Hoedt on solid defensive partnership

By SFC Media time Sun 28 Oct Wesley Hoedt
Photo by Matt Watson | Wesley Hoedt

Saints defender Wesley Hoedt has called for a continuation of the defensive solidity that has seen his team keep clean sheets in two consecutive Premier League matches.

A new pairing of Hoedt and Jack Stephens excelled against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium before repeating the trick against Newcastle at St Mary’s last weekend.

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Jack Stephens is beginning to form a promising partnership with Wesley Hoedt in the middle of the Saints defence.

While scoring goals remains the missing piece, growing confidence at the back can only be a good thing for Mark Hughes’s men going forwards.

“Compliments to all the defenders because this season there’s been a lot of competition for places,” the Dutchman said after Saturday’s goalless draw.

“It’s nice to have kept two clean sheets in a row. We were criticised at the start of the season and it was up to us to step up and show a higher level. For now, Jack and I are showing that and it’s good for us individually and of course for the whole team to raise the level of competition.

“It’s easier to build from a clean sheet than if you have to start over again after conceding. Now we are solid at the back and that needs to continue.”

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