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Saints happy with a Cork-ing effort
8:15pm Tuesday 1st January 2013 in Sport
Saints arguably deserved all three points after taking the lead through Gaston Ramirez in the 34th minute but were pegged back shortly before half-time when Guly do Prado could only direct Theo Walcott's free-kick into his own net.
Ramirez had the ball in the back of the net once more with an exquisite control and volley on the turn after the interval but it was chalked off for a foul in the build-up.
Midfielder Cork, who filled in at right-back , was slightly disappointed as Southampton were held to a draw for their second consecutive game but he was quick to hail the team's performance.
"It was a good point. I think we could have nicked it towards the end," said Cork.
"The goal was unfortunate that they scored but the lads put a real shift in today.
"We've had a real tough week, we had Stoke last game and the game before that everyone's worked really hard. It's been a busy Christmas period but we've got a few points."
Southampton conceded a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 at Stoke over the weekend but Schneiderlin echoed his team-mate's thoughts.
"We knew before the game that this was going to be very hard, we knew they were going to keep possession and that we needed to keep a good shape and we did at that at times," said the Frenchman.
"We were unlucky with the goal we conceded but we gave a good shift, we gave everything for each other."
Southampton suffered a 6-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium in September but boss Nigel Adkins is pleased they are learning from their mistakes.
"The lads yet again put a very good performance in and it just shows how far we've come," he said.
"At the start if the season we got a good spanking down at their place and today, I thought defensively we looked very solid.
"Tactically we were good and all round some really good performances.
"A good goal - I haven't seen the one that was disallowed, I don't know whether it was for offside or for pushing - but all round a good performance from the players yet again."
Saints moved out of the Premier League drop zone on goal difference but Adkins was not getting ahead of himself.
"The league table's going to fluctuate," he added.
"What it does demonstrate is that we're in there, we're in there fighting and we're fighting for each other."
The result brought Arsenal back down to earth following their 7-3 win over Newcastle at the weekend.
The Gunners are now four points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, who also have a game in hand, and manager Arsene Wenger pulled no punches following the draw.
"We were not very good offensively, we didn't create enough. Defensively we were not too many times under threat but we didn't create enough chances," he said.
"We just scored seven on Saturday and of course I'm afraid we lacked sharpness and desire.
"Was it deeply underestimating Southampton? I hope not."