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Van Dijk: Late equaliser will have lifted spirits

Virgil van Dijk after scoring the equaliser

Image by: Matt Watson/Southampton FC


11:52 6th March 2016

Virgil van Dijk believes his stoppage-time equaliser against Sunderland will have lifted spirits after a tough week for Southampton.

Defeats to Chelsea and AFC Bournemouth meant Saints welcomed Sam Allardyce’s side to St Mary’s desperate for a return to winning ways.

But after José Fonte had been sent off and Jermain Defoe had put the visitors ahead, van Dijk believes his late equaliser will have given the team a timely boost.

“This game, with the ambitions we have as a team and a club, is one we wanted to win,” van Dijk told

“We didn’t do it, so we need to be disappointed with that, but we didn’t lose. We could have lost here, so we need to see a little bit of positive as well.

“We need to recover from this week and I think from Monday we need to focus on the next game and be 100 per cent to hopefully get a good result.

“Nobody wants to lose – especially not in this game, so hopefully we can build on this and finish the season very strongly.”

The equaliser was van Dijk’s third goal of his Saints career, and the defender says he’s enjoying the challenge that the Premier League has posed him so far.

“You are learning from every game and you take it into the next one. I’m very happy to be playing in the Premier League and be part of this team,” van Dijk added.

“Every game is difficult to win of course, we need to be sharp. We need to work together as a team. I’m very confident we can have good results.”

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