Mauricio Pochettino is refusing to take Saints’ safety for granted just yet.

A 2-0 lunchtime win at Reading appears to have all but secured Premier League football for another season but the Saints boss is assuming nothing.

He said: “What I do feel is that we played a very good game but there is still a lot of points to be won ahead and our goal is just the next game against West Ham.

“What’s important is that we won and we’ve got 37 points.

“I don’t really analyse. I think the media analyses what happens on the pitch.

“I think I’m a pretty relaxed person. I like to work with my players on the training pitch.

“The team has been playing well and I’m proud of what the players are doing.

“The club has brought me in to do a job and I’m doing it well so I’m just pleased overall.

“I have been managing the team for ten games now and I have never spoken about any goals at the end of the season, only the next goal, the next objective, is the next rival and the next game.”

Jay Rodriguez scored for the third game on the bounce as Saints made it three wins on the spin and Pochettino added: “He’s been scoring in the last three games but it’s not just the goals, he provides a lot of other things.

“He does everything we ask from him so we’re really pleased with him.”