Jay Rodriguez dreaming of a long FA Cup run for Saints

Basingstoke Gazette: Jay Rodriguez is congratulated after scoring against Burnley yesterday. Jay Rodriguez is congratulated after scoring against Burnley yesterday.

Jay Rodriguez wants Saints to challenge for the FA Cup after ending the hopes of boyhood club Burnley.

Born and raised in the Lancashire town, the 24-year-old spent five seasons at Turf Moor before making the move south in June 2012.

The decision has proved to be a wise one as Rodriguez has become an England international and key player for Saints, who progressed to the FA Cup fourth round with victory against Burnley.

It was the first time the forward had faced his former club and declined to celebrate his goal in the 4-3 victory, which saw both sets of fans greeting his 35th-minute introduction with a warm ovation.

"I did it out of respect to my old club," Rodriguez said of his refusal to celebrate. "I still support them and still look out for them. I think it was good to show respect to them.

"Obviously we are disappointed with the goals conceded, but we are through to the next round, which is the man thing.

"It is very important and every player in there wants to go as far as we can in the FA Cup.

"It is a big cup for us and we want to get a good cup run going, so it is very important for us to make it through each round."

Rodriguez had a lot of friends and family in town for a match that looked to only be heading one way at half-time, with Nathaniel Clyne and Rickie Lambert strikes putting Saints 2-0 up.

However, Burnley were level soon after the restart as Southampton fans Sam Vokes and Danny Ings netted for the Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls, only for Rodriguez to put the hosts back ahead.

Adam Lallana's long-range effort meant a late Kevin Long goal counted for nothing, but the Clarets' fight makes Rodriguez confident of facing them in the top-flight next term.

"They made it tough," Rodriguez said. "They played really well, created some chances and put them away.

"I think Ingsy and Vokes are on fire at the moment, so there is no surprise there.

"You have always got to be wary of Burnley. They have scored a lot of goals and they showed that again. I thought we did really well to get the win."

Saints will hope the victory spurs them onto better things in the Barclays Premier League, having won just once in their last nine matches.

Next up is a match against West Brom and, with club-record signing Dani Osvaldo suspended and Lambert forced off against Burnley with a dead leg, top scorer Rodriguez may well have to add to his 10-goal tally for the season if Mauricio Pochettino's side are to win.

"I have been a little disappointed with the chances I have missed - that is how I look at it," Rodriguez said.

"I want to try and improve and improve this tally. I want to keep working at it and try and make every chance count. Hopefully I can carry on if I keep working hard."

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1:54pm Sun 5 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

A good result, if you are against a team that can score for fun, nothing better than scoring more than them to get a result.
A good result, if you are against a team that can score for fun, nothing better than scoring more than them to get a result. OSPREYSAINT

1:56pm Sun 5 Jan 14

dadofmy3sons says...

commented yesterday on the majic of the cup.
WHU obviously do not think it's majic and have just been hammered 5-0 and should have lost by more.
The only positive they can take from this game is that it is one game less before Nolan gets back so he can get booked or sent off again.
The Forest fans were singing"you're getting sacked in the morning" to FatSam. I don't think he will, far too nice a board. They will blame injuries and lack of first team players.
commented yesterday on the majic of the cup. WHU obviously do not think it's majic and have just been hammered 5-0 and should have lost by more. The only positive they can take from this game is that it is one game less before Nolan gets back so he can get booked or sent off again. The Forest fans were singing"you're getting sacked in the morning" to FatSam. I don't think he will, far too nice a board. They will blame injuries and lack of first team players. dadofmy3sons

1:58pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Clemster says...

dadofmy3sons wrote:
commented yesterday on the majic of the cup.
WHU obviously do not think it's majic and have just been hammered 5-0 and should have lost by more.
The only positive they can take from this game is that it is one game less before Nolan gets back so he can get booked or sent off again.
The Forest fans were singing"you're getting sacked in the morning" to FatSam. I don't think he will, far too nice a board. They will blame injuries and lack of first team players.
When all said and done, Premiership survival far more important to Sam than a cup run.
[quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: commented yesterday on the majic of the cup. WHU obviously do not think it's majic and have just been hammered 5-0 and should have lost by more. The only positive they can take from this game is that it is one game less before Nolan gets back so he can get booked or sent off again. The Forest fans were singing"you're getting sacked in the morning" to FatSam. I don't think he will, far too nice a board. They will blame injuries and lack of first team players.[/p][/quote]When all said and done, Premiership survival far more important to Sam than a cup run. Clemster

