Hooiveld: Saints too emotional

Jos Hooiveld accepts Southampton players lost their heads after

Norwich were awarded a penalty in last weekend’s clash between the

sides.

The Football Association have charged Saints with failing to

control their players after referee Mark Clattenburg ruled that

Luke Shaw pushed Grant Holt just inside the penalty area.

Artur Boruc kept out Holt’s subsequent spot-kick, but

Southampton players continued to protest after the final whistle in

the 0-0 draw and were joined on the pitch by manager Mauricio

Pochettino.

The club have until 4pm on Friday to respond to the charge.

“If people cross the line, then of course you have to be

charged, but I think at that moment we were fighting to keep that

clean sheet,” Hooiveld said.

“We had fought the whole of what was a tough game and tough

circumstances, then they were awarded a penalty which in our eyes

was not the right decision.

“Then the emotions went a little bit high and maybe we got a

little too close. I think whatever happens after that, it is not up

to us to decide.”

Asked if Southampton had been out of order, Hooiveld added: “Not

really. I think it is also in the moment in which it happened and

how it happened.

“Football is a game of emotions and of course it has to be

directed in the right way.

“But sometimes if you feel you have been done an injustice as a

football player you lose your head a little bit.

“I think that’s what happened and what is going to happen, I

don’t really know.”

Southampton’s immediate concern is Saturday’s clash with

Liverpool, which will see Hooiveld come up against Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan has been in sensational form this season and is

one of the favourites for PFA Player of the Year.

Hooiveld revealed his vote has gone to a fellow Dutchman in

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, but knows there is not

much between him and Suarez.

“He is a great player,” he said. “I know him because he started

in Europe at Groningen, which is where I am from.

“You can just see that he has developed very well. He has pace,

is very complete and it is always a nice challenge [to face players

like him].

“It will be 90 minutes and a fair game as we both start on zero.

I enjoy the competitiveness of playing against the likes of

him.”