Football - Pochettino expected bigger points haul

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side could have taken maximum points from his six games in charge.

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The Argentinian was appointed Saints boss in controversial circumstances back in January on the same day fans' favourite Nigel Adkins was given the boot.

The St Mary's-based side were three points clear of the drop zone then and, despite receiving many plaudits for their pressing game, have the same cushion six matches on.

The 3-1 defeat of Manchester City remains Southampton's sole victory under Pochettino, although the former defender is confident things will pick up.

"No-one said it was going to be easy - everything takes time," Pochettino said ahead of the trip to Norwich. "If you were expecting some kind of magic wand to find solutions to everything then (you were wrong). I relish pressure, I like being in a pressurised situation.

"I probably arrived here at the beginning of the year because maybe there was something not going well with the club.

"Anyhow, as with everything, you always need time to develop, but I don't have any problem with anyone telling me that they are upset we haven't won these six games.

"After analysing these games, I think we should have won these six games but I just try to analyse matters objectively.

"Speaking in a very objective way, I think the team deserves a lot more than to have just one win from these six games.

"Overall, I don't really feel the pressure, I accept the pressure. I am really happy with the way the club and fans have treated me, knowing full well that it is not easy to get on a train that is already moving."

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