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Pochettino encouraged by Saints draw

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Mauricio Pochettino picked up a point in his first match in charge of Southampton © AP
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New Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino declared himself content after beginning his reign as Saints boss with a goalless draw at home to Everton.

The home side squandered a host of chances in the first half as they peppered Tim Howard's goal with shots and Nikica Jelavic and Leighton Baines both cleared the ball off the line.

Everton came back stronger in the second half, but despite a late charge by Southampton, the Saints were unable to make Pochettino's debut a winning one.

"Tonight we have done very well and created at least seven good chances to score," Pochettino, speaking through an interpreter, said.

"The only shame was that we didn't score the goals but we created a lot of chances facing a very good side in Everton who are fifth in the league. We deserve a lot of credit although we did suffer a bit more in the second half. But we were creating chances and just needed that bit more luck."

The Argentine thanked Southampton fans for their support after he received a warm welcome at St Mary's - after a planned protest against the sacking of Nigel Adkins with the waving of handkerchiefs, a tradition amongst restless Spanish fans, failed to materialise.

"I want to thank the players for the three days working with them, they have done very well," Pochettino said on Sky Sports. "I want to thank the supporters for the very kind reception they have given me, it was amazing."

Man-of-the-match Morgan Schneiderlin admitted the Saints new little of their new manager ahead of a training camp in Barcelona.

"I think he's been great," he said. "In the next couple of weeks we will get to know him better. Now we go away for a couple of days to get to know him and what he really wants from us."

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