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Skipper’s case for the defence

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18:15 6th October 2013

Adam Lallana praised Saints’ defensive record as being a vital factor in the team’s recent good form.


Saints recorded their third successive victory in the Barclays Premier League with a 2-0 win over Swansea City at St Mary’s and in doing so notched up their fourth consecutive shut out at the back.

The tally of five clean sheets from seven games has provided a platform for the team to build on, which culminated in their latest success. Goals for both Lallana and Jay Rodriguez were also noteworthy as neither had scored in the league since April.

“We know we haven’t scored [since Reading] but it’s nothing we’ve been too worried about," Lallana told Saints Player after scoring the 40th league goal of his career in Sunday’s win. 

"We’ve been picking up good results and keeping these clean sheets, which is keeping the pressure off players like myself and the strikers, who then only need one goal and take one-nils.

“Fortunately, today Artur [Boruc] was in great form, some of the saves he made were brilliant he was really consistent and, as I said, for the team it makes things so much easier because if you keep clean sheets then you’re going to get at least a point out of the game.

“It was a very tough afternoon,” the skipper continued. “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy because Swansea are known for playing good quality football and they keep good possession. 

"Particularly after we got the first goal maybe we just sat back a little bit off them and let them have too much possession so we kind of changed our tactics a little bit second half but it was still tough. 

“We knew we just wanted to get the second goal which we knew would help us all round. Unfortunately Victor’s goal was disallowed, but Jay Rod came on and got his goal and I’m delighted for him. There was one for myself to get my first goal of the season, but more importantly it was three points for the lads.”

Adam’s goal arrived in the 19th minute of the contest - a strike which ended Saints’ run of not scoring in the first half of a game this season, and Lallana recalled that it owed much to an intelligent pass to him from Steven Davis.

“It was a great pass,” the skipper said. “He’s a very clever player and he’ll always make a quick pass forward. I can’t remember too much about it but I remember latching onto it and hitting it early. 

“The goals become that much easier when you have less time to think about it and there were a couple of situations where I nearly got in through balls from Rickie which I was just a foot away from. 

“I was delighted to get the goal but more importantly it’s a great result for the lads.”

The victory provided a perfect send-off going into the international break, and Lallana says that a trip to Old Trafford in a fortnight’s time is where all the focus will be until then.

“We’re going to go there to try and win. West Brom proved that it is possible,” he highlighted. 

“We should have got something out of the game last year and the manager kind of puts faith in us to not be scared when we go to places like that and go for wins, it’s as simple as that. 

“We need to be brave. We were brave at Liverpool and it’s the only way that you’re going to get something out of the game.”

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