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Southampton boss Pochettino refuses to blame Boruc for Begovic stunner

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino insists Artur Boruc wasn't to blame for Stoke City's 13-second opener.

Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic scored after his wind-assisted hoof downfield took a huge bounce over opposite number Artur Boruc to give the Potters the perfect start only for Jay Rodriguez to equalise just before half-time.

Pochettino apportioned no blame to Boruc and put the opening goal down to bad luck.

"As a manager that is the first time I've had to experience a moment as unlucky as that," he said.

"I don't blame him (Boruc) at all. I think it had more to do with the weather conditions, it was something completely unexpected, but we are aware these things can happen in football.

"He didn't apologise for anything because he didn't have to.

"The wind was changing gusts completely all the time and it is a ground which is open on three sides which makes it even more windy.

"It was a really tough game in terms of the weather conditions."

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