Versatile Rowthorn puts team first

By SFC Media time Mon 12 Mar Saints v Norwich
Photo by James Bridle | Ben Rowthorn

Southampton Under-23s midfielder Ben Rowthorn insists he is happy to fill the void at right-back for as long as he is needed.

With Frenchman Yan Valery sidelined by injury, Rowthorn switched roles in last week’s 1-1 draw with Brighton.

Radhi Jaïdi’s team return to Premier League 2 action tonight when they host their Norwich counterparts at Staplewood.

“I felt good and we didn’t concede too many goals, so I did alright!” said Rowthorn of his defensive audition at the Amex Stadium.

“I’ve played there a few times before in the last few years, so it is familiar to me.

“I’ll do a job wherever Radhi puts me. If he trusts me to play at right-back, I’ll do a job there.

“I’ll fill in there as long as I have to until Yan comes back, but the main thing is just putting in a good, solid performance for the team and getting three points to climb up the table.”

The young Saints are now four games unbeaten and would leapfrog the Canaries in seventh with another victory.

“We’re in a good run of form and we’ve got a good bond with the players off the pitch, so everyone is happy and we can’t wait for each game,” Rowthorn added.

“It’s always a good battle when we play against Norwich. They’re above us in the league, so we want to chase them down.

“Hopefully we can take all the good things that we’ve been doing in recent weeks into this game and get the three points.”

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