Saints’ boss makes a case for the defence

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As a Southampton fan, you get used to the idea that at some point in any given game, the opposition will get back into it. A one goal lead is rarely enough, and often the Saints’ crowd will feel edgy at 2-0. The game against Norwich at St Mary's last season was a case in point.

The Saints scored two great goals - in particular David Connolly's curled effort into the far post in the second half. Norwich got a penalty which even the most blinkered Saints fan had to agree with, and a scruffy second sealed a late League One comeback for the future division champions. Truly from the sublime to the ridiculous. 2-2, typical Saints.

This season though, things are changing. The most obvious examples being the 2-0 league win over Bournemouth, when the opposition didn't get a single shot on target, and the 4-0 drubbing of Dagenham and Redbridge, both at St Mary's.

There were few points in either game to cause great concern to the ranks of the faithful in the stands, and there was a control about the whole thing that had the most cynical fans purring like pussy-cats.

The ball is passed out of defence, there's little or no hoof and rush. It's as if the Saints’ squad have finally realised that they have skills that can not only impress going forward, but also quell incursions into our territory. Fonte is a tower of immovability, and Seaborne's showing signs of becoming the same.

Nigel Adkins has imposed an impressive style on his side, and the Saints are marching on in the third tier.

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