Valery: We showed the right response

By SFC Media Sun 18 Aug Saints v Liverpool
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Southampton defender Yan Valery feels the side showed the right response against Liverpool, despite being edged out 2-1 by the European champions at St Mary’s.

Saints fell behind in first-half stoppage time despite an excellent display, before Roberto Firmino doubled the advantage. Ings’s goal on 83 minutes almost teed up a spectacular recovery, which saw the striker come inches away from converting Valery’s dangerous right-wing cross.

Despite that disappointment, Valery feels that the late charge was symbolic of the never-say-die attitude within the squad.

“You can see since the coach came, we have a strong mentality and we want to win everything. It’s not because we are losing 2-0 or 3-0 that we will stop playing. Until the game is done, we keep fighting and work hard.

“We had to show a response. The coach told us he didn’t want to see the same team against Burnley and that’s what we showed.

Reflecting on the chance for Ings at the end, Valery added: “I stopped the ball, I looked, and I saw Danny on his own so I crossed the ball to him but he missed it and that’s football. Everyone can miss chances.

“Now we’ve got the next game against Brighton and we have to get three points.”

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