Djenepo: We're fighting to improve


Southampton forward Moussa Djenepo was full of credit for his team's dogged performance in the wake of a hard-fought draw against in-form Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium.

Saints were the first opposition team to score against the Blues since the inception of Thomas Tuchel as manager, taking the lead through a wonderful Takumi Minamino strike in the first half.

The hosts were pegged back by a Mason Mount penalty midway through the second period, but Djenepo was especially pleased with the work rate of his fellow teammates, who all had to dig deep to keep free-flowing Chelsea at bay.

Speaking as one of Saints' standout performers on the day, the Malian said: "It's a good result for us because after the past few games, we knew that we needed it. To fight to get points today and even just the one point is not bad for us.

"We are on the pitch to help our teammates and to fight for the team. Today was difficult but we needed everybody to fight and to keep going.

"I am happy for Taki [Minamino], he's a great player. We are here to help him also, we're all together. We believe in him and we keep moving forward together.

"I am happy with my game, I know I am young and need to learn more; from my teammates and the manager. I keep working hard always, to do the best for my team. I feel good, I work hard to come back [from injury]. To always give my best is what I aim for.

"Now we forget today's game, because we need to focus on the next. We will always continue to work to get points in these next games."