Hunter Unhappy With Late Spot Kick

By SFC Media time Tue 12 Feb Club

A frustrated Martin Hunter was left to rue a penalty deep into stoppage time that cost the U21s all three points at Wolves on Monday night.

Southampton had been on course for a first win of the Barclays U21 Elite group leading 2-1 thanks to goals from Jake Sinclair and Lloyd Isgrove at Molineux, but a controversial spot kick awarded after the three minutes of allocated stoppage time saw the hosts snatch a point.

Speaking to Saints Player after the game, Hunter was upset with the decision that saw Saints record their second draw from their opening four Elite group matches.

“I’ve been in to seen the officials and asked the referee to look at the DVD because if we make mistakes we’re accountable, and I’d like him to look at that from his position,” he explained.

“The ball’s actually struck Calum with his head out of the way, so I’m a little angry to say the least. Plus the fact, we’ve had three minutes of extra time go up, and that’s come four and a half minutes in, so where that time’s come from I do not know.”

To add to the disappointment of a contest which Saints dominated for long spells, the visitors failed to convert an opportunity which would have made it 3-1 when second goal scorer Isgrove had a chance to seal the success.

“It’s 3-1 and it’s game over,” Hunter admitted. “I’ve spoken to him (Lloyd) about that and he understands it. He’s got pace to burn, but when he gets one-on-one with the ‘keeper, he has to score.

“We’ve been particularly good away from home this season with some of our results, and the first half performance here, we were completely dominant and should have been again more clinical in the final third. 

“We were 1-0 up and we passed the ball really well, and in the second half, we’ve been okay until we got sloppy, and when they went down to ten men things were difficult.”

Hunter named a team inclusive of players with First Team experience, as the likes of Paulo Gazzaniga, Aaron Martin, and James Ward-Prowse were all involved, but there was a clear message to everyone post match.

“It’s about young players understanding how to win games,” the 21s coach highlighted. “That’s what they’re paid for and that’s what we need at this football club. One or two have gone below the mark that we were expecting of them in the second half.

“It’s game management again,” he added. “You can’t be 2-0 up away from home and end up drawing, okay, the decision has killed us, but we’ve got to be better than that.”

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