No Off Pitch Hangover For Fonte
Defender Jose Fonte has said that off pitch issues at the club have clearly not affected squad spirit and he believes fans would've seen that for themselves in last night's game against Arsenal.
Fonte scored the opening goal of the midweek game, before they got themselves level and in front, and we secured a point from a very good performance, when Adam Lallana got us back on level terms a few minutes after they went ahead.
Speaking to saintsfc following boardroom changes and his own little incident on the training pitch, Fonte joked that it had been an eventful time at Southampton of late, but the players weren't letting anything disrupt their desire to finish as high up the table as we can this season.
'What can I say? I'm fine. It's been eventful obviously and what happened wasn't nice at the training ground, but I am man enough and I have moved on and I hope everyone can move on and focus on what is important which is Southampton, the club, and winning games of football. There is no problem with me, I'm fine, so I just want to keep playing.'
Fonte goes on to say that within the camp they are very strong mentally and the players are very together, so when issues like this raise their heads as they can unfortunately do in football, that helps see them all through it, and they remain thankful for the position they are in, and stay focused on what is important - the next game, putting in a performance and getting the result we all want.
He feels that following the showing against Yeovil and then Arsenal, that fans and the wider media can see that they haven't let it affect their performances or their drive and desire to do well and make the most of their careers at this club.
As for the Arsenal game specifically, Fonte admits the players were disappointed to come out of it with only a draw because they really felt the win was there for them with how we were playing, and overall he doesn't believe Arsenal could've complained had we taken the win because of our performance across the 90 minutes - but obviously they got themselves back into it, and then went ahead, and he thought the reaction from us was very good indeed, to get back on level terms so quickly and create further chances that could've seen us take the win.
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