Draw disappoints Pochettino

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino was a bit disappointed

not to beat Stoke but took the point.

Stoke striker Peter Crouch netted the 47th minute opener against

his former club but Rickie Lambert equalised with his 15th league

goal of the season to earn a share of the spoils.

The result meant the Saints finished in 14th in the table for

Pochettino, who took over from Nigel Adkins in January.

He told Sky Sports: “I’m satisfied with how the season has gone

but I’m a bit disappointed that we haven’t been able to win today

and climb positions up the table.

“We’ve played very well today but as has happened in the last

few games, we have played better than the rival teams but we

haven’t been able to get the win.”

Pochettino had earlier warned that he would follow Nicola

Cortese out of the Premier League club should the executive

chairman decide to leave but that situation has now been

resolved.

“It is clear that there were problems at the beginning of the

week but they’ve all been solved now and we are all very happy that

that’s all been put behind us,” he added.

“We are going to start working from tomorrow for the next

season.”

Asked how important Lambert has he been this season to the

Saints, Pochettino replied: “His goals have given us the chance to

be in the Premiership next season and he’s been vital for us.”