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Southampton boss 'proud' of season start

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino expressed his pleasure with the start his side have made this season, but favours performances over statistics.

At today's pre-match press conference ahead of the visit of Martin Jol's Fulham, Pochettino was asked about his side's defensive record.

After eight games of the current Premier League season, Southampton have conceded just three goals, losing just one game, a defensive record that can only be bettered by Serie A table-toppers AS Roma.

Responding to comments from Gary Neville that Southampton are "the best defensively-coached side in the league by an absolute mile", the Argentinian looked to shift the spotlight onto his players, saying: “I’m very proud of the players’ performances. They are the protagonists in this team.”

However, whilst Pochettino was appreciative of his side's defensive performances, the Saints boss was quick to point out that statistics ultimately mean little.

"Statistics are just statistics. They're there at the end of the season as well but they really mean nothing."

Southampton sit sixth after an impressive start to the Premier League season, which is more than can be said for Saturday's opponents, Fulham. 

The avoidance of defeat in this Saturday's televised evening game would mean that Pochettino equals a club record of six consecutive Premier League games without defeat, a record that was set by himself last season between March 9 and April 27.

Whilst Jol's men have enjoyed an upturn in form, with two consecutive league wins, it has undoubtedly been a slow start to the season at Craven Cottage.

Jol's future has been subject to speculation, in no large part down to the arrival of Shahid Khan's takeover of the club. The owner of NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars, Khan was believed to be lining up replacements in the event of Jol losing his job.

Fulham head to St. Mary's off the back of a 4-1 victory over London rivals Crystal Palace, in a game which signalled the end of Ian Holloway's spell as manager of the South London side.

Pochettino was reluctant to comment on the decision, but offered support for his fellow manager, telling the gathered media: "I can't really speak about the scenario with Ian Holloway. I can only really express my sympathy."

"No one likes to see a colleague get sacked. I send him my best wishes and hope that we meet again and can say hello again."


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