April 18, 2024

Southampton will not back down, according to Jan Bednarek, as they seek to emulate a club record unbeaten streak set in 1921-22.

Saints have not lost in the Championship since September 23, although they are still three points below the automatic promotion places.

With Saturday’s FA Cup third-round victory, they can now match their all-time record of 20 games unbeaten.

“It’s not bad,” Bednarek said on BBC Radio Solent, “but we’re not where we want to be – it’s not enough.”

Southampton must avoid defeat against Sheffield Wednesday at home this Saturday in order to tie the record undefeated streak.

However, Poland defender Bednarek, 27, criticized the six draws in their unbeaten run, saying: “It’s great to be unbeaten, but those draws… I think they were like a defeat for us.”

 

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“That is what distinguishes us. We are gaining points, but that is insufficient for us; we always want more. We’ll be where we want to be at the conclusion of the season if we keep this approach.”

Bednarek has made nearly 200 Saints appearances in seven seasons at St Mary’s, but he wants to make sure there are more to come in the top flight.

“Our goal is to get back to the Premier League,” he stated. It’s a long road ahead, but I believe there is still a lot of hunger in the team, as well as a willingness to learn and grow. We’re doing well. There are still some pieces missing, but we’re on the right track.

“It hasn’t been easy; we had a rough patch [early in the season], four defeats, we went through some difficult times, but most importantly, we stuck together.” We are not content with what we have accomplished thus far.”

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