Walker-Peters: Performances not acceptable


Kyle Walker-Peters reflected on a below par performance from Southampton as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at St Mary’s to Nottingham Forest.

It was another difficult day at the office for Nathan Jones’s men, who found themselves behind after 27 minutes through Taiwo Awoniyi's goal,

“We were below the level required,” admitted Walker-Peters. “All season we’ve been doing it where we’ve been gifting the opposition goals.

“When you do that in the Premier League, especially a team you’re competing with to stay in the league. You don’t really give yourself a chance in the game. We need to stick together but at the moment our performances aren’t acceptable.”

“I wouldn’t really say things got away from us. I thought we were dominating the game. I was getting in good areas and creating a few problems.

“They put everything on the line to just stop us scoring and we didn’t have a shot on target because of it. We’re not giving ourselves a chance."

Attention now turns to cup action, as Saints travel to Crystal Palace in the third round of the FA Cup before a quarter final Carabao Cup clash with Man City at St Mary’s.

“I think with the two games coming up we need to get a win and we need to get that winning feeling back. We haven’t had it for a while and I think that’s really important in football.

“When you have the feeling of winning and what it feels like to win a really important game, it gives confidence to the squad. Like we did with this game we’ll be looking to win and get some confidence from it."