Hasenhuttl claims Pickford should have been banned after "horror" tackle

Ralph Hasenhuttl has claimed Jordan Pickford should be banned for Everton's match at Southampton on Sunday following his “absolutely disastrous tackle” in the Merseyside derby.

But the Saints boss reckons James Rodriguez will play at St Mary's.

England keeper Pickford escaped punishment for his reckless challenge on Virgil van Dijik. And Hasenhuttl said: “It was a horrible tackle to be honest.

"We have more often the situation now that the game goes on although it is offside and then some duels happen that don't have to happen normally. This is an issue. But you cannot go like this into a duel.

"This is an absolutely disastrous tackle. And I think sure it can be a red card but in the end it is a quick decision from the referee and then it wasn't. But the tackle by itself, when you only see the tackle, was horrible yes.”

Everton will be without Richarlison after he was sent off against Liverpool but Hasenhuttl added: “They have some really good players in the team now.

"I think also James will play. I don't trust the message that he is not available for the weekend.”

The Austrian will tomorrow celebrate the first anniversary of Southampton's 9-0 home defeat to Leicester.

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But Hasenhuttl claimed the next home defeat against Everton last November was even worse before he turned the South Coast club around.

“Thank you for remembering this!” smiled the former RB Leipzig boss. "I don't have a problem with this because as you know I am still sitting here. Since then a lot of things have happened and not in a bad way I think.

"It was a new experience for me definitely but meanwhile I have seen those strange results in the league, when Liverpool loses 7-2 against Aston Villa, I think: OK, they were equal even though they were not one-man down like we have been.

"Everything is possible in the Premier League and you have to make this experience maybe once in your life. I don't have to do it more often to be honest! But the Everton defeat as a worse game.

"It was only a 2-1 defeat but it was a disaster in the first half.”

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