Victor Wanyama desperate for Saints to end with record breaking tally

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Victor Wanyama wants Saints to go on and achieve a record Premier League points haul after ending a two-match losing streak at Aston Villa.

Saturday’s 0-0 draw came on the back of defeats to Manchester City and Cardiff, keeping Mauricio Pochettino’s side eighth in the table and bumping them up to 49 points.

Their biggest total since the Premier League switched to a 20-team division in 1995/96 is 52.

They have achieved that twice, in 2000/01 and 2002/03, the latter of which they also finished eighth in, while reaching the FA Cup final.

“It’s always good to challenge ourselves and if we can go beyond 52 then it would be a very good thing for us, so we just have to keep on working the same and we will be there,” said Wanyama.

The midfielder replaced Jack Cork in the line-up for the trip to Villa, starting his first league match since February 1.

Injuries have blighted the second half of Wanyama’s season, but last summer’s £12.5m signing from Celtic was pleased to have made his return to action.

“I’m happy to be back again on the pitch,” he said.

“It has been really long, and also the lads have been doing well, so I’m happy to get a chance to play, and hopefully I will get many chances to play again.

“It’s always good for me to get back on the pitch, and I was looking forward to getting back on the pitch, and I was excited to be back.

“To play alongside these lads, they are very, very good.

“It’s just very nice to play alongside them, because they make it easy also.”

Wanyama, who suffered a hairline leg fracture in December, during the 3-2 home defeat to Villa, said he was suffering no ill effects after Saturday’s game, although he did get caught late by Marc Albrighton in the second half.

“My leg is fine,” he said. “There was a little bit of late contact from the guy – he hit my achilles, so I was a little bit afraid again, because it was the same leg I broke, so I’m happy I’m fine now.”

Wanyama felt Saints deserved all three points at Villa, having controlled much of the game.

“I don’t know what happened and we are just frustrated we couldn’t get maximum points,” said the Kenyan.

“We were really in control of the game and we were hoping to put one in the net, but we couldn’t, so we just have to work hard and coming for the next game we improve.”

Wanyama added: “We had chances to score and we couldn’t score, but we just have to keep on going and work on our finishing, and we’ll improve.”

The 22-year-old also felt Saints should have been awarded a spot-kick, after Ryan Bertrand handled Nathaniel Clyne’s second-half cross.

“We could have had maybe two penalties at least, because there were handballs and the referee decides not to give it. We just have to live with it.”

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8:23am Mon 21 Apr 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

I think the Cardiff and Villa games were the ones to see us smash past that total. Won't be easy now, we need a win and a draw or couple of draws, but certainly doable.
I think the Cardiff and Villa games were the ones to see us smash past that total. Won't be easy now, we need a win and a draw or couple of draws, but certainly doable. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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9:53am Mon 21 Apr 14

Jan28th1984 says...

I think we will lose one, draw one, and win one (in that order) to see out the season. This will put us on 53 points in eighth place.
Not bad given the injuries the squad has taken, the lack of resources available to the manager, and the spate of bad decisions from match officials.
I think we will lose one, draw one, and win one (in that order) to see out the season. This will put us on 53 points in eighth place. Not bad given the injuries the squad has taken, the lack of resources available to the manager, and the spate of bad decisions from match officials. Jan28th1984
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10:05am Mon 21 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

We blew it in the Cardiff game, but there is a chance of getting something from all 3 remaining games. We are better than Swansea Stop Bony job done. We were as good as Everton at Goodison only to be robbed by that incompetent fool Clutterbrain and if Manure play anything like they did at Everton it's 3 points for the taking. Need to start finding the back of the net though.
We blew it in the Cardiff game, but there is a chance of getting something from all 3 remaining games. We are better than Swansea Stop Bony job done. We were as good as Everton at Goodison only to be robbed by that incompetent fool Clutterbrain and if Manure play anything like they did at Everton it's 3 points for the taking. Need to start finding the back of the net though. Clever Dick
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5:20pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Rank Xerox says...

I agree with Seedhouse, I think we've blown it. We will be very fortunate if we get any more points this season. Can't seem to get a goal at the moment what with all the decisions going against us. Looking forward to the transfer window to see who we are going to ship out/in.
I agree with Seedhouse, I think we've blown it. We will be very fortunate if we get any more points this season. Can't seem to get a goal at the moment what with all the decisions going against us. Looking forward to the transfer window to see who we are going to ship out/in. Rank Xerox
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12:40am Tue 22 Apr 14

FindAndDestroy says...

Had we not suffered injuries, who knows how high we could have finished...
many of our players are just irreplaceable especially the back.....it just showed we went from 3rd place to 8 spot...

we conceded more goals inside couple of weeks than we did in 3 months...

hopefully MoPo will add some depth in this squad...
Had we not suffered injuries, who knows how high we could have finished... many of our players are just irreplaceable especially the back.....it just showed we went from 3rd place to 8 spot... we conceded more goals inside couple of weeks than we did in 3 months... hopefully MoPo will add some depth in this squad... FindAndDestroy
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