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Monday 23 October 2017

Jose Fonte: Southampton need to stick together and pull through

Jose Fonte believes Southampton can improve on last season, despite the changes to their squad in the summer
Jose Fonte believes Southampton can improve on last season, despite the changes to their squad in the summer

Jose Fonte issued a rallying call to slipping Southampton as their European hopes took another hit.

They lost 1-0 at West Brom on Saturday and slipped to sixth after Liverpool's 2-1 win over Manchester City.

The Saints host Crystal Palace tomorrow battling to keep pace with the Champions League places and defender Fonte wants a response.

"As a club we need to stick together because we've done fantastically until now and there are still 11 games to go. We all need to keep fighting," he said.

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

"We know where we want to be as a club, as a team and as a group of players, so Tuesday's game is massive.

"We conceded another early goal and went the whole game trying to find the target and again we couldn't find a goal.

"That's something that has been happening for a while now, but we need to keep strong and believe in each other. Without putting too much pressure on the guys up front, we need to - as a team - pull through this."

Victory lifted the Baggies to 13th to put them on course for survival and they have lost just once in their last 11 games in all competitions.

It was the fourth straight clean sheet and head coach Tony Pulis has seen them keep seven shut outs in his first 10 matches in charge.

Albion go to Aston Villa for the derby tomorrow.

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