McQueen: We showed our strength

By Gordon Simpson Mon 24 Oct Man City vs Saints

Sam McQueen believes Southampton’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City was further evidence of the strength of Claude Puel’s squad.

Just three days after being denied a result their performance deserved in the San Siro, Saints produced another fine display, at Etihad Stadium, and this time came away with a point, after a 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

McQueen, who was making his first Premier League start – following his debut in the competition a week earlier, in the 3-1 win over Burnley, and starting away to Inter in the Europa League – was pleased to have headed home with something.

"It's obviously a tough place to come, but going 1-0 up is a huge thing here, and it's down to you once you get that opportunity to try to defend the lead,” he said.

“I think we did well with that and did well to defend that point, but we'll be a bit disappointed that we didn't keep the clean sheet, which we've been so good at this season, and come away with three points.

"It's always going to be a tough test for anyone that comes here, as everyone knows, so for us it was challenging, especially with the game on Thursday.

“We didn't have too long to recover, so they were probably fresher than we were, but we've got an unbelievable squad, with good strength and depth, so we can rotate and, as the manager says, everyone can play, and play to a good standard, and has got quality.

“It was tough for us, but defensively I thought we were very good and we've got a good team shape and that's not just the back four – it's midfielders, all the way up to the strikers doing their job as well. So we've got a good team that works together as a unit and has got good relationships, so it's been good.”


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