Date: 27th April 2014 at 11:18am
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Right back Nathaniel Clyne has said that Southampton playing with a sense of freedom was key to our performance and victory over Everton yesterday.

Following the two nil win, Clyne picked up the Man of the Match award for his showing and he told saintsfc that the team going out with confidence and freedom because we had nothing to lose in the game, helped us to our comfortable showing in the match.

‘We just got out there and attacked because we had nothing to lose. We just played our game and enjoyed it. We created a lot of chances and got the two goals.’

With the Euro spots out of reach this season, Clyne doesn’t believe that there’s anything stopping us from having a real go for them next season, saying the club is definitely on the up and improving and the 23 year old feels that trying to have a real stab for European qualification next season is something we can achieve and should be aiming for.

‘This club is on the up and I’m happy to be a part of it. We have a lot of young attacking players here that are coming in so if we can keep pushing on we could be up near the European spots.’

Midfielder Jack Cork also got in on the after match interview lark, but he chose to focus on our attacking threat and specifically the performances of Rickie Lambert and youngster Sam Gallagher.

For Lambert he said.

‘He showed that he can vary what he does. People look at him as a No9 but he dropped deep and showed what he can do on the ball. People don’t see enough of that.’

As for Gallagher, he added.

‘It’s always difficult to come into the team, especially when you’re a young lad, but he played like he had no pressure on him. It’s sort of what we’ve been missing with Jay (~Rodriguez) being gone. Sam filled that void.’

As for the game itself, Cork agrees with the gaffer in terms of our win being richly deserved, and even though we secured victory through two own goals, he feels that we had two good shouts for penalties turned down as well, so chance wise we did create enough to have won the game under our own steam, and he feels they balanced themselves out and we got the right result in the end.

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