Cork Stopper Boost Saints

By SFC Media time Sun 25 Nov Club

Jack Cork’s return to the team has coincided with Saints’ recent return to form.

On a personal level, the midfielder has endured a nightmare start to the season having twice battled back from injury, and now he’s determined to make up for lost time.

“I’m really pleased with the results from the last couple of games,” Jack told Saints Player ahead of today’s match against Newcastle United. 

“It was frustrating for me missing the first couple of months of the season, but since then I couldn’t have hoped for it to have gone any better really. If we can keep playing the way that we have been then we’ll keep picking up results.

“I don’t normally pick up many injuries as I haven’t had a lot so far in my career, touch wood, but it was frustrating. I was happy to see all the lads playing in the Premier League because we’d worked so hard in the last two years to get where we are, but at the same time we haven’t been winning games and it was quite hard to watch being injured as I just wanted to get in and try to help out.”

Following his return to first team action, Saints have picked up a point against Swansea and a morale boosting win over QPR, though Cork insists he was just happy to get back on the pitch.

“The mood is a lot better in the camp at the minute and it’s helped having two good results against two strong teams,” he admits.

“Beating QPR on Saturday in a big game was a big help as there was a lot of hype around it between the two teams, and we desperately needed to get the three points, so doing that has really helped us.

“I don’t know what the other lads were like, but for me it was only my second game back in the side so I was just excited to be back in and playing because that’s all I wanted to do. 

“There was a lot of attention on that game, but I think all of the lads just went out there and played as well as we have done all season. It was a good game and we just did what we needed to do.

“We’ve been doing well all season but we hadn’t been picking up the results and in the last couple of years we’ve had a bit of luck where things have bounced off a player or gone in somehow and we just haven’t had that, but hopefully that’ll change around and we can keep on trying to win games like we have been in the last couple of weeks.”

A chance to make it three top-flight games unbeaten is something not lost on the players now as they prepare to face an injury-hit Newcastle side this afternoon.

“It would be a shame to throw it away now because in the last two games we’ve taken four points from six and it seems like we can get a run going,” says Cork. “We don’t want to throw it away, so it would be great if we could follow that up with a victory at home against Newcastle.

“They signed a lot of strong players last year and they surprised a lot of people. They played some good stuff and we’ve just got to try and match them when they come here and be as strong as them which I’m sure we will be on the day.

“We’ve got some great technical footballers in our team at the minute and players who like to get the ball on the floor, pass it, and show a bit of skill. Hopefully that will suit me and I know it suits a lot of the other players that we’ve got so hopefully we’ll be able to show that again this weekend.”

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