Fonte glad to be back

By SFC Media time Mon 07 Dec Club

José Fonte was happy to play his part again as Saints ended a run of three defeats in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

Team captain Fonte had missed the Capital One Cup defeat to Liverpool after suffering a knee injury in the trip to Manchester City which set him back further than he thought.

The knock prevented him from training fully until the latter end of last week, but he returned to fitness in time to play the full 90 minutes at St Mary’s with no ill effects.

“Considering how the injury was on Wednesday and Thursday, I didn’t think I’d be able to be playing the game,” he admitted to reporters afterwards.

“But I improved a lot from Thursday to Friday. I was able to start running and I was pleased to be on the pitch.”

Saints dominated much of the game against the lowly Villans, and despite not taking all three points, Fonte was encouraged by the performance from the side.

“Obviously we didn’t get the result that we wanted but at least the performance was much better than on Wednesday,” he said.

“The attitude and intensity we put in the game was really good. We was unfortunate not to get two or three goals in the first half, which would have killed the game. 

“But at the end we managed to salvage a point and kept going and get kept battling. So we were pleased with that.”

Fonte rejected the idea that playing a team bottom of the league would be an easier task at this stage of the season, but also believes that Saints weren’t far away from turning a draw into a win.

“Of course, there are a lot of positives,” he said. “I know probably people are upset because we played the bottom of the league but still in the Premier League no game is easy. 

“They came here and they worked very hard as well. They gave their best. We don’t play against eleven mannequins. 

“It’s hard but I think we showed that we had more quality. We had more chances than them. 

“It’s just a little bit unlucky and we lacked a little bit of that final pass that we normally have.”

Despite a winless run of four games, the skipper confirmed that spirit in the Saints camp remains high, and that the whole squad continues to move in the right direction.

“If you are Aston Villa you’d be struggling for confidence. We’re in a good position still,” he stated.

“Of course we want to be higher up the table but I wouldn’t say there’s a lack of confidence. 

“We have confidence, it’s just that it isn’t happening at the moment.

“Next Saturday, I’m sure we will approach it on a way that the strikers show that they can score because they have been working hard as well,” Fonte added.

“Unfortunately today we didn’t have that cutting edge up front but, having said that, they did try and they ran and they chased.

“They helped the team in different ways but it wasn’t to be our day to score goals, although we had the chances, we missed them.”

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