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Allardyce on... Southampton


Filed: Monday, 16th September 2013
By: Staff Writer


Sam Allardyce was naturally please with another point away from home - even if he harbours big concerns over his team's inability to put the ball in the back the net...

"Away from home you have to be resilient and you've got to set your stall out to stop the opposition doing what they want to do. Our plan today was to let them play out from the back and then go and press them; certainly, that tactic worked very well for us.

We wanted to try and win the ball back in their half. We worked it well on occasions. We knew even when we pressed them that they'd still want to try and play their way out so we received a number of balls in their half that they messed up on with our pressure, but we didn't capitalise on it enough today.

Our quality players got into the final third and put some good balls in and some not quite so good. We didn't quite hit the traget enough to make the 'keeper work, even though we had the chances too - and we even failed to hit the target with our golden chance that fell to Ginge just towards the end. He's what, six or seven yards out and he's put it over the bar - and he tells me he used to be a centre forward, by the way!

But it was a well-earned point. Jussi, when we needed him was oustanding making three very good saves indeed. We've only conceded one goal this year but the problem now is that we've gone three games without scoring. At the end of the day the squad stepped up to the plate today; there was no Andy Carroll, no Joe Cole, no Stewart Downing, Alou Diarra or George McCartney so this squad has proved its worth today and we've gained a very valuable point.

We can create more off Carroll, and that's no disrespect to Ricardo [Vaz Te] and Modibo [Maiga]. Andy holds it up better and creates more problems for the opposition's defence that the lads we've got [fit]. But they're doing their job, they're doing the best they can and we might have nicked three points with that chance we got at the end.

But our resiliance and organisation really made life very difficult for Southampton today and even when they went long [ball] off Lambert, we coped with that as well.

Jussi's played much better than that - he only had three saves to make today! I've seen him make five or six when we weren't quite as good as we are now, in the early days at Bolton. He's had nothing to do really in the first three games; we've been that good he's had nothing to do. Today, when he had something to do he was outstanding and that's why he got us a valuable point."

* Sam Allardyce was talking to the BBC.





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