Clean sheet pleases returning Stephens

By SFC Media Sat 20 Oct Bournemouth v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Jack Stephens

Young centre-half Jack Stephens believes today's clean sheet gives Saints something to build from after keeping free-scoring Bournemouth at bay at the Vitality Stadium.

The defensive partnership of Stephens and Wesley Hoedt worked effectively throughout the 90 minutes, reducing the hosts to limited chances - with this only the third time Eddie Howe's side have failed to register a goal this season.

Re-entering the fold for the first time since August, Stephens was particularly pleased with the shutout, and is hopeful that Saints will glean plenty of confidence from a hard-fought point, ahead of a crucial home tie with Newcastle next week.

"It's probably a fair result," he commented. "Both sides will say they could have nicked it, but if you look at the game as a whole it was probably a fair outcome on the day.

"We'll take that, and move forward. We had a few half chances, and it could have gone either way. The lads are happy to come to a difficult place and take a point.

"We had to dig deep, we've fought for a point and it gives us something to build on.

"We knew they would come at us quite quickly, that's their style at home. They are a high-tempo team, so we were expecting that.

"The clean sheet is massive for us. It's been a difficult start, so it was important to come here and get something to build from.

"We've worked hard over the international break, and I think that showed today. We've all worked for one another."

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