Date: 11th January 2016 at 10:09am
Written by:

Oriol Romeu and Matt Targett have both been giving their thoughts following FA Cup disappointment against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Beginning with Targett, the young left back was in agreement with manager Ronald Koeman when he talked of Southampton sitting back and inviting pressure on themselves during the game.

Speaking to saintsfc in his own post game interview, he explained.

‘We said in the dressing room we started both halves well, then we got the equaliser and we dropped back a bit. We invited pressure on ourselves, so it’s only us to blame really. We’re down, we feel like beat up, unlucky not to get an equaliser. We hit the post in the last minute, Juanmi had a good chance, Prowsey’s free-kick. We need that bit of luck, and it’s not falling for us at the moment.’

Moving on to the positives as we again look to bounce back against Watford in midweek, he went on to say that parts of the game we could take encouragement from but we need to be playing like that for longer in matches to really give ourselves a chance.

There was clearly still disappointment for him though with how the day went.

‘You could look at the positives, but at the end of the day we’ve got to be scoring them chances. It’s not to be, but we’ll go again Monday and keep working hard and hopefully we get that bit of luck that we need. The game’s done now, we have to recover well and we go again Wednesday. I think any win would be massive for us, a big boost for confidence and hopefully we can get it and then beat West Brom after that. The dressing room’s got to stick together and work hard for each other. That’s the only way I can see the results coming at the moment.’

With Romeu getting the leveller at the point in the game before we again then fell behind, in his own interview he said it was important that the side stayed positive.

‘We are not obviously in the best moment in the league, but the players are clever enough to know that this is the way we have to fight. We have to get the spirit the 90 minutes. There is another game on Wednesday and life goes on and football goes on and we just have to prepare that game well, go from the first minute until the last one and I’m sure the results will come. We are not happy, because we are out of the FA Cup, but we are now looking forward for the next game.’

With his goal on the day, he was flat enough to admit it counted for little.

‘When you are scoring, always you want to win. It doesn’t matter who’s on the scoresheet or who is getting the ball into the net. It was a battle, it was a very tough game, it was very quick in the second half – a lot of transition, a lot of chances. I think we had some more, but we didn’t put them in, and that’s football.’

Vital Saints on: facebook

Vital Saints on: twitter


Join Vital Saints

Join The Vital Debate