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Saints' plea for referee justice

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino believes officials have treated his side unfairly this season due to their young, friendly image.

Three of those players are teenagers from the club's famed academy - an admirable philosophy but one manager Pochettino feels is costing his side.

The former Argentina international was irked by referee Mark Clattenburg's failure to award his side two penalties at Goodison Park and believes those decisions are just the tip of the iceberg.

I was angry about some of the refereeing decisions. There was not one, but actually two clear penalties not given to us. We have been suffering all season long. Many injustices have gone against us. It is easier to referee a Southampton side that are all young, friendly players. It is very easy to have decisions not go for us. It is a lot easier to have decisions to go against us. We just want Southampton to be refereed with the same rigour as all otherclubs are judged.We want the same treatment as all other clubs. Nothing better, nothing worse - just the same."

– Mauricio Pochettino, Southampton FC manager

Southampton's Ramirez gives his shirt to young fan

Southampton's Ramirez gives his shirt to a young fan Credit: PA Wire

Everton went ahead in the ninth minute when Seamus Coleman burst into the area and finished with a powerful strike.

Saints substitute Gaston Ramirez equalised in the 71st minute, beating Toffees goalkeeper Joel Robles, who it appeared should have done better in his attempt to save the effort, with a shot from distance.

The three points mean Roberto Martinez's side are - for a few hours at least - up a place to fourth in the table, while Southampton remain ninth.

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