Premier League: Pochettino refuses to get carried away as Saints march to top four


SOUTHAMPTON boss Mauricio Pochettino urged caution yesterday despite seeing his team propelled into the top four of the Premier League following a hard-fought home win against Swansea.

Adam Lallana belted the ball into the roof of the net to open the scoring in the 19th minute, before Jay Rodriguez took advantage of hesitant Swansea defending in the final stages of the match to seal a two-goal victory.

“I don’t know where we will finish [in the table]. I don’t have a crystal ball, and the most important thing is to prepare for every game and getting the three points,” Pochettino said. “I am very happy for everyone involved with the club and all of the fans, but we’ve only just started – we need to keep working as hard as we are right now.”

Swansea lie 15th with only two wins in the league this season, yet could have drawn level in the first half when Nathan Dyer’s shot hit the post and rolled along the goal line.

Yet, despite their bad luck, there was better news for striker Michu after the game as the 27-year-old was called up to Spain’s national squad due to an injury to David Villa.