Belfast Telegraph

Fonte fury as Saints stall

Jose Fonte may have scored a brace to earn Southampton a point against Fulham but he would swap his goals for a clean sheet in a heartbeat.

The Portuguese defender's headers book-ended an own goal by defensive partner Jos Hooiveld and a late effort from substitute Kieran Richardson at St Mary's.

"I am obviously very happy to score my first Premier League goals, but it is mixed emotions because I prefer to keep a clean sheet," he said.

"I am a defender and every defender is very disappointed with this.

"I know it is not only the defenders that are to blame, but as a team have to defend better and stop this."

Nigel Adkins' side have now shipped 20 goals - a Premier League high - and centre-back Fonte has had enough.

"Other games, not just against Fulham, we have been comfortable and then there is a period in the game that we concede one or two goals," he added.

"That has to stop and we will work very hard on the training ground to once and for all start getting some clean sheets."

Such inability to thwart opponents has seen Saints boss Adkins rejig his back five in recent weeks and bring in new faces.

"No-one is more disappointed than us, don't get me wrong," he said. "We are very upset with it because last year we had one of the best defences in the league."


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