Jay backs Saints to fire

By SFC Media Fri 20 Sep Club

Jay Rodriguez feels there’s plenty of belief and desire to progress as a squad this season.

The striker acknowledges that there is room for improvement, particularly in front of goal, but Rodriguez says he is striving hard to help the team as well as to find the back of the net himself. 

“I just try to do my best for the team, and work as hard as I can and try to improve as a player. When I stop trying to improve that’s when I’ll start worrying,” he told Saints Player ahead of the trip to Anfield.

“I’m still waiting for my first Premier League goal (this season) so it will be nice if I can get it at the weekend, but I try not to think about it too much. If a chance comes to me then hopefully I’ll put it away.”

Having dominated large parts of the goalless draw with West Ham at St Mary’s, it was disheartening to have a solitary point to show for the team’s efforts, but Jay says he was happy to see another shut out at the other end as another part of the squad’s game continues to show encouraging signs.

“It’s a really good achievement,” he said of a second clean sheet in four league matches. “It shows how hard we’ve worked in pre-season and it’s a great record in the Premier League to have only conceded two goals.

“We try and keep it positive (on the training ground),” he added. “We know what we’re capable of but it just didn’t go right for us last Sunday. 

“If we had put the chances away then we go ahead and win the game. When we look at the facts and how we’ve played we take the positives from it into the next game.”

That next match will see Saints’ resolve put to the test by the current league leaders this weekend, and heading into the game, Rodriguez is taking inspiration from the team’s 3-1 win over the Reds at St Mary’s back in March.

“Hopefully it will be more of the second match that we played against them,” speaking in reference to both games last season. 

“We’ll take the same attitude from the game we played against them here. We’ll take the game to them and hopefully get a good result.

“They’re a great side and they’re showing that this year with their league position and how they’re playing, as are we. 

“We both like to play good football so I think it’ll be an entertaining game for both sides; hopefully we’ll get the three points.”

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