Date: 1st December 2013 at 8:48pm
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Striker Jay Rodriguez has said that his early goal against Chelsea earlier tonight was no consolation as we went on to lose the game three one.

Speaking to saintsfc following the match, he admitted that everybody was left deflated and disappointed come the final whistle because once we took the lead, everybody tried their best to kick on and get that second so we could start to put the game out of sight, but it just wasn’t to be and unfortunately Chelsea got themselves back in it and started to get on top as the second half progressed.

‘I think with the goals we gave away, we’re obviously going to be disappointed. It’s a shame we didn’t get the three points. We’ll analyse that tomorrow and discuss that as a team. A lot of us are disappointed with how the game went in the second half.’

The disappointing thing for Rodriguez is he knows we had the chances to put the game beyond them before they got the equaliser but our final ball wasn’t good enough again and we were left to rue it ultimately, but we have been on a good run so far this season, and we have been defensively solid and we will have hiccups along the way.

Losses provide better lessons that victories, so no doubt this will be worked on ahead of our next match, and those errors hopefully won’t appear again as we continue to grow as a club and a group of players.

Of course we had our fair share of interruptions in the game with injuries to Artur Boruc and Morgan Schneiderlin, so no doubt that will have played some part is our less than impressive second half display and with injuries really – in game especially – we have been lucky, so that’s something the management team can address as well in terms of how we cope with unexpected and unfortunate events like that in games, how we re-organise ourselves and maybe a little lesson for players on the bench to be a bit more with it when they might be called upon without a five minute warning.

That said, Rodriguez says himself with how things played out, he thought the replacements did more than an admirable job because we do have a good squad, and you can’t blame a loss on two players alone, it is a team effort, and today in the second half the team just weren’t at it enough.

Learn what we can, and then go again. It’s served us well before and we’ve shown we can bounce back so it’s up to the lads to do it.

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