Rodriguez focused on Saints

By SFC Media time Sun 30 Mar First team

Jay Rodriguez says he will continue to go about his business quietly with Southampton after another England-worthy performance against Newcastle.

Saints’ top scorer added two more strikes to his tally for the season in the 4-0 success over the Magpies, taking himself to 15 Premier League goals for the campaign – making him the second-highest English goalscorer in the division behind Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge.

Saturday’s brace means that Rodriguez has 17 goals to his name in total this season, with his understanding alongside fellow England hopefuls Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert giving further food for thought to national boss Roy Hodgson.

“It’s unbelievable for the three of us,” Jay told Saints Player

“We work well together and we work hard for each other. It’s an honest relationship and I’ve learned so much from Adam and Rickie – they’re both great players, and it’s a pleasure to play alongside them.

“I think we’re very focused on the fact that we know we’ve got to work hard to keep playing well for Southampton, and that’s all we’re concentrating on at the moment. 

“We’re working hard for each other, and I think you can see that it’s paying off with the results we’re getting and the fact that we’re complementing each other’s games.”

Lambert and Lallana joined Rodriguez on the scoresheet in the weekend’s 4-0 win, with Saints showing patience before turning in a result that the performance deserved in front of the home supporters.

“We’re very pleased with how well we performed,” said Rodriguez. “We stuck to the game plan and controlled the game at times, and looked very solid at the back as well. It was a really good all-round performance from us.

“I was very frustrated not to score more – we created so many chances that we probably should have taken, but fair play to their 'keeper and that’s football sometimes because he was brilliant today.

“I look back at the chances that we didn’t get, but we kept going and eventually put them away.”

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