Jay's having a ball at Saints

Daily Echo: Jay Rodriguez Jay Rodriguez

JAY Rodriguez is having the time of his life as a Premier League star and England international.

Saints’ top scorer this season is only one goal away from equalling the six he scored during his first season in the Premier League.

The 24 year-old has come a long way since his move from hometown club Burnley just 18 months ago.

“It was quite hard, moving away from family and friends, but in time it’s got a lot better and at the moment I’m loving life down here,” he said.

“It’s an amazing place to live and the club itself is a great place to be. “I’m enjoying coming in to train and play every day. “It’s just an amazing time at the moment.”

Alarmingly for opposition defenders, Rodriguez is still some way from his peak years.

But he agrees that he has thrived under Mauricio Pochettino and is a better player than he was at Burnley.

“He has given me the belief, the confidence and shown me the way to play, the club’s helped me massively to improve,” said Rodriguez, who is in better shape than he has ever been.

“When I first came here I realised how fit the lads were and everything that goes with the training is really hard.

“It's something you want to improve because in the Premiership you need to be as athletic as you can be.”

Rodriguez’s family visit him regularly and will be travelling south for Burnley visit in the FA Cup third round on January 4.

They will also make the trip to Newcastle this afternoon, where Saints’ No 9 is likely to start his tenth successive match, a run of games sandwiching his England debut against Chile at Wembley last month.

Although he was not at his best, Rodriguez admits it was still a night to savour.

“It was probably the best experience I’ve ever had,” he said. “Obviously the game didn't go as well as I would have liked but representing your country is probably the biggest thing a player can do.

“It is something that will never leave me.”

Suffice to say, Rodriguez has watched the recording of his 57 minutes at Wembley.

“It was a tough game and something I’ll look to try and improve if I get the chance again,” he continued. “You’re bound to feel [pressure] representing your country, it’s how you deal with it that’s the main thing.”

Should Rodriguez maintain his rich vein of form, he may yet find himself in England’s World Cup squad five months hence.

Dani Osvaldo is likely to be there with Italy, England’s first opponents and Rodriguez expects his Saints teammate to blossom in the next few months, following his stunning equaliser against Manchester City last week.

“He’s definitely a threat, his finishing is unbelievable he shows in training every day that he’s a quality, world-class striker,” he said.

“Playing for Italy against England is something for him to look forward to but hopefully he doesn’t produce any goals like he did the other day!

“That and Adam Lallana’s goal [against Hull] are two of the best I’ve seen since I’ve been in the team.

“Adam’s was also pure class but, again, he does that in training every day so when you see it happen you’re not really surprised.”

Following the impressive performance against City, do not bet against Saints leaving Newcastle with a first win in five games.

“We’ve always had that belief in ourselves that if we carry on as we are and improve as team we can’t go wrong,” added Rodriguez.

“If anyone criticises we don’t take any notice.

“We concentrate on our beliefs and philosophy on how to play.”

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9:09am Sat 14 Dec 13

warrens 76 says...

We will need to detroy them on the counter, I just wish we could cut teams up a little more and not give their defence time to recover position…time and again this season it is the last third of the pirch costing us hence the low scoring….get that right and we would not might finish top 4.
We will need to detroy them on the counter, I just wish we could cut teams up a little more and not give their defence time to recover position…time and again this season it is the last third of the pirch costing us hence the low scoring….get that right and we would not might finish top 4. warrens 76

10:31am Sat 14 Dec 13

mack chinnon says...

Come on Newport.
Come on Newport. mack chinnon

10:37am Sat 14 Dec 13

saintgibbo says...

Great to see the confidence instilled in the players. Even after a hat trick of defeats the belief that they are playing the right way is still there. Why should we worry about the form of Tiote and co when we have the confidence and skill to overcome anyone? Keep it up lads, let them worry about us!!!
Great to see the confidence instilled in the players. Even after a hat trick of defeats the belief that they are playing the right way is still there. Why should we worry about the form of Tiote and co when we have the confidence and skill to overcome anyone? Keep it up lads, let them worry about us!!! saintgibbo

10:46am Sat 14 Dec 13

Confucious says...

Dear Santa

Please, this year I would like six points from the Saints' next two matches.

If you do this for me I will be a very good boy. As you know, my mother-in-law has come round here for lunch on Christmas day every year for the past 31 years. If you give me these six points, then this year I promise I will let her in.
Dear Santa Please, this year I would like six points from the Saints' next two matches. If you do this for me I will be a very good boy. As you know, my mother-in-law has come round here for lunch on Christmas day every year for the past 31 years. If you give me these six points, then this year I promise I will let her in. Confucious

12:47pm Sat 14 Dec 13

JanPawel says...

Mayuka goal for sochaux crazy
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=8rfVZ7R9g
OM
Mayuka goal for sochaux crazy http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=8rfVZ7R9g OM JanPawel

2:50pm Sat 14 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Man City 6 Aresnal 3 FT wtf
Man City 6 Aresnal 3 FT wtf OSPREYSAINT

5:02pm Sat 14 Dec 13

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

COYR Pardew s boot boys need a slap , fair challenge by Spider .. Well done Newport , the skates drown in their own sewer
COYR Pardew s boot boys need a slap , fair challenge by Spider .. Well done Newport , the skates drown in their own sewer SPIKEISLANDTRADER

5:09pm Sat 14 Dec 13

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Man City 6 Aresnal 3 FT wtf
Theo scored man of the match with Mel !!!!!!!!!!!!!! and grabbed a brace today , he has his fitness level back .
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Man City 6 Aresnal 3 FT wtf[/p][/quote]Theo scored man of the match with Mel !!!!!!!!!!!!!! and grabbed a brace today , he has his fitness level back . SPIKEISLANDTRADER

5:45pm Sat 14 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

JRod was the man today!
JRod was the man today! OSPREYSAINT

7:33pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Clausentum Saint says...

We are becoming one hell of a team,we are becoming an institution,we have changed the game of English football.
We have opened up the Premiership COYR'S
We are becoming one hell of a team,we are becoming an institution,we have changed the game of English football. We have opened up the Premiership COYR'S Clausentum Saint

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