Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez says the squad enjoy the pressing game employed by Mauricio Pochettino.

The Saints sit in 3rd spot in the Premier League table after a 2-0 win against Fulham on Saturday, meaning their best run in the top-flight continues.

Their superb pressing left Martin Jol's side chasing shadows, with the Cottagers not settling throughout the game at St Mary's.

Rodriguez was able to flick the ball on for his compatriot Rickie Lambert to score the opener, with Lambert returning the favour for the second.

Rodriguez admits the pressing game, the constant closing down and harassing of their opponents is hard work, but worth it when the results keep on coming.

"It's enjoyable because the hunger is there which comes from the pressing and working hard," he was quoted by Sky Sports.

"We all enjoy the pressing when we're creating chances, but the main thing for us is keeping clean sheets.

"We worked really hard by winning the ball in good places and creating a lot of chances as you can see from the stats so it was a really enjoyable game.

"It was really good. We were very controlling of the game and we created so many chances and the reward is all down to how hard we've worked and to the belief which we've had from day one.

"It is no shock really. We know the performances that we're capable of and to improve upon for the next game. It's a great place to be at the moment, and everyone is the camp is enjoying it and loving it.

"It's great competition throughout the team from the back and up front it's all a challenge, but it's a good one and a healthy one because everyone wants each other to do well.

"It's the same throughout the team, and there's a really good atmosphere for us to be involved in.

"It's always pleasing to score a goal and to play like we did I think was unbelievable, so we're all very chuffed with it. We pressed really high and it came off for us."

Rodriguez was in and out of the Saints team in the early part of the 2013/14 campaign, but returned to the starting line-up for last week's 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford, and retained his spot in the home win against Fulham.

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