PREMIER LEAGUE: Jose Fonte says there’s plenty to play for but their struggles in front of goal must now be a cause for concern

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CC BY-2.0; Ben Sutherland via Flickr

Jose Fonte says the belief is still there that the club can achieve great things by season’s end.

Southampton left the Hawthornes as 1-0 losers after Saido Berahino scored the decisive goal after just 72 seconds.

The south coast club hasn’t scored since stoppage time against QPR when Saido Mane’s goal lifted Saints to a 1-0 win and although they have a long way to go before matching Aston Villa’s goal drought, there is a cause for concern.

Still, Fonte was adamant after Saturday’s second consecutive loss that Southampton are on the path for success.

Speaking to Official Saints, Fone said:

“It’s disappointing as a club we need to stick together because we’ve done fantastic until now an there’s still eleven games to go and we need to keep fighting.

“We need to keep strong, believe each other and trust each other and keep working hard on the training ground so things turn around.

“We need to look at the bigger picture. We’re still in a good position and there’s a lot to play for.”

Ronald Koeman changed tactics drastically in an effort to kick-start his team but was forced to abandon plans after going behind early.

Eljero Elia replaced Florin Gardos on 25 minutes as the manager shifted from a 3-5-2 formation – something that, in another variation, had success.

Skipper Fonte did his best to ease the pressure off the forwards saying it was going to require a team effort to find goals:

“Obviously we conceded another early goal and we went the whole game trying to find the target and we couldn’t find the goal.

“Without putting too much pressure on the guys up front, we need to as a team, and together we need to pull through.”

It is a quick turn around as Southampton prepares for Crystal Palace at St Mary’s but to make matters worse, Saints are winless at home since defeating Arsenal on New Year’s Day.

Also, Saints did not record a goal at home in February.

Fonte finished: “We know where we want to be as a club, as a team, as a group of players, so Tuesday’s game is massive.”


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