2:02pm Sun 5 Jan 14

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH says...

dadofmy3sons wrote:
commented yesterday on the majic of the cup.
WHU obviously do not think it's majic and have just been hammered 5-0 and should have lost by more.
The only positive they can take from this game is that it is one game less before Nolan gets back so he can get booked or sent off again.
The Forest fans were singing"you're getting sacked in the morning" to FatSam. I don't think he will, far too nice a board. They will blame injuries and lack of first team players.
A few more poor results and Fat Sam will be on the brink.

LOL - Wet Spam will be lucky not to get relegated this Season.

COYR
[quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: commented yesterday on the majic of the cup. WHU obviously do not think it's majic and have just been hammered 5-0 and should have lost by more. The only positive they can take from this game is that it is one game less before Nolan gets back so he can get booked or sent off again. The Forest fans were singing"you're getting sacked in the morning" to FatSam. I don't think he will, far too nice a board. They will blame injuries and lack of first team players.[/p][/quote]A few more poor results and Fat Sam will be on the brink. LOL - Wet Spam will be lucky not to get relegated this Season. COYR REDARMYRULETHESOUTH

2:05pm Sun 5 Jan 14

dadofmy3sons says...

Clemster wrote:
dadofmy3sons wrote:
commented yesterday on the majic of the cup.
WHU obviously do not think it's majic and have just been hammered 5-0 and should have lost by more.
The only positive they can take from this game is that it is one game less before Nolan gets back so he can get booked or sent off again.
The Forest fans were singing"you're getting sacked in the morning" to FatSam. I don't think he will, far too nice a board. They will blame injuries and lack of first team players.
When all said and done, Premiership survival far more important to Sam than a cup run.
don't think they might be interested in Man City in the league cup then
[quote][p][bold]Clemster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: commented yesterday on the majic of the cup. WHU obviously do not think it's majic and have just been hammered 5-0 and should have lost by more. The only positive they can take from this game is that it is one game less before Nolan gets back so he can get booked or sent off again. The Forest fans were singing"you're getting sacked in the morning" to FatSam. I don't think he will, far too nice a board. They will blame injuries and lack of first team players.[/p][/quote]When all said and done, Premiership survival far more important to Sam than a cup run.[/p][/quote]don't think they might be interested in Man City in the league cup then dadofmy3sons

2:06pm Sun 5 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

H Yeovil
H Yeovil OSPREYSAINT

2:06pm Sun 5 Jan 14

dadofmy3sons says...

home to Yeovil?
BRILLIANT !
home to Yeovil? BRILLIANT ! dadofmy3sons

2:08pm Sun 5 Jan 14

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH says...

A fantastic draw in the Cup.

At home and against Yeovil.

THE SAINTS TO GO MARCHING ON ON ON.

UTS.
A fantastic draw in the Cup. At home and against Yeovil. THE SAINTS TO GO MARCHING ON ON ON. UTS. REDARMYRULETHESOUTH

2:13pm Sun 5 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

If Cherries don't go for a Burton, they get Liverpool or Oldham.
If Cherries don't go for a Burton, they get Liverpool or Oldham. OSPREYSAINT

2:13pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Clemster says...

dadofmy3sons wrote:
Clemster wrote:
dadofmy3sons wrote:
commented yesterday on the majic of the cup.
WHU obviously do not think it's majic and have just been hammered 5-0 and should have lost by more.
The only positive they can take from this game is that it is one game less before Nolan gets back so he can get booked or sent off again.
The Forest fans were singing"you're getting sacked in the morning" to FatSam. I don't think he will, far too nice a board. They will blame injuries and lack of first team players.
When all said and done, Premiership survival far more important to Sam than a cup run.
don't think they might be interested in Man City in the league cup then
Exactly. Two cup runs would kill them.

I don't think they will go down.
[quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clemster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: commented yesterday on the majic of the cup. WHU obviously do not think it's majic and have just been hammered 5-0 and should have lost by more. The only positive they can take from this game is that it is one game less before Nolan gets back so he can get booked or sent off again. The Forest fans were singing"you're getting sacked in the morning" to FatSam. I don't think he will, far too nice a board. They will blame injuries and lack of first team players.[/p][/quote]When all said and done, Premiership survival far more important to Sam than a cup run.[/p][/quote]don't think they might be interested in Man City in the league cup then[/p][/quote]Exactly. Two cup runs would kill them. I don't think they will go down. Clemster

2:14pm Sun 5 Jan 14

dadofmy3sons says...

