Norwich 0 Southampton 0: Pochettino could face action for confronting Clattenburg

By Mark Ryan

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino could face a touchline ban after confronting referee Mark Clattenburg on the pitch at the end of the game.

The former Argentina defender admitted he had lost his self-control over Clattenburg’s decision to award the home side a soft injury-time penalty when Luke Shaw nudged striker Grant Holt in the area.

Artur Boruc saved spectacularly from Holt’s kick and Pochettino agreed that was just as well.

Late drama: Norwich City captain sees his injury-time penalty saved by Southampton keeper Artur Boruc

Late drama: Norwich City captain sees his injury-time penalty saved by Southampton keeper Artur Boruc

Match facts

Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass, Johnson, Howson, Pilkington (Hoolahan 35), Kamara (Becchio 80), Holt.

Subs Not Used: Camp, Whittaker, Fox, Elliott Bennett, Ryan Bennett.

Booked: Holt,Johnson.

Southampton: Boruc, Yoshida, Fonte, Hooiveld, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Rodriguez (Puncheon 90), Cork, Ramirez (Do Prado 70), Lallana (Ward-Prowse 78), Lambert.

Subs Not Used: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Forren, Chaplow.

Booked: Lallana, Fonte, Puncheon.

Att: 26,783

Ref: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear).

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Pochettino, 41, said: ‘In that moment you don’t really control your emotions, you’re angry, your pulse rate is high and what had happened was completely unfair.’

He refused to reveal what was said to Clattenburg, insisting: ‘What is said on the pitch stays on the pitch.’

But when it was suggested he should not have been on the pitch, Pochettino said: ‘I know. I apologise, sometimes you lose control a little bit.’

Any disciplinary action from the Football Association could involve a fine and touchline ban but Pochettino said: ‘I hope the referee understands the manager’s position in these things.

'Even though I don’t agree with what happened, I have full respect for the referee.’

Shaw also tweeted: ‘Was never a pen, if it was I would be the first one to say it was a pen, but great save from Boruc and thanks to the fans for the support.’

Boruc leapt smartly to his right to block Holt’s kick but one can only imagine how hot under the collar Pochettino might have got in the snow had his side not earned a point in their fight against relegation.

Getting shirt: Norwich's Jonny Howson (left) is pulled back by Morgan Schneiderlin

Getting shirt: Norwich's Jonny Howson (left) is pulled back by Morgan Schneiderlin

‘That’s hypothetical now but it is better that it didn’t happen,’ he said with a smile.

Pochettino had come across as a cool customer until yesterday. But even Norwich manager Chris Hughton was not sure it was a penalty.

Hughton said: ‘Was there contact? Yes. Was there enough contact for a penalty? That’s for the referee and his assistant to decide. But if that one was soft, the one we didn’t get in the first half wasn’t, when the same player pulled back Grant Holt.’

Full debut: Kei Kamra started his first game for Norwich but couldn't help find a goal

Full debut: Kei Kamra started his first game for Norwich but couldn't help find a goal

Treacherous: Jose Fonte (left) battles with Anthony Pilkingtonin the snow

Treacherous: Jose Fonte (left) battles with Anthony Pilkingtonin the snow

Boruc was booed all the way to the tunnel by his own fans at St Mary’s following the defeat by Spurs this season, so this was a dramatic turnaround.

A wave at the visiting supporters at the end of this game brought enthusiastic cheers.

The rest of the match was an object lesson in how not to finish, though Norwich keeper Mark Bunn saved well from Adam Lallana, who later blazed over when it seemed easier to score and home defender Maya Yoshida came up with a couple of goal-saving tackles to deny Robert Snodgrass.

Some of Holt’s finishing was truly woeful, resulting in Norwich’s third 0-0 draw at Carrow Road this year.

Hughton added: ‘Our responsibility to the fans is to stay in the division. We are what we are. If we were always good at both ends we’d be pushing for a place in Europe.’

Well defended: Southampton's young left back Luke Shaw (right) does well to stop Robert Snodgrass putting his cross in

Well defended: Southampton's young left back Luke Shaw (right) does well to stop Robert Snodgrass putting his cross in

Putting the boot in: Bradley Johnson (right) holds off a challenge from Jay Rodriguez

Putting the boot in: Bradley Johnson (right) holds off a challenge from Jay Rodriguez

 

 
 

 

 

 

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Less of the carping lads! We desperately need to get behind the team for the run-in. Saints' fans were magnificent on Saturday and (almost!) cancelled out the 12 th man Clattenberg effect. Come on you Reds!! And give King Artur a bloody contract Nicole!

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clattenburg is so awful. we've had him 2 or 3 times this season and it feels like we are playing 12 men!

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Clattenburg , whenever I see that name is going to referee a Southampton match, i know that it will seem that Saints are playing twelve men.

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I've always rated BORUC!!! The holy goalie

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Mr Pochettino speaks Spanish not Italian (Percy from Notts), it has been widely reported that he speaks to his players in English but has not yet got the confidence to speak to reporters in English. He is Argentinian and the area that he was born and bred had lots of English speaking people living there, he is aware of our language, can speak a little but understands more and is having lessons to improve his understanding and speech. Saints outplayed their opponents again yesterday, as they have done for all their games since Mauricio Pocchetino took charge. I can understand neutral fans wanting Saints to lose as Adkins sacking was at best harsh and at worst disgraceful, but the Saints fans are 100% behind the new manager and our players. Grant Holt should be ashamed of himself for the dive, and justice was done when it was he that missed the penalty. My heart sank when I saw Clattenburg was refereeing this game, and yet again he has grabbed the headlines with a very very poor decision

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Holt has been booked for next series of Splash with Tom Daley - Tich, Ipswich, United Kingdom, 10/3/2013 10:21 Binner Alert !!! so how is life at poorman road ?

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when are these referee's going be made to appear on motd and exsplain there stupid decisions.

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Another poor show from the officials in this game. Denied a blatant penalty for Norwich and then award a penalty for a blatant dive. Couple that with the absolutely astonishing decision to chop of a perfectly good Swansea equaliser at WBA and you really do need to ask if being professionals has made a blind bit of difference to the job they do. People will say they have a hard job which is true some of the time but these are easy decisions to make.

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Agree with Percy frm Notts, his English became word perfect when he was abusing Clattenberg, then his puppet had to do his bit for TV interview. I thought we were not letting people into this country if they did not have a good grasp of the Queen's English or is that just the NHS? If you want a visa to gain entry to England just pretend to know something about football. I feel for the Saints fans but I can't wait for them to go down for back stabbing a good English manager doing a good job on a shoestring!

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Holt has been booked for next series of Splash with Tom Daley

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