Puel evades penalty row judgement

Puel evades penalty row judgement

Claude Puel deflected attention away from an on-field row over penalty duties in Saints' 3-0 Europa League win over Sparta Prague.

After winning the fifth-minute spot-kick, Charlie Austin argued with Dusan Tadic over who would take it before captain Virgil van Dijk eventually intervened to end the unnecessary spat.

Austin proceeded to score his first goal since the winner at Old Trafford on his Saints debut in January to give Puel's men the lead.

"We can say it's an anecdote," said Puel, whose team top Group K after one game.

"I'm not sure what the players must do but the most important is to put the ball in the goal and this was important for the team.

"I can say I am happy to have a penalty for us because three penalties against us in the first four in the Premier League was very hard for my players.

"They can discuss together; if all the time you put the ball in the goal it's okay. For me it's not important."