Pochettino pleased with win

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with his team
after their hard-fought win over Chelsea.

Forwards Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert were both on target
before the break to ensure John Terry’s goal for the visitors
counted for nothing as Chelsea were beaten 2-1 at St Mary’s.

The victory moved Saints up to 13th in the Premier League table
and comes on the back of a similarly impressive triumph at home to
Liverpool, and Pochettino is pleased with his players.

“It’s not easy to get consecutive victories in our own stadium
against hard teams like Chelsea and Liverpool,” he told Sky
Sports.

“We thoroughly deserved this win over Chelsea. We played very
well so we are really happy with the performance and the result.
Victories give us confidence in the job that we are doing.

“They were both quality goals. They are both strikers and
strikers live off scoring goals. It’s important that they have
confidence going into the remaining games.”

Southampton even made light of the loss of Artur Boruc at
half-time when the goalkeeper was forced off due to dizziness and
Pochettino made a point of praising his replacement Kelvin
Davis.

He added: “I’d especially like to highlight the contributions of
players who don’t get much playing time, such as Kelvin. He came on
for Boruc and did a really good job today.

“The work that happens behind closed doors isn’t just something
that managers say. It is something being done. It was a last-minute
change and I’m really pleased.”

Asked if Southampton can now push on for a top-half finish as
the fear of relegation begins to fade, the Argentine coach said:
“It is not important to look at the table at the moment. The most
important thing is to prepare for the next match.”