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Lovren: We never stopped believing at Old Trafford
Dejan Lovren insisted that Saints always retained full belief that they would leave Old Trafford with at least a point.
The defender helped scramble in a dramatic late equaliser to earn Mauricio Pochettino’s side a 1-1 draw at the defending champions, Manchester United, on Saturday.
While the result may have surprised some observers, Lovren said it was no shock to anyone within the Saints squad.
“We were believing to take points,” he said of their attitude coming into the game. “We weren’t just here to play the game and lose.
“We believe in ourselves, and we have the quality and we have the character, and we were showing that in the second half.
“I think we deserved the point.”
Lovren played a key part in Saints’ 89th minute leveller, which cancelled out Robin van Persie’s first-half opener.
The Croatian international battled with Phil Jones on the edge of the six-yard area and was able to bundle James Ward-Prowse’s exquisite delivery from a corner towards goal.
Adam Lallana then applied the finishing touch, with the ball brushing off his knee and going through the legs of David De Gea.
Mobbed The effort was initially credited to Lovren, who tore away in celebration and was mobbed by his teammates, but it was later given to Saints captain Lallana.
“I don’t care really, the most important thing is the one point,” said Lovren of the scorer’s identity.
With a beaming smile on his face, he did, however, add: “In the dressing room I was telling Lallana it’s 80 per cent my goal, 20 yours.”
Van Persie’s strike, which had put United in front, was only the third goal that Saints have conceded in the Premier League this season.
The club still boasts the division’s best defensive record, and Lovren said the entire team should be pleased with how they dealt with a threatening United attack, which also included an in-form Wayne Rooney and the lively wide pair of Nani and the excellent Adnan Januzaj.
“They are top players, so they have the quality,” said Lovren. “Just in one pass they can score. It was a difficult game, but I think we did a great job in defence and, when I say defence, it’s 11 players.”
The £8.5m summer signing from Lyon added: “It was a hard game, it was really tough, but in the end I think one point for us is a good point. We did a great job.
“We can be happy with one point. They had a lot of chances.”
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