Graziano Pellè says the faith shown by Southampton supporters in recent weeks has been a big motivation for him.
The striker has not found the net in the league since the home game against Everton on 20th December, but the Saints fans have continued to back him week-in-week-out.
That has given him a big boost and the 29 year-old is out to repay that faith when Ronald Koeman’s side face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
“I’m really happy for the support they give me,” Pellè told saintsfc.co.uk. “I said I have to try and bring the supporters to my side when I joined, in the beginning not many people knew me.
“I did well and then everyone was behind me. Then it has gone a bit wrong and some people can think he’s not good enough, but the stadium every time they make me feel good.
“I have to say thanks to them, I want to do my job as good as possible. I’m double happy if I score but I just want to think about the future, we have eight games left.
“We have to try and get more points to reach the highest level we can. We are in a good position, six teams are all close and you never know what can happen.
“We are in a good position between big clubs, they are all big clubs. We are high and I believe in my teammates. We have a good group and it has been an amazing season.
“We don’t want to waste time, we have eight games. We just want to do the best we can, we will then look at the table at the end of the season. If we give our best until then I will be happy.”
Pellè found the back of the net for Italy during the international break, scoring in the 1-1 draw against England, and that goal has given him added confidence ahead of Saturday.
“Of course it was a pleasure for me,” Pellè added. “I was happy to play in a nice stadium it’s a great team to play against. I like those games. I was happy, especially because I scored.
“For Southampton I got the chances, but I didn’t profit about it. I’m not a person who thinks negative. I have a great job and all I can do is work more and more when something is going wrong.
“That way I can achieve what I want to do. When you perform well the goals can come. It’s not only about scoring the goal, I want to do well for the team in general.”