Norwich 0 Southampton 0: Mauricio Pochettino fumes over penalty award
Norwich 0 Southampton 0: Mauricio Pochettino insists his side did not deserve to concede a penalty after dramatic finale
Mauricio Pochettino was angry about Norwich City’s late penalty award after Artur Boruc saved the spot-kick to earn Southampton a draw at Carrow Road.
With the game heading towards a goalless draw, referee Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot when Luke Shaw tripped Grant Holt as he ran out of the box.
The Saints were livid about the decision but Boruc dived to his right to save Holt’s spot-kick.
Pochettino confronted Clattenburg on the pitch after the final whistle and remains adamant that the penalty should not have been given.
“Yes [I was angry], it is not a penalty,” Pochettino told Sky Sports. “It was not [a penalty] on the pitch and not on TV.
“Artur had a great save we saved one point and actually the team deserved to get three points.
“What was said on the pitch [to referee Mark Clattenburg] stays on the pitch, I fully respect referees. I understand they have a job to do but also me and the staff have a job to do as well.”
Defender Shaw tweeted after the game: “It was never a penalty, and if it was I would be the first one to say it was a penalty. But it was a great save from Artur Boruc and thanks to the fans for the support.”
Despite the controversial finale, Pochettino was thrilled with his side’s battling display, which keeps them in 16th place.
He added: “It has been hard for us to get goals, but I think at a difficult ground such as Norwich, I think my team played a good game in weather conditions for our type of football was not the best.
“The team fought really hard today and the result could have been worse with the penalty given in the last minute.”