Adam Lallana believes Saturday’s trip to Tottenham will be the perfect setting for Saints to move on from the defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
Southampton travel up to North London this weekend keen to ensure that the performance against the Baggies was a blip in an otherwise solid recent run of form.
“We’ve had a good week’s training and the manager has got his points across to us,” the team captain told Saints Player.
“We’ve analysed the West Brom game and hopefully we’ve learnt from it and as a player you want another game to come around, so where better to go than White Hart Lane where there’ll be a great atmosphere, and a great chance for us to continue doing well.
“We have been on a good run and we want to maintain that towards the end of the season.
“I think everyone feels it as a professional when you lose games it makes you feel bad and horrible, but obviously losing 3-0 and at home doesn’t happen too often,” he added. “I didn’t feel worse than anyone else but there’s an element of responsibility which comes from being captain, so now we’re moving onto the next game now and we’re looking forward to it.”
A draw would move Saints onto the famous 40 point mark which in most Barclays Premier League seasons has been the magic figure to avoid relegation, but Lallana is looking a little higher than that.
“We haven’t just been aiming for 40 points we want to get more than that if possible,” he said. “We’ve got three games left which is nine points, so we’re taking it a game at a time, but we know we’ve got a tough match this weekend.
“We’ve overcome some tough tasks recently so there’s no reason why we can’t get a result at White Hart Lane.
“For our first season back in the Premier League getting an away win against a top ten side is a difficult challenge, but we’ve got an opportunity to overcome it on Saturday, and that’s what our intentions will be.
“We just want to concentrate on our own game because there are nine points at stake and it’s hugely in our own hands, so we want to take that chance to get the points needed.”
There’s also a case for revenge after slipping to a 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture between the two teams back in October, though the skipper felt that there were some positives to take from that loss.
“It was 2-0 at half-time and we just didn’t really show any aggression so we were more worried about them than our own performance,” he described. “However, in the second half it was almost a completely different game with the fans behind us we could have nicked a draw at the end.
“We’ve got to take bits of that game into this one, and we feel as though we can give them a good contest and not be too scared of them.
“They need the win but so do we massively as we’re not actually mathematically safe yet, so we need to get the points and any that we can get so it’s got all the attributes to be a good game.”
Adam is likely to line up against fellow Saints Academy graduate and Premier League award-sweeping star Gareth Bale. The Welshman scored in the previously mentioned defeat at St Mary’s earlier on in the campaign, and Lallana feels the versatile Spurs man is getting his just rewards.
“He’s quite phenomenal really and he fully deserves it as he’s had a tremendous season,” Adam said. “Without his goals I don’t think Tottenham would be fighting for a Champions League spot. He’s a tremendous lad and a good guy so I’m looking forward to catching up with him after the game.
“It’s typical that a player scores when they come back to their old club, but hopefully it will be the reverse this time around.
“They (Spurs) do tend to concede goals. We know their attacking threat and Gareth is a part of that, but if we can make it a bit of an open game or end-to-end, then we’ve proved that we can score goals on the road, so hopefully it will be a good contest.”