Paul Reflects

Paul Goddard admits that the draw at Southampton on Saturday was earned the hard way - and insists that the mental qualities the players displayed were excellent.

"We didn't pass the ball very well from the start and we got put under enormous pressure by Southampton - but we showed a lot of determination, spirit, and guts to get back in the game," he says, echoing Glenn Roeder's thoughts that the players showed "spirit, desire, and determination."

"I am not saying we played terribly," stresses Paul, "but we didn't pass it and keep the ball as we should.

"That didn't enable us, especially in the first half, to get up and play some football.

"We still created a number of half chances, similar to Southampton, so there wasn't a lot in it, but I thought in the second half we really dug in and pushed on.

"Southampton really defended fantastically well, but the young man came up with a goal in the end."

That goal came courtesy of Glen Johnson's long throw, and Glenn says:

"He has used it to great effect in youth and reserve teams and we will be making use of it ourselves in the first team."

Both Paul and Glenn agree there is no point getting too worked up about the results of other clubs, and Paul says:

"You have only got to concentrate on your own results, your own performances, and your own games and that was a real tough game for us on Saturday."

And Glenn concurs:

"I learnt a long time ago that you don't worry about things you can't affect."