Jay Rodriguez says being disappointed not to beat an improving Sunderland side shows the progress being made by Saints.
The frontman felt that Southampton would have been good value for a victory over the Black Cats having created more chances and controlled large parts of the play, but Rodriguez put the display in perspective, after making it four points from the opening two games of the new season.
“I think it was frustrating towards the end because we created enough chances to get the three points and we’re obviously disappointed not to get the three points, but in the same breath I think it’s a good point as well,” Jay told Saints Player.
“They went one up as we gave an early goal away and they defended very well, but we created chances and should have scored.
“It was a bit of a shock that we were 1-0 down so it was a case of having a rethink at half time to break them down and it obviously worked in the second half, but we should have put a few chances away.”
Rodriguez admitted that the early goal altered the game-plan, rather than the weight of expectation from the home support.
“I don’t think there was any additional pressure today, because it’s always there in the Premier League, I think it was just the way the game went,” he said.
“We were 1-0 down early which shocked us a little bit, but I thought we did well to get back into the game and we deserved three points really.
“I think it shows we’re disappointed not to get three points against a good team. Since Paolo (Di Canio) has come in Sunderland have been working hard, and now we’ve got to look at getting three points in the next game.”
The only thing missing for Rodriguez at the start of the season is a goal, though he had the ball in the net during the first half, only for the effort to be ruled out by an offside call.
“The main thing for me is to score as many goals as I can now,” he explained. “I’ll try and get my finishing up to get as many as I can, but it was frustrating to be offside for one today.”
New signing Dani Osvaldo was given a run out at St Mary’s and Rodriguez is relishing the chance to work with the Italian.
“He’s been brilliant and a really good addition to the team,” Jay enthused. “He’s a great player and you can see how strong he is on the pitch and he’s a good player to learn off as well in training, so I’m looking forward to working with him.
“A few of the lads have said that he looks like Johnny Depp as well, but it’s Dani for now!”