Southampton defender Florin Gardos explains his error against Newcastle United

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The Romanian was unfortunate against Newcastle but he says his team-mates were not annoyed.

Southampton have won in the Premier League again, meaning they maintain their position in third place in the Premier League table.

The one goal in the game for Newcastle came from Yoann Gouffran but Florin Gardos would not want to see it again.

He has now spoken to Romanian source Dolce Sport about the goal.

The 2-1 result yesterday against Newcastle United was even more impressive because of the amount of injuries Southampton had to deal with.

Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama were absent, as were Maya Yoshida and Sadio Mane - away on international duty.

The absence however of Toby Alderweireld was perhaps the most alarming of all. The Belgian picked up a problem against Manchester United last week and he has been pivotal to their recent defensive form.

With Alderweireld out, Gardos came in. The Romanian impressed when he featured against Manchester United, but he was perhaps at fault for the Newcastle goal yesterday.

He slid in for a clearance which ricocheted off of Gouffran beyond the advanced Fraser Forster.

He said to Dolce Sport:

"No one accused me anything in general is not that. I had bad luck but was a lack of communication from which I came out worst. Goalie did not scream, probably I was uncertain so just tried to clear right."

He also went on to discuss the excellent form of Southampton to the press in his homeland.

"In any case I did not expect us to be so high. They lost many players in the summer, came others, no one knew how fast it would accommodate. It's very important to be third in the Premier League for a team like Southampton."

Gardos, who joined the club from Steaua Bucharest in the summer, is now set for a prolonged period in the team with Yoshida at the Asia Cup and Alderweireld injured for the time being.

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