Jay Rodriguez says that confidence continues to grow in the Saints camp following their 2-0 win over Swansea City at St Mary’s.
Rodriguez came off the bench to seal victory for the hosts with an 83rd-minute strike as Saints showed their never-say-die attitude once more – not only to dig deep in front of goal, but also to keep them out at the other end.
Swansea’s forwards Michu and Wilfried Bony were both kept relatively quiet throughout the afternoon, which was credit to the whole side according to Rodriguez, who spoke to Saints Player after the game.
“I think it’s about the belief and the mentality that we don’t want to get beaten and we’ll do anything we can not to be beaten,” he said.
“We‘re well organised and we’ve worked hard throughout the season so far which is showing really.
“It’s a case of the team spirit and showing that we’re hard to beat.We always felt that.
"Swansea are a great side with great players, and I thought we played really well against them. We were solid and had that belief that we weren’t going to lose and kept a clean sheet which is really important to us.”
Although he has one goal to his name from the Capital One Cup this season, Jay got off the mark in the league with his strike against the Swans, a goal which owed much to his persistence in the final third.
“I’ve just had a little gamble,” he explained. “The ball has been headed up and it’s there to be won and luckily it’s fallen to me in the right place.
“I’m really happy to score, to get on the scoresheet and get started really. It’s a nice feeling to score, but the main thing is that we got the three points and a deserved win.”
Saints moved up to fourth place in the league table with their latest success, and Rodriguez says the standings make for good reason at this stage.
“We like to see ourselves up there and it’s deserved to be honest,” he said. “We’ve worked really hard and we’ve got that belief that we should be there, so it’s just a case of carrying on and keep working hard looking on to the next game.”
The next game is up at Old Trafford in a fortnight’s time, and although a number of players are away on international duty, Jay says there’ll be no let up at the training ground.
“It will be a normal week really. The lads that are away will be out but we’ll treat it like a normal week and it’ll be quite a hard week to but it’s something to look forward to.”