Sam says;
what choice did I have?
on weds they play Man City.
other managers change their team.
too many young players.

Relegation written all over him and the team.
Sam says; what choice did I have? on weds they play Man City. other managers change their team. too many young players. Relegation written all over him and the team. dadofmy3sons

2:18pm Sun 5 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

dadofmy3sons wrote:
Clemster wrote:
dadofmy3sons wrote:
commented yesterday on the majic of the cup.
WHU obviously do not think it's majic and have just been hammered 5-0 and should have lost by more.
The only positive they can take from this game is that it is one game less before Nolan gets back so he can get booked or sent off again.
The Forest fans were singing"you're getting sacked in the morning" to FatSam. I don't think he will, far too nice a board. They will blame injuries and lack of first team players.
When all said and done, Premiership survival far more important to Sam than a cup run.
don't think they might be interested in Man City in the league cup then
or Ipswich or PNE!
[quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clemster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: commented yesterday on the majic of the cup. WHU obviously do not think it's majic and have just been hammered 5-0 and should have lost by more. The only positive they can take from this game is that it is one game less before Nolan gets back so he can get booked or sent off again. The Forest fans were singing"you're getting sacked in the morning" to FatSam. I don't think he will, far too nice a board. They will blame injuries and lack of first team players.[/p][/quote]When all said and done, Premiership survival far more important to Sam than a cup run.[/p][/quote]don't think they might be interested in Man City in the league cup then[/p][/quote]or Ipswich or PNE! OSPREYSAINT

2:18pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Clemster says...

dadofmy3sons wrote:
Sam says;
what choice did I have?
on weds they play Man City.
other managers change their team.
too many young players.

Relegation written all over him and the team.
Really don't know how you can write off any side at this stage of the season. Used to cheese me off when people wrote us off like you are writing West Ham off. So much football to be played.
[quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: Sam says; what choice did I have? on weds they play Man City. other managers change their team. too many young players. Relegation written all over him and the team.[/p][/quote]Really don't know how you can write off any side at this stage of the season. Used to cheese me off when people wrote us off like you are writing West Ham off. So much football to be played. Clemster

2:20pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Sadoldgitte says...

We need to play our first choice centres halves next time if we want a decent cup run. Constantly shipping 3 goals at home is very poor.
We need to play our first choice centres halves next time if we want a decent cup run. Constantly shipping 3 goals at home is very poor. Sadoldgitte

2:24pm Sun 5 Jan 14

dadofmy3sons says...

Yeovil Town started the season in bottom place due to alphabet, and have moved up just one place level on points with Barnsley but with a better(?) goal diff.
-18 against -21.
I see more youngsters getting a game in the cup
Yeovil Town started the season in bottom place due to alphabet, and have moved up just one place level on points with Barnsley but with a better(?) goal diff. -18 against -21. I see more youngsters getting a game in the cup dadofmy3sons

2:35pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Mush On The Beach says...

dadofmy3sons wrote:
Yeovil Town started the season in bottom place due to alphabet, and have moved up just one place level on points with Barnsley but with a better(?) goal diff.
-18 against -21.
I see more youngsters getting a game in the cup
Let's not get too complacent, Yeovil is a massive South Coast team compared to minnows like Poopey.
[quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: Yeovil Town started the season in bottom place due to alphabet, and have moved up just one place level on points with Barnsley but with a better(?) goal diff. -18 against -21. I see more youngsters getting a game in the cup[/p][/quote]Let's not get too complacent, Yeovil is a massive South Coast team compared to minnows like Poopey. Mush On The Beach

2:41pm Sun 5 Jan 14

dadofmy3sons says...

