In the latest Southampton news, Dusan Tadic insists he is more than happy to shoulder the extra responsibility that comes with a relegation battle.
The Serbian stepped up to help Southampton claim a much-needed win last weekend when he bagged a brace in the 2-1 victory at home to Bournemouth.
Saturday’s triumph ended a run of five games without a win across all competitions, having lost four of them, but they still remain in the bottom three, and are Evens with William Hill to be relegated.
Southampton head into Saturday’s clash at Everton sitting 18th, one point from safety, with three games left to play.
Tadic, who has netted just six times all season, believes Southampton have enough quality to avoid relegation and insists he is ready to step up and be counted once again, while he has urged his team-mates to rise to the occasion too.
“The big and important games make me sharper and make me play with more courage. I like to take responsibility in difficult moments. This is what you learn when you are young, you have to show when your team needs you the most,” Tadic said.
“What matters is that Southampton takes three points. Picking up the responsibility falls on all of us to do everything to help the team. We need to keep doing what we have done since the coach arrived.”
The playmaker believes the atmosphere has changed on the training ground this week and claims they are ready to fight.
He added: “You can feel immediately in the training that it is a better environment after a victory, sometimes we play well and don’t win so you feel something is missing.
“You are fighting for your lives, fighting to stay in the league and fighting to make people happy.”