Tadić ready to rise to pressure 

By SFC Media time Fri 04 May Everton v Saints
Photo by James Bridle | Dušan Tadić

An outpour of emotion on the touchline and in the stands showed just how important victory was over Bournemouth last weekend.

Dušan Tadić was at the heart of the full-time scenes, turning to supporters behind the dugout to pump his fists and beat his chest; the result has lifted Mark Hughes’s men who can now go to Everton with confidence of putting further pressure on the sides above them.

The noise at St Mary’s was indicative of a potential breakthrough moment for fans and players at this critical stage of the season and the man whose goals set Saints on course for three points wants to see the same focus, passion and unity at Goodison Park on Saturday.

"The supporters gave us extra energy and they screamed more than ever before,” the Serbian said from Staplewood this week. “It was a win for everyone, the fans, the players, the guys on the touchline, the whole club.

“You can feel immediately in the training that it is a better environment after a victory, sometimes we play well and don’t win so you feel something is missing. On Saturday we got everything, the result and the points.

“People from my country are more emotional and we don’t think about what we are doing; everything you do is from the heart and that’s it. We just want to win games and when you do, you want to enjoy the moment.

“You are fighting for your lives, fighting to stay in the league and fighting to make people happy.”

Tadić’s decisive double came at a time when his team needed his creative forces the most, and it is in his make-up to shoulder responsibility in the biggest moments.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Dusan Tadic of Southampton celebrates during the Premier League match between Southampton and AFC Bournemouth at St Mary's Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Tadić celebrates restoring Saints' lead against Bournemouth.

“The big and important games make me sharper and make me play with more courage. I like to take responsibility in difficult moments. This is what you learn when you are young, you have to show when your team needs you the most.

“What matters is that Southampton takes three points. Picking up the responsibility falls on all of us to do everything to help the team. We need to keep doing what we have done since the coach arrived.”

That attitude was returned in kind by the home support against Bournemouth and the winger hopes the same energy can be sustained on Merseyside.

“We have had great support all year even when we haven’t done enough for them and given them what they deserve,” he concluded.

“They pushed us to our limits last time and I hope they will do the same for us in the last three games and that we will stay together in the league.”


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