Writer: Vital Saint
Date:Sunday May 11 2014
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that rather than analysing our final day's draw against Manchester United today, he'd rather focus on our record breaking campaign overall, but obviously he was delighted to close 2013-14 out without a loss.
Speaking to saintsfc following the game that saw Southampton take a deserved lead through Rickie Lambert, before United then got themselves back on level terms, Pochettino said he felt that over the course of 90 minutes a draw was the fair result.
'They scored a great goal - that's obvious - but I thought we deserved a bit more judging by how well we played in the first half. Perhaps in the second half we didn't play so well, but this is not as important when we consider what a great season that we've had and also how we've enjoyed ourselves throughout the entire season.'
Pochettino ended his brief after match interview by praising the fans for their support all season long and since he came into the club, and he wanted to congratulate them for their efforts, because he knows he's certainly enjoyed himself this campaign.
Goal scorer Lambert also agreed with the gaffer in terms of the point being fair, because we weren't quite as on it in the second period.
'We were superb first half and we were absolutely dominant in the game and maybe could have been two up. Man United came out second half and I thought they were the better team. It was a great free kick, you can do nothing about those sort of goals - it's frustrating, but full credit to the player.'
As for United tempers flaring with the manner of Lambert's goal and his collision with Nemanja Vidic, Rickie was pretty honest after the fact.
'It wasn't unintentional, I did make contract with him but I think that's football. It led to a goal so I wasn't going to stand still after I've done it - I'm just going to get on with the game. Normally I would have seen if he was alright, but we have a chance to score so I carried on. It's as simple as that.'
Of course the draw moves us onto 56 points for the season and with the aim being to have broken our previous points haul, we have certainly done that this campaign and it's another piece of progression for Southampton now and all we have to do is try to continue that next season and push on a little bit higher.
Of course for Lambert our season may have ended, but his might not be over yet with England's World Cup campaign, and with Roy Hodgson in attendance today I believe and his squad being announced tomorrow, Lambert admits the next 24 hours will be anxious and he, and others in the team wait to see if they've been given the nod.
'It will probably be the most anxious wait in my entire life. It will mean more to me than anything else that's ever happened in football and something that I would always remember for the rest of my life.'
Lambert says that few years have been a dream for him with the success he's had at Southampton, and then England recognition and he didn't believe a few years back that he would achieve his aims of having his career progress like this, but thankfully, albeit a little late in the day, he couldn't be more happy.
'I'm confident that I'll be in the 30 but I don't know if I'll be in the 23 yet.'
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Date:Sunday May 11 2014
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