The bottom two in the Prem play Man City + United in the League Cup.
I have this theory that I have followed for many years.
If a team perform a "giantkilling" in the cup, it reflects badly on the manager, because the players can gee themselves up for a big match but their league form is atrocious.
So far there has not been a case of a win in the cup saving a team from relegation.
Recently Wigan + Birmingham.
This season Swansea are possibly not too fussed about cups because they too are struggling.
A cup win is good if our club are able to capitalise on it.
We do have sound finances and I would love to win the F.A.Cup, but not at the expence of league form.
The bottom two in the Prem play Man City + United in the League Cup. I have this theory that I have followed for many years. If a team perform a "giantkilling" in the cup, it reflects badly on the manager, because the players can gee themselves up for a big match but their league form is atrocious. So far there has not been a case of a win in the cup saving a team from relegation. Recently Wigan + Birmingham. This season Swansea are possibly not too fussed about cups because they too are struggling. A cup win is good if our club are able to capitalise on it. We do have sound finances and I would love to win the F.A.Cup, but not at the expence of league form. dadofmy3sons

2:42pm Sun 5 Jan 14

dadofmy3sons says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
dadofmy3sons wrote:
Yeovil Town started the season in bottom place due to alphabet, and have moved up just one place level on points with Barnsley but with a better(?) goal diff.
-18 against -21.
I see more youngsters getting a game in the cup
Let's not get too complacent, Yeovil is a massive South Coast team compared to minnows like Poopey.
apologies.
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: Yeovil Town started the season in bottom place due to alphabet, and have moved up just one place level on points with Barnsley but with a better(?) goal diff. -18 against -21. I see more youngsters getting a game in the cup[/p][/quote]Let's not get too complacent, Yeovil is a massive South Coast team compared to minnows like Poopey.[/p][/quote]apologies. dadofmy3sons

2:45pm Sun 5 Jan 14

dadofmy3sons says...

Whatever you do , don't call Yeovil a coastal town.
No beach there I can assure you.
Whatever you do , don't call Yeovil a coastal town. No beach there I can assure you. dadofmy3sons

2:58pm Sun 5 Jan 14

circa 66 saint says...

dadofmy3sons wrote:
Whatever you do , don't call Yeovil a coastal town.
No beach there I can assure you.
With global warming Yeovil will become a coastal town in approximately 3million years.
That is still before Pompey will get their next promotion.
[quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: Whatever you do , don't call Yeovil a coastal town. No beach there I can assure you.[/p][/quote]With global warming Yeovil will become a coastal town in approximately 3million years. That is still before Pompey will get their next promotion. circa 66 saint

3:24pm Sun 5 Jan 14

SFCOLDBOY says...

dadofmy3sons wrote:
Sam says;
what choice did I have?
on weds they play Man City.
other managers change their team.
too many young players.

Relegation written all over him and the team.
They bought just about every player we went in for at the end of our championship campaign. Now got very few of them,shipped them out.how much did that cost?
They were determined to cut us out of promotion by this action luckily for us we got billy Sharp on board the rest is history.
They must stay in the Prem with the change to the new stadium looming.
It supposedly now suggested they want Rickie on 65K a week.
Great money yeh but does Rickie want to play Championship hoofball football again?
COYS
[quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: Sam says; what choice did I have? on weds they play Man City. other managers change their team. too many young players. Relegation written all over him and the team.[/p][/quote]They bought just about every player we went in for at the end of our championship campaign. Now got very few of them,shipped them out.how much did that cost? They were determined to cut us out of promotion by this action luckily for us we got billy Sharp on board the rest is history. They must stay in the Prem with the change to the new stadium looming. It supposedly now suggested they want Rickie on 65K a week. Great money yeh but does Rickie want to play Championship hoofball football again? COYS SFCOLDBOY

3:31pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Mush On The Beach says...

dadofmy3sons wrote:
Mush On The Beach wrote:
dadofmy3sons wrote:
Yeovil Town started the season in bottom place due to alphabet, and have moved up just one place level on points with Barnsley but with a better(?) goal diff.
-18 against -21.
I see more youngsters getting a game in the cup
Let's not get too complacent, Yeovil is a massive South Coast team compared to minnows like Poopey.
apologies.
None required :)
I look at the draw and it seems all the big teams have been kept apart for a change.
We will have too much for Yeovil, regardless of our line-up unless we make the same mistake as Big Sam. I think we should target the FA cup and go for it.
[quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: Yeovil Town started the season in bottom place due to alphabet, and have moved up just one place level on points with Barnsley but with a better(?) goal diff. -18 against -21. I see more youngsters getting a game in the cup[/p][/quote]Let's not get too complacent, Yeovil is a massive South Coast team compared to minnows like Poopey.[/p][/quote]apologies.[/p][/quote]None required :) I look at the draw and it seems all the big teams have been kept apart for a change. We will have too much for Yeovil, regardless of our line-up unless we make the same mistake as Big Sam. I think we should target the FA cup and go for it. Mush On The Beach

4:03pm Sun 5 Jan 14

SFCOLDBOY says...

