Toby Alderweireld says he played through the pain barrier to contribute to Southampton’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s.
The defender injured his shoulder in the defeat at Stoke City last weekend, but was determined to play his part in Saturday’s contest against Spurs, and revealed that he was still not completely over the effects of last weekend's knock.
“I had so much pain and it’s normal, but my desire to play today was so big so I did everything this week to play, and I gave my everything for Southampton,” he told reporters after the game.
And despite the struggle he had, Alderweireld was pleased to play his part in the contest.
“It was a great game to play in for the supporters and for players and everything, and that’s the reason I came here, to play in those sort of games there’s pressure on it and both teams wanted to play football,” he said.
“I think we pushed them until the last minute and I went close and José [Fonte] had a header at the end that couldn’t decide it, but we played for the win and at the end we can be happy that we scored two times.”
The Belgian rued Spurs’ ability to get back into the contest at 2-2, but believes that a top six finish is still on for Saints.
“We’re going to try of course,” he said. “We played good football which gives us confidence for next week and we’ll recover from this Saturday and then be ready for next Saturday at Sunderland.”