Date: 13th December 2013 at 7:12pm
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Manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that he believes the squad have been galvanised again following the draw with Manchester City.

The result could well have ended in a victory for us, but sadly that wasn’t to be, however it did bring to an end our run of three successive losses and the manager has said he’s been delighted with the spirit of the camp this week in training.

Speaking to saintsfc ahead of this weekend’s game against Newcastle, the gaffer explained.

‘I’m happy with the manner in which that point was achieved. The team played well and we were able to cur the run of negative results which was very important. We showed that we are a real team and that we work for each other, regardless of who is playing, the players all stand up to be counted.’

It’ll be another tough game against Newcastle this weekend as they are in good form themselves having won five or their last six matches and owing to that have pulled themselves into 7th place in the league, and a victory for us would see us overtake them in the table, so the gaffer is keenly aware of the need for another positive result and all three points.

Jay Rodriguez has also been in the media ahead of the game, praising the spirit within the camp also and saying that their faith in what they were doing and their quality didn’t waiver even when results weren’t going for us.

‘We always felt that (confidence) I think, even when we were getting beat. We know we’ve got a great squad, if we are going wrong then obviously the manager will tell us, but it’s in us now that’s the way we play, it’s something that we all know from within so it’s kind of driven into us that we need to play in that way.’

the advantage there as JayRod points out is that when players are missing, others can step straight in and they instantly know how we are going to play, what we are going to do, and that’s instilled in everyone so even though we might be missing a damn good player, somebody else can step in without it being a whole new world to them, and clearly that will help with consistency.

As for his own form, and his goal against Aston Villa making him our clear leading goalscorer, Rodriguez couldn’t be more happy with how things are going for him this term, especially the England call up, but he knows – just like the squad itself – he needs to keep pushing on, maintain those standards and keep performing to a high level and his personal aim is to score more, because he believes he should have bagged more goals already this season given the chances that have been created for him. But you can’t have everything!

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