Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has backed goalkeeper Artur Boruc, after his error gifted Arsenal the opening goal in their 2-0 win over the Saints on Saturday, Sky
With the score at 0-0 midway through the first half at the Emirates Stadium, Boruc was caught dwelling on the ball by Gunners striker Olivier Giroud, who eventually dispossessed the Pole and tucked the ball into the net to put the Premier League leaders in front. The Saints could not recover from that setback, and Giroud confirmed victory for the hosts with a late penalty.
The defeat saw Southampton drop to fourth in the Premier League table, six points behind Arsenal, but afterwards Pochettino offered his backing to Boruc, saying: “We all know what happened. We saw clearly what happened on the pitch, but in this case we want to support our players even more.
“These things can happen in football and, at the same time, we competed well, even after conceding that unfortunate goal.”We want to work in the future, so that these mistakes don’t happen again.”
The Argentine also admitted that his preferred style of play might have led to the blunder. He added: “This is our style, that’s how we play. When it goes well, we receive compliments and when it goes wrong, as it did today, we don’t get those compliments. It’s the negative side of it, but the most important thing is that we believe in how we play and we want to carry on playing that way as it has given us good results.”
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