Hoedt Adjusting To Life At Southampton
Centre half Wesley Hoedt has said he feels he's really getting to grips with life at Southampton and the Premier League now as proven by his performance against West Bromwich Albion last weekend in the three two victory.
Taking the win it obviously boosted confidence and relieved some of the pressure given results so far this season and the Dutch international showed his class as he saluted the fans and handed his shirt to a young fan.
Building towards the Liverpool clash this weekend, Hoedt was speaking to saintsfc this week and gave his thoughts on how important it is for everyone to feel 'together' particularly during times of struggles.
'I think the fans are the most important piece of the game, without them there is no show. We have to be thankful for them; they are supporting us through the difficult times and the spell we had without a win so I felt like I wanted to give something back. Luckily the other guys followed me in doing it and it was right to because they deserved it. The home support is going to be very important. We need the fans behind us; if they do that then we can go out on the pitch and try and win as many points as possible.'
Having played alongside both Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida, Hoedt spoke about building a partnership with both of them.
'It`s always better to build a partnership as a centre-back, once you start learning where the other guy goes and what he is going to do and Jack and I are showing that at the moment. Maya Yoshida is a great defender and great player too, so we have good quality in that position. We`re doing well but I think we can still improve on a lot of things.'
Obviously building an understanding in the heart of defence has helped him settle in and improve his own form as well, and he's still determined to do better.
'I think I`m growing; I`m playing every week now and that has given me some consistency, which is great. Again, I think I`m doing well but I know that I can still do a lot more. I want to be a better player and I want to help the Saints. I want to grow into the league. The Premier League has a lot of direct play and that`s something that I need to adapt to; I think I`m starting to do that at the moment. Strikers here are physical and fast so it`s something different for me relative to what I`ve experienced before. At the same time that you`re trying to add different elements to your game, it`s important not to lose sight of your qualities; I like to pass the ball out from defence and influence the play because that`s one of my biggest strengths.'
With Liverpool up next, that is the obvious focus this week in training and he's hoping we take a positive result from the tie and gain further momentum as we pull up the table.
'We`re far from done yet. The spirit in the team is good at the moment. We really needed a win, which we got against West Brom but there are still 12 games to go plus any extras from the FA Cup. More victories and more good performances are going to get us away from danger. Liverpool have a great team but so do we. We have to be competitive and try and deliver as a good a performance as we can. We have to go all out, 100 per cent for the win.'