St. Mary's Stadium

Next Game

So'ton v Vitesse A

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 20:05

Europa League Qual Third Round

Last Game

Feyenoord 0 - 3 So'ton

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 19:00

Friendly Match

Hooiveld: Who's laughing now?

Jos Hooiveld says he is enjoying "revenge" on critics who made him the "fall guy" for Southampton's poor early-season form.

Last Updated: 15/04/13 at 09:11 Post Comment

Jos Hooiveld: Enjoying himself again

Jos Hooiveld: Enjoying himself again

The centre-half is starting regularly under Mauricio Pochettino having lost his place to Jose Fonte in the autumn.

And after featuring in successive home wins against Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea and helping Southampton towards mid-table, Hooiveld is confident he has silenced the doubters.

He said: "I like to prove people wrong. If you look at my career, I've proven people wrong everywhere I have been. I did at Celtic and then in Copenhagen they didn't want me.

"At the end of the day, I am standing there with a smile on my face and that is football.

"If you're going to look at all my games at the beginning, it was not that poor. People were saying it was poor, it was bad and they had to blame someone. Oh, and that is me.

"We're now over that, it is nice to play and it not like I am amazing now and before I was terrible, you know?

"I think the best part of everything is that we're getting the points, but at the beginning of the season you could see that the whole team was struggling.

"We didn't have much experience in the Premier League so it was a bit annoying when it was 'Jos this', 'Jos that'. I was a bit unfortunate with own goals, penalties or whatever. It was a thin line.

"Sometimes you are the praised man and at the beginning of the season I was the fall guy. I took the blame for everything. It bothered me a little bit when people pointed the finger at my direction.

"It is always nice to get the revenge and I always knew as soon as everyone was established we were going to be a serious Premier League side."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Digne agent denies Liverpool talks

Lucas Digne's agent has denied reports he has held talks with Liverpool regarding a move to Anfield for the Paris Saint-Germain left-back.

Mourinho scuppered Reds' Costa move

A new biography has revealed how Jose Mourinho scuppered Liverpool's bid to sign Diego Costa - a year before he arrived in west London.

Ramos 'extends' Real Madrid contract

Manchester United's pursuit of Sergio Ramos is over after the centre-back agreed a new contract extension at Real Madrid.

Mail Box

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

Getting Tired Of De Gea's Disrespect

One Manchester United fan is growing weary of David de Gea's disrespect. Plus thoughts on Southampton's summer, Balotelli loan, and Depay in the centre. Why?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company