Saints legend sticks up for Rodriguez over penalty

Jay Rodriguez goes flying and Villa concede a penalty.

Jay Rodriguez goes flying and Villa concede a penalty.

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

SAINTS legend Jim Steele insists Jay Rodriguez should not be labelled a cheat following the controversial penalty at Villa Park.

The former Southampton centre-half, man of the match in the 1976 FA Cup final, believes Rodriguez has been harshly criticised for the tumble.

He said: “Rodriguez was only pulling out of the challenge he saw coming in, it would have been a penalty anyway and he could have got injured if he carried on.

“It was definitely a penalty, it’s only when you see the slow-motion replay that you can see there was no contact – but it was still the right decision.

“Rodriguez was travelling at high speed and got out of the way, but that doesn’t make it less of a foul.

“It’s the same with Gareth Bale, he’s getting a bad reputation but when he’s travelling so fast you can’t blame him for trying to avoid challenges that could seriously injure him.

“If it was Ashley Young it would be forgotten about by now. Young’s the worst culprit, he’s gone down like a sack of spuds two or three times this season.

“It’s unfair on Rodriguez to be compared to him.”

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7:10am Tue 15 Jan 13

RedArmy1 says...

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON.

COYR

RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY
WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY RedArmy1
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7:21am Tue 15 Jan 13

RedArmy1 says...

RED FACTION. RED ARMY.

WE H8 POMPEY.

Come on JRod - impressed with your speed work are and intelligent positioning at Villa.

Now get that extra YARD of pace and become a HERO for SOUTHAMPTON.

Remember MILLWALL AWAY last Season.

WE HAVE MAGNIFICENT AWAY SUPPORT.

RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY
RED FACTION. RED ARMY. WE H8 POMPEY. Come on JRod - impressed with your speed work are and intelligent positioning at Villa. Now get that extra YARD of pace and become a HERO for SOUTHAMPTON. Remember MILLWALL AWAY last Season. WE HAVE MAGNIFICENT AWAY SUPPORT. RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY RedArmy1
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8:08am Tue 15 Jan 13

Littleton-Saint says...

SIXTEEN
SIXTEEN Littleton-Saint
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8:10am Tue 15 Jan 13

willygetaway says...

Jimmy Steele now there was a defender, one like that please Nigel
Jimmy Steele now there was a defender, one like that please Nigel willygetaway
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8:15am Tue 15 Jan 13

J7junctionseven says...

"Six foot two, eyes are blue, Jimmy Steele is after you, La La La La, La La La, La La...
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"Six foot two, eyes are blue, Jimmy Steele is after you, La La La La, La La La, La La... COYR J7junctionseven
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8:17am Tue 15 Jan 13

Nemesisaint says...

willygetaway wrote:
Jimmy Steele now there was a defender, one like that please Nigel
They do not make them like that anymore, he has always been high on my Saints hero list.
[quote][p][bold]willygetaway[/bold] wrote: Jimmy Steele now there was a defender, one like that please Nigel[/p][/quote]They do not make them like that anymore, he has always been high on my Saints hero list. Nemesisaint
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9:00am Tue 15 Jan 13

Alicesdad says...

Steele is a legend but how on earth did the Echo dig up a quote from him now?

Anyway - the penalty was given , we scored and won. A thousand replays will not change that. EXCELLENT. Lets move on.

A more critical question today is if HMV ends up shutting down where will I be able to go to browse through CDs and DVDs. I already have more CDs than WH Smiths and the stuff in supermarkets is usually bulk buy dross.

Come on Echo - address the serious issues.
Steele is a legend but how on earth did the Echo dig up a quote from him now? Anyway - the penalty was given , we scored and won. A thousand replays will not change that. EXCELLENT. Lets move on. A more critical question today is if HMV ends up shutting down where will I be able to go to browse through CDs and DVDs. I already have more CDs than WH Smiths and the stuff in supermarkets is usually bulk buy dross. Come on Echo - address the serious issues. Alicesdad
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