We've learned from the first leg, says Rodriguez

By SFC Media Thu 27 Aug Club

Jay Rodriguez says Southampton must use the experience of last week’s 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland to their advantage in the second leg.

Saints were stunned by Tim Sparv’s goal just before half time, but Rodriguez’s second half penalty that meant the game ended level was a crucial moment for Ronald Koeman’s side.

Having got to grips with the Danish champions’ style of play, Rodriguez says Saints must make the most of the chances they create on Thursday night – unlike last week.

“You learn how they play and it was a frustrating game,” Rodriguez told reporters ahead of the game, “but the chances that we had we probably could’ve take on a different night.

“You learn different styles of play from different countries and we’ve got to take the experience from the last leg into the second one.

“In the second half we were more effective. We went out after the half-time team-talk and produced chances that we probably would’ve score on another night. That was a positive feeling.

“We’re confident in every game we go into that we’ve done our work and we’ve worked hard on our philosophy and our play.

“We believe that we are strong and we’re coming here to win.”

Rodriguez scored his first goal since March 2014 in the first leg, with the striker happy to contribute at a crucial time in the tie. He also feels as though he’s getting closer and closer to full fitness.

“My fitness is feeling good and I’m getting stronger each week and the confidence was good from getting my first goal,” Rodriguez added.

“I was disappointed not to score with a few other chances, but the main thing for me is to score goals and keep performing well. That’s all I want to do.

“I’m learning so much from this experience and, obviously, being back in the Premier League too. The Europa League, you can gain so much experience, because it’s new to a lot of us players.”

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