Cork: We’ve come a long way

By SFC Media time Thu 30 Jan First team

Jack Cork has praised the team spirit in the Southampton camp as the squad put a tough couple of weeks behind them.

Tuesday evening’s two-all draw with Arsenal was Saints’ third league match unbeaten which stabilised the Club's top-half position in the Barclays Premier League table.

Since losing to Chelsea on New Year’s Day, the team have recorded a win over West Bromwich Albion and picked up precious draws against Sunderland and league leaders Arsenal.

Add to that two FA Cup wins, and the past month’s fortunes on the pitch look much improved from a December which yielded five points from seven games. 

Cork has been a mainstay of the team during the team’s upturn in form, and the midfielder says the desire within the squad is stronger than ever following the thrilling game against high-flying Arsenal.

“First half, we played brilliantly,” Cork told reporters after the midweek match at St Mary’s.

“It’s some of the best we’ve played this season and it’s just unfortunate that we didn’t come away with a win.

“We started really sloppily [in the] second half and we didn’t get a touch of the ball and we were two-one down.

“It was just frustrating that we’d done all that hard work first half and then were two-one behind.

“The lads were a bit disappointed, but we played really well.

“We’ve come a long way,” Jack added. “We’ve got some great players that all believe in each other, and we’ve got a good team spirit. It’s good when we all click together, and it all works. Hopefully it was good viewing for everyone first half.

“The last couple of weeks we’ve been doing alright. Sunderland first half was good. The last couple of weeks we’ve been playing really well and playing some quite impressive stuff, so we’ll hopefully keep this form going.”

Cork felt that the harmony off the pitch was also beneficial for teenager Sam Gallagher who made a lively impression on his first senior start for the club on Tuesday.

“I was really impressed with Sam,” said Cork. “I spoke to him and said ‘I’m really happy for you, it’s your first league start, against the league leaders. You’ve got to forget about the miss [in the first half], you’ve done really well for yourself, and you and your family can be really proud of what you’ve done’. I’m really pleased for him.”

A trip to Fulham lies in wait on Saturday, and with the January transfer window drawing to a close before then, Cork says he’s relaxed over whether the club makes any additions before the weekend.

“I’ll be watching Friday night, but I’m not sure if we need the signings,” he reasoned. “All teams can do with a couple of signings here and there, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t sign anyone, because we’ve got a great bunch in there.

“We just want to keep going now and keep trying to win as many games as we can. It’s only our second season in the Premier League and we just want to finish as high as we can and a lot better than we did last season.”

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