Premier League: Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino positive after Stoke draw
Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino remained positive after a 2-2 draw with Stoke and believes his side deserved more.
Last Updated: 08/02/14 9:36pm
Rickie Lambert put Saints in the driving seat in the opening stages, but they couldn't hold on, despite enjoying the lion's share of possession in the second half.
And Pochettino was left to rue what might have been after Lambert's brilliant opener, with Peter Odemwingie and Peter Crouch on target for the visitors, while Steven Davis responded for Saints.
"We scored a great goal through Rickie Lambert and created several more chances," he said.
"We could not take them and then conceded two soft goals, which made it very difficult for us."
Saints played some good football at times in the poor conditions, and Pochettino saw enough to take plenty of positives from his side's performance.
"Despite the weather, despite the tough opponent we were facing, we still played very well," he added.
"In the second half we were all over Stoke, and we were creating all the chances.
"Overall we actually deserved more than the final result reflects."
The result did not please the Argentine boss, but he admitted that a resurgent Stoke are not an easy team to play against, and he cannot be too despondent with a point.
"We have tried to play, we tried to impose our game," Pochettino added.
"We also have to take into account that we were playing against one of the most physical, if not toughest, sides in the Premier League, so we have to be pleased."