We fully deserved a point, says scorer Clyne

By SFC Media Mon 24 Nov First team

Nathaniel Clyne believes Saints fully deserved a point from Villa Park, after he scored a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.

Clyne struck in the 80th minute, connecting well with fellow full-back Ryan Bertrand’s cross to earn Saints a point after Gabby Agbonlahor had given the hosts a first-half lead.

It was Clyne’s third of the season, following goals against Liverpool and Arsenal, and the defender felt it was a goal Saints deserved for their efforts.

Speaking to youtube.com/SouthamptonFC, Clyne said: “You could see that we were the better side, our ball possession, we were dominant the whole game really.

“Aston Villa are a good team and a threat upfront. We knew it was going to be difficult to come here. We’ll take the positives into the next game.

“We probably could have created more chances but at least we got a point and we’ll move onto the next game. We kept fighting until the end.

“As you could see we kept on playing and we got the goal. We tried to get the second goal but we’ll take a point. After we conceded they sat back and made it difficult for us and tried to catch us on the counter attack.

“I don’t know what’s wrong with me, that’s my third goal! I’m happy getting forward, creating opportunities and helping out the attacking play. Hopefully I can add some more goals.

“We needed to get back into the game so we pushed men forward. Both full-backs got forward and we got the goal from it so I’m very happy.”

Saints now face Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United in their next three fixtures and Clyne believes the equalising goal was important to give them confidence heading into those games.

He added: “We’ve got tough fixtures coming up, we’re ready for it. We know what we’ve got to do and we’re confident going into these games.

“Round the Christmas period games are coming thick and fast. We’ve got to be mentally prepared, regroup well, recover well and focus on the games coming up.”

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