Premier League: Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez hopes to benefit from defeats
Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez believes back-to-back Premier League defeats could benefit his side in the long run.
Last Updated: 04/12/13 6:58pm
Having lost just once in their opening 11 league games, the Saints have since been on the wrong end of results away to Arsenal and Chelsea, losing 2-0 and 3-1 respectively.
The two losses have seen Mauricio Pochettino's men fall to seventh in the table, but Rodriguez is hopeful of the games proving to be an important learning curve.
"We've got an inner belief in our team," the 24-year-old told the Southern Daily Echo.
"We've got the team spirit to bounce back. I think the defeats will improve us as a team.
"I think we'll look at the negatives and the positives and take it into the game on Wednesday (against Aston Villa).
"That's the way we work. We'll just keep positive and look to get three points on Wednesday."
Speaking of Sunday's defeat at Chelsea, in which he opened the scoring inside the first minute, Rodriguez admitted that he and his team-mates were left frustrated by the result.
"Obviously, we're all disappointed," he said.
"We wanted to keep the lead and improve on it, and I think with the goals we gave away we're obviously going to be disappointed."