Perez On Difficult Burnley Game
Assistant manager Jesus Perez has said he was delighted to see Southampton progress through to the next round of the FA Cup especially as Burnley helped turn it into a fantastic Cup occasion.
Southampton completely dominated the opening 45 minutes and went into the half time break two goals to the good thanks to strikes from Nathaniel Clyne and Rickie Lambert, but just when maybe thoughts of a comprehensive one way score line crept into the minds of fans, the second half started with Burnley providing excellent value themselves to pull themselves back into the match and level the scores up. Former Claret Jay Rodriguez then reminded Burnley exactly why we paid so much for him as he came off the bench to put us one goal back in front, and then skipper Adam Lallana doubled our advantage again.
Burnley weren't quite done yet though as they pulled a goal back again themselves and set up quite a nervy end to the game.
Speaking to saintsfc following the final whistle, Perez said.
'We say in these type of games that anything is possible because the teams are playing without pressure. We started well, but then didn't do so well and they equalised which woke us up. Then we tried to play our way again and scored another two goals. They had good chances, so it was a good game and like I said before, they are a good team in the Championship. They are doing well and have a clear style and got chances because they deserved it.'
Perez goes on to say that the most important thing for Southampton was to secure progression and we managed to achieve that despite it being a very difficult game for us, at the end of a testing run of fixtures so he feels the players can be very proud of their efforts tonight.
Pochettino's right hand man also confirmed that Lambert was substituted after he suffered a dead leg during the first half, so hopefully with a bit a rest he'll be fine for the next match.
Onto tomorrow and now to see who we get in the draw.
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