.

“It’s the first time that Everton lost (at home) in 2013,” he said.

“We wanted to be the ones that broke that record and beat them at Everton, but Sunderland beat us to it.”

Tomorrow’s encounter will be a clash that arguably features two of the division’s most improved clubs.

Saints have made many observers sit up and take notice with their performances this season and, although a six-game winless streak knocked them down the table to ninth, the 3-0 Boxing Day victory at Cardiff got them back on track in style.

Everton have enjoyed an even better campaign so far, challenging towards the very top of the division.

They currently occupy fifth position, and are five points behind first-placed Arsenal.

“It’s clear we are going to be facing a tough side, a tough opponent, a great manager in Roberto Martinez,” said Pochettino.

“It’s going to be a very tough game.

“Even under David Moyes they were a tough side that was always fighting for the first seven or eight positions and now they have a great manager in Roberto Martinez.”

Everton might have sold one of their star players, Marouane Fellaini, in the final hours of the summer transfer window, but Martinez’s acquisitions that same day – Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Barry and James McCarthy – have helped propel them forward.

“They have made amazing signings as well, so I’m fully aware we’re going to be facing a really tough side,” said Pochettino.

The Saints boss, pictured left, already knows Martinez by virtue of the pair’s Spanish connections, and he has been impressed at how well the former Wigan boss has done at his new club.

“Of course I know him from a long time ago,” he said. “He’s been a long time in England and he fully deserves everything that he’s getting, because he’s fully earned it.”

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8:01am Sat 28 Dec 13

Saintsteve7 says...

Losing Morgan is a big loss but they are missing a couple as well. Big factor will be how we control Lakaku, if Lovren is fit n well this could be big battle that decides the game. Really looking forward to this! Coyr
Losing Morgan is a big loss but they are missing a couple as well. Big factor will be how we control Lakaku, if Lovren is fit n well this could be big battle that decides the game. Really looking forward to this! Coyr Saintsteve7

8:49am Sat 28 Dec 13

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Think it could be our day , focus and determination and we can walk away with 3pts , but sensible head would say take a draw unless we are playing a sweet sweet game , come on Adam light up to pitch in the way you can fast precise play with J rod or Ricky to smack home . C O Y R
3pts would be a pre NEW YEAR celebration that will last to NEW YEARS DAY
Think it could be our day , focus and determination and we can walk away with 3pts , but sensible head would say take a draw unless we are playing a sweet sweet game , come on Adam light up to pitch in the way you can fast precise play with J rod or Ricky to smack home . C O Y R 3pts would be a pre NEW YEAR celebration that will last to NEW YEARS DAY SPIKEISLANDTRADER

8:58am Sat 28 Dec 13

batesieboy says...

It would be great to do a Merseyside double! When did we ever do that before?
It would be great to do a Merseyside double! When did we ever do that before? batesieboy

2:01pm Sat 28 Dec 13

andoru says...

Last week: "Poch wary of Spurs Danger"
This week: "Poch wary of Everton Threat"

Either the Daily Echo is cutting and pasting its headlines or Pochettino needs help relaxing a bit. Being so wary of everything can't be good for his health.
Last week: "Poch wary of Spurs Danger" This week: "Poch wary of Everton Threat" Either the Daily Echo is cutting and pasting its headlines or Pochettino needs help relaxing a bit. Being so wary of everything can't be good for his health. andoru

9:25pm Sat 28 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

They are going to be a tad miffed if they lose two in a row at home, it's unthinkable, but actually quite possible.
They are going to be a tad miffed if they lose two in a row at home, it's unthinkable, but actually quite possible. OSPREYSAINT

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