Slightly off topic,
Ramires( Chelsea) playing Derby,booked for diving in the area.
Cheating barstewards.
How will Mourinho explain this one, I wonder.
Aint it great that our players play the right way.
COYS
Slightly off topic, Ramires( Chelsea) playing Derby,booked for diving in the area. Cheating barstewards. How will Mourinho explain this one, I wonder. Aint it great that our players play the right way. COYS SFCOLDBOY

4:08pm Sun 5 Jan 14

SFCOLDBOY says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
dadofmy3sons wrote:
Yeovil Town started the season in bottom place due to alphabet, and have moved up just one place level on points with Barnsley but with a better(?) goal diff.
-18 against -21.
I see more youngsters getting a game in the cup
Let's not get too complacent, Yeovil is a massive South Coast team compared to minnows like Poopey.
I saw what you did there"minnows" HA HA
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: Yeovil Town started the season in bottom place due to alphabet, and have moved up just one place level on points with Barnsley but with a better(?) goal diff. -18 against -21. I see more youngsters getting a game in the cup[/p][/quote]Let's not get too complacent, Yeovil is a massive South Coast team compared to minnows like Poopey.[/p][/quote]I saw what you did there"minnows" HA HA SFCOLDBOY

4:41pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

SFCOLDBOY wrote:
Slightly off topic,
Ramires( Chelsea) playing Derby,booked for diving in the area.
Cheating barstewards.
How will Mourinho explain this one, I wonder.
Aint it great that our players play the right way.
COYS
How true, Oldboy.

Has 'she in doors' recovered yet?
[quote][p][bold]SFCOLDBOY[/bold] wrote: Slightly off topic, Ramires( Chelsea) playing Derby,booked for diving in the area. Cheating barstewards. How will Mourinho explain this one, I wonder. Aint it great that our players play the right way. COYS[/p][/quote]How true, Oldboy. Has 'she in doors' recovered yet? Strasbourg Saint

6:30pm Sun 5 Jan 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

great draw for US C O Y R and NO MAN U !!!!!!!!!!! Ho Ho Ho , we just want Chelski to get thrashed in the next round and it looks like 2014 is gonna b good
great draw for US C O Y R and NO MAN U !!!!!!!!!!! Ho Ho Ho , we just want Chelski to get thrashed in the next round and it looks like 2014 is gonna b good SPIKEISLANDTRADER

7:18pm Sun 5 Jan 14

SFCOLDBOY says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
SFCOLDBOY wrote:
Slightly off topic,
Ramires( Chelsea) playing Derby,booked for diving in the area.
Cheating barstewards.
How will Mourinho explain this one, I wonder.
Aint it great that our players play the right way.
COYS
How true, Oldboy.

Has 'she in doors' recovered yet?
If it's giving me a hard time, then the answer is yes.
If it's the Villians loosing, then no.
Happy new year mate, be nice to meet up again to chew the cud.
COYS
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SFCOLDBOY[/bold] wrote: Slightly off topic, Ramires( Chelsea) playing Derby,booked for diving in the area. Cheating barstewards. How will Mourinho explain this one, I wonder. Aint it great that our players play the right way. COYS[/p][/quote]How true, Oldboy. Has 'she in doors' recovered yet?[/p][/quote]If it's giving me a hard time, then the answer is yes. If it's the Villians loosing, then no. Happy new year mate, be nice to meet up again to chew the cud. COYS SFCOLDBOY

8:36pm Sun 5 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

SFCOLDBOY wrote:
Slightly off topic,
Ramires( Chelsea) playing Derby,booked for diving in the area.
Cheating barstewards.
How will Mourinho explain this one, I wonder.
Aint it great that our players play the right way.
COYS
Mourinho did an impression of Wenger, "I didn't see it".
[quote][p][bold]SFCOLDBOY[/bold] wrote: Slightly off topic, Ramires( Chelsea) playing Derby,booked for diving in the area. Cheating barstewards. How will Mourinho explain this one, I wonder. Aint it great that our players play the right way. COYS[/p][/quote]Mourinho did an impression of Wenger, "I didn't see it". OSPREYSAINT

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