FA Cup Criticism Accepted, But Misguided
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has begrudgingly accepted the criticism that has come Southampton's way following our FA Cup exit, but he had the last word.
Speaking to saintsfc after making six changes in response to a run of two games in four days before we played Sunderland, and in response every pundit and their dog deciding to single us out for criticism, Pochettino said very simply.
'We accept the criticism because we know that we did not have a good day - we had a bad day. That said we did create many good chances, things just didn't go our way and it wasn't to be.'
Bringing in players who had already played a fair number of first team games this season didn't seem to matter to those who wanted to hear the sound of their own voice, I suppose we should be thankful we lost. Had any of our chances gone in, and had we won even, imagine the guff they'd have spouted after having pre rehearsed the whole 'six changes' soundbtye routine.
'We accept the sporting criticism, but we don't accept the rest. We think that it was a little out of balance and unfair.'
Understatement of the year potentially.
Poch goes on to say that he has never disrespected any domestic cup competition, and the selections prove that. We didn't draft in a handful of youth players to the starting line up, we played a team that should've been capable of winning, and had the ball rolled one inch differently on two occasions we'd have been in the next round.
Hardly justifies the faux indignation expressed by some.
'I personally think it's a bit rich that we get criticised after that game when we have shown all season that at Southampton we are not afraid to use young players and give them chances to develop in the first team. I think the criticism was out of place when you consider that we started with Sam Gallagher against Arsenal, and nobody said we had no respect for the Premier League. I think it is quite contradictory.'
Pundits have to be, or they'd have nothing to say. And that's me probably being hypocritical as well. It's catching.
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