Early goal no consolation for Jay

By SFC Media time Sun 01 Dec Men's First team

Jay Rodriguez was disappointed to see his dramatic early goal inside 13 seconds tainted by a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The forward instinctively pounced on Mikael Essien’s poorly aimed pass back towards Petr Cech before slotting past the Czech to stun the Blues.

Unfortunately for Saints, the hosts overturned the deficit in the second half to run out 3-1 winners – something that has frustrated Rodriguez and the rest of the First Team and has made them eager to work on.

“We were all disappointed,” Rodriguez admitted to Saints Player. “We wanted to keep the lead and improve on it. I think with the goals we gave away, we’re obviously going to be disappointed. It’s a shame we didn’t get the three points.

“We’ll analyse that tomorrow and discuss that as a team. A lot of us are disappointed with how the game went in the second half.

“I thought the ‘keeper (Petr Cech) was going to come out but he took a step back. I just thought to put it in and luckily it went in the net. I was obviously really chuffed but we’re disappointed with the result.

“We had chances to go on and create another goalscoring opportunity; just the last pass was off. It’s something to look at and to try and improve on for the next game on Wednesday [at home to Aston Villa].”

Injuries to Morgan Schneiderlin and Artur Boruc rubbed salt in the wounds for Saints in the second half, and while Rodriguez was disappointed to see them forced off, he has full faith in the talented squad’s ability to cope.

The England international continued: “It’s obviously a shame to see two lads to go off the field but I thought the lads that came in did brilliantly. We’ve got a good enough squad – the lads who aren’t playing are brilliant. It’s always good to see them come on as well.”

Rodriguez feels that recent defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea will provide a learning curve for Southampton as they look to secure victory when hosting Aston Villa on Wednesday.

The striker is under no illusions regarding how much of a threat Villa could pose in what is an important upcoming week with City on the Saturday as well.

“We’ve got the belief in our team and the team spirit to bounce back,” Rodriguez maintained. “The defeats will improve us as a team. We’ll look at the negatives and the positives and take those into the game on Wednesday. That’s the way we’ll work. We’ll just keep positive and look to get the three points on Wednesday.

“It’s a massive week. Every game we go into, we believe it’s massive. It’s a big part of what we do. We treat every game the same. It’s something to look forward to and we also know that it’s going to be hard work.

“They [Aston Villa] are a great side. We played them last year and then they were a great side. We’ll hopefully play our game plan and get the three points.”

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