Rodriguez: Saints were clinical

By SFC Media time Thu 26 Dec Club

Jay Rodriguez says Saints showed their strengths again in the 3-0 win over Cardiff City on Boxing Day.

The striker notched two of the three goals for the visitors, who ended a six-game winless run in style with an impressive first half display in Wales.

Rodriguez struck in the 14th and 21st minutes of the contest, which set the platform for the team’s third away win of the season.

“I’m obviously pleased to score and Rickie [Lambert] has set me up a treat for the second, which I was grateful for,” Jay highlighted to Saints Player after the game.

“I think we’d agree that we were clinical today. We were very well drilled and we did the job we had come to do today and we got the three points.

“We’ve kept the philosophy of what we want to do as a team,” Jay continued. “The team spirit has always been good here and through the bad times we knew we were going to come good, and today we have, so I think it’s a credit to the team and to the staff how we played today and we need to kick on now again.

“We lacked control of the game [against Spurs] and we needed to play our football again. We got a clean sheet today and the team performance was brilliant, and now we can kick on.”

The goals for the Saints frontman moved him onto nine strikes in total for the season, and Rodriguez admits that he has enjoyed a rich vein of form on the back of his time away with the England national team.

“It’s an honour to go and play for your country,” he said. “It’s brought confidence and self-belief because it was such a great all-round experience for me, but it’s been good to get goal scoring because it’s all good experience for me.

“I’ve always said that I wanted to improve upon last year, but I’ve always wanted to keep any other targets to myself and now I’m going to keep trying to improve to go on and do better in the next game.”

Saints travel to Merseyside on Sunday to take on Everton, and Rodriguez says confidence will be taken to Goodison Park as the team look to inflict another loss on the Toffees who were beaten for the first time this season there by Sunderland on Boxing Day.

“It is a tricky place to go,” Jay said. “Everton are a great side and they are a team that are doing really well at the moment. 

“It will be a tough one, but we can take confidence from how we’ve played and hopefully take the three points.

“The way we treat it is that it is a way to climb up the table, so it’s a good thing that we’ve got more games coming around the corner and we can improve even more.”

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