Cédric targets immediate improvement

By SFC Media Wed 01 Feb Saints vs West Ham
Photo by Matt Watson | Cédric

Southampton full back Cédric wants the team to put Tuesday’s result at Swansea behind them as quickly as possible ahead of West Ham United’s trip to St Mary’s on Saturday.

Saints looked likely to take at least a point for their efforts in Wales in midweek, but Cédric and his teammates were caught out as they pushed for a winner, which the defender hopes was a one-off move.

Cédric felt Saints needed to assert their dominance more at the Liberty Stadium and hopes to see the team take their frustration out on the Hammers in their next Premier League game this weekend.

“We need to start to control the games better and we didn’t have the best performance here (at Swansea),” he said.

“Their second goal it was a corner kick for us and we also changed a few players and maybe we were not organised, but I would need to see the goal again for that.

“It was two against two and then suddenly they passed across to the other side and it became three against two with more players coming still from them, so it was a difficult moment, but we should have been smarter and maybe more mature.

“We knew that it would be difficult. Of course tried until the end and the last whistle of the referee, it’s always possible and we tried by creating a few chances which we had, but we suffered a setback in a moment that we were growing and making more chances, but we need to be more mature as well and learn from our mistakes.

“We need to train hard and improve and show it at the weekend.”

West Ham visit St Mary’s having played a home match against Manchester City 24 hours later, and Cédric wants the hosts to take full advantage.

“It’s a huge game,” he acknowledged. “Every game is important to us, but we cannot let the team drop.

“We need to keep fighting and winning points and that’s our main aim.

“The most important thing in our head is to go there on the weekend and just win the game by playing good football as well.”

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