Pochettino: Southampton deserved more against Everton

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2013, 13:50 PM IST

London: Southampton head coach Mauricio Pochettino claims his side deserved more from Sunday`s 2-1 defeat at Everton.

A stunning second half strike from Gaston Ramirez cancelled out Seamus Coleman`s early opener, before Romelu Lukaku popped up to wrap up the points for Everton 16 minutes from time.

But Pochettino feels his team should have picked up at least a point at Goodison Park.

"I think overall the game was a very good game, with both teams very good going forward, but it is still a shame because we leave with nothing and deserved more from this game," said the Argentinian.

"I think the team put in a great performance, not just one player, but the team as a whole and I`m very happy with the performance but obviously very disappointed with the result.

"From the three shots they had on goal they scored twice and we created a lot of chances for ourselves but in the end we come away with nothing."

Pochettino also praised goalscorer Ramirez, hinting that the Uruguayan could have a more important role to play in his future plans after finding first-team opportunities hard to come by this season.

"I am very happy with his performance today because he`s in the process of recovering his confidence and his attacking style and he`s on the right path," he added.

"I think it`s clear that he is in a process of adaptation - it`s taking him some time to adapt.

"Today he got some minutes and scored a great goal so we hope that with time and with more games he will be able to recover that confidence he needs to be a better player in the future."