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Persistence key, says Eric

Posted on 28 April 2015  - 12:02

Eric Dier held up Saturday’s draw with Southampton as another example of the team’s ability to keep persisting until the very end.

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The young defender was once again deployed at right-back as we twice came back from a goal down to secure a point from a 2-2 draw at St Mary’s.

Graziano Pelle headed the hosts back in front after his first half effort was cancelled out by Erik Lamela.

But even after Nacer Chadli’s second half equaliser, we had to remain alert as the Saints pushed for a winner in stoppage time, with Eric underlining how persistence to the full-time whistle – whatever the scoreline – remains a key part of our game.

“We’ve done it over and over again and that’s credit to our attitude – we don’t stop, we don’t give in, even if we’ve been two goals behind we’ve come back and we did it again at Southampton,” said the 21-year-old.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game. Southampton have been doing great this season and they have a great defensive record, so to come back from going a goal down twice is a real positive for us.

“We were disappointed, though, because we wanted the three points.”

Our first goal of the afternoon came after Eric’s right wing cross was flicked on by Harry Kane and Argentine international Erik glanced home at the near post, while it was also Eric who played Nacer in for our second strike on the south coast.

Reflecting on that key action, Eric beamed: “I’ve never had two assists! I don’t normally get one!

“Obviously I’d have been happier to get the win so it’s positives and negatives all rolled into one.

“We now have to do what we’ve been doing all season, which is try to get three points in every game.

“We have four left and we have to give our all in all four and see where it takes us.”