Puel: A fantastic second half

By SFC Media Sun 18 Dec Bournemouth vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Claude Puel watches on

Claude Puel praised a fantastic second half, as Southampton came from behind to beat AFC Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium.

After going a goal down early on, Ryan Bertrand’s equaliser shortly after saw the sides head in level at the break.

But a brace from Jay Rodriguez sealed a 3-1 win for Southampton, as they made it seven points in a week and signed off for Christmas with an excellent victory.

Puel said: “I enjoy this game for all of the players and for all of my squad because it was important game, against a good opponent, with quality on the pitch.

“It was a good team with good play. It was a good balance between the two teams in the first half, with possibilities for Bournemouth and Southampton.

Jay Rodriguez celebrates with Nathan Redmond

“It was important to come back in the second half with a good attitude, strong in defence and to continue this play.

“The entrance of [Steven] Davis in the second half permitted the players, all of the team, to push and go forward and score the second goal and make a fantastic second half.”

Puel also praised the importance of Bertrand’s equaliser at a crucial time in the game.

He added: “It’s interesting to see Ryan at this level. He took responsibility.

“It was important that he dribbled and had the shot. It was a good message for all of the team, for the game.”

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