Pochettino: Southampton deserve more points

The former Espanyol manager has not improved the club's cushion over their relegation rivals since joining, but believes performances have warranted more than a single win

Mauricio Pochettino believes Southampton deserve more than the five points they have accumulated during his time as manager.

Pochettino was named as the south coast side’s new boss on the same day of Nigel Adkins’ shock sacking in January, in a move that surprised both fans and neutrals alike.

Saints have lost their last two games in the league against relegation rivals QPR and Newcastle United, and the Argentine insists the team’s performances on the pitch outweigh their points return.

"After analysing these games, I think we should have won these six games but I just try to analyse matters objectively," Pochettino told reporters ahead of Saturday’s trip to Norwich.

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

"No-one said it was going to be easy - everything takes time. 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.”

Although Pochettino has received praise for his footballing philosophy in the short space of time he has been at the club, Southampton have failed to increase the three-point gap between themselves and the drop zone.

And the 41-year-old is not entertaining the thought of relegation from the Premier League this season and believes victory over Norwich on Saturday can ease pressure on the fight for survival.

He continued: "At the moment I am not thinking about that. The only thing I am working on is getting better every day and getting better results.

"If we are able to get the three points, it will put us with those teams that are also fighting but are a
little bit higher up the table.

"I haven't set myself a number of points to achieve to stay up. What is my absolute desire is to win